Starbucks is located in a strip mall at the south west corner of Burnhamthorpe and Saturn near the Etobicoke and Mississauga border.
Thinking back I can't remember what this place was before it was a Starbucks. It doesn't really matter but one thing is for sure the footprint is a nice size and seems larger than the one at Bloor and The West Mall. A couple of things though, no soft seating at all, mostly tables for 2 with one large community type table.
I didn't see many plugs for those that you know, like to live inside Starbucks and work or study but it has a nice feel, just not as comfortable I suppose.
Still, they make it good here dare I say better than Bloor and The West Mall and better than Eglinton and Dixie for my most recent favorite drink which is the smoked butterscotch latte.
The staff here are also nice however but the furniture is not great for say a group greater than 2.
The Grand Canyon is accessible via road from either SR67 from the north to the North Rim or SR64 from the south which is access to the Grand Canyon Village, visitors center and most of tour accessible amenities from the National Park access.
This trip we accessed the Grand Canyon National Park from the south side from state road 64, north bound from Flagstaff. This side gives access to the many buildings, visitor center and main gate entrance in which the fee was 35 dollars (4 in the car, 2 axle vehicle) for a receipt that I believe granted access for 7 days. The Grand Canyon itself is vast, wide, scenic and humbling to use but a few words. In may sound like a cliché but truly words cannot properly describe this place. The same could be said about many places in the world that I've yet to see but as far as inspiring awe this place for me is the place I'm happy to have seen in my life time.
This is the second time I've been and while I don't remember the first visit very well (about 20 years ago or so) I have to say that it truly never gets old. While the price of the admission will get you access to entry it also gives access to the bus shuttles which will take you upon a number of routes to and from and around the stretch of the southern rich running pretty efficiently with routes, stops and the tour bus operators are informative and will explain how the stops work because not every stop is made on each leg of a route going a particular way.
It's not hard to learn or understand and this system they have for the shuttles allow you to hop on and off at your pace to spend as much time you'd like at each location prior to sundown as they stop the shuttles near sundown and give ample warning to visitors which bus is going what way before boarding (if a bi-directional stop). Restrooms along these bus stops are limited so if you are unsure you should ask. Stops on the routes show where restrooms are located.
In summary this National Park has a great system to help get around and we're talking miles and miles of stretch. Many stops have things to stop people from going to close to the edge but some stops do not. If you're traveling with children it's best to keep them close and not allow them near any of the edges as there are many places where if one is not careful, it wouldn't be hard to fall.
Some of the best memories and scenery I've ever seen is right here in this park and lighting, time of day and many other factors change how you see the park. It's literally a sight to see.
Jim Sudel Ceramic Design is located on the southside of East 1st Avenue between Marshall Way and Goldwater in Old Town Scottsdale.
My wife is a lover of all things prickly pear. I guess it brings back great memories for her on top of her loving the fruit. When I mentioned we were going to go to Arizona for vacation she was excited to know that it was the place for prickly pear. When she did a web search on prickly pears she had mentioned Jim Sudel's store was there and then she took a closer look.
Well it seems that Jim is a talented local artist in Old Town Scottsdale that wasn't far for us to take a stop and look at his studio workshop. Jim has some amazing designs and works of art through out the space and my wife didn't have any trouble finding some take 完美彩票计划聊天室 keepsakes to remember this trip by. Jim although busy at work in the back room was able to take some time to chat and explain some things as well as just being a pleasure to get to know he's really good at what he does as well.
Being that this was our first trip to the Phoenix area we were able to find some unique, local hand made works to take 完美彩票计划聊天室. While there are some larger pieces there are enough smaller pieces that would not be an inconvenience to take 完美彩票计划聊天室 on a plane in say a hand carry bag.
I know if we return to Scottsdale that my wife (and myself) would definitely want to stop in and see what Jim has been up to.
Los Favoritos is located near the north end of a strip mall at near the south west corner of East McDonald and North 86th.
I made it a point that being in the south west for vacation that I was going to have as much Mexican food as I could stand whether it was an option at breakfast to have chorizo or straight up tacos and other things for lunch or dinner outside of any other fast food options. Looking up what's good and local in Scottsdale for Mexican gives many options but I came to the decision to bring my family to Los Favoritos for lunch.
It took a bit of looking around in this strip mall but I noticed 3 work trucks to one side of the parking lot. If I had to guess they were here for lunch too. That's a good sign in that workers not necessarily from the same area meeting at a place to have lunch. Where the locals go, I think where ever you go that's what I'm looking for which is places that the locals frequent for being exceptional and not as well known to those that don't live there. Is this place a chain like Filiberto's? No idea. It doesn't matter though because the food speaks for itself.
While it was a late morning they still have breakfast options and I have to say this place was definitely busy. People sitting just waiting for their takeout, others in line, others eating in and a line waiting to order. You know a place is good if people are keeping the place busy because it would be the opposite if it wasn't. I had ordered 2 burritos one a bacon and egg for my wife and another breakfast burrito for myself. I had a bit of my wife's and it was just as expected, a great portion, hot and fresh. The sauces are in little take out clear plastic cups and they have them just behind the cashier both in green and red.
