Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
A few of the fabulous contributors to The Edible City made up the panel (they have many other accolades and excellent works too numerous to mention here. They are the cream of the crop when it comes to the Toronto food scene - Google them!): Sarah B. Hood, Joshna Maharaj, Lorraine Johnson, Sasha Chapman and Steven Biggs. The panel was moderated by Dick Snyder, who also happens to publish CityBites magazine.
I found that children and their relationship to (and education about) food was the most common theme throughout the panel discussion and the Q&A session. Sasha noted in her child's JK/SK split class only half the kids could correctly identify an onion, and many thought it had seeds. There's definitely a need to bring food education into schools and other institutions (summer camps, etc.) - I agree totally, but I also think it's a parent's responsibility to have kids help with the little things in the kitchen. Getting hands-on helps give them a real appreciation of their food. The panelists noted kids would even eat stuff that they had picked or harvested themselves even if it was a food they usually turned their noses up at - I think that even kids who are too young to fully understand the concept of pride must still feel that special something, you know, that pride we all feel in picking an apple or digging up a potato ourselves. Garden patches on schoolyards and in public parks was another hot topic, which really ties into making these kinds of experiences and connections to food accessible for everyone.
After the panel discussion and Q&A, a cookie decorating competition started up. The super delicious sugar cookies (baked just perfectly, might I add!) were courtesy of Wanda's Pie in the Sky and I couldn't help but eat an extra one as I decorated mine with the Toronto flag for the competition!
On that note, I'll leave you all with some fun facts (courtesy of Coach House Books' site) about Toronto and the food it produce(s)/(d), along with titles the book itself almost got named:
- In 1934, a community garden on St. Clair Avenue west of Keele provided food for about 5,000 unemployed families.
- David Garcelon, the executive chef at the Fairmont Royal York, has a garden atop the fourteen-floor hotel. But it's not your typical garden: Aside from herbs, fruit and vegetables, he has six hives (that's about 300,000 bees).
- More than 16,000 Mexican and Caribbean agricultural workers come to Ontario each year. Some stay a few weeks, some stay as long as 8 months.
- The Edible City could've been named any of the following (these were all book names tossed around before they settled on The Edible City): Eat TO Live; Chowtown; Food 401 Thought; A Gastronomical Guide to Toronto; CornuTOpia.
Yours in food,
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Cafe world has an extensive menu of dishes you can prepare based on how much time you'd want to wait, cost, number of servings, and selling price.
Zynga has also released a fish tank simulation called FishVille. Although I wouldn't call this a foodie game per se, you do get to feed your fish. It's relaxing and almost therapeutic to watch and feed the fish in your aquarium to the sound of some soothing in-game music.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Antipasto stations courtesy of:
Centro Restaurant & Lounge
Culinary Studio 2000
Da Gianni e Maria Trattoria
La Bruschetta Restaurant
Nota Bene Restaurant
Romagna Mia Italian Restaurant
Sotto Sotto Ristorante
Deluxe bread basket
Antipasto del Doge
Mista di mare accompanied by a caprese salad
Filetto ai porcini con polenta bianca al profumo
di tartufo e flan all’italiana
Grilled filet mignon in a Porcini mushroom sauce
Served with white polenta and parmesan with essence of truffle
accompanied by a spinach, cauliflower and carrot flan
Tiramisù Do’ Forni
Traditional tiramisu served in a chocolate cup accompanied by a
tuile cup of seasonal berries
I dolci di mezzanotte
Late night dessert stations courtesy of:
10tation Event Catering
Barcaffe Canada Inc
Caliber Fine Wines & Spirits Inc.
Flour Fancies Inc.
Madeleines, Cherry Pie and Ice Cream
Petits Sweets Inc.
We Bake in Heels Limited
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The place looked great - it honestly looked like a permanent fixture on Eglinton West rather than a pop-up store. I'm told the space they used was a salon that closed down. Mark said the decor reminded him of his childhood and I totally agree - I fell in love with the cupcake chairs provided by custom furniture maker Jellio.
It was a really fun place to be and for anyone with kids between the ages of 4 - 12 I'd highly rec-
it as it tours across Canada. It's open here in Toronto until Nov. 22 but it appears it's in demand - the site currently says 0 seats are left. But it also appears people can cancel their bookings which would free up seats, so keep an eye out - the site also has listings for where Bake Batter & Roll will be travelling to next.
A couple fun facts courtesy of Robin Hood:
- Baking has been around since ancient times, but the first modern pastry chef appeared in Roman civilization around 300 B.C.
- "Cookie" comes from the Dutch word "koekje" which means "little cake."
- Storing soft cookies in the same jar as crisp ones will help the crisp ones become softer.
Oh and P.S. - that "pizza" below is actually a cookie. I think that'd be really fun to make!
Yours in food,