The Union Station Holiday Market

The Union Station Holiday Market December 11, 2016 The  Toronto Market Company brought us the deliciously successful Front Street Foods this summer and they are at it again with the Union Station Holiday Market. Though much smaller than the summer version, this artisan market is the perfect stop to grabbing those unique and thoughtful holiday…

Read More

The Carbon Bar: Nova Scotia Lobster Burger

The Carbon Bar: Nova Scotia Lobster Burger For the month of September, The Carbon Bar has been featuring their Nova Scotia Lobster Burger for a very special price. Throughout the month, guests have been able to enjoy the enormous sandwich with a side of perfectly crisp fries for only $20, with the purchase of an…

Read More

NAO: Summer Patio Launch Party

NAO: Summer Patio Launch Party June 22, 2016  By: Carly Spears on behalf of The Charming Modernist The tables are out and the streets are lined with people buzzing over drinks and snacks – it must be summer in Toronto. This was definitely the case on Avenue Road last Thursday night at the official opening of…

Read More

Encore Blogger Bites

The concept of catering is not something that’s new and, historically, has definitely not been exciting. For years, dozens of catering companies have existed in Toronto. Some better than others but for the most part, all of which sell their services based on loyal repeat customers and their personal referrals. With Toronto’s rapidly growing ‘foodie’…

Read More

Carly’s Chicken Fried Quinoa

“Knowing well that this [traditionally] indulgent dish was not the type of dish we should be eating too often, I started playing around with the recipe – substituting olive oil for butter and, of course, quinoa for rice! I was instantly hooked. The crunchy texture of the tri-coloured quinoa adding that extra element that was apparently missing with the white rice. Now I can eat it all of the…

Read More

Carly’s Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are one of my favourite recipes to make at home! They’re quick, easy and are sure to impress everyone who eats them! My very own recipe is made with fresh crab claw and panko bread crumbs. I then pan sear them in a touch of olive oil for a perfectly crispy exterior without…

Read More

Big Crow

Stars: ​2.5 (out of 4) Address: 176 Dupont St. (647) 748-3287, www.roseandsonsbigcrow.com Reservations: Yes Cuisine: Smokehouse/BBQ, sharing style Noise Level: Energetic Dress Code: Casual Wheelchair accessible: No Date: Tuesday, April 28th 2015 Meal: Dinner Price: ​mains $13-32 (MP for daily specials) Best Dishes:​ Steelhead Trout Poke, Grilled Shrimp Diablo, Smoked Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad with Bacon

Read More

noodle bar x Valdez

Date: Sunday February 22nd, 2015 What: The first noodlebar TO + friends event of 2015 Who: Chef Steve Gonzalez of Valdez joined the noodle bar TO team to make an exclusive, one-night-only a la carte menu – blending Latin and Chinese flavours for a unique fusion experience. Price: ​under $20 per dish (excluding the fried chicken at $80) Best Dishes:​ Guacamole, Ceviche, Spicy Chicken Sando,…

Read More

Dai Lo

DaiLo Stars: 3.5 (out of 4) Address: 503 College St. 647-341-8882, dailoto.com Reservations: Yes Cuisine: Contemporary pan Asian, sharing style Noise Level: Energetic Dress Code: Casual Wheelchair accessible: No With pan Asian tapas-style restaurants popping up as fast as self-serve frozen yogurt shops in Toronto, I always worry that the next one will be just another unoriginal rendition of the previous. And while…

Read More

About Me

Day Job: Food Marketer Dream Job: Professional Food Writer First Made: Banana Bread Specialties: Crab cakes, banana bread, cranberry guacamole, macadamia crusted black cod Favourite Cuisine: Mexican Favourite Dessert: Anything warm with bananas, chocolate, caramel and nuts, served with vanilla ice cream Favourite Restaurant: impossible question to answer – it depends what category of cuisine!   ​​The Chew Review – Ranking System No Stars…

Read More