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El Gastrónomo Vagabundo Eat St. Viewing Party

The Cookbook Store in Toronto recently hosted a viewing party for local food truck favorite El Gastrónomo Vagabundo‘s Eat St. debut.

El Gastrónomo Vagabundo offers a new take on street food, offering a continuously changing menu of internationally inspired gourmet cuisine featuring gourmet tacos, tapas, southeast Asian dishes, and garden fresh salads. EGV is run by Australian chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his partner Tamara Jensen. Adam and Tamara and their hardworking team kept the crowd fed all night with an assortment of delectable goodies.

The El Gastrónomo Vagabundo Eat St. viewing menu featured a couple of EGV classics as well as some innovative new items.

The night started off with a refreshing beverage. A combination of cucumber puree, tonic, hibiscus syrup and flower, fresh cucumber and mint. There was also a watermelon option.

First up was the crumbed pickled lamb tongue with chili mint relish and pickled fennel. An intriguing concept packed full of flavour and texture.

Up next was the tempura cod with pineapple and habanero hot sauce, coconut crème sûre and cilantro.

As a tribute to Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish’s MoVida, EGV served up a white anchovy, tomato, olive and palm heart skewer. “MoVida”, an ode to spanish ingredients and cooking methods, captures the essence and exuberance of Spanish cuisine.

The unanimous highlight of the night was the seared scallop with chili caramel, coconut tapioca, crispy smoked chicken skin and lime juice.

The night culminated in the viewing of the Eat St. segment. It showcased what El Gastronomo Vagabundo does best, serve up original gourmet street food in a friendly and approachable way. A big congratulations to Tamara and Adam on all of their success!

Here’s a sneak peak at the episode for those who missed it.

Eat St. is a TV series airing on The Food Network showcasing the best places to find gourmet street food. It’s a destination for those who know that some of the world’s most inventive chefs serve their creations through the window of a food truck.  Season 3 returns for a delectable journey to 60 new over-the-top street food vendors across North America and the UK. From habanero jelly and pork shoulder doughnuts in Austin to a three patty “Whole Truck” burger in Calgary. Canadian comedian James Cunningham returns to host the series.

Catch Eat St. on The Food Network Wednesdays at 10 & 10:30 pm ET/PT.

To Find El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, follow them on Twitter: @elgastronomo

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May 31, 2012 | By | Reply More

The World’s Best Bartender

This video from a Ukrainian TV talent contest features a bartender who is half mixologist/half ninja.

May 30, 2012 | By | Reply More

Reader’s Digest Top 5 Canadian Burgers

Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of their favorite Canadian gourmet burgers. They are:

Au Pied de Cochon Foie Gras Burger

Martin Picard, chef-owner of Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal, is notorious for his rich and decadent fare. His infamous Au Pied de Cochon Foie Gras Burger consists of a venison patty with maple-infused pork belly, foie gras, maple syrup, port and red wine mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, marinated onions, mature cheddar and balsamic sauce.

Ultimate Moose Burger

Chef Katie Hayes, who just opened Bonavista Social Club, on the Bonavista Peninsula, Newfoundland, offers diners the Ultimate Moose Burger: a patty served in an artisanal bun on a bed of spinach with sautéed wild mushrooms, bacon and a tart partridgeberry ketchup.

Qualicum Bay Scallop Burger

Kunal Ghose, chef/co-creator of Red Fish Blue Fish in Victoria has the Qualicum Bay Scallop Burger, combined with tangy tartar sauce and lemon-pickled onions.

Heritage Pork Burger

Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, chefs and co-owners of the Calgary restaurant CHARCUT Roast House, make a Heritage Pork Burger for sharing. Served between thick slices of buttered brioche bread, topped with arugula and a sunny-side-up fried egg, and with pickles on the side.

