[Giveaway] Exclusive Culinary Speed Dating Event with No Yolks

/ Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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!

Giveaway Time

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).
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!

Giveaway Time

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).
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With the official countdown to kickoff upon us, the question will soon arise to what to serve a hungry football-watching crowd. What if there was a better way to entertain this year, meaning the host was able to enjoy the game as much as those on the couch?


Photo Credit: Taylor Stinson

Sabra Canada, The Official Dip of the NFL, has created some delicious means of sharing its tasty hummus and guacamole dips that require little more effort than cracking open the lid. Add your own, or keep to existing toppers, some fresh veggies and dippers, and a perfect Super Bowl Spread is achieved in five minutes. 

Featured here is everything you need for the perfect Mediterranean Nacho Bar; everyone helps themselves to create one-of-a-kind tasty bites bursting with flavor. 

Mediterranean Nacho Bar

DIRECTIONS:

Assemble all ingredients in a serve-yourself buffet format, so everyone can create their own Mediterranean Nachos. 

Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes 

INGREDIENTS:

Stacy's Pita Chips
Sabra Classic Hummus
Diced tomatoes
Chopped green onions
Chopped zucchini (about 1/4 inch chunks)
Chopped Greek olives
Chopped pepperoncinis
Shredded lettuce


Photo Credit: Taylor Stinson

RECIPE CARD (for print)

 Tokyo is Japan's capital and one of my favorite cities in the world. There are plenty of things to do and see in the city, and I have always enjoyed my time here (I keep wanting to come back). Tokyo offers a large number of attractions from shopping, entertainment, temples, and restaurants. I believe that 4-5 days in Tokyo are more than enough to see the main attractions, and trying out some of the top eats.


I highly recommend staying in a centrally located hotel if you want to maximize your Tokyo experience. For both trips, we stayed at hotels within the Shibuya district, and it made getting around very easy. If you're on a budget, then it's much cheaper to stay outside of the main districts, but time is money as well. Personally, J and I have never stayed in an Airbnb while in Japan, but I have heard nothing but good thing from friends who did. So, that could be another option if hotels are expensive (especially during the high tourist season) like April to August, and December (Christmas season).


HARAJUKU

Meiji Shrine - Meiji Shrine is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. This temple was very memorable for me, as I got extremely sick here on my first trip after eating a lot of sushi with sake. We barely walked past the sake barrels before my face turned completely red, and I started getting blurry visions. We ended up taking a taxi ride back (during rush hour, so $$$) to the hotel. I finally got the chance to finish the entire walk on our most recent trip in December of 2016, so mission accomplished.


Takeshita Street -  I love this street! It's an incredibly bustling street lined up with many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the younger generation. I had a fun time shopping at Kiddy Land, Daiso, and We Go while I was there. We also tried two of the crepe stands, Angels Heart and Marion Crepes. Check out my review on Japanese Crepes in Japan here (coming soon). 


Omotesando - One of the best shopping streets in Tokyo filled with lots of mid-end and high-end clothing shops and department stores. The service level at the high-end stores was amazingly attentive!

SHIBUYA 

Hachiko at Shibuya Crossing - Hachiko was the most loyal dog in the world. He would show up to the train station every evening to meet his owner after work and continued to do so even after the owner’s death. The train station employees fed him, gave him water and took good care of him. They even erected this statue for Hachiko after his own death. Say hello to Hachiko on your way to the Shibuya Crossing.


Shibuya Crossing
Shop @ Shibuya 109

GINZA

Ginza Crossing
Sony Building
Mitsukoshi
Printemps
Marronnier Gate

SHINJUKU

Tokyo Metropolitan Building - Going up Tokyo Skytree for a view of Tokyo's skyline is pretty expensive at ¥2,060 ($23) a person. A cheaper alternative (aka FREE) is from the two observation decks (North and South) on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The building is open pretty late as well, so you can also get a night view of Tokyo.


AKIHABARA

Akihabara is a popular district known for their electronics, otaku goods, and anime shops. Some of the main attractions are Sofmap, Yodobashi Camera, Maid Cafes, Don Quijote and Mandarake. If you're into anime, then this is the place to have a nerdgasm.

Gundam Cafe - The Gundam Cafe is a themed cafe after the popular Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. The cafe serves a variety of different dishes and drinks themed after the characters of the show. You can more about it here.


Don Quijote - Don Quijote is a discount chain store that carries a wide range of products from basic groceries to electronics to clothing. It's my go-to shop for souvenirs and local treats/goodies to bring back home. 

