Shake Shack X Momofuku Popup

Last week Shake Shack had its very first pop up in Toronto. The pop up was hosted at Momofuku Daisho from 12:30-6:30pm on Wednesday January 18. We were lucky enough to attend the pop up and got first dibs to check out these yummy ShakeBurgers!

The menu for the pop up consisted of The ShackBurger & Crinkle Cut Fries and an assortment of beverages.

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Shake Burger ($6.39)

  • Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack Sauce

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Hawthorne Food & Drink

Located steps away from Church & Richmond, Hawthorne Food and Drink serves “farm-to-fork city food” using local and sustainable ingredients. Their menu changes quite often and take inspiration from the farms of Ontario. The restaurant was established for the sole purpose of giving back to the community and acts as a social enterprise providing training and career development for people in need (i.e. new immigrants, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, etc).

Towards the end of last year, my friend and I had the pleasure of visiting Hawthorne Food and Drink for dinner on a Thursday evening. Everything we indulged in that evening was selected & executed by 25 year old executive chef Ricky Casipe. Chef Ricky is committed to giving back to the community and hospitality industry – providing training and career development for both front and back of the house participants in the Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC).

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{Right} Lavendar Bunny ($12.00) – Limonoello, vodka, fresh squeezed lemon, lavender syrup, soda

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Cauliflower ($12.00)

  • fried, raw, puree, black tahini, winter radish, sumac

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Bagna Cauda ($12.00)

  • Baby potatoes, radish, schmaltz + anchovy hollandaise, crispy chicken skins

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Brussels Sprouts ($13.00)

  • Bone marrow canoe, roasted brussels, panko gremolata, baocn

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Pho {Special of the Day}

  • Pork Belly braised in lemon soda & coconut. Traditional pho broth with house fermented chilis

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Fried Chicken ($16.00)

  • Frosted Flakes, organic, hot sauce beurre monte

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Squash ($15.00)

  • Half roasted, coconut & ginger ginataan dressing, fried shallots, quinoa

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Hawthorne Food & Drink is located 60 Richmond Street East. They are opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner service & also offering a catering menu as well.

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{Giveaway} Advance screening passes for The Founder (Jan 18) {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away 2 passes to the advance screening for The Founder (January 18) to one lucky winner!

The Founder tells the true story about the founder of McDonald’s – Ray Croc, and how McDonald’s became a multi-million-dollar franchise. This film is especially great for all food lovers and entrepreneurs looking to get some inspiration from this intriguing story!

Cast Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, and John Carroll Lynch

Director: John Lee Hancock

Synopsis: Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

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TORONTO ADVANCE SCREENING: THE FOUNDER

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Varsity Theatre (55 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5)
Website: The Founder

WINNER WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 2 passes to the advance screening
  • Please note, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. We suggest arriving early to reserve your seats, as all advance screenings are overbooked to ensure capacity.
  • This film will open in theatres across Canada on January 20th, but we hope you’ll be able to join us for this special sneak peek!

To enteryou must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered to win 2 passes to the advance screening for @thefounderfilm from @foodinthecityTO You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2ya

  • Contest closes Wednesday January 11, 2016 5:00 PM EST 
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Thursday January 12, 2016
  • Passes will be emailed to the winner. 
  • For Ontario Residents only
  • 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: January 12, 2017*

Congratulations @beaches182! You are the lucky winner to the 2 passes to the advance screening to The Founder Film on Jan 18.

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 21 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 the tweets were only submitted once per day per twitter handle. I also 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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Alchemy Coffee

As I live on the west end of the GTA, it’s pretty rare for me to be able to brunch uptown on the weekends. You guys know how much I love trying out new brunch places around town so I’m here to share another and will try to do so more often!

Alchemy Coffee is a quaint little coffee shop located on Highway 7 (close to Unionville) in Markham. This particular coffee shop serves brunch but is set up in a way that the eatery is not “full service”. Customers seat themselves upon arrival and places their food order at the counter. The staff will then bring the food to the customer’s table once ready.

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Matcha Tea Latte ($4.25)

  • This beverage looks visually appealing but unfortunately it was lacking the matcha flavour. The latte overall was very bland.

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{Left} Iced Brewed Coffee ($2.75)
{Right} Matcha Tea Latte ($4.75)

  • Both of these cold drinks, similarly to the matcha latte served hot were also very bland. There wasn’t much coffee or matcha flavour

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Open Faced Omelette ($12.00)

  • Bacon, corn, tomatoes, goat cheese served with house salad

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Eggs Benny ($13.00)

  • Peameal bacon, avocado, spinach, cheddar served with home fries and salad

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Buttermilk Pancakes ($11.00)

  • topped with mixed berries & cereal

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The food overall was alright – although everything looked visually appealing, the items we tried could have used a bit more seasoning. The beverages (both hot and cold) tasted bland. I’m sure over time Alchemy Coffee – which is still considered a “new” eatery, will make a great place once they fix the few hiccups.

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Hot Pot @ Spicy Mafia

With the weather only getting colder in Toronto, it makes it the perfect opportunity to grab a few friends and cozy up over a hearty hot pot meal. Earlier this month, we visited Spicy Mafi, a newly opened Hot Pot restaurant located close to Warden & Steeles in Markham. Brought to you by the same owners of Morals Village, Spicy Mafia sets them self apart from everyone else by offering personalized Mini Hot Pot Combos.

Spicy Mafia offers customers individualized hot pot combos that can be catered to one’s liking with affordable prices.  Starting from $12.99, customers chooses from a plethora of options. Each combo comes with a choice of soup base, staple food (rice/noodles), 1 choice of meat, 2 free dipping sauces and 11 set toppings: Boutique Luncheon Meat, Japanese Crab Meat, Hong Kong style Red Sausage, Whole Shrimp, Tofu Puff, Napa Cabbage, Lettuce, Lotus Root, Sweet Corn, Seaweed, Enoki .

For those that wish for more toppings/ premium toppings in addition to the combos, guests can do so for $1.50 – $2.50. Spicy Mafia also offers noodle combos and snacks.

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This is what a $12.99 set combo would look like. Drink would be an additional cost.

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Photo by Sandi (Foodaholic Blog)

Spicy Mafia makes a great choice for those that wish to hotpot and prefer smaller portions rather than your typical ‘all you can eat’. Spicy Mafia is located at 20 Gibson Drive, Unit 111A in Markham.

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