Cool N2

Cool N2 (@cooln2canada) is a newly opened store located at 28 south unionville avenue unit 1036, Markham, that specializes in making liquid nitrogen ice cream!!! When I found out about this place, I knew I had to go there ASAP because lets face it, this place is probably going to start getting super packed and probably will start getting really long line-ups. Their name..is a little cheesy but it does live up to its name! This place is super cool and I would definately go back there again! Not only were their ice cream amazing….the staff made our visit there super interactive and fun! 

They mixed everything in the kitchen-aid mixer and they added the liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream. I’ve never seen anything like this, needless to say, I watched this whole process with great astonishment. This kind of reminded me of highschool science class. But seriously…if science class was this fun, I probably woud have aced it!

Whiskey Chocolate– $5.99(s) $7.99(l)

The original whiskey chocolate is supposed to have: chocolate ice cream and whiskey topped with chocolate sauce and chocolate roll cookie. However, I liked the toppings from their chocolate brownie ice cream, so I asked the staff if I could substitute the toppings. They were kind enough to let me change it up! ๐Ÿ˜Š This is what I called great customer service.

This whiskey chocolate was the highlight of the night for me. I’m not saying that just because it contains whiskey!! It’s amazing because its got the perfect balance of chocolate sweetness and a little bit of an extra kick of flavor from the whiskey. Not one flavor was overpowering the other. 

Matcha Partner– $5.99(s) $7.99(l)

Matcha ice cream topped with red bean & taro and condensed milk. 

This was really good as well, but I wouldn’t recommend you to eat this and the whiskey chocolate at the same time because the matcha flavor will be totally drowned by the other flavor (which was what I did). 

Frozen breath

Cheetos mixed in with liquid nitrogen. 

This was so much fun to eat!! My sister and I looked like 2 fire breathing dragons with smoke coming out from our mouths and noses! Be super careful not to touch the cup though, it was really cold. 

Poplce– $7.99

Milk mango or chocolate banana and milk pudding. 

Milk Oreo– $5.99(s) $7.99(l)

Milk ice cream and Oreo 

The one to the left is: Fresh Lemon-$5.99(s) $7.99(l)

Milk ice cream and lemon and honey

Verdict: Not only was it a super yummy treat, perfect for any hot weather; it was really fun as well. The staff there were really nice, helpful and interactive. They even demonstrated how to eat the cheetos so that we can breath out smoke from our noses. They also didn’t cheap out on pouring liquid nitrogen onto our icecream. They did it multiple times so if you missed it the first time, or if it wasn’t long enough, they will pour it for you again! I enjoyed my visit so much that I will definitely go back there with more of my friends!

Parking: Free parking. Lots of parking around that plaza. While you are there, you can also check out the other restaurants as well as picking up some groceries at T&T! 

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Sweetery Festival 2016

This year’s Sweetery Toronto Food Festival is their second year running and it’s bigger and better than before! Located at the David Pecaut Square, this sweet event is happening from today August 20th- August 21st, 2016- DON’T MISS OUT IF YOU LOVE SWEETS LIKE ME! ๐Ÿ™‚ They’ve got game booths, food trucks, best of all endless dessert vendors to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth!

Gumballnado – $2.00

“It’s time for ratle battle! Chews your opponent, be the first to shake all the gumballs from one side of the bottle to the other, and win a prize.”

Donut Miss That Toss! – $2.00

“Complete the donut! Toss 3 of 5 donut bits into the hole to win a prize.”

George Brown Chefs!

Each post-graduate pastry student from George Brown College will be creating their own french masterpiece to share with everyone and this will also be a part of their final evaluation. Pressure is on!

The proceeds of what they made from today and tomorrow will also go towards their next semester in FRANCE! Support support support!

Cookie shots from Golden Crumb Biscuit

I’ve seen this everywhere on instagram before but never got to try it. Finally I had to chance to try it out today. What an interesting way of eating chocolate chip cookies! Have a small cup of milk and just pour it into the cookie cup!

Matcha Tea & Desserts @matchateadessert

Matcha soft serve and Hokkaido chiffon cupcake. The cupcake was amazing! Dig your spoon into the chiffon cupcake and matcha cream will fill your senses.

