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No Yolks were created in 1976, and is the world’s first no-cholesterol noodle. The noodles contain no sodium, low in fat, and best of all... no cholesterol. No Yolks are made with Durum wheat semolina, corn flour and egg whites. It is a smarter alternative to regular egg noodles, and very versatile. There are plenty of different recipes that you can make with their noodles.


No Yolks are the #1 selling noodle in Canada, and available in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit every recipe including: Extra Broad, Broad, Medium, Fine and Dumpling. Over the weekend, we made seafood pasta using a package of Extra Broad Noodles, and it was enough for two people. The pasta is 1/2" wide, and make a great alternative in dishes that ordinarily would call for pappardelle or fettuccine.



A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive culinary speed dating event at the CN Tower. The event features CN Tower Executive Chef John Morris, and 10 up-and-coming chefs from George Brown Chef School. Media guests and bloggers had the opportunity to sample each chefs’ creations, rate the dishes, and the three top scorers took home a $2,000 scholarship prize for courses at George Brown Chef School, courtesy of event sponsor No Yolks® noodles.

The event commenced with a cooking demo of a romantic Valentine’s Day dish by CN Tower Executive Chef John Morris. He unveiled practical cooking tips for preparing easy, delicious meals in under 30 minutes.

 
 
 

 Chef Akhil Hajare - Tomato and Maple Glazed Pasta


 Chef Kshitiz Sethi - Royal Rose Pudding



  Chef Janikka Murray - Mushroom and Bacon Stroganoff


Chef Stephan Kopatch - Pan Seared Lamb Chops with Port Wild Mushroom Sauce


 Chef Stephen Rooke - Egg Noodle Sashimi Pizza


 Chef Will Thorne-Morris - Fine Noodle Fideo


 Chef Walker Freeman - Wine Noodles with Pesto, Pancetta, Mascarpone, and Parmesan Crisp


 Chef Meshal Mustafa - Alfredo Fritter with Garlic Chicken


 Chef Tamara Saslove - Waffle Kugel with Caramelized Onion & Apple


Chef Lucas Hum - Eggless Bacon Carbonara


 Good luck!

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Enter to win TWO (2) cases ($60 worth) of No Yolks. Contest is open to all Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), and will end on 02/20/2018 (Tuesday).
There are no shortage of restaurants in Toronto, as the city offers an impressive range of international foods without needing to travel abroad. You don't have to travel far to have a taste of a Sunday Roast dinner, as you can now find it at Weslodge. Situated in the heart of King Street West is Weslodge, a modern saloon-inspired restaurant by Ink Entertainment. Weslodge is pretty distinguishable by its illuminated, slab-lettered marquee lights and large yellow doors. Once inside, you are welcomed into a large space furnished with cutting-edge design and decor.

I have been to the restaurant on two occasions for dinner, and a couple of weeks ago had the pleasure of trying their Sunday Roast Dinner. What is Sunday Roast? It is a popular traditional British meal that is typically served on Sunday, and typically shared with families and friends. The dinner concept originated from England, but is also popular in many parts of Ireland as well. 


The restaurant prides itself on their extensive selection of expertly mixed classic drinks, which I had the chance to try. My cocktail was mixed by one of the mixologists at the bar, and it was sweet to my liking.




Weslodge introduced their version of the Sunday Roast Dinner earlier this past December, and it's now available every Sunday from 3 pm to close. The dinner is $35 per person, and features roast meat (beef or lamb) served with the following accompaniments; Yorkshire pudding, potatoes, seasonal vegetables, a jug of gravy, and choice of dessert. 


I really enjoyed the Potatoes, as they were golden, crispy, and didn't taste oily to me. 


The meal also came with a dish of Seasonal Vegetables, which change often depending on the season. Personally, I found the vegetables too salty for my liking, so I didn't touch much of it.  


Yorkshire Pudding is an English food made from batter, and is usually part of the traditional Sunday roast. I have never had such a huge Yorkshire Pudding before, and as a carbs lover ... I certainly welcome its size.


For my meat option, I opted for the Roast Beef, which did not disappoint. The roast was cooked to pink, so it was medium on the outside, while being fairly rare on the inside. I loved it! It was tender, perfectly cooked, and full of flavor. Although the gravy was very good, I didn't need to drown my meat with it.  


Another meat option is the Roast Lamb, which J got. He liked it too! 


For dessert, I got their Sticky Toffee Pudding - vanilla ice cream, which is also available on their regular dessert menu. It was a great ending to a wonderful meal.


Apple Crumble Pie - cinnamon ice cream 





Overall, the Sunday Roast at Weslodge was an enjoyable dinner. The service was attentive, friendly, and non-pretentious. Mondays are usually the worst, so the Sunday Roast Dinner at Weslodge is the perfect way to make your weekend feel a little longer. 


Address: 480 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

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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.

