As my love for food started in France, I figured what better way to kick-off my very own Foodies Inked blog, than to write about French food!
French cuisine is amongst the most celebrated types of cuisines in the world. Is delicate, yet rich; buttery, yet balanced and it does not make you fat. Ok, the last statement its probably not 100% true, but according to best selling author, Mireille Guiliano, French women don’t get fat! And that my foodies, is true. Because its all about food portion control, and a place like Bodega with the decent size portions validates this.
Bodega is a restaurant located in the famous Baldwin street, which really consists of an almost half a block strip stuffed with 10 or so restaurants. I believe Baldwin to be a very unique street with tons of good variety. If you are foodie, you will know about this street for sure.
I started my lovely French meal with a staple, French onion soup.
French onion soup
The soup’s recipe, to my knowledge, is one of the easiest to make. Getting the ingredients to balance in one’s palate, is a whole other thing. This soup was perfection – not too salty, not too oily and with the right balance of onions. I was very happy my meal had a great start.
Next, I had the Ravioli appetizer as a main. One of the neat things about Bodega is that you can turn any appetizer into a entree, so I did.
The ravioli was extremely fresh and was stuffed with the prawns. The scallops where hanging around next to them and drizzled with a lovely Saffron cream sauce. If I can add, I am a saffron fan and if I find this ingredient in any restaurant menu, I am most likely to order that dish…just because of the saffron. Any who, the ravioli was topped with crispy onions which gave it a nice touch and balanced the creaminess of the sauce to give it a crunchy texture. I would highly recommend this dish.
As for dessert, we skipped dessert at the restaurant as my family surprised me with a home made chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. My sister made this and needless to say, I was extremely happy we skipped dessert. Thanks to my sister for always being so special to me.
Until next time Foodies!
Dining Experience: Birthday Celebration. Who’s? mine
Location: 30 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON
Menu items: French Onion Soup Gratinee and Pan Seared Scallops with Prawn Ravioli.
Wine Pairing: Italian Pinot Grigio