Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Beer Experience 2016 [CONTEST]

I'm giving away ONE PAIR of tickets to 

If you consider yourself a sophisticated beer lover who appreciates the time and effort that goes into creating the perfect brew, this experience is for you. It’s an experience for the distinguished beer drinker. From craft beers to boutique beers, cooking with beer and beer cocktails this is the Ultimate Beer Experience.
Each brewery has either brewed something totally unique specifically for this event, or they are bringing you a brand new brew that hasn't hit the shelves yet! Beer is our focus at this event, but we'll have a couple of other choices for you. If you like to change things up, plus The Berkeley Church will wow us again with delectable bites from their talented kitchen. Can't forget to mention there will also be live music from some great local talent. 

315 Queen St E, Toronto

 Date & Time:
Thursday September 15, 2016 from 6pm to 11pm

Ticket Details:  
$25 in advance (Include 5 Sample vouchers) & $35 at the door
Get your tickets here ASAP

*** This giveaway only include admission tickets and not drink vouchers****

Good Luck!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lasa by Lamesa [Filipino]

Lasa by Lamesa (@lasabylamesa) located on St.Clair West has a more casual traditional style compare to the original Lamesa which is more upscale and delicate version of Filipino Food.
I have been a big fan of Lamesa since they first open (see post here, here and here) and I was excited to try their new spot and it didn't disappoint. Love the casual bright space!!!

You'll need to order and pay at the counter first, they will bring your dishes over when it's ready.

Lechon Kawali $10
~ fried crispy pork belly w/ pickled papaya and carrot slaw
Make sure to get the chili garlic soy and vinegar dipping sauce to lighten up the otherwise heavy piece of meat. Love the super crispy skin and wish it was slightly fatter since the meat was kinda on the dry side.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Campo Viejo Winery [Longrono - Spain]

I actually won part of my Spain Trip from Campo Viejo (@campoviejowines) #LiveUncorked picture contest on Instagram and one of the highlight was getting a personal tour of the winery.

As we drove up to the winery, we can't help but be amaze at how big the vineyard is but guess what, that's only part of it since Campo Viejo have vineyards all over the area and they also buy from small local growers. No wonder they are one of the biggest wine exporter in the world.

Love how they are promoting through art and it's so colorful which make you feel happy just looking at them, here's something quoted from their website :

Campo Viejo inspires a life that’s more colourful and invites everyone to Live Uncorked. This is why we enjoy working with Okuda & Remed, two acknowledged urban artists with a distinctive style, to capture the expressiveness of Campo Viejo wines through urban art.
Winemaking and art have a lot in common. Just like urban artists who use city streets and spray paints to express their vision of a ‘life more colourful’, our winemakers use Rioja as their canvas and the Tempranillo grape as their brush to create wines which are full of character and authenticity.
Campo Viejo winemakers and Remed & Okuda are bringing ‘Live Uncorked’ to the streets of major cities around the world with a series of #StreetsOfColour events, which invite people to enjoy the artistry of our wines and the live creation of urban artwork.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Restaurante Kokotxa [San Sebastian - Spain]

Restaurante Kokotxa is a 1-Michelin star helm by chef Dani Lopez and Estela Velasco where they incorporate Chinese and Japanese elements to Spanish dishes. The name Kokotxa or Cococha in Spanish is a typical dish made from the bottom of the chin of hake in Basque Country.

They offer a 7 courses Market Menu €62pp for a 9 courses Tasting Menu €82pp and a small A-la-Carte menu. That's probably one of the best deal for a Michelin star restaurant, I was fortunate to read about it after being unsuccessful in making reservation for Mugaritz and Arzak for our San Sebastian 2 day stay. When we went, we had the tasting menu and an additional dish that I wanted to try. 
(price changes depending on the seasonal menu) 

We didn't take photo of the space but it's really very basic/contemporary with not much of a decor.

Amphora de Cobija del Pobre, Bierzo Mencia 2012
We are frankly not familiar with Spanish wine since there's barely any selection available here in Toronto, so again we asked our waiter to recommend a bottle that would go well with our Tasting Menu. This was amazing and goes well with both the red meat and the seafood, totally easy drinking

Right off the bad you can see the Japanese influence her with the plating, love the one bite snack.

Scalops Ceviche
~ baked sweet potato
Love all the bright colors, perfect for Spring time (we were there in May)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scaddabush [Scarborough - Italian]

Scaddabush (@scaddabush) recently open it's 4th location at Scarborough and I was invited for a Media dinner, I was very curious about the food of this new chain restaurant. It was located just outside of Scarborough Town Center which is very convenient both by car or transit.

It was a family style meal prepared by Executive Chef Steve Silvestro and we were joined by volunteers from the Bluff Food Bank, the charity that's supported by sales of Scaddabush's house made "Charity Bread".

