Weekend Brunch Vibes at Souk Tabule

Can’t believe summer is officially over! Makes me a little sad that the patio weather will soon disappear before us – I remember making it my summer goal to hit up a new brunch spot every weekend. I surely brunched quite a lot but have been incredibly back logged with everything happening here and there but nonetheless, its definitely but a busy and fulfilling summer.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I visited Souk Tabule for brunch out in the Canary District. The atmosphere in this eatery is quite relaxing. I can see myself grabbing a latte and tucking away in a corner to do some work with my laptop. My favourite part of the restaurant is along the back where there is a huge communal table surrounded by a wall of blue and white wall paper & natural sunlight pouring into the eatery.

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  • Tossed with za’atar and drizzled in tahini

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  • Roasted tomato and red pepper sauce with three local free run omega 3 soft-cooked eggs and a scoop of labni

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We had a great meal at Souk Tabule. Service at this eatery falls under the “fast-casual” category. You order your meal at the counter & pay. They give you a number and will find you once your meal is prepared. Simple yet flavourful is the Basterma Egg Scramble – one of my favourites and my now must orders. The saj pita is one of the fluffliest yet softest pita I’ve had thus far. The Shakshuka is also a winner though if there was an addition of some sort of protein or even squash / potato inside the shakshuka that would have been perfect – at least for me! Nonetheless, its a great casual brunch spot if you’re ever in the east end 🙂

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GIVEAWAY 3 Winners x 2 Poutine Vouchers to New York Fries {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away 2 Poutine Vouchers to 3 lucky winners to New York Fries!

On August 23rd, New York Fries launched their new Beef Lover’s Poutine, made with hand cut fries, real Quebec cheese curds, and tender braised beef marinated in its own rich gravy. Hungry and crave for poutine? Don’t worry – We’re giving away 2 Poutine Vouchers to 3 Lucky Winners!

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3 WINNERS WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 2 Poutine Vouchers each

To enter, you must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) follow @NewYorkFries on twitter & (3) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered for a chance to win 2 Poutine Vouchers X 3 winners @NewYorkFries from @foodinthecityTO You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2JT

Alternative Method: If you don’t have twitter that’s okay! Just tag a friend on my instagram post to enter! For those that are submitting entries via twitter, you are more than welcomed to enter via my instagram (Instagram Post Here) 

  • Contest closes Wednesday Sept 13th, 2017 5:00 PM EST
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Thursday Sept 14th, 2017
  • You may tweet once a day throughout the duration of the contest
  • Re-tweeting does not count as a valid entry
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*Update: September 14th, 2017*

Congratulations @Photolicious_TO, @amandaaaq, @valeriewarming1!

You guys are the lucky winners and will be receiving 2 poutine vouchers each to New York Fries!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 476 valid entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order on Twitter. I received email notifications every time an entry was made & recorded the time entry was received. I ensured those who entered were following me on twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org.

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First Rogers Cup Experience

The Rogers Cup took place earlier last month from August 5th to 13th at the Aviva Centre. With Toronto hosting The Rogers Cup this year for its 125th anniversary, we were tres excited to take part of an evening with great eats and incredible game play. Our evening consisted of us taking front row seats for celebrity Chef David Rocco’s cooking demonstration, where he and Garbiñe Muguruza (2017 Wimbledon Champion) showed us how to make his infamous Cavatelli pasta. We then tasted our way through the revamped Rogers Cup menu including pulled pork poutine, brisket parfait, poke bowls, tacos, quinoa salad and epic topped foot long hot dogs. After our tummies were satisfied, we were ushered court side to take in a match between Venus Williams and Irina-Camelia Begu. Please enjoy the photos!

Beyond the new food options on site at the tournament, this year Rogers cup added another food-related feature that was very cool. Fans who didn’t want to miss a second of the action on Centre Court were able to order right to their seats via the special Rogers Cup app. The tournament was the first tennis tournament internationally to offer such service to its entire stadium, as a simplified menu of food and beverages were available to the entire Aviva Centre bowl via the in-seat service on the app

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Cooking Demonstration with Chef David Rocco and Garbiñe Muguruza (2017 Wimbledon Champion).

