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TUM presents Sips and Nibbles with Abbey’s Kitchen

On February 16, Abbeys Kitchen hosted Sips and Nibbles (SnN), presented by the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) for a food-themed Valentine’s Day event. SnN was held at Steam Whistle Brewery and featured an all-you-could-eat menu from La Carnita, Fidel Gastro, Rock Lobster, Babi and Co, ESE, Neptuno Oysters, Hotbunzz and more. There were also fabulous cocktails provided by alcohol sponsors including Sailor Jerry’s Rum, Forty Creek Whisky, Dillon’s Distillers, Huff Estates Winery, Tromba Tequila and of course, Steam Whistle. Gastropost was there handing out pictures snapped by #SnN attendees to remember the night. All in all, Sips and Nibbles was the perfect way to spend a snowy and romantic February evening.

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Tickets for the March 6, 2013 TUM are still available, purchase here.

March 5, 2013 | By | Reply More

Cupcakes Brings Their Popular Retro Style Bakery To Toronto

Cupcakes, the popular Vancouver-based retail bakery, has opened up shop in Toronto with a new location in Leaside. Cupcakes Leaside specializes in whimsical cupcakes, cakes and other nostalgic baked goods made fresh daily. Co-founded by best friends Heather White and Lori Joyce (The Cupcake Girls) in 2002, Cupcakes now has 60 employees and seven bakeries to date. Cupcakes bakes their products from scratch and use preservative-free, basic ingredients, offering customers fresh batches of yummy goodness daily. They also offer scrumptious retro cakes and cupcakes for weddings, birthdays, special events, or just to indulge.

Cupcakes Leaside is now open just in time for Valentines’ Day. To celebrate, they have some great Valentine’ Day specials (left to right)!

The Love Bug, vanilla red velvet layered cake topped with a cinnamon cream cheese and a cinnamon heart.

Feelin’ Razzy, raspberry filled chocolate cake topped with raspberry buttercream a dollop of raspberry and white round sprinkles.

Red Velvet Brownie, red velvet batter brownie topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting

Also available is a Heart Cake, a special mini-cake that is available for $15 in stores.

Visit Cupcakes Leaside, 85 Laird Drive, Unit 4A, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3T7. Order via phone: 416-287-2253. Follow them on Twitter @cupcakesleaside and Facebook.

Watch The Cupcake Girls Wednesdays at 8:00 ET/PT on W Network.

February 11, 2013 | By | Reply More

Valentine’s Day Food Event Ideas

Valentines day is just around the corner. On Thursday, February 14th some of you will be going out and some of you will be staying in. Whether you are looking for something romantic or just good old-fashioned family fun, we have you covered in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto! Staying in? Check out our Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas from Melissa d’Arabian of the Cooking Channel’s “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping.” We also have some great Valentine’s Day food and drink ideas that will help you impress that special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

In Vancouver, go Ice Skating at Robson Square and then check out the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, where new and extremely unusual hot chocolate flavours can be had (yes, there is bacon!) from the 23 participating Vancouver chocolate makers and artisans. The Vancouver Farmers Market is hosting a February Food Truck Fest food truck fest.

In Montreal, go for the “Bare Your Heart” Package at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. At $219, you get one night accommodation, breakfast in bed for two, and two “En Coeur” cocktails to enjoy at night. For an exclusive Valentine’s Day option visit Toque! in the Old Port and discover true gastronomical love with a special eight-course tasting menu with carefully selected wine pairings. Le Carte Blanche on Ontario Street is doing a special Valentine’s Day menu, for $55 you get a four-course meal as well as a take-away option. Go ice skating at the rink in Old Port or partake in the skating/walking hybrid event, Skates & the PlateauPatisserie Rhubarbe is hosting a 3 course sweets tasting menu event featuring some of the most light, fluffy and creative patisseries in town.

In Toronto, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is hosting a Valentine Candy Making Family Workshop, on Sunday Feb. 10, from 1-4pm. Casa Loma is offering a Valentine’s Family Brunch at Casa Loma on Feb. 19. Go ice skating at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel ice rink and then walk over to a nearby coffeeshop and have a hot chocolate to warm up. Or check out Valentine’s Day at The Distillery District, The Distillery has just been named one of the 10 best places in Toronto to propose this Valentine’s by the Toronto Star. If you do happen to visit The Distillery, stock up on chocolate for your sweetheart from Soma and grab a hot chocolate or coffee from Balzac’s. Other great chocolate options in the Toronto include Cava and Teuscher. Soma will also be joining up with the Group of 7 Chefs for a Chocolate Inspired Dinner, tickets are available here. Finally, join Abbeys Kitchen for Sips and Nibbles (SnN), presented by the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) for an elegant, all-you-can-eat Valentine’s Day food event on February 16th. The event will be held at Steamwhistle Brewery from 7PM – Midnight and tickets can be purchased online at for $75 plus tax and service fee.

What are you planning on doing this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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February 8, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Valentine’s Day Food and Drink Ideas

Looking for something sure to impress, try this molten chocolate lava cake recipe! It only takes a few minutes to make, and will definitely make a great impression. Here are some more recipes, videos and tips to help you enjoy your food as much as the day itself!

Recipe Ideas

Looking for more romantic Valentine’s food ideas? Try making a Steak au Poivre, or Seafood Paella. How about making some homemade pasta, our favourite is Lidia Bastianich’s recipe. Still hungry? The Food NetworkEpicurious, and All Recipes also have great guides to Valentine’s Day eats.

Drink Ideas

Looking for more drink options? Pair your special meal with Love Cassis Aperitvio from Sandbanks Winery presents. Love is a blend of white wine and organic Canadian cassis and is available from LCBO Vintages. For something extra special, create your own molecular cocktail using our Molecular Mixology Kit. The MOLECULE-R Cocktail R-Évolution Molecular Mixology Kit includes everything you need to create original drinks with caviar beads that burst in the mouth, light airs and gelified alcohols.

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas from Melissa d’Arabian

Melissa d’Arabian, Mom of four, television host and New York Times best-selling author, embodies family home cooking at its finest. With a lifelong passion for cooking, Melissa naturally connects with today’s diverse families as she shares empowering food and lifestyle solutions that are part of a bigger story about how to eat well, be a responsible consumer, and spend with purpose. After winning season five of well-known culinary competition series “The Next Food Network Star,” Melissa’s relatable cooking show “Ten Dollar Dinners“ premiered on Food Network in August 2009. Melissa also hosts Cooking Channel’s “Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping,” a cooking and lifestyle series that premiered in January 2012 based on the magazine’s popular monthly column. The fresh, simple and healthy recipes she prepares further the show’s mission to make weight loss easier and more manageable. Melissa shares some of her favorite Valentine’s Day recipe ideas with

Melissa’s recipe for Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark is a perfect Valentine’s day treat for your significant other, or the whole family. It’s very easy to make and is the perfect dessert for the special day. Here are some more of Melissa’s Valentine’s Day recipe ideas!

What are you planning on doing this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Drop 5 lbs. with Good Housekeeping  on the Cooking Channel.

February 5, 2013 | By | Reply More