The moment we entered Tabule, I felt I had been wisped off to an entirely different continent. Everything from the overall ambience, music and décor instantly transport’s you to the Middle East. Initially I felt quite surprised by the small size, but soon realized the restaurant is split in half. Our waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating. To start I had a combination plate with generous portions of humus, babaganouj, tabouleh and falafel. A couple baskets of warm pita came to accompany the spread. Although I feel my homemade hummus has better flavour, it was authentic and delicious. The falafel was my absolute favourite – a crisp outside and fluffy interior. My second course was a Mennonite chicken skewer with rice and salad. I can’t say the salad was very appetizing – the overpowering flavour of lemon was all I could taste. The rice, however, was extremely delicious… a perfect balance of flavour and texture with fried onions scattered on top. The chicken itself was dry but did not lack flavour, and the yogurt-based dip our waitress brought was the perfect compliment. Last, I ordered a phyllo pastry dessert with custard, coconut and a sprinkling of rose-water syrup and pistachios. The texture took me by surprise, and although I felt it wasn’t the star of the show, it was just enough sweetness to meal finale. I would definitely recommend Tabule to those familiar or inexperienced with Middle Eastern fare. The sensual atmosphere, affordable prices and well-rounded dishes make it a good lunch or dinner destination. I’d give it a 2.93 out of 5.
Monthly Archives: January 2010
Imagine… walking up, knowing that today will be a good one – the sun is shining and the birds aren’t chirping cause it’s too cold but that’s okay, it’s winter afterall. There’s an extra hop in your step because you know you can sleep in tomorrow, and once you get yourself prepared for the day and pack your bag for work, you can’t find your wallet. Not only is the idea of losing a wallet somewhat traumatizing, but knowing that it’s the start of winterlicious and I have a lunch to pay for… well, that caused even more panic. How does a lady survive without her plastic? Well thankfully my sleepy boyfriend grunted something along the lines of, “blah blah blah borrow my debit card blah blah not much money on it blah” because I have reservations waiting for me and a belly to be filled. And to be even more grateful, my wallet was on the floor of my friend’s car. What a start to the day! Luckily lunch is just around the corner.
Sometimes it’s nice to spend a weekend evening takin’ it easy. After a long week of work, occasionally I just want to ‘veg out’ on Friday night – put on a movie or two, eat some leftovers and throw in a load of laundry. So that’s just what I’ll do – but Saturday is a just a little more exciting. As a result of my laidback Friday evening, the day will begin with a refreshing climb session at my favourite place in T.O. – Rock Oasis. The evening festivities are surely the best part; a giant group of us are getting together for drinks, then heading to Sneaky Dees for a good ol’ fashioned dance party. So if you see a blonde with moves like an awesome robotic cheetah, it’s probably just me… The big question is… should I wear my luchador mask? Like I said… I’m somewhat of a masked-villain by night so it could work.
I’ll let you know.
I will not use this blog solely to gush about my culinary experiences, life is important too. So while I’m at it I suppose I could start by ranting about today’s chilly weather. Toronto is just too darn windy… On a side note, I have a new found distraction to vent my frustrations: trashtalkthettc.com. Any Torontonian that uses public transit has at least a few stories worth sharing… some good, but mostly bad. It’s the service we love to hate. But I’m also not here to be a negative nancy… It’s Thursday after all and that means one day ‘till Friday and Friday indicates the beginning of something epic – my weekends. Thursday also represents two traditions: the first being Office night and while some of my gall friends are in love with the character Jim, I’m more of a Dwight gal… cause let’s face it… Dwight is the epitome of hilariousness. And our second (and very new) tradition is taco night – complete with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, etc. … must not… succumb… to … indigestion.
Lastly, tomorrow marks the beginning of Winterlicious… 3 course lunch @ Tabule for me!
When boredom ensues and you want a familiar adventure it’s an easy solution to visit a convenience store. If your not stimulated by the colourful candy wrappers and fridges full of glowing bevy’s, then you can always stop by the magazine stand for some short-term entertainment. So, before sitting down for an episode of the Simpsons, my boyfriend and I decided it was necessary to get some sour candy, popcorn kernals and nibs. Lately sour candy has been my guilty pleasure… whenever I get a craving I trek outside the apartment to hasty market in my jammies and fill one of those clear plastic bags with rainbow sour belts… gosh they’re good. Anyways… I saw they had some dark chocolate chips and felt tempted to make my favourite cranberry dark chocolate oatmeal cookies, but I needed eggs too… so naturally I went and grabbed some. If nibs and sour belts were a form of currency I would currently be rich. Unfortunately I have no white sugar… so my cookies will have to be postphoned until tomorrow. Until then, adieu.
