Monday, August 24, 2015

Fran's "Since 1940" Cookbook / Graphic Novel Giveaway

I'm giving away TWO copies of Since 1940: Recipes and Stories from Fran’s Restaurant, an 82-page, full-colour, cookbook / graphic novel from Fran’s Restaurant!


Since 1940 takes readers on a journey through Fran’s (Twitter: @fransrestaurant, Facebook: Fran's Restaurant75-year history, from its roots as a family diner to its debut at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition ("CNE") this year. Cartoons illustrate colourful moments in Fran’s not-so-distant past (including the creation of the Caesar Milkshake which, sadly, did not make it to the menu). Home cooks will enjoy preparing classic, updated and contemporary food and drink recipes including Pomilot Sauce, a popular 1980s condiment that topped pancakes and waffles.




Since 1940: Recipes and Stories from Fran’s Restaurant is priced at $20 and is available from August 21, 2015, at Fran’s CNE booth in the famed Food Building and all Fran’s locations. The cookbook / graphic novel will be available in bookstores, online booksellers and direct from the publisher at www.friesenpress.com/bookstore in October 2015.


HOW TO ENTER
1) You MUST be following me (@foodieyu) on Twitter
AND
2) Tweet the following sentence, exactly as shown, nothing before or after it: 

Hey @foodieyu I want to win a copy of Since 1940 the cookbook/graphic novel from @fransrestaurant! http://bit.ly/1U1ATeH #frans75 #fjcfrans

1. For your entry to be valid, you need to tweet the above sentence exactly as shown
2. You may tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Re-tweeting others do NOT count as a valid entry
3. Contest is tracked by the #fjcfrans hashtag. If you don't see your tweet in the hashtag stream it means there is no entry from you. Read this to find out the possible reasons why your tweets are not showing up

CONTEST DURATION
Contest starts on Monday, August 24 and ends on Monday, August 31 at 12PM. 
Two lucky winners will be chosen randomly from www.random.org and I will announce the winner shortly after.

GOOD LUCK!!! ^_^



Friday, August 21, 2015

The Winner of the Little Caesars Prize Pack Giveaway is...

@magscheung

Congratulations @magscheung! You have just won a Little Caesars prize pack which includes a Little Caesars gift card to try The Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza as well some sizzling bacon-themed lifestyle items for a total value of $100! Please email me your first and last name along with your mailing address to foodjunkiechronicles@gmail.com.


I also want to say a big THANK YOU to the 76 contestants who participated in the contest

Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #FJCSTS hashtag from day one of the contest. The tracking was done using chronological order, as in, #1 was the first person to enter the contest. To enter, the person had to tweet "#SavourTheSizzle before it's too late! Send me a $100 @LittleCaesars prize pack @foodieyu! http://bit.ly/1Jd49nh #FJCSTS". Each person could tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Once the contest was over and everybody's entries were accounted for I checked to see if they follow me (@foodieyu) on Twitter. Below are the 134 valid entries:


.I used "True Random Number Generator" from random.org to pick a winner for me:




Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Winners of the 2015 Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival Giveaway are...

@EldoLai
@KevboM26

Congratulations @EldoLai and @KevboM26! Both of you have just won a pair of tickets to the first annual Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival taking place from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20 at the Evergreen Brick Works! Please email me your first and last name along with your mailing address to foodjunkiechronicles@gmail.com.


I also want to say a big THANK YOU to the 79 contestants who participated in the contest

Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #FJCTFW hashtag from day one of the contest. The tracking was done using chronological order, as in, #1 was the first person to enter the contest. To enter, the person had to tweet "Hey @foodieyu I want to WIN a pair of tickets to @TOfoodandwine! http://bit.ly/1HHRjwd #FJCTFW #TFW15". Each person could tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Once the contest was over and everybody's entries were accounted for I checked to see if they follow me (@foodieyu) on Twitter. Below are the 147 valid entries:


.I used "True Random Number Generator" from random.org to pick two winners for me:




Monday, August 17, 2015

Little Caesars Prize Pack Giveaway - CLOSED

Is this sweltering heat getting to you? With only a few weeks left of summer to enjoy I sure hope you're not complaining!

By default, as Canadians we love the summer almost as much as we love bacon, and that's why Little Caesars has extended their exclusive The Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza - a large 8-corner DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pepperoni and bacon pizza with a crispy crust wrapped in three and a half feet of bacon - until September.


