[Review] Paese Italian Ristorante (Plus WIN a dinner for 2)

Website: http://paeseristorante.com/
Address: 3827 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
When I visited: September 2016, Dinner, 2 people

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Did you know that Paese has been around since 1989? This neighbourhood gem is now one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Toronto. In Italian, ‘Paese’ can reference a country, land; region, or village and pronounced ‘pie-ez-zeh’.

Paese is located on Bathurst St., just north of the 401. I have driven by Paese a million times, but admittedly I have not noticed the restaurant until recently. The restaurant and L-eat Catering are in one building and can be easily missed driving by. My husband and I had to find street parking as the parking lot was full on a weeknight; a great sign that the restaurant was busy. Inside, the 2 story restaurant had a classic Italian restaurant feel with warm lighting and a large bar.

Paese

Paese

Paese

Paese

Large wine selection at Paese

Large wine selection at Paese

The restaurant is owned by Tony Loschiavo who moved to Canada from Southern Italy in 1965 when he was 3 years old. He had a passion for food and its preparation at a young age and worked in the food industry his entire life. In 1983, he founded L-eat Catering and in 1989, he opened the first Paese Italian restaurant in Toronto.

“Inspired in Italy, Made in Canada” is the philosophy of Paese and they have a menu that reflects that. Their Chefs use traditional techniques to create dishes with a modern appeal. Paese believes that high-quality ingredients prepared with home care help to create the best results. Paese has a garden about 2 blocks from the restaurant to provide some of the fresh herbs and vegetables used by the chefs. The garden also helps the chefs appreciate the hard work that goes into maintaining and growing fresh produce.

Paese also bottles their own extra virgin Italian olive oil with olives from Sicily (available for purchase), and even make their own hot sauce.

What we ordered:

The lunch and dinner menu was categorized by salads, antipasto, pasta, fish and meat, sides, with a separate dessert menu. My husband and I have quite the appetite and tried a variety of dishes on their menu, as well as their daily specials.

I started out with a glass of 2013 St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon from California ($15) and an Italian Mojito with rum and lemocello ($14). Paese has a massive and impressive wine selection with about 20 pages on their wine list.

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Salad:

Fig Salad with Prosciutto and Arugula. This pretty dish was a daily special featuring the figs from the Paese garden. These were classic ingredients that paired well together (forgot to ask for the price).

Fig salad with prosciutto and arugula

Fig salad with prosciutto and arugula

Antipasto:

Grilled Calamari on a bed of spinach, sundried tomatoes, olives and brown butter ($13). I enjoyed the tender calamari but even more so, the vegetables that paired with it.

Grilled calamari

Grilled calamari

Grilled Octopus with potato, grilled escarole, mint, and lemon chill ($16). This has to be my favourite grilled octopus dish I have eaten so far in Toronto. I loved the smokiness from the charred octopus while the tentacles were still tender. The aioli like sauce  helped to brighten up the dish.

Grilled Octopus at Paese

Grilled Octopus at Paese

Roasted Scallops with a fennel and tarragon slaw, citrus and blood orange vinaigrette ($16). These scallops were a tad overcooked but what a smart way to serve the scallops with bright flavours and beautiful plating.

Roasted Scallops

Roasted Scallops

Stuffed Olives-Focaccia-crusted green olives with veal, pecorino and charred tomato aioli ($12). This was the 1st time I have had these and it won’t be the last. The veal was strategically placed inside the olive which was impressive!

Stuffed olives

Stuffed olives

 Mains:

Laabroni Pizza with lamb sausage, goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions and tomato sauce ($18). I don’t normally order pizza with goat cheese, but this combination worked well. The outer crust was crispy while the center dough was more soft. I prefer the entire thin crust to be crispier, but it was still good and held up the toppings.

Laabroni pizza

Laabroni pizza

Whole Grilled Branzino with potatoes and beans ($33). The whole fish changes frequently and I lucked out being able to order this Italian favourite. The inside was stuffed with lemon and thyme. Even after eating all the appetizers, I devoured this entire plate!

Whole Grilled Fish at Paese

Whole Grilled Fish at Paese

Steak in a Red Wine Jus ($38). The thick sirloin steak was a daily special served with beans, beets and potatoes. My husband enjoyed his flavourful medium rare steak.

Steak special at Paese

Steak special at Paese

Dessert:

Butterscotch Pudding which consisted of a salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and a pine nut and rosemary praline ($11). This was a filling dessert with portions that could feed more than one person. A coffee or tea would have been nice to offset the sweet dessert. I’ll do that next time.

