March 23, 2012

Food Trucks Roll Into Liberty Village

After spending the morning in a dark classroom without windows, I was more than ready to get outside for some lunch. By the time I got to the food trucks in Liberty Village, just past 12:30pm, the sun was out and so were the crowds. Lines were already formed at the three trucks that came out to play: El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Caplansky’s and Blue Donkey Streatery.

I spotted Suresh, (he of Food Truck Eats and Spotlight Toronto who is leading the fight for food trucks in Toronto) and he told me to get in line fast if I wanted to get some food. I hurried over to El Gastronomo Vagabundo just in time to see them cross the Biltong Pork Belly Tacos off the chalkboard menu. Damnit, that was my first choice!

So I went with Plan B and set my sights on the Senor Ghandi Ceviche- smoked albacore tuna and scallop ceviche with salsa verde, madras curry paste, cherry tomatoes and corn chips. And then I waited.

As I stood in line, I struck up a conversation with the guy behind me. You never know who you’re going to meet at a Food Truck event but at least you know they’ve got good taste in food. Turns out, Martin’s an illustrator and has done designs for Threadless, one of my favourite companies! He also just happens to have completed a food truck t-shirt design, check it out, it’s awesome! 

March 15, 2012

Fresh Pasta in 1 Minute

Want to learn how to make fresh pasta in 1 minute while simultaneously watching me make a fool of myself? Of course you do! Click the video...

Fresh Pasta
2 cups flour
4 eggs
Glug of olive oil
Pinch of salt

March 08, 2012

The Secret Pickle Supper Club

Good news for the Toronto food community, 2012’s first Secret Pickle Supper Club has just been announced. It will be taking place on March 31st at the mezzanine kitchen in the St Lawrence market.

This month’s Secret Pickle Supper Club will mark the dinner party’s 2nd year anniversary and will appropriately revisit the Spanish theme that began it all. Since the first dinner in 2010, the Pickle has been creating unique dining experiences around Toronto. Every dinner party has a theme, limited seating and a specially designed menu.

Spanish Plate from the 1st Secret Pickle
This time around, the menu will be heavily influenced by host Alexa Clark’s and Chef Matt Kantor’s  recent trip to Spain, where they attended an olive oil conference and tasted their way around the country. Tickets are on sale now!

I have a special interest in this particular Pickle as I'll be there filming to create a documentary on the supper club! It's going to be a really good time. The venue is amazing- the mezzanine kitchen overlooks the entire St. Lawrence Market and Chef Matt Kantor is plotting a modern Spanish menu which will certainly include some surprises.

I can't wait!

March 06, 2012

Come and Get It

Come and Get It is Toronto's latest pop-up restaurant, for a limited time only, at Queen and Spadina. I recently had the chance to chat with Chef/Owner Jon Polubiec about what he's up to and how long the pop up shop might last. Watch the video for the inside scoop and then head over to Come and Get It for an amazing lunch, a game of MarioKart on N64 and the pinkest walls you've ever seen in a restaurant.

Allow me to recommend the Chipotle Braised Beef Short Rib or the Hawaiian Pork Belly sandwich. And for the vegetarians, there's more than just salad! Come and Get It makes vegetarian gravy to satisfy your poutine cravings. It's all served in biodegradable take out containers and if you're eating in, you'll find condiments and napkins waiting on your table in retro lunchboxes.

You shouldn't need any more convincing to go check this place out, but if you do- Jon and the cooks at Come and Get It are pretty cute and always friendly! Say hi to them for me! ;)

Twitter @ComeAndGetIt416