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Air Canada’s enRoute names the 2014 Best New Canadian Restaurants

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Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has just announced the Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014. A month-long culinary journey took noted food writer Andrew Braithwaite from Tofino, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he discovered a group of chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs who continued to explore this country’s terroir and redefine what it means to dine out in Canada.

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The Top 10 restaurants in order are:

  1. Wolf in the Fog (Tofino): “On the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island, where rainforest meets ocean, you stumble up a flight of stairs and into a soaring cedar-clad room above a surf shop where chef Nick Nutting leads a crew trained in the precise details of fine dining.”
  2. The Farmer’s Apprentice (Vancouver): “Each small plate – more often, a bowl – conjured by owner David Gunawan is a precise jumble of textures and flavours. Digging in is a sort of black magic.”
  3. Le Vin Papillon (Montreal): “Long-time Joe Beef guru Vanya Filipovic fills massive chalkboards with organic wines to run with a vegetable-focused cuisine from boyfriend and chef Marc-Olivier Frappier.”
  4. RGE RD (Edmonton): “The heart of Blair Lebsack’s kitchen is a wood-burning oven that consumes birch and maple at 700° F, curing honey ham and smoking Salt Spring Island mussels or even dehydrated local milk during the off-hours.”
  5. Mallard Cottage (St.John’s): “Todd Perrin spent two years restoring a heritage property in Quidi Vidi Harbour for this brilliant mash-up of fine dining and comfort cuisine on the outskirts of St. John’s.”
  6. Bar Buca (Toronto): “Rob Gentile’s restaurant likes to pretend it’s a simple bar for sipping Barolo. You’re here to drink, sure, but you’re also here to eat things like tiny fried smelt dusted with fennel salt.”
  7. The Chase (Toronto): Chef Michael Steh doesn’t lean on molecular trickery or audacious ingredients to wow. His food is more direct and more delightful than that, in an atmosphere that makes you want to say yes to things.
  8. Ayden (Saskatoon): Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay gambled that Saskatoon was ready for lime- and lemongrass- and ginger-dusted chicken wings. Ayden isn’t about showing off Prairie cooking to the world – it’s about bringing the world home.”
  9. Légende (Quebec City): Northern Quebec is the culinary hunting ground that Frédéric Laplante mythologizes at his capital-city bistro. Cornish hen gets a boreal accent from balsam fir fleur de sel.”
  10. Edna (Halifax): Jenna Mooers’ North End bistro digs up treasure from the fertile soils of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and hauls it out of the brisk Atlantic waters.”

Saskatoon favourite Ayden was also named the Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2014 People’s Choice Award. In partnership with lead sponsor Jaguar Land Rover Canada, Canadians were encouraged to select their favourite new restaurant on eatandvote.com.

Go behind-the-scenes at the top three restaurants, with short films directed by John Cullen and Chris Muir can be viewed onboard Air Canada flights and on http://enroute.aircanada.com/canadas-best-new-restaurants-2014/. Winners will be profiled in the upcoming November issue of Air Canada’s enRoute.

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More

4 Cold Busting and Vegan Drinks For Winter

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In celebration of World Vegan Day today, Chester Wong from local Toronto cafe Fuel + brings you four vegan options to for the coming winter season.

Happy world vegan day! On behalf of Fuel +, I am excited to share our favourite Fuel + drinks that are not only vegan but will keep you warm and healthy for the winter. These four drinks can help increase circulation and boost your immune system the natural way getting you ready to fully enjoy the winter months!

1. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a root. It has a wide range of antioxidant properties. The minerals and amino acids included in ginger improve the circulation of red blood cell.  To create, simply buy fresh ginger root and grate 1 tablespoon of ginger (No need to peel),  with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 3 minutes and strain.  If you like, add some extra ingredients like lemon, agave and orange for a little of sweetness and Vitamin C.

