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! 🙂 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

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2016

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I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Food in the City Toronto  to this year’s Toronto Festival of Beer (#TFOB @TOBeerFestival) held from July 22 – July 24 at the Exhibition Place. This amazing event featuring 333 different Brews and many, many food vendors was presented by the Beer Store.

It was my first time going to the beer festival and I had an amazing time there! The whole time I was there, I thought to myself: “have i been living under a rock all these years?”. This was a great way to discover new beer and sample the ones that you’ve never tried before. Some people, such as myself, like sticking to what I know, and what I like. Occasionally I will wander and try something new; but I generally like sticking to a few brand of beers that I like. I now know what I’ve been missing out on.

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Upon entering the grounds, we were each handed a beer mug. Not only was this environmental friendly (since it’s re-usable), we also get to take it home after the festival as a souvenir ! Before you get too excited, make sure to purchase tokens at the tokens booth, as that is how you will pay for your beer samples. ( 1 Token = $1.00 ) Most beers cost 1 token for half a cup, 2 tokens for a whole cup.

What else was there to do other than sample tons and tons of beers? GIANT BEER PONG OF COURSE! Seriously, this was so much better than the regular-sized beer pong!

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Pommies Cider

I love ice drinks. That was why I had to try this apple cider slushie. I’ve never tried/seen cider slushie before and i’m glad i tried it. It was amazing! Super light and refreshing- perfect for a hot summer day. Best part of it was that it didn’t taste diluted at all!

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Other games such as giant-sized jenga.

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This was an amazing and super creative way to re-use the empty cardboard boxes. This booth had people to help create your dream hat out of empty boxes. There was a guy that walked around with a giant bat on his head. What a genius way to get rid of their boxes and advertise their brand at the same time! I love this idea! Creative and eco-friendly.

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Sample Sweden:

There was a whole section on Swedish beer. It featured 28 brands of Swedish beer. One that stood out to me most was Dugges’ Black Current beer. It tasted super sour, almost as sour as a lemon but it was different. I’ve never had beer that tasted sour before, so this was really interesting for me.

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One of my top favorites from this year’s Beer Festival. Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer!

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Bigg Macc Grilled Cheese – ground beef, Mac n ‘ Cheese, bright brand aged cheddar & secret sauce

This grilled cheese sandwich tasted amazing after trying beer after beer. Make sure not to drink on an empty stomach! Stop by the many food vendors and fill up before chugging more beer!

I had such a fun experience at this year’s Beer Festival. There were live music, games, food and alcohol. What could be more fun?! Not only that, I also got to learn and sample all these different brews of beer. It was really well organized and we didn’t have to wait long to get our beers or food. I can’t wait for next year’s Beer Fest; in the main time, let me stock up on some of my new favorites at the beer store! =)

Parking: no need to look for green P. There’s parking on site for $15.

 

Gusto 101

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Let me just start by saying this: if you love patio, this is definitely the place for you! Cool thing about Gusto 101 is that it has two patios for you to choose from. One on the ground floor, just beside the entrance; one is their rooftop patio. Although there are probably more patio space here compared to some of the other restaurants, it’s still a pretty popular spot for dine-in. So, be sure to call or make an online reservation if you know that you will be going there. If not, the line-up can get pretty long.

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I love their rooftop patio!!! Word of caution: walking up/down the stairs. The staircase to the rooftop patio is pretty dark, be extra careful when you are going up and down. It’s never easy to get to the good things in life. =)

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My friends and I came here for a bachelorette party. We started off our night with a pitcher of White Sangria. This wasn’t all for me…though…i don’t think i would’ve mind finishing 5 glasses of sangria.

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tomato sauce, mozzarella, ground fennel sausage, roasted peppers

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marinated mixed mushrooms, toasted tuscan bread, herbed ricotta, taleggio, olive oil

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tomato sauce, mozzarella, meatballs, smoked provolone

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portobello, porcini, oyster mushrooms, truffle cream sauce

This pasta dish was amazing! It was definitely the best of the dish of the night! It was earthy, creamy and the pasta was the right amount of chewiness. It wasn’t overcooked where the pasta became soft and soggy; and it wasn’t under-cooked where the pasta was still hard. I would totally recommend this dish to anyone!

Overall, great food, great service and totally loved the atmosphere!

Gusto 101 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tasty Tours Toronto: Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour

Have you ever had times where you feel like you’re just 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! Chances are, you probably don’t! This never even crossed my mind until last week, when I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Foodinthecitytoronto 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 are 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 are 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 us 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: 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: 454 Dundas Street West, Toronto M5T 1G9

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

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Third Stop: Moo Frites | Location: 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: 147 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T

Their popcorn flavors are endless…

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Fifth Stop: El Arepazo | Location: 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: 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: 287 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

MINI MINT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES! YUM!

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Eighth Stop: Blue Banana Market | Location: 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! I 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” as 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.)

Patois

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Last week, I visited Patois with a few other food lovers like myself (@foodinthecitytoronto, @foodsoftoronto and @tdotglutton). Have you ever seen a bunch of foodies eat at a restaurant? Well, if you haven’t, you are definitely missing out on the funniest sight ever. We needed a table with natural lighting, and since Patois only has one table right by the window, we had to specially request for it when we called in to make the reservation a few days in advance. (Tip here is that they take reservation!)

