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Mother’s Day Weekend 2013

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Looking to celebrate mom, this mother’s day? Whether it’s in the city or outside the GTA there is plenty to do. Flowers can be a key love for all women, and a new market at 99 Sudbury is a great place to buy flowers.

Starting this Saturday May 11, the Toronto Flower Market opens at 10 am and runs until 3pm. It is Toronto’s first outdoor flower and plant market and will feature Ontario growers. The market runs from May-September every second Saturday of each month.

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Also happening this weekend is the Handmade Market located in the Niagara County at Ravine Vineyard. The market is the perfect opportunity to treat mom to a lovely wine, food and artisan craft filled afternoon. It happens this Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12, starting at 10 am and finishing at 5pm. The market will feature food from El Gastronomo VagabundoThe Tide & Vine Oyster Co and Hometown Ice Cream.

You can also take your mom out for some afternoon tea. The Montgomery Inn located at Islington and Dundas and is offering and afternoon tea which includes the traditional finger sandwiches, scones and of course tea. The cost ranges from 10-19 dollars and is first come first serve. You can reach them at 416-394-8113 or via this website.

Whatever you choose to do have a pleasant and happy mother’s day weekend.

May 9, 2013 | By | Reply More

SLURP Noodlefest Returns

On Sunday March 3rd 2013 some of Toronto’s best and brightest chefs converged on The Great Hall for the first SLURP Noodlefest presented by NOW Magazine, delivering their unique culinary spin on pho, ramen, and other popular noodle dishes, as well as a wide array of globally-inspired streetfood snacks.

A brand new line-up of Toronto chefs will gather at 99 Sudbury as SLURP Noodlefest returns on April 20, 2013 for the second (and possibly final) instalment that promises to be bigger and better than the first!

Confirmed vendors Include:

SLURP Noodlefest v2 will also feature more of the best in local brewing and distilling from Double Trouble Brewery, Tequila Tromba, Dillon’s Distillery and Chateau Des Charmes winery.

Tickets are $10 and are now available at Uniiverse.com. A limited number of tickets are available, so be sure to order your ticket today. Note that admission does not include the price of food or drinks. Food items will range between $5 and $10 and will be priced at the vendor’s discretion. This is a 19+ event.

April 3, 2013 | By | Reply More

St. Patrick’s Day Food, Drink and Event Ideas

St. Patrick's Day cookie bouquet by The Cookie Messenger

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, the religious feast day and the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland, and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. Although now commonly associated with green beer, shamrock shakes and boisterous festivities, the Irish have been observing the religious significance of this day for centuries.

Looking for something to do this St.Patty’s day weekend? Take part in a parade and then head out to your local beer master/pub/watering hole. Whether you’re in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver fill yourself with a hearty breakfast, colourful festivities and some drinks!

Toronto

In downtown Toronto, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held every year on March 17th. The procession will begin at noon on Sunday at Bloor and St. George. There are pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers and many more. The parade will make its way east to Yonge St., then head south to Queen, and turn back west where the parade will end at Nathan Phillips Square.

The City of Toronto’s historical site Montgomery’s Inn is holding two St. Patrick’s Day events; St. Patrick’s Eve Céilidh on Saturday night, and St. Patrick’s Day Tea on Sunday afternoon.

Of course there are also plenty of Toronto pubs and restaurants hosting St. Patty’s Day festivities. These include: Dora Keogh, Allen’s RestaurantFlynn’s of Temple Bar, Ceili Cottage, Irish Embassy, P.J O’Briens, The Pour HouseBrazen Head, Grace O’Malleys, The Roy Public House, Starfish.

Chow down on some St. Patty’s Day cookies! The Cookie Messenger specializes in cookie bouquets, like the St. Patrick’s Day bouquet (above). As the premier and only cookie bouquet company in Canada, they pride themselves in creating edible works of art. Each cookie is hand-decorated and baked from scratch using 100% natural ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. Find them on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Or venture down the road to Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Oast House Brewers and join El Gastrónomo Vagabundo for a t’Oast! Oast has a brand new Smoked Irish Stout, and El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is going to be incorporating it into the menu. From 1-5pm they’ll be serving up smoked stout lamb shank and beef pie with mushy mint peas, smoked stout apple crumble with smoked malts and whiskey cream! Aside from the great eats, there will be lots of music and beer and best of all there is no cover.

Vancouver

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Vancouver, The Blarney Stone throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with green beer, Irish Dancers, full Irish menu, and live music.

