Get your tickets for THE STOP’S Night Market June 13th and 14th, 2017

Website: http://nightmarket.thestop.org/, #TheStopNM @TheStopCFC
Location: Vacant Lot, 181 Sterling Road, Toronto
When: Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 7PM to 11PM
Ticket Prices: $100 for all-you-can-eat and drink. 19 +

This will be my 3rd year attending (read about my 2016, and 2015 experience) and it’s a culinary party you don’t want to miss. Talk to anyone who has gone before, and they will tell you the same thing. There are over 30 vendors including top restaurants, catering companies and drink vendors. It’s ALL-YOU-CAN EAT and DRINK for $100! Head to their website to see the line up of wicked vendors!

On top of that, all proceeds support The Stop Community Food Centre’s critical anti-hunger programs.

“In 2016, thousands of people came together to celebrate diversity, community, and the power of food at the fifth annual The Stop’s Night Market, raising $215,000 in support of our critical programs. Thank you to the guests, chefs, vendors, designers, sponsors, and volunteers who made last year’s event such a success!” (Source: http://thestop.org)

Tickets go on sale on at May 10th, 2017 at 12!! So mark your calendars and grab your tickets.

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#MexicAsian Monday’s at Kanpai Snack Bar with Jarritos Cocktails

If you haven’t been to Kanpai Snack Bar located at 252 Carlton St. downtown Toronto, you got to go! Chef Trevor Lui of Kanpai Snack Bar and La Brea Food makes the best Taiwanese fried chicken (TFC) and delicious Taiwanese street food at Kanpai! With old school hip hop playing, an open kitchen, and a large bar…the vibe is kick-ass!

If that wasn’t enough to get you there, #MexicAsian Monday’s will be happening at Kanpai Snack Bar. La Brea Food is popping up on the last Monday of May (29th), June (26th) and July (31st) 2017 where an exclusive menu will be created with a mash up of Mexican and Taiwanese flavours paired with Jarritos cocktails. At the end of my post, I will provide you with a refreshing Jarritos slushy recipe that you can make at home!

Earlier this week, I attended a media event to experience the pop-up event and learn about the history of Jarritos. The Mexican soft drink started in 1950 and is made with natural sugar and flavours. The popular drink with 12 fruit flavours is growing internationally and has made its way into Canada. The original Jarritos fruit flavour was “Mandarin”, and according to Trevor Lui, “What a coincidence that Mandarin was the first flavour. Get it? Mandarin and Taiwan.” I’d say this collaboration was definitely meant to be!

Chef Trevor Lui. Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Jarritos Canada

Check out some of the delicious eats and the featured cocktail at the event:

The pop-up menu!

Pop-up menu. Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Jarritos Canada

Pork Bone Pozole With Ramen– I loved Chef Lui’s mom’s version of bone broth which was hearty and satisfying, with toppings such as radishes, lime and chili flakes.

Tinga De Pollo Bao Torta-Flavourful pulled chicken in a soft bao to soak in all the sauce. This was my favourite dish of the evening!

 

Jalapeno Pork Wontons with Chicharron Dust-They were juicy sweet wontons.

Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Jarritos Canada

 

Churros with Nori and Sugar Dust with a Condense Milk Dipping Sauce-We ended the evening with this wicked dessert. The salty nori was a great and needed balance to the sweet dessert.

Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Jarritos Canada

The featured cocktail for the evening was called Barrio Chino made with the lime Jarritos, tequila, Japanese sochu, lime juice, and chili syrup.

Photography by Jeffrey Chan courtesy of Jarritos Canada

For more information check out:

Kanpai Snack Bar: http://www.kanpaisnackbar.com/
La Brea Food: https://www.facebook.com/LaBreaFoodTo/
Jarritos: https://jarritos.ca/en/

#MexicAsian, #JarritosCa #LaBreafoodTO

Jarritos Lime and Watermelon Slush Recipe: 

As promised, here is a refreshing recipe that will wow your taste buds! I have used the lime Jarritos flavour, but feel free to change things up. 

Ingredients:

Makes 1 large cup

2 cups of frozen watermelon
1 cup of ice
1/2 bottle of lime Jarritos (175 ml)
1 to 2 ounces of vodka
Shredded basil leaves (optional)
Lemon or lime for garnish (optional)

Steps: Mix the watermelon, ice, lime Jarritos, and vodka in a blender. Blend, add to a cup and serve immediately

 

 

 

You can also make them into little shooters! I am sure you and your guest will love this recipe.