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Cavatelli in a Cherry Tomato and Pancetta Sauce

Cooking Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt in and add your pasta, Because it’s fresh, it will only take a few minutes to cook. It will rise to the top when it’s done
  • In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add your garlic, onions and pancetta at the same time so they don’t burn. Once the onions are transclucent, add our cherry tomatoes and cook down until they’re nice and soft. Deglaze with white wine to get the flavour off the pan and into the sauce
  • Add your cooked pasta, along with a 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water to the sauce and combine. Remove from heat.
  • Top with rocket and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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Rob Gentile’s Porchetta Pannino

  • Succulent pork, crispy crackling, perfectly balanced with Rob’s apple mustarda and finished with a salsa verde, it’s a food lover’s delight

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Great Canadian Grilled Cheese Triple Decker

  • Grilled Cheese on one side with a stack of peameal bacon, cheese + mustard mayo on the other, with a 3 cheese crust on each side

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Aperol Spritz

  • The sweetness of Aperol, the tartness of Prosecco and the effervescence Perrier, it’s the perfect Italian cocktail for summer

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Spicy Salmon Poke Bowl

  • Wakame (seaweed salad), cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and sriracha aioli

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Morals Village Celebrates 4 Years!

I love hot pot. I didn’t realize I could have hot pot anytime of the year until I had it last week for dinner at Morals Village. We had the pleasure of visiting their Dundas and Spadina location to celebrate their 4 year anniversary in Ontario! Starting from a storefront in Markham, then expanding with 4 more locations across the GTA over the last couple of years and now opening a 6th location in Ottawa!

To celebrate Morals Village‘s 4 year anniversary, the restaurant is offering patrons 30% off at all of their locations (except Ottawa) until the 31st of August.

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CNE 2017

The Canadian National Exhibition is back for its 139th edition with a True North theme with many new features and attractions that don’t want to be missed. We visited the CNE a couple of days before opening for a media preview and here are some of the highlights! First off, there is a new eight feet tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf (to commemorate Canada’s 150th) will be illuminated on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain.

Highlights include a specially commissioned Unity Pole designed by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage, a new panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape and landmarks, a Canadian-themed Aerial Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show starring Elvis Stojko, the President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show and a spectacular CNE Aquarama waterfront show.

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Canadian figure skater, three time World Champion and two time Olympic silver medalist, Elvis Stojko, headlines as all new productions of the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show to celebrate Canada 150! The ice skating show runs twice daily at 2pm and 5pm and is the perfect way to cool off after a fun-filled day at The Ex!

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At the preview, they also opened up the carnival games for us to get a little competitive! I won a couple of stuffed animals that morning.

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Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang guides us through a rich story of symbols, which begins with the turtle at the bottom and culminates with the eagle at the top of the pole. What follows is an overview of Kris’s artistic and spiritual quest for “unity” from the “bottom-up”. The components of the unity pole:

  1. Turtle
  2. Bear
  3. Otter, Loon and Fish
  4. Wolf
  5. Maple Leafs and Beaver
  6. Eagle Feather
  7. Spiral
  8. Eagle
  9. Red & Blue Painted Power Lines

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Vegan Poutine

  • a concept by Dutch Frites originating from Netherlands. Each of their offerings are prepared fresh using the finest ingredients possible!

