Summerlicious Strikes Again - Maple Leaf Tavern

Once again, Summerlicious has dragged us out of our regular haunts to try something new. Usually my Chef Aunt and I send a few suggestions back and forth....not this year. She said. 'We're going to Maple Leaf Tavern; their cheeseburger will change your life.' Who can argue with that?
Easy to find, across the street from Gerrard Square(free parking, yay!), it stood out in this neighbourhood. Located in an older part of town, Maple Leaf's bold exterior catches your eye. The dark wood covering the front, goes right through the interior creating a luxurious, yet still pub-like atmosphere.  The kitchen is completely open, so you can even sit at the counter to watch all of the action. Even though it was a full house, the Chef and kitchen staff all appeared calm and focused.

Toronto Festival of Beer July 28-30! YAAAY!

The best beer festival of the season is back! Toronto Festival of Beer has made this year especially Canadian to celebrate Canada's 150th. The pavilion this year will be occupied by Canadian breweries, not just our local Ontario deliciousness. They've also upped their foodie game. TFOB has a Grilling Tent showcasing Toronto's top talent to teach us how to pair food with beer. Even the musical entertainment is top notch; this is going to be an amazing festival!
The pavilion will have beer from coast to coast; a treat for anyonethat doesn't get out of the province. They've got many ales fromthe west, like Central City Brewing and Blindman Brewing. The east coast is represented by brewers like Propeller Brewing and Garrison Brewing, with more ales. Ontario will have a few brewers I haven't heard of, like Napanee Beer Co and Bobcaygeon

Bottomless Mimosa Brunch at Macho

To feed thebrunch obsession, a group of us headed to Macho Tex Mex. Luckily, we made a reservation as it was packed! Our table wasn't quite ready when we arrived, but that was understandable once we saw how busy it was; it is a popular spot for large groups. Lots of large tables, high ceilings with equally giant windows, it is a welcoming spot for brunch....and bottomless mimosas. 
Did you just say bottomless mimosas?! I did!
Choose your dish from the brunch menu and all for $29, the bottomless mimosas will flow! They've got a few different juice flavours to choose from: orange, grapefruit, raspberry and more. I, of course, ordered Eggs Benny($14), because I have issues. The other photo is the Big Breakfast($13). The metal plate was an unusual way to serve food. Presentation is clearly not their focus. The food was average. I couldn't stop eating the fried potatoes. I ate mine and anyone who left someon their plate. I definitely stole someone's bacon. No regrets. I was s…

Wandering Wine Country With Grape Escapes

A weekend in Niagara on the Lake wouldn't be complete without a Wine Tour! Being fitness minded, Natalie(Cooking Quidnunc) and I embarked on an epic bike tour courtesy of Grape Escapes. We met at their bike haven and met our saucy tour guide, Marcy. Our group had 12 people, but she had no trouble keeping us entertained and in line.  
We headed to the first winery, Inniskillin. This was one of the longer stretches of bike riding; happy to get it out of the way! This is a large winery. We were handed off to a tour guide there and she took us around. We learned the history of the winery and about the wine making process. She was very knowledgeable! We then went to a patio by the boutique to taste. We tried 4 different wines, including ice wine. They also gave us some dark chocolate to try with the sweet wines.Yum! You can get food here, but you'll have to be quick! I'd recommend ordering it, going on your tour and then picking it up. You'll have a little time to scarf it d…