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KK Sushi review: high quality Japanese food in Mississauga!

Finally, I have located a high quality option for Japanese food in Mississauga! No more having to look elsewhere; KK Sushi is here! Located in the bustling restaurant neighbourhood on Dixie, leading up to the highway, KK Sushi is a superb option for a fine Japanese dining experience. The people are very nice too; I called several times asking about their menu and they were very helpful.

Vegetarian options 9/10

My meal: I ordered my usual favourites. The avocado rolls tasted particularly good. They’re not difficult to make—I have a recipe for avocado rolls here—but they tasted even better than ever at KK Sushi. The avocado salad tasted too strongly of onions but the vegetarian sushi pizza was heavenly. The peppery sauce is strong but with just the right kick and the vegetables are finely chopped into a tasteful, nutritious dish. Vegetarians will not find themselves without choice! (Even spring rolls are on the menu—yay!)

The Food

The avocado salad: Your typical dose of avocado, lettuce and onions with house dressing but a little strong on the onions.

Avocado rolls: More heavenly than ever!

Vegetarian sushi pizza: A strong, peppery sauce with freshly chopped vegetables that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more! Delicious.

Spring rolls: Simple; a little more fried dough than actual vegetable stuffing, but tasty.

Miso soup: A nice beginning.

Edamame: Good, as always.

Prices 8.5/10

Bonus: You can order all-you-can-eat or a la carte style. All you can eat costs $21 most days and $23 on weekends. The a la carte options are decently priced too—perfect when you’re looking to satisfy that craving!

It’s too bad vegetarians can’t eat a la carte while their partners order from the buffet menu (I doubt most vegetarian meals amount to more than the $28 you’ll pay for an all-you-can-eat option, with tax and tip).

Service 8.8/10

The servers were attentive to us and never left us waiting for more food or our bill. They checked on us to make sure we were doing well and were kind enough to let us know when something we had ordered was or was not included with the buffet menu (i.e., they let us know there would be an extra charge instead of surprising us later with the bad news). In fact, when we ordered jasmine tea, they offered us green tea (which was free).

Atmosphere 8.8/10

A delightful surprise! There are pictures on the website but the place looks even lovelier in person. I was struck by the polished white walls, nicely accentuated tables and chairs, and—most of all—the wall of mirrors, accentuated by overhanging leafy green plants. A Japanese bar, all decorated, lines the opposite wall. I went for a Saturday night dinner and the place was barely half full. The music is finely tuned to match a dinner atmosphere too (some Bryan Adams, that sort of thing).


Don’t order more than you can eat! One order of spring rolls is enough for two people. I recommend ordering a la carte if you’re not going to eat $22’s worth (do the math; the item-by-item prices are on the menu).

Would I go again?

Yes, this is a lovely place to bring your date, your friends or your family. I’m still thinking about those avocado rolls days later!


Pasta e Fagioli: my favourite dish! (even more than tacos?)

This is the one dish that can make me full. It takes 1.5 hours to make the beans and then 20 minutes to cook the pasta. Once the beans and pasta meet, your stomach will rumble. Once the beans and pasta meet your stomach, you’ll  be full!

A satisfying, complete protein that's bound to fill you up


  • 1 can Romano beans (540 mL) or 3/4 cup dried beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 carrot, peeled
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of cavatelli pasta or a small whole grain pasta
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  • chili flakes (optional)


  1. Before you do anything, note that if you are cooking with dried beans (the healthy choice!), they need to be soaked overnight and then cooked for 1 hour before you proceed with this recipe.
  2. Heat up pot with 1 teaspoon of olive oil (for one minute or so).
  3. Cut the onion in two. Chop one half into tiny pieces. Add onion and carrot to olive oil and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, pass tomatoes through a vegetable mill and set aside.
  5. When the onions seem to have started cooking,  add the tomato sauce to the pot and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse the beans with water (the dried beans are already rinsed) and add beans to tomato sauce. Fill can with water and add water to pot.
  7. Cook beans for 1 to 1.5 hours, checking often.
  8. 45 minutes into the beans cooking, add salt and black pepper for taste.
  9. Once the beans are ready (taste test!), boil water and cook pasta.
  10. Serve beans and pasta in a bowl and add grated Parmesan cheese and chili flakes for flavour. Prepare to be satisfied!