Charity Bread (Original $4.25 / Spicy $4.75 / 3-Cheese $5.25)
Did you know the sales of their "Charity Bread" at each location support a local charity of the area and their net proceeds all go to the charity. Delicious and for a great cause, no excuse needed to order all 3 flavors (^_<) 

They also have a Mozzarella Bar where they make fresh mozzarella to order.

Naked $12.98
~ w/ extra virgin olive oil, focaccia crostini, San Marzano tomato jam, sea salt
Love the tomato jam with the mozzeralla

Bomba Burrata $15.98
~ infused w/ cream, served w/ spicy roasted tomato and chili ragu, fresh basil, double-smoked bacon, extra virgin olive oil, shili flakes, focaccia crostini
This was my favorite since the heat of the skillet kept the cheese soft for longer and love the flavorful spicy sauce with the half melted cheese.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Platito Filipino Soul Food [Brunch - Filipino]

As soon as I saw an Instagram picture of Platito Filipino Soul Food (@platitotoronto) purple waffle, I want to come try.
Bok Bok Chicken & Ube Waffle $16
~ Fried Chicken + Purple Yam Waffles
Love the super soft moist texture of the ube waffle although kinda wish it was a tad more crispy on the outside... It was really delicious with the crispy fried chicken and even yummier with the Maple Butter, just try to get a bit of everything in each bite.

Tosilog $13
~ Sweet Pork + Garlic Fried Rice + Two Fried Eggs
Love the garlic rice but thought the pork was just plain sweet and somewhat lack some other flavor... maybe serve with a spicy fish sauce for dipping on the side?!?

Calamansi Shandy Cocktails $7
Rather plain both in presentation and taste.

Love the waffle and chicken and will definetly be back for it.
And would need to come back to try the Ube icecream w/ Ube Waffle
Maybe come back for dinner to try other items from the menu, especially the tapas style dishes.

Platito  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Zuberoa Restaurant [Spain - Gipuzkoa/San Sebastian]

Zuberoa Restaurant has a one Michelin Star located in Gipuzkpa just 15 mins away from San Sebastian inside a 15th century Basque Farmhouse. Love the rustic feel of the place, very "old-school" and the amazing Tasting menu is only 130pp with a totally affordable wine list.

Amuse Bouche

Sea Urchin royal w/ fennel flavor
This was perfect way to start off, the sea urchin and roe in the bubbly foam/broth had such intense flavor that it instantly wake up my palette.

Spider crab & prawns ravioli in it's broth

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Azure [Summerlicious 2016]

Thanks Azure Restaurant & Bar which is inside the InterContinental Toronto Centre (@ICTorontoCentrefor inviting us back to taste their Summerlicious menu and once again it was delicious with same amazing service. Their Summerlicious prix-fixe menu are for $28 Lunch and $48 Dinner with Vegetarian option.

Truffle Honey Fig & Prosciutto Tartine
~ focaccia + mascarpone + balssamic + baby watercress (vegetarian)
Love figs, so I just had to order this and it tasted as good as it looks. Love the yummy figs with the salty prosciutto with the sweet & tart balsamic; also love the use of a soft yummy focaccia.

Crab & Sweet Corn Fritters
~ pea shoots + shaved fennel + remoulade
These look a little bit burnt to be frank and couldn't really taste any crab but the sweet corn flavors really came through... maybe time to change the oil?

Dillon's Rye BBQ Glazed Duck Breast
~ peach & cucumber salsa + wheat berry salad + cilantro yogurt
Could never resit duck on a menu and this was perfectly cook and love the summery peach & cucumber salsa that I totally want to replicate at home. This is a perfect summer dish with the light flavors and components like the wheat berry salad with the refreshing yogurt.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Beerfest 2016 [TFOB - Toronto's Festival of Beer - Event]

As our annual tradition, we are back to the annual Toronto's Festival of Beer (@tobeerfestival) , it was so much fun as usual and so much so more this year since Ben (Instagram: @beeru_san) started to write about beer.

There was some good and some bad, some old and new faves.

Boxer Watermelon 
Let's start with the worst, this was the worst of the day, so very sweet and artificial

Red Racer
Super cute bike contest

Les 3 Brasseurs (@3brasseursCA)

Where all the craft beer craze started as per Ben and so glad to shear they will be launching more selection at the LCBO.

Probably one of the best and funnest booth at TFOB every year with live music and dj at all time plus a dance floor. And you can't be at beerfest without grabbing all the free sunnies; yes collect them all!

After last year's Irish Pavilion, it's Sweden this time and we couldn't be happier. Famous for their sour beer, it was a great change of pace from all the IPAs and Lagers around. And 2 of our favorites was the Tropical Thunder and Black Currant from Dugges Swedish Craft Beer.