Hong Kong Milk Tea Crepe Cake from Daan Go by Chris Siu @bakersiu

POKEBALL BAO by @vronnie17

Cutest Macarons EVER!!!! by Chris Siu @bakersiu

Piggy: Maple Lap Chong (a play on Maple and Bacon flavor)

Cow: Rare Tofu Cheesecake flavor

Duck: Duck Egg Custard flavor

Iced Coffee Floats from Cool Beans

Crazy over the top iced coffee floats!! Perfect and refreshing with this hot summer weather!

Freshly made marshmellow from I Love Puffy Love

Sassy Sangria (pink) and Merry Mojito (green): created just for the Sweetery Festival! So fresh, soft and flavorful. I don’t think I’ve ever tried marshmellow this amazing before!

Kinako Kakigori (japanese shaved ice) from Oh My Gori!

Butter Tarts from Beverley’s Bakers

Surprisingly, this was not super sweet like I had imagined it to be.

Gelato Cookie from Carla’s Cookie Box

These cookies just look so darn adorable!

Cute handmade jewelry by SMITTEN 

They seriously look good enough to eat.

EX-TREME Chimney Cone by Eva’s Original Chimneys @ogchimneys

Unfortunately this specific flavor is still not available at the Sweetery Festival. This cone is only available from Ausust 26-28 at the Food Truck Frenzy at the CNE, by he Princess Gates.

Parking: street parking $4 dollars/hr

Instant Homemade Lavender Icecream In A Bag

I love icecream. I can resist a lot of things, but icecream is definitely not one of them! So when I found out that it’s possible to make instant icecream (i dont mean going to the store), I jumped at the chance to test it out! I had such a fun time trying it out with my sister. If you have kids, this will be such a fun thing to test out with them. Not only will they have tons of fun making it, you can eat it afterwards with them as reward for all of the hard work. (By hard work…i mean all of the shaking that you will be doing. Talk about an awesome arm workout. ๐Ÿ˜„)

Here are the things that you will need: 

  • 2 ziplock bags
  • 473ml (one small carton) of half and half cream
  • Fresh lavender or edible lavender oil if you dont have fresh ones
  • 1 tablespoon of Activated Charcoal (optional, can also use food coloring)
  • 1/2 cup of Salt
  • 2 tablespoon of Sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract 
  • Ice cubes

Pour cream in 1st ziplock bag. Mix in sugar, vanilla and lavender extract, activated charcoal. (You can also use food coloring if you don’t have activated charcoal.)

In the second ziplock bag, pour in your ice cubes and add salt. The salt and ice will create some kind of chemical reaction so that your cream will freeze as you shake the bag. 

Put the first bag in the second bag. Make sure both are sealed tight. 

SHAKE AWAY!!!! Shake until your cream turns into icecream!!! 

If you are using fresh lavender, make sure you extract the scent by putting it in hot water first. 

Tip: make sure you are using oven mits or gloves or some kind of cloth to protect your hand. It can get quite cold as you shake away. 

Heres the fun part, you can eat it however you want! You can top it off with anything! I had mine in a cookie sandwich, and pop-tart sandwich. 

I also had one in a waffle cone, and put nutella inside the cone. 

Let me know in the comments below how you like your icecream! 

Night It Up 2016

Night it up is a three day outdoor food event from July 15 to July 17, 2016 (dates change every year) featuring street style food and games that one would find at an authentic night market in Asia. I love going to Night It Up! It’s something that I look forward to going every year around July. It brings back memories of how I used to go with my family while I was still a child in Taiwan.

Every year, I would always go on the first night and that’s when alot of people go as well. But here’s the thing…it is super packed on the first night. It’s fine for those people who enjoy the crowds and excitements. So I’ve finally learned my lesson after years of goin on the first night: going on the afternoon of the second day (I cant believe it just hit me that i could do that). Not only can I walk around at my normal pace, I also didn’t have to wait 30 minute for every food vendor that I want to try out. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ So here’s a tip: go on the second or third day!

