Chopsticks + Forks - Korean Food 101

Earlier last month, I had the opportunity to attend a Korean Food 101 courtesy of Chopsticks + Forks Food Tour. The tour takes place every Sunday afternoon at 5 pm hosted at Song Cook’s in Thornhill, ON. 

So what is Korean Food 101? It is a dining experience introducing diners to the diversity of Korean cuisine. The program was designed to teach people about the richness of Korea’s culinary delights, one that goes beyond Korean BBQ. The dinner was a 7-course tasting menu, and the portion was pretty substantial for our table of 6 people. Since it was a communal dinner, we were encouraged to socialize with those at the table.

Rice (Bap) - not just a staple, rice is the foundation of Korean cuisine


Bachan - side dishes served in every traditional Korean meal


Man-doo - Korean style dumplings (steamed and fried)



Jap Chae - "Glass Noodle" dish of Imperial decent


Cha-Jang Myun - a dark black bean noodle dish


Tang Su Yuk - deep fried sweet and sour pork


Bulgogi - thinly sliced marinated beef


Donkatsu - Korean version of the pork schnitzel


Tdeukguk - A traditional rice cake soup eaton on New Years [NOT PICTURED]

The 2.5 hour guided "Korean Food 101" sit-down dining experience ($53 CAD person) introduced us to many dishes that are loved by Koreans. I am quite familiar with Korean cuisine, but I did learn a lot about some of the dishes served that night. We had a total of 7 dishes (+ bachan) that night, and each course was accompanied by a detailed explanation of the origin and background of the dish. For example, I didn't know that the Jap Chae was considered a dish of Imperial decent. 

The concept behind Chopsticks + Forks is to explore the rich culture of Korean food with other like-minded people who also love food. The company is run by Jusep, who have traveled to over 50 countries, which is very impressive. He was full of energy and enthusiastic about Korean culture and its food. Jusep also shared several personal stories about his childhood and his life growing up eating Korean cuisine, and explained his reason behind Chopsticks + Forks. Overall, I found the event to be extremely well-organized and the food came out in a reasonable time frame. Lastly, the evening ended with a guided tour around a Korean supermarket that is located next door to the restaurant.

Great tour! For more information, check out Chopsticks + Forks.


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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.



Brunch at Momofuku Daishō

Brunch culture is very popular in Toronto, where people are willing to line up for hours just for pancakes, or eggs benedict. So, it's no surprise that several restaurants in Toronto offer brunch menus on the weekends. We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Momofuku Daishō for the launch of their new Spring/Summer brunch menu. The new brunch menu features several take on brunch classics, but they have put their own spin on it as well. Chef Paula Navarrete helms the kitchen with her team, and they have created a variety of exciting brunch options like the Everything Bun, Buckwheat Pancakes, and Niagara Ham.


 Located on the corner of University & Richmond lies the three-story Momofuku Toronto complex. Momofuku Daishō is located on the top floor that overlooks the busy University Street. The interior was quite nice with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to seep through. I love the clean space, and the lighting allows people to capture good Instagram photos.

Please enjoy the pictures from our brunch at Momofuku Daishō.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 


 English Muffins ($5)


Lemon Meringue Pie ($5)


Mimosa (4.0 oz) ($12) - orange, sparkling


 Everything Bun ($9) - smoked white fish, capers, dill 


Pork Sausage ($18) - grits, frisee, poached egg 


    Potatoes + Onions ($7)


The amazing brunch spread from Sunday Brunch at Momofuku Daishō. Food kept on flowing out!


The new brunch menu offers an array of sweet and savory dishes. You can also complement your meal with a glass of refreshing mimosa. Sunday Brunch is available every Sunday morning at Momofuku Daishō from 11 am to 2 pm.

** Pictures by Brian Lai. Visit his Instagram to check out his feed ** 


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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.


[Giveaway] Win 1 of 5 Pairs of Tickets to Lobster Clam Jam Toronto

This Victoria Day long weekend, come join me at the Cabana Pool Bar for the first ever Lobster Clam Jam (Toronto).



