On Saturday, I ventured out in the pissing rain to the Ex to attend the Delicious Food Show. I was supposed to don my Gastropost hat in order to assist The Feisty Jack during their cooking demo in the GE demo kitchen , but the Feisty Jack had to cancel so , instead, I just walked around and checked out the show.
|the last legs of a delectable looking Paella from Patria|
|yummy looking buns from Hot Bunzz|
It was small but it was nice to see lost of local talent and not just a ton of corporate exhibitors. There was a jumble of food trucks inside, as well as lots of places to grab a snack. The Food Network had the main stage and brought in TV food stars like Martha Stewart and Chuck Hughes but I didn't see anyone that day - to be honest, the stage was tucked back off to the side and it was kind of dark and I couldn't really see who was on stage so I didn't try too hard.
Lots of fun food vendors, free tastes and cheap wine and beer but the only thing I actually purchased were two stuffed, deep fried rice balls from me.n.u . These things are so delicious I can't believe I haven't tried them before. I had some sort of spicy korean tofu ball with kimchi and a chicken version called "angry birds". The rice balls are super crispy on the outside and there is a just enough gooey, mild cheese along with your chosen filling on the inside, kind of like an asian arancini. Each version is topped with it's own sauces and garnish and it truly was the most delicious looking thing I saw there, hands down.
|the best balls ever|
|if you find yourself at Bathurst Station, grab a patty, you can thank me later|
On the way home from the food show, I had to grab a piping hot spicy beef patty from the bakery inside the Bathurst subway station because they really are one of the best patties in the city and it's not like I am in the Bathurst station all that often. Patty bliss.
|Tom Yum Ramen might not be all that Japanese but it sure is delicious|
By the time I got home, I was actually hungry, which is weird considering I spent the afternoon at a food show but I didn't actually eat much. I had a few tiny tastes of products, I ate half of each rice ball but threw the rest out ( I KNOW!) because I am crazy, not because they aren't crazy good and a beef patty. That was it all day and so by about 7:30 I was ready to eat my own foot. As soon as I walked in the door Shack requested ramen but didn't want to drive downtown. After a bit of research I found a place up at Warden and Shepperd called Ajisen , a chain with over 200 restaurants, worldwide. I was a bit skeptical but it turned out to be quite fine indeed. Reflecting the fact that they can found in China, Singapore, Thailand etc, their menu isn't actually an authentic Japanese selection but that is okay with me because it means I got to have a tom yum ramen and it was spicy and flavourful and I was very happy with it. Shack has actually been back at least once since Saturday (that I am aware of). Because it wasn't enough to chow down on a big bowl of ramen, we had to stop y Demetre on the Danforth so we could split a big slice of chocolate brownie cheesecake. Not my thing, really, and way too rich for any of us to ever eat by ourselves but it split three ways nicely, it's opened late and it's good late night people watching.
On Sunday, The Kid wouldn't get out of bed so we abandoned him and went to check out the Junction Flea at The Brickworks. After running into friends, I talked one of the them into having the chicken bahn mi sandwich from FeasTo. Good golly, Miss Molly that was a tasty sandwich. Why have I never had anything from these guys before? The dumplings looked crazy good but the line up was kind of long and by the time I decided I wanted to go back for them, I was ready to move on but the next time I see them somewhere, I am eating ALL THE THINGS.
|Next time I am eating the dumplings|
|the feasTO chicken bahn mi|
After leaving the Brickworks, we called another couple of friends we haven't seen in ages and met them at This End Up, one of our favourite spots in town, where we feasted on sandwiches so good that I hate to just call them sandwiches. Shack always labours over the menu before ordering the rare roast beef sandwich. Every time.You know, rare roast beef sandwich sounds so boring but this thing is anything but. One friend, Sugar (yes, Shack and Sugar, I know, I know) had the Better Mac - what a big mac would be if a big mac was made from all fresh ingredients and his girl had the fish tacos. She took one look at them and said "wow, these are not what I was expecting when you asked if I wanted to get tacos. If I had known they would look like this I wouldn't have said no"
All of this and we haven't even finished the weekend yet.
|This certainly isn't MY mom's chicken, thankfully|
They make their own tofu, roast their own sea salted nori sheets, carry fresh asian noodles of all shapes and varieties, sport a wall of various kimchi's, both home made and pre packaged and is my number choice if I need anything even vaguely Korean. Do yourself a favour, get out to Don Mills and York Mills, order the chicken, shop while they cook it (they give you a beeper and will let you know when it's ready) and then tuck in.
Omg, we are only at Tuesday and I am going into a food coma just writing this.
|round 1 of my smoky meatloaf|
|smoky meatloaf on a cheese bun for The Kid's lunch|
Thursday was Halloween so we ate candy.
|that's Sebastian, Black Butler to you|
fave pin of the week: because GNOCCHI
fave facebook share of the week: Because she is trying too hard and kind of full of crap at the end of the day
fave instagram of the week: BOO
fave tweet of the week:
Candied ginger is surprisingly easy to make. Just boil your ginger and your sugar until they're crystallized + chewy: http://t.co/5kcAoV6VmS
— Food52 (@Food52) October 30, 2013