For a low key Mexican place this is one of the good ones for sure.
Union Social Eatery is located in what I can only describe as a stripmall / office type complex on the north side of Eglinton between Spectrum Way and Satellite.
This side of Eglinton is recessed from the main road because of the dedicated MiWay bus roadway. It is however directly across the stripmall where Palmyra, Tim Horton's and Planet Bowl are if that helps anybody find it. Because it's sort of away from Eglinton it's not as easily found I'd have to say. Honestly for somebody that is not really looking it's sort of hard to see and find.
When going to Union Social in the past we've always gone to the one on Financial but that area is really crowded. This area I don't really know what it's called and I don't live very far away, Matheson Airport Business park? The immediate business complex I believe is called Spectrum Square. There's lots of offices in the area because of it being an airport business park and for dinner on a weeknight it was still busy enough.
Union Social from my previous visits to the Financial location seemed pretty lively, energetic and filled with good times comfort food. This place is really no different but just seems a bit quieter. I ended up just going with the haddock and chips. I wasn't feeling a burger which is what I usually order when going to Union Social but the food here has pretty much always been good and the service was also friendly and attentive.
The servings are pretty generous. The plate was quite filling and for a place that doesn't necessarily seem to specialize in anything in particular the fish and chips was good. I used Open Table to make the reservation and that was easy to do and convenient since we were so close the table was booked barely half an hour before arrival.
Lou Malnati's is located in a strip mall complex at the north east corner of East Camelback and North Central.
On my first trip to Phoenix Lou's would be our last meal right before going back to the airport and after spending almost a week with my family out west I figured this would be a good place to go for our dinner. One thing I couldn't help but notice about Phoenix is not only do they have Portillo's but they also have Lou Malnati's.
I don't know if there a lot of Midwest Chicagoans that moved to the Phoenix area but I've been to many big cities in the US and it's not often I will see either of those two Chicago originals outside of Chicago. To me this is kind of great because looking back it's been about 5 years since going to Chicago for us and both Lou's and Portillo's are always two places we go when in Chicago.
This is the third Lou's I've been to. The first two were both in Chicago one on North Wells and the other near the Loop. I can definitely say the quality and consistency of the deep dish at this Phoenix location looks and tastes just like the Chicago locations.
As always we get the butter crust Lou's original with sausage. For me it's what makes Lou's special, that crust is so good and the portions are very filling. Our server constantly kept our drinks topped off and it was another all around great experience at Lou's.
There was no waiting for a table perhaps because we came before it became busier on a Friday night because normally for Lou's I'm used to ordering before we actually get to the table. Because we were seating pretty much immediately we ended up getting some wings to start knowing the pizza was going to be at least half an hour or more.
Lou's as far as I'm concerned makes the best Chicago deep dish. I've had some of the others before but I really prefer Lou's over the others.
Kitten and the Bear is located on the north side of Dundas just east of Gladstone.
My wife was telling me that this place used to be on Queen in Parkdale but I wouldn't have known since I'm not really a tea person. Well I am a tea person in that I drink tea every day but not at 4pm tea with sandwiches or biscuits type of person. That's totally her thing, going out for tea in tea rooms so she likes that sort of thing.
We just popped in to look at things, not sure what she was looking for but she bought something. She bought me a canned crafted tea as well. I've never seen the cans that this store had. I ended up getting a sparkling Oolong - Blueberry - Lemon made by Hanging Belay. I've never heard of it but hey, something new and different. I opened it and drank it walking down the street on a cool winter morning. Nice tasting refreshing tea drink it was!
This place also sells some pastries like some attractive scones and has Sloane in the tins (I'm a fan) and even sells tea cup sets. There's a few tables in the well lit corner but they were all taken with people enjoying their tea and conversation.
This is a classy shop and looks like a nice place to sit and have a nice cup of tea if there's room.
Saudade is located on the south side of Dundas half a block west of Ossington.
My wife likes this store and has been many times but just recently was my first visit. We came with friends we were out with that day just to take a look. Normally my wife would buy soap or other small things and they even have some food products near the front like olive oil and sardines. The store is in Little Portugal so it's understandable that many of the products are from there including the knick knacks and food.
It's a nice place and they have a variety of things to brighten up the house.
Dirty Food is located on the north side of Dundas east of Quebec Avenue in the Junction.
What the fa-hell? Oh this place uses the waitlist app which I see so commonly in the good old US of A but not so much here. I really wish more places had this feature on their Yelp listing because it really helps with the information on how busy and how long the wait will be and get you on the wait list even if you're not there. Psst it's a Yelp thing shhhh.
For what it's worth I honestly didn't know this place existed. That's sad right? I mean for somebody that lives on the west side, does go out for brunch and passes by this area not regularly but not rarely I should have known. I should have known this place has been around for THREE years. Normally when I don't know a place and I think they're relatively new I'll ask how long they've been around. I was patently ashamed when I found out they've been around for as long as they said which was again, THREE years. How could I not have known? It was more regret than shame. I mean after eating what I had here I was filled with remorse for time lost and brunches missed in years passed. Numbers were running in my head how many times I could have eaten here and I had to simply concede to lost time and simply move on.
