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Lunch Out with Markham Food Reviews Seafood

Lunch at Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill

May 24, 2018

Established in Scarborough in 2010, Diana Oyster Bar & Grill has been a longtime favourite for seafood-lovers in the Toronto area. Those who know about Diana’s seafood would talk about their juicy oysters and fresh seafood options.

To our excitement, Diana’s opened their doors in Markham three years ago! We had the pleasure of attending their grand opening event back then, alongside Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and other notable individuals. This new location is spacious and beautifully designed with a menu completely different from their Scarborough spot.

Lunch menu items at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill Markham
Please note the only lunch menu item above is the Lobster & Crab Roll. The rest are available through their regular menu and priced separately.

One thing many people forget about is Diana’s set lunch options, which we had the pleasure of trying recently. Each item on this menu is $18 and all sandwiches are served with coleslaw and a choice of fresh cut potato wedges, soup of the day, mixed greens, or clam chowder.

Lobster & Crab Roll at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill MarkhamWhile we haven’t tried everything on their lunch menu, we heard the Lobster & Crab Roll was a popular item and gave it a go. This was perfect! The roll was perfectly toasted and there was a generous amount of lobster and crab chunks.

Raw oysters at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill MarkhamAnd if you visit them on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll be able to take advantage of their all-day oyster special! Get a dozen Malpeque oysters for $15 or a dozen Fanny Bays for $24.

Other dishes you should check out…

Serrano Tuna at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill MarkhamSerrano Tuna– Albacore tuna, cucumber, avocado, serrano chili, and ponzu dressing

We loved the mix of textures and flavours in this appetizer. It looks small, but it’s a great size for 2-3 people to share while waiting for their main dishes.

Grilled AAA Black Angus Striploin at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill MarkhamGrilled AAA Black Angus Striploin – AAA Black Angus striploin steak, portobello mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and veal jus

For those who can pack in a little more during lunch, why not try the steak? This juicy steak was done medium rare (just the way we like it) and the garlic mashed potatoes was DELICIOUS!

Bouillabaisse at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill MarkhamBouillabaisse – Lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, clams, assorted fish, vegetable-fish broth, and rouille-croutons

This dish is for the true seafood lover. The lobster tail was large and the clams and mussels were fat and juicy. Everything went really well with the broth and is best eaten immediately while it’s warm! (We took a while to get to this because we were busy taking all of the above photos!)

Thanks to Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill for sponsoring this blog post.

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Chinese Dinner Lunch

Yunnan’s “Crossing the Bridge” Noodles Blossoms in Markham

August 24, 2017
Mimi Noodle House

Photo by @MarkhamFood.

Noodles are a big part of Chinese life and have fit into the hundreds of different cuisines inside and outside of China. Crossing the Bridge noodles, or Guoqio Mixian, is a soup noodle from the province of Yunnan and have recently taken over Markham.

The noodles start with a large bowl filled with steaming broth and rice noodles; side dishes like raw beef, pickled vegetables, and tofu are then added, at the discretion of the diner, to the dish after it arrives at the table.

Origination Noodle House - Markham

Photo by @MarkhamFood.

The story for Crossing the Bridge noodles goes that a scholar’s wife brought him food regularly as he studied for his exams on an island in the middle of a lake. His wife noticed that the noodles became soggy and cold by the time she crossed the bridge, so she separated the ingredients and mixed them together after finishing her journey. Because the wife crossed this bridge to bring her husband his meal everyday, the dish was named Crossing the Bridge noodles. Today, the dish is popular in Yunnan, with many restaurants centred around it.

Where to get your fix in and around Markham:

Are these noodles a food fad or are they here to stay?

Author Bio
Adrian is a freelance writer, SaaS Sales Rep, and amateur food blogger, and he enjoys food writing and poetry. Find more of his work at adrianzee.wordpress.com and Instagram.

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Dinner Japanese Lunch Reviews

Coupons to Teriyaki Experience

February 13, 2017

We’re excited to announce that Teriyaki Experience is launching their new Winter Warmers Soup Collection this month! A new soup broth, ramen (with soybean paste, pork bone, or served cold), and miso soup have been introduced to their menu and are available at all Teriyaki Experience locations.

Teriyaki Experience Shrimp and Chicken Ramen Bowls
We ordered the chicken ramen with mild broth and shrimp ramen with spicy broth along with six gyoza dumplings.

Teriyaki Experience Chicken Ramen
Interested in trying one of the new Winter Warmers items? We have two coupons for you!

Get $1.00 off any soup and a BOGO free ramen coupon by signing up here!

Ramen noodles at Teriyaki Experience

Looking for a Teriyaki Experience location in the York Region? Check out their full list of locations.

Thanks to Teriyaki Experience for sponsoring this blog post.

