Toronto Restaurant Review: Kupfert and Kim (Rating: 2.5 out of 5)

FINALLY! FINALLY! FINALLY!

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Every time I walked by Kupfert & Kim I saw a huge line up, which means their food is good right?

I passed by Kupfert & Kim again last Tuesday and I thought I would give this restaurant a try this time.

I ordered Kim because the server suggested.  I also ordered their Daily Cold Tea, which was Southern Ice Tea, because it was a hot day.  I paid almost $15 all together.

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As of Kim, I love the almond chili sauce, organic tofu, and pickle carrots, but I thought the veggies were not fresh enough.  Also, the portion size, I thought, was too small for its price (it costed close to $10).   I even tried the green sauce that was given to me and I did not like it.  All I tasted was the spiciness.

As of the Ice Tea, it tasted just like any ice teas out there.  But it was not too expensive (it costed around $3), so I thought it was worth it.

Overall, I think this restaurant is overrated.  There are other restaurants that serve similar food with better quality. I was disappointed.

Have you been to Kupfert and Kim? What did you think? Post your comments below. Till next time!

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5 – Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5 – Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5 – Satisfied. One of best places to eat.

4 out of 5 – Excellent. I am going to be the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5 – Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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Toronto Restaurant Review: Rawlicious Markham (Rating: 3.5 out of 5)

I had to think about what to eat last Friday because my parents had dinner with their friends.  I also did not want to cook because it was Good Friday.

I was thinking where I could grab healthy and awesome food in my area. After a thorough research on the Internet, I found Rawlicious, a raw, vegan and organic restaurant. Luckily, the restaurant opened on Good Friday, so I drove to the restaurant to order take out.

The restaurant is located on Main Street Markham right across from Scotiabank.  I got a very warm welcome from the staff and one of them suggested me their Pad Thai and The Classic Burger with Jicama Fries.  I also ordered their Berry Much Protein Smoothies. My bill was about $47 all together.

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I sat down at the restaurant while I waited for my food.   I loved the interior because it is simple and roomy.  It is definitely a good place to have lunch dates with your friends if they happen to love vegan and organic food.

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The restaurant service was fast as well because I only waited for about 10 minutes for my food.  As a result, it only took me less than 30 minutes to get my supper.

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Ok! Let’s get to the taste.  Firstly, the smoothies was awesome! I could taste the strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, and brown rice protein.  It also had the right consistency. I could not believe it was made with almond milk.

Secondly, the Pad Thai was alright. Although I did not like the zucchini and kelp noodle that much, I LOVE THE THAI SAUCE.  The sauce was not too spicy, yet gave some kicks to the dish.

Lastly, the open-faced Classic Burger was great! Although the burger did not have the same consistency as a regular meaty burger, but it still tasted good.   There was a dipping sauce that came with the dish and I dipped the Jicama Fries with it.  Sadly, The Jicama Fries tasted alright and I wish they use sweet potatoes instead.

Overall, I like this restaurant and I would come back again with someone who loves vegan and organic food.

What is your favourite raw, vegan and organic restaurant? What would you recommend people to try at that restaurant? Post your comments below. Till next time!

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5 – Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5 – Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5 – Satisfied. One of best places to eat.

4 out of 5 – Excellent. I am going to be the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5 – Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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Toronto Restaurant Review: Urban Herbivore Eaton Centre (Rating: 3.5 out of 5)

I have been doing tons of research on restaurants that serve healthy meals made with local or organic ingredients because I seldom eat out.  WHY? I like home cooked meals and I work too much to think about where can I find restaurants for locavores.

Urban Herbivore was one of the places I found through online research.   I really wanted to try this restaurant due to three reasons: they make everything from scratch, they try their best to use local or organic ingredients, and they do not use any preservatives and addictives in their menu items.    Urban Herbivore has three locations in Toronto: Eaton Centre, Kensington Market and College Street.  Luckily, I was at the Eaton Centre, so HERE I GO…

Urban Herbivore at the Eaton Centre is located on the basement where the food court is.  The restaurant is located between Liberty Noodle and Big Smoke Burger. I arrived at Urban Herbivore after 3pm and the line up was NOT SHORT.  I also just missed their half sandwich and half salad/soup deal for only $10.  DAMMIT!

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Soup was originally on top of my list, but all they had was Red Lentil Curry soup (I was afraid the soup is too spicy for me).  Therefore, I have decided to order a salad.  At Urban Herbivore, you get to choose your base, toppings (6 of them) and dressing for your salad.  I picked kale and spinach as my base, sesame tofu, alfalfa sprouts, red onions, carrots, grape tomato and red cabbage slaw as toppings and Red Wine Dijon as my dressing.  Finally, I ordered an Apple Blueberry Muffie because I do not know what a Muffie is.   The Muffies Urban Herbivore serves are made with organic spelt flour.  Ultimately, I paid about $13 altogether.

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I really liked their salad because everything was so fresh.  Although most toppings were marinated, they were not too salty.  I also tasted red wine from the dressing, yet I could not taste any dijon.  I guess the marinated toppings masked the dijon flavour.   Overall, I love this salad.  I could not even finish it myself because the salad was too big.

As of the Apple Blueberry Muffie, it was basically a fused cookie and muffin.  The outside had a texture of a cookie, and the inside was soft like a muffin.  Personally, I thought the Muffie was not too sweet, but it was a bit oily.  Neverthless, I recommend people who are looking for healthy desserts to give Muffie a try.

In conclusion, I give Urban Herbivore 3.5 out of 5 because I really like their food.   I just do not give this restaurant 4 out of 5 because I do not live in downtown Toronto.   Therefore, you should definitely check this place out if you are at the Eaton Centre and you want to have a healthy meal.

