Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Step into the past with a visit to Hygrade Restaurant & Deli in Detroit. We enjoyed a Saturday lunch with a Groupon, bonus! I ordered a corned beef sandwich with Russian dressing and coleslaw on an onion roll and Dave ordered a hot open-faced ham sandwich with mashed potatoes.

The corned beef was excellent, nice, lean, and tender (up there with Zingerman’s Deli and The Grand Trunk Pub). The coleslaw and Russian dressing added a lot of flavor and moisture to the sandwich and the onion roll was just perfect. It was a good size too! Dave really liked his ham sandwich. The entire plate was warm and comforting.

I look forward to our next visit!

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Hygrade Restaurant & Deli

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM

After our breakfast at Over Easy, we headed across the street to The Royal Ontario Museum. The architecture was really cool, a very high tech looking building was built around the original building from the early 1900’s. The ROM has a little bit of everything: dinosaurs, ancient cultural objects, furniture, and fashion.

My favorite galleries were the dinosaurs, the birds, and European style. The dinosaur gallery is what you expect, but I loved it all the same. Dinosaurs are cool. The bird gallery includes over one hundred species of birds all shown in flight, which was really neat to see. The European style gallery was a surprise for me. I thought it would be boring, but it was really interesting! There were several rooms set-up as they would have looked for many different time periods. When you stood in front of the room, music from that time period played. The Egyptian and Greek artifacts were also favorites. I really liked how they showed the process of creating the traditional red and black pottery in Ancient Greece.

We spent about 4 hours looking through the galleries and probably only saw a little more than half the museum. Highly recommend if you’re in Toronto for a visit.

Royal Ontario Museum

Over Easy in Toronto

Bruchetta Eggs

While we were in Toronto for a family wedding, we had breakfast at Over Easy. It was located right across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which was super convenient, but that’s another post!

We tried ordering mimosas with breakfast only to find out that they don’t serve alcohol in Canada before 11am. Oh well, the fresh squeezed orange juice on its own was good.

I ordered eggs bruschetta which included two poached eggs on broiled Asiago toast with tomato, red onion, garlic bruschetta mix. It was served with home fries. I had previewed the menu before our visit and totally wanted to order this and it lived up to my expectations. I’d love to recreate this one at home!

Toad in a Hole

Dave ordered eggs in a whole which included a Montreal-style bagel, halved & filled with fried eggs, bacon and melted aged cheddar. It was also served with home fries. Dave really enjoyed his as well.

Before we went to Canada, I looked up what a Montreal-style bagel was as neither of us had eaten one before. According to Wikipedia, Montreal-style bagels contains malt, egg, and no salt and is boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked in a wood-fired oven. They are smaller, sweeter and denser, with a larger hole compared to New York-style bagels. The more you know!

Game Day Munchies

Butter Beer Cupcakes

This past weekend we hosted a board gaming day for a group of friends. It was potluck so I made turkey and ham sliders, slow cooker hot cocoa, and butterbeer cupcakes. All of the recipes were a hit! Especially the sliders and hot cocoa.

Hot Cocoa Bar

The Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa from Number 2 Pencil was very easy to make. I doubled the recipe since we were expecting 18 people. It was good, but a little too sweet for me especially after I added a shot of butterscotch schnapps (it was a hot cocoa bar!). If I make this again, I would leave out the second can of sweetened condensed milk and maybe all of the granulated sugar.

Ham & Turkey Sliders

The Darn Good Ham and Cheese Sliders from Perfecting the Pairing were ridiculously easy to make. I bought sweet Hawaiian rolls for the ham and cheese sliders and white rolls for the turkey and cheese sliders. I did half of each kind of sandwich with cheddar or provolone cheese. I cut the half a cheese slice in half again and placed one piece on the bottom of the roll and one on top of the meat. I did that all ahead of time. I put all the ingredients for the glaze into a microwave safe container and stored that in the fridge as well. When we were ready to eat, I microwaved the glaze and poured it over the sandwiches before popping them in the over for about 15 minutes or so. Delicious!

Lastly, I finally made something from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Rosanna Pansino’s Nerdy Nummies! I made a double recipe since I was unsure of how many the recipe would make, which was way too many (48!). I also bought heavy cream instead of buttermilk by accident. I ended up using whole milk with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in place of the buttermilk. I think if I had actually used buttermilk, the cupcakes would have puffed up nicer. Since the cupcakes were so short, I spooned on the butterscotch ganache rather than dipping them and this worked just fine. The were quite tasty and super cute!

Mark’s Carts

Dumplings

I had tried San Street at Mark’s Carts for lunch previously, but Dave had never gone so we tried it for dinner one night. I ordered dumplings from Xdelica and Dave got a sandwich from Simply Spanish.

Dave’s sandwich was billed as the best sandwich in the world which I think is just setting up one for disappointment. Dave liked it, but it wasn’t the BEST sandwich in the world. The bread was nice and crusty, but soft on the inside. It was filled with ham and tomatoes.

On the other hand, the pork dumplings I ordered from Xdelica were delicious! The rice was also good (though I picked around the mushrooms!). Everything was moist and flavorful and while food from the carts can be a bit pricey, my meal came with 10 dumplings as well as the rice and sauce. A good deal at $10.

We’re both eager to try some of the other carts at Mark’s Carts (or just eat more dumplings) in the future.