Little Caesars is encouraging every one of us to #SavourTheSizzle before it's too late, whether that means indulging in a Little Caesars The Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza, soaking up some rays on the beach, going camping with the family, or all of the above.


To help you #SavourTheSizzle I'm giving away a Little Caesars prize pack. The prize pack includes a Little Caesars gift card to try The Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza, as well some sizzling bacon-themed lifestyle items for a total value of $100!



HOW TO ENTER
1) You MUST be following me (@foodieyu) on Twitter
AND
2) Tweet the following sentence, exactly as shown, nothing before or after it: 

#SavourTheSizzle before it's too late! Send me a $100 @LittleCaesars prize pack @foodieyu! http://bit.ly/1Jd49nh #FJCSTS

1. For your entry to be valid, you need to tweet the above sentence exactly as shown
2. You may tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Re-tweeting others do NOT count as a valid entry
3. Contest is tracked by the #FJCSTS hashtag. If you don't see your tweet in the hashtag stream it means there is no entry from you. Read this to find out the possible reasons why your tweets are not showing up
4. Contest is valid in Canada only.

CONTEST DURATION
Contest starts on Monday, August 17 and ends on Friday, August 21 at 12PM. 
One lucky winner will be chosen randomly from www.random.org and I will announce the winner shortly after.

GOOD LUCK!!! ^_^




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival Giveaway - CLOSED

I'm giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the first annual Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival taking place from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20 at the Evergreen Brick Works. Each pair of tickets is valued at $72!


Over the course of three delectable days, the 2015 Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival (formerly Delicious Food Show) will showcase the expertise, creativity, and excellence of the world’s most renowned culinary, wine, and spirit virtuosos. Attendees will delight in programming that features fan-favorite, local and international celebrity chefs, highlights exceptional culinary destinations, exposes epicurean delicacies, cooking classes, tutored tastings, and special events that brings the world of wine and spirits to local palates.


Perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the festival includes appearances by fan-favourite local and international celebrity chefs, such as food expert Gail Simmons (Top Chef), Australian TV star Curtis Stone (All-Star Academy), culinary heavy-weight Tyler Florence (Great Food Truck Race), famed restaurateur Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Café Boulud), Canadian darling Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off), multi-talented Roger Mooking (Chopped Canada), Top Chef Canada judge Chef Mark McEwan, award-winning wine personality Mark Oldman, Chopped Canada judge Antonio Park, and libations expert Anthony Giglio (Wine Wise Guy).


Here's FIVE more reasons to visit the 2015 Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival!

1. Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Gail Simmons, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Mark McEwan, Antonio Park and many more will be taking to the stages for demos, talks and workshops throughout the three-day event
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2. You’ll be able to sample, sip and savour all the flavours from 130 purveyors of premium products, fine foods and beverages from Ontario, Canada and around the world in the open-air Grand Tasting Pavilion – presented by PC Black Label.


3. For the first time ever, Cochon 555 is bringing its flavour-packed marquee events series to Canada allowing guests to sink their teeth into over 1400 pounds of expertly prepared pork dishes by the hottest chefs including Chuck Hughes, Matty Matheson and more.


4. Expert-level educational workshops welcome legendary masters like Kevin Kent (Knifewear), Tetsuya "Ted" Iizuka (Soba Canada), and Antonio Park (Park Restaurant) to share their knowledge regarding time-held traditions like knife skills and soba noodle making.



5. Canada’s Best New Student Chef will be crowned after an exciting and unique cooking competition called Taste Canada Cooks the Books. Some of the brightest up-and-coming culinary talents from schools across Canada will gather in front of a live audience in the Miele Kitchen to make a dish from a well-known Canadian cookbook, with the author on stage.



Enter my contest now for your chance to win a pair of general admission tickets to the first ever Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival (Twitter: @TOfoodandwine, Facebook: Toronto FOOD & WINE) valued at $72. The tickets will give you and your guest access to the Grand Tasting Pavilion and some celeb chef events!

