Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Winner of the #SkittlesSelfie Skittles Giveaway is...


Congratulations Kenny! You have just won TWO MONTHS' WORTH OF SKITTLES! Please email me you full name and mailing address at :)

Thanks to the 4 contestants who participated in my giveaway

Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #FJCTasteTheRainbow hashtag from day one of the giveaway (if you don't see your tweet in the hashtag stream, it means there is no entry from you. Sorry. Read this to find out the possible reasons why your tweets are not showing up.) The tracking was done using chronological order, as in, #1 was the first person to enter the contest. To enter, the person had to upload their #SkittlesSelfie and tweet "@foodieyu Here is my #SkittlesSelfie #FJCTasteTheRainbow!". To gain extra entries after you have tweeted me your #SkittlesSelfie you can tweet "Enter @foodieyu #giveaway to #win TWO MONTHS worth of Skittles! #FJCTasteTheRainbowEach" once a day for the remaining duration of the giveaway (any duplicates were removed). Once the giveaway was over and everybody's entries were accounted for I checked to see if they follow me (@foodieyuon Twitter. Below is a list of people who qualified for the contest:

I used "True Random Number Generator" from to pick the winner from the 7 entries.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Halton Wing Festival 2014

HELLS YEAH! As a matter of fact it's ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT WINGS!

When: Saturday, August 16th, 2014. Doors open at 5:30 pm 
Where: Central Arena - 519 Drury Lane, Burlington, Ontario.
Why: To support the Halton MS Society. 
What to expectAll-you-can-eat-wings from various vendors across the Halton area, live entertainment, raffles, contests, and an overall fun night! Drink tickets are available for purchase onsite (if you go dressed as a chicken your first drink will be free!)
Tickets: $35.00 for Adults, $20 for Kids from 3 to 8 years old

The Halton Wing Festival (Twitter: @WingFesitval, Facebook: Halton Wing Festivalis an event that brings people together who love wings, love to have fun and love to support a great cause. All proceeds from the Halton Wing Festival will go to support Halton MS client services. Vendors each year donate their wings, sauces, and time to the Festival and the Wing Fest committee donates their time and energy to making this event a huge success. The money raised goes right back into the community to help those fighting MS.

Please do your part and buy a ticket. Unlike most food events these days where you have to pay a fee to GET IN THE VENUE then have to PAY AGAIN FOR FOOD, at Halton Wing Festival your ONE PRICE ENTRY FEE entitles you to AS MUCH FOOD AS YOU CAN HANDLE. And with all proceeds going to Halton MS Society, you really should be there!

Oh, and just like last year I'll be on the judging panel :) I hope to see you there!

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Halton Wing Festival 2013

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fresh Canteen - Cooking Made Easy

I'm always out for dinner - well 95% of the time anyway. I used to stay in and cook a lot a few years back (hence the baking and cooking tabs up top) but those days are long gone. I still love to cook and bake but I find myself lacking energy and / or the time to go grocery shopping then prepare an entire meal afterwards. I must be getting old or something...or I'm just plain lazy. Probably the latter.

Whichever the case may be Fresh Canteen (Twitter: @FreshCanteen, Facebook: Fresh Canteen) throws all my excuses out the window. Fresh Canteen is a brilliant food delivery service that delivers fresh ingredients and recipes right to your doorstep. You can cook an entire meal without having to step foot in a grocery store. How's that for convenience? It's perfect for individuals who enjoy cooking and preparing home-cooked meals but lack the time to go get groceries. Fresh Canteen's recipes typically take 35 mins or less and don't need any fancy equipment to prepare. Bonus!

All you have to do is visit Fresh Canteen's Recipe page, check out the week's recipes (they have new recipes posted each week) and choose a dish that you want to make. Each dish includes important information such as the description of the dish, its difficulty level, total time to make the dish, clear step-by-step instructions with photos, the list of ingredients you'll find in your package and the ones you won't but will need (these are pantry items such as butter, oil, and kitchen basics like pots and pans).

Once you've decided simply choose the number of recipes and servings you’d like and Fresh Canteen will deliver you the ingredients. They use a refrigerated box with insulated packaging and gel packs so there’s no need to be home for the delivery. You can also leave special instructions on how you’d like the box delivered (i.e. leave at the concierge if you live in an apartment).

In the box you'll find the recipe card with step-by-step photo instructions on how to prepare your meal and all the ingredients you'll need in exact amountsThe ingredients will stay fresh long enough for you to enjoy in the week you receive them. 

Fresh Canteen sources locally whenever possible and works with reputable suppliers in the city. Their goal is to ensure that their customers are eating only the freshest and best seasonal ingredients possible. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sausage League 2014 - 2nd Round: The Saint Tavern vs. The Harbord Room

The fourth edition of the popular Sausage League competition is happening right now at Marben! Featuring a round robin competition between eight local chefs and restaurants for the best sausage dish, participating diners get to vote during each round to award Toronto's ultimate Sausage King.

