Posts Tagged ‘chefs’

Italian dining close to home: Trattoria by Mercatto

9 Sep, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver
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Nothing says comfort like a good old fashioned and well-cooked Italian meal.  With Toronto’s abundance of restaurant choices – it’s hard to find one that stays true to authentic Italian cuisine.  However, I found just that when I attended Trattoria by Mercatto located inside Toronto’s Eaton Centre. From the outside, the restaurant seems unassuming but once inside you’re greeted with an abundance of delicious and fresh flavours in their menu with a beautiful selection of cocktails. On the day in…

Exotic Flavours + Perfect Execution + LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES = Toben Food by Design

8 Aug, 2014  |  by FGFSadmin
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One of the most important parts of enjoying a wedding, work function—or, let’s be real, ANY event—is the food. Work functions with the same pasta salad (sidenote: how does every catering company seem to make the same gross pasta salad?) seem to be never-ending, and catering fare doesn’t usually excite. When we went to Twisted – Pop Up Restaurant hosted by 2nd Floor Events and catered by Chef Toben Kochman of Toben Food by Design, we were expecting the traditional…

South American influence hits Parkdale: Mata Petisco Bar

7 Jul, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver
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For those that were wondering what would finally launch in the old Keriwa Café spot, the wait is no longer. Mata Petisco Bar is a restaurant largely influence by South American flavours and backed by a culinary powerhouse of Felipe Faccioli, Tulio Lessa, Patrick Fraser, Steve Fernandes and Sharath Dwarkanathan, whom all met while working in various Toronto restaurants together. The concept of the restaurant is comfort yet shared plates. For reference, Petisco, which means shared plates in Portuguese –…

A Chat with Arlene Stein of Terroir Symposium

5 May, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

Originally posted to Ama’s weekly column on Toronto is Awesome Anyone who is anyone in food will be at this year’s Terroir Symposium. It’s like a family reunion of sorts for all those who work in the hospitality industry, but one where everyone gets to learn and no-one gets into awkward arguments. Terroir brings together everyone from chefs, bloggers, sales managers, publicists, and well, just the naturally food-obsessed for a one-day curated symposium by the talented Ivy Knight and Alessandro…

Tickets on sale for The Stop’s Night Market this week

4 Apr, 2014  |  by FGFSadmin

Written by Siobhan Ozege, photos by Yuli Scheidt The Stop’s annual Night Market is nearly upon us. For those in the know, it’s one of Toronto’s most coveted and cherished food events with tickets selling out within hours every year. This year, you’re lucky to have Fat Girl Food Squad watching out for you and giving you the heads-up: tickets go on sale THIS WEEK. On Thursday May 1st for just $65 you get the double-whammy: support the amazing and important food…

Amaya Group of Restaurants take on Indian Street Food

4 Apr, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

I am a huge Indian food fan. One of my go-to take out joints on Just-Eat.ca is Amaya Express on Ossington. So when we were invited to check out the new spring menu at Amaya the Indian Room on Bayview, I was pretty excited. This would be some OG stuff, as it is one of the original Amaya Group of Restaurant locations. The Amaya Group of Restaurants was founded back in 2007 by Chef Hemany Bhagwani which currently has 15…

East Thirty Six breathes new life into St Lawrence Market area

3 Mar, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

photos by yuli scheidt Originally posted to Ama’s weekly column on Toronto Is Awesome. A new restaurant has opened up in the St Lawrence Market area taking over the former Lucien spot on Wellington. Opened by restauranteurs Julien and Devon Salomone (the same owners who brought us Boutique Bar) bring us the newly revitalized cocktail and food restaurant, East Thirty Six. As you walk through the doors of East Thirty Six, you are greeted with opulent wood finishes (retrofitted), beautiful…

Luma serves up a whole lotta Group Love on Valentine’s Day

2 Feb, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

So for many single and couples in Toronto, Valentine’s Day comes with a bit of dread.  So much anxiety and pressure built up over a fabricated holiday to share your feelings for another.  My life partner, Simon and I decided to keep it cool this year.  We wanted to do something that we felt was relevant to both of our interests (food), relevant to both of our wallets and relevant to both of our lives (being social). That’s where the…

[VIDEO]: