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





Snug Harbour

I went to Snug Harbour in Port Credit with a friend today.  This was my first time visiting here and it won’t be my last; mostly for its winning location just beside the waterfront.

What a beautiful day as we chose to sit outside to eat our lunch, right along the boardwalk watching the boats and kayakers.  The interior of Snug Harbour was nice too, but everyone chose to sit outside.

Snug Harbour is a seafood restaurant, so of course I had seafood.  I chose the Blackened Catfish which came with roast potatoes and some veggies.

The catfish is supposed to be blackened and seasoned with Cajun spice.  But I believe there was only a rub to simulate true blackened fish.  It was just okay and I’ve had better catfish from smaller less expensive places.  The fish seemed a little undercooked, they could’ve kept it in the oven for another five minutes. The potatoes you can’t go wrong.  There was a dollop of sour cream and some gravy.  I liked the thin sweet potato chip they added to look decorative.

I had the Key Lime Pie for dessert.  It was not cheap at $8.95.  I still enjoyed it and it was a big piece.

There were alot of servers and staff working so service was good and friendly.  I’ll rate Snug Harbour 3.7 for now, as I need to try another dish to compare with what I ate today. I’ll be visiting again as I love Port Credit and the location along the water.

PS.  I borrowed the first photo off the internet as I wasn’t thinking and didn’t take any pictures of the restaurant.  But I’m pretty sure 80% of Mississauga already know about this restaurant anyway.  I’ll take my own photo on next visit.

Address:. Snug Harbour, 14 Stavebank Rd S, Mississauga, ON

Voy Jamaican Restaurant – Port Credit, Mississauga


We went to Voy Jamaican Restaurant on the Lakeshore last night. It’s a fairly new restaurant basically next door to Dunk’n Dip. It’s nice to have food variety in Port Credit.

There’s a quaint outdoor patio just at the front of Voy. The patio was surrounded by some bushy plants, and there is a wooden deck built around it, offering some privacy and seclusion, which is nice to be not so exposed to the road. Entering into Voy Jamaican Restaurant has a pub-like casual atmosphere. I believe Voy is trying to provide nicer atmosphere than the usual casual, no nonsense vibe.

We were the only customers at 5:00 pm, although we saw a couple of people passing thru; maybe they are friends. I wonder if Voy gets busy on weekends or later in the evening?

We ordered the specials listed on the board: Fish Cakes with Corn Salsa, Curry Shrimp, and Stew Chicken.

Fish Cakes with Corn Salsa

We shared the Fish Cakes as an appetizer – This was really nice – I didn’t ask what type of fish was used, I wonder if its cod. It seemed fresh to me. There was a cold and spicy tomato based corn salsa overtop the fish cakes. Maybe if the salsa was room temperature (or not so cold) would be better, since the fish cakes were warm.

Stew Chicken

This was a big plate of soft, falling of the bone chicken. There were a lot of bones so be careful. Accompanying this was a sweet cole slaw that had mango bits, and was so nice. There was also rice and peas (I did not taste this) and veggies.

Curry Shrimp

I’m not sure what Jamaican-style Curry Shrimp is supposed to be like, but the curry here was rich and had a creamy coconut base. I found the overall flavor was heavy and strong. There was a lot of nice-sized shrimp that had a saltiness to it. So there was a myriad of flavours with this dish – salty, mild, heat, curry, coconut. My dish was also accompanied with sweet cole slaw, plain rice, and veggies. I’m not sure that I would order this dish again.

Service was super friendly here and we’ll be coming back to try their poutine and roti.

Also, I want to add that I’m not able to rate it against other Jamaican restaurants because I don’t visit too often (although, I enjoyed Voy and it is MUCH better than Island Palace on Dundas and Dixie).

Address: Voy Jamaican Restaurant, 231 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON

“Best Restaurants in Mississauga”

Huffington Post

I’m really excited that I was featured in an article for Huffington Post Canada.

“Best Restaurants in Mississauga:  25 Delicious Spots You Have To Visit”, by Arti Patel, Huffington Post Canada

I, along with some others contributed to this article in trying to find the best spots to eat in our neck of the woods.  (You will recognize some of the places suggested).

I’ll definitely be using this guide for myself as well since there are a number of places on here that I’ve never tried before and sounds delicious.

So, please have a read and tell me what you think?!





Foodie North just opened their doors!  I’m so happy!  I’ve waited so long for it to open.


In case readers have not heard of Foodie North, it’s a new Chinese restaurant offering Northern China cuisine.  It is located where Golden Turtle used to be.  Also, Presotea is located inside Foodie North, which is great for the high school kids next door. I love Presotea.



Foodie North is BEAUTIFUL!  From the beautiful red double doors to the intricately decorated interior.  The window panels to the tables are very intricate, no detail left untouched.  Even the washrooms are beautiful.  Even the menus, and tableware.


The menu is extensive offering everything from dumplings to soups to seafood to vegetarian; even a nice selection of desserts, and of course bubble tea.  You can see their full menu on their Facebook page.

We knew the dishes would be large so we only ordered two dishes.  We were hoping to order dessert after, but got too full.  Here is what we ordered:



First, we were presented with a hot pot of tea.  This is not your typical Oolong or Jasmine tea normally offered at Chinese restaurants.  This tea was made of dates and goji berries and flowers and tea leaves, and it was sweetened.

#3003 Steamed Sliced Pork Coated With Glutinous Flour



There was a photo of this on the menu and it looked good and interesting.  What arrived was a beautiful presentation of eight pieces of fresh steamed bao, and a basket full of sliced pork belly.  The pork belly layed on a few pieces of fresh crispy lettuce, and was lightly coated with a sweet tasting sauce (not too sweet).  We gobbled this down.

Then we had #6013 Yu Shiang Eggplant in Casserole.  This was a mixed dish of eggplant and potato.  It was quite interesting, the potatoes has a crisp to the edges and do I taste a hint of curry overall?  A shiny glaze was drizzled over top. We ate this with a bowl of steamed rice.


Since we had no more room to order dessert as we originally planned, instead we ordered a bubble tea to take out at the end of our meal.

We arrived at Foodie North at 4:30pm so it wasn’t busy yet.  But as we left at 6:00pm, more and more diners started arriving.  There were basically only two servers, so I do hope more staff came on board after we left. 

I think Foodie needs to coordinate their service a bit, however I don’t think that will be a problem in the coming days or weeks.  We were pretty satisfied with the service despite a few little quirks.

Here are some pictures of the washroom area:



Update June 13, 2016

We went back for dinner today. Service is still a little weird. They seated all the diners in one corner, then the servers seemed to forget to come back to us to get our orders. Every single table were waving our arms trying to get someone’s attention. They definitely need to improve on attentiveness.

They no longer serve that nice sweet tea. or at least today, we only received a plain tea.

Here are photos of what we ate. Stewed Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Dried Green Beans With Minced Pork, and Mashed Yam With Blueberry Jam.



Address: Foodie North – 325 Central Parkway West, Mississauga, ON

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