July 02, 2013

Fancy Fruit

Costco has these premium fruit varieties. They're a bit expensive, but usually worth it. Rainier cherries and black velvet apricots. Having mobile internet encourages me to buy this sort of thing because I can look them up and see if I think they'll be worth it.

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July 03, 2013

Restaurant: Goulash House

The Goulash House is rather charming. Even the heritage-style Main Street buildings through the windows lend an old-world atmosphere that is comfortable and rustic. Jen and I ordered the "Wooden Platter for 2", which was very hearty. It included a very substantial cabbage roll appetizer. I'm not too fond of cabbage rolls, but this was rich and meaty and I enjoyed it.

The meat platter was fun, but a bit heavy. Everything on it tasted good, though! Jen particularly liked the Weiner Schnitzel and I liked the smoked bacon.

The 7-layer cake was slightly dry. It probably wouldn't be traditional, but it would've benefited from some syrup in the cake layers.

By contrast, this nut-cake looked a bit messy but was delicious and moist. I would definitely order it again.

Service was good natured and friendly. The Hungarian proprietress was happy to discuss the various dishes and even the drinks, bemoaning the recent unavailability of pear schnapps for her favorite cocktail. Trevor was pleased with the vegetarian offerings.

I'll definitely go back to try other dishes.

The Goulash House
200 Main St S, Nemwarket, ON L3Y 3Z2
(905) 235-7122

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July 04, 2013

Dinner: Chinese Duck

It's a good thing I don't live near to a Chinese grocery - I'd never cook. $20 of duck or roast pig can be stretched to five or six meals.

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July 05, 2013

Dinner: Steak Frites

This is a bit of a pattern in summer - partially cooked at home (steak, asparagus) and restaurant leftovers (5Guys fries).

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July 06, 2013

Fucking. Ants.

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July 07, 2013

That's My Jacket

OK, it's not LITERALLY my jacket. John Oliver was hosting The Daily Show this month in the same jacket that I bought last year to go to La Pergola in Italy. It's a nice cool jacket because it's 'half-constructed'... it doesn't have a lining past the shoulders.

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July 20, 2013

Dinner: 'BBQ' Beef Ribs

I don't actually have a BBQ so this was done in the toaster oven. Homemade-ish sauce based on balsamic, sugar and ketchup.

Gout? What gout?

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July 24, 2013

Restaurant: Cambodian Noodle King

Chowhound rarely steers me far wrong (offhand, Sage) and this was no exception. CNK is located in Newmarket's industrial park and I would think they get all of the lunch traffic as the food is cheap and very good.

I was surprised at how large the medium soup was. ($6) The broth was delicious with a mellow garlic aroma, on the verge of being a little salty after I added some siracha sauce (didn't make that mistake twice). I ordered the noodle soup with meatballs, rare beef, tripe and tendon. All of it was very good and the tendon was my favorite part. I returned to order the tendon soup and it didn't disappoint.

Pad Thai noodles might be considered slightly oily, but SUPER delicious - it's the non-ketchup savory style. Shrimps ($9.99) were a miss, though, while nicely cooked, they were completely unseasoned and therefore bland. Upon second try, chicken ($8.49) was better but the noodles are definitely the star. Generous crushed peanuts and tender egg are appreciated. The portion is large - with soup, this would serve two.

I also tried the coconut shake ($2.75) which was freshly made and soothing with the spicy food. I might ask for a little less sweet next time, but it was yummy as-is. The real pity is that after soup and half a portion of noodles, I can't get this without being uncomfortably full.

Service was casual and friendly in perfect balance. Obviously family run, there was always someone to chat with if you wanted to (but I was reading comics and they just checked on me in reasonable intervals).

Minor flaws didn't detract from an otherwise delicious meal. I've already returned (both soup and pad thai are addictive) and I'm looking forward to the next time.

Update: The beef pad thai is definitely the best - the meat is tender(ized) and seasoned. Yum. Also, had a spoonful of spicy pineapple fried rice which was also very good.

110 Pony Dr., Unit 15,
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 7B6

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