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Warming Up With Southern Food in the Wintertime

Winterlicious. Get it? Winter + Delicious.

When the temperature drops into the negative twenties, it takes a lot to get me out of the house.

But Toronto’s “Winterlicious” was an event worthy of such a trip. Delicious food is really the only thing that will get me out of the house in the wintertime.

Winterlicious is just like any other restaurant week. For a limited time, certain restaurants will offer prix fixe menus. An appetizer, main and dessert for a flat rate. It’s supposed to be a steal and allows us common folk to experience some of the city’s finest.

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Of course, y’all know I never take the classy route. Southern Accent sounded like just the kind of warmth I was looking for. 

Okayokay, and when roommie Megan, Callie and Kristin and I heard they were offering turducken on the menu, we knew this would be our Winterlicious pick.

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Please excuse my colourful photos, for this was a colourful joint ;)

For $25, we got an appetizer, main and dessert. Pretty good price for all three. However, I will say that I almost always just order a main when eating out. So spending over $20 on a restaurant is a rare occasion for me. And this was one of the cheaper Winterlicious options!

The appetizers:

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I never cook scallops at home, so this choice was easy.

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They were of the small variety, which was kind of a bummer. But the whole dish itself was delightful. Surprisingly spicy with a savoury crunch of pumpkin seeds. The scallops, thank god, were not overcooked and flaked off my fork. And even though I don’t like pasta, I lovelovelove the texture of orzo.

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Chased down with some bread and hummus! The hummus was a nice touch, and full of garlic deliciousness.

The mains:

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Obviously, I went with the turducken, which is a de-boned chicken, stuffed into a de-boned duck, stuffed into a de-boned turkey. It was purely for novelty’s sake. The rest of the main options were very tempting!

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My roommie immediately exclaimed “reminds me of Christmas!” And I would definitely agree. The duck was the fattier of the poultry, and it was hard to distinguish the three different stuffings. The gravy was “meh” and I didn’t like the too-tart cranberry sauce. The mashed potatoes reminded me of the microwave kind. But I’m admittedly a “smashed” over “whipped” potato kind of gal.

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This was the first time I ever had oyster or cornbread stuffing. The cornbread variety was awesome. I need to make this!

Aaaaand dessert:

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Once again, I went with the dish I’ve never tried before.

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Pavlova! This was a completely new dessert to me. A softer meringue bottom (ie pure sugar and egg whites) topped with whipped cream. It was nice and light after a heavy meal and didn’t put me over the edge like most desserts do.

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Megan and Kristin! Meg ordered the same things as me, Kristin got the jambalaya and it was gooooood. Another thing I must make soon!

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Callie n’ me. Callie ordered bread pudding for dessert and each bite was like taking a shot of bourbon. My kind of dessert ;)

After our three courses, we all agreed a little walking was needed. Namely, to this eyesore around the corner.

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That would be Honest Ed’s department store. It exists only in Toronto and is probably the most ridiculous place in the city. It’s been on my “to-visit” list since the day I arrived.

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How about a room of Blair Witch Projects on VHS?

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Ranging in price from $0.99-$14.99.

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Or giant random statues.

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All handmade signs.

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And of course, the famous Elvis busts. I was thisclose to buying one. I thought it would be the perfect way to commemorate my days lived in Toronto. But then the idea of spending $30 on a creepy spray-painted Elvis bust got the better of me.

Eventually my tummy started to hurt from too much laughing and delicious Southern food. It was time to say goodbye.

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On two different trains going in opposite directions.

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Neither of which, ironically, were going South ;)

 

(with some pics borrowed from Kristin and Callie)

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