One great thing I loved about Patois is that they have a sharing menu called “The Whole Shebang” for $119 (not including drinks, desserts, tax and tips). It’s a great deal because, for four people ording our own individual dishes, it probably would’ve added up to cost more per person. So, why not sample all their popular dishes!?

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Another look at our specially requested table! 🙂 Thankfully the nice and helpful staff from Patois can accomodate our request!

20160524_184425_mh1464141115123Jamaican Gimlet – $13 / $48
Spiced rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, lemon, salted rim

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Fresh whole coconut & bacardi rum

I loved my drink! It was so refreshing and fitting for the hot weather on that day. I especially love the visual asthetic aspect of this drink! (I have a thing for drinking out of a real fruit.)

20160524_190752_mh1464141417232Patois Rum Punch – $14 / $52
Earl grey infused white rum, peach liqeur, lemon, soda, OJ & pineabble

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Dashi Butter, Spicy Furikake, Bonito

All I got to say is that the sauce complimented the edamame perfectly. It really was seasoned to perfection. This was a cold dish, so it’s great to have during the summer when the weather is super hot.

20160524_190914_mh1464141701213Jamaican Patty Double Down
Two cocktail patties, bacon, Swiss cheese fondue, sriracha

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Closer shot of the Pineapple bun burger. Look how amazing that looks. It’s savory but it also has a hint of sweetness from the Chinese pineapple bun.

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Napa cabbage, romaine, wonton crisps, spicy plum dressing

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Creamy cabbage, carrot and scallions

20160524_195042_mh1464142232124Dirty Fried Rice
Red sausage, sweet soya sauce, Cajun trinity, peas and farm egg

This is the true definition of Chinese and Jamaican fusion! I’ve had a lot of fried rice before, but not many comparable to this dish!

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Churrasco, rotisserie roasted

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Verdict: Everything on the Whole Shebang menu were amazing! I was a bit skeptical about the whole Chinese and Jamaican fusion, but after going to Patois, I WANT MORE! Great service (very accomodating and informative), and amazing food! Next time I go back, I will definately try out their other items that weren’t on the Shebang menu!

Parking: Paid street parking

Patois Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wahlburgers

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Thanks to Grace from Food in the City Toronto, I had the chance to have a taste of what Wahlburgers is all about! I’ve always been curious about Wahlburgers in the past, but just never got the chance to pay them a visit. Thankfully, we went at the perfect time, since they added a new Surf n’ Turf Burger just in time for #NationalBurgerDay coming up this Saturday.

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There’s two options available: dine in (there are plenty of space) and take out.

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20160520_180304BBQ Chicken Nachos – $13.70 / Vegetarian Option – $11.75

pickled jalapenos, spiced cheese mix, olives, sour cream, avocado, salsa

20160520_181052Almas Macaroni – $6.95 / side portion $4.50

Elbow macaroni, red onion, sweet peppers, parsley, served with mom’s creamy mayo dressing

The dressing behind the macaroni in the picture is Paul’s signature wahl sauce. One of the secret ingredient is sriracha, but very subtle so that it’s not overwhelming. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sauce! If i could, I would add this in EVERYTHING!

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20160520_181232Surf n Turf – $16.96

Their feature burger consists of 5 oz beef patty, lobster meat, cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, housemade lemon chive mayo

20160520_181011The “eh?” Burger – $10.45

5 oz beef patty, peameal bacon, fried egg, smoked cheddar, lettuce, mustard mayo, ketchup & mustard

The thing I love about this that I had the option to opt out the buns for the lettuce wrap. (If you’re a little health conscious like me, this is something that can make you feel a little better about chowing down a burger!)

Verdict– I can’t ever forget the Wahl Sauce!

Wahlburgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Quantum Coffee

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I first found out about Quantum Coffee when my friend showed me a picture of the Crème Brûlée cappuccino from their instagram page @quantumcoffeeco. I couldn’t stop thinking about it ever since. That very same day, we made a trip to see what it’s all about. I have to admit, I am a crazy coffee and sweets addict. So when an opportunity where I get to have both at the same time, I had to jump on that. 🙂

The outside appearance of Quantum Coffee is so distinct, you cannot miss it!

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This chic interior was the firs thing that I noticed right when we stepped into the cafe. I instantly fell in love with the simplicity and spacious design of the cafe.

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The simple menu made it easy to look at and to chose from. Sometimes when places have crazy items on the menu, I get so overwhelmed that I end up getting frustrated from looking at it and not knowing what to order.

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For people that want to grab a light bite, they have various baked goods to choose from.

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I can totally imagine myself to be a successful author like J.K Rowling and sit here all day long just scribbling away on my notepad and watch people walk by. 🙂

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At the other end of the cafe is where the magic happens! It’s rare to see the cash register separated from the coffee making station. Right when you walk in, the right side of the cafe is where you order and the left side of the cafe is where they make the amazing lattes and coffee.

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Quantum Planck – Crème Brûlée cappuccino

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Latte

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Verdict– If I could, I would just sit here all day long and just keep drinking their Quantum Planck! I just love this coffee shop, not just because they have amazing drinks. It’s also because of the ambiance of the whole place and all of the friendly staff here. It’s a place where I feel that I can relax and have a peaceful time while I have my coffee. For me, those are important qualities that I look for in a coffee shop: a place where I can  have a moment to just slow down and not feel the rush of the big busy city.

Quantum Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato