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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

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

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