Deux Chevaux Burger

At Jay Souilliere’s Windsor restaurant, Motor Burger, all the burgers are named after cars. His most popular is the Deux Chevaux. Souilliere serves these Canadian beef patties in brioche buns on a mound of baby spinach with Kozlik’s Daily Dijon mustard, melted Gruyère, red onions caramelized in Maudite beer and strips of smoked bacon on top.

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May 17, 2012 | By | Reply More

Whopper with 1050 Pieces of Bacon

This guy ordered a Whopper topped with a whopping 1,050 strips of bacon from the Japanese Burger King.

May 9, 2012 | By | Reply More

Toronto’s Street Food Block Party

This past weekend in Toronto 3000 foodies descended on the Brickworks for the Street Food Block Party, a combined effort between TUM (Toronto Underground Market) and Food Truck Eats. Tickets for the event, which went on sale back in April for $20 a ticket, quickly sold out in a matter of hours. Attendees weren’t disappointed as there were a multitude of delectable items (many Cinco de Mayo themed) to choose from the 20 pop-up vendors and 10 food trucks in attendance.

Here are highlights from some of the vendors we visited:

El Gastronomo Vagabundo

Commonly found at Toronto’s Food Truck events and one of the first trucks to ever hit our streets, El Gastronomo did not let us down. They offered up a menu of Taco’s starting with the Reef+Beef: twice-cooked beef cheek, white anchovy, jalapeno aoili, quickled cabbage and lime. Their Pescado Picante Taco featured tempura cod, smoked tomato, habanero aoili, red cabbage+green apple slaw and lime. They also had the Drunken Monkey, a banana fritter, with smoked chocolate and tequila ice cream with candied jalapenos that we had wanted to try but we were just getting started and weren’t ready for dessert yet.

Gorilla Cheese

One of my favorite food trucks, we hit them up early knowing that the line would grow huge quickly! We had their Sarducci, balsamic drizzled tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil and jensen’s mozzarella on multi-grain. We also tried their El Gordo Queso, a collaboration with Mex-i-can (a Hamilton restaurant), featuring seasoned ground chorizo, creamy salsa verde, red onion, cilantro and jensen’s mozzarella cheese on white bread.

Buster’s Sea Cove

This new truck on the scene was one of the best surprises of the night. They offered up a lobster roll, which although pricey at $12, was delicious! I had really wanted to try the lobster roll and lobster poutine from Rock Lobster Food Co. as well, but their lineup was huge. Buster’s lobster roll featured Nova Scotia lobster, mayo, celery, chives and lemon juice on a toasted top split bun.

Fidel Gastro’s

Fidel Gastro was putting on a show while being interviewed by the media. His stall featured the Havana Club with ham, pulled pork, caramelized onions, and chili cilantro aoili. His other offering, the Sgt. Slather had bbq ribs, homemade bbq sauce, creamy guacamole and tortillas.

Comida Del Pueblo

Comida Del Pueblo returned with their popular Jalapeno Cornbread Grilled Cheese with gaucamole and crema. Their other offerings were a Conchita Pibil Springroll with ramp aoili and an Ontario Water Buffalo Banh Mi with pickled ramp salad.

Elle Cuisine and Sullivan & Bleeker

Lauren Mozer of Elle Cuisine had Cinco de Mayo themed dessert nachos with dark chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream. These were a great snack while waiting in line for other food.

Sullivan and Bleeker had one of the more interesting dessert finds of the night. They were offering cakes in mason jars with flavours like oreo, cookie dough and s’mores.

Tromba Tequila and other refreshments

Tromba Tequila was on hand doing what they do best offering their Blanco Tequila available as a margarita or on the rocks. Other drinks were also available from a multitude of Ontario wineries and craft breweries including Lake of Bays and Spearhead, with it’s Hawaiian themed pale ale.

The success of the Street Food Block Party proves that the appetite for street food is alive and flourishing in Toronto. We left stuffed and wishing we had room in our stomachs to try more. Looking forward to the next Block Party event!

May 8, 2012 | By | Reply More