Weslodge - Sunday Roast Dinner

by on Friday, January 12, 2018
There are no shortage of restaurants in Toronto, as the city offers an impressive range of international foods without needing to travel ab...
Celebrity chef Akira Back's first Canadian namesake restaurant is now open in the Bisha Hotel Toronto. Located inside of the luxury boutique hotel, the restaurant offers a menu of Japanese cuisine with Korean flavors and Canadian twist. We had the pleasure of attending a media preview at Akira Back Toronto last week, where we were treated to a tasting menu of some of his best dishes. 


I was looking forward to the opening of his restaurant when it was announced earlier this summer. Akira Back has a growing reputation in the hospitality industry for the creativity that he brings to his culinary creations. Back's food is inspired by his passions for adventure, travel and culinary exploration. "Each of his restaurants features inventive menus that embody his life and travel inspirations throughout the world, representing the root of his culture and his culinary background in every dish. Akira Back is one of the most exciting names in the culinary world, growing rapidly across major international". (credit: press release) 


“Toronto is a cultural epicentre with a diverse and multi­cultural food scene, which is why I always hoped to have a restaurant here,” says Chef Akira Back. “The menu will feature a number of my signature dishes along with some new ones that were inspired by my time spent in the city.” - Akira Back
Throughout his career, he has many culinary successes, including being awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 & 2014). Besides having restaurants in the USA, he has opened several overseas locations such as Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi and Jakarta. Earlier this November, he was awarded a one Michelin Star by the 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul for his restaurant DOSA in Seoul, South Korea.


Walking into the restaurant, I was in awe of the space as it paid homage to traditional Japanese culture with contemporary ornamentation. "Subtle nods to Japanese culture will appear through refined and intimate details which balance the central design feature, a full­-length cove ceiling showcasing a colourful custom graphic". The overall interiors contain several neutral elements with bold wooden decor, which creates an intimate yet classy environment that appeals to a wide range of diners.




The menu at Akira Back Toronto features a number of his signature dishes, along with several new ones that were inspired by his visit to Canada. The tasting menu that night consists of five courses with wine pairings that perfectly complement each specific dish.


[First Course] 

Tuna & Mushroom Pizza ($22) - truffle oil, micro shiso


[Second Course] 

Jeju Domi ($22) - orange tobiko, red sorrel, chojang

Salmon Tiradito ($21) - roasted peaches, Kizami wasabi, spinach cilantro


[Third Course] 

Eggplant Miso ($12) - sweet miso sauce


Rock Shrimp ($17) - sriracha ranch

(photo credit: @akirabacktoronto)

[Fourth Course] 

Seared Halibut - mushrooms, soy beurre blanc,

(photo credit: @akirabacktoronto)

48 Hour Wagyu Short Rib ($32) - root vegetables, quail egg, braising jus


[Dessert] 

Black & White Sesame Matcha Cake - salted agave ice cream


Yuzu Citrus - sable crumble, strawberry gelato 



“Akira Back is an extremely talented chef on the cusp of exploding internationally and we’re excited that Bisha will be his first location in Canada. After interviewing many recognized chefs over a three­year period, I felt that Akira Back’s talent and uniqueness would be the perfect match for Bisha Toronto to make it a complete hospitality experience,” says Charles Khabouth, Chairman, ICONINK. (credit: press release) 


All of the dishes were perfectly crafted to combine the various cuisines that Back is influenced and inspired by. The use of fresh ingredients definitely enhanced the flavors of the dishes, particularly the two mains (halibut and short rib). The night ended with not one... but two desserts. The elegant desserts consist of two very popular Japanese flavors; matcha and yuzu. My favorite was the black & white sesame matcha cake, which was rich in flavor and creamy in texture. I loved matcha desserts, so this definitely hit the spot for my sweet tooth! Akira Back Toronto is definitely a welcoming addition to the city of Toronto for its visionary dishes that encompasses the combination of Asian and North American cuisine. Can't wait to be back!


** Pictures by Cherie. Visit her Instagram and Blog to check out her feeds **
** Pictures of Chef Akira Back by Akira Back Toronto **

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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.

Akira Back Toronto

by on Friday, December 08, 2017
Celebrity chef  Akira Back 's first Canadian namesake restaurant is now open in the Bisha Hotel Toronto . Located inside of the luxury ...
After last year's successful event, the food event came back bigger and better this year. Over 400 food enthusiasts came together to enjoy the 2nd annual Toronto Catering Showcase presented by EventSource.ca on October 15, 2017.


The Toronto Catering Showcase produced an amazing event this year with some of the city’s most talented culinary masters. The grand event once again took place at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, where guests got to indulge in culinary delights prepared by 12 of Toronto’s most notable catering companies. Upon entering the upstairs level of the Toronto Reference Library, we were warmly greeted by the front desk, and our tickets were scanned. Once inside, you'll notice that the room was filled with plenty of booths with a plethora of delicious cuisine for guests to enjoy.


This year's event was well-organized and I noticed that the arrangement of the venue differed greatly from last year's event. The bar was moved to the back of the room nearby where the Wellington Music group was playing. This provided a lot more walking space, and made the bar area less crowded. Additionally, the modern event space was given a more refreshed look with comfy leather couches and stand-tables giving guests more options for seating.

