Saturday, July 16, 2016

Weekend Cooking

July 2016 - Buffalo, Rochester and Toronto

Where to start this week!
Saturday we drove to Taste of Buffalo. I will only feature the food that we sampled and save the others for a longer post.

This is very different from the Taste of Toronto that we go to every year. Taste operates as a restaurant offering afternoon and evening services with an entrance fee which keeps the crowds down and the portions are larger and pricier. In Toronto it is more an opportunity to try some of the finest restaurants around town with world renowned chefs in attendance.

Buffalo attracts huge crowds and there are over 60 food venues participating from chain restaurants to food trucks. At both you buy tickets. In Buffalo we only spent $35 US. Servings are much smaller so you can try more.

Click here to check out all the deliciousness like Buffalo chicken wing soup, grilled sea salt jalapenos, The Cheesus, tacos, curries, basically you name it.

We didn't get photos of the coconut shrimp that we started with nor the salted caramel sorbet or cheesecake we finished with.

Rusty Rib Taco - delicious!

Grilled veggie and flank steak kabob

No photo of my egg roll here but John had the chicken satay with peanut sauce.

Bacon wrapped jalapenos.

The best!!! Joe's Crab Shack cluster of crab!!!!

Least favourite - General Tao's chicken, too sweet and the chicken was rather dry.

From here we drove to Rochester, about an hour away. The plan was to find as many murals as we could using their website. We parked and checked in and then went exploring until we were caught in a downpour.

For dinner we decided to eat at the hotel, Hilton Garden Inn. 

Sunday we did some sightseeing, Eastman Museum and murals. We then headed for a very late lunch at JOE'S CRAB SHACK!! We always find one if we can in the States.

Monday we found more murals and the Vietnam Memorial. We made a stop in LeRoy to visit the Jell-O Museum.

We then drove to Buffalo to have lunch at the famous Anchor Bar. 

After Taste we drove to Rochester NY for two nights. More to come on Rochester.

On Sunday we opted for a late lunch (lupper) and headed to Joe's Crab Shack which we both love!

This is seafood heaven!

Monday we drove home with a stop to visit the Jell-O museum!!

We went  via Buffalo just to stop for wings at the Anchor Bar. This table ordered the large platter and I snuck a photo.

Tuesday was our shop the grocery bargains and check out a gluten free bakery on Bloor St W. It was a hot and steamy day so we hurried home with our groceries and didn't stop anywhere else.

Wednesday I met a blogger who was visiting Toronto and contacted me. This is her blog.

Her husband came along and we ate at Caplansky's (yes, Beth!!!) I didn't take any photos of the premises only my tuna sandwich. Food was good but a little pricy. $14 for a tuna sandwich with salad.

Thursday was a lazy day at home doing chores and blogging.

Friday we drove to Montreal to visit family.


Saturday - Rochester hotel steak and salad for me and roast chicken for John

Sunday - late lunch of lobster and crab and John had nachos later.

Monday - homemade meatballs (frozen)

Tuesday - fajitas

Wednesday - NEW chicken curry

Thursday -  leftover curry and naan bread

Friday - sushi with family


Vietnam Pho soup at Green Mango Boys Cloverdale
Italy pizza at Olympic Bloor/Yonge
International Burgers at Batch in Financial District
New England Clam chowder at St. Lawrence Market
Chinese General Tao Chicken at Sawtow in Chinatown (Spadina)
Thailand Thai curry soup at Noodles and Co. in TD Centre Financial District (twice)
Mexico tacos at La Carnita John St.
Poland Cafe Polonez cabbage roll, pierogis and potato latkes.
India Aroma buffet
Asian Pork won ton noodle soup
England Afternoon Tea
International Hero burgers
Canadian and Israeli Luminato Food Festival and Taste of Toronto
Indonesian Szechuan Taste of Toronto
Japanese steamed pork bun Momouku
International - Taste of Buffalo
Jewish deli

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  1. Another exciting week with a little bit of travel and some great food.

  2. Damn, Jackie, I wouldn't know where to start! What great photos and the food is making me hungry. I shouldn't have looked at this while making my shopping list! The satay would be great for lunch, well....any of it would be great right now. Mmmmm

  3. Your beautiful photos are making me hungry! My husband and I need to search out some "Taste of..." events around our part of the world. Looks like fun.

  4. Another great way to spend the day from you! When I first saw the roast chicken photo, I thought it was a turtle. That would be weird :)

  5. Those tacos sound great. I just finished dinner, and I'm hungry again!!!

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy your weekend!

  6. I'm still stuck on the wings. I love wings and those look fantastic! That satay looks great too and all that seafood! I definitely need to be on the lookout for some "Taste of" events!

  7. Hi,
    All the food looks so yummy. Thanks for
    sharing. Have a great day!

  8. Wonderful foods and friends....thanks for sharing. Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  9. The bakery contents look delicious!

  10. The only thing that puts me off food shows are the paper plates (and the crowds too I guess). Have a great week. Cheers

  11. Joe's Crab Shack-how funny! It's hard to get good seafood in Dallas (yes, even at Joe's), but we really enjoy it when we go down to the gulf. Of lobsters down here! Bacon wrapped jalepenos = YUM!

  12. My son is a big Joe's Crab Shack fan. It looked like you had some terrific food at the Buffalo eventm

  13. It's always fun to sample things you nave never heard of! I don't remember to take photos of great food until it's gone, either!

  14. I think those chicken wings look the absolute best! Who knew there was a Jell-O museum! Oooooh Caplansky's!!!! What a great week! Sorry I was so late getting here this week -- we were off camping and had almost no internet connection.


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