• [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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Toronto's Festival of Beer 2017 (July 28-30)

One of the hottest beer festival is back! Toronto's Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store will be taking place July 28 to July 30. Tickets for the much anticipated event are sold out for both Friday and Saturday. However, you can still purchase ticket for Sunday's event at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1263171.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Date: Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 30
Hours: July 28 (4:30 pm - 11:00 pm , July 29 (1:30 pm- 8:00 pm), July 30 (1:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
Location: Bandshell Park - Exhibition Place at 100 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Website: http://www.beerfestival.ca/

Get Social:

 Toronto's longest running summer beer event returns to Bandshell Park @ Exhibition Place, with a great roster of chefs, food purveyors, and of course ... BEER!!

This Year's Food Purveyors:

Chimney Stax
Fidel Gastro’s
Heirloom Farm to Truck
Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine
Jack Links
Mangia & Bevi
Meltwich Food Co.
Ontario Corn Roasters
Oyster Boy
Queen Margherita Pizza
Smoke’s Poutinerie
South St. Burger Company
Ted's World Famous BBQ
The Pie Commission
Tiny Tom Donuts

See you there!


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[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.


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


Admission: $25


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

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[Event] The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair

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 including an extravagant dining experience with Michael Bonacini this upcoming Sunday, November 6, 2016.  
Basic Information: 

Date: November 4 to November 13, 2016
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, Sun, Nov 6 from 9 am to 8 pm and Sun, Nov 13 from 9 am to 6 pm
Location: Exhibition Place,Toronto, Ontario. M6K 3C3
Price: $16 Youth (4-17)   $19 Senior (65+)   $25 Adult (18-64)   $56 Family Pass (2 Adults / 2 Youth)
Buy: Buy Tickets Here
Website: http://www.royalfair.org/

One of this year's noteworthy events will be the The Royal Dinner with Michael Bonacini, renowned chef and co-founder of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant group. Guests will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive farm-to-table dining experience featuring a four course meal. I will be attending the dinner this Sunday, so you can follow the live coverage on both my Instagram and Twitter accounts. 

Candy Apple with Nuts 

Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi
Jams & Jellies 

Photo Credit: Ben Radvanyi
What's New

 Boots and Hearts Music Showcase: The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair and Boots and Hearts Music Festival have partnered to bring up-and-coming Canadian country music stars to this year's event. The winner of the 2016 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, Vanessa Marie Carter, along with two finalists, Jesse Gold and Robyn Ottolini, will perform live Saturday, November 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check The Royal site for details. 

Ring of Excellence: This year, visitors can expect an even better viewing experience as a substantial investment has been made to the Ring of Excellence, The Royal's main livestock show ring. The Ring has increased in size by 25 per cent and will include premium show suites, full hospitality capabilities and more general seating. State-of-the-art digital capacities will enable live streaming, delivering The Royal to a global audience. 

Road House Barn Dance: Fair-goers are invited to kick-up their boots and join country music stars, the Colt Walker band, in The Royal's brand new Ring of Excellence for the first-ever Royal Barn Dance on Wednesday, November 9 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Click here for more details.  

The Royal Classics:

The Royal Wine Competition, the Canadian Craft Beer and Ontario Cider Awards are just a few of the exciting events happening at The Royal. If fabulous cuisine is more your scene, check out the fourth annual Egg Farmers of Ontario Road to the Royal Chef Challenge. The Chef's Challenge is the culmination of six events across Ontario that served as qualifiers for the final challenge. The Royal will host the semi-final and final rounds. On Sunday, November 6, The Royal will host internationally acclaimed chefs from Ireland, New York City and Toronto for the Royal International Invitational Chef Challenge. Finally, support the next generation of top-chefs by going to the second annual The Royal High School Chef Competition.  More food and lifestyle event info can be found here.

Excellence in Horsemanship: What visit to The Royal is complete without taking in North America's number one indoor equestrian event? From Olympic Gold medalists Nick Skelton and Big Star of Great Britain and Michael Jung of Germany, competing in Show Jumping and Indoor Eventing respectively to the enchanting Sylvia Zerbini and her Arabian Horses, the Royal Horse Show is spectacular sport and entertainment.

Photo Credit: http://www.royalfair.org/


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[Food Event] Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) (2015)

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is an annual event that takes place at The Exhibition Place every summer for 18 days. I try my best to attend the CNE almost every year, as I love trying out the different concoctions of food items, check out the shops inside of the Direct Energy Centre and play carnival games.

What is CNE?  The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest event. Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a dog show, a working farm, parades and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE.