Ikonica
Photo Credit: Jackson Huang at Ikonica
Photo Credit: Ikonica
Photo Credit: Jackson Huang at Ikonica
The event was ideal for those looking for caterers for their next event, wedding, party, corporate planners, and those loving food. Each caterer prepared about 3 different dishes and desserts, where guests were able to sample each delectable culinary dish. All of the caterers at the show offer personalized culinary experiences and most do draw inspiration from global or current food trends. Tickets were priced at $65 per person giving each guest an all-inclusive pass giving a complete access to an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence – no food tickets, no drink tickets, no other charges.





The Toronto Catering Showcase allowed guests to enjoy an afternoon of pure epicurean indulgence (pictures below). Besides the delicious dishes, the event also featured local wines by the renowned Peller Estates, and a wide selection of craft beer provided by Brew Box Co. Overall, the event was very well organized, and all 12 caterers were spaced out accordingly. There was a lot of room to walk around, and plenty of seating available. The event was also the perfect opportunity to scope out potential caterers for an upcoming event or wedding. However, it wasn't limited to those looking for event planning, Toronto Catering Showcase was fun for couples, families, and everyday culinary connoisseurs.

Please enjoy the food pictures from this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2017 below. For more pictures of the fun, please check out the hashtag #TOCateringShow on Instagram and Twitter.

10tation Event Catering

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Veggie Dish - arugula, kale, romaine, herbs, quinoa, beet hummus, roasted grapes, baby cucumbers, chick peas, bell peppers, shallot dressing & crispy lentils


 Veggie Option - arugula, kale, romaine, herbs, quinoa, beet hummus, roasted grapes, baby cucumbers, chick peas, bell peppers, shallot dressing & crispy lentils


Moist Ginger Cake - red wine caramel reduction, cinnamon gelato, sponge toffee and pomegranate seeds


Daniel et Daniel

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Smoked Sabelfish - pistachio picada, roast grape, carrot and veloute. For pasta-lovers, butternut squash Involtini with vegan ricotta, parsnip cream, sage, kale, cherry tomatoes, squash seed gremolata, and crispy kale


Deep Fried Cheesecake - salted honey, gourmet drizzles, and micro macaron
 


Butternut Squash Involtini - vegan ricotta, parsnip cream, sage, kale, cherry tomatoes, squash seed gremolata, crispy kale


Drake Catering

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Charred Octopus - smoked paprika aioli, pickled peppers, hazelnuts & basil


Leg of Lamb - celeriac-mussel mousse, chestnuts & dill


Wild Mushroom Toast truffle, coffee oil, tarragon mascarpone & hazelnuts


elle cuisine

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Southern Style Chicken - Asiago and cheddar grits served saucy-style in a smokey chicken jus with hot trinity salsa, Andouille sausage and a crispy chicken skin garnish


Encore Catering

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 Soy-Glazed Miami-Style Short Rib - soyglazed short ribs, jackfruit



Sticky/Spicy Forbidden Black Rice - forbidden black rice, banana leaf fried shrimp, bicol, Thai chilies and coconut milk


en Ville Event Design and Catering

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi - with brussel sprouts, onion, oven-dried cherry tomato, and preserved lemon


 Braised Ontario Lamb Shoulder - fall vegetable and lobster bisque


Food Dudes

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Fall Perogiesweet potato, celery root, Colby cheese, sage brown butter, smoke sour cream and chicken crackling


Kiss the Cook Catering

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Smoked Pasta Cacio e Pepe Style - cooked fresh on site, flambéed with brandy, tossed in Parmesan cheese


Pumpkin Cheesecake


MaRo Catering

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Green Tea Tiramisu



Passion Fruit Lemon Curd Tart


Presidential Gourmet

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Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake with candied bacon, Japanese BBQ sauce, Kewpie mayo, nori, bonito flakes, pickled daikon and daikon sprouts


Pâté au Choux “Croquant” - dark chocolate raspberry ganache and macaron top


Toben Food By Design

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Vietnamese Slaw - crispy Brussels sprouts, heirloom carrot, red cabbage, radish, mango, tomato, pickled chili, 5 spice peanuts, crispy shallots and rice noodles, mint, thai basil and nuoc cham-beet vinaigrette


Whole Roasted Peking Duck - served with fresh cucumber, scallions, pickled carrots & daikon, hoixin sauce, chili sauce, duck cracklings, served on Chinese five-spice savory crepes


Treeline Catering

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Redwine-Braised Oxtail - on a Sweetpea and Roasted Squash Risotto, garnished with microgreens and shaved Parmesan


Muskokan Maple Butter Tart  


Guests enjoyed live music from Wellington Music.


It was a great pleasure to attend this year's Toronto Catering Showcase 2017. From the space, the menu, drinks bar, the live music, EventSource.ca did a wonderful job putting together the event this year. It was well-organized and I had a lot of fun attending the food showcase. Following on this year's successful event, I'll bet that they'll be back again next year.

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