Monthly Archives: March 2015


I think I found my life’s passion… I think I’m going to become a chicken + waffles connoisseur.

At the beginning of March, a new chicken + waffles joint opened in Toronto right in the heart of Kensington Market. Let me introduce you to The DIRTYBIRD Chicken + Waffles, a restaurant specializing in Northern Fried Chicken. Located at 79 Kensington Avenue, the DIRTYBIRD brings you a southern staple with a Canadian twist — blending some form of maple into fried chicken.

The restaurant is small with limited seating, similar to most other restaurants in the area. My friend and I luckily managed to snag seats along the wall. I ordered the ODB — the original dirty bird — which was basically just a large piece of boneless meat on top of a waffle.

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The waffle was quite delicious — light, fluffy, and warm with a hint of maple buttery goodness. The chicken was perfectly cooked — moist, juicy, and tender. I’m not sure what the red sauce on top was, but it was amazingly flavourful, the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. When you combine all these components into a single bite, it’s like heaven in your mouth.


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School Restaurant, located at 70 Fraser Ave, in Toronto’s Liberty Village specializes in delivering you an amazing brunch experience. Upon arrival at around 11:30 AM on a Sunday, there was quite a crowd around the entrance of patrons waiting to get a table. School is a walk-in restaurant only, meaning no reservations. That may put you off a bit, but in my opinion it’s definitely worth the wait.

On this specific day, a table for two required a wait time of 50 minutes. The restaurant utilizes a tablet where they take down your number and send you a text message when your table is ready, so feel free to explore the surrounding area. My friend and I had ventured to the nearby Tim Horton’s to grab a coffee and some timbits (only because we were super hungry).

Forty minutes into our wait, we got the text message that our table was ready for us. So we scurried back to the restaurant where our table was waiting for us. Already having had our coffee and tea, we got down to the nitty gritty and ordered our entrees. We both got the Black ‘N’ Blue Flapjacks (otherwise known as pancakes). I was really debating between the pancakes or the chicken and waffles, but ultimately I chose pancakes because we made plans to go for chicken and waffles on Friday.


We also ordered a side of Sugar Cured Ontario Bacon and Grilled Turkey Breakfast Sausages. The sausages weren’t anything special, but the bacon was delicious. At first, I was kind of put off by “sugar cured” thinking that the bacon would be overly sweet, however, there was only a mild sweetness to the bacon which was balanced out by the smokiness.

It was tough, but we finished our pancakes and slowly, like really slowly, made our way out of the restaurant. Overall, the food was amazing and the service was great! I will definitely be coming back to try the chicken and waffles, hopefully in the summer when patio season begins.

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Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes.

I wasn’t in the best of moods yesterday so I decided to do some therapeutic baking. For Christmas I asked for and received a mini bundt cake pan which I finally got around to using. Chocolate + cake + cute little bundts are definitely a mood booster in opinion.


I followed the Mini Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe from Bake to the Roots, minus the ganache and decorations. The bundt cake pan I own makes 6 mini bundts. This recipe yields 18 mini cakes, but it worked out perfectly for 6. I guess my cakes aren’t mini after all.

The recipe was pretty straight forward, but instead of the 1/2 cup of melted butter, I used 1/2 cup of oil instead. As picture above, I think my cakes turned out beautifully. They easily slid out of the pan and developed a beautiful bundt shape.

Processed with Rookie These cakes had a soft, perfectly aerated crumb. They were perfectly moist inside with a slightly crisp outer shell. The flavour of the cake was quite mild, surprisingly not very sweet given the cup of sugar added. Add a drizzle of melted chocolate, and it’s the perfect indulgence. It’s sure to boost any mood.

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