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Archive for June, 2012

Why McDonald’s Burgers Look Different in Real Life – Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

McDonald’s Canada recently launched a campaign to answer customer questions directly.

Isabel M from Toronto asked “Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?” http://qmcd.ca/MOwwgV

McDonald’s responded with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a McDonald’s Canada photo shoot comparing a store bought burger to the one’s used in their advertising campaigns.

Ask your own question at: http://McDonalds.ca/YourQuestions

June 22, 2012 | By | Reply More

The Dog & Bear – Summer Berry Trifle

Chef Andrew Eade of the newly opened Dog & Bear shows us how to make a Summer Berry Trifle. Find it on the menu at the Dog & Bear a new pub located at 1100 Queen Street West.

Summer Berry Trifle

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Layer the sponge cake into a rock glass. Fill with berries and top with lemon curd.
  2. Repeat with another layer of sponge cake, berries, and top with the syrup from the poached rhubarb. Optionally top with whipped cream.
  3. Top with more sponge cake, lemon curd, berries and top with some of the poached rhubarb.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

Optionally, let the trifle sit in the fridge for a couple of days to soak up the flavours.

Dog & Bear, Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.1100 Queen Street West, 647-352-8601 dogandbear.ca


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June 15, 2012 | By | Reply More

Toronto Underground Market – June 2012

The June instalment of the popular monthly event known as TUM (Toronto Underground Market) was held this past weekend at the Brickworks. Foodies descended en masse waiting to taste the yummy  treats of over 30 pop-up booths and vendors. The June event featured a diverse range of offerings, including a multitude of vegetarian options from Comida del Pueblo, Eat Here, Kappukeki Fusion, Cannalles, Little Tomato Catering, and the Animal Liberation Kitchen, with some even offering gluten free options.

Here are some of the highlights from the night:

Rock Lobster Food Co.

After missing out on Rock Lobster Food Co. at the Street Food Block Party, they were the first stop of the night. They were offering up Lobster Tacos, Lobster Rolls and Lobster Poutine. We opted for the lobster rolls and lobster poutine. The lobster rolls were a steal at 2 for $5 and were a great way to start the evening. We followed up the rolls with the poutine. A recipe seemingly adopted from Chuck Hughes, the poutine featured large chunks of lobster complete with squeaky cheese curds and gravy. It’s a good thing we came here first as this ended up being the longest line all night.

Comida Del Pueblo

Comida Del Pueblo was on hand with their famous jalapeño cornbread grilled cheese with gaucamole and crema. Their other offering of the night was a duck mole empanada with cilantro chimichurri.

Little Tomato Catering

Their peameal sandwich was a popular offering; a maple-mustard glazed peameal (brined themselves), dijon mayo, red onion marmalade, and sunny-side-up quail egg, served up on a butter biscuit.

Neptuno Oysters

The boys from Neptuno were kept busy all night shucking 0ver 1100 French Kiss oysters from New Brunswick. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including a red wine shallot vinaigrette, neptuno cocktail sauce and a hot sauce/sambal oelek.

Eat Here

Korean Fusion Food newcomer, Eat Here, featured a spicy pork pa jun and a kalbi brisket pa jun, and a vegan lime soy soba noodle. The soba noodles were lightly tossed with refreshing lime soy dressing and topped with daikon, cilantro and sesame seeds. Looking forward to seeing what Eat Here will be doing next time!

Desserts

This TUM instalment featured plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. Standouts from the Kappukeki Fusion Cupcakes (below left) were their mango tango, and honey green tea cupcakes. The hand made caramels from KEO Confiserie (below right) were another decadent surprise of the night. Other sugary induglences were the lactose free ice cream sandwiches from Bix Bakery, the canelés from Cannelles, and the unconventional offerings of Leonard Pig Candy, with their candied bacon, dunked and smothered in chocolate.

Drinks

TUM frequenter Tromba Tequila was there offering up their signature margarita’s. Ontario wine was available as was craft beer from breweries including Lake of Bays, Hogtown Brewers, and Granville Island Brewery.

Some other standouts included the tamales from Bushwick (they also had an Albacore Tuna Ceviche which supposedly was to die for). Fidel Gastro was on hand with pork belly  and beef cheek sandwiches as well as some of his classics. One of the booths that we unfortunately didn’t make it to was Swine Shrine. Their ribs were clearly the big draw of the night, as was the Prosciutto Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Thistletown High School Chefs.

The TUM experience continues to prove the desire for innovative food is alive and well in Toronto. Very much looking forward to the July instalment of TUM!

June 11, 2012 | By | Reply More