Monday, July 18, 2011

Food Truck Eats - Part 1

Monday, July 18, 2011
Ontario's first food truck rally was a huge success. Food writer Suresh Doss rounded up some fabulous food trucks at Toronto's Distillery District on July 2nd for Food Truck Eats - Part 1. The huge crowd was able to feast on tacos, cupcakes, grilled cheese, wood fired pizza, wings, porchetta sandwiches, kulfi, churros, and many more.




There were trucks from:

El Gastronomo Vagabundo
The Cupcake Diner
Gorilla Cheese
Bonfire Catering
Steamwhistle Brewery

There were other food vendors as well:

Simple Fish and Chips
Buster Rhino's Southern BBQ
Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops
Baker Street Bakery
Distillery District Restaurant Group
Tiffin Day
Geoffrey Hopgood
Rossy Earle
Joshna Maharaj

This event was part 1 of 3, so look forward to a couple more chances to relish great food outdoors.

Posted by: Mark Rodas

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joey opens at the Eaton Centre

Sunday, July 17, 2011
Joey Restaurants has opened a brand-spanking-new location at the Eaton Centre. Something was needed in that space, and I will happily welcome another restaurant - I like to shop too, but there are enough shops there - bring on the new restos! (We had also just hit up Trattoria Mercatto, another brand-new resto in the Eaton's Centre, a couple weeks before).


Let's talk design for a second: the interior is beautiful, there is a section that is open-air, and there are huge big-screen TVs that were playing vintage movies while we were there. It's a large restaurant with an upper level as well. I did hear the bathroom was awfully far away from where you dine, but meh. When it comes down to it, it's really mostly about the food and drink!

Since food was more pass-out style rather than a sit-down dinner menu, I can't say for sure that everything we ate was on the menu - but everything was pretty solid. I checked the menu and my favourite item, the Phanaeng or Penang or Panang curry (which is typically mild in spice but is still nicely flavoured) is on the regular menu. Was disappointed not to eat any of his seared Ahi tuna tacos at the event like we had at Shops at Don Mills, but I did check the menu and they are available. Yum!

If you want to know more about Joey Restaurants and Chef Chris Mills, check this out: we've covered Chef Mills both at his restaurant opening and patio opening at his location at Shops at Don Mills. We also were lucky enough to taste-teste the Pacific-Rim-inspired menu he created right before he went to cook it at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.


Yours in food,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Bowery

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Located at 55 Colborne St., The Bowery, a new ‘punk meets farm’ restaurant and bar (and soon to be live music venue) opened its doors on June 27th. Executive Chef Tawfik Shehata (currently also Executive Chef at The Ballroom and formerly of Vertical Restaurant) along with Chef de Cuisine Jason Maw (formerly of Starfish Oysterbed and Grill; Boba) have crafted a wonderfully local inspired menu heavily utilizing the five foot long custom charcoal grill situated in the open kitchen.




Posted by: Mark Rodas