Note: You may wish to double the recipe so you have leftovers for the next day. Yum! If you’re the only one consuming the above recipe, there is already enough for leftovers.

Serves 2

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Mexican Rice Salad: so delicious & bursting with veggies

Load up on fibre, protein and healthy vitamins! This Mexican rice salad  makes a savoury snack or side dish. Serve with refried beans and a side of salsa and Greek yogurt for snack, or with quesadillas to make a meal. You can personalize the rice salad to match any leftover vegetables lying about the house.


  • 1/4 cup rice, cooked (healthier to use brown rice)
  • 3 tbsp niblets (or corn kernels)
  • 2 stalks green onions, chopped
  • 2 small slices jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 sprig cilantro
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt


  1. Place rice in pot and fill with water. Boil until rice is cooked. Mix with niblets and heat for 5 minutes. Mix in taco seasoning.
  2. Place rice and niblets in bowl and add green onions, jalapeno pepper and cilantro. Mix.
  3. Place refried beans into a pan and heat with a touch of water.
  4. Serve refried beans, salsa and Greek yogurt alongside Mexican rice salad. Each spoonful bursts with a different taste!

A different angle of deliciousness.

Nutrition information:

Calories: 341
Fat: 1.4 g
Saturated fat: 0.1 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 945 g (too much, try to find low-sodium beans)
Carbohydrates: 69.7 g
Fibre: 9.3 g (excellent! now imagine it with brown rice)
Sugar: 7.2 g
Protein: 18.2 g (incredible!)
Vitamin A: 14%
Vitamin C: 10%
Calcium: 12%
Iron: 24% (That’s 1/4 of your daily quota)

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    Creamy Avocado Taco: rich in good fats and fibre

    This take on tacos (my favourite food) lets the avocados shine. This recipe offers a great opportunity to finish off your supply of Yves veggie ground leftover from the vegetarian shepherd’s pie. It also covers up the Yves flavour, if that’s not your favourite. Enjoy the health benefits of avocados and deliciousness in one meal!

    Creamy avocado tacos (photo credit: iStock).


    • 1/2 cup Yves veggie ground, cooked (recipe here)
    • 1/2 avocado
    • pico de gallo (follow this easy recipe)
    • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
    • 3 tbsp salsa
    • 2 leaves lettuce, shredded
    • 1 large whole wheat tortilla


    1. Cook the Yves veggie ground according to this recipe. (Very simply, you will place Yves and water in a pan and cook for a few minutes, adding taco seasoning if desired.) Then mix with this pick-me-up pico de gallo made of tomatoes and onions.
    2. Line the middle of the tortilla with the Greek yogurt. *Note: Greek yogurt is replacing sour cream. One full serving (175 g) of Greek yogurt contains 20 grams of protein, so it’s very healthy!
    3. Scoop the Yves veggie ground and pico de gallo mixture onto the Greek yogurt.
    4. Peel the avocado, place in a bowl and mash the avocado with a spoon or fork. You may choose to add lemon and garlic as in this guacamole recipe or keep it simple and leave as is.
    5. Scoop the avocado onto the Yves veggie ground, then add the salsa and lettuce.
    6. Fold the tortilla and eat immediately, or cut in half, store in a container and heat quickly at work. It makes a great packable lunch!

    Daily food group servings:
    Grain: 1
    Fruits&veg: 2
    Protein alt: 1
    Dairy: 1

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    Black Bean Burrito recipe: the best I’ve ever had

    I have officially achieved the perfect black bean burrito. I no longer have to buy a burrito because this one is amazing and oozes with fresh, healthy ingredients. OK, so I’ll still eat out for Mexican food now and then, but this black bean burrito is seriously amazing! Try it; it makes a great lunch at work.

    Most amazing black bean burrito ever. (Photo credit: iStock.)


