Parts & Labour has opened up a burger spot spurred on by their Burger Wars win. Fast-forward three months and they’ve set up in the space where White Squirrel Snack Shop once briefly was. Went to their media event where they sampled their menu and here are the shots (liked ‘em enough to rush out a post) from their lunch-hour run. Officially opens Wednesday, December 4th. (more…)
So, I’ve been working on a project for the last month or so which accounts for the radio silence on here. More details on that at a later date.
But for some reason, over the last little while, people are throwing event tickets at me left, right, and centre. So I’m sharing some of that bounty with you. Now, I usually don’t bother with the prizing stuff, but I relented with the The Canadian Cancer Society and I decided to do round up with what was up for grabs. Note: I reserve the right to make sweeping changes to the rules if something goes to pot.
November 22-24 – Gentleman’s Expo
Ostensibly targeted at men, The Gentlemen’s Expo still has a couple pavilions that piqued my interest. Of course, there’s the food vertical with their whiskey, wine, and cocktail demos. But then there’s the nerd/tech portion with early Black Friday sales from newegg.ca. $30 for day passes, $60 for a weekend pass. $5.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to Movember Canada. Any combo of 6 beer, wine, or spirit samples are included with your pass. I understand what they’re trying to do, but the second I read their event name, the troll on my shoulder painted a picture of some painfully pink frilly gear bedazzled to the nth degree, Nekomimi ears, and synchronized dancing with karaoke down the aisles. http://www.gentlemensexpo.com/
- Event Gentlmen’s Expo
- Event Dates November 22-24
- Location Metro Toronto Convention Centre
- The Giveaway 1 Pair of Weekend Passes
- How To Enter For A Chance To Win Post a photo of your favourite cocktail or drink - very manly or very girly – on twitter and/or your facebook timeline and make sure you include @foodpr0n and #BeMoreInteresting. Failure to include both will mean I won’t see it and won’t know to include you in the drawing pool. Note that on FB you may need to actually type in @foodpr0n – it should auto-link to the foodpr0n FB page. 1 entry per person, per medium. Meaning you can enter once on facebook and once on twitter. I will DQ cheaters. Posts must be dated before Friday, November 15, 11:59 PM. I will pick my favourite from the entries and announce a winner on the following Monday.
Friday, October 25th - OktoberFEAST 2013
Beer, food, and raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. At the Evergreen Brickworks. Tickets are $20, drink tickets are $6 each or 4 for $20. Snag your eats from the trucks (bring cash) with each truck either donating a portion of proceeds from overall sales or they are featuring an item that they are donating the proceeds from. http://www.cancer.ca/Oktoberfeast
- Event OktoberFEAST 2013
- Event Date 5:00pm, Friday, October 25th
- Location Evergreen Brickworks
The Giveaway 1 Pair of General Tickets to OktoberFEAST 2013- WON BY John W How To Enter For A Chance To Win Retweet this tweet. Don’t get fancy – I need to see that it’s in the same thread as my original tweet. Capiche? I will randomly pick a winner. 1 entry per person. I will DQ cheaters. Retweets must be dated before Wednesday, October 23, 11:59 PM. I will announce a winner on Thursday, October 23. Winners will need to follow me and DM me their email address. You can unfollow me after.
Monday, October 28th – The Island Roadshow: Celebrating the Birthplace of Confederation
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference (essentially the birth of our country), held way back when on Prince Edward Island, PEI 2014 is throwing a party. A pretty big one, by the looks of the presser. Cocktail reception, performances, oysters(!), indigenous island cuisine, and 1864 heritage costumes. Essentially, they’re bringing the PEI experience to Toronto. Chef Ilona Daniel, executive chef at the Culinary Institute of Canada, will be there shucking up a storm. I was thinking about how many oysters I could potentially eat. If only I could attend! http://www.pei2014.ca/
- Event PEI 2014 Island Roadshow
- Event Date 5:00pm, Monday, October 28th
- Location Downtown Toronto, West End
- The Giveaway 2 pairs of invitation-only tickets
- How To Enter For A Chance To Win My 2014 is booked, but tell me about PEI things so I can think about 2015. Post your tips or your own future PEI dreams (eats, events, sights, etc) either on twitter and/or your facebook timeline and make sure you include @foodpr0n and #PEI2014. Failure to include both will mean I won’t see it and won’t know to include you in the drawing pool. Note that on FB you may need to actually type in @foodpr0n – it should auto-link to the foodpr0n FB page. 1 entry per person, per medium. Meaning you can enter once on facebook and once on twitter. I will DQ cheaters. Posts must be dated before Friday, October 25, 11:59 PM. I will pick two random winners from my favourite suggestions and announce two winners on the following Saturday.