Butterscotch Pudding

Butterscotch Pudding

Affogatto with white chocolate gelato and espresso with a warm cherry and chocolate chunk cookie ($10). I was impressed that Paese offered this. The quality espresso made for a great dessert!

Affogato

Affogato

 

Overall:

Paese has been around through the decades and there is a reason why; customers know that they consistently deliver delicious dishes with quality ingredients. Based on my experience, the highlights of my meal included the fig salad, whole fish, steak, as well as the grilled octopus and stuffed olives. I was way too stuffed to try the pastas, which is also one of Paese’s specialties.

Even though the restaurant was busy taking care of a large party the evening I went, the servers were attentive and made sure that we were well taken care of.

The downtowners may find the location far to get to, but it is worth the trek for excellent Italian food with great service and a relaxed atmosphere. With a large wine selection, Paese makes an excellent spot to celebrate an occasion. Also, with daily specials, customers can try new items often.

Now it is your turn to try Paese.

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED. THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST IS LIZ @staygorgeouslc  (Twitter and Instagram). Congratulations!!

ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A DINNER FOR 2 AT PAESE!

Contest Rules:

  • The winner will receive 2 meals which includes 1 appetizer for each person, 1 main for each person, 1 dessert for each person, and 1 drink for each person. Additional drinks and menu items will be an additional fee.
  • The prize is not transferable.
  • The contest will run September 19th to September 21st, 2016  11:59 PM EST
  • Dinner is valid until December 31st, 2016.
  • All winners must be willing to provide their full name and e-mail address.
  • The contest is opened to Canadian residents only.
  • I will also be running a contest on my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/themary_tang/. The contestants from the IG contest will be combined with entries from my blog. There will be only one winner.
  •  The winner will be chosen randomly using https://www.random.org/. Mary’s Happy Belly will conduct quality checks.
  • I will contact the winner by direct message on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.
  •  The winner will be notified before September 25th, 2016 and must respond before the end of the day. Failure to respond in a timely manner means that another prize winner will be chosen. The winner will eventually be announced on the blog

*Disclosure: The meal was complimentary but all opinions and views expressed in the post are my own.

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[Product Review] Order Chefs Plate with #THEMARYTANG referral tag

*Disclosure: I was given the meal kits by Chefs Plate to try out and was asked to provide an honest review. The opinions in the post are truly my own. I have used “no follow” links.

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Lucky me, I haven’t had to grocery shop for the last 2 weeks as I have given meal delivery kits to try out from more than one company (read my OneKitchen review).

With a busy lifestyle, meal kit services are attractive as it saves customers time to grocery shop, while receiving healthy and tasty meals that are pre-portioned and easy to prepare. It seems like more and more companies are popping up with similar services (Blog TOs 2015 list of meal delivery options).

Chefs Plate box

Chefs Plate box

I believe that Chefs Plate is the most well known of the meal delivery subscription companies, with a focus on Chef-inspired meals and farm fresh ingredients. I have had several friends who have used the service and I have seen tons of advertisement popping up on my Facebook feeds. Chefs plate has done well in Ontario, and have expanded their operations to Western Canada including B.C, Alberta and Manitoba, with plans to expand to other provinces.

I was given the 2-person meal plan for 2 days ($10.95 per serving). I ordered the Herb and Garlic Steak with pesto potatoes and roasted on-the-vine tomatoes, as well as the Piri Piri Chicken with sweet potato wedges and a baby spinach salad. The kits were delivered in refrigerated boxes with ice packs to keep the meat cold, and a picture guide. Both meals were estimated to take about 30/35 minutes of preparation time. I also received an apron, which will definitely be put to good use.

Chefs Plate

Chefs Plate

What I liked:

  • The box that the food came in is 100% recycle. The box is functional with a thermal lining on the cardboard so I will be reusing the box.

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  • The meat is labeled with “locally sourced” with a best before date. This provides customers confidence in their quality, and they live up to the “farm-to-table” ingredients.

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  • Having the ingredients in paper bags gave a ‘farm-like’ feel, and showcased Chefs Plates commitment in trying to reduce waste. I liked that one side of the bag had a small window for the ingredients in the bag to peak through.