Lobster Clam Jam is a highly acclaimed outdoor food festival. It's not just for seafood lovers, but also an affordable, family-oriented culinary showcase offering guests the opportunity to experience the creations of a variety of renowned local chefs and restaurants. Guests will have the opportunity to experience a wide selection of meat, fowl, game, fish (and of course, lobster and shellfish) dishes, while enjoying the nice weather. It is also for a good cause as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to SickKids Foundation.
“The Lobster Clam Jam festival has been overwhelmingly successful the past four years in Montreal,” says Billy Alfonso. “We intend to duplicate this success in Toronto, working with the best local chefs, restaurant brands, and food and drink partners, while partnering with INK Entertainment, Canada’s leading entertainment company, at Cabana Pool Bar.”
The Lobster Clam Jam event launched in Montreal, Quebec in 2013, and will be making their Toronto debut this upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. Come join the fun =) There will be delicious food by talented chefs, and creative and delicious cocktails by marquee mixologists.

EVENT DETAILS

WHEN: Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, 2017
WHERE: Cabana Pool Bar at 11 Polson Street, Toronto ON
DATE/TIME: Saturday (May 20) & Sunday (May 21) from 12:00 pm. to 9:00 pm
WEBSITE: http://www.lobsterclamjam.com/toronto/ 

Buy Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.ca/LOBSTER-CLAM-JAM-tickets/artist/2342913?tm_link=seo_bc_name

PRICE

Admission: $25

Currency: 

We have introduced our own Lobster Clam Jam currency called CLAMS.
A CLAM is a branded Lobster Clam Jam token (coin)
Each CLAM is valued at $3 CAN (Including Taxes)
Restaurants will collect CLAMS (Tokens*) in exchange for FOOD.
*TOKENS are available for purchase on site.

There will be over 20 restaurants, a Mojito Bar, a Beer Bar, a Wine Bar, a Coffee Bar and Dessert stations on site!



Giveaway Time

Enter to win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to next week's Lobster Clam Jam (Toronto) at Cabana Pool Bar. Contest is open to all Toronto and GTA residents, and will end on 05/18/2017 (Thursday) at midnight.


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IMPORTANT: Tickets include complimentary entry ($25.00 admission per person) only, but no actual food coins. You can purchase the food coins on-site. Winners can only redeem for one day. 

The event will feature delicious creations from well-known restaurants from Toronto and
Montreal such as Patria, Weslodge, Oliver & Bonacini, Jae Anthony of Seasoned Dreams, Blowfish, Notre Dame Gourmet, Queue de Cheval Steakhouse and Raw Bar, Buster’s Sea Cove, The Food Dudes, Bac Ky Pho, Buonanotte, Boehmer, Calii Love and Cherry Street Barbeque, plus many more. Guests will be treated to a culinary experience by each restaurant along with a freshly shucked oyster station. The Festival will also feature their very own signature whole or half lobsters. Mixologists will offer signature flavoured Mojitos, Bloody Caesars as well as a wide assortment of beer, wine and other libations.

Disclaimer: Tickets are courtesy of INK Entertainment




Walter Craft Caesar Rim

Did you know that the Caesar is a cocktail created and primarily consumed in Canada? It was first invented in 1969 in Calgary, and has since become a widely-consumed drink in Canada. Walter Caesar is well-known for their all-natural craft Caesar mixes, giving Canadian the opportunity to create Caesar drinks at home. They recently released their Walter Craft Caesar Rim to complement their line of mixes. Like their award-winning mixes, the rim is also an all-natural, free of preservatives, gluten-free and contains no added MSG or artificial colours.




Walter Craft Caesar Rim is proudly made in Canada in small batches with flaked salt, organic cane sugar, cracked black pepper and a secret blend of herbs and spices. The result is a rim that provides a nice balance of salty, sweet and umami. The craft Caesar rim is designed to be the perfect compliment of exceptional taste, and pairs well with both flavours of Walter Craft Caesar Mix.




We were given the Classic Spice Walter, which has grated horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a few select spices, sea salt & cracked black pepper. Classic Caesars are often mixed with vodka, Worcestershire sauce and spices. However, you are free to add additional garnishes like celery, bacon, and lobster tail.

I attended a BBQ with some friends this past weekend, and we decided to crack open the bottle and made some Caesars. Our drinks were made with vodka, a bit of bacon bits on the bottom, and topped with the new Walter Craft Caesar Rim. What a delicious blend!

Tested With: JJ, Friends, and Myself





Walter Craft Caesar Rim is available in both major grocery stores and many independent retailers across Canada and retails for approximately $4.99. Walter Craft Caesar Mix is available in all major grocery stores across Canada and comes in a 946 ml format in both Classic Spice and Mild Spice and retails for approximately $7.99.

It's National Caesar Day this upcoming May 18, so why not make your own Caesar with Walter Caesar?


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