Back in August, I was invited to check out Marben’s Sausage League semi-finals between The Saint and Origin. It’s quite a lot of food for one person, and really, there was the regular menu to consider as well. So thankfully, I had a friend I dragged along with me to split the Sausage League dish, enabling
me us – to check out the rest. (more…)
I’m not the biggest coffee connoisseur, but I’ve been tagging along with Bonita on her coffee quest anyway. In general, I find the fancy coffees too acidic and tangy for me, but over at Fourbarrel yesterday morning, I had a pour-over of a Chuito Guatemalan Caturra that was really delicious: rich, full-bodied, nice finish that lingered, and no sour notes.
- Fourbarrel 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco
After two previous attempts to hit up this San Franciscan institution, third time was a charm and I finally sat down in Chez Panisse‘s dining room. During our four-course meal, my favourite bite of the day turned out to be on the plate of the lamb main course: the romano beans. The mix of soft beans and savoury notes of tomato and eggplant hit me in just the right way. I wanted to eat a whole bowl. The lamb was also a standout, perfectly prepared and with just enough crispy edges.
- Chez Panisse 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Behold: the glory that is Tartine‘s croissant. A flaky and shattering exterior, and a springy and airy interior. Lightly sweet, and altogether delicious. I love how Tartine manages to dance that perfect edge of golden brown and shies away from burnt. Ever since my first bite almost 10 years ago, I’ve since made this part of every visit to San Francisco.
- Tartine 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco
Went to Bar Tartine (San Francisco) for dinner and opted to do their tasting menu, with tweaks. Thirteen dishes later, I’m happily stuffed. But that’s par for the course. However, what prompted me to begin this SF Bites series (oh hey, I’m in SF this week!) was the best dish of the night: the smoked potatoes. Agreed, they’re not as photogenic as some of the other plates, but they were oh, so good. Great smoky taste and a yielding centre. Black garlic added a wonderful depth to the flavours and a deliciously creamy ramp mayo accompanied the potatoes and gave them a tangy zip. Dill, parsley, and green onions added their notes to every bite. This is the kind of dish that I would have considered ordering as a second run instead of dessert. Yes, that good.
- Bar Tartine 561 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Been a while on the event update front. Not because there haven’t been events, but that there’s been so many! Here’s what’s on my radar:
Night Market at 99 Sudbury (Wednesdays to Oct 23)
I haven’t been yet, but maybe this is something near you that you’d like to check out? Let me know how it is!
Kultura Filipino Arts Festival (Aug 7-11)
On its second year and new on my list is this festival celebrating Philippine arts – and food! Taking place at the Wychwood Barns.
Agak, Agak, Hawk!: Storytelling & Street Food (Aug 9)
For those looking beyond filling the belly, this Friday sees an all-ages street fair for the Regent Park community filled with art, food, and story to celebrate the mothers, aunties, and sisters in our lives – all through the lens of food. Participate by crafting your own street seating, interact with people’s stories, and go elbow-to-elbow with neighbours while rolling out fresh salad rolls and mixing sauces. Starts at 4pm. My friends Vanessa and Vanessa are half the team bringing this event to life.
Malt Club Presents: Bourbon With The County General (Aug 9)
Poutine Fest (Aug 22, tickets on sale Aug 9)
Five contenders to vote for. Three craft beers to sample. I hope they make their servings tiny. And then plan for a nap. Conveniently located in downtown Toronto at Victoria and Richmond.
86′d: Savour Stratford Preview (Aug 26)
Get a sampling of drink and eats for Stratford’s yearly event. I went last year (to both the preview and as a guest to the event) and it was good fun.
Dîner En Blanc – Toronto (Aug 26)
Get your whites ready! Last year’s event – even in the rain – ended up being super lovely, despite all my griping beforehand. Wave 1 of invites were to have signed up today, but there’s been some technical difficulties so has been postponed. All I know is that you’ll want to sign up for the waiting list if this is all new to you and you want your foot in the door…
Chicken Fry Up at Gilead (Aug 29)
Two Islands Weekend (Sept 6-8)
Summer camp at summer’s end – an overnight cabin stay with like-minded folks reminiscent of youthful days, but this time, with booze. Legally, I mean. I see chef Rossy Earle, Trish Gill, and Joshna Maharaj on the list for food and Rosewood Estates doing wine!
If only I had endless time, endless money, and a ridiculously efficient metabolism….
I first encountered Matt Kantor and his cooking at the Australia Day dinner a couple years back. Well known for his Secret Pickle dinners and events about town, when I had heard that Kantor was on the hunt for a space, I kept an eye on his progress towards establishing his own restaurant. Though his search had been a long and arduous battle, once Kantor got his hands on the space, things were turned around in what seemed like only a couple of weeks. Now, with Bero’s doors open, it was time to check out what Kantor’s self-described Basque and Spanish-influenced cooking really meant. (more…)