This is simply a short post about my New Year’s Eve at a good restaurant with good company.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Hunters Landing, it’s a restaurant/pub/grill/sports bar (take your pick) located at 82 Fort York Blvd in Toronto. The atmosphere in this place is great and you can feel comfortable going in jeans or a fancier dress. Best part about this place – it serves gluten-free food. Wait. Let me say that again, it serves really good gluten-free food! I’ve only been here 2 or 3 times, but I have never been disappointed!
My friends and I wanted something fun but not over-the-top to do for NYE and so someone suggested going here. For $50, we received a 3-course meal, as well as champagne and snacks at midnight.
The courses I chose were:
Field Greens– fresh berries, spiced sunflower seeds, blue agave and lime vinaigrette (delicious!)
Asiago and Spinach stuffed chicken breast– Herbed potatoes, root vegetables, balsamic sauce (If I were eating this at home, I would have licked the plate! Seriously, the balsamic sauce was amazing!)
Caramel Cheesecake (the alternative was an equally tempting Tres Leches Brownie, also, gluten-free! The cheesecake was fantastic… so fantastic in fact that I ate half of my friend’s piece too! haha)
The venue itself can be casual or classy; it really depends on what you want your night to be. I highly recommend Hunters Landing for those who want a good meal and nice night out!
A cute little gluten-free bakery called the Almond Butterfly opened up in Toronto 6 months ago, and I finally had the pleasure of checking it out in December!
Located at 100 Harbord St (Just south of Bloor, off of Spadina), this wonderful little bake shop and espresso bar is everything a girl eating gluten-free could hope for! I told myself on my first visit I would pace myself and not buy everything in sight… well that sort of worked. I ended up buying 6 cupcakes (I only ate 4 I swear! haha), a thyme cheese biscuit, and a pumpkin spice latte. (I’d like to take a second to mention that they make their pumpkin spice syrup from scratch!!) Everything was wonderful, but I especially loved the cheese biscuit and the vegan chocolate cupcake. I can’t even really describe how much I loved the biscuit. Simply put, it was everything a cheese biscuit should be. As for the cupcake, while I enjoyed all of their cupcakes, the chocolate cupcake was incredibly moist (I honestly thought I was eating gluten) and chocolaty but not overly rich like I find some chocolate cupcakes to be… (for that reason, I usually go for vanilla over chocolate, but maybe that has changed now?!). The pumpkin spice latte was good too – similar to Starbucks’ but without all the chemicals!
They offer a variety of teas, coffee and lattes (with the option of almond and coconut milk!), and in addition to their cupcakes, loaves and cookies, they offer sandwiches and bagels.
They are now open 7 days a week (Yay! or that could be a bad thing if you’re close enough to go everyday…) and you can even order things for pick-up in advance.
I highly recommend people to check out the Almond Butterfly. I know that I will be going back to try more of their delicious food, and especially for more of those cheese biscuits! If you have been, please feel free to share your experience or recommend something from their menu!
Happy New Year everyone!! Here’s wishing you all the best in 2015!