    • 1/4 cup black beans, cooked
    • 1/4 cup rice, cooked
    • 2 tbsp pico de gallo
    • 1 tbso Greek yogurt
    • 2 iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded
    • 2-3 tbsp salsa
    • 1 large whole grain tortilla
    • optional toppings: avocado, alfalfa sprouts and cheddar cheese


    1. Place the beans in a pot and fill with water. Cover pot overnight. The next day, cook the beans in water for about 1.5-2 hours until cooked.
    2. Boil water with 1/4 cup rice and cook until rice is ready (usually 15 minutes for white rice and 30 minutes for brown). Optional: add salt for flavour.
    3. Line the middle of the tortilla with the Greek yogurt (it’s a protein-packed substitute for sour cream) to start off our bed of rice.
    4. Place a layer of rice on top of the Greek yogurt, followed by black beans, pico de gallo and lettuce. Top with salsa when ready to eat (to avoid sogginess).
    5. Fold the burrito carefully and package for work or eat immediately. Delish!

    I thought up this recipe last night, made it this morning, packed it up and brought it to work. Imagine my happy surprise when I took that first amazing bite and tasted success!

    Daily food group servings:
    Grain: 2
    Fruits&veg: 1
    Protein alt: 2
    Dairy: 1

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    Simple Pick-me-up Pico de Gallo Recipe

    I created this recipe to add a flavourful twist to my tacos. I ate vegetables all day yesterday so it was time for some protein (i.e., tacos for dinner). OK, let’s be honest, I was looking to reward myself with a taco dinner (which is protein-based, so there!). I created this recipe on the spot, based on my recollection of pico de gallo’s appearance. I knew it was made with tomatoes and onions and then I improvised the rest. My tacos tasted amazing and yours will too!

    Delicious pick-me-up for tacos and dip. (Photo credit: iStock.)


    • 1 tomato, diced
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1 dash of taco seasoning
    • sprinkling of dried parsley bits


    1. Dice the tomato and onion, then mix.
    2. Add a tablespoon of water and a dash of taco seasoning; be sure to stir the seasoning with the water, tomato and onion to make sure it dissolves.
    3. Sprinkle on dried parsley bits. Then scoop the pico de gallo into your taco (heavenly taco recipe here) and enjoy!

    Serves 4 tacos

    Daily food group servings
    Grain: 0
    Fruits&veg: 1
    Protein alt: 0
    Dairy: 0

    Nutritional information
    Calories: 34
    Fat: 0.2 g
    Cholesterol: 0
    Sodium: 2332 mg
    Carbohydrates: 7.7 g
    Sugars: 4 g
    Fibre: 1.7 g
    Protein: 1.2 g
    Vitamin A: 12%
    Vitamin C: 23%
    Calcium: 2%
    Iron: 2%

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    Fresh on Bloor restaurant review: well-balanced meals and high quality!

    I had been eyeing the Fresh on Bloor dinner menu for a week. It was easy to pick out what I wanted—you do know I’m heading for the black bean burrito, the closest thing to Mexican food—but that didn’t stop me from drooling over the choices every day leading up until the scheduled dinner with friends. And Fresh did not disappoint.

    Vegetarian options 10/10

    Vegetarians and vegans, listen closely. Do you go to bed at night with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads? And I don’t just mean on Christmas Eve—I refer to the fact that plums are, by nature, meatless.

    Fresh on Bloor answers your prayer. The entire menu is designed to safely satisfy the nutritious needs of any vegetarian, vegan, or healthy carnivore. Do you know how good it feels to look at a menu and know that every single item is a possibility for you? After scanning directly to the salad, stir-fry or nacho portion of most meat-loving restaurants, I find it quite the treat, I tell you.

    Your choices range from every single possible kind of fruit juice, smoothie or delicacy to a tantalizing array of appetizers, salads, wraps and more than one kind of burger. *pinch yourself, you’re not dreaming!*

    The Food 8.7/10

    The food at Fresh is delicious and the constant line of patrons is testament to that. We simply must factor in the high quality of all food on the Fresh menu. Every single ingredient is accounted for as the menu provides an ingredient breakdown for every sauce and dip you could ask for. One entire branch lists protein and side supplements as well.