HOW TO ENTER
1) You MUST be following me (@foodieyu) on Twitter
AND
2) Tweet the following sentence, exactly as shown, nothing before or after it: 

Hey @foodieyu I want to WIN a pair of tickets to @TOfoodandwine! http://bit.ly/1HHRjwd #FJCTFW #TFW15

1. For your entry to be valid, you need to tweet the above sentence exactly as shown
2. You may tweet once a day for the duration of the contest. Re-tweeting others do NOT count as a valid entry
3. Contest is tracked by the #FJCTFW hashtag. If you don't see your tweet in the hashtag stream it means there is no entry from you. Read this to find out the possible reasons why your tweets are not showing up

CONTEST DURATION
Contest starts on Thursday, August 13 and ends on Thursday, August 20 at 12PM. 
Two lucky winners will be chosen randomly from www.random.org and I will announce the winner shortly after.

GOOD LUCK!!! ^_^



Monday, July 20, 2015

Niagara-On-The-Lake with GO Transit

Woohoo! With the summer season in full swing it is time to take advantage of the glorious weather and the great outdoors. Weekends are jam-packed with so many things to do, people to see and places to explore. It is also the perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city and plan a weekend adventure. Not sure where to go? Well, if you love visiting places with a "small-town" feel, enjoy shopping, appreciate good food and wine, world-class theatre and beautiful scenery, then I highly recommend that you visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. Situated on the south shore of Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Niagara River, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a one of the loveliest, if not the loveliest, town in Ontario. So, after checking the weather forecast, I decided to do a fun day trip out to Canada's premier wine region last Saturday.

Instead of driving, I ditched my car and took the GO. I never knew it was so convenient! With stops on the Lakeshore West line at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Stations, GO makes it easy for anyone looking to do a weekend getaway to Niagara.



Since I live in Mississauga, I hopped on the GO Train at Port Credit Station, got off at St. Catharines, then took the GO bus shuttle to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You have no idea how great it feels to not have to drive and deal with traffic (driving in Toronto has permanently scarred me). I also love that I could relax and sneak in some precious zzz's on the train. 


I, unfortunately, don't own a bike but if you do, make sure you take it with you because getting around by bike is a great way to explore wine country. GO has made it extremely convenient for you to bring yours, with two special bike coaches on their Niagara-bound trains. All you have to do is lock up your bike and enjoy a worry free ride. All GO Buses are also outfitted with bike racks.


The GO Bus dropped us off at the corner of Picton and King, right in front of the prestigious Prince of Wales Hotel. Once I got off the bus I realized the historic town was packed! I guess everybody was taking advantage of the beautiful weather. I was so glad I didn't drive as it would've been really difficult to find parking.




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

TABASCO® - Feed Your Original With The Original

TABASCO® - the hot and spicy legendary pepper sauce that's made exclusively from tabasco peppers, vinegar and salt. I don't think there's anyone on earth that haven't heard of the household name; it's almost like saying you haven't heard of McDonald's, or Coca-Cola, or Disney. Yeah, I went there, only 'cause I see TABASCO® Sauce as the king of all hot sauces. It may not be the hottest hot sauce out there but TABASCO® is the real deal. It's the "original" pepper sauce that everybody knows of and I bet that almost every single home and restaurant owns a bottle of it in the kitchen. Damn, the fact that TABASCO® was founded over 100 years ago in 1868 is incredibly impressive too. That in itself says something, right?

When you think of TABASCO® Sauce, or even just hot sauce in general, it's usually an afterthought in that one would usually add a dash of it to a dish that's already been prepared and ready to eat. However, that perception went straight out the window when I was invited to the exclusive TABASCO® Feed Your Original With The Original event last week.


Here, let me put all this into context for you. It all started when TABASCO® (Instagram: @tabascocanada, Facebook: Tabascosent Canada's hottest Chef collective, The Group of 7 Chefs, down to Avery Island, Louisiana, the birthplace and home of TABASCO®, to immerse them in the culture and heritage of the island, and inspire them as they planned their original dish, one that uses TABASCO® Sauce as an ingredient. I suggest you take a few minutes and watch this short film documenting the Chefs' amazing adventure in Louisiana!



The Chefs returned truly inspired, and on Tuesday, July 7th, each of the seven chefs prepared a dish using TABASCO® Sauce in the most creative way, and guests that evening had the opportunity to be first-to-taste and savour these original creations. 

