The Week in Yum Nov 8-14 Crack Smoking Mayors, BBQ Ribs and The Wren, Oh My!
|Korean sweet red bean cake|
Okay, lets talk about the drunken, crack smoking, sexual bearcat in the room for all of us here in Toronto. Mayor McCracken, Rob Ford, has dominated every second of news coverage all around the world, every late night comedy show and every inch of newspaper coverage. It is on everyone's minds and although I understand that there are still people who stand behind this inarticulate bully for reasons unknown to anyone I know, I vacillate between gleeful amusement and embarrassment and pity for this sad sack of a man and the family who are enabling him instead of forcing him to get help for his glaringly obvious trainwreck of a life. His most recent remarks about his sexual diet were almost enough to put me off sex AND eating for the rest of my days and it is nothing short of a miracle that can manage to do either of those things again. Thank god I am approaching 50 and can barely remember where I left my purse, never mind the fact that Mr Ford is getting enough to eat at home.
The week started out with a trip to The Galleria, our friendly, neighbourhood Korean supermarket with two of our MVP's for some Korean fried chicken, dumplings, some sort of spicy noodle dish and the weirdest donuts I have ever had. It said that they were Cream Donuts but it was like a damp donut that had been soaked in cream and, perhaps, rolled in cake crumbs. It might not sound appetizing but it was shockingly delicious. This is becoming a weekly trip for us and I am A-Okay with that.
|If anyone knows what the hell these cream donuts are, please let us know|
|fried chicken and dumplings from The Galleria|
|Guacamole at The Wren|
On Tuesday, I enjoyed tasty greek food, wine and some phyllo pulling at the cookbook launch for The Everything Mediterranean Cookbook written by Peter Minaki, who's food blog, Kalofaga , has served as inspiration to me and countless others for years. It was a really fun, joyful event, full of family, friends and supporters to celebrate this man and his passion for the food of his heritage. I was thrilled to run into my blogging buddy, fellow gastroposter and frequent dinner date , Libby Roach. We both washed our hands and totally intended to pull some phyllo with Peter but I underestimated how popular this activity was going to be so, instead, we got to watch a bunch of other people attempt to do try their hand at this delicate endeavour. It is NOT as easy as Peter makes it look so I am kind of happy that I didn't get a turn because I am not sure my manhands were up to the task. I was much happier eating the Strifti Spanakopita (spiral phyllo pies) than making a fool out of myself in public by trying to make them. I came home with his new book and will enjoy trying out the recipes that bring back memories from my time living and working in Athens.
|now THAT'S a mug o' wine|
Shack and I shared the sampler platter for two that lets you pick 3 meats and 3 sides for about $45. We chose pulled pork, pork ribs, smoked wings, baked beans, creamy slaw and the chili. I am not sure I would order the wings again, not because they weren't tasty, but I prefer my wings to be crispy and I have trouble choking down wiggly skin and if I find myself pulling off the skin, I would rather eat a meaty thigh. For me , the whole point of the wing IS the crispy skin. The pulled pork is very good too but if I had to pick a favourite thing, it would be the ribs. I am a sucker for a smoky, saucy pork rib and because I don't eat them often, it's always a really special treat. It's so great to see the place packed every night that I don't even mind the lineups although I have heard that the wait can be well over an hour on the weekend. Luckily I live close enough to the restaurant that I can stick to mid week dinners and lunches until the hype dies down a bit.
|this peanut chipotle sauce is highly addictive|
Thursday saw me attending a screening of Saving Mr Banks so dinner was comprised of appetizers like lobster croquettes, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, red wine and buttered popcorn. Dinner of Champions in my book.
My pin of the week: this chicken laksa makes me want to swim in it
My facebook share of the week: as always, a sucker for a pavlova
My instagram of the week: delicious looking isn't it?
My food find of the week: Wouldn't this make a great gift using a beloved family recipe?
Tweet of the week:
7 ways to use pumpkin seeds in fall desserts: http://t.co/iTPbQr7KK8
— The Kitchn (@thekitchn) November 10, 2013