Doolin’s Irish Pub joins forces with the Vancouver CelticFest March 13 – 17, for five days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, including live bands, Celtic Folk Singers, dancers, Irish food, and more.

Looking for more ideas in Vancouver, Notable.ca has some great pubs and party spots you should visit.

Montreal

The Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade has run consecutively since 1824 and has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. Each year, Montrealers are invited to enjoy this celebration of St. Patrick, the Irish community and the welcoming of Spring.

If attending the parade, have breakfast before at McKibbins. They’ll be serving up an Irish breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Costs $15. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3am, including Celtic Grace Dancers. Ye Olde Orchard is also serving up breakfast and Irish coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. costing roughly $7 to $10 à la carte, depending on the order.

How about an old fashioned pub crawl? Head to Old Montreal for the classic pub crawl. You can purchase a one day or three day pass, the crawl starts at 11. Quench your thirst at these pubs and bars including Winnie Bar Restaurant, Irish Embassy, Le Vieux Dublin, McLean’s Pub, Bar WaverlyHurley’s Irish Pub, and L’Ile Noir.

Rather stay in this St. Patrick’s Day? Try these recipe and drink ideas from Foodea.com.

No matter what you decide to do this Sunday, drink responsibly and have a great St. Patty’s day!

March 14, 2013 | By | Reply More

Slurp Noodlefest Brings the Heat to Toronto

On Sunday March 3rd some of Toronto’s best and brightest chefs will converge on The Great Hall for SLURP Noodlefest. They’ll be delivering their unique culinary spin on pho, ramen, and other popular noodle dishes, as well as offering a wide array of globally-inspired streetfood snacks.

Featured Chefs Include:

SLURP Noodlefest will also feature some of the best in local brewing and distilling from the likes of Amsterdam Brewery, Tromba Tequila, and Dillion’s Distillery.

Tickets are $10 and are now available at slurp.eventbrite.com.

February 14, 2013 | By | Reply More

Death Row Meals Taco Throwdown II

This past Sunday we attended the second annual Death Row Meals Taco Throwdown, hosted by Joel Solish (aka @foodie411).  The event took place at the newly opened Rock Lobster Food Co. on Ossington. Competing chefs included Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster, Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu, Shontelle Pinch of Gourmet Bitches, Andres Marquez of Fonda Lola, Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastronomo Vagabundo, and Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. The battle was fierce as all the chefs brought their A game in search of the taco title. Tacos were presented in a blind tasting manner, so that the competing chefs remained anonymous. Each taco was paired with a special drink chosen by beverage expert Allison Slute. Attendees were invited to vote on their favourite tacos grading taste, originality, appearance and a special bonus mark.

The first tacos presented were the taco de tasajo by Rossy Earle of Supi CuCu and the Tacozuna by Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. Tacos de Tasajo (above left) en Sofrito with refried beans, avocado and cream de queso fresco. The Tacozuna (above right) has tempura fried chicken and bahn mi slaw taco with wasabi aioli and hoisin sauce. Tacos de Tasajo was paired with beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, while the Tacozuna was paired with a Vineland Riesling.

Next up was the late night lamb sandwich by Adam Hynam-Smith of El Gastronomo Vagabundo followed by the Dr. Seuss from host Matt Pettit of Rock Lobster. The late night lamb sandwich (below left) braised lamb shank, garlic labne, chili mint relish, fried rosemary, iceberg, tomato seeds and was pair with a Vineland Cabernet Franc. The Dr. Seuss (below right) consisted of green eggs and piggy taco with fresh made corn tortilla, scrambled duck egg, spinach and roasted shallots, crispy maple pork belly, hollandaise and micro greens. The Dr. Seuss was paired with a tequila sunrise-like cocktail featuring Tequila Tromba.

The final tacos of the day were the Tacos al Pastor by Andres Marquez of Fonda Lola, paired with a rum and coke featuring Sailor Jerry rum and the mystery machine (which turned out to be duck) by Shontelle Pinch of Gourmet Bitches. The mystery machine was paired with a Forty Creek Whisky cocktail.

After all the cards were collected and the votes were tabulated, the Taco Throwdown Champ was the TacoZuna by Matt Basile of Fidel Gastros. Congratulations Matt! Ole! For more information on future Death Row Meal events, follow Joel Solish (@foodie411) or visit his upcoming events page on Uniiverse. We can’t wait for the next Death Row Meal!

January 28, 2013 | By | Reply More