Sakura Cheesecake from Uncle Tetsu

Uncle Tetsu‘s most recent addition to the family of Cheesecake shops has opened its doors to the public a few months ago. Located in the heart of Unionville on Main Street, this particular location sets itself apart from the other downtown locations by offering your not so average Sakura Cheesecake. Luckily enough for us, we were able to sample Uncle Tetsu‘s Sakura Cheesecake along with their Yuzu Cheesecake.

The cheesecake holds a different kind of texture as it involves no baking. Each Sakura cheesecake is made with Uncle Tetsu’s secret ingredient. I personally preferred the Sakura Cheesecake over the Yuzu Cheesecake. The yuzu was slightly too sour for my liking but the Sakura Cheesecake was a winner for me – with its  sweet and subtle flavours.

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Peter & Pat’s Pierogies

I always love a good Pierogi and luckily enough for me, I was given a few samples from Peter & Pat’s Pierogies. As of last month, Peter & Pat’s Pierogies have officially launched at all Costco locations in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Peter & Pat’s Pierogies are made with 100 % real potato, 100% natural ingredients and 100% family tradition.

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Peter & Pat grew their love for traditional Eastern European food into a thriving catering business in the Northeast United States over the last 20 years.  Everybody’s favorite has always been their pierogies, which are delicately crafted potato filled dumplings. People loved them so much that they have now become a top seller in the United States and is why they have now officially launched in Costco locations across Canada.

Pierogies are low fat, low cholesterol, all-natural, and made with no preservatives. Boil or Pan-Fry these up in just 8 minutes for a great snack or meal anytime.

As per prep instruction, Pierogies can be boiled or pan-fried in just minutes (the most recommended methods). They can also be deep-fried, steamed, or micro waved.  Pierogies should be cooked from frozen (most recommended), or from partially thawed.

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Wendy’s Deliciously Different Experience

When it comes to beef, the passion for ‘local’ continues to grow with 92 per cent of Canadians indicating they think it’s important to purchase local (according to a recent survey commissioned by Wendy’s® Canada). Founded on the idea of quality, Wendy’s knows that fresh tastes better, so their beef is never frozen, offering 100% pure Canada great tasting beef burgers.

Wendy’s has always offered a deliciously different experience for Canadian customers whilst providing a longstanding commitment to quality, for a unique farm to restaurant experience.

Below are some additional survey findings:

  • The majority of Canadians (93%) eat beef, and they value local beef highly
  • 92% of Canadian beef eaters indicate that it’s very important to purchase Canadian beef
  • Three out of four Canadian beef eaters believe that fresh Canadian beef tastes better than frozen beef, while one in five are undecided. On a regional level, Atlantic Canadians feel the strongest about fresh beef tasting better than frozen beef (82%), followed by Ontarians (78%).

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Marine Stewardship Council Event @ Ripley’s Aquarium

Earlier this month, we visited Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for a private tasting & cocktail party with Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The event marks the official launch of Ocean Brands new line of sustainable seafood. During this afternoon tasting, we had the chance to taste the first bite of spring – a new, sustainable seafood launch for a new season.

The MSC is an international non-profit organization that works with scientists, fisheries, seafood producers and brands to promote sustainable fishing and and to safeguard the health of our seas. The event marks the official launch of Ocean Brands new line of sustainable seafood. The new “blue check” symbol on their products means they meet the most credible, scientific standard in the world.

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The MSC is a certification and ecolabelling program that acts as a change agent for the fishing industry and a trust mark for consumers. The blue MSC label provides a simple, clear choice for certified sustainable seafood.

To achieve the MSC Fisheries Standard, fisheries must meet 28 performance indicators for sustainability across three principles:

  1. Sustainable fish stocks
  2. Minimizing environmental impacts
  3. Effective management

Seafood with the blue MSC Label can be found at retailers and restaurants across Canada

  • Fresh: Loblaw Stores, Whole Foods
  • Frozen and Canned: Major retailers across the country (Sobeys, Costco, Walmart, IKEA and others)
  • Restaurants: McDonalds locations across Canada, 3 Brit & Chips locations in Montreal

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Ocean Brands, in partnership with the MSC, is proud to introduce new certified sustainable seafood options for Canadians who want to make healthy, ocean friendly choices. Seafood lovers can trust that Gold Seal and Ocean’s products with the blue MSC label meet the highest global standards for sustainability. They come from fisheries that are MSC certified as sustainable and well managed, and can be traced back to their source.

  • Ocean’s Pole & Line Chunk Light and Flaked Light Tuna
  • Ocean’s Sockeye Salmon
  • Gold Seal Sockeye Salmon

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Spring Tuna Salad

  • Ocean’s Pole & Line Chunk Light Tuna
  • Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Fennel, Kalamata Olives, Feta, Mint, Citrus Vinaigrette

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Happy Tuna Bowl

  • Ocean’s Pole & Line Flaked Light Tuna
  • Tri-colour Quinoa, Sweet peals, Celery, Red Pepper, Avocado, Lime, Cilantro, Pickled Pears

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Protein Power Salmon Kofta

  • Gold Seal Sockeye Salmon – Skinless Boneless
  • Lentils, Oatmeal, Cottage Cheese, Dates, Chia Seeds, Lemon, Chipotle Yogurt

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Seven Lives Pop up X Kintori Yakitori

I’ve been a huge fan Seven Lives for as long as I can remember. Their tacos and ceviches are always on point and completely hits the spot everytime! For those that have visited Seven Lives in Kensington Market would know that its not exactly the most spacious place especially when you hit peak hours! Luckily enough for us, Seven Lives is hosting a pop up at Kintori Yakitori (668 Bloor St West, 2nd Floor). Beginning this Friday March 3rd, this pop up will be happening every Friday & Saturday from 5pm – 1am. This pop up marks the first time ever that Seven Lives will be offering cocktails, mezcal, tequila and beer, alongside with mouth-watering apps and tacos.

