Back in October, I wrote out my thoughts on Chantecler; how it was, in short, my top pick in the city. Four months later, they cut their menu down to lettuce-wraps only. Indeed, the wrap is a delicious value-driven offering that many (including myself) return for, but what about those awesome dishes that blended the cultural flavours of my East and West so deftly? Enter their tasting menu. (more…)
How’s your spring coming along? I spent my Victoria Day long weekend in Niagara. Food Truck Eats at Peller was a rather lovely afternoon with a warm sun, cool breeze, and lots of eats. I also challenged Bob Blumer to eating edamame one by one with chopsticks at the fabulous Stratusphere event – love Stratus’ space, love Stratus’ wines. But hey, there are more events yet and May’s not even over. Here’s the updated summer list (→ indicates new or updated listing).
Had diner with friends at Rose & Sons the other night and thought it a decent neighbourhood spot. Their sides were really good and I enjoyed many of them off the main dishes. Sadly, no fried chicken that night. But, by far, my favourite dish was the fried rice. My inner skeptic didn’t know what to make of it – my Chinese self was reading the ingredient with eye-brow raised. I was waiting to be disappointed, and was more than happily wrong. This fried rice is like nothing what I was expecting. Pickled ginger, whole broccoli, peanuts, soy, and whatever else in there – it was delicious. Loved the hard crunch of actual fried grains of rice and nutty & buttery toasted peanuts being chomped on. Would totally order this dish again.
I hear is pretty awesome too, but I’ve yet to try.
- Rose & Sons 176 Dupont Street, Toronto
I’ve been really lazy of late on the eating front. Oh, not that I haven’t been eating, but just not posting. Sorry about that! But I’ve been keeping tabs on some events you might like…
Hand To Mouth: Vol.1 (April 8)
Chef Cheska Zarah Ang (Actinolite) takes over Lamesa Filipino Kitchen with Kinamot – A Cebuana Island Dinner. Hand To Mouth: Volume 1 kicks off Lamesa’s eating-with-hands series.
Terroir Symposium (April 8)
I mentioned this last round-up, but… This year’s Terroir focuses on the stories of compelling food experiences, memories, and inspirations. Superstar chefs Magnus Nilsson (Faviken, Sweden) and René Redzepi (Noma, Denmark) are on deck as presenters. I didn’t make it out for their chef shoot (unlike last year), but if you’re interested in the discussion of food, this is a good event to hit.
Beau’s Beer Hall at Parts & Labour (April 11)
4 courses featuring Chef Matty Matheson’s tribute to the king of beasts: the pig! To be honest, all I know is that Matty’s contribution to the Hunter’s Feast dinner was so awesome, this is probably worth checking out. Especially after seeing this tweet.
Thorrablot: Edible Sagas (April 13)
So, if you missed that Icelandic meal at the Drake last month, despair not! The Estonian Club of Toronto is hosting a dinner – that includes hákarl! Not to mention a few other really interesting dishes listed under “Viking Challenges.”
Songkran 2556 (April 13)
A Thai new year involves water. And, at Khao San Road, it also includes Matt Blondin (Momofuku) and Alec Martin (Hawker Bar) among others (so the .pdf implied). KSR has been hosting this for a few years now, but this’ll be it’s first with guests chefs.
Death Row Meals: A Cut Above (April 15)
Hand-made pasta with a sauce made with the best cuts of pork. The DRM kids and friends will show you how – and you’ll get to savour the results of your labour too. Bring a cooler: besides leftovers, you’ll be able to buy the remaining heritage Tamworth pork bits at MP along with Dolce Lucano salumi (good stuff).
Colborne Lane Reunion Dinner (April 15)
A crazy line up of chefs (Steve Gonzalez, Matt Blondin, Ben Heaton, David Haman, Andrew Wilson, Jonathan Poon, and of course, Claudio Aprile) are set to bring you a 7 course tasting menu (along with a “snack tour”?) out west at Origin Liberty.
Slurp Noodlefest 2.0 (April 20)
Already on version 2! Even having arrived midway through the first event, I managed to taste everything save one vendor. And no line ups! The 99 Sudbury location is a lot larger than the last one, so I expect lots of room to mill about.
Group Of 7: Wild Leek Dinner (April 29)
Not much data yet, but hey, wild leeks! These are only guesses at what might make an appearance, but: soup, bacon, charred, confit?
Good Vs Evil Prix Fixe Dinner (May 5)
Bourdain and Ripert come to the Sony Centre and the Tempered Beast duo of Bertrand Alépée and Scott Vivian dish out a 4-course dinner before the show.
Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates (May 18)
Went last year and had a really lovely time. The space is so perfect for this – lots of room for everyone to mill about and sit and eat. Bring a picnic blanket and umbrella for shade. And, of course, food event tips still apply!
Though it’s still cold outside, it’s spring! Lots of food things happening. This is a curated list, so I don’t include everything I hear about, but if you want to let me know about an event, email me!
Happy Pi(e) Day!
It’s March 14, and I celebrated it early this past Sunday with food-fanatic friends. 14 of us. 23 pies. 7 of those savoury. Then we had a session where we compared pie dough. Mostly as an excuse to eat more pie dough. Get more details from my lovely friends Bonita (table shot at the end of the post!) and Candy. Or see Frankenpie (on my instagram): a slice of all the pies in one dish (to eat later)!
Now, for some food events in the next while that I’ve ear marked. (more…)
For the last few months I’ve been a part of a small team involved in short-listing some of Toronto’s best Chinese dishes. Yesterday, that list was released from the Chinese Restaurant Awards. Mains, specialty items, stalls, restaurants, sweets, and savouries – anything and everything was game. We were aiming for 10 dishes that we could stand behind, and given the number of Chinese restaurants across the GTA, this should have been simple to do. Yet it wasn’t. But first, I needed to get over my initial hump of self-doubt. (more…)
December is a time of festive gatherings and celebration. It is, most certainly, a time for feasting. And the chefs from The Group Of 7 collective certainly know how to host a feast! Held at Sanagan’s in Kensington Market, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s a small space and most notably, a butcher shop. But as we milled outside in the cold, our curious faces peering into the brightly lit space, a long table set for what looked like 40 people called to me. Waiting for us to partake in this, the Hunter’s Feast. (more…)
Last Australia Day, I celebrated by having a really fun and playful meal presented in part by John Placko and Luke Hayes-Alexander. It was a great dinner, full of laughter and great food. This year, in conjunction with Tourism Australia and Wine Australia, Placko and Hayes-Alexander return to revisit and re-mix that dinner for the next two nights (January 25-26, 2013). I didn’t hesitate to accept an invitation to their media event last night. (more…)