• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated production written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It's a childhood favorite of many people and I have seen many shops dedicated to selling Totoro merchandise while in Japan.

  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

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Brewers Plate 2017 - #RockThePlate

The annual rock and roll themed event, Brewers Plate 2017, returns to Toronto on May 4th from 6 pm to 11 pm. The event will take place at the Corus Quay Building (25 Dockside Drive) in support of War Child Canada.




The event is to help War Child Canada raise money to support children and families around the world. All of the  restaurants and Ontario brewers involved in this charitable event has graciously donated their time and materials to create a wonderful night for attendees. The indulgent food event features an array of craft beer and unlimited sampling of local dishes. 

"We are thrilled to mark the 10th anniversary of the Brewers Plate with our most exciting and diverse roster of brewers, restaurants and Chefs ever," said Les Murray, President of Beerlicious Inc., “sampling great food and beer while having a great time in support of such a worthwhile partner in War Child Canada makes this event a must attend."



Last year's event raised $9,200 in support of War Child Canada to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. They hope to do the same this year! 

The Brewers Plate 2017 is proud to present its curated list of brewers, restaurants and Chefs including:

Restaurants

Palais Royale
Trattoria Nervosa
Le Dolci Toronto
Heirloom Toronto
Ted’s World Famous BBQ
Hangry Catering Co.
Tundra Restaurant & Bar
Globe Bistro
Cheese Boutique
Mangia & Bevi
Beaus All Natural Brewing
ChocoSol

Brewers

Old Tomorrow Beer
The Collingwood Brewery
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Station Cold Brew Coffee Co.
Henderson Brewing Co.  Walter Craft Caesar
Beaus All Natural Brewing
Sawdust City Brewing Co.
Great Lakes Brewery
Muskoka Brewery
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing
Steam Whistle Brewing



Tickets to the Brewers Plate 2017 are now on sale through www.BrewersPlateToronto.org and start at $90 each + taxes and fees. New for this year: Brewers Plate 2017 is offering an Entourage 5 Pack, valued at $400 + taxes and fees, so if attendees are planning on bringing friends this may be the ticket pack for them. They'll be able to see savings of $10 per ticket with this package. They can also try their luck at winning tickets in the coming weeks by tuning in to Brewers Plate's fantastic partners at Q107 and 102.1 the Edge.

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Food for Action 2016 - Night Cap

Mark October 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm down on your calendar as Food for Action 2016 - Night Cap will be happening . The Food for Action 2016 - Night Cap event is an indulgent evening showcasing dishes from some of Toronto's talented chefs. The proceeds from Food for Action 2016 support Action Against Hunger’s programs in tackling global hunger.


Food for Action 2016 will be taking place at the George Brown Culinary School on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The event commences with a three-course meal for a table of eight donors (one chef per table). The event features 10 chefs from some of Toronto’s best restaurants who will each be preparing a special three-course meal for a table of eight donors (in other words, one chef per table).

Following dinner, guests will indulge in the Nightcap after-party, which will run from 8:30 pm until midnight, and feature unlimited nibbles, drinks, and fun in support of Action Against Hunger’s fight to end hunger.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Location: George Brown College - Hospitality and Tourism Campus at 300 Adelaide Street East (Atrium), Toronto, ON M5A 1N1
Time: 8:30 pm
Ticket Price: $49.99
Purchase Tickets: Food for Action by Action Against Hunger (event brite)

Some of the amazing restaurants that will be serving their delicious food at the upcoming after-party:

Levetto
Sublime Catering
Tabule
Penny Candy Jam
Revel Food
Gushi


Action Against Hunger was founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger (ACF) is a leading international humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, with a special focus on children under five. Our programs save lives and provide communities with long-term solutions to hunger and its underlying causes. We work in 46 countries and supported approximately 14.9 million people in 2015.













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The Feast of St. Lawrence

I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Feast of St. Lawrence Festival that took place between August 12 to August 14. The "Dinner Under the Stars" dinner kicked off the Feast of St. Lawrence
 in spectacular fashion with a fine dining event under the stars. One hundred guests gathered together at a continuous 100-foot table on Front Street (between Scott and Church Street) and was served a delicious 5-course meal. The meal was prepared by chefs from some of the top restaurants in the St. Lawrence Neighborhood including Biff's Bistro, Hawthorne Food & Drink, The Hot House Restaurant, Omni King Edward Hotel, Pearl Diver, The Sultan's Tent and Woods.


The event brought people together through a shared love of food, and it also helped to raise awareness for FoodShare Toronto, a local Toronto charity that supports healthy eating and creates access to fresh food.


