desserts, food, toronto

DOMA Toronto Tasting Menu

Doma a French inspired Korean restaurant is the first-time endeavor of Chef Paul Kim from Seoul, Korea. Their menu changes slightly each month by incorporating new items and rolling forward a few popular items from the previous menu.

For $65 per person, you can experience their 9-course tasting menu which is effectively also their entire monthly offerings. Great deal!

I went in the month of May and some of their popular entree type items are still currently available on their menu this month.

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Amuse Bouche – vichyssoise with green onion and parsley oil.

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Waldorf Salad – celeriac, granny smith apple, perilla aioli, candied walnut, perilla leaf, perilla seed.

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Gochujang Ratatouille – ratatouille puree, tofu steak, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, basil.

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Grilled Octopus – cabbage, konyak, bell pepper, pear, seaweed, pickled mustard seeds, Korean mustard dressing, cucumber granita.

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Uhsun Mandoo Рdaily fish, bay scallop, prawn, onion puree, spring pea puree, soy chili beurre blanc, radicchio.

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Pork Tenderloin – doenjang marinated pork tenderloin, yuzu dressed spring greens, garlic ramp, fiddlehead, perilla leaf chimichurri, mushroom puree.

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Kalbi Bourguignon Jjim – beef cheek and chuck, pearl onion, heirloom carrots, dates, sweet potato, zucchini, asparagus.

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(Left) Rhubarb and Ginger Рrhubarb and soju sorbet, ginger snap crumble, rice pudding.  (Right) Rice Cake Rolled Ice Cream Рbeet, condensed milk, 9 grain, black tea, rice crispy, soy powder.

I love French cuisine and I also love the Korean palate so the combination was perfect for me. Other than the Amuse Bouche to start, the servings for 2 people were put together in one plate – I’m guessing to allow you to continue to dine in their “sharing” style. My favourite dish was Uhsun Mandoo which was similar to ravioli.

Give it a try if you love either styles! I’ve been recommending it to my friends because I love the idea of a changing monthly menu, and for an entire tasting menu the price point is quite affordable.
Doma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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food, Italy, travel

48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 2

In my first day at in Cinque Terre, I managed to visit 3 of the 5 villages. This second day, I went to see the last two and attended the annual Monterosso Lemon Festival which by chance, we were in town for.

Here’s what I did with my second 24 Hours in Cinque Terre:

1) Hike from Vernazza to Corniglia on The Sentiero Azzurro (The Blue Path). This leg of the hike was quite enjoyable as most of the view was of the ocean. It also gives you a nice breeze as you walk.

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2) Enjoy the cliffside view of Corniglia. Continue reading

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48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 1

Cinque Terre meaning five lands is an area comprised of 5 villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each one is exceptionally beautiful as they all rest along the coastline and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had 2 full days to explore all 5 villages by hike and by train. Monterosso was my personal bias because during my 3-night stay it was my home.

Here’s what I did in my first 24 Hours in Cinque Terre:

1) Grab pastries for breakfast. From Wonderland Bakery in Monterosso, I had to try a cannoli!

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2) Hike The Blue Path (Sentiero Azzurro) from Monterosso to Vernazza. Continue reading

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24 Hours in Venice

I planned a 6 day trip in Italy to visit Venice, Cinque Terre, and Rome. It was very ambitious but I believe I pulled it off successfully. Rome was admittedly quite rushed Рmy travel buddy Beatrice said it was a good intro to Rome trip for her and she would like to return to see it in more depth. Regarding Venice and Cinque Terre, she said we spent the perfect amount of time there to experience it fully. 

Here’s what I did with my 24 hours in Venice:

1) Take the Vaporetto a much cheaper alternative to see the cityscape from the canal instead of a gondola.

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Bar Reyna @ Yorkville

Spent St. Patrick’s Day (coincidentally, really) with Adrienne at Bar Reyna in the heart of Yorkville. ¬†What intrigued me about this restaurant was their beautiful indoor patio and their chargrilled octopus dish.

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Eastern Canada, food, friends, travel

Clam Digging in PEI

Looking for an authentic PEI adventure? I was too and what I discovered was clam digging!

With Experience PEI, we joined their¬†Beachcomber’s Clam Boil¬†¬†activity ($85 CAD + HST). ¬†It was a great hands-on excursion. ¬†We were given a pair of gloves, a¬†shovel, a bucket, and the free range of a beach to scavenge for whatever treasures we could find from mussels, to oysters, and to clams! Continue reading

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Tapas Only.

Had a girls date with my friend Karen at Tapagria a few weeks ago where we decided to go all out and order whatever tapas we wanted without caring about the price XD

I’ve only been to Tapagria once with a few friends over a year ago and didn’t get too many of their tapas as we got a large paella to share, so it was nice to finally try more of their menu.

$5.00 Sangrias on Thursdays too!
Here’s close ups of what we ordered:

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Octopus Salad – very fresh tasting

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