The #feedyouroriginal Group of 7 Chefs:





Monday, July 13, 2015

Kabuki Sushi Lounge

Now that summer is finally here I'm feeling very motivated to hit up Shops at Don MillsOntario's first open air shopping centre (shopping outside in the dead of winter has never appealed to me). As a matter of fact, even if you're not much of a shopper the outdoor mall is still a very fun spot to just hang out - it's a nice place to take your significant other and if you have little kids they'll probably enjoy playing at the Town Square too (the Town Square is essentially a big patch of grass which converts into a skating rink in the winter). You can also walk your dog, grab coffee, get your dry cleaning done, have lunch, have dinner, or go see a movie... basically you get a lot of things done there. And if you are finally down for some shopping you can shop your heart out at over 70 retail stores. I should also mention that Shops at Don Mills is an awesome place for people-watching and car-watching.

Here's a tip from me: Never go shopping with an empty stomach. Shopping is hard work so having a proper meal before hitting the shops is crucial (feeling exhausted after two hours of shopping is unacceptable ladies). If you're looking to fuel up before your shopping sesh at Shops at Don Mills I suggest you check out Kabuki Sushi Lounge (Instagram: @kabukisushilounge, Facebook: Kabuki Sushi Lounge). Treat yourself to some delicious sashimi before conquering the shops (no carbs = no bloated tummy) and if you can't fit in a sit-down lunch then make sure your grab a drink or dinner at Kabuki afterwards. Why? For the marvelous job you did snagging those Louboutins, of course! What I'm trying to say is there's always time for tasty Japanese food. And you know what's amazing? Kabuki offers complimentary valet, which just means more time for eating and shopping!


First, a bit of background on the restaurant. Kabuki Japanese Resturant first opened in 1999 at Bayview Village Shopping Centre as a family business operated by Philip Yam and his two sons, Carson and Jason. For more than 15 years, the casual 60-seat restaurant served traditional sushi and Japanese dishes to its local clientele. In February 2015, the Yam family made an executive decision to relocate the restaurant to Shops at Don Mills. Now operating as Kabuki Sushi Lounge, the new location promises a new and exciting menu that serves both authentic and modern Japanese plates.


The new Kabuki's lofty interior is chic and contemporary. There are tables against the two walls, by the large window at the front of the restaurant, as well as booth seating in the middle of the room (this is unique since booths are usually off to the side). Kabuki can accommodate up to 80 people inside and 24 people on the patio.


I noticed that the flatscreens above the Kabuki bar are always showing news, sports and Japanese anime (one screen each). The TVs here definitely contributes to the "lounge" aspect of the restaurant.




Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Dinner Menu at Mildred's Temple Kitchen

I made my way to Mildred's Temple Kitchen (Twitter: @mildredstempleFacebook: Mildred's Temple Kitchen) several weeks ago for their newly launched dinner menu. Hidden in the heart of Liberty Village, the restaurant prides itself on serving flavourful dishes cooked simply and using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. 


"Mildred’s Temple Kitchen opened with a heartfelt philosophy. We’re here because we love food, people and the simple pleasures of life: our temple is the place where we practice our devotionHere you’ll find seasonal fare, prepared with reverence for its source, and served with pleasure." - Mildred's Temple Kitchen.


Mildred's Temple Kitchen used to be my go-to place for lunch when I worked in the area, and I didn't realize just how much I miss the place until this very visit! That high ceiling, those beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, the super spacious room, and the casual and relaxing ambiance...yeah, not many restaurants in Toronto can claim they have all these elements (actually a lot of restaurants these days are crammed, dark, and loud).


Mildred's open kitchen.




Thursday, July 2, 2015

4 to 7 Bar Snacks at Nota Bene

You know I'm always looking out for you guys, right? In terms of food-related stuff like where I went to eat, if I liked the food or not, what my favourite dishes were, whether I would go again, etc. Well, last week Nota Bene (Twitter: @NotaBeneToronto, Facebook: Nota Bene Restaurant) invited me to try out their new bar snacks menu "4 TO 7" and long story short, I liked it! It's a steal and I would definitely want to go again.

Offered Monday to Friday from 4PM to 7PM, Nota Bene's "4 TO 7" menu offers a variety of bar snacks for $4 (they become $7 from 7PM till close). The "4 TO 7" menu consists of 10 snacks.


The 10 snacks from Nota Bene's "4 TO 7" menu look something like this:

TRUFFLE POPCORN
Parmigiana 


SALT COD FRITTERS
Kimchi mayo


BURRATA PUGLIESE
Grilled miche, olive oil