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  • Their picture guide has nutritional ingredients listed. Although, I rarely look at this, it may appeal to others. For the instructions, I liked that they bolded the text for their ingredients, which made it easier for me to scan the page during cooking. Again, it’s all about the details.
  • I like that the meals change weekly and that the meal options for the following week is also listed online.
  • With the 2 person or family plan, the cost per serving is less than $11.

I wanted to make sure there was more than enough to eat, so I ended up cooking 2 meals in one evening. Because I did this, instead of 30 minutes to prepare as suggested on the picture guide, the entire meal took almost 1.5 hours from start to finish. The meals had similar cooking techniques for both, where the meat was pan fried and then placed in the oven afterwards. I liked that the basil pesto was pre-made to save me time.

Instruction guide

Instruction guide

Cooking 2 meals at once. Prepping the ingredients

Cooking 2 meals at once. Prepping the ingredients

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For the herb and garlic steak dinner, I felt like I could have had more slices as one steak was to be portioned out for 2 servings. Perhaps it would have enough for others. I did feel that they Piri Piri chicken was more appropriately portioned for 2 servings with 1 chicken leg per person.

One pan cooking

One pan cooking

Herb and Garlic Steak (Note: I added the entire steak to this dish, rather than splitting it into 2)

Herb and Garlic Steak (Note: I added the entire steak to this dish, rather than splitting it into 2)

Piri Piri Chicken (picture of 1serving)

Piri Piri Chicken (picture of 1 serving)

Is it worth ordering from Chefs Plate?

Yes. If meal delivery services fits your lifestyle, then try out Chefs Plate. You will be eating quality ingredients from local suppliers that are hard to source yourself. As someone who grocery shops often, quality ingredients such as small vine tomatoes and steak from a local butcher can rack up your grocery bill, so it’s best to leave it to the Chefs Plate to do all the work for you.

The dishes I made came out delicious and the recipes were easy to follow.

Another reason to order from Chefs Plate is that they have an excellent referral program to get you free meals, so you and your friends benefit.

Visit https://www.chefsplate.com/ for more information on their subscription plans and pricing.

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[Restaurant Opening] Cool vibe at Captain’s Boil, Little Italy

Website: http://www.thecaptainsboil.com/littleitaly/, Facebook:// thecaptainsboillittleitaly
Address: 671 College St., Toronto, ON
Date attended: August and Sept 2016

*Disclosure: The restaurant is owned by my relatives and I helped with inviting guests for the media event. I was not asked by the owners to write a post. The meal was complimentary but all views expressed in the post are my own.

The Captain’s Boil is Toronto’s first seafood boil restaurant, and they are expanding rapidly. The Little Italy location is their 5th location and the franchise plans to open several more restaurants in the GTA, as well as Montreal and Vancouver (see the locations on The Captain’s Boil website). The College St. location has a lively atmosphere that is fitting with the neighbourhood vibes with a wicked decor. 

Captain's Boil Little Italy

Captain’s Boil Little Italy

The restaurant has has one floor with a combination of booths and tables, and a large bar. The ceiling resembles the hull of a ship with exposed frames that represent the skeleton (rib) of the boat.

Captain's Boil, Little Italy

Captain’s Boil, Little Italy

Having been to another Captain’s Boil location prior to this restaurant opening (read my review of the Bayview and Eglinton Ave. location), I was able to have a comparison point. The food at The Little Italy location was consistently delicious to my first experience, where the seafood was cooked to perfection (not overcooked or undercooked).

Prior to their grand opening on September 2nd, 2016, Captain’s Boil Little Italy hosted a media event where top IGers and food/lifestyle bloggers were able to enjoy a seafood meal or should I say “feast”, while learning about features unique to this location. The restaurant remained opened during the event, and the restaurant was completely packed on a Tuesday evening. Owners, Amy and Marlon made the time to ensure that we were taken care of, while greeting their other customers.

Cute name tags for the media event

Cute name tags for the media event

What we ate at the event:

The featured drinks of the evening were the Belgian Moon Ale, Brickworks Ciderhouse Queen Street 501 and the Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio. I tried all 3 and enjoyed the pairing with the seafood.

We started off with Golden Mantle Oysters from B.C. They were the best oysters I have ever eaten, as they were meaty, full flavoured with a sweet melon finish.

Golden Mantle Oysters

Golden Mantle Oysters

For our main, we shared the Cajun fries, Cajun seafood fried rice and the chicken sizzling plate. Each of us, were able to choose 1 to 2 seafood boils. I had the king crab legs with the Captain’s Boil sauce (a mix of Cajun, lemon pepper and the garlic sauce) in medium heat, and the clams in the Cajun sauce. My foodie friends and I were able to share our seafood, so I had a chance to try the crawfish as well. I added the crunchy lotus roots and okra to one of my boils, and totally recommend it.

