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I’ve been wanting to go to Guu for a while, since I saw it on Katherine‘s blog and heard about it from others. And finally had the chance to before I leave for Seattle, twice at that too! The first visit was with Mike. He had the deep fried kabocha pumpkin croquette with a boiled egg inside, and the Kinoko cheese bibimbap. I had the grilled oysters, and salmon natto yukke, which had an interesting description: “Chopped salmon sashimi with seven friends(Natto, shibazuke, takuan, wonton chips, garlic chips, green onion and raw egg yolk). Mix them up and wrap it in NORI seaweed.” I guess even dead salmon has friends.

The grilled oysters were good. So was the salmon natto yukke. The dish looked picture-worthy before the waitress stirred it. Then it just looked gooey and slimy… Nevertheless, it was interesting as you wrap it in seaweed. But both dishes were too flavourful for me – I was eating them by myself without a main dish. I couldn’t keep eating at the end. But Mike’s bibimbap was amazing!

And I showed up at Guu’s door again the next day. This time with my camera, and determined to order dishes that wouldn’t be too flavourful. And picked a carnivore friend so we can share dishes :p We ordered seared salmon sashimi, grilled squid, grilled oysters and some seafood thing from the special menu.

ABURI SALMON - Lightly seared atlantic salmon sashimi with ponzu sauce and wasabi mayo

It was just delightful. I never though sashimi would taste this good without wasabi.

A dish with shrimps and scallops

This dish was just okay – didn’t amaze me too much.

IKAMARU - Grilled whole SURUME squid with SHICHIMI pepper and garlic mayo

While sitting at the bar with Mike, I saw this puffed up squid. I was trying to figure out why it’s puffed up for the longest time. First thought it was filled with something, and I thought grilled squids are all flat. So decided to try this dish the second day. It was pretty well done as well. Good but not overly flavourful.

KAKIMAYO - Grilled oysters with spinach, garlic mayo and cheese on the top

The oysters were really big and the flavour was perfect! You can taste the cheese and a bit of spinach. To die for.

The atmosphere of Guu was very different from the restaurants I usually visit. It was really lively, all the staff greats warmly and loudly as you enter. Every dish they make, they yell it out in Japanese. It can be hard for conversations if you sit at the bar; you have to stop once in a while and wait until the chefs finish yelling out the dish names. And as you leave, they say their goodbyes in Japanese again.

Hopefully I can enjoy more of Guu once I move to Seattle, and closer to Vancouver! :3

Finally got the chance to visit St Lawrence Market. A long overdue trip considering I’ve been in Toronto for over ten years, and only went to the market once. And so, the trip began with some Chowhounding to see what are some of the good eats at St Lawrence Market!

The goodies were:

  • Buster’s Sea Cove (someone recommended grilled octopus on salad)
  • Carousel Bakery/Paddington – peameal bacon on bun
  • Manos Deli – smoked pork loin
  • Mustachios – veal and eggplant sandwidch
  • Basement – Portuguese custard tarts

Because both of us were really hungry when we got to the market, we didn’t do much shopping. We chose Carousel Bakery first, ’cause there were many examples of how much people liked it – named “tourist” have to do, letter from someone saying their peameal bacon is amazing.

Peameal bacon on bun @ Carousel Bakery

It was really disappointing, even when I was hungry. Maybe it’s because I don’t like peameal bacon. The buns were nothing special. The bacon didn’t taste anything special as well – just soft meat on buns. There have been warnings on Chowhound too, about this at the Carousel Bakery. Should’ve listened!

Then we walked around, and saw Buster’s Sea Cove with a long line up.

Grilled salmon sandwich @ Buster's Sea Cove

It was really good! The salmon was pretty thick, and the sandwich buns were crispy and a bit chewy. The tomato, cucumber, lettuce and sauce were perfect with the salmon. I ate the cucumbers even when I don’t like them.

Look at how thick the salmon was!

It was such a good meal! We ordered the sandwich with fries, so it was a pretty big portion for approximately $13. I’m already craving for more Buster’s Sea Cove!

Night It Up!

Night It Up!

It’s finally here! Tonight at Metro Square is the night market that we’ve all been waiting for. Months and months of hard work has been put into this by just volunteers! Their dedication and energy is just amazing!!!

The stage line-up is amazing! VYbE is coming back again. Few performers of Kollaboration will be there as well: including Missing in Venice, Johnathan Lu (the guy who won at this year’s Kollaboration), J. Reyez. Ahhh, I have a dilemma, how am I to watch all the performers and yet get around to all that I wanna eat: 愛玉冰, Basil Seed Drink, Okonomiyaki, Stir fry ice cream, 車輪餅!!

I hope to see you all there! <3

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Admission
Free

Time

10 July 2009 – 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
11 July 2009 – 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Location
Metro Square, 3636 Steeles Ave. East
Markham, Ontario

Less than two days away is Night It Up!, the event that I dedicated more than half of my time helping. (I hope we don’t fail our AI assignment Mike.)

If you haven’t heard about it, it’s similar to Toronto Night Market. In fact, it’s organized by the same youth group, Power Unit (PU). Besides all the hype about the food and performances (because the bloggers @ nightitup.com has done such a good job! I don’t need to repeat), I wanna mention why we’re doing this – fundraising. During the past years, PU has donated ~$50,000 to benefitiaries thanks to the night market.

Some of the members of PU have been sacrificing their career for this. Come and support them on July 10th and 11th @ Metro Square :)