    Location? Exhibition Place at 210 Princes’ Boulevard

When? August 21 – September 7, 2015

Food Building

Every year, over 1 million people visit the Toronto Star Food Building to experience the variety of foods available. It is located west of the GO/TTC Gate and directly north of BMO Field. This year, get your food faster with the Food Building App by Grabb Mobile.


1) If you know for sure that you'll be attending CNE, buy your tickets in advanced. You save up to 33% on CNE tickets when you buy them prior to their first day of opening on August 18.

2) Don't forget to wear sunscreen, and comfortable shoes.

3) Bring cash, as many places don't take debit or credit.

4) On a budget? Go after 5 pm on the weekday for a discount rate of $6 per person.

5) I highly recommend people take public transit, as parking spaces are rather limited downtown.


Here are some of this year's featured items that have really caught my eyes. I can't wait to attend this year's CNE.

Thanksgiving Waffles from Frans Restaurant

Photo Credit: Nick Kozak of Now Toronto
Cocoa Infused Fried Chicken from  Coco's Fried Chicken stand

Photo Credit: Jesse Milns from BlogTO
Blooming Onion

Photo Credit: Nick Kozak of Toronto Star

Funnel Cake

Photo Credit: Nick Kozak of Toronto Star

Baonana Split from Far East Taco

Photo Credit: Gabby Frank
Timbits Poutine from Tim's Horton's

Photo Credit: Notable
Deep Fried Red Velvet Oreo from The Funnel Cake Shop

Photo Credit: Now Toronto
Chicken Waffle On A Stick

 Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim
Garlic Snow Crab Fries from Jake's Lobster

 Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim
Some of the foods that I tried at the 2013 CNE

At the front of Spread

Spread's Nutella Jalapeno

Spread's Nutella French Toast (with fresh banana and strawberries)

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Bacon-Nation's Deep Fried Bacon-Wrapped Mars Bar

Just Cone It's Spice Cream Cone (vanilla ice cream topped with bacon bits and chili flakes in a pizza cone lined with Nutella)

Epic Burgers' Krispy Kreme Donut Burger

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ROM Friday Night Live (#FNLROM Spring 2015)

#FNLROM has become a highly anticipated seasonal event since its introduction in 2012. For the month of June, the ROM transformed once again into a lively social venue every Friday night. Each event is uniquely themed, and the museum becomes a dancing floor offering both food and alcohol for purchase. You are also free to check out the museum exhibits, as it's included in the entrance fee. Note that FNL is a special ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued). Additionally, I highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online to avoid the lines. The weather was rather poor last Friday as the downpour started around 6 pm. However, as I drove by, there was already a long line forming outside the ROM. 
Tickets available for ALL #FNLROM dates:
June 12 - Toga Toga!
June 19 - FrancoSonic

Adults $15 | Students & Seniors $13 | ROM Members FREE. You can also use promo code FNLlove10 and receive 10% OFF.

* The fine print: ROM general admission tickets are not valid for FNL. FNL is a specially ticketed event for adults 19+ only and you will be asked for valid ID (government-issued, not yet expired, with photo and date of birth). For those who prefer a close relationship with their bag, please note that bags are subject to inspection and you may be requested to check them - the good news is, it's free.

#FNLROM has provided young adults, and professionals with a venue where they were able to enjoy music, dance, eat delicious food, and gain late-night access to the museum. The ROM has become more than just a traditional institution in Toronto. Rather, it has become a popular hot spot and a very enjoyable event to attend for many. I was kindly invited to FNLROM last Friday to sample the gourmet fare at the popular event, and I was glad that I went. I had a great time checking out the local eats, and enjoying the museum exhibits and music well into the night.

There were a handful of well-known food vendors (pop-ups and food trucks) on both the main floor, and second floor of the museum. To purchase any food or alcohol, you need to use the ROM's currency called "ROM Bucks". Basically, each food item and alcoholic drink cost 1 ROM Buck ($7). There were quite a few booths throughout the museum where you can buy the currency.

Please note that the currency are non-refundable, but they are valid the entire season.

Foodaholic! Tip: Buy the ROM Bucks on the second floor as the lines were much shorter compared to ones on the main floor.
Hot Bunzz (@HotBunzzTO) - Flavour adventures inspired by international cuisine and stuffed inside a bun.

Surf & Turf - slow braised bison rib in Korean kalbi braise with caramelized onion. Topped with Jerk Lobster in brown butter and lemon garlic aioli.

Me.n.u Food (@meNuFoodTruck) - Serving Asian Fusion Food Curbside on the Streets of Toronto.

Liko’s Hawaiian BBQ (@likosbbq) - We currently sell Hawaiian BBQ at different events around the GTA, and every weekend at the Pickering Markets Food Court. 

Le Dolci (@LeDolci) - Bake shop specializing in custom cakes, macarons & cupcakes, plus cooking classes & private parties.

