A few weeks back, I was invited to explore what all the fuss is about over the Scandinavian food scene at Cool Nordic 2014. Yes, there is a scene and yes, there is a lot of fuss. Most people have at least heard of Noma, René Redzepi's Copenhagen boîte, which has topped Pellegrino's World's Best Restaurants list four out of the last five years, only dropping to #2 last year. Nordic establishments have also dominated the Bocuse D'Or for the last decade. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, if you'll pardon the pun.
It's the unofficial beverage of Canada, found on brunch menus across the land. But I have a confession. I'm not a fan of the Caesar. If you're unfamiliar with this beverage, it's basically a Bloody Mary, but using clamato juice instead of tomato juice, and tends to have more spice — specifically horseradish.
Here's a quick little recap of last night's Toronto's Hottest Chef charity event, held at The Great Hall. In it's second year, the event raises funds for the winning chef's chosen charity, while providing delights for the palate and eye. I was there helping out Supicucu's Rossy Earle sampling and selling the official hot sauce of the event, Diablo's Fuego.
There's a new food delivery service in town doing some exciting things. Fresh Canteen offers up the novel idea, in Canada at least, of posting an assortment of recipes each week, and sending you all the ingredients you need to make the dish of your choice.
Making it out to Harbourfront Centre for the Pan American Food Festival yesterday was a very good idea. Not only did I get to learn about and sample some amazing chocolates made with a wide array of Latin American cacao beans, presented by Maricel Presilla, but I had my first taste of a traditional Colombian soup called ajiaco bogotano.