Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Toronto Part 7: Guu Sakabar

Kitanoya Guu Sakabar- Toronto, Canada

It's not like I went to Toronto 8 months ago... I'm surprised I remember half the things I do about that trip.

Something I noticed about my time in Toronto- all the good restaurants are either hidden/and or discreet.

As hungry travelers in search of dinner, we decided to wander in search of a good restaurant late at night, at around 10:30 PM.  One of us spotted a very anonymous building that at first seemed like a karaoke bar with all of the noise that was coming out of it.  Despite being so late, the wait was still around 20 or so minutes.

P.S. The lighting in there was quite low, so excuse the appearance of Mr. Blurrycam.

street art

When walking into Guu Sakabar one is greeted by what possibly may be the most boisterous restaurant staff in North America.  Every time the servers walked up and down the restaurant it seemed like you were in the middle of a festival.

First up was the okonomiyaki ($6.80 CAD), a seafood pancake over a bed of yakisoba and topped with tonkotsu sauce and kewpie mayo.  While delicious and filling, I didn't taste too much seafood in the actual pancake itself.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Raspberry Nutella Sandwich Cookies

 Work It

I apologize for the unexpected one month hiatus.  I was to busy being lazy busy.

 Am I a hipster yet?

But now that I'm stuck at a coffee shop waiting for my car to be washed, I finally have no excuse to update you all about what's going on in my life in food.

This was just one of the few things that people received in their stockings last Christmas, and gosh darn it were they delicious.

Initially I just rolled the sugar cookie dough into balls thinking they would flatten up into cutesy little circles, but instead I ended up with...

obese belly buttons- not attractive.  Disappointed, I busted out the rolling pin and prepared myself for a day of constant rolling and powdered sugar flying everywhere.

much better

When you first bake them they're delicately crisp (and still just as delicious), but let these sit for a day and suddenly they're moist and soft, with the right amount of sweetness.  Who needs those Girl Scouts anyway? 

Raspberry + Nutella = Superhero Combo

Raspberry Nutella Sandwich Cookies

sugar cookie dough
recipe adapted from AllRecipes
3 sticks of butter, softened
2 cups of white sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
5 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder 
1 teaspoon of salt

to assemble
raspberry jam
powdered sugar

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and extract. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on a surface dusted with powdered sugar. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. 

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. 

To assemble, spread each cookie half with jam and nutella, and dust with powdered sugar.