Seafood display at Captain's Boil Little Italy

Seafood display at Captain’s Boil Little Italy

Clams

Clams

Seafood fried rice at The Captain's Boil

Seafood fried rice at The Captain’s Boil

We had a chance to see for ourselves how fresh the seafood was. The servers brought out live crawfish for us to look at…although some of us ended up playing with them and even naming them! There is a lot of work in getting the meat from crawfish but the sweet meat that you get afterwards makes it worthwhile.

The Captain’s Boil’s lunch deal is incredible! The chicken sizzling plate with seafood that we tried is only $8.95 at lunch.

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Sizzling Plate

Sizzling Plate

Looking around the other tables, I know that everyone was stuffed. There was SO much food!

Lobster at Captain's Boil

Lobster at Captain’s Boil

So what makes Captain’s Boil Little Italy location unique?

  • Well, my family owns it and they rock!  Say hi to Amy and Marlon when you come by. Chances are, you will see my cousin and uncle who also work there.
  • It is in the heart of Little Italy! Come by when bar hopping, to watch sports, or before you have dessert in the neighbourhood.
  • The lighting inside is semi-dim in the evening with a nice glow which adds to the cool atmosphere (not the uncomfortable bright fluorescent lighting).
  • There is pumping music all day and night.
  • They serve the best oysters you will ever eat. Trust me, you will love it!
  • Seafood such as the lobster, dungeness crab and crawfish come in fresh (live) which adds to the quality and taste of the seafood.
  • They are fully licenced offering beer, cider and wine.
  • A patio is coming soon!

Also, until September 18th, 2016, get 10% off all food orders. Now, that’s a deal!

Currently nominated in Now Magazine 2016 Reader`s Choice Poll for Best Seafood Restaurant. Vote for Captain’s Boil for a chance to win $200 Grand Prize Feast http://www.thecaptainsboil.com/voteforthecaptain.html

Thank you again to Captain’s Boil Little Italy for the feast and congratulations on the opening! Come check them out and follow them on their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thecaptainsboillittleitaly for updated specials.
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[Event] Watching NFL with Paul Wahlberger and TIFF menu specials

Website: http://wahlburgers.ca/
Address: 46 Blue Jays Way (Soho Hotel), Toronto ON
When I attended: September 11th, 2016

This is my 3rd time to Wahlburgers, and it has been memorable at every visit (read about opening night, and my lunch visit to Wahlburgers). On Sept. 11th evening, my husband and I joined Chef Paul Wahlberg to watch the New England Patriots take on the Arizona Cardinals in the season kick-off. I brought my NFL loving husband as I rarely watch football, with the exception of the Superbowl. Yes, I am a bandwagoner.

Chef Paul Wahlberg and I #maryshappybelly

Chef Paul Wahlberg and I #maryshappybelly

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Couple of exciting news for Toronto’s Wahlburgers…

On Monday, September 12, Wahlburgers will be celebrating Mark’s return to TIFF all day! Mark Wahlberg is in Toronto for the premiere of the highly anticipated “Deepwater Horizon” .

New menu items for TIFF include:

  • A-LISTER BURGER  $16.95
    • 8 oz beef patty with shredded duck, cranberry relish and truffle mayo
  • JALAPENO POPCORN SHIRMP $7.95
    • Jalapeno popcorn shrimp with honey garlic mayo (4oz)
  • LOBSTER POUTINE $9.95
    • Lobster meat, onion strings, cheese curds and parmesan & herb béchamel sauce
  • AUTUMN BLUE $8/pint
    • An intensely hoppy edition of Wahlbrewski North is premium local brew with refreshing citrus aromas. The smooth blonde IPA at IBU 87 is only available for a limited time.
Source: Wahlburgers

Source: Wahlburgers

At the event, I had an opportunity to sample Wahlburgers regular menu items, as well as their fall and new TIFF menu items. Some of the highlights of my meal included the BBQ Bacon Burger, The Thanksgiving Burger, tator tots and the chocolate frappe.