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Dinner Local Events Lunch Out with Markham Food Reviews

New Captain’s Boil Location in Newmarket

January 16, 2017

New Captain's Boil location
Captains Boil Newmarket - Seafood
With several locations across Canada, The Captain’s Boil is rapidly expanding – and with good reason too! If you’ve never heard of them, think steaming lobster, king crab legs, shrimp, mussels, and more boiled in mouthwatering cajun-inspired sauces. Customers can pick from one of three special sauces along with their preferred level of spice. They also serve other dishes including  rice, chicken, and (our fave) cajun fries.


Now, Newmarket residents can rejoice! The Captain’s Boil just opened up at Yonge and Mulock, so you don’t have to travel down south to enjoy delicious seafood boil. Their official grand opening is this Friday, January 20th. And for two weeks (until February 3), customers can receive 10% off starting January 20th by claiming a Facebook offer or checking in on Yelp. Students can also take advantage of their special lunch deals.

Captains Boil Newmarket
A couple of Markham Food representatives had a chance to visit the Newmarket location before its grand opening. Like the rest of their restaurants, the attention to detail in the decor is evident. The Newmarket restaurant is spacious, has a sports bar separate from the dining area, and a VIP room with speakers and TVs.

Anyone who loves seafood would have an amazing time at The Captain’s Boil.

Happy dining!

Photos by Christy Yao Photos.

Thanks to The Captain’s Boil for sponsoring this blog post.

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All You Can Eat Local Events Out with Markham Food Reviews

Review of The Stop’s Night Market 2016

July 4, 2016

Imagine being able to try food and drinks from over 90 local restaurants from across the city for only $100. This was exactly what we did when we attended The Stop’s (5th annual) Night Market last month.  Along with the all-you-can-eat/drink perk, the admission fee goes toward The Stop’s programs to increase access to healthy foods and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger.

The Stop's Night Market 2016

The event runs for two nights, with vendors operating out of one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers. Here are a few we managed to capture (before the lines started forming). To view all of the carts displayed this year, visit The Stop’s Facebook album.

Nest and Simpsons food cart designs by Spoke Creative and The Hunger

Left: Cart design by Spoke Creative // Right: Cart design by The Hunger

Cassette food cart design by Amanda Ghantous

Cassette food cart design by Amanda Ghantous

Most people definitely wouldn’t be able to eat everything offered, but luckily, we came in a group of four. Through teamwork and dedication, we managed to try something from nearly every vendor that night!
Duck Fat Mini Donuts from Sugar Mamma's Mini Donuts

Duck Fat Mini Donuts from Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts

Steam Whistle's Premium Pilsner

Steam Whistle‘s Premium Pilsner

Blue Goose Fried Chicken with spiced pomegranate glaze, zaatar, and green onions by Bar Fancy

Blue Goose Fried Chicken with spiced pomegranate glaze, zaatar, and green onions by Bar Fancy

Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Donuts - "A Homer J Simpson Classic" from Tori's Bakeshop

Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Donuts – “A Homer J Simpson Classic” from Tori’s Bakeshop

Sodas from JUST Craft Soda (We really liked the pear/vanilla one.)

Sodas from JUST Craft Soda (We really liked the pear/vanilla one.)

Jerk Chicken on a Fried Bao from Patois

Jerk Chicken on a Fried Bao from Patois

Frankie's Meatballs with red sauce & pickle salsa verde from Bespoke Butchers

Frankie’s Meatballs with red sauce & pickle salsa verde from Bespoke Butchers

This year’s Night Market was an overall success – feeding tons of hungry attendees, featuring amazing food/drink vendors, and raising $215,000 in support of The Stop’s critical food access and community-building programs. If you missed out this year, follow The Stop on social media to be updated on next year’s event.

Two points we’re going to keep in mind for next year:

  1. Come hungry.
  2. Minimize the bulk. Since there was a lot of juggling this year (food, drinks, utensils, etc.), it’s best to come with as few items as possible.
  3. Wear close-toed shoes that we don’t mind getting a little dirty. The event is on gravel, so there are a lot of rocks and sand which can hurt. 😉

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Dessert Dinner Drinks Lunch Out with Markham Food Reviews

Smash Kitchen Review – Out with Markham Food

March 27, 2016

Back in February, we co-hosted a blogger tasting event with Smash Kitchen at their restaurant to try out some of the new items on their menu. Not only did we have amazing food that night, but we had the best company! The 10 bloggers who attended this tasting were well-fed and had an amazing time socializing and trying out Smash Kitchen’s dishes. Some of us were return visitors, while others were trying the place for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the things we had.

Sangria at Smash Kitchen

No tasting is complete without drinks. ; ) These are the Red and White Sangrias with fresh fruit. Yum!Ahi Tuna Wontons - Smash Kitchen

Above: Ahi Tuna Wontons // Below: Beef Cheek Poutine

Beef Cheek Poutine at Smash Kitchen

Out of the eight different appetizers we tried, the Beef Cheek Poutine was crowd favourite as we devoured it almost immediately (after taking our pics, of course).