2. Kenya Chai Latte (Ginger Chai Latte)

Not all chai is made the same. Indian chai is more milk based where Kenyan chai is all about the spices.  You can make a syrup with 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cloves, ¼ tsp cardamom, ⅛ tsp ground black pepper.  Mix it all into a pot with 1 cup of water and sugar to taste. Boil it with high temperature till bubbling. Turn heat to low and simmer for a hour. Take it off the stove and cool for another hour after. Afterward, you can mix this with almond milk and loose black tea leaf for an amazing vegan latte.

3. Apple Cider with Cinnamon

Apple paired with cinnamon can stop an impending illness in its tracks. Cinnamon is known to have antibacterial properties and warming properties that help increase blood flow. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends cinnamon for colds and coughs. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system.

4. Fresh Mint Tea

We all tend to get a little blue in the winter. To help your mood change try a nice hot fresh mint tea.  Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a high level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed, or simply exhausted, mint and its derivative essential oils can help. At Fuel +, we offer a wide variety of herbal teas including Peppermint mints, African nectar, and various organic green tea.

About Fuel +

Fuel + is committed to providing good fuel for everyone. Owned and operated by partners Gary Taylor and Chester Wong, the concept of Fuel + is derived from combining their extensive experience as executives in the corporate world to building a business of their own that focuses on their passion for health, food and wellness — providing healthy food choices to the public at an affordable price point. Fuel + is a one stop shop that acts as a café serving fresh organic beverages, smoothies and treats. Additionally, Fuel + functions as a boutique grocery store supplying an array of dry, frozen and refrigerated health goods for your immediate and future needs.

Fuel + is located at 471 Church Street in Toronto. Follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

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Join the Fight for Sustainable Seafood!

Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans face today. Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as Canada’s top chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste each of the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Calgary Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Vancouver Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Tickets are in all three cities are $50 plus tax. Tickets include samples of all chowders and beer pairings. The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event.

Calgary

November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Calgary 

Toronto

November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fermenting Cellar at The Distillery Historic District 

Vancouver

November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., Vancouver Aquarium 

Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

October 30, 2013 | By | Reply More

Uniiverse Releases iOS App to Discover Local Events and Services

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Uniiverse, the marketplace for local events and services, has released its iPhone app.  The free app will help people try new activities, and meet new people in an authentic way.  Users can discover amazing events nearby, see what friends are doing and offering, and buy tickets directly on their phone.

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Event organizers and freelance service providers can use the app to create listings to sell tickets, manage online bookings, and process payments from their guests. Not only is the app free to download, there are zero subscription costs, and zero event posting costs.

There is a huge selection of listings on Uniiverse in Toronto, including many awesome food events, film festivals, networking events, craft workshops, fitness activities, and services such as affordable house cleaning, and dog walking. As frequent users of the service for all of our events, we highly suggest checking it out!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, learn more or download the app from www.uniiverse.com/app.

September 24, 2013 | By | Reply More

Awestruck Preview Night at NightMarketTO

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It’s #AWESTRUCK preview night at NightMarketTO! We’ll be hosting a FREE preview of this weekend’s Awestruck event this Wednesday September 18, 2013 at The Night Market.

Featured Awestruck vendors include:
Jonny Blonde Food Truck, The Frankie Fettuccine Food Truck Co., Choco-Churros, Big Grill Catering & BBQ, La Brea Food, Samuel Adams, and car2go

Plus NM Vendors including:
Saha International Cuisine, Mad Mexican, Eudora’s Fine Foods, Smash Cake, All Mine Caramels, Dine N’ Dash, Dystynct Boutique, Tiger Lili Jewelry, Tocino Boys, Westend Food Co-Op and more!

About Awestruck:
Back again for a second year running, Canada’s original food truck awards mark their return to the GTA bigger and better than ever. This year there will be 50 (yes, FIFTY!) food trucks at the event. Awestruck takes place Saturday September 21, 2013 between 2-8 pm at Garrison Common, Fort York.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/foodtruckeats or follow http://twitter.com/foodtruckeats

Tickets are $10 and are available now from:
https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/awestruck-2013-presented-by-car2go-toronto-XM49W

September 17, 2013 | By | Reply More