SUMIDA

Tokyo Skytree - The Tokyo Skytree is a television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. For ¥2,060, you can go up to the main observation deck on Floor350 to get a top view of Tokyo's skyline. I didn't think it was worth the money, so we opted out of going. However, at the base of the tower is a large shopping complex and aquarium, which we did check out. 

Sumida Aquarium - The Sumida Aquarium is one of the main attractions of the Tokyo Skytree Town complex. Entrance ticket was ¥2,050 yen ($23) and houses over 10,000 sea creatures on the 5th and 6th floors of Tokyo Solamachi. The aquarium was smaller than the one in Osaka, but I still found it enjoyable. Plus, I loved the penguins pen.



Tokyo Skytree Solamachi


ASAKUSA

Sensō-ji (Kannon) Temple - Asakusa is the center of Tokyo, and its main attraction is Sensoji, a popular Buddhist temple. It's one of the oldest temples in Japan, and has quite a significant heritage behind it. It was pretty busy around noon time bustling with both locals and tourists.


Nakamise Dori - The temple is approached via a shopping street called Nakamise. The street is filled with several small shops offering a variety of traditional goods, souvenirs and local snacks.


AKASAKA
 
 Akasaka is more of a business district, and there weren't too many things to do here. However, we were here for afternoon tea on the 45th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (you can more about it here). It was during the Christmas season, so the price was rather high at about $154 CAD for the two of us (including 13% gratuity and tax).


IKEBUKURO

Ikefukurou Cafe (Owl Cafe) - If you get the chance to venture to Ikefukurou, be sure to check out this cute Owl Cafe on the 6th floor. It's best to make a reservation, as they do have limited space for each hour. One hour was ¥1600 yen ($18 CAD) a person (one drink included).


Pokemon Center - Are you a Pokemon fan? If yes, then this store is definitely for you!!  


ODAIBA

Gundam Statue - The (original) Gundam statue in Odaiba has been taken down since early 2017, and been replaced with the new Unicorn Gundam. We're going back to Japan in a couple of months, but Odaiba isn't on our itinerary cause we saw most of it already on our two previous trips.


UENO

Ueno Park - Ueno Park is a large public park steps away from Ueno Station.


MIKITA

Studio Ghibli - If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli, then you'll love this museum. It will definitely transport you to the land of Ghibli, as there are several official art works by Hayao Miyazaki, exhibitions, and even a large-sized Cat Bus. All admissions to the museum is by advance reservation only. Foreigners may purchase their tickets by the JTB Group in your city, or online tickets from Lawson Ticket. Make note that they have a very strict policy on "no photography" inside of the museum. The museum was really cool!



[Travel] Tokyo Travel Guide (Japan)

by on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
 Tokyo is Japan's capital and one of my favorite cities in the world. There are plenty of things to do and see in the city, and I have ...
J and I recently purchased a vacation home with our company in Charlottetown, PEI, so Eastern Canada will be on our travel plans a lot more often now. Our original plan was to buy one in Halifax, but quickly changed our minds after returning to Charlottetown for two summer road trips (in 2016 and 2017). Despite the high food prices (compared to other cities within the vicinity, we really enjoyed our time in PEI. Brakish was the very first restaurant that we ate at upon our arrival in the city; it's a seafood-centric restaurant located on the historic Charlottetown Harbour. There, we had a very casual lunch before going sight-seeing around the downtown Charlottetown since check-in at the hotel wasn't available until 3 pm.The one good thing about having a property here is that we no longer have to pay high prices for hotel or motel in the summer (due to the bustling tourism season).

Seafood Chowder ($11) - cream base with scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, and potatoes 




PEI Mussels ($14) - wine wine and garlic 


I was under the impression that lobster rolls and seafood would be cheaper in PEI than Toronto. However, that was not the case for the bustling city filled with locals and tourists alike. I opted for the PEI Lobster + Crab Roll ($18) - lobster and crab mixed with lettuce, lemon, parsley, caramelized onion mayo, on top of split bun with fries as my entree. Despite the price being on par with Toronto, the lobster roll was of a substantial portion. I enjoyed it very much!

Many of the restaurants in Charlottetown that has a large seafood-based menu are often opened seasonally only. So please note that Brakish is temporarily closed for the winter season. They are scheduled to reopen on June 1, 2018.


[Charlottetown, PEI] Brakish

by on Thursday, January 18, 2018
J and I recently purchased a vacation home with our company in Charlottetown, PEI, so Eastern Canada will be on our travel plans a lot more...
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...