Thai iced tea drink in a bag

This was such a super cute idea: serving thai iced tea in a bag. For some reason….it just seems more authentic when it’s served in a bag. We don’t see it often here in Toronto…but actually, it is quite common in alot of Asian countries. 

Japanese raindrop cakes from @aaagrills

I’m so glad this raindrop cake is finally available here! It was super hyped up on instagram a while back..and i’ve always wondered how it would taste like. It taste like a jello!! 

Taiwanese oysters pancake

Classic taiwanese street food. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ if you ever visit taiwan…you will see this everywhere. 

Taiwanese fried chicken from Kanpai snack bar 

Rice burger with fried chicken

Ramen burger with fried chicken

I love how innovative n creative this was! Looks super appealing and guess what? It tasted just as good! Chicken was crispy, tender and juicy. 

Kakigori @gustahaus

This sakura kakigori  was so amazing! It was as if I have been transported to Japan! It was light and refreshing..perfect for a hot summer day. 

Paper net fishing

You have not experienced a real night market if you haven’t tried to catch a fish with a paper net!!! It takes some serious skills but I’ve seen people catching 4-5 fish without breaking the net!!! (Too bad i’ve never had any success) Best part about it is that you get to take home whatever you catch! 

Admission: free!! 

Parking: lots of free parking on the streets. 

Homemade (Spiked) Gummybear Popsiclesย 

I love trying out new things and testinh out new recipes or just create my own dishes at home! But here’s the thing…i hate following recipes. I really don’t have the patience to measure this and measure that. I mean….if i really have to..i will. But alot of the times, i like putting my own spin on things! Everyone has different tastes…so what works for me might not work for other people. I think recipes are sort of there for a general guideline…and you just tweek it to your own liking. (Unless…they’re recipes for complicated pastries/desserts.) 

I recently discovered and took interest in homemade popsicles. They are healthy (it can be…depending on what you put in it) and you can add whatever you want in it. 

These are the ingredients that you will need to make the gummybear popsicles:

  • Popcicle mold
  • Gummybear 
  • Sprite/7up/soda water (i used sprite for the transparent color)
  • Vodka (optional)

Place your gummybears into the mold. You can arrange it however you like. For me, I arranged it by the colors. 

Pour your choice of spite/soda water and fill it to the top. If you want to spike your popsicles, leave some space for it when you pour the sprite. 

Put it in the freezer and give it a few hours to freeze up. 

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!! Perfect summer treat for everyone! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ 

Let me know how you like it! I’d love to see your creations! 

Tasty Tours Toronto: Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour

Have you ever had times where you feel like you’re justย bored of going to the same places over and over, week after week? You visit the same malls, the same cafes and restaurants because you just can’t think of anywhere else to go. Worst thing is, you don’t really have any other choices. It’s either you stay home and be bored, or you go out to the same shops you’ve been to the week before, the only thing different is the location of the mall. Truth is, I feel the same all the time!

Here’s an idea: play tourist and join a local tour! It’s actually surprisingly fun! You may think that just because you’ve lived in this city for such a long time, that you probably know all the places!ย Chances are, you probably don’t! This never even crossed my mind until last week, when I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Foodinthecitytorontoย in joining Tasty Tour‘s Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour.

To my fellow Torontoians, we all know that Kensington Market has some of the best diversity of foods: from sweet to savoury, from Asian to Mexican to everything else in between! You name it, they probably have it! There are some really well known restaurants that everyone knows about like Seven Lives and Dirty Bird, where there’s always crazy line-ups. People areย always focusing on the super popular restaurants, myself included, and end up overlooking some of the other amazing places within Kensington Market. These hidden gems areย the main focus of Tasty Tour’s Kensington Market Sweet and Savoury Food Tour. Audrey, the founder of Tasty Tours and also our amazing tour guide, brought usย to all the other amazing places within Kensington Market and gave us a chance to sample the food from these restaurants.

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First Stop (Pictures above): Dingdong Pastries & Cafe | Located at:ย 321 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2E9

We got to sample their spring rolls! This bakery has been here forevers! Well, not forever but a really long time. Audrey (our tour guide), also gave us an in-depth history of how spring rolls came to be! Seriously, it was super interesting. If you are interested, and you are in Toronto, join one of Audrey’s tasty tours and she can tell you the story.