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Cookie Monster & Camp Fire S’More

  • Fresh baked Chimney Cones from Chimney Stax

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Chloe’s Doughnut Ice Cream

  • When a regular cone just isn’t sweet enough, stop by this new CNE concession and indulge in ice cream available in a variety of flavors, served inside a freshly baked doughnut

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Tim Hortons

  • Food for $5.00 or less! Tim Hortons is offering their Timbits Poutine, M&M Donuts, M&M Cookies, M&M Iced Capp and Canada 150 Chill

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Farm to Fryer

  • Farm to Fryer is back this year with more deep fried delicacies such as Deep Fried Frog Legs and Cod Tongue served with tartar sauce.
  • The Turpiggy Torpedo: deep fried pork belly and turkey with cranberry mayo and cheddar on a torpedo bun
  • Fried Mac and Curd Chimichanga: macaroni and cheese curds stuffed in a burrito shell and deep fried
  • Cheese Stuffed Doritos: marble cheddar coated in a Dorito crust and deep fried

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Bacon Nation

  • Because everything is better with bacon! This year, bacon nation will debut their Pancake Bacon Tacos: fluffly buttermilkd pancakes stuffed with a combination of fried and scrambled egg, topped with tomato, green pepper, onion and maple bacon strips and drizzled with chipotle syrup.

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Yatai Street Food

  • a combination of the original gangsta & alley bird
  • Original Gangsta – premium beef burger with lettuce, pickled cabbage, orange cheese and special sauce, nestled between our signature ramen noodle buns
  • Alley Bird – Japanese seasoned chicken katsu with lettuce, pickled cabbage and ninja sauce, nestle between our signature ramen noodle buns

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The Carbone Pizza Nova

  • Pizza Nova is presenting their Carbone Dough Pizza at CNE this year. Carbone Dough is traditional dough infused with activated charcoal.
  • Carbone dough maintains the same great taste as our traditional white dough
  • Carbone dough has a lighter and airier texture

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Double Crab Mac Burger from Fidel Gastro

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Deep Fried Chicken Feet from Coco Concessions

  • Crispy chicken feet served on a stick

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The Juicy Oink from Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine

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Dragon’s Breath Crepe

  • The molecular chemists at Eative have concocted a way to transform CNE guests into dragons! When combined with liquid nitrogen and eaten, this crepe produces a fog-like gas that guests can blow through their nose and mouth

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Strawberry Shortsteak from Philthy Philly’s

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Tokyo Hot Fried Chicken – Japanese Karaage Cuisine

  • Tokyo Boxes all $9.50
  • Step 1 – Choose: Karaage (Hot Chicken), Tokyo Hot (Nashville Hot Fried Chicken), Takoyaki (Crispy Octopus Balls), Tofu (Ginger Fried)
  • Step 2 – Choose your sauce: Spicy sesame, sweet garlic

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Recap of Toronto Festival of Beer 2017

A few weeks ago, we attended Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017 presented by The Beer Store, which ran from July 28 to July 30 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place. This year the festival celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday by featuring the fine tastes of the brews and food from coast to coast in a 20,000 square-foot pavilion known as the Canada 150 Pavilion. Splitting the country into West Coast, East Coast, Ontario and Quebec, each section showcased 48 different brands of beer including winners of both the Canadian Brewing Awards and Ontario Brewing Awards. The festival featured 416 beers this year and 16+ food vendors including Fidel Gastro’s, Richmond Station, and Campagnolo. Beer was purchased using tokens (1$ = 1 token) and most samples were priced at 1 token for a 4oz. pour.

Some of our favorite beers sampled include Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer, Delirium Tremens, and Daria Damm. An unexpected surprise at this year’s Festival was the Jameson’s whiskey tent where they had free blackjack for prizes. We were also lucky enough to catch a few acts from Dani Strong at the main stage.

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Crabbies Raspberry Ginger Beer and Original Ginger Beer

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Delirium Tremens

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Crabbies Raspberry Ginger Beer

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Caple Road No 3 Cider

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Kronenbourg Blanc

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Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea Original

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Daura Damm

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Napanee Blacklist German Lager

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Left Field Passionfruit Day Game

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Beau’s Lug-Tread

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Coors Banquet

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Frank Honey Habanero Spicy Ale

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Tempt Cider No. 9

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GIVEAWAY: 4 X $25 Quiznos Gift Cards! {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away 4 X $25 Quiznos Gift Cards!