Hors d'Oeuvres

House Cured Salmon Gravlax - mustard crème fraîche, Belgium endive, radish (Biff's Bistro)


 Oyster Station (Pearl Diver)

 

 Shooters of Pear Vichyssoise - with a hint of stilton (Hot House Restaurant)


Pairing some of the appetizers with a glass of Cave Spring Brut ‘Dolomite’ Norman Hardie 2015 Riesling


(Appetizer) Roasted Beet Salad - shaved fennel, mixed lettuce and goat cheese with citrus vinaigrette (Woods)

Wine Pairing: Charles Baker 2013 'Picone Vineyard' Riesling / Hidden Bench 2014 Bistro Rose / Malivoire 2015 Small Lot Gamay VQA Beamsville Bench


(Entre Metier) Grilled Octopus - with fingerling potatoes, spicy chorizo and a preserved lemon vinaigrette (Barsa Taberna)

Wine Pairing: 13th Street 2014 June's Vineyard Chardonnay / Bachelder 2013 Niagara Chardonnay / Flatrock 2013 Pinot Noir


 (Main) King’s Al Fresco Beef Wellington - with peppered horse radish cream (Omni King Edward Hotel) and Bagna Cauda - grilled and charred summer vegetables with chicken fat hollandaise and chicken skin crumble (Hawthorne Food & Drink)

Wine Pairing: Stratus 2011 Stratus Tollgate Voignier / Queylus 2013 Tradition Cabernet Franc / Southbrook 2013 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon


(Desserts) Sweet Keskesu - couscous with cinnamon, powdered sugar, roasted almonds, saltana raisins, a hint of orange blossom water and crème anglais (Sultan’s Tent)


The Dinner Under the Stars at Feast of St. Lawrence was an amazing event filled with endless wine, great company, and delicious food. Thank you so much to St. Lawrence Market for hosting a fantastic event, and having us.


 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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[Charity] Carbon Bar x Sick Kids (Hero Ribs)




The Carbon Bar will host Hero Ribs, an event aimed to help improve the lives of thousands of children SickKids cares for on Sunday, April 17th at noon. Guests will enjoy St. Louis cut pork ribs and delicious sides accompanied with a cold pint with friends and family for $25.


All proceeds from Hero Ribs will go to Sick Kids Hospital in support of the Pfaff Porsche Hero Ride presented by RBC; a 250 km round trip bike ride to Collingwood June 4th and 5th.

Visit http://thecarbonbar.ca for more details.








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Paramount Fine Foods

Paramount Fine Foods is a popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean chain of restaurants with several locations in Ontario. Their newest location on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Bay Street in Yorkville just opened up yesterday. Additionally, the new 4,500 square feet location is the first full-service halal restaurant in the Yorkville area. This location of Paramount Fine Foods features a more upscale dining experience with an open concept kitchen and a wood-burning oven. I was invited over the weekend to attend their soft launch at the new location. This was also a charity initiative, as all tips collected over the weekend were tallied, and generously donated to the nutrition program at Jesse Ketchum Jr. & Sr. Public School.





The new space is both modern and inviting with wooden underlying tones, vaulted ceiling, a wall fixture of a cascading waterfall, and bright light. John and I were quickly seated by the hostess, and our server, took our drink orders. Along with our drinks, she also brought us a plate of two large pieces of pita bread. Most impressively, the pita bread is freshly baked in the stone oven throughout the day, and served hot. The pita bread is complimentary and served to all patrons.

Customers can also order a smaller portion size of hummus ($5.49) - chick peas paste, tahini sauce, drizzled with virgin olive oil. The hummus is great by itself, but even better when paired with the fresh pillowy pita bread.






We decided to start with an order of falafel - mix of ground chick peas and sesame seeds, golden fried with a side of tahini sauce ($.99/each piece). Falafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, and is a common dish eaten through the Middle East. It's commonly served in a pita, but it can also be eaten on its own as an appetizer. The falafel balls were served hot, and had a nice crunchy exterior. I found the inside to be quite moist, and full of flavor.





Despite its prime location in Yorkville, Paramount Fine Foods continues to offer a wide choice of quality and healthy dishes at reasonable prices. Deciding on a main dish was difficult, as I was impressed with the variety of Middle-Eastern dishes that they offered such as sandwiches, meat platters, and manakeesh. In the end, I opted for the Chicken & Beef Shawarma ($14.99) - a mix of chicken and beef shawarma served with garlic sauce and tahini to make for a perfect meal. Each shawarma platter is served alongside rice, but customers have the option to substitute it with fries or salad. As I had already ordered a plate of fries earlier to start, I decided to change my side dish to a garden salad, which was an extra $1.50.

The portion of the dish was pretty substantial, and was a good value for the price. It came with a giant pita bread topped with a large mound of meat, and a healthy dose of greens. I thought that the thinly shaved pieces of chicken and beef offer a great mixture, and the meat was flavorful. Only a few pieces of chicken were slightly on the dyer side, but it still tasted good. Additionally, the creamy and garlic sauces worked well with the chicken and beef shawarma.





J got the lamb ($19.99) - two skewers of in house marinated iamb. char-grilled to perfection and served with a side of hummus





French fries ($3.99) - fresh cut daily from whole potatoes.





Paramount Fine Foods is pretty much providing a taste of the Middle East in Yorkville, and based on what I've seen, they're very passionate about their food. Overall, this new location of Paramount Fine Foods offers an extensive choice of fresh, healthy, and high quality halal menu items. I enjoyed my meal, and definitely left feeling full and satisfied. The food was solid, and the restaurant is a great addition to the thriving cultural district of Yorkville. Paramount Fine Foods is open Sunday - Thursday : 8:00am - 10:00pm, and Friday - Saturday : 8:00am - 11:00pm.

Thank you to the staff of Paramount Fine Foods for the amazingly warm and great service that night, and Stav for the invitation. I had a wonderful night trying out the new Paramount Fine Foods location.

Address: 1250 Bay St, Toronto,ON, M5R 2B1
 
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Website: http://www.paramountfinefoods.com/
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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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