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Second Stop: Ten Ren’s Tea | Location:ย 454 Dundas Street West, Toronto M5T 1G9

Not only did we get to try some cold red bean lotus seed milk black teaย and cookies, we got to learn aboutย the traditional way of making tea and had a live demonstration of it.

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Third Stop: Moo Frites | Location:ย 178 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L8

They are known for their amazing, moist Belgian fries and lots and lots of different dipping sauces. What we got to sample that day was their CLASSIC POUTINE! Who doesn’t love poutine!? The owner also gave us some background of how he came up with the idea of bringing Belgian fries here and the whole science behind making the perfect fries.

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Fourth Stop: Toronto Popcorn Company | Location:ย 147 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T

Their popcorn flavors are endless…

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Fifth Stop: El Arepazo | Location:ย 181 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

El Arepazo specializes in arepa: a round, gluten-free cornbread sandwich that is stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, veggies, and salsas. I’ve never had anything like this before. I didn’t even know what an arepa was until Tasty Tours. From the above picture, you can see that one arepa is different from the other ones. That is because it was a vegetarian arepa. Another thing that makes Tasty Tours so good is their attention to people’s dietary needs. They do try and accommodate and pay special attention to everyone’s dietary restrictions to the best of their abilities.

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Sixth Stop: Pancho’s Bakery | Location:ย 214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4

If you live in Toronto, you must have heard about the infamous churrocone from Pancho’s Bakery. During the tour, we got to try their churros with our choice of strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce or condensed milk.

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Seventh Stop: Wanda’s Pie in the Sky | Location:ย 287 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

MINI MINT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES! YUM!

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Eighth Stop: Blue Banana Market | Location:ย 250 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7

It’s a quirky shop that sells everything from fun gifts to tasty chocolates and candies.

Overall, I had a super fun time! Iย can tell that Audrey put a lot of thoughts and efforts into the tour. She provided us with lots of fun facts and history about the places we’ve visited. It’s too bad that it was raining that day, otherwise it would’ve been perfect! This was a total new experience for me. I’ve never thought about joining a local tour and pretend to be tourists. I learned a lot, got to meet new people, and tried places that I normally would’ve never tried. I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new- and it’s about time that I did because I would’ve been missing out on so much!

Join one of the Tasty tours and try it out! Enter “Wendieats” asย the promotional code when you sign up and get 20% off adult tickets booked until september 30, 2016 (tour can take place after this date. Just needs to be purchased before September 30th.)

Afternoon Tea @ Butter Avenue

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I don’t go to afternoon tea often, but when I saw the new afternoon tea menu from Butter Avenueย (Yonge & Lawrence location), I couldn’t resist. The whole experience cost $50.00 + 15% gratuity (tax not included). Itย can be purchased and booked through their website.

20160521_1208271001 Nights– A smooth, refreshing blend of Roasted Almond and Rooibos Chai teas with cardamon and fresh apple spices.

20160521_120832Marvellous Moon– Classic Magic Moon tea enhanced with the summery fresh flavors of orange and strawberries. This could be enjoyed iced as well.

20160521_121807Quiche- Quail egg with bacon bits.

20160521_123611Our second savory item on the menu. Tiny salted buns with jam + butter

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20160521_125457Mini version of Butter Avenue’s Jardin Rosa Mir: Strawberry cheese cake mousse with almondย dacquoise,ย passion fruit gelรฉe, raspberry crumble, pink chocolate wrap

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Verdict– Grab your bestie or your significant other and enjoy an afternoon of being pampered. I loved the whole experience! The service fromย our serverย was exceptional! It felt like I was treated like a princess! (I might be exaggerating a little bit) Atmosphere there was nice and relaxing, perfectย to enjoyย your afternoon tea. If you cannot finish everything on the menu (like me), they will pack it nicely for you to take home. Perfect to have for dessert after your dinner, or maybe a late-night snack!

Parking– Street parking
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