As the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, Quiznos is “pulling” out the stops to make the months of August and September a party for Canadian BBQ roasted pork lovers with two Canadian-inspired sandwiches:

  • Southern Style saluting traditional backyard BBQ pits with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese and tangy pickles.
  • Spicy Chipotle a fusion of pulled pork, ham, smoky bacon, melted cheddar cheese, jalapeños, pickles, sautéed onions and tomatoes.

Both toasted signature sandwiches are offered on a variety of artisan breads and include Quiznos’ Zesty Grill Sauce and chipotle mayo. We tried both sandwiches and the Spicy Chipotle was the winner for us!

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4 WINNERS WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 1 $25 Quizno Gift Card each

To enter, you must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) follow @Quiznos on twitter & (3) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered to win 1 of 4 Gift Cards to @Quiznos from @foodinthecityTO #Quiznos150 You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2I5

Alternative Method: If you don’t have twitter that’s okay! Just tag a friend on my instagram post to enter! For those that are submitting entries via twitter, you are more than welcomed to enter via my instagram (link to instagram post coming soon) 

  • Contest closes Thursday August 31st, 2017 5:00 PM EST
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Friday September 1st, 2017
  • You may 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/
  • Twitter Entries are tracked by the @foodinthecityTO tag, if you do not see your entry in the stream, there is no valid entry from you. Please READ HERE as to why tweets are not showing

*Update: September 1st, 2017*

Congratulations @DDaveT10 @JoyceTheFoodie @KellyLee905 @ToonieLoon!

You guys are the lucky winners and will be each receiving a $25 Gift Card to Quiznos!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 89 valid entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order on Twitter. I received email notifications every time an entry was made & recorded the time entry was received. I ensured those who entered were following me on twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org.

 

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NoMads Resto Bar in the Danforth

I’m rarely in the Danforth area but if I do trek over to this part of town, I know I’ll be in for a solid meal. Last weekend, I was invited by Jonathan, along with his wife to their restaurant and bar in the Danforth. This power couple were both very lovely and extremely passionate about the food industry & incredibly proud of every single dish offered on NoMad’s menu. They pride themselves for the diversity offered on their menu which comes from global inspirations whilst local creations.

When you’re craving a little bit of everything – NoMads has got you covered. Their menu is divided into Boards, Shareables, Small Plates, Large Plates and Desserts. Each section has inspirations from every part of the world.

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The Dom Breezer ($10.00)

  • Havana 3yr white rum, simple syrup, fresh pineapple and mint topped with rose wine and soda
  • This cocktail is all brunch lover’s rejoice! Very refreshing and crisp. A few more of these will give you a nice boozy brunch

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Steamed Bao Bun Platter China ($15.00)

  • House-made steam buns, Five spice pork belly, Pickled Cucumber, Red Onion, Cilantro and chili peanuts
  • The steamed bao were one of my favourites – the house made buns were warm and fluffly. The pork bellies were cooked perfectly with each bite that had a nice chunk of pork belly that melted in your mouth. The pickled cucumber, red onion, cilantro and peanuts paired really well with the belly.

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Sushi Japan ($13.00)

  • Spicy tuna,  Avocado, Cucumber, Carrot, Terriyaki Sauce

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Bison Burger North America ($24.00)

  • 8oz bison patty, Boston Lettuce, Pickled cucumber, Tomato bacon relish on a potato scallion bun
  • Each bite of the bison burger was incredibly juicy. The tomato bacon relish was what really put the burger together for me in my opinion – leaving a sweet & savoury taste after every bite that makes you wanting more.

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Chimichanga USA / Mexico ($16.00)

  • Roasted sweet potato, Corn & Black bean salsa, Cilantro – Jalapeno cream

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Chicken & Waffles USA ($18.00)

  • Southern-style fried chicken, Buttermilk waffle, Jalapeno Butter, Brown butter maple syrup

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NoMads Resto Bar can definitely satisfy your cravings if you’re feeling a little bit of everything. Their menu is quite extensive and there is a little something for everyone. Our favourites from the tasting were the Steamed Bao Bun Platter, the Bison Burger and a must order is the chimichanga.

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