What was once homey and built on comfort is now cutting edge and trendy, Nordic countries have set themselves apart by being the new mecca for culinary adventures. My time in Norway, Finland and Sweden show that the Nordic food cultures is embracing international flavours while harnessing its local natural ingredients. The essence of embracing of new, leveraging local ingredients while brining comfort is found at Karelia Kitchen.Read More
Recently I attended Dixonlicious, the annual food event hosted by Dixon Hall. It's a night of culinary celebration in support of vital food programs. The night was a chance to fund raise for services that bring hot meals to senior homes and homeless shelters as well as providing breakfasts and snacks for students. So many great food friends came out, Linda from Starving Foodie, Natalie from Cooking Quidnunc, and Mary from Mary's Happy Belly. There were also lots of great vendors showcased their gastronomy talents. Watch the video above for my recap of the night.Read More
You might remember the setting of Le Baratin from the previous post for the launch of Georgian Bay Vodka. The delicious and attractive photos of house cured charcuterie from that post was taken during the first night that Le Baratin rebranded from Bivy and established themselves as a bistro. When owner Pascal and Chef Jean invited me to revisit and experience their dinner menu, I jumped at the chance to teleport my tastebuds back to France.Read More
My time spend with Ilana have always been special. Our causal catch ups over food might appear simple but are simply extraordinary. Ilana has a way of telling stories that brings life to any topic and you'll walk away from the hang out with interesting tid bids of information about the world and yourself.
For the longest time she wanted to host a brunch session featuring her blinis and so we met up at her home where she flipped crepes, told stories and I stuffed my face.Read More
When I visited the Philippines a few years ago, I spent most of my time ocean side, soaking up the sun at Alona Beach on Bohol Island. The scenic Chocolate Hills and piercing blue waters were amazing but because I was staying in a rather touristic area, most of the meals were westernized. I left the Philippines without having a traditional “kamayan” styled meal on banana leaves and always felt that I missed out on experiencing apart of the culture.
Recently, The Social Palate invited me to attend one of their events and Chef Gerland’s traditional Filipino feast immediately caught my eye. As a startup that connects chefs to foodies outside of a traditional restaurant setting, The Social Palate takes advantage of the beautiful cultural makeup of Toronto and sends diners’ taste buds to anywhere in the world. With social and private options, you can have culinary adventures right at the comfort of your own home or in a social setting at one of the featured chef’s homes.
Our night took place at the artistically eclectic home of Chef Gerald's. As we were engrossed by his Pinterest worthy dining room, he was zooming in and out of the kitchen and laid down dish after dish on the banana leaves covered dining table.Read More