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Congratulations Cassey! You are the lucky winner of this Little Caesars‘ Gift Pack & Gift Card (@littlecaesars) I will contact you shortly via email to gather your contact information so Little Caesars can mail you your gift pack & gift card =)

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Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 117 entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order as they arrived in my comment box and bonus tweets on Twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org. Please see below.

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Congratulations once again! Please visit my website for future giveaways

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Who would want to go home straight after work when you can have a delicious Mexican meal at Fonda Lola? Definitely not me! I’m constantly craving Mexican food so when I was invited to sample items from their upcoming 2 day event – I jumped on the opportunity without hesitation.

For 2 days only (August 26 + 27, 2015), the Fonda Lola (@FondaLola) menu is being turned over to the restaurant owner’s mother to create and serve an authentic eight course Mexican meal featuring her specialities  and favourite dishes to feed a crowd. Passed down from generation to generation, these recipes are sure to give diners a true taste of Mexican culture and will take their taste buds through years of home-cooked tradition. At 65 years old, Vickie has had several years of practice to perfect the art of a pinch, dab and dollop to make each dish perfect in its delivery. Customers will be able to experience Mexican home-cooked cuisine like never before.

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{Left} Tamarind Margarita ($14.00) – Citrus Margarita base & tamarind, so Mexican!!
{Right} Basil Mojito ($13.00) – Fresh basil puree, citrus and Bacardi Rum 2 oz. with splash of soda

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A taste of mama Vickie’s menu…

Guacamole

  • National Mexican Dish. They didn’t add any tomato or onions to this to give diners a smoother, creamier, and a richer texture

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Shrimp Aguachile

  • a dish hailing from Sinaoloa Mexico
  • the shrimp is cooked in lime and jalapeno juices with a dash of shrimp salt, a tasty and refreshing Mexican-style ceviche

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Tinga

  • pork, beef, Mexican chorizo, onion tomato, and smoked chipotle along with a healthy dose of Vickie’s special seasoning.
  • From Puebla, Mexico

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Tacos Gobernador

  • a creamy shrimp taco
  • They take onions, tomatoes and red and yellow bell peppers, mixed with chile ancho and cooked for three hours to bring out a full flavour. They add oaxaca cheese and melt it just a bit before serving
  • From Mazatian Mexico

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The following tacos are off their main menu… 

Tofu Sofrito ($15.00 – Tacos 3 per order)

  •  Crispy cornmeal tofu in a sofrito sauce (smoky tomato and bell pepper)

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Pollo Loco ($15.00 – Tacos 3 per order)

  • Chicken in adobo sauce and rice

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As the restaurant prides itself with high-quality, authenticity, and traditional Mexican cuisine, it was evident when each of the courses were presented during the tasting. Highlights of the evening included the Shrimp Aguachile, which was incredibly light and refreshing to the palette. The generous portions of shrimp in this ceviche had a great spicy kick to it. Following the shrimp aguachile, was the Tinga. We were challenged to eat the tinga in the traditional way meaning that we had to eat it delicately without breaking  this dish! We carefully nibbled through this dish of seasoned protein whilst enjoying the contrast of some mashed up beans smothered across the shell. Last but not least, the dish that topped the tasting was the Tacos Gobernador. Something about the home made creamy sauce in the taco totally did it for me. Totally hit the spot.

I don’t think my photos did the Tacos Gobernader any justice. You might have to just go taste it yourself on either August 26 or 27, 2015 (or both days if you love Mexican food – like me!)

Event dates:
Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00p.m.
Thursday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:
8 Course Prix Fixe Dinner for one $40.00 – Click here to purchase tickets 

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It’s that time of the year everyone! CNE (@LetsGoToTheEx) is back for their 137th edition which marks the culmination of a spectacular summer in the city of Toronto. CNE this year will be running from August 21 – September 7, 2015. New and exhilarating attractions join many returning favourites in the 2015 CNE line up including all new Craft Beer Festival in the heart of the Food Truck Frenzy, performances by Olympic Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in a new Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show Bon Voyage!

