Chef Deron Engbers (@TheDeron) invited me to Oyster Boy's (Twitter: @OysterBoyTO, Facebook: Oyster Boy Restaurant) new menu tasting two weeks ago. Engbers, who helped out part time at Oyster Boyfor five months prior to his full time gig as executive chef at the end of July, was given the task of updating Oyster Boy's menu by putting his own spin on it while continuing the Oyster Boy tradition. When asked about what his philosophy for food was, Engbers said it is "all about cooking food that people canidentify with...that they can understand....and that once in awhile, produce a "WOW" moment for them." After being in the kitchen since 17, chef Engbers have done every style of food from casual to the highest level of fine dining but says his current favourite style is fun bistro food.
Started things off perfectly with some fresh, plump oysters.
Whether you love it or hate it (I personally love it) it is hard to miss these tall, glossy yellow doors at Weslodge(Twitter: @Weslodge, Facebook: Weslodge). Located on King West, this "modern saloon" opened its eye-catching doors in July offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch as well as an extensive list of cocktails (strong cocktails...no fruity drinks for me here!) The decor atWeslodge is quite neat; the "traditional old west" meets "updated parlor saloon" theme can be found throughout the restaurant (not surprising really, it is Ink Entertainment after all and they always know how to make a statement when it comes to interior design) Oh and bartenders also have gun holsters on their shoulders :) In contrast to what you may think (I was also guilty of this at first) Weslodgeis not all about looks, at least in my opinion - I've been toWeslodgeseveral times for food and each time I left pretty satisfied.
Blowfish(Facebook: Blowfish Restaurant + Sake Bar, Twitter: @BlowfishResto) has two locations in downtown: one at King & Bathurst (original location, established in 2003) and the other at Bay & Adelaide (opened in 2011). When my friend Amy (@lu_amy7) suggested to go to Blowfish for dinner, I picked the Bay location only because I have a $20 gift card for that specific location. If not for the gift card, we probably would have ended up at the King location which was closer to the both of us.
Very chic lounge decor: structured dark wood panels, glossy bronze / high black leather booths, pink neon lights...
I found the general vibe at Blowfish pretty similar to Ki.
@loucheryl Congratulations Cheryl! Please contactCHEESEWERKSto reserve your BIG CHEESE EXPERIENCE dinner for two (note that October 3 is the last day to redeem your prize)! I hope you and your guest will enjoyCHEESEWERKS=D
I also want to say a big THANKS to the88contestants who participated in this giveaway!
Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #bigcheeseexperience hashtag stream from day one of the contest. The tracking was done using chronological order, as in, #1 was the first person who entered right the contest. To enter, the person has to tweet "I want to win the BIG CHEESE EXPERIENCE dinner for TWO from @CHEESEWERKS! http://bit.ly/QDsk8E #bigcheeseexperience". Once the contestwas over and everybody's entries were accounted for in my spreadsheet, I went to check if they actually followed me on Twitter (I also sent the below list of contestants toCHEESEWERKS for them to verify.)
After checking the list above, we found that 31 out of the 88 contestants did not follow BOTH of us on twitter (read the rules people!). After eliminating those 31 people from the list, I was left with 57 contestants. I then went to "True Random Number Generator" from random.org to randomly pick a winner from the updated list.
Thank you to the84contestants who participated in this giveaway. I can't believe that in merely two days so many of you entered my contest! I guess people really like TIFF parties :D Anyway, the winner of a pair of tickets to Mongrel Media's TIFF party at Hart House tomorrow night is... @star_chronicles Congratulations Melissa! FeasTO (@FeasTOronto) will be in touch with you shortly on Twitter. I hope you and your guest will have a blast! Thanks again to FeasTOfor offering the tickets for this contest :)
Here's a snapshot of the Excel spreadsheet where I tracked the #mongreltiff hashtag stream from last Friday. The tracking was done using chronological order, as in, #1 was the first person who entered right the contest. To enter, the person has to tweet "I want to win a pair of tickets to Mongrel Media's TIFF party! http://bit.ly/RkLekS #mongreltiff".
I then went to "True Random Number Generator" from random.org to randomly pick a winner from the updated list.