Kalofagas Toronto Weekend

Yianni and I recently took a road trip to Toronto. On our itinerary was meeting food bloggers Peter Minaki and Paula Costa at 420 Smokehouse for dinner, as well as seeing Nia Vardalos in Theatre 20′s production of Sondheim’s musical Company.Danforth Kalofagas Toronto Weekend VictoriasMansion2 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend
We stayed at Victoria’s Mansion, an adorable Inn & Guest House.

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Gloucester Street, Church Street and the area around it has been home to the Toronto gay community for many decades. This “geighborhood” was fabulous! We also visited Toronto’s Botanical Gardens.

TorontoGardens Kalofagas Toronto Weekend Here’s a pic of Yianni and I before heading out to meet Peter and Paula for dinner.

YianniKitoula Kalofagas Toronto Weekend We were delighted by the casual atmosphere of 420 Smokehouse, its delicious food and the Cabbagetown neighborhood.  Cabbagetown, now very gentrified, was once one of Toronto’s poorest neighborhoods, inhabited by many Macedonian immigrants. Some say the area got its name then, when cabbage was a staple food of  its struggling working class and many grew it in their gardens.420SmokeHouse 2 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend We started our dinner with some delectable oysters.

420SmokeHouse Kalofagas Toronto Weekend We also enjoyed sharing macaroni and cheese with bacon topped with a warm baby spinach salad with walnuts.

420SmokeHouse 3 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend I ordered the smoked chicken dinner with aligot ( garlic & cheese mashed potatoes) and sauteed kale.

420SmokeHouse 4 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend Yianni chose St Louis ribs glazed with ale sauce with 420 Caesar salad.

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Peter went for the St Louis ribs with dry rub and a side of aligot.

420SmokeHouse 6 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend Paula ordered the Southern Fried Chicken wings & hot sauce with slaw.

PeterPaula Kalofagas Toronto Weekend Danforth Kalofagas Toronto Weekend It was so nice to meet fellow food bloggers Peter and Paula that I have known for years online and now know in real life! Internet FTW!Danforth1 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend Afterward we went to the Danforth Greektown neighborhood for dessert and coffee and a little window shopping. Here’s a shop that was proud of the Greek soccer team’s performance in the World Cup.StLawrenceMarket Kalofagas Toronto Weekend The next day we headed out to visit Toronto’s famous St. Lawrence Market. National Geographic’s “No. 1 food market in the world” was overwhelming to say the least. Next stop… Theatre 20.Company 768x1024 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend What a wonderful show! I am so glad we got the chance to see it. The cast was full of extremely talented theatre actors.

NiaTheatre20 Kalofagas Toronto Weekend All in all a great weekend in Toronto. I recommend you dine at 420 Smokehouse when next you’re there and check to see if you can catch a show.

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From Yaffe Group Tidbits Blog? Hello & Welcome!

If you’ve landed here from a link off the Yaffe Tidbits blogpost… hello and welcome to Kitoula’s Greek Food Journal!!! I’m Greek. This is my journal. It’s mostly about food.

My next post will be about a recent weekend trip to Toronto where Yianni and I had some delicious meals at some fantastic restaurants. We also met a couple of Toronto foodbloggers; Peter Minaki and Paula Costa. It was great meeting them both IRL!

Yianni and I also attended Toronto’s Theatre 20′s production of Sondheim’s musical Company with Greek-Canadian movie star Nia Vardalos; she’s the My Big Fat Greek Wedding gal. She luvs me on Twitter. I have proof…

 

So come back… I plan on posting all about our weekend in Toronto soon. Until then, kali orexi!

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Greece – World Cup 2014

Yesterday’s Costa Rica vs Greece – World Cup 2014 soccer game was amazing. Team Hellas made history. They reached the last 16 for the first time. But in a penalty shootout they were defeated by Costa Rica.10346519 659651260791018 4683607030879176121 n Greece   World Cup 2014
Antonis Samaras, Greece’s Prime Minister, sent the team a telegram that said: “Greeks are proud of our national team. Congratulations to all the boys.” I’m still super proud of the team! Bravo boys!

There were so many funny images on social media about the World Cup. What do you think of Christ the Redeemer wearing a Greek soccer jersey! Ellas Ellas Ellas!

 

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