Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Craftmas Beer Experience [CONTEST]


I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 
Hoppy Holidays! Warm up this season with the inaugural Craftmas Beer Experience at District 28 , one of the newest, coolest venues in Toronto! For those of you who have craft beer on your Christmas wish list, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be stuffing your stocking with the golden beverage at this event! Each brewery will feature something festive whether it be a one-off cask, a holiday seasonal brew or a Yuletide beer cocktail
28 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON, M4M 2M8
 Date & Time:
Thursday Dec 4, 2014 at 6pm-11pm

Ticket Details:  
$25 in advance (Include 5 Sample vouchers) & $35 at the door
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio [Las Vegas]

Drop by Bellagio and can't resit not to try Jean Philippe Patisserie. It is a European style pastry shop by World Pastry Champion Chef Jean Philippe Maury.

The famous chocolate fountain that everyone probably have seen a picture of before.

Everything look so good but too bad we are already so full, so we only got to choose one....

Friday, November 21, 2014

Essen [Jewish - Brunch]

Have been a big fan of Quinta (see post here), even had my Birthday dinner there last year; so I was pretty bump when i heard they are closing. But no worries, the owner Chef Leor Zimerman replaced it with Essen (@essen_toronto) which serves Jewish fare with a Middle Eastern twist.

Essen in German means "to eat" and Chef Zimerman intent on drawing inspiration from personal family history. Here they try to promote family style dinner and can't wait to try it out.

We decided to head over for Brunch since we never get the chance for Quinta, we had high hope since it's the same owner/chef. The space didn't change at all except for the sign up front, I personally love the spaciousness here (hate those chair bumping chair at most restaurant these days).

Jewish Banh Mi $12
~chopped chicken liver, fried beef salami, grainy mustard, pickled carrots, red onion
Love the fried salami but wish there was more of the chopped liver which I could barely taste it on top of the strong mustard and pickled taste. The homefries was crispy delicious.

Brisket Hash $14
~ peppers, potatoes, onions, fresh chillies, herbs, poached eggs
This was perfect for brunch where I still get the runny poached eggs, potato combo plus some meaty goodness.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KU NOODLE [Las Vegas]

Another restaurant at our hotel and by my now fave chef José Andrés once again. We were skeptical to try a Chinese Noodle place my a non-Asian chef... Since we became fan of the chef, we decided to give Ku Noodle a try.

The space is bright and very simple

 We sat by the kitchen where you get to see the noodles made right in front of you.
Rolling, pulling, chopping....

 Golden Pork Mein 金玉滿屋 $16.88
~ Belt Noodle, Red Braised Pork Belly, Pickled Watermelon Radish, Fried Garlic, Gold
 Melt in your mouth fatty goodness and love the yummy sauce which can be a bit salty which is offset by the pickled radish. Good but doesn't justified the price tag for this small bowl.
(we can't help but miss the noodle back home here)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Neon Museum [Las Vegas]

The Neon Museum (@NeonMuseum) have been on my list of places to visit since I first saw picture of the place and that was the first thing that went on my recent Vegas trip to do list. Love taking pictures, Instagram-natic?! That's the perfect spot for the likes of me and I have been trying to choose some of my faves that we took that day but I still end up with that many =P

"Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs."

They do not allow walk in and must book their guided tour which is $18 per person. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance in order to get the date and time you want.

The guided tour was very fun and informative, this was definitely one of the highlight of the trip.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

China Poblano [Las Vegas]

As per my Stella (@foodieyu), China Poblano have the best siu-mai ever. Chinese and Mexican but mind you, it's "not fusion but two cuisines living side by side as an amusing mix of elements from both traditions together in one space"

I was rather skeptical at first but after our dinner at é (post here) the first night, we were both willing to try anything by José Andrés. It's located in The Cosmopolitan right next to Jaloe and é, two of his other restaurants. Our schedule was pretty packed, so we were only able to drop by for a quick snack especially to try that "famous siu mai".

Chinese side with the huge dim sum steamer in the middle.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Tempered Room [Bakery / Pâtisserie]

Have always been big fan of Bertrand Alépée aka The Tempered Chef (@TheTemperedChef) and until now, I've only been able to taste his creation during events or special pop-up dinners (like here and here). So I was super excited when he opened up The Tempered Room (@thetemperedroom) about 2 months ago and we finally found time to drop by this pass weekend.

Alépée and his pasty chef Tyler Lang did most of the wood work of the space and what a great job.
Love the expose un-finish brick walls and the simple wood display cases which was perfect backdrop for all the sweet creations. There a large communal table at the front and small side tables that can be pop on and off the wall's railing.

Beverages wise Sam James Coffee, tea and bottled Vams Kombucha are available. While most things are make in house, the breads are from The Drake, Blackbird Baking Co and Thuet.

Somehow I find other cities have a lot of Eclairs choice, it's rather lacking in Toronto and I was so glad that they emphasize them here,

I basically wanted to try everything but we just had lunch, so I guess we'll have to come back on an empty stomach (^_<)

Passion Chocolate  Eclair $3.50
Love the flavor of the pastry here and I am usually not a fan of éclair at most places because I find the icing/coating way too sweet but the one here was so perfect.
Need to try the other flavors next time!

PB & J Choux $2.50
Love the peanut butter crust here which give it an extra crunch to the pillowy jam filled choux pastry.

 Pomme Caramal Salé $5.75
♥♥♥ Need I say more?! Pretty and Perfect!!! A salted caramel mousse cake with homemade crabapple jelly, sesame caramel ganache. Would never hove though sesame with this dessert but it totally elevated the whole cake to another level of amazingness.

Croissant $2.50
After eating the 3pcs above, I can't help but crave for the croissants... but it was sold out, noooooo! But we were kindly told that another batch is coming out in 20 minutes and let's just say, it was all worth the wait. Having worked in Paris with Michelin starred chefs like Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasse, Alépée's partry is the real thing.

Love love everything we had, will definitely be back for more
We also bought a Jalapeno Cornbread home and it was still moist and delicious the next day
Would love to try their flan and bread next time
And rumors has it that there's plan of hosting future pop up dinner of The Group of Seven Chefs in this space.

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