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Top Places for Dates in Markham

February 13, 2016

For the First Date

Chit-Chat Play Board Game Cafe

Chit-Chat Play Board Game Café
Get to know your date in a fun and casual environment where you can stir up some healthy competition between the two of you. Chit-Chat is a small, but popular board game cafe with more than 400 adult- and kid-friendly games to choose AND buy from. There are also plenty of yummy desserts including gelato, waffles, and cheesecakes if you want to treat your date to a sweet surprise!
Bonus: there’s no time limit here so you can stay as long you’d like (our record was 5 hours!).
Price: $12 per person on weekends for unlimited play and a drink valued at $3.25 (or upsize for extra charge)
Cotton Candy Latte Art - Initium
Initium Co.
Want to really impress your date? Initium takes “going out for coffee” to the next level with their extravagant lattes. From cotton candy espresso drip drinks (‘cause who doesn’t want a fluffy cloud of goodness?) to their beautiful latte art, their drinks are worth going for the picture alone! They’re almost too pretty to drink. Almost. In addition to the fun drinks they also have a small brunch menu where you can get light snacks such as smoked salmon and croissants!

For the Ones Who’ve Just Dropped the “L Bomb”

Markham's Inspire Restaurant in Markham Village
Inspire Restaurant
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Enter Inspire Restaurant, where their dishes truly are “inspired” with Asian-fusion. From a variety of cool dishes such as Udon Carbonara or Butter Chicken Serpentini (pictured above), they take common Italian dishes and spin it to include Asian flavours. We say Asian flavours because you’ll see flavours from all corners of Asia from Korea to Japan to China to India. Prepare yourself for the nap you’ll want to take after eating here because their dishes are decadent, rich, and oh-so indulgent. We suggest their Inspire Burger with Pulled Pork Frites (above) – it is DELISH.
Pizza at Levetto in Vaughan
Levetto
Homemade pasta? Check. Huge portions? Check. Seriously, Levetto’s best feature is their portion size to price point – it’s impressive. The pastas are definitely one of the biggest highlights of the menu (as in you NEED to order it!) – they have their very own extruder in-house so pasta is made fresh on site and the result is a variety of shapes that are each dense, chewy, and delicious. We recommend splitting a pizza and a pasta between the two of you. You won’t regret it!

For the Couples Who Have Put WORK in


Tapagria Spanish Tapas Restaurant
Don’t want to trek all the way downtown for Spanish food? You don’t have to. Tapagria offers a variety of pintxos, cold and hot tapas, and our favourite, paella! If you really want to treat your sig-o out, order the $72 Chuleton Asado, a massive 32 oz roasted rib-eye that is seasoned and marinated with beautiful flavours. Served with roasted potatoes, romesco, and charred scallions, this brings a welcome and elevated twist to your classic steak and potatoes.
Zen Japanese Restaurant in Markham
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Previously located in Toronto, Zen has moved uptown to grace Markham with its presence. This humble features delicate and incredibly fresh pieces of sushi. Opt for a spot by the bar and have the sushi chefs personally place sushi one-by-one in front of you, Jiro-Dreams-of-Sushi-style. Enjoy their MASSIVE Spider Roll which has some of the meatiest soft shell crabs we’ve ever seen. We dare you to try to eat it in one bite (we deem it impossible)! Don’t forget to leave space in your tummy to end your meal off with a slice of their Mandarin Pie – tangy and a refreshing dessert to a delicious meal.
Who said you need to drive all the way to Toronto to have a nice night out? Whether you’re just getting to know a person or you’re the long-term couple, we hope you enjoy these as our top places for a special date in Markham!

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Dinner Lunch Out with Markham Food Reviews Thai

Little Bangkok Thai Cuisine Review – Out with Markham Food

November 19, 2015

We used to drive past Little Bangkok Thai Cuisine all the time, but never ventured into that little plaza. Authentic Thai food is hard to find in Markham, so when we were invited to try some of their dishes out, we were excited! This family-owned restaurant takes pride in their hand-picked ingredients. They believe in serving quality Thai food to give their customers a taste of Thailand in the comfort of their restaurant on Main Street Markham.

This was our first dine-in experience at a true Thai restaurant since our earlier experiences all took place at “fast food style” restaurants. Here’s a look at some of the dishes we had:

Appetizers at Little Bangkok Thai CuisineAppetizer Assortments – A combination of Thai appetizers served for two (2 Chicken Satay, 2 Thai Spring Rolls, 2 Fresh Spring Rolls, 2 Shrimp Rolls, Deep Fried Taro and Mango Salad) ($12.99)

Since it was our first time, this appetizer plate was a great introduction to Thai cuisine. The mix of nutty, sweet, and spicy played very well on our palates. The Mango Salad in particular was our favourite.

