• [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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[Charity Event] Eat To The Beat 2017


Eat To The Beat is back for its 22nd year as one of Toronto’s must-attend culinary events and fundraisers. The charity event is hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and will be held at the Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street) on Tuesday, October 17 from 7 pm – 10 pm. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy both savoury and sweet dishes at 60 food stations and a wide selection of alcohol/non-alcoholic beverages from 20 drink stations.


Funds raised at Eat To The Beat will be directed towards supporting breast cancer programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society. An estimated 25,000 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. So, the funds will surely help and assist patient support.

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eat To The Beat
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Location: Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street)
General Admission Ticket: $189
Tickets: Buy here

Ticket: Tickets include savoury and sweet dishes at 60 stations along with wine, beer and a selection of non-alcoholic libations from 20 of the finest beverage purveyors.

* a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount








The event exclusively features 60 female chefs supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. The line up of chefs is impressive and includes some of the following:

Sandra Abballe, Succulent Chocolates and Sweets
Suzanne Baby, Gallery Grill at Hart House
Suzanne Barr, Kid Chocolate
Manal Bashir, Victor Dries
Vanessa Baudanza, The Rolling Pin
Wanda Beaver, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
Renee Bellefeuille, Art Gallery of Ontario
Cathy Beneway, Creative Catering by Cathy
Emma Beqaj, Emma’s Eatery Catering
Richell Castillo, Fabbrica
Arvinda Chauhan, Arvinda’
Preena Chauhan, Arvinda’
Tiiu Christie, Marigolds and Onions
Tysa Christie, Marigolds and Onions
Felicia Derose, Chase Fish & Oyster
Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Stephanie Duong, Roselle
Rossy Earle, SupiCucu
Alexandra Feswick, The Drake Hotel
Elia Herrera, Los Colibris, El Caballito
Kimberly Humby, East & Main Bistro
Anna Janes, Cocomira Confections
Leyla Kizilirmak, Art Square Gallery and Café
Charlotte Langley, Groundwork Food and Scout Canning
Vanessa Le Page, The Cake Lady
Tara Lee, Eastbound Brewing Co.
Jacqueline Lo, Ruelo Patisserie
Isabelle Loiacono, The Rolling Pin
Lynn Mendelson, Lynn Mendelson Catering
Tiffany Miguel, George Restaurant
Joan Monfaredi, Park Hyatt Hotel
Jennifer Mooers, Hooked
Lauren Mozer, Elle Cuisine
Andrea Nicholson, Butchie’s and Killer Condiments
Anne Novo, The Gladstone Hotel
Leona Nyman, Azzurra
Catherine O’Donnell, Willow Cakes and Pastries
Christine Ostiguy, Yorkshire Pudding Catering
Angela Panigas, The Sultan’s Tent & Cafe Moroc
Chef Véronique Perez, Crepes a GoGo Spadina and Limonana
Jennifer Perusini, BerBer Social
Andrea Poirier, Inn on the Twenty
Karen Rachlin, Bite Catering
Nuit Regular, Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Sabai Sabai, Sukhothai
Emily Richards, Professional Home Economist
Sophia Rouleau, Ace Bakery
Dufflet Rosenberg, Dufflet Pastries
Jeanne da Silva, George Brown College Chef School
Alida Solomon, Tutti Matti
Lili Sullivan, Pomodoro in the Country
Amy Symington, George Brown College Chef School
Meghan Van Horne, Public Schoolhouse
Elaine Wong, The Omni King Edward Hotel
Winlai Wong, The Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto
Vanessa Yeung, Aphrodite Cooks

All of the chefs are donating their time and talent to the event, so please support this great cause. More information and buy tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/eat-to-the-beat-presented-by-kitchenaid-tickets-35572292685.


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[Event] Taste Matters - Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth

Taste Matters is a charity event hosted by Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth. The charitable organization is an award-winning organization that aims to help young people (16-24) who are homeless, living in shelters, “couch-surfing”, or housing insecure. Eva's also offers family and individual counseling to at-risk and homeless youth and their families. I think it's amazing that there is an outlet out there that works collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them reach their potential to lead productive.