For $25 you get to enjoy the entire Sausage League experience (2 unique sausage dishes and a Beau's lager) and cast a vote for the dish you liked the most and at the end of the evening, the restaurant that has garnered the most votes will proceed to the semifinals until one chef is left standing.

Round 1 took place on Tuesday, July 15th, between Rock Lobster and Origin St. James where Deron Engbers of Rock Lobster bested Harrison Hennick of Origin St. James in this year's first ever match. Deron’s Wild Boar and Tarragon Sausage with Fennel Slaw was the winning dish, edging out Harrison's Chicken Sausage with Tempura Cauliflower, Hot Buffalo Sauce & Yuzu plate.

I attended Round 2 the very next day on Wednesday. The battle was between The Saint Tavern (@thesainttavern) and The Harbord Room (@theharbordroom). Just so you know Jesse Vallins from The Saint has been the reigning Sausage King for the last TWO years. Will he take home the title for the third time? We will see :)

The two sausages were brought out with coloured napkins corresponding to the sausage on the voting card. This encourages diners to vote for the tastier dish rather than their favourite chef or restaurant.

Bacon sausage, pork & cheddar pierogi, herb sour cream, caramelized onion puree

Pork pesto sausage, pine nuts, basil, corn polenta, buttermilk twill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Forth in Greektown

Located at 629 Danforth Ave. just south of Pape is The Forth, the newest project from chef Chris Kalisperas (formerly of Brassaii) and his investors, The Signature Group. This ambitious new restaurant is a multi-story, 8,000 square foot space decked out with copious lighting and enormous floor to ceiling windows. With two separate dining areas - one on the main floor and the other on the second floor - the entire restaurant can accommodate up to 160 seats. Suffice to say there's ample seating here.

Despite the fact that chef Kalisperas' background is Greek and The Forth (Twitter: @TheForthTO, Facebook: The Forthis in the heart of Greektown, you won't find anything Greek on the menu. Rather, The Forth offers contemporary Canadian cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Kalisperas also emphasizes on sourcing locally and seasonally (which usually means the menu will change often). 

 A massive wine wall separates the kitchen and the first floor dining room.

Oh, and forget the stairs. Take the elevator to the second floor where you'll find more seating space and a lounge area. There's no doubt about it - you can really feel the grandeur and elegance of the The Forth once you're up here. Take note of the cool duo projection screens showing black and white historical photos of the city (they are also visible from the main floor).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#SkittlesSelfie Skittles Giveaway - CLOSED

I'm giving away TWO MONTHS' worth of SKITTLES!

To enter my contest all you have to do is visit,

Upload your Selfie, "Skittles it" and Share it on Twitter by tweeting:

@foodieyu Here is my #SkittlesSelfie #FJCTasteTheRainbow!

In order to qualify make sure you follow me @foodieyu on Twitter and attach your #SkittlesSelfie with the tweet.That's it! You've now entered my contest :D

Want more chances to win? Then tweet the following after you've submitted your #SkittlesSelfie:

Enter @foodieyu #giveaway to #win TWO MONTHS worth of Skittles! #FJCTasteTheRainbow

You can tweet the above tweet once a day for the entire duration of the contest as long as you have submitted your #SkittlesSelfie. The more you tweet the higher your chances of winning!

*Contest is valid in Canada only
*Two months worth of Skittles = ~ 60 bags = ~ 2 bags per day
*I'll be tracking all tweets by the #FJCTasteTheRainbow hashtag

Contest starts on Wednesday, July 16 and ends on Wednesday, July 23 at 12 PM. 
One lucky winner will be chosen randomly from and I will announce the winner on Wednesday, July 23.

GOOD LUCK!!! ^_^

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Winner of the Summer Sundays @ Malaparte Giveaway is...


Congratulations, Jen! You have won a pair of tickets to Summer Sundays @ Malaparte taking place this Sunday, July 20th at 11:00 am! Please email me at and I'll let you know how you can redeem your tickets :)

Thanks to the 65 contestants who participated in my giveaway

Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #fjcmalaparte hashtag from day one of the giveaway (if you don't see your tweet in the hashtag stream, it means there is no entry from you. Sorry. Read this to find out the possible reasons why your tweets are not showing up.) 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 take me to "Summer Sundays" @OB_Events Malaparte for brunch & cocktails on the rooftop! #fjcmalaparte". Each person can tweet once a day for the duration of the giveaway. Once the giveaway was over and everybody's entries were accounted for I checked to see if they follow me (@foodieyuon Twitter. Below is a list of people who qualified for the contest:

I used "True Random Number Generator" from to pick the a winner from the 136 entries.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tasty Tours' Farmer's Market Sweets Tour + 15% Promo Code!