Don’t you just love the phrase ‘happy accident’… it has such a pleasant ring to it. My previous post mentioned that I had to make cupcakes yesterday evening for a meeting today, so that’s just what I did. Feeling particularly generous, I didn’t just opt for an icing topped cake – instead I decided to layer. Cupcake – icing – sugar cookie – icing – dash of sprinkles. The end result was fantastic and super fun-looking. Because what it all comes down to is… why only have one treat when you can have TWO in ONE! The reason I brought up ‘happy accident’s is because I experienced one last night. Being over confident of the previously mentioned/new-found chocolate frosting caused somewhat of an oversight on my part. The ganache base had too much cream, so I added a touch of icing sugar to the dark chocolate mixture and whipped on my mixer until fluffy… the key is keeping these cupcakes refrigerated so the icing doesn’t melt. I’m fussy over things like this, but the positive side is it tastes phenomenal. The perfect balance of moist cake, and rich but very light and fluffy chocolate icing.
On a side note, today is my favourite of the week – FRIDAY. And Friday means one thing… the weekend. This particular weekend is jam-packed with essitin’ plans. I begin the adventure with a road trip to Hamilton to see a live band (Monster Truck) I have never seen them before, and initially doubted such a name for a band… this was until I realized how cool the name Monster Truck really is. (think about it) Makes me want to throw on some plaid, a trucker hat and shotgun a beer. Saturday we have a dinner party (will be making cupcakes for this too!) And Sunday will be spent in Burlington at the indoor rock-climbing haven, Climbers. Can’t wait!
If you’re into cooking and baking, it’s likely you’ve planted yourself in front of the TV for hours watching cable’s greatest gift – Food TV. I can remember watching this channel religiously since we got our first satellite, and if you ask my guy roommates from my second year of college, channel surfing was forbidden while my ‘programs’ were on. I can’t say I watch this much anymore – firstly I don’t have time, and secondly most of my favourite programs have been replaced, or played less frequently. If there’s one person to be truly patriotic of it’s Michael Smith. Yeah, some people find his poppa-bear charm slightly nauseating, but he’s a talented guy! And to even further my excitement, he’s going to be facing off against my favourite chef of all time, BOBBY FLAY in Iron Chef America! I’ve already put an alarm on my phone to witness this epic battle. (Sunday, January 31 – 9:00 pm) I’m rooting for my home boy Michael, but I can’t wait to see what the secret ingredient is, and most of who will reign supreme.
As the chairman says, “LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!” *swift hand chop motion follows*
And what a pleasant Wednesday it is. I suppose today’s topic of interest is Winterlicious 2010. This annual event (or I suppose bi-annual if you count Summerlicious) is a must for all foodies, especially if you’re on a budget. Toronto’s finest restaurants offering totally affordable prix fixe menus, sounds like my kinda deal. And even though the prices are hard to resist, I can’t afford to go wild… so I’ve opted for two reservations (so far) My first choice was tough… I needed to find a simple, yet enticing menu that could satisfy my broad palette, but also that of my boyfriend (he is a meat and potato kinda guy) It’s difficult because he doesn’t like veggies, and trying something new is best done in our home, where he has the option of cursing and spitting it out. Anyways, I chose ‘Fred’s Not Here’ – the main course dinner menu offered 4 kinds of steak, how can he not be satisfied with that!? In addition, I too, have slight carnivore tendencies… red meat is my BFF. So February 2nd we’ll dress in our Sunday best, and mosey our way to King St. I can’t wait… and although the dessert menu lacked any details or sense of excitement (chef’s selection of the day) I do love surprises.
My second adventure takes place the day Winterlicious begins – January 29. I knew I had to do lunch, and I knew if I chose Yonge and Eglinton, I could easily convince my colleagues to tag along for a ‘team lunch’. This choice was too easy… Tabule. We’ve been talking about going for sometime now, but the winter bitterness has forced us to choose lunch destinations close to the office. Middle eastern food is something I don’t eat regularly, so this will be a treat… and did I mention one of the offered desserts is baklava!?
I really, really want to book one more reservation for Superior restaurant on Yonge. I live too close to avoid it, so I find it rather likely that I’ll book a lunch date there. Mmm…!