    The portions are very deserving and I found myself at the tip of fullness (the kind where you’re satisfied, not the one where you’re pushed over the edge and swear you’ll never love—I mean, eat—again). The drinks are a little costly if you’re going to buy a meal as well, so trust me—you really only need one main dish to fill up.

    My meal: Black bean burrito, $9.50

    The black bean burrito is delicious. And it will certainly fill you up! I wouldn’t even have had room for the French fries our waiter slyly recommended we order (and therefore pay for). The large black bean burrito arrives stuffed beyond capacity with spicy black beans, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and red onions (unless you asked them to hold the onions, as I did), all swathed in a delicious chipotle avocado sauce (just reading those words is delicious in itself). Alfalfa sprouts are a devilishly tasty addition with a strong background flavour that tastes like nature while remaining somehow appealing. As indicated on the menu, the sauce is a blend of avocado, chipotle, lemon, lime and cilantro.

    The burrito comes with a side of coleslaw, which I had a few polite bites of but that was about all my distaste for coleslaw could take.

    Grain: 1.5
    Fruits&veg: 2
    Protein alt: 1.5
    Dairy: 0

    My 2nd meal: Thai burger, $9.50

    I visited Fresh for the second time several months later. I was tempted to reorder the black bean burrito, as I love Mexican food so much, but I tried out the Thai burger, which I had been eyeing the day before. This burger is DELICIOUS. I was still thinking about it later and talked my friend’s ear off for 3 minutes as I savoured the memory of eating it. The heavenly Thai burger comes with tomato slices, lettuce, green onions, bean sprouts, cilantro and what I believe is a whole wheat bun—all topped off with peanut sauce (ingredients are listed on Fresh’s menu). I was a VERY satisfied customer!

    The burger comes with a side of slaw, which I’m not a huge fan of but I spread some of the peanut sauce on it to make it taste less like cabbage. The burger is a bit messy—the bun started to fall apart in my hands, and I was eating out with colleagues, too!—but nothing you can’t handle. This burger is HEAVENLY. I can’t get my mind off it!

    Grain: 2
    Fruits&veg: 2
    Protein alt: 1.5
    Dairy: 0

    Prices 8.5/10

    I usually wouldn’t say this but we can’t bully them for the prices. The meals—most are $9.50—are well-priced as
    a) they offer VERY filling, generous portions,
    b) the ingredients are high quality and eco-conscious (with organic options and the like), not to mention
    c) if I can get a $10 meal somewhere, I consider it well-priced (and that’s pretty average).

    Service 9/10

    Our waiter was very attentive and performed his part without flaw, though his intentions were see-through. When he asked, “Can I start you off with a drink?” my brain quickly filled in the blanks: “Can I start you off with a [minimum six-dollar but more likely almost ten-dollar] drink?” He finished up our order with a smooth “Would you like to share a plate of fries?” I hungrily eyed the fresh platter on the adjacent table but my wallet reminded me not to fall for it. The worst part was when he took my order and added, “Would you like cheese with that?” Luckily, my days of pouring over the menu in preparation involved perusal of the fine print: adding cheese to your burrito is another two dollars!

    However, when I realized I’d forgotten my lunch bag, I was quickly told that it was being cared for behind the counter, and it was expediently returned to its happy owner. Our every need was cared for and exceeded.

    Atmosphere 7/10

    You don’t go to Fresh on Bloor for the décor—you definitely go for the stellar menu and care for cuisine. I was surprised to find this well-reputed place had such an average appearance, but looks shouldn’t be everything, or very much, for that matter. The dining room is a small space packed with tables and little room for spreading out. Definitely not romantic for a date, but they do say a full tummy is a happy one. The place was busy, loud and hot, but not uncomfortably so.


    My friend warned me the salads aren’t very filling. Don’t order too much; your meal is designed to fill you up!

    Would I go here again?

    Are you kidding? These people definitely know how to create and prepare a well-balanced meal and their menu is so well designed—appealing to the eye and offering decadent options—that I could go back several times before I’d tire of trying their tempting options. You won’t be sorry you ate here!