BBQ Bacon Burger

BBQ Bacon Burger

Popcorn-shrimp (Source: Wahlburgers)

Popcorn-shrimp (Source: Wahlburgers)

With a live DJ, tons of football loving fans, and Chef Paul in the house, it made for a fun evening! Come by to Wahlburger for some good eats and possibly celebrity spottings! Hopefully Marky Mark will drop by.

Thanksgiving Burger slider

Thanksgiving Burger slider

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Wahlburger upstairs

Wahlburger upstairs

*Disclosure: The meal was complimentary but the opinions in the post are my own.

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[Event] Chatime’s 5 year anniversary party (Plus a giveaway)

Website: http://chatime.com/
Address: 169 Enterprise Blvd., Makham, ON
When I attended: August 25th, 2016

Chatime turns 5 on September 8th, 2016 and to commemorate their big milestone, they had a party with food samples and drinks at their Markham flagship store (read about this store opening in 2014).

Chatime Markham

Chatime Markham

At the event, I was able to sample Chatime’s all natural tea series called “Twilight By Chatime”. The teas are made of butterfly pea flower and hisbiscus flower and are full of antioxidants. “Twilight” was inspired by the sky with drinks following the theme. Thankfully, it was not named after the vampire book series…imagine that? The multi layered drink transforms into a unified colour once it is mix.

I haven’t heard of the butterfly pea flower tea before, but was told the teas are readily found in Thailand, and given after spa treatments. Bon Apetit has a great article on the science behind the colour changing tea. Chatime is a trendsetter by bringing this tea to mainstream and I feel that other similar tea shops may follow.

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The ‘Twilight by Chatime’ tea flavours include:

Coconut Daydream- My favourite of the new teas  where with the butterfly tea is made into a latte with fresh milk. The drink reminds me of a beautiful sunny day staring at the clouds.

Hisbicus Sunset- This drink features passion fruit and lychee flavours infused with the hisbicus tea. My second favourite of the series and a refreshing sip for the warm weather.

The Grapefruit Blush– The blush colour is reminiscent of the first break of dawn. Customers can expect a tangy grapefruit flavour with the butterfly pea flower tea.

Starry Lemon-The butterly tea is combined with a lemony flavour. The colours are inspired by the starry night sky.

Left to right: Hisbiscus Sunset, Coconut Daydream, Grapefruit Blush, and Starry Lemon

Left to right: Hisbiscus Sunset, Coconut Daydream, Grapefruit Blush, and Starry Lemon

Other Chatime Collaborations:

Exciting news…MasterChef Canada’s Christopher Siu (@bakersiu) has collaborated with Chatime to provide his delicious Daan Go macarons starting this month. Flavours include Lap Cheung Maple, Chen Pei Tiramisu, Japanese Pudding, and Roasted Milk Tea. The macarons are done really well and I love the unique Asian inspired flavours!

@bakersiu

@bakersiu

I am a huge MasterChef Canada fan and watched every season. Christopher was top 5 in season 2…incredible right?! It was really cool to talk to Chris about his experience on the popular show. It is inspiring to meet someone who is taking his passion and talent for baking and sharing this with us. His macarons will be available at Chatime’s all across Ontario. Congratulations!

Daan Go macarons

Daan Go macarons

At the event, I also had a chance to taste the food from Chatime’s other collaborations including Me.N.U Food Truck and Bake Code.

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Thank you to Patrick (@feedmyphone) and Chatime for the invitation.

The ‘Twilight by Chatime’ teas launch on September 8th, 2016 so be the first to try them!

THE CONTEST IS CLOSED.

The winner is Annie W. @annies_way on IG

ENTER HERE to WIN 5 CHATIME DRINK VOUCHERS!

Contest Rules:

* Each voucher allows the the customer to order any regular sized beverage at Chatime and excludes add-ons (tapioca, jellies)
* The voucher expires Dec. 31st, 2016
* The contest runs from Thurs. Sept. 8th to Sat. Sept. 10th, 2016 11:59 PM EST
* The contest is opened to Ontario residents only
* All winners must be willing to provide their full name and mailing address to receive their vouchers in the mail
* I will also be running a contest on my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/themary_tang/. The contestants from the IG contest will be combined with entries from my blog. There will be only one winner.
* The winner will be chosen randomly using https://www.random.org/. Mary’s Happy Belly will conduct quality checks
* I will contact the winner by direct message on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook
* The winner will be notified by September 12th, 2016 and must respond before the end of the day. Failure to respond in a timely manner means that another prize winner will be chosen. The winner will eventually be announced on the blog

*Disclosure: The food and drinks were complimentary but the opinions in the post are my own.

