Melitta Media Breakfast at Maman Toronto

Melitta is a Germany-based company selling coffee, and coffee makers worldwide. The company was named after Melitta Bentz (1873–1950) who founded the company in 1908. Many retailers today carry Melitta's premium whole bean coffee products including Metro, Loblaws, Longo's, Food Basics, Wal-Mart, Shopper's Drug Mart, and more.

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend Melitta Media Breakfast held at Maman Toronto. Maman Toronto is a lovely bakery/cafe located on the mezzanine of First Canadian Place offering a taste of Southern France. The breakfast event was an intimate with a small group of media personnel and bloggers. We were also joined by three representatives from Melitta; Donna Gray, David Viola, Ian Buckingham. During the breakfast, we learned thoroughly about Melitta's history, and their coffee products. Overall, I thought that it was an engaging event, where we learned a lot, and got a taste of Melitta Deluxe European Roast coffee. The Deluxe European Roast is a traditional blend roasted a little darker resulting in a medium dark roast with bold European taste. It had a good aroma, and definitely something that I would drink in the morning to start my day.

We were also treated to coffee-flavoured pastries made with Melitta Coffee European Roast Ground that were exclusively made for the media breakfast. It was served on a three-tier platter consisting of raisin bread, almond croissant, madeleine with Melitta coffee, and éclair with Melitta coffee. I liked that the coffee-infused confections enhanced the flavors of the pastries without being overwhelmingly strong or bitter.

Éclair with Melitta coffee

Granola Cups - Greek yogurt, granola, dried fruits, assorted nuts, and seasonal fresh berries 

Croque Maman - ham, cheese and béchamel sauce

Thank you to Melitta and energi PR for having me, and hosting a great event.


Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Weekend Brunch at Drake One Fifty (Drake 150)

Situated in the heart of the Financial District, The Drake’s Drake One Fifty, recently launched their weekend brunch. Chef de Cuisine, Jon Pong, and his team has created a menu to celebrate the season’s light flavors and bountiful produce that support many local purveyors and farmers. The menu includes brunch favorites like eggs benedict, pancakes, skillet French toast, and steak & eggs. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an intimate tasting where guests got to sample the new brunch menu, and completed a hands-on cocktail masterclass (Caesar) with their head mixologist.


Drake One Fifty uses locally sourced products daily, and this hasn't changed with their new brunch menu. They source bacon and pork from Perth Pork, beef from Cumbrae’s, walnuts from 100km Foods Inc., cheese from The Cheese Boutique, Ocean Wise sustainable seafood, seasonal Ontario produce and even foraged mushrooms. Quality dishes are of the utmost importance at Drake One Fifty, and this is evident in the dishes that are served to their customers.

The team at Drake One Fifty has also curated a cocktail program that perfectly complemented the new brunch menu including the popular Classic Drake Caesar.

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty
The Blueberry Scones ($11) - clotted cream & jam was a delicious start to a morning brunch. The scones are freshly baked in-house every morning, and delightfully soft.

I opted for the Omelette ($16) - Bulgarian feta, grilled shiitake furikake, baguette crostin, as my choice of main course, and I am glad that I did. The omelette was a modern take on the brunch favorite, but they did add a unique spin to it by adding Bulgarian feta.

We ended brunch with Pancakes ($15) - miso banana caramel, chocolate cream as our dessert. It was quite the sweet treat!

 Hot Smoked Salmon Benedict ($17) - dill hollandaise, salmon roe, toasted sesame

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty
 Drake Breakfast ($17) - skillet, corn bread, breakfast sausage bacon, 2 eggs, chicharrón, BBQ bean puree 

Photo Credit: Drake One Fifty

Brunch is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm at Drake One Fifty.

Address: 150 York St, Toronto, ON M5H 3S5

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.
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Wine Academy Toronto

Wine Academy (IG @wineacademyto) is a new private members club in the heart of the Financial District. I had the pleasure of attending their launch party where we were treated to passed canapés with some wines. Guests also got the chance to have a tour of the wine cellar, which was pretty imposing.

The Wine Academy is located underground on the corner of Bay and Richmond. It's a place where wine aficionados and casual drinkers alike have the opportunity to taste and store their wine collection in a sprawling multi-storied, uber-chic, and ultra-urban 6000+ square foot space. The space itself was beautifully decorated with wood, and the perfect space for private events, business meetings, or social functions. Additionally, the location that now houses Wine Academy used to be a gym, and the foundation of the old interior was basically kept. However, the designers spruced it up to create a more industrial yet classic interior. The natural finishes are mixed with some metals and wood to create a rather warm environment; one that is great to relax in.

** All photography of the interior are taken by Jimmy Li courtesy of Wine Academy **

Wine Academy came from the idea of creating a space where friends, clients and colleagues who appreciate dining out, entertaining and being social could come together,” said Aaron Joseph Bear Robe, Managing Partner and Executive Chef atWine Academy. “And, since food and wine are two of the most ubiquitous enjoyments life has to offer, The Wine Academy aimed to create a social club that celebrates just that.  (source:

A personal Wine Academy membership costs $1000.00 annually, and the monthly cost of a wine storage unit is $150. The wine cellar is safe, and secure with multi-level security check to ensure that the wines are safely stored (integrated HVAC system controls temperature and humidity uniformly).