Luckily enough for me, I was invited to CNE‘s 2015 Media Preview this morning. Here is what was accomplished in 2 short hours =)

Opening Remarks by CNE‘s newly appointed General Manager, Virginia Ludy

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Oh Yes! We were greeted with some yummy goods from Timmies!

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XPogo Stunt Team – The world’s best extreme pogo performance team makes its CNE debut with a one of a kind, high flying and gravity-defying act. The team performed flips and tricks on next-generation pogo sticks that can bounce up to 9 feet in the air.

Here the XPogo stunt ride jumps over CNE General Manager Virginia Ludy. 

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

SuperDogs – The SuperDogs are back and celebrating all things Hollywood with an excerpt from their brand new blockbuster show, Hollywoof!

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Yate Dance & Acrobatic Team – Performing a special routine with human pyramids and contortion. China’s Yate Dance and Acrobatic Team captivated audiences with their powerful gymnastics and theatrical costumes.
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Parkour Demonstrations – Athletes from Toronto’s Monkey Vault Training Movement Center demonstrated the excitement of free-running, jumping, climbing and vaulting

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OK so now onto the food =)

Chicken Waffle on a Stick

  • Crispy fried chicken on a stick blanketed in a fluffy waffle and dipped in maple syrup.
  • It’s then sprinkled with icing sugar and a side of Frank’s Red Hot for dipping
  • Served at the West End of the CNE grounds near the Press Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Garlic Snow Crab Fries

  • Seasoned fresh cut fries with house made garlic aioli, fresh snow crab, topped with parsley and dill
  • Served at Jake’s Lobster in the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Corrado’s S&M Burger

  • Fifty Shades of marina sauce! A homemade meatball patty topped with spaghetti, parmesan cheese and Corrado’s famous marina sauce.
  • Spicy chilli toppings are available for those who like it “hot”
  • Served at Corrado’s Authentic Italian at Midway
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Frosted Flake Battered Chicken on a Stick

  • Juicy battered chicken rolled in Frosted Flakes and deep fried to sweet crunchy tenderness
  • Served at Iron Skillet Sirloin Tips in the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Poutine Balls

  • A Canadian staple gets a Bavarian Twist!
  • Buttery mashed potato balls are stuffed with authentic cheese curds, then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy golden brown
  • Once plated, the Poutine Balls are smothered with Bavarian style gravy and even more cheese curds
  • Served at Vienna in the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Deep Fried Rice Pudding (Fran’s Restaurant)

  • Taking comfort food and adding a slight creative twist.
  • Served at Fran’s at the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Donut Milkshake (Fran’s Restaurant)

  • Taking comfort food and adding a slight creative twist.
  • Served at Fran’s at the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Chicken & Waffles & Ice Cream (Fran’s Restaurant)

  • Taking comfort food and adding a slight creative twist.
  • Served at Fran’s at the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese

  • 6 Strips of Bacon weaved around a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with aged cheddar and mozzarella, served with spicy sweet chilli ketchup
  • Served at Bacon Nation at the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Bub’s Bad Boy Burger

  • Spicy Cheese Burger and Honey Garlic fried chicken sandwiched between a Jamaican beef patty with pepper jack cheese, wasabi cucumber, crispy hickory sticks, fresh tomato, sirracha mayo and buttermilk coleslaw
  • Served at Bub’s Badd@ss Burgers at the Food Building
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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Bub’s SUMO Burger

  • The Heavyweight of burgers, this Asian-inspired burger features two beef patties, tomato, lettuce, hoisin sauce, wasabi mayo, wasabi cucumbers, caramelized onions, chow mein noodles on a sesame bun
  • Served at Bub’s Bad@ss Burgers at the Food Building

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Deep Fried Cheesecake

  • Creamy Cheesecake battered and deep fried
  • Served at Pickle Pete’s at Midway