Spicy basil mussels, dry curry salmon, and pineapple fried rice - Little Bangkok Thai CuisineTop: Spicy Basil Mussels – Stir-fried fresh mussels with onion, chilies, sweet pepper and Thai basil leaves ($12.99)
Middle: Dry Salmon Curry – Salmon fish, lime leaves and fresh Thai basil leaves cooked in thick red curry paste and coconut cream ($14.99)
Bottom: Fried Rice with Pineapple – Thai style fried rice with tiger prawns, chicken, fresh pineapple, cashew nuts, and egg ($12.99)

We love seafood so we had to try the mussels and salmon. The mussels tasted as expected and were really good (and spicy!). The Dry Salmon Curry was true to its name, but it wasn’t our favourite. The pineapple fried rice however, was surprisingly filling given how small it looks in the photo above. They definitely packed a lot of rice in that little dome.

Thai Iced Tea - Little Bangkok Thai CuisineThai Iced Tea

Can you believe that this was our first time trying Thai Iced Tea? That first sip had us like WOW! We’re big fans of Hong Kong-style milk tea and thought this would taste the same, but the flavour is very distinct. Needless to say, this is going on our list of drinks to order at Thai restaurants.

We hope you’re craving Thai food now because we certainly are. You can find this hidden gem near the GO station on Main Street Markham. They’re located in a little plaza, so there is plenty of free parking.

Address: 227 Main Street Markham North, Markham, ON L3P 1Y6
Phone Number: (905) 471-8818

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All About Olive Oil at Olive That! Tasting Bar

October 2, 2015

Olive That Markham

Olive That Markham

I was never a fan of olive oils. The smell was never amusing to me and I wanted nowhere near it (not to mention adding it in my food, HELLLLL no). I assumed this was because of the lack of exposure I had to olive oil while growing up as a child. I mean, what other kind of fat does the typical Chinese household cook with other than vegetable oil?

A few weeks ago, I had to pleasure of meeting Val, the owner of Olive That! Tasting Bar (who, by the way, is seriously one of the sweetest and most outgoing ladies EVER). Shout-outs to Jo (@JoannaSable) for the intro! Olive That has more flavours of balsamic vinegar and olive oil than you can ever think of. Some balsamic vinegar flavours include Wild Berry, Dark Chocolate (I kid you not this tastes like chocolate), and Gravenstein Apple (this was a blogger favourite!), and more. If you want to learn some interesting facts about olive oils, please read on.

Olive That MarkhamFood photo credit goes to the talented @Hypebelly
Kale salad dressed with Limonato Olive Oil and Apricot White Balsamic
Caprase salad drizzled with some Hojiblanca EVOO and 18-year balsamic
Strawberry bruschetta toasted with EVOO, spread with goat cheese, and topped with reduced dark chocolate balsamic

During our conversation, we came up with the idea of inviting some of our fellow food-loving friends over for a private tasting party at the Markham location. Since Val already has experience from hosting them before, this couldn’t be more perfect! We got to enjoy appetizers and a dessert that were made with goodies from the store (image above) and tested samples of different oils and vinegars (no, they were not gross; quite refreshing, actually) sold by the store. Val had us fooled because the last sample of olive oil we tested was actually from a regular grocery store! She had us all desperately reaching for our cups of sparkling water (which rids our palates of the oil). Many of us compared the taste and smell to paint! Here’s why:

  1. Not all extra virgin olive oils (EVOOs) are made the same. 70% of grocery store olive oils are not true to their labels. This means that slapping an EVOO sticker on a bottle doesn’t make it the real deal.
  2. Only less than 10% of the world’s olive oil is actually EVOO. Real EVOO doesn’t stick to your mouth. It should have a refreshing aroma and taste. When breathing it in, you should feel a pepper kick at the back of your throat. That’s the polyphenol in the olive oil, validating its freshness. All of the EVOOs from Olive That are lab-tested and are the freshest in the world because they source them from both hemispheres.
  3. Olive oils have excellent health benefits. When consuming the right ones, EVOOs can provide health benefits such as fighting heart disease, reducing the chance of getting Alzheimer’s (by 40%), act as a natural anti-inflammatory, and also proven to retard breast cancer genes.

We all had such a great time at Olive That. It feels awesome to know more about what the types of olive oils we’re putting in our mouths. You can also private tasting party at Olive That! Bring 10 friends or more for an entertaining and tasty evening. What’s more fun than sipping on some 18-year aged balsamic with a group of close family and friends?

Olive That Products

Besides oils and vinegars, Olive That also sells cute products for your kitchen.

 

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