Eva’s Taste Matters will be taking place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex from 6 pm. The event is a feast of delectable delights that brings together Toronto’s finest food and beverage. Proceeds go to safe shelter, nutritious food and 24-7 support for homeless youth at Eva’s.  Early bird tickets are currently on sale at https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/communicate/eventtickets.action?auctionId=285405395

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Eva's Taste Matters
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Tickets: Buy here


 Eva’s Place opened their doors in 1994, and has since expanded from one to three shelters - Eva's Place, Eva’s Satellite and Eva’s Phoenix. All three shelters offer several different programs and services for homeless and at-risk youths. Since they started, they have helped approximately over 19,000 youth from the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada. It's a safe haven where youths are provided a supportive and safe environment as they try to better their lives.

The Mission: "The mission of Eva’s Initiatives is to work collaboratively with homeless and at-risk youth to help them reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives by providing safe shelter and a range of services, and to create long term solutions for homeless youth by developing and implementing proactive and progressive services." (source)

The grand-scale event will be held in The Liberty Grand in downtown Toronto. There will be over 20 food and beverage hosts, including a few tables featuring baked goods from the youth of Eva’s. Please support this great cause as all of the money raised from the event will go towards helping homeless youth receive critical job and life skills training and education, shelter, and housing for better futures.

Please enjoy all the photos from last year's Eva’s Taste Matters - Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth event below!









Last year's event had 466 attendees and over $174,000 was raised for the charity. It was record breaking!!


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Toronto Catering Showcase 2017

Presented by EventSource, the Toronto Catering Showcase is back for its second year, and will be taking place at Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on October 15th, 2017. The culinary event brings together a group of amazing caterers for an unforgettable afternoon of pure indulgence. 

Last year's event was amazing, and you can read my recap of it here.


Basic Information: 

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON)
Price: $65 per person (buy tickets here)
Website: http://www.torontocateringshowcase.com/

For $65, you will receive an all-inclusive pass giving you complete access to an afternoon of pure indulgence - no food tickets, and no drink tickets needed. The Toronto Catering Showcase has partnered up with several of Toronto's top caterers below:

10tation
Food Dudes
Drake Catering
 Encore Catering
 Treeline Catering 
Presidential Gourmet Catering
 en Ville Event Design and Catering
MaRo Catering  
Toben Food by Design
Kiss The Cook Catering 
 Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events
elle cuisine

Many of above caterers offer a variety of services including corporate events, weddings, and social events. I have been fortunate to attend events catered by some of these catering companies, and they have always crafted unique tasting experiences. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming Toronto Catering Showcase next month, and I hope to see you there.

The Food Dudes consistently raise the bar by anticipating and fulfilling the dynamic needs of the modern metropolitan client - a desire for fresh and local ingredients, sophisticated original fare, flexible budgeting plans - all while providing a memorable culinary experience. (source)
Photo Credit: Food Dudes
 "Our team of experts are the best in the industry and bring a wealth of culinary experience. Our hands-on approach to event planning and catering ensures clear communication with our clients and seamless day-to-day operations. We maintain close working relationships with our clients and offer support and direction to our on-site event teams. " (source)
Photo Credit: Daniel et Daniel
"Inspired by global cuisine, Toben Food By Design puts a twist on classic fine dining by bringing the best from the reaches of the world since 2005. Specializing fully customized menus to reflect the distinct requirements of each client, Toben Food By Design also prides themselves on the care and detail they instill into each of their events." (source)
Photo Credit: Toben Food By Design
Treeline Catering specializes in combining a setting, entertainment, and a quality meal for the masses with an efficiency that completely surprises most of our clients. Let us take the stress of organizing a huge event from your shoulders - be a guest at your own event! (source)
Photo Credit: Treeline Catering
Once again, hope to see you at this year's event and you can buy ticket(s) here at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2017-toronto-catering-showcase-tickets-35739269116.



Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by EventSource


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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:

Campagnolo
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.

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




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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.

TIPS BEFORE YOU GO:

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.

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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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