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YUN – Rice Noodle Soup in Mississauga

YUN is in the Grand Park plaza where a sushi restaurant used to be.  We were hungry after coming back home tonight and were originally going to stop by the Kelsey’s in the same plaza.  But decided to stop by YUN.  It’s been here since late summer, but we are only trying it now.  YUN serves noodles hot pot style!

Walking into the restaurant I was quite impressed – the decor and atmosphere was very nice, dark grey and dark woods and exotic birds.  It almost had a mystical feel to the place.

We looked at the menu to decide how we wanted to order.  Either we could share a hotpot for over $35, or we can get our own individual bowl for $11+.  We decided each to order our own bowls.  I ordered the YUN original for $11 and added lamb for another $2.75.  my daughter ordered the spicy broth for $12 plus added lamb.  Our individual soups came with an assortment of sides to throw into the soup broth.

The presentation of our soups was quite impressive.  First the sides came in a square tray with multiple compartments to hold all the sides.  There was also quail egg, which I love.  Plus spam and corn, fish cake, etc. The rice noodles came in a separate dish. BTW, the rice noodles are refillable.  The soup came in a mini bubbling calderon, it was so neat. And of course we had our oversized wooden ladle.

I just threw everything in at once.  The bubbling soup was so hot it cooked the lamb as soon as it hit the water.  I added a few drops of hot sauce to give my broth a bit more kick.  My daughter spicy soup was a tomato base so had the spice plus a bit of different flavour – it was quite nice.  She also still added a few drops of hot sauce to her already spicy soup.

We really enjoyed our noodle soups and eating at YUN.  It’s a great alternative if you get tired of eating pho (which I am).  The only downside of YUN is they only accept cash, which was almost a disaster for me since I don’t carry any cash on me.  Lucky my daughter had just enough to cover our bill.  PHEW!

YUN:. 3960 Grand Park Drive, Mississauga, ON


Eva’s Original Chimney Cones at Square One

Eva’s Original opened recently at Square One. Right next to Simon’s. 

I have never heard of Eva’s before, they serve real soft ice cream in rolled dough called chimney cones.  The chimney cones are dusted with cinnamon, sugar, etc. and then baked on a rolling rotisserie.  The whole set up at Square One is quite neat as you can see the whole making of your ice cream chimney.

The menu topping offerings are very diverse.  The cones are not cheap tho, approximately $10 per cone.

I just had a Mini OG, which was plain vanilla ice cream with a strawberry garnish.  Was under $6.  Oh yeah, at the bottom of the cone was a chocolate ball to plug the hole. (looked like a Lindt) 

The dough is supposed to be warm and soft, but my chimney seemed a bit burnt, was cold, hard and tasted burnt as well.  I’ll have to find a way to ensure I get a fresh off the press cone.. The ice cream was high quality.

Going back today to try another flavour.

Oh yeah, as you could see from the photo above, Love Me Sweet Japanese Cheesecake is coming too!

Eva’s Original – Square One, Mississauga, ON

Afternoon Tea at Dufflet Pastries

Firstly, this review is on a little cafe situated not in Mississauga, but in the east end Beaches area.

There are a number of Dufflet bakeries around GTA; the head office and outlet is on Norseman in Etobicoke; and we all know that various grocery stores sells cakes made by Dufflet.  But who would’ve thought that Dufflet Pastries also serves afternoon tea!  That’s exactly where I spent my afternoon yesterday – drinking tea, eating finger desserts and sandwiches with a tea group.

This Dufflet is a cute little spot in the Beaches area and there was a little room in the back of the store where you can eat your lunch or pastry, or have afternoon tea.  The place is cute and tranquil, don’t you think?  Almost Zen-like. I love the goldfish painting on the wall. The little garden is cute, don’t you think? It was really hot sitting right in the sun.

Reservations are needed tho, and they don’t accept large groups – maximum reservation size is one table of four.  If there is a no show in your group, Dufflet will still charge you for the empty seat.  That’s what happened to our group, someone didn’t show up and the three of us had to cover for the no show.  So, let’s just say this afternoon tea was on the pricy side for this reason.

We each received a pot of tea of our choice.  The tea brand was Sloane tea, I believe this tea is high quality.  We received two trays of sandwiches and pastries.  The sandwiches were of two sorts – smoked salmon with cream cheese, and cucumber with cream cheese.  It hit the spot as we were hungry.  There was one type of scone with cranberry (very fresh, I enjoyed this), fruit compote and clotted cream.  Also a very good selection of finger pastries.  I was quite surprised the quality was high. (Much better than that English tea room on Markham Road, that’s for sure. 

The service was on the unprofessional side tho.  It was efficient, but that extra something was not there.  I guess customer service really isn’t their forte.

Address:. Dufflet Pastries, 1917 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

Radica’s Hot & Spicy Caribbean Cuisine

I didn’t realize there was a Radica’s Hot & Spicy in Mississauga.  I was very aware of the location in Brampton, as my coworker recommends it highly.  And I love roti and curry.  I used to go to Drupati’s and Alima’s regularly.  Now I can go to Radica’s Hot & Spicy at Dundas and Winston Churchill Blvd.