 

I have tried over 5 flavours from guava, pineapple, mango, tamarind, and lime and loved them all. I am a big fan of the Jarritos softdrinks as they are fizzy, not overly sweet and refreshing.

Jarritos can be found at the most of the Latin American grocery stores at Toronto’s Kensington Market, as well as many grocery stores across Toronto including Sobey’s, Bulk Barn, and Freshco. I am going to pile up and so should you.

Definitely check out the La Brea Food pop-up at Kanpai Snack Bar, and enjoy the exclusive menu with Jarritos cocktails!

*Disclosure: This was a sponsored post. The food and drinks were also complimentary at the event. As always, the opinions in the post are my own.

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[Review] Good Catch Boil sports bar in Markham

Website: http://www.goodcatchboilhouse.com/
Address: 179 Enterprise Blvd , Unit M-109, Markham, ON
When I visited: March 2017, dinner, 4 people
Rating: 4, $$

Good Catch Boil House is a Louisiana-inspired seafood restaurant that is also a sports bar with huge TV screens, 18 craft beers from local Ontario breweries and many fried foods options like chicken wings, fried soft shell crab, and fried oysters. Seafood lovers will be happy with many seafood options on their menu including a lobster roll, a seafood boil (the kind you eat with plastic gloves), and a large selection of fresh oysters. Make sure to say hello to the world oyster shucking champion and Chef Patrick McMurray if you see him behind the oyster bar. He collaborated with Good Catch Boil as a consultant to run their oyster program.

Chef Patrick McMurray

The seafood boil menu is similar to Captain’s Boil and L.A Boil where customers choose their seafood, followed by the sauce and the heat level, with similar price points. Their sauces include cajun, Szechuan, curry, garlic butter, lemon pepper, and a good catch blend.  My relatives own a Captain’s Boil on College St., so initially I felt a little guilty visiting another boil bar. After my visit, I felt that each of the restaurants had their own positive points with different menu options.

During my first visit, I ordered a variety of dishes to get a good feel for the menu. I was impressed with how quickly our food came out (all dishes arrived within 10 minutes), and the taste of the dishes. There were a few improvement areas with more details in the description below.

What we ordered:

Clams in a butter and garlic sauce with corn ($12.95 per pound + $1 for each cob of corn). The clams were huge and plump, and the garlic butter sauce was not overly salty.

Fried wings (6 pieces with Cajun fries $6.95)- A great deal for the mega sized wings.

Oyster sliders ($13.95)-Definitely the highlight of my meal with meaty oysters and fried onion strings. A great sharing plate!

Good Catch Slaw ($18.95)- Um, what does Chef Susur Lee think about this? It looks a lot like his famous Singapore slaw! The Good Catch slaw had 17 ingredients had a great combination of crunch, height and fresh ingredients, with a light beet dressing. The only ingredient I felt did not go well with the salad were the dried figs as the texture was too chewy and overly sweet for the salad. I am hoping the restaurant will replace it with fresh figs when they are in season.  The salad was much needed to balance all the fried food we ordered.

Lobster Roll ($22.95. Option of hot lobster with butter, or a cold version with mayo)-I appreciated the large chunky pieces in this hot version, rather than having the meat shredded, but it was overcooked and chewy.

 

Overall: 

The nautical themed sports bar is an excellent option in Markham for seafood lovers who want a diverse menu option while catching a game.

*Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card from Good Catch Boil which I used during my first visit. As always, the opinions are my own.

Good Catch Boil House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Charity Event] Buy tickets for Cook for New Lives Gala 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the 1st ever Cook for New Lives Gala last year (read about my 2016 experience). The event proceeds supported Massey Center; a Children’s Mental Health centre that helps pregnant and parenting women and their babies who reside at the Centre and in the community. Last year’s event raised almost $50,000.

Don’t miss out on this year’s gala!

A ticket to the event includes an evening being surrounded by Toronto’s most elite chefs, exceptional food, and entertainment as the gala will include a cocktail reception, gourmet cuisine, no-host bar and silent auction. Your ticket will also help Massey Centre continue to provide vital infant and early childhood mental health services for our young families.

BUY TICKETS

For more info including which chefs will be there, check out http://www.massey.ca/fundraising-events/

 

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