Oh ya, I ordered biscuits and gravy here. What's that you say? These aren't English tea biscuits and this isn't powdered St. Hubert or Knorr gravy from a pouch. This is a dirty south thing. You know such food like chicken fried steak, collard greens, mountain mash? When driving through places like West Virginia and seeing establishments like Tudor's Biscuit World or remembering that time in North Carolina at a gas station that had a sausage gravy dispenser not unlike a slushee machine, one knows what southern dishes are all about. I love chicken fried steak and sadly very few if any places do that here. Chicken and waffles is more of the accepted savory and sweet dish more accessible north of the border and they happen to have that dish too.
The thing about the biscuits and gravy here is that it's not just biscuits and gravy. Getting that dish in the south is like getting poutine here where ever fries are sold which is very common. While the white gravy also known as sausage gravy here at Dirty Food is just rich and divine they happen to combine it with their half biscuit soaked or swimming and the other half to the side. Oh wait there's that thing added that makes it simply magical and that's fried chicken. That's right, crispy seasoned southern style fried chicken oh my. So a drumstick just bubbly and two deboned thighs are on this dish with watercress and collard greens is like heaven. It's like a hand came out of the sky and dropped this off and gracefully presented a shiny thing.
This shiny thing was the most satisfying breakfast I've had in a very long time, months. I'd probably place it as a tie with The New Spot on Polk in San Francisco for their chicken fried steak made with Italian sausage gravy but this dish is just the best thing I've had in Canada for brunch, period. Trying to put this in perspective for under half a year that's better than breakfast/brunch at Mymy, Mamma's, Friends with Benedicts in San Francisco, better than Snooze or Bud's in San Diego, better than Snooze, Hash Kitchen, The Breakfast Kitchen Bar in Scottsdale and the Red Rock Cafe in Sedona. That's a pretty tall list of heavy hitters when it comes to brunch/breakfast and dare I say it yes, even better than Emma's on St. Clair which I was just there within the week.
I have to give a crown to a place I didn't know was around for THREE years. That crown is Dirty's. I mean I have to say while I'm happy to have found this place and we'll be going more when we can that I'm sad to have missed meals not going there before. No regrets, moving forward so onward and upward. No, that direction...
Eataly is located in the Manulife Centre at the south east corner of Bay and Bloor.
What at this point most likely takes the largest footprint of this facility, it may have been Ashley before the major renovation. Eataly Toronto is like Eataly Flatiron approximately fifty thousand square feet. That's quite a footprint considering this is on multiple levels in an uptown location of Bloor-Yorkville. For Eataly though you need a large footprint to be able to house multiple food counters, restaurants, full blown grocery options, walls of products and a place for cooking classes.
For those that don't know Eataly is basically a huge Italian superstore. This store may not have everything you're looking for that is Italian in that they don't have Ferarri or Lamborghini for sale but they do have prosciutto from Modena and many other places for that matter. Looking for Grana Padano or Reggio Parmigiana? Will a wheel do? The guy working the cheese counter said somebody came in and bought half a wheel cut lengthwise for a wedding just the other day.
While the place doesn't have Santa Maria Novella like the NYC Flatiron store they do have on premise made beer at the birroteca on the concourse level. Using Italian hops and other ingredients Eataly Toronto has the only on premise brewery of all the Eataly establishments so that's sort of special.
I had out of town guests and while my wife has been to Eataly Toronto already I had not been so my first visit was going to be with the out of towners. We spent quite a bit of time at the olive oil wall as they were trying samples and deciding which to get. My wife picked one she knew she wanted without trying any samples. My friends tried a variety and eventually bought one and also a bottle of balsamic to go with it. My friends ended up getting fresh ravioli nearby as well.
It was mid afternoon on a Friday and the pasta and Neapolitan pizza restaurants had some seating but we were already going to eat a few hours later at a place we made reservations for earlier in the day. I noticed the Roman style pizza bar was quite popular and a quicker option. I had the Roman pizza in the Eataly in Century City and I prefer it to the Neapolitan actually. I like the crunch and the variety of slices I can get in one sitting and while Neapolitan doesn't take very long to make the Roman slices are ready.
Overall Eataly is overwhelming. While I've been to 3 others (NYC - Flatiron, Chicago, LA - Century City) I found Toronto's to be as good as at least Flatiron but less streamlined. Toronto's version is more like an Ikea gauntlet that makes you go through the entire store to say get to the gelato bar. At Flatiron and Chicago the Lavazza and gelato can be accessed at the first floor level without having to go all the way in. The Toronto setup has the café type areas in the area on the upper level facing Bloor where there's the pasta/pizza area, bar, coffee/dessert stand, Roman pizza all in a corner.
The content of Eataly Toronto is basically all there in an unfamiliar footprint albeit still somewhat organized. I like this concept and I'll be back to try the other offerings like the pizza and pasta.