Radica’s is very clean and spacious inside where you can order your food at the counter and then sit at the table and chairs to eat your meal. They cater to UberEats customer regularly.

I ordered a large boneless chicken roti, and my daughter ordered a large lamb roti.  As usual, our rotis were humongous.  

We both asked for mild, but my chicken was spicy. White chicken meat mixed with potato and curry.  I thought it was a little bit salty, but overall I loved my food.  I also had hot sauce on the side.

The lamb roti was delicious as well.  Large chunks of tender lamb and potato and curry.  The lamb was not as hot spicy as the chicken.

Two large rotis with two pops came to $25. Now I need a trip to Trinidad for sure!

Update August 28, 2016
I’m eating my leftover chicken roti and I have to say that it is even more delicious today than it was yesterday when I bought it. The flavours have all melded together so it tastes amazing. The roti is still soft and stretchy even after I microwaved it. Radica’s is #1!

Address:. Radica’s Hot & Spicy – 3105 Winston Churchill Blvd. Mississauga, ON

Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina

Border MX is so close to me and has been open for probably almost two years.  Even though I’ve been eyeing the place since it opened, I finally made my way over there tonight.

Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina is located in that dingy, rundown plaza on Hurontario, just north of Dundas…  Sigh, that plaza could’ve had so much potential.  One of my excuses for not visiting Border MX is because of this particular location…

Anyway, the restaurant is much smaller than I thought it would be.  And it already looks worn out, and plus the place smells like the dingy plaza. the place also was a bit on the warm, stuffy side.  Despite this, Border MX seems pretty popular and has a regular flow of customers.  We got there around 4:30pm and pretty soon, all the tables were pretty much filled.  Latin music was playing loudly, making me soon feel like I was on vacation.

The menu has a nice variety of dishes to choose from including TAMALES!  We had to order that for sure.  Plus, we added a chicken soup, and Nachos with beef (Cabos).

The Chicken Soup came to us only luke warm.  It had a nice spicy flavour with bits of rice.  It was a bit on the oily side, as you can see a top layer of oil floating around.

The Tamales with chicken came next.  I’m sort’ve spoiled because the first and only time I had tamale before this was in Texas and they were prepared homemade, homespun recipe and they were humongous. They were so delicious and those are the tamales where I will be forever rating other tamales against… So of course, the tamales at Border MX failed big time.  These came small (basically a third of the size of the ones we had in Texas).  There wasn’t much chicken inside, and they were also dry.  Plus, the tamale had a strange (plastic-y) taste.

The Cabos (beef nachos) were very good and I enjoyed it alot.  The serving size was bigger than I expected, as it was big enough to share.  The nachos are home made, the refried beans tasted great on the nachos.  The salsa and sour cream were on the skimpy side though.

Overall, Border MX probably serves one of the better Mexican foods I’ve had in Toronto (Señor Burrito might be better;. I’ll have to visit again and compare) – their prices are good. I’ve been to other more expensive, more decorated Mexican places in GTA, but this one is not pretentious and the food here tastes better.  Despite the location, I will make it a point to come here more often.  There are more dishes on the menu I have to try.

Address:. Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina – 3085 Hurontario St. Mississauga

Daddy O Doughnuts & British Baked Goods

Located in a low traffic area one would never expect to find this new hidden gem – Daddy O Doughnuts & British Baked Goods.  YES! Decadent and adorable homemade doughnuts can be found in Mississauga, and more importantly – not too far from me! LOL!

Daddy O Doughnuts & British Baked Goods opened their shop on North Service Road, just a bit east of Hurontario.  North Service Road isn’t really a busy area so this doughnut shop would be considered hidden.

The little shop has a cute retro decor that reminds you of those 50’s type ice cream parlours.  It’s mint and pink colour scheme is fun.  The whole vibe is cute and I’m sure little kids would enjoy visiting this cute shop for a heavenly sprinkly doughnut.

There was a decent variety of mouthwatering doughnuts on display. (You can enlarge the photo to get a clearer picture of the doughnuts offered). I believe Daddy O’s offers other baked goods such as sausage rolls, or cookies, etc. as mentioned on their website. However we arrived early in the morning and didn’t see any of these other pastries displayed.  I did ask the lady if they have Chelsea buns and she responded with eventually.  So, I’m just waiting for these Chelsea buns to be available and advertised so I can scoot over and grab a couple.

We took a few minutes to decide which six doughnuts to purchase (three for my daughter and three for me).  Most of them looked like a sweet coma, most looked droolworthy.  The pink Homer Simpson doughnut with the sprinkles looked especially targeted for kids.

We purchased two maple bacon, one peaches and cream (real cream and peaches were added to the doughnut, so this one needs to be consumed immediately), one cardamom sugar, one Bob Marley lemon, and one German chocolate brownie.