Smash Kitchen - Sunday Platter

Smash Kitchen - Sunday Platter

The Sunday Family Platter was so epic that we had to show it to you from different angles. Consisting of buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ ribs, homemade maple bacon & cheddar biscuits, L.A. mac & cheese, grilled andouille sausage, and grilled corn, this platter will feed your entire family! We shared two platters between 10 people and that was more than enough considering we had a lot of appetizers to begin with.

Smash Kitchen - Apple Dessert

Above: Apple Smash 2.0 // Below: Smash Mini Donuts (Background: Strawberries & Cream Mini Donuts)

Smash Mini Donuts at Smash Kitchen

Two of our favourite desserts from the six we had that night… the delicious hot apple cinnamon crumble underneath cold maple walnut ice cream and the tiny donuts dusted with cinnamon sugar and caramel sauce. *insert heart eyes emoji* All of their desserts were good to be honest, but these were amaazzinggg and perfect for sharing!

Hope we made you hungry. ; )

Address: 4261 Hwy 7 East, Unionville, ON
Phone Number: (905) 940-2000

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Local Events Miscellaneous

Things to do During Reading Week & Family Day 2016

February 11, 2016

Reading Week and Family Day are just around the corner.  If you’re ditching the books for a week or have nothing planned yet, there are a lot of things you can do around York Region!

Board Games & Chill

There are a handful of board game cafés in the Markham area where you can enjoy light snacks, a beverage, and play any board game you like .  Here are three places, but feel free to chime in if you know of a few others in the York Region area!

Get (Mentally and/or Physically) Active

Have you been glow-in-the-dark mini putting?  Putting Edge has locations in both Vaughan and Richmond Hill.  You can also go to Laserquest (actually beside Putting Edge) in Richmond Hill or go outdoor skating at the Markham Civic Centre.  By now, there are also many escape rooms to choose from in the York Region.  Here are a few:

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

If you want to get in touch with your inner artist or just relieve some stress, try your hand at one of these activities.

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PaintLounge is a fun place to get together with a few friends to paint.  You can either freestyle or choose something from one of their sample books to draw inspiration from.  Check out these deals:

  • February 12 to 14 – ART & WINE WITH YOUR VALENTINE
    Enjoy an art date in style with two 16×20” freestyle sessions & two glasses of wine, beer, tea or coffee, $70 per couple.  More details at paintlounge.ca/valentines.
  • February 15 – FAMILY PAINT DAY
    This Family Day, come as a family for our “Up, Up, and Away” Family Workshop and explore colours, paints, and painting techniques and create collaborative art on a big canvas together. $50 per family for a 24×30” canvas. More details at paintlounge.ca/events/family-day.
  • Now to February 29
    Register with promo code BLOGGERPARTY2016, and your followers will get 45% off adult workshops, valid at all locations. Sign up at paintlounge.ca/adult-workshops.

Colour Me Mine is another painting place, but not on a canvas!  They have a variety of ceramic pieces you can choose from including mugs, décor, and bowls.  Here are a few of their deals:

  • Family Fridays
    One painting adult gets up to two free studio fees for kids (13 years old and under).  Adult must paint their own item and pay a studio fee.
  • Two-for-Tuesday
    Two people paint for one studio fee.
  • Ladies Night
    On Wednesday evenings (starting at 4pm) ladies of all ages receive half price studio fees.

Try a New Restaurant or Unique Dish

LOHAS-Cafe-honey-toast-markham-food

Have you seen the colourful cotton candy lattes from Initium, the beautiful toast with rice from My Wonderful Kitchen, or the drool-worthy honey toast from LOHAS Cafe? Check out our food blog or food page on Instagram for inspiration! Confused about how to find something you need? Check out our how-to guide.

Attend Local Events

February 15 – Take the family out for some free skating for the RBC Family Day Skate! The Markham event will take place at the Milliken Mills Community Centre.

February 15 – Visit the Markham Museum for Winterfest! There’s a $3 fee per person, but the whole family can experience activities such as ice block building, crafts, music, and snow-shoeing. They’re also running a few other events this month that your whole family can enjoy.

February (various dates)Pacific MallMarket Village, and First Markham Place are running some events to celebrate Chinese New Year.

February 23 – As cat lovers, we can’t help but mention the grand opening of Markham’s Cat Adoption and Education Centre (CAEC) (even though this technically takes place after Reading Week). Beginning at 10:30am, you can join in on the grand opening festivities by skating, doing fun activities, and enjoying some refreshments.

Head Downtown

Don’t wanna stay uptown this break? You can always head down to the seventh-best city in the world (according to NYT), Toronto! There are many ways to get across the city including the YRT/Viva, TTC, or GO Transit. Here are some things you can check out:

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Have something to add to our list? Feel free to comment below and share it with other readers!

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