Mangia & Bevi

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Hidden in the corners of King-East, Mangia and Bevi serves up quality eats from a genuine Italian Kitchen. When you walk in, the restaurant’s rustic interior and vibrant staff gives a homey feel. Their patio is perfect for lunch on a Saturday afternoon or quiet weekday evening.

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Bombay Bhel – Markham

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Indian cravings satisfied in Uptown Markham. If you’re looking for an authentic place to grab Indian food, you will not be disappointed with Bombay Bhel. I’ve seen many people on Yelp and Urbanspoon rave about the food, and it was the perfect opportunity to check out the place. As soon as you walk in, you can see that the dimly lit interior was decorated very traditionally.

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5 (Foreign) Pumpkin Recipes You Haven’t Tried

Bless October! It’s time to give thanks to pumpkin-flavoured-everything. Although you may be tempted to reach for that pumpkin spice donut, we suggest trying these 5 exotic dishes instead.

1. Chinese Style Braised Pork Ribs With Pumpkin

While many enjoy their side of pumpkin with Turkey, I prefer this tantalizing braised pork dish marinated in soy sauce, shaixing wine and then sautéed in black bean garlic sauce.

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Niagara On The Lake: Peller Estates

Last weekend I visited Niagara On The Lake to get out of the city and learn more about Ontario’s Wines. Driving in, I was instantly captured by the endless rows of grape vines. Ontario’s geographic location brews up the perfect climate for vintners to produce North America’s top wines.

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The County General

On a bright sunny afternoon, Jessica, myself and our friend Frankie went over to The County General. It’s located right on the corner of Queen Street West and Shaw in the trendy King West neighbourhood. As soon as we ventured inside, the wooden interior gave the place a rustic and homey feeling. The mason jars and checkered clothes placed on the tables added to the restaurant name. Overall, the atmosphere was easy going and you could tell locals frequented this spot. The patio consists only of a bar style table due to space but we didn’t mind since we were being surrounded in a pretty suburban Toronto environment.

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Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

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Do we expect a table without a reservation on a busy Friday night? Nope. That’s why we settled eating at Sabai Sabai’s bar which was a refreshing change. The restaurant, located by Church and Dundas, is an intimate Thai restaurant featuring tapas sized dishes to share. The bartender, Jason, was good company as he mixed us a tasty Tropical White Wine Sangria to start ($30). While we were happily sipping and browsing the menu, we took notice of the lively atmosphere and charming decor. Lanterns hang from the ceilings while complementing the wooden interior and vintage posters on the walls.

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TO Food Fest 2013

For a second year in a row, TO Food Fest has returned to feature Toronto’s top gourmet restaurants. I was astounded at how popular this festival grew compared to last year. There were approximately 35 vendors serving their delicious creations, followed by hundreds of people lining up for food. The weather was perfect for an afternoon outdoor festival. Fortunately, half of the vendors were located inside the gymnasium where we escaped the heat.

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I really enjoyed the different variety that TO Food Fest had to offer. There were savoury grilled and fried food located outside, while the desserts and sweets were inside. After touring around I could immediately identify what I wanted to try. We made our way inside to try a molecular gastronomy creation. It was a cola bomb topped with strawberry foam, dried broken caramel, chocolate dust and burnt pineapple gel. This dessert shot was very carefully made. The flavours complemented each other, while the cola had a very unique texture.

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At Smashcake, we were fortunate to try the remaining S’mores flavoured frozen cheesecake sandwich. As soon as I bit into it, the cheesecake filling oozed out. The cookie had a crunchy and chewy texture, which was not overly sweet. You could taste the flavours very distinctly.

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One of the savoury foods I tried was the Bacon on Bacon Slider by Bricks & Mortar. It was an allspice cured and ground porkbelly topped with bacon, smoked gouda and avocado crema. The smokey grill brought out the pork flavour as I stuffed myself with bacon goodness.

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At Baha Tacos, the Fish Taco’s were made of the beer battered sole, picked cucumbers, Baja sauce and lime wedges. The fish was deep fried perfectly and the sauce was absolutely delicious. It was so good.

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I finally got the chance to try Don Churro’s. The churros were made fresh in front of your eyes with your choice of chocolate or caramel sauce piped inside. Despite TO Foodfest being a hot day, the churros were absolutely tasty. 

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Halfway throughout the festival, a few vendors were running out of food. I hope this show’s popularity increases and invite more vendors for the coming year. Overall, the organizers did a fantastic job of bringing the vendors together. The production was amazing, as hordes of different media constantly interviewed the team.  TO Food Fest is an annual food festival held at Markham Road and Sheppard at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

We would like you to check out TO Food Fest for the coming year.

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