Randy’s Roti (@RandysRoti) - Toronto’s first Caribbean Food Truck.

 Overall, the ROM Friday Night Live was a fun-filled Friday night for my friends and I. The lively atmosphere was certainly an enjoyable one, and we stayed until closing (11 pm). Not only was it a great place to get together with friends; it would also be perfect for date nights. The last #FNLROM will take place on June 26, 2015 at 7 pm. However, don't fret, as it will be back in the Fall for another season.

Lastly, the ROM encourages all attendees to use social media at these events by using the hashtag #FNLROM to document their night. Feel free to check out all uploaded photos taken at these events on IG at https://instagram.com/explore/tags/fnlrom/.

Address: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C6
Social Media:

Website: http://www.rom.on.ca/

Disclaimer: The entry and 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] KULTURA 2013 - 08.11.2013 at 12:00 pm

The 8th annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival is a 5-day event celebrating the Filipino culture in Toronto. The last day of the celebration takes place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (located at 601 Christie St, Toronto, ON ) on Sunday, August 11, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is where the KULTURA’s Philippine Culinary Competition will be held at. Last year’s winner, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, will be co-presenting at this year’s event. 

The main theme for this year’s event is Kain Kalye (Filipino Street Eats). So if you’re not familiar with the Filipino (food) culture, then I’d definitely recommend that you come out to experience it next weekend. There will be a wide selection of Filipino Street Eats, musicians, and a shopping area with products from Filipino artists and entrepreneurs. See you next Sunday =)

The Week's Events

Join KAPISANAN for KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival, Canada's only multi-disciplinary Filipino Arts Festival! FREE! FAMILY, FOOD, & FUN! TORONTO, ALL ARE WELCOME!

AUG 7 Bayanihan: an Interactive Art Installation 10am-7pm
Daniels Spectrum - 585 Dundas St E

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen - 669 Queen St W

AUG 9 CLUTCH Vol. 5 Art Opening 7pm
KAPISANAN - 167 Augusta Ave

AUG 11 Filipino Culinary Competition and KULTURA Live! 12pm-7pm
Artscape Wychwood Barns - 601 Christie St (Bathurst & Christie)


The 8th Annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival celebrates the growing community of Filipinos in Toronto and Canada. From music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and of course, food, KULTURA is a celebration of Filipino culture within the context of Canada.

  • KULTURA Festival is KAPISANAN’s annual Filipino arts event. 
  • Since 2005, KULTURA has featured outdoor live music, spoken word poetry performances, and a marketplace with goods and services from Filipino-Canadian artists and entrepreneurs. 
  • KULTURA features curated visual arts exhibits, theatre readings and film screenings, all by Filipino-Canadian artists. 
  •  In 2012, KULTURA introduced the Philippine Culinary Competition. KULTURA is the first Filipino festival to highlight Philippine culinary arts. 
  • KULTURA is the first cultural culinary event held at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The successful pilot event resulted in bringing back the Philippine Culinary Competition to Artscape. 

Pictured: KULTURA 2012

Below is a recipe for Vegetarian Lumpia (Filipino Spring Roll) provided/created by Chef Gavin Vasquez.
Photo Credit: ansarap.net

Lumpia Filling

1 bunch of cilantro (washed and dried)
1 carrot (julienne)
1 stock of celery (julienne)
1 cup of bean sprouts
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 spring onion (julienne)
¼ tsp Sesame oil
¼ tsp Canola oil
1 tbs soya sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

1.      Sauté garlic in sesame and canola oil.
2.      Add in carrots and celery and cook until carrots are soft.
3.      Add bean sprouts and spring onions and deglaze with soya sauce.
4.      Add salt and pepper to taste.
5.      Add filling to a fresh crepe with a piece of cilantro and serve with lumpia sauce.


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup water
¼ tsp salt
2 tbs margarine, melted

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and eggs. Gradually add in milk and water, stirring to combine. When fully combined, add salt and margarine; beat until smooth.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each crepe.
3. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
4. Cook the crepe for approximately 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.

Lumpia Sauce

3 tbs soya sauce
½ cup sugar
3 tbs cornstarch
2 ½ cups water
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 tbs peanut butter
1-2 cups peanuts, toasted and ground
4 cloves garlic, minced finely

1.      Mix all the ingredients together, excluding the peanuts and garlic.
2.      Cook over medium heat in a small saucepan until thick.
3.      Remove from heat and add minced garlic.
4.      Serve with ground peanuts over any fresh lumpia.

Recipe Credit: Chef Gavin Vasquez
Information/Press Release Credit:  Kirsten McNeill of Lotus Leaf

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