Like chocolate? Love sweets? If your answer is "YES!" then Tasty Tours' new Farmer's Market Sweets Tour at the Distillery District is not to be missed!

Tasty Tours offers fantastic sweets & chocolate walking tours in the city (i.e. take a look when I joined their special Canada Day Sweets tour). With the Kensington Sweets Tour and the Trinity Bellwoods Chocolate Tour already in its portfolio, Tasty Tours (Twitter: @tasty_tours, Facebook: Tasty Tours Toronto) has upped its game this summer with the addition of their newest tour: the Farmer's Market Sweets Tour

The Distillery Sunday Market at the Distillery District (left), Audrey Ooi, founder of Tasty Tours (right).

Working with the Distillery District Sunday MarketTasty Tours' Farmer's Market Sweets Tour is Toronto's only farmer's market tour, and the only tour in Canada dedicated exclusively on Canadian and local sweets. I've managed to condense this 2.5 hour tour into one blog post highlighting the unique stops and treats I enjoyed the most. 

By the way, I couldn't have asked for a better day for a walking tour; the sun was out and not a cloud in the sky. Just gorgeous!

The tour began at the Distillery District Sunday Market where we sampled some local, fresh, and unique products.

Spade and Spoon (@Spade_and_spoon) from Ayton, Ontario
Couple Adam and Blyth brings the latest products of their farming, market, and preserving adventures straight from their Ontario family farm to our table. Expect to find endless jars of irresistible, original and organic preserves. Here we sampled some lovely dark, medium and light grades maple syrup.

Adam of Spade and Spoon

Haute Goat (Twitter: @HauteGoat, Facebook: Haute-Goat) from Campbellford, Ontario
In the fall of 2007 the owners of Haute Goat left the city to find their own little piece of heaven just outside of Campbellford, Ontario – a big, rambley old farmhouse on 25 rolling, wooded acres and a herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats. These goats give milk with the richest butterfat content of all of the goat breeds.

Meave of Haute Goat

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Azure Restaurant & Bar (2014 Summerlicious)

Summerlicious. Have you been this year yet? For two mouth-watering weeks this month over 200 of the city's top restaurants are offering three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at one of three price categories:

Lunch:   $15  |  $20  |  $25
  Dinner:  $25  |  $35  |  $45  

There's exactly one week left for Summerlicious (Twitter: @LiciousTO, Facebook: LiciousTOso get a move on it and make your reservations!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to Azure Restaurant & Bar at the InterContinental Toronto Centre (Twitter: @ICTorontoCentre, Facebook: InterContinental Toronto Centre) for Summerlicious dinner last night (this visit marks my third time at the restaurant!) Azure offers contemporary Canadian cuisine and emphasizes heavily on using local and seasonal ingredients. For Summerlicious the restaurant is featuring a 3-course lunch at $25 and a 3-course dinner at $45 (with vegetarian option available).

Azure's bread basket is always a delight.

Summerlicious dinner for two looks something like this:

Buffalo mozzarella + basil + figs + balsamic glaze 

Watercress + avocado + orange + cucumber + micro cress

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Real Sports Bar & Grill: New Menu Tasting

In the heart of Toronto's sports and entertainment district and located right beside the Air Canada Centre, Real Sports Bar & Grill is impressive. Real impressive. Here's the kicker though: I don't even play sports. None at all. But I watch sports! That must count for something, right? But even then it's rare... I mean, I watch the Olympics and the World Cup but really, who doesn't? There's no way getting around it, I'm just not that into sports. But trust me once you step foot into Real Sports (Twitter: @RealSports, Facebook: Real Sports) all that goes out the window. The place has that "Wow" factor, you know I mean? With its 25,000 square foot space, 199 screens and 39-foot high-definition projector (the biggest one in any sports bar in the world) it's no wonder that ESPN voted Real Sports as the #1 sports bar in all of North America.

(Photo by Real Sports)

Having said all that, I found myself at Real Sports last week; not for a World Cup game but for a menu tasting (of course it's food-related.) I was one of the lucky ones chosen to taste some of their new menu items - a sneak peek of what will soon be available at Real Sports come Friday, August 1st (#RSBGSneakPeek). Recently joining the Real Sports' kitchen is chef Matthew Sullivan (formerly of Skin + Bones). He took the time in between courses to explain to us his new menu.

Here's a look at what you can expect starting August 1st at Real Sports:

I really enjoyed the spicy broth here. I've had my share of steamed mussels with bland and flavourless broth so this was very welcoming.

This massive Chicago dog is prepared just right (i.e. no ketchup).