19 1 / 2012

If you missed us live, you can listen to our complete Here and Now interview here (and… you get it). 

18 1 / 2012

Beth, Dan and A.J. will be interviewed on CBC’s Here and Now Toronto today at 5:45 pm. Tune in and find out what the CBC thinks about our one-hit tumblr.

18 1 / 2012

Dear Diary,

Just like when the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew teamed up to crack a really tough case, we have worked together to solve the mystery of K-Town’s Pizza Park/Subway connection (in this case, A.J. is Nancy Drew and Beth and Dan are the Hardy Boys).

And, by “mystery,” we mean, like, not really mysterious at all.

Our first clue came when A.J. discovered that the straws at Pizza Park conspicuously had Subway logos on them:

Then Beth deduced that the “art” at Pizza Park bore a striking resemblance to the generic posters of meat and cheese seen on the walls of Subway restaurants everywhere:

Finally, Dan remembered that our friend Taylor was pretty sure Pizza Park and Subway were owned by the same people…

"Could it be true!?" Beth asked:

All of this proved totally unnecessary because as soon as we walked into Subway, one of the “super nice pizza guys” from our previous Pizza Park post materialized through some secret backdoor passageway and revealed himself to be our sandwich artist!

Diary, this is a pretty huge lead up because… there is really very little to say about Subway. If you’ve had one Subway sandwich, you’ve had them all. And the only thing that seemed to have changed since back-when-we-all-ate-too-many-subs-in-high-school, was more sauces:

The Sub Sauce is still really delish!

Beth and Dan opted for the safe bet: 6 inch Veggie Delite.

A.J. took a walk on the wild side and tried Subway’s new egg salad sandwich:

(Lessons learned: if you add pickles and olives to an egg salad sandwich, they kind of take over).

So what can we say about Subway?

The cookies are still good!

Perfect ratio of too much butter, not enough cooking. 

In the end, we all decided that while we are super happy to come across a Subway on the highway (it’s like winning the lottery of roadside dining), we are less into it when surrounded by pretty much any other option (our subs each came to $7.22 with a drink and two cookies).

We heavily debated the snowflaking here: food wise, we’d rather eat a sandwich than a slice of Pizza Park pizza, but we prefer the mildly chaotic Pizza Park atmosphere to the jarringly sterile decor of Subway. Like the more discerning lunch-hour teens, we’d way rather hang out at Pizza Park (“way rather” = half a snowflake advantage): 2 snowflakes for Subway!

16 1 / 2012

Dear Diary,

Overshadowed by the many delicious eats in Koreatown, not to mention a dubious massage parlour, is what appears to be your average, shitty pizza joint:

But when we rolled up for lunch, we we’re greeted by, of all things, a lineup. That’s right, it turns out The Park (as Beth calls it) is popular with the teens, and during lunch hour you have to fight for a seat. Luckily, we had our special guest, Montreal-based celebrity baker Reema Singh on hand to snag a table from some unsuspecting tweenage girls.

The slices looked pretty meh, but we were impressed when we saw the staff actually chopping up some fresh peppers to put on the XL vegetarian pizza we ordered.

A.J. wanted green olives, but Dan demanded black, so we compromised:

The crust was nice and thin, and the frank’s red hot sauce – combined with some ranch dip – made the slices go down nice and easy. A.J. insisted on eating his pizza with a knife and fork:

“I just cut through my plate.”

While the slices were sloppy, it was clear that everybody enjoyed them. With only one slice left, we were totally stuffed. Of course that’s when our long forgotten order of potato wedges showed up. Dan wasn’t impressed:

At least they made for the most adorable takeaway box:

“Pizza slice on bed of wilted wedges.”

The super nice pizza guys gave us the special pizza deal, even after our picky olive split should have disqualified us (it came to $26 for four, including a round of bottled water).

All in all, we had to admit that as far as shitty pizza joints go, Pizza Park was definitely a slice above the rest! But after much debate, we agreed that K-Town has a lot better to offer than shitty pizza: 2.5 snowflakes.

10 1 / 2012

Super pumped that Toronto Life likes our 2012 goal, and even more excited that we are now searchable using the “toilet paper” tag. We totally appreciate the external pressure to forge forward through a bottomless bowl of bibimbop.

Also, this means that we will totally have to actually do this thing!

09 1 / 2012

Dear Diary,

Though you are dedicated to Kimchi, our tour of Koreatown begins, curiously, with Ethiopian food. We’ve all been avoiding Abyssinia as it often looks dim and empty inside, like a classic front for the Ethiopian mafia.  

The advertisements on the widow for “Pasta, Burgers and Subs” didn’t help either.

A.J. and Beth were skeptical of the menu…

But when our vegetarian platter for two arrived, we were pleasantly surprised. Dan couldn’t believe it!

The lamb dish we ordered on the side was nothing special…

But the more we ate of the platter, the more we liked it! The red stuff was nutmeg-y and nostalgic, the yellow stuff was caramel-y and delicious, and the pancake-y stuff was less tart than most Ethiopian places, which was just what our ignorant palettes desired.

And when they surprised us 10 minutes into the meal with their homemade red wine hot sauce, we lost our shit. “Don’t drive a car home”, they warned.

This shit is gooooood!

The food was tasty, the service was friendly and quick, the price was okay (we spent $15 per person, less if you skip the meat). On the downside, A.J. didn’t get as much water as he wanted, Beth couldn’t find the light in the bathroom, and neither could Dan (nor could he find any toilet paper, which prompted an abrupt end to lunch). All in all, we were pretty impressed: 3 and a half stars snowflakes out of 5!

08 1 / 2012

So here’s the deal: over the course of the next year, our plan is to eat at every single restaurant on the main Koreatown strip in geographical order. We’re starting at Bloor and Grace on the south side and will slowly chow our way east to Bathurst, then cross the street to the north side and eat west until we find ourselves back where we started.

Who are we? Three kids (Beth, Dan and A.J.) that live in and around the neighbourhood and have a low threshold for excitement:

Beth

Dan

A.J.

Our beloved Koreatown gives itself a modest 3 out of 5 stars as a neighbourhood. Let’s see how many stars the food gets!