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Baonana Split

  • Soft and fluffy traditional Asian bun, called a “bao”, is filled with hazelnut chocolate, sliced fresh banana. whipped cream, chocolate  & strawberry syrup, topped with a Maraschino cherry
  • Served at Far East Taco at the Food Building

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Bloomin’ Apple

  • Inspired by a classic fair favourite, the blooming onion, this new dessert hybrid is made from a whole apple, sliced and topped with caramel and Nutella in the center
  • Served at Billbrooke Concession at Midway

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Deep Fried Red Velvet Oreo

  • The classic Oreo cookie dipped in red velvet cake batter and deep fried, then topped with cream cheese icing!
  • Served at the Funnel Cake Shop at the Food Building

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

Timbits Poutine

  • A sweet “poutine” made of Tim Hortons Timbits decked out in delicious dessert toppings
  • Luscious combinations include Chocolate Lovers, Birthday Cake, Oreo, Cinnamon French Toast, and Chocolate Salted Caramel
  • Served at Tim Hortons at the Food Building

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Photo Credit: Andrew Ebrahim

CNE runs from August 21 to September 7, 2015. Let me know what foods you guys are looking forward to the most? =)

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I’m thrilled to be giving away a Little Caesars’ Gift Pack! 

HELLO ALL YOU PIZZA LOVERS!

With only a few weeks left of summer to enjoy, Little Caesars (@littlecaesars) has extended their exclusive Bacon Wrapped Deep!Deep! Dish Pizza, with 3.5 feet of bacon wrapped around the crust, until September! Drooling yet? =) Little Caesars is encouraging Canadians to #SavourTheSizzle, whether that means indulging in a #LittleCaesars BWDDDP, soaking up some rays on the beach, heading up to the cottage or all of the above!

I’m thrilled to be giving away a Little Caesars Gift Pack, including some sizzling summer goodies and a gift card to try the Bacon Wrapped Deep!Deep! Dish Pizza. Be sure to #SavourTheSizzle before its too late!

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Bacon Wrapped Deep!Deep! Dish Pizza

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Hawaiian Pizza

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To entersimply fill in your name and e-mail in the comments section (E-mail will not be public) & let me know your favourite pizza from Little Caesars

For a Bonus Entry, tweet the following message:

I entered to win a @littlecaesars Gift Pack from @FoodintheCityTO You can too! http://wp.me/p2k43K-1Ol  #SavourTheSizzle

  • Contest closes Sunday August 23, 2015 7:00 PM EST 
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Monday August 24, 2015
  • You may comment and tweet once a day throughout the duration of the contest
  • Re-tweeting does not count as a valid entry 
  • Winner will be selected via http://www.random.org/

Good Luck =)

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Say hello to one of Yorkville’s newest middle eastern restaurant located at the corner of Bay & Cumberland. Paramount Fine Foods (@ParamountFoods) opened its doors to the public 3 months ago bringing exotic flavours and also being the first full service halal restaurant in Yorkville. This new location will feature an upscale sit-down dining experience with an open concept kitchen and a wood-burning oven.

Paramount Fine Foods is Canada’s fastest growing halal Middle Eastern restaurant chain. They employs over 800 staff members within 15 restaurant locations in Southern Ontario, a gourmet butcher shop, a food factory, a food truck and the new Fresh East franchise.

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Open kitchen concept

 

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Tabbouleh Salad

  • Fresh chopped parsley, diced tomatoes and onions, mixed with crushed wheat, lemon juice, and virgin olive oil

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Hummus with Beef

  • Hummus with your choice of chicken or beef shawarma, drizzled with virgin olive oil

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Chicken with Cheese Manakeesh

  • Diced grilled chicken flavoured with spices & topped with melted mozzarella cheese

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Entree: Lamb

wo skewers of in house marinated iamb. char-grilled to perfection and served with a side of hummus

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Believe it or not, this was my first time indulging in some yummy middle eastern food. I loved everything that we ordered from the beef hummus to the chicken pizza to the lamb skewer – everything was so on spot! Be sure to check them out if you’re ever strolling along Yorkville!