Lastly, it's not all about the wines, as Wine Academy also offers a selection of locally sourced internationally inspired dishes. The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe (Keriwa Cafe) who brings forth a menu highlighting various flavors.

Book a tour (available Monday-Friday from 8 am to 9 pm) today to check out the facility. 

Address: 67 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1Z5

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

Maman Toronto's Patio Launch

Maman Toronto is a European bakery/cafe located on the mezzanine of First Canadian Place offering a taste of Southern France. They offer an assortment of baked goods, coffee drinks, sandwiches, cocktails, and salads. However, did you know that they also have an outdoor patio? I had the pleasure of attending their patio launch about two weeks ago where guests indulged on passed canapés, and cocktails while enjoying the warm weather.

** All photography taken by PHOTOPHILCRO - Phil Crozier courtesy of Maman Toronto **


Maman Toronto's patio is sizable, as it can seat 36 people, and overlooks the busy street of King St W. It's a great place to enjoy some delicious cocktails while indulging on classic French pastries. They actually have a great selection of freshly-baked pastries like croissants, tartelette, chouquette, cookies that are all baked in-house. Maman Toronto also offers a cinq-as-sept bar program (5 pm to 7 pm) with a carefully curated wine and cocktail list that perfectly complements the tapas dishes they served. You can read my blog on their tapas menu here. All of this can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio until the place is closed.


Although, the patio does not take reservations (first-come, first served), it is available for corporate and social functions. Given its vicinity to the Financial District, Maman Toronto's patio is a great place to visit during lunch or after work with friends and co-workers. 

Maman Toronto is open Monday (7 am to 5 pm), Tuesday to Friday (7 am to 5 pm, and Saturday for brunch (10 am – 3 pm).

** All photography below taken by Joey Salmingo ** 

Le Vert


3Ž4 oz Lime Juice
1Ž2 oz Green Chartreuse
1Ž2 oz Cucumber Syrup*
1 1Ž2 oz Tromba Tequila Blanco
Matcha salt**
Lemon Wedge
Blend one cucumber and 12 oz of simple syrup. Filter through sieve several times
Combine fine salt with 1 tsp of matcha powder


Rub one side of the glass with the lemon wedge
Roll glass into the match salt
In a shaker, add lime juice, cucumber syrup, Chartreuse and tequila
Shake for 15 seconds
Strain into a glass with 2-3 ice cubes and serve!

Ti Punch


3Ž4 oz Lime Juice
1Ž4 oz Simple Syrup
1Ž4 Benedictine Liquor
1Ž2 oz Domaine de Canton
1 3Ž4 oz Plantation Barbados Rum
Optional: Dehydrated Lime Slice – 1 piece


In a shaker combine all liquid ingredients.
Shake for 15 seconds
Double strain into glass
Garnish with dehydrated lime and serve!

Address: 100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 2A2 (First Canadian Place)

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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[Event] Taste of Toronto (June 23-26, 2016)

Taste of Toronto is returning for its third year on June 23, 2016. The four-day celebration (June 23-26) will be held at the Garrison Common at Fort York at 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON. This year's event estimates to host an upward of 20,000 visitors, and promises to be a delightful food event. It is the place to be, especially if you're a hardcore foodie as there will be plenty of acclaimed chefs, top local restaurants, and over 70 exhibitors on site. Aside from the great food, there will be live demonstrations on the Taste Theatre stage, interactive Metro Master Classes, and sampling stations.


Earlier last week, they announced that celebrity chef Chuck Hughes and Toronto restaurateur Anthony Rose are set to participate in the city's hottest food festival. There is also a great line-up of local chefs who will be present at the Taste of Toronto. You can check out the list at What a great line up!

Additionally, there are some new restaurants that will be attending this year's Taste of Toronto including Alo, Piana Piano, Antler, Miku, Kanpai, Carver, and Mamakas.


Garrison Common at Fort York at 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON


Thursday June 23, 2016
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Friday June 24, 2016
Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Saturday June 25, 2016
Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Sunday June 26, 2016

Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 5:00PM

NOTE* Tickets grant you access to one session of your choice

Guests will also get a chance to shop from over 200 artisan brands offering delicious, interesting and beautiful food and drink products at Taste of Toronto. You can check out the list of exhibitors at

Tickets for Taste of Toronto are on sale now! General tickets start at $19, youth under 12 are free, and youth 12 to 17 are $10. VIP and AMEX ticket packages are also available.With an exciting festival ahead, more talented chefs and restaurants, plus new and exciting programming, will be announced soon. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter@TasteofToronto and Instagram@TasteofToronto.

** Photo Credit: George Pimentel **