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[Event] Almanac Island Dinner to Support Artscape Gibraltar Point

Website: ProvisionsTO Facebook
Address: Artscape Gibraltar Point, 443 Lakeshore Ave., Toronto Island, Toronto, ON
Event: August 7th, 2016

Weekends are normally spent with my family but I was happy I made the exception to spend a gorgeous Sunday with my friend Lynn, eating and partying at the Toronto Islands.

Alamanic Island with Lynn

Alamanic Island with Lynn

The ticket wasn’t cheap at $120 before tax but it was worth it!  I purchased my tickets from Pass The Table, a company that provides unique dining experiences. I’ve known Jason, the president of Pass The Table for a few years now, and it was nice to see him at the successful event.

The event was organized by ProvisionsTO’s Kevin Castonguay and the proceeds supported Artscape Gibraltar Point.

The #AlamanicIsland dinner included a private chartered ferry to the Artscape Gibraltar Point grounds (around the lighthouse on the Island), a four-course collaborative dinner of ethically raised Ontario meat and fresh seasonal produce, drinks and a live DJ. We were able to see the Chefs in action cooking the vegetables over charcoal, placing the seafood for the clam bake and preparing the whole pig in the smoker.

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A funny story to start my day at the event…

About 10 minutes after arriving at the Island, I wanted to take pictures of the lighthouse and the beautiful peaceful surroundings.

As I walked through the grassy field with my open toed sandals, a bee stung my middle toe. How it got under my toe weirds me out, but I guess I almost stepped on it. I thought I got a sliver at first from stepping on a piece of wood, but freaked out when I saw a live bee under my toe still flapping its wings. I am totally scared of insects, but had to pull that sucker out of my toe. I was the awkward girl in the field who couldn’t move! With very few people around me at the time, I felt like prince charming came to my rescue. Chef Nate Middleton (@TastyNate) from Home Of The Brave came over to see how I was doing, picked me up and carried me over to a sitting area, where the staff was able to get me treated. My friend took out the stinger and had Advil (Tylenol or an antihistamine works best) to help relieve the pain. Although I was in pain, the bee sting made for a memorable moment! I haven’t gotten stung since I was 6 years old. Thank you to Chef Tasty and Lynn for saving me!

Top: Chef Nate Tasty and I Bottom: Chef Robbie Hojilla, Chef Nate Tasty and Chef Dustin Gallagher

Top: Chef Nate Tasty and I
Bottom: Chef Robbie Hojilla, Chef Nate Tasty and Chef Dustin Gallagher

After the dramatic start, my friend and I got our drink on and watched the Chefs prepare dinner.

Chef Robbie Hojilla prepping the clam bake

Chef Jeff Lapoint and Robbie Hojilla prepping the clam bake

Chef Marc Thuet and Kevin Castonguay

Chef Marc Thuet and Kevin Castonguay prepping the whole smoked pig

The Chefs in attendance included:

– Victor Barry (Piano Piano)
– Marc Thuet (Petite Thuet)
– Kevin Castonguay (ProvisonsTO)
– Nate Tasty (Home of the Brave)
– Dustin Gallagher (People’s Eatery)
– Charlotte Langley (Scout Canning)
– Jeff Lapointe (Nomad)
– Robbie Hojilla (The Harbord Room)

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They collaborated to make the various dishes on the menu.

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There was a beautiful designated area for dinner with long tables and swinging lights above us. It was hard to find seats at first as many groups claimed their seats, but luckily my friend and I landed a spot with a fun group and bonded over food and drinks.

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The dishes were served family style with beverage pairings. I wasn’t sure there was enough food at first, but once we got to the roasted pig, I was stuffed! The food was tasty with the fingerling potatoes as my favourite dish as all the components made for an appetizing dish.

Beer!

Beer!

Course 1: Clam Bake

Course 1: Clam Bake

Course 2: Fingerling Supreme

Course 2: Fingerling Supreme

Course 3: Whole Smoked Pig

Course 3: Whole Smoked Pig

With hanging lights over the trees and a dance floor made of sand, I felt like I was on vacation outside of Toronto. My friend and I danced the night away before taking the 10:00 pm ferry back to the Harbourfront.

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Fun times with Lynn and I

Fun times with Lynn and I

I had an awesome time and would definitely go again! What cool summer events did you go to? I want to hear all about it. Comment below or Tweet me https://twitter.com/themary_tang

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