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending Jeremiah Weed’s Official Launch Party at Mascot Brewery!  I have never tried Jeremiah Weed (@JeremiahWeedCA) Spiked Iced Tea before this party so I was feeling quite optimistic when I received the invitation. I was secretly more ecstatic about checking one of Toronto’s newest & top patios of 2015 – Mascot Brewery (@mascotbrewery) :) 2 birds with one stone!

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Mascot Brewery’s amazing patio!

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Jeremiah Weed Spiked Iced Tea is a new, premium malt alcoholic beverage. They offer three refreshing tasting iced tea flavours that are perfect for sitting back, and sippin’ on some equally refreshing thoughts.

Details:
Size: 6 X 335 ml cans
ABV: 5% ALC./VOL. malt based
Flavours: Lemon, Peach, Raspberry
Serve: Cold and straight from the can

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LEMON
This perfect blend of black tea and candy-like lemon answers the age-old question: can that which is sour, also be sweet? #SipOnThat

PEACH
A refreshing tasting combination of black tea and juicy peach that will make you feel like life is indeed a peach, then start to wonder: Where’s the pit? #SipOnThat

RASPBERRY
Sweet raspberry mixes with black tea for a refreshing tasting blend that pairs perfectly with asking yourself: what happens if you give a raspberry, a raspberry? #SipOnThat

AVAILABILITY – Beer Stores in Ontario

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Chicken with Aioli Sauce on a Chocolate Bun

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Quesadilla wrapped Burrito

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Chicken Bites coated with Cheetos

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Next time you’re at The Beer Store – why not grab a few Iced Tea flavoured beer? :)

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I was completely ecstatic to check out Pizzeria Via Mercanti (@Via_Mercanti). I’ve heard great things about this pizza joint over the years. After a workday, my friends and I headed over to Kensington Market (which is probably one of my favourite areas to grab food!) to check out this pizza joint! I simply love pizza and especially with all the competition going in the city, its nice to see how each one differentiates. Did I mention they were voted as Toronto’s best pizza of 2014?

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The restaurant is divided into 2 sections – a “L” shaped bar that sits around the pizza oven.

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The other side sits tables for larger groups.

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Bread to Start:

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Potato Croquette ($4.00)

  • Crispy breaded mashed potato with mozzarella, parmesan
  • These were the best little crispy croquettes I’ve had for a while! The potato inside the croquette was very soft and buttery – oh so good

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Close up shot:

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Bocconcini di Pizza ($1.50 each) Minimum of 4

  • Pizza Balls; fior di latte, ricotta, hot soppressata, proscuitto cotto
  • These pizza balls were delicious but after a few more bites – it was a tad salty

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Close up shot:

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The menu offers 2 types of pizza: Pizze Rosse with tomato sauce and Pizza Bianche with olive oil

Pizze Rosse: Funghi ($14.00)

  • fior di latte, mixed mushrooms

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Pizze Bianche: Romolo’s Pizza ($15.00)

  • half tomato sauce, half olive oil, fior di latte, prosciutto cotto, mixed mushrooms
  • I decided to opt for the half tomato sauce and half olive oil base just so I can get a feel of both bases
  • fresh flavours thought a little heavy to the stomach
  • i personally though the pizza dough was a little salty for my liking so I ate mostly everything except for the crust

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Pizze Rose: Margherita ($11.00)

  • fior di latte, basil

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Pizza Bianche: Pollo ($17.00)

  • fior di latte, goat cheese, chicken, mushrooms, roasted red peppers

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Everyone enjoyed their pizzas a little bit more than I did – perhaps I walked in with higher expectations. Don’t get me wrong – I liked everything but just didn’t expect the dough itself to be salty. The appetizers were really memorable and addicting. I wouldn’t mind revisiting Via Vercanti to give it another try since I’m always in the Kensington area :) I always hear good things – perhaps I visited them on an off day?

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