Monday, October 6, 2014

bywoods [Italian / Mediterranean]

I was invited to Media Tasting dinner at bywoods (@bywoods760) and I can't help but feel excited since there's a lot of restaurant along St.Clair that seems to be so under-explore. bywoods is the latest endeavor of Tony Cappellano and the Boom Hospitality Inc team with Chef Craig Dehne helming the kitchen.

The space is divided into two adjacent dinning rooms with a small front patio.
The bywoods
~ gin, organic rosemary, lemon juice, sugar & club soda
I am disappointed to say that it tasted very bland to me, almost like gin with water and ice... even after squeezing the lemon wedge in didn't help much.
Prosciutto Pizze $15
~ fig, gorgonzola & dressed arugula
Love the crispy flatbread with the mount of fresh arugula on top and knowing how much I like fig and prosciutto, this was so perfect for me.

Military Green [OOTD]

Outfit Details:
Jacket & Pleather Skirt- F21(old); Sneaker -Nike (Little Burgundy);
Sunnies (men's department) - H&M; Bag - Rebecca Minkoff (Holt Renfrew)

Fall is upon us and the temperature have been dropping day after day and although I am not as afraid of the cold as most of my friends, I still need a light jacket these days. Love the versatility of this light jacket and this military green color is basically a neutral that goes with everything
Oh and not sure if some of you have the same problem but I have a rather large head and a lot of the sunglasses out there are either tight or look rather small on me... so sometime I look in the men's department when tends to be larger and which I can share with Ben as well.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Love Food Fest in Support of Action Against Hunger [Event Oct 7th -Promo]

Toronto food lovers will not want to miss Love Food Fest where you get to support Action Against Hunger (@ACF_Canada) while some of Toronto's top chefs will compere to recreation our favorite childhood recipes.  
Tickets are available for $125 only which include tasting of nostalgia dishes from all 20 chefs plus many wine, beer and food vendors. There's also a silent auction to further support this great cause.
601 Christie Street, Toronto
 Date & Time:
Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 at 6:00-9:30pm
Ticket Details:  
 Get you tickets here
About Action Against Hunger :
Action Against Hunger / Action contre la Faim (ACF) is a leading international humanitarian organization that fights hunger and its root causes worldwide.  Founded in France in 1979 and with 30+ years of experience in conflict zones, natural disasters and response to food crises, ACF is one of the most important international organizations specialized in addressing hunger and its underlying causes. We work in more than 45 countries and reach approximately 7 million people annually.
For more on Action Against Hunger, visit their website here

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival 2014 [EVENT]

This will be the 3rd year Steam Whistle Brewing (@SteamWhistle) will be hosting The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival (see post from previous year here, here & Winter one here)
I am a bit behind on this post since this happened back on Aug 9th but I guess better late than never. It was a busy weekend, I only got to drop by for a short period of time after attending a friend's Birthday Brunch (which mean I didn't get to try the food at the festival)
I'll have to say that it's bigger and better with bigger space and more vendors which mean more choices and shorter line ups.

Would love to try the Double Dead Elephant but it wasn't released yet, so tried the Honey Bee'Lixir instead. It was a amber color, a heavier beer than I had expected. It has a sweet burnt sugary taste with malty taste and a little bit of bitterness to balance it out.

Tried the Travesty which was a special brew for the event, collaborating with Steam Whistle own brewer Erica McOustra (@konafone). This was Ben's favorite of the day and her even went back for seconds but unfortunately it was sold out. It has a floral bourbon scent to it with a  sweet smokey caramel flavor to it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wei's Kitchen 阿緯廚房 [Markham - Chinese]

 As usual we try to stay uptown during the weekend and this week we had no special cravings, so we random picked a place to try. We decided to head to a noodle place in First Markham Place but when we passed by Wei's Kitchen 阿緯廚房, we change our mind since this place was packed.

It's a rather small space with no décor, fans around to keep you cool and menus on the wall. Probably the worst looking place in First Markham Place.

 5 Flavor Duck with Rice 招牌五味鴨飯 $6.99
This was the first item on their Lunch Specials menu and I didn't even look further and decided I had to try this. Although the sauce look rather thick, it was delicious with sweet and sour flavors. The duck was perfectly cook, tender, moist and very flavorful even without the sauce.

Dufflet® Gluten-Free Desserts [Launch]

Dufflet Pastries (@dufflet), the ground breaking Canadian Bakery founded by Dufflet Rosenburg is launching a gluten-free line. I am not sure about you but as soon as I hear gluten-free, I will assume that it won't be as good as the real thing. Since I don't have Celiac disease, for me Gluten-Free usually mean sacrificing taste and texture, so I was excited to see if this would change my mind.
All the items here are certified by the Canadian Celiac Association and they are all made with premium gluten-free ingredients with no artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.
This gluten-free line will be available across Ontario and Québec and will consist of the following tasty items:
Carrot Cakelet®
Chocolate Cakelet® 
Pink Velvet Cakelet®  
Lemon Tarts 
Fudge Tarts 
Devil’s Food Cupcakes & Heavenly Vanilla Cupcakes 
Chocolate Chunk Brownie – Chewy fudge brownie with dark chocolate chunks.
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon 
I was lucky enough to received a pack of the Dufflet's Gluten-Free Lemon Tart and I am not going to lie but it does taste different from the regular stuff with the crust being extra fragile in comparison but it was still delicious nonetheless. This is a really great option for people with Celiac disease and even if I don't, I would love to try their other product from the line especially the Cakelets which look so pretty (just look at the adorable cube pink velvet cake picture above)
*** Products are complimentary. All opinions are my own *** 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Delicious Food Show 2014 [Contest - Closed]

I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 
Taking place October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre, the Delicious Food Show (@deliciousshow) is back for another year with even more amazing line up of celebrity chefs, cooking demos, workshops and of course the many exhibitors.

This year highlights :
– Chefs Mario Batali, Tyler Florence, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Nadia G, and Cronut inventor Dominique Ansel will be taking to the stages for demos, talks, and workshops throughout the three-day event

– Over 100 purveyors of premium products and fine foods will be on display, showcasing their absurdly delicious eats and treats

Taste Canada Cooks the Books will pair one famed Canadian cookbook author with groups of students who will have to prepare one recipe from the author's book to vie for the title of Canada's Best New Student Chef

Naturally Delicious will see a host of vendors with foods and products that are all-natural, organic, raw, gluten-free, free of additives and preservatives, and overall promote a healthy lifestyle

#DeliciousHotspot will highlight some of Toronto's top restaurants and pop-ups, with show attendees able to purchase samples to taste their edible excellence

– A very special edition of Abbey's Kitchen Stadium will pit eight (8) of Toronto's top chefs against each other in an all-out maniacal melee
(my fave part of the show last year, see my post here)

Tickets are $20 each online and $22 at the door - get your tickets here
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