Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pukka [Summerlicious - Indian]


Since the media event here, I have been meaning to bring Ben back to Pukka (@pukkatoronto) but as usual never found the time. So when I heard about them having a Summerlicious Lunch for $15, I can't find any more excuse.













Strawberry Passion Fruit Mojito $9.80
&
Pomegranate Palmer $4.60


 Smoked Eggplant Tartare
~ served w/ Khasta Roti
The roti on the side was kinda dry and hard but love this vegetarian tartare which was packed with so many flavors. Light and Cold, perfect for summer
 


 Chicken 65
~ South Indian Fried Chicken, Chilli-tamarind glaze
Had this last time and it was so delicious that Ben definitely need to try. Thought this was a rather large portion for Summerlicious, give me some rice and this could easily be my main.

Mercer Hall [Stratford - Brunch]

We drove to Stratford Ontario this past weekend for some Savour Stratford events and being only 2 hours away, I am surprise that I have never been. And our first stop is Mercer Hall (@MHResto) for brunch.

















Love the spacious space with the bar at the front which have a french bistro fill to it while the dinning area at the back is a bit narrower which felt more intimate.



Bacon Caesar $11.50
Not overwhelming with bacon flavors and perfect balance of spiciness.

Block 3 Brewery Co. - Sugar Bush Ale $6.50
Haven't had their beer before and this is a brewery that I have been meaning to visit, so I was excited to finally try this craft beer. This English Brown Ale had a sweet finish from the local maple syrup which complimented the coffee and dark chocolate notes really well. Love it!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Stop's Night Market 2014 - Day 2 [EVENT]

Thanks for the better weather for Day 2 of The Stop's Night Market of The Stop Community Food Centre (@TheStopCFC). I was lucky enough to be offer a media pass and early access. 













Although it rained a bit, it was nothing compare to Day 1 here and I manage to take some pictures of the carts that was designed specifically for this 2 day event.


~ Indonasian Street Style Chicken Satays w/ Peanut Sauce & Rice Cakes
This was one of my fave dish of the night, a classic that's made so well. They seems to be the only one who has those rice cakes in Toronto.


~ Smoked Eggplant, Cured Trout, Green Emulsion

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Marc Forgione [NYC]

Being the lesser known Iron Chef, I really didn't know Marc Forgione (@MarcForgione) had a restaurant in New York under the same name but being a big fan of the show, I am all up to give it a try.








Located on a rather quite street, there wasn't much going on around here. Love the cozy neighborhood feel with all the knick knacks on the shelves.



 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2001 ~ $115


Love the freshly bake bread
 

 Cute Amuse Bouche


Monday, July 14, 2014

Luma [Summerlicious 2014]

I haven't been the biggest fan of Summer/Winterlicious for the pass few years due to disappointment after disappointment. This year, seeing that a lot more restaurant are having lunch option even on weekends, I decided to give it a try.









O&B Restaurants (@Oliver_Bonacini) have always embrace licious with all of their restaurants participating both lunch and dinner, they tend to keep up their quality and service better than a lot of other participating restaurant. Have been to Luma regular lunch (here) and Winterlicious (here) and since I am always a fan of the bustling TIFF Lightbox, I decided to give their Summerlicious Lunch a try at $20.

Sangria Rosa $11
~ rose, St-Germain elderflower, triple sec, white cranberry juice, seasonal fruit
With all the amazing cocktail out their, this felt short and after the first sip, I wish I ordered a glass of wine instead. Given lunch is only at $20, a $11 drink does definitely feel like a splurge.

Island Breeze $6
~ coconut water, cucumber, pineapple
This champagne flute size juice was a rather small portion considering their glass of wine only starts at $10.


Tossed Octopus Salad
~ chickpea, tomato, eggplant puree, almonds & harissa
Love summer and the bright summer colors that comes with it. Wish the octopus was served warm for better flavor and texture but it was delicious nonetheless. Love the regular chickpeas in contrast to the fried crunchy ones and the heat from the harissa. A bright and fresh summer dish.


Beerfest 2014 - Sunday July 27th Tickets Giveaway [Contest]

 
 I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 

Toronto's Festival of Beer (Twitter: @TOBeerFestival & Facebook: TOBeerFestival) is a celebration of Canada's rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft from around the world. There will be over 300 brands feature!!!
 
Being one of the biggest summer festival in Toronto, I am always excited to attend 
(see my previous post here, here and the most recent Spring Session here
Other than beer, there will also be live entertainment, the Grilling Tent Experience and a lot of yummy food.
 
Location:
 Date & Time:
Friday July 25th, 4:30 -11:00pm
Saturday July 26th - Tickets are sold out
Sunday July 27th, 1:30-8:00pm
Ticket Details:  
$39.50 including admission, 5 sample tokens and a Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup. Other VIP and Early Access options also available at extra cost. Get your tickets here before it's all sold out.
 
I was lucky enough to be given an Extra pair of tickets to share with my followers
 
Contest starts now and ends on Tuesday July 22nd at 12pm noon.
Good Luck!!!
 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Srirachup & Delhi-licious Neal Brothers Chips [Snack]

I have long professed my love for Neal Brothers (@nealbrothers) Chips here and I was so excited to hear about the 2 chef inspired Kettle Chip flavors, Srirachup and Delhi-licious. My favorite Chef,  Chuck Hughes (@ChefChuckHughes) and Vancouver Based Vikram Vij teamed up with the brothers to create these unique flavors inspired by their own cooking style. 









It look like to me only Canadian love their ketchup chips and I just can't understand why, so good. Now Chef Hughes came up with a better version, ketchup with his favorite hot sauce (and mine) to create this amazing Srirachup flavor. With just the perfect amount of sour ketchup-y taste and heat with a hint of garlic. I am head over heal in love!

Chef Vij's vast knowledge of Indian cuisine and spice bland help create Delhi-licious which has a Garam Masala flavor. Very strong in spices, this is definitely not for everyone. I Personally enjoyed it but don't think I'll be craving for it that often thou.

Thanks to The Siren Group (@thesirengroup) once again for sending me the new flavors together with a can of Great Lake Brewery beer.