Good Eats? October 2019 Edition

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I came across this post, three quarters of the way finished so I spent some time today finishing it off.

Chicken Burrito – Friday, October 11, 2019

Chipotle Mexican Grill (Sherway Garden Mall, Etobicoke)

Cost: including fountain drink – $17.29

I chose a whole wheat wrap, with brown rice (fibre), black beans (more fibre), a generous offering of tender grilled chicken (protein) was laid on top of the bed of rice and beans, then a large dollop of sour cream was dropped, next came some mild salsa, followed up with some cheddar cheese and avocado (I paid extra for the avo).

Was it worth it?  Yes.  I’d definitely indulge again.  Chipotle Mexican Grill for the win.  This burrito was delish.  Quality excellent.  Portion size – generous.  I’m inclined to think it weighed about a pound, give or take an ounce.   In the end, it was too much for me to consume in one sitting so I wrapped up the second half to eat later.  So really, it was two meals for the price of one.

Service was welcoming, pleasant and quick.

Canadian Eggs Benedict – Saturday, October 12, 2019

Fran’s (33 Front Street, Toronto)

Cost: including a side of maple sausage, Diet Pepsi and tip: $25.30

Was it worth it.  No. Nope. Not gonna happen again.  That’s a whole lot of money for a simple dish that turned out to be dismal.

Service was good, the food was not great.  The sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese and paprika did nothing in my opinion to make this dish anything more than what it was.  The side order of maple sausages arrived overcooked with a hair stuck to one end of one of the halves. The sausages are those regular small breakfast sausages, but Fran’s cuts two in half and charges $4.99. As soon as I could, I got my server’s attention and told her about the hair.  She quickly picked up the plate and told me she’d get another order for me.  She was gone before I could tell her I didn’t want the order – the sight of the hair on the overcooked sausages had made me feel queasy and  uneasy.  But alas, a replacement order arrived at my table within minutes.  Sadly the second order was also overcooked.

On a positive note that slice of melon you see below was tasty.

Black Bean Veggie Burger Patties – October 17, 2019

Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier (My Kitchen, Toronto)

Cost: not a clue as I didn’t keep the shopping receipt.  Oopsies.  Sadly, it looks like I didn’t snap a photo of the outcome.

Does anyone else have this cookbook? This is the first recipe I’ve made from it.  Feeling the want to do some cooking I knew I wanted to try something new.  Voila, this is the one I chose.  Already on hand I had the black beans, rolled oats (I used gluten free), whole grain brown rice, nutritional yeast, ground coriander, bread crumbs and sea salt.

I needed to purchase the cooking onion, fresh cilantro leaves, grainy mustard and tamari sauce.  Before heading to the grocery store though I had to do a Google search to find out what the heck tamari sauce was.  For those who do not know what tamari sauce is here’s the scoop – it is a thicker, less salty, fermented soy sauce that contains less wheat.  It can be used in Asian and non-Asian cooking.  I was able to find a bottle from Kikkoman in the same area of the store where soy sauce was sold.

Two things I changed in the recipe were I used regular cheddar cheese, not a vegan style cheese; and I also used regular bread crumbs.  I did not make my own using sprouted bread.

Prepping and assembling this recipe was easy.  Cooking time was quick.   Patties were delish.  The sizes varied so the cooking time varied.  Only thing I’d change is the about of sea salt listed.  Brendan lists 3 tbsp.  I’d drop it to 1 tbsp.  I used 2 and found it too salty.

Would I make this recipe again?  Probably.

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