|Tandoori Calamari from Pukka|
|Saturday night was the first cooking demo in my "Not Your Grandmother's Rutabaga" Series at The Kingston Social|
The first dish we tried was a Tandoori Calamari served with Coconut Chutney and Citrus Slaw, which everyone at the table loved. We had all eaten the Herb Infused Chicken Tikka before but that didn't prevent a fork fight over the last, tender morsels. Pretty, bright green chicken that is soft enough to cut with a spoon is served with a smear of Tamarind Chutney - this is not a spicy dish but it is brimming with bright, herbaceous goodness.
String Chat also made my heart sing - almost a salad full of apple, crispy, puffed rice, pomegranate seeds, sprouts, yogurt and chutney - I can't believe this was the first time I was trying this as they say that it is one of their most popular dishes.
Boatman's Fish and Prawn Curry, Punjabi Chicken and spicy Beef Short Ribs with Black Cumin, Garlic and Ginger Masala were all more traditional Indian dishes and all were fabulous. The one dish that took everyone by surprise was the Pumpkin Curry. A rich, creamy vegetarian curry made with Kashmiri Chili, Curry Leaves and Tomato, everyone was pleasantly surprised and more than one person decided that this was their favourite dish of the night. I will admit that the name does not do this particular dish justice and they might want to come up with something with a little more panache.
Cocktails were great (I had the Mumbai Sour - Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol, grapefruit, cardamom bitters with a frothy, egg white cap) but the real star at Pukka is the wine list. Rock Star sommelier, Peter Boyd, never fails to thrill with his risk taking wine pairings.
Yes, it was a media dinner so it was all free but Pukka is one of my absolute favourite restaurants in the city and its most certainly my very favourite Indian restaurant and i eat there as often as I can and you should too.
On a personal note, Trish, a hair magician from Textur Studio in East End Toronto managed to get me from faded out purple with grey roots to THIS in one afternoon and for this, I will love her forever and if I weren't too old to have a baby, I would give her my second born.
We closed out the week with a visit to our home away from home, The Wren.
For those of you who will be out boozing around in costume, hopping from party to party, Chipotle is going to donate some of the the proceeds from the sale of $3 burritos and other menu items to Second Harvest.
This year’s BooRito event theme is centered around the “unnecessary” to bring awareness to how unnecessary additives are so just add something unnecessary to your costume to score a $3 burrito, like that dinosaur with a pirate hat over there.
This will all be happening from 5pm to close at all Toronto area Chipotles.
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Tweet of the week: because I am a politics geek
Like him or not, Ben Carson has forced us to ask some tough questions like "Have we been overestimating the intelligence of brain surgeons?"— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) October 8, 2015