The maple bacon had an amazing flavour and the maple glaze is really sugary and sweet.  The peaches and cream was original, fresh and sort’ve ‘healthy’ due to the peach. LOL. This was my daughter’s favourite out of the selection she chose.  It was easier to eat because it wasn’t as sweet.  The chocolate icing on the German chocolate brownie was really rich. The Bob Marley was my favourite of my choices.  The dough was nice and chewy.  My daughter also liked the cardamom sugar.  So basically, we found the doughnuts with the icing on top too sweet, the others with just sugar or that are more plain are easier to eat.

I initially believed we would be able to eat all three doughnuts the same day; two is more than plenty to satisfy that sweet tooth and cure any diabetics all at once. We had to save the extra doughnut for the next day. The Daddy O doughnuts were really sweet and the chewy dough is satisfying; it’s the ultimate indulgent pleasure and a real treat if you are able to get your hands on these doughnuts.

Daddy O Doughnuts & British Baked Goods was recently compared with Krispy Kreme doughnuts by a local publication, and were questioned on whether they were worried about the big competition… NO, they have nothing to worry about. Homemade and original is always the best!

Update July 24, 2016

I tried going to Daddy O’s sometime during the week to pick up Chelsea Buns.  I got there at 5:30pm and they were closed because they ran out of inventory!  Even tho their store sign had a closing time of 6pm. Thank goodness I was on my way home from work, otherwise for others it may have been a waste of time and gas.

I went back on Friday after work – yay they were still open and I managed to pick up a couple of Chelsea buns and one Bob Marley donut.

August 16, 2016

This is getting really annoying.  I went there at 4:15pm and they were CLOSED.  Despite the business hours on their door.  It’s really starting to waste my time and gas. 

Address:. Daddy’s O Doughnuts & British Baked Goods, 589 North Service Road, Mississauga


wp-image-1400201334jpg.jpgL.A. Boil Seafood just opened in Mississauga.  Yay, a seafood boil in Mississauga!  We decided to try it out. We thought it was pretty good and a fun experience, and there is a 10% discount which made it even better.

IMG_20160713_183857Apparently, L.A. Boil Seafood is expanding with a few locations throughout GTA and Ontario.  The one we went to is located where Ben Thanh used to be.  Another Mississauga location will be at 888 Dundas West, in the Chinese centre.

IMG_20160713_185546The ordering system is thru the IPAD.  I thought it wasn’t necessary as it would be easier just to check off on a piece of paper.  The menu offered a nice selection of appetizers and sides and of course seafood.  Their appetizers also included soft shell crab, clam chowder, Cajun fries (yum), sweet potato fries, chicken nuggets, etc.  There is also an AYCE salad bar for $3.99.  Anyhow, I’ll tell you what we ordered and let you know if we thought it was good or not.

IMG_20160713_185621First we started with the $3.99 salad bar.  I would say to skip this because the salad bar is really small (you can only eat so much lettuce), and the potato and pasta salad didn’t taste very good.  We only ate once from the salad bar.  So no.  Skip this and just order extra hot appetizers.

IMG_20160713_190257We ordered a Cajun fries.  I’m glad we only ordered one serving since we weren’t sure how large the portion would be.  It was a good size for the three of us to munch on until our seafood arrived.  Maybe they use McCains fries?  It still tasted good!

Before our seafood arrived, the waitress brought us bibs and plastic gloves so we can eat and enjoy as messily as we want.  They served our saucy seafood in plastic bags and metal buckets.

IMG_20160713_192841My sister ordered 1lb Snow Crab Legs, with a side of steam rice, lotus root and corn on the cob.  She chose mild garlic butter sauce on the side.  The snow crab legs were huge, I didn’t expect she would receive so much snow crab legs.  Even though she asked for the sauce on the side, I thought the crab legs were salty.  She really enjoyed it.  Who doesn’t enjoy seafood??!!

IMG_20160713_192336My daughter and I shared 2lb Dungeness Crab, with a side of potato, corn on the cob, and sausages.  We asked for mild garlic butter sauce, but I think they gave us spicy Cajun sauce instead? Our dungeness crab was less salty than the snow crab legs, but then again, our crab was soaked in the spicy Cajun sauce.  I really liked the corn that was soaked in the sauce because it really worked in the flavor.  The corn was tender and so good.  Next time will order extra corn.  We also had potato which was a decent side, and also sausage which I’ll skip next time.  We ended up not touching the sausage.

Although the corn tasted great drenched and cooked in the sauce, I thought the sauce was very strong and lots of garlic, too much in fact.  I had garlic breath even the next morning.  The garlic butter sauce was overpowering as well.  It would be better to just have the sauce on the side and then you can dip your food into it.

Overall, I thought L.A. Boil Seafood was a fun experience, and again I love seafood.  We paid $95 including the discount and tip, which I thought was pretty decent price.  Compare this to eating at a different seafood restaurant and you would most likely end up paying more.  I want to go again.

Address:  L.A. Boil Seafood – 2661 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, ON





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