Have you been to Urban Herbivore before? What do you think of their food? What do you think of their service? Post your comments below. Till next time!

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5 – Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5 – Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5 – Satisfied. One of best places to eat.

4 out of 5 – Excellent. I am going to be the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5 – Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

 

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Toronto Restaurant Review: Yogen Fruz Eaton Centre (Rating: 2 out of 5)

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So this past Thursday I had lunch with my friend in downtown Toronto and had a craving for desserts while I was waiting for him to get off work.  I did not want anything heavy, yet it could fill me up for a few hours until dinner.  I was at the Eaton Centre and was going to go to the Nespresso booth to get a free coffee, but the line was slow and long.  And then I walked by Yogen Fruz (DING! A LIGHT BULB JUST LIT UP IN MY HEAD!).   Yogen Fruz reminds me of my favourite peach yogurt and I thought it was wise to have yogurt in between meals because yogurt contains probiotics and is low in calories.  Therefore, I bought a small peach yogurt (right below), a small Green Tea with Mochi yogurt (middle, below) and a small Peach Berry Sunset smoothies (left, below). In total, I paid close to $14 including tax.

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As of the peach yogurt, it has always been my favourite and is low in calories (120 calories). I could taste the fruit and the yogurt is very smooth.  In addition, the yogurt tasted very fresh.

As of the Green Tea with Mochi yogurt,  I could not taste any of the green tea in there, BUT THE PEACH FROM MY PEACH YOGURT. I could only tell it is a green tea yogurt by the colour.  As I was doing some digging, I found peach yogurt at the bottom of my green tea yogurt bowl (picture below with arrows pointing to the peach yogurt).  The lady probably did not clean the machine well and I HATED THAT. As of the mochi in the yogurt, there were tiny, chewy mochi ball coated with icing sugar.  If you do not have a sweet tooth, I suggest you have the mochi with yogurt together.  Despite the negatives, I like it how it only contains 130 calories.

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As of the Peach Berry Sunrise Smoothies, I highly recommend this drink to people who likes watery smoothies.  This smoothies contained peach, strawberry, apple juice and yogurt, but I felt I was drinking mixed fruits with apple juice because I thought the yogurt would make the smoothies thicker.  Also, I found the lady did not blend the smoothies properly because I found fruit chunks at the bottom (picture below with arrows pointing to the peach). THIS IS NOT GOOD!   Like the Green Tea with Mochi yogurt, the only thing like about this smoothies was it has 80 calories.

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Ultimately, I suggest you stick with your favourite flavours if you are a Yogen Fruz fan because chances are the other flavours may not be as good as you think.  If you have not had Yogen Fruz before and you want to try now, I suggest you get their fruit yogurts.

Have you been to any Yogen Fruz location? What is your favourite? Post your comments below. Till next time. 

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5 – Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5 – Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5 – Satisfied. One of best place to eat.

4 out of 5 – Excellent. I am the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5 – Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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Toronto Restaurant Review: Whole Foods Market Markham (Rating: 2 out of 5)

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I love going to Whole Foods Market not because it is very organized and clean, but also the service is superb because Whole Foods Market’s staff would bring you to the product you are looking for in person while the staff in other supermarkets would just point you to which aisle is your product is located.

Not only I love shopping there, I also want to try their prepared food because they look so fresh and organic.  Therefore, this morning I have decided to go on a little adventure and try their food.

Even though Whole Foods Market open from 9am to 9pm everyday, they did not have much choice of prepared food before 11am. When I got there around 10:40am, all they had were burritos.  They did not even have soups yet. Therefore, I got myself a Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito ($3.99 CAN) and a Breakfast Sausage Burrito ($4.49 CAN).

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I also bought a hot chocolate ($3.00 CAN for 12 ounces) from the drink bar (they made it in-house like Starbucks) and tried a sample of cold blended mocha. The mocha was PRETTY GOOD.  In total including taxes, I paid close to $13 CAN.

So here I am. Sitting in a very modernized and comfy place and ready to enjoy my breakfast.  To be honest with you, I did not feel I am having breakfast at a supermarket at all. In the picture below, the two on the left side are Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito and the two on the right are Breakfast Sausage Burrito.

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I tried the vegetarian first.  Inside the burrito, it had eggs, tomatoes, potatoes and jalapeno pepper.  Also, the burritos was not too chewy and inside was really juicy (you may want to have tissue paper on the table because there are juice coming out from the burrito).  I thought it was NOT BAD AND DELICIOUS.  But after I bit the first pepper, I felt the pepper in my mouth.  OMG! IT WAS SO SPICY. IT WAS BURNING IN MY MOUTH. I guess they had to give the burrito some kicks, but it was too spicy for me.

Then I had the sausage burrito. WHAT A RIPOFF!!! Inside the burrito it had eggs, tomatoes, potatoes and pork that were not sausage.  It was either bacon or some fatty part of the pork.  I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BECAUSE I DID NOT TASTE ANY SAUSAGE.

Finally I had the hot chocolate.  Interestingly, it had some coconut taste in it.  They may have put some coconut extract in the drink. Although I am not a big fan of coconut, but I found this hot chocolate pretty unique.

Ultimately, if you live near Whole Foods Market and you are in a hurry and you just want to grab a quick bite, Whole Foods Market is a good choice for you.

Have you been to Whole Foods Market? What do you usually buy in Whole Foods? Have you tried their prepared food before? Post your comments below. Till next time. 

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5Satisfied. One of best place to eat.

4 out of 5Excellent. I am the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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