We had the pleasure of attending the media preview for Seven Lives X Kintori Yakitori pop up last night and sampled a plethora of delicious apps (my favourite tostadas), tacos whilst sipping on some tequila cocktails!

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Tejito ($13.00)

  • Tequila, Mint, Hibiscus

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Lychee Margarita ($13.00)

  • Tequila, Triple Sec, Lychee and Lime (On the Rocks)

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Tostada La Pacifica ($14.00)

  • Torched Sashimi Grade Salmon, Chile De Arbol Oil, Fried Leeks, Avocado

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Tostada De Ceviche Mixto ($15.00)

  • Wild Steelhead, Moroccan Octopus and Shrimp cured with Lime

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{Left} Pulpo A La Mexicana – Grilled Octopus with Mexican Crema
{Right} Grilled Snapper – Guajillo and Orange Marinated Snapper, Avocado Sauce & Pineapple

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{Left} Camarones A La Diabla – Grilled Shrimp in a Creamy Chipotle Habanero Sauce
{Right} Baja Fish– Battered and Fried Haddock with Cabbage, Salsa Mexicana and Baja Sauce

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Hands down the Salmon Tostada & the Ceviche Tostada were my favourite. The grilled shrimp taco, Baja fish taco and also the grilled octopus tacos are must orders. Not to mention that the portions for the tostadas and tacos are huge! Be sure to check them out everyday Friday & Saturday from 6pm-1am at Kintori Yakitori with plenty of seats of available. 

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Kinton Ramen on Highway 7

A few weeks ago, Kinton Ramen opened up its newest location over on Highway 7 (Commerce Gate). What sets this Markham location apart from all their other locations is that they are the first store to offer a range of tapas from the Kinka Izakaya menu. We were invited 2 days prior to Grand Opening to sample a plethora of familiar tapas & ramens!

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Salmon Tataki ($7.90)

  • seared atlantic salmon sashimi with ponzu, wasabi mayo & garlic chips

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Takoyaki ($5.50)

  • Deep fried octopus balls with tonkatsu sauce & mayo

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Tofu Furai ($5.90)

  • Tofu Nuggets

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Pork Miso Ramen ($10.99)

  • Soybean paste, bean sprouts, scallons, corn garlic oil, pork

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Kakimayo ($4.50)

  • Baked oyster with spinach, mushrooms & garlic mayo, topped with cheese

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Crispy Ramen Salad ($8.80)

  • Deep fried ramen noodles with BBQ pork on greens

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Ebi Mayo ($8.90)

  • Deep fried prawn with spicy mayo

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Ikapiri ($7.90)

  • Deep fried calamari with spicy ketchup & wasabi mayo

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Matcha Cheese Cake ($4.50)

  • Baked matcha green tea cheese cake

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Almond Tofu ($4.50)

  • World’s smoothest Almond Tofu

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East Thirty Six & Carbon Bar Valentine’s Day Cocktails!

EAST THIRTY SIX {His – Cupid’s Bow}

  • 1 oz Dillon’s white rye
  • .5 oz chestnut liqueur
  • .5 oz amaro Montenegro
  • Amarena Cherry Garnish

EAST THIRTY SIX {Her – Raspberry Truffle}

  • 1 oz absolut vodka
  • .5 oz chambord
  • .5 oz chocolate liqueur
  • House made raspberry coulis
  • Garnish: truffle with an almond inside

THE CARBON BAR {Ma Cherie}

  • .5 oz Woodford Reserve
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup
  • .25 oz Cherry Syrup

Shake all ingredients. Fine strain in flute. Top with 4 oz Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine. Cherry and Lemon zest as garnish.

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Evergreen’s Winter Street Food Market

Over the past weekend we trekked over to Evergreen Brick Works for a lovely afternoon stroll. As part of Evergreen Brick Work’s Street Food Market, this Toronto outdoor destination brings together local, street-inspired eateries from across the GTA. The diverse and delicious food offerings are a highlight of Evergreen’s season long free Winter Village – open weekends from 11 AM to 6 PM until February 28, 2017.

Other activities at the Evergreen Brick Works include:

  • RBC Lounge: Catch up with friends and family in the new cozy seating area next to the Sipping Container and the Street Food Market
  • Saturday Farmers Market: Winter vendors offer a wide variety of local and seasonal food inside on Saturdays from 9 AM to 1PM
  • Free Public Skating: Take a whirl on their outdoor skating rinks. Skate and Helmet rentals available
  • Manulife Warming Station: Take a skating break and cozy up to the campfire just steps from the outdoor rink.
  • Hiking, Biking and Playing: Participate in a self-guided or organized nature walk through the 40 acre Weston Family Quarry Garden, afternoon fat bike group rides through the Don Valley (weather permitting) with Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop, winter-themed scavenger hunts around the Brick Works or family-friendly nature based activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden. .

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Street Food Market @ Winter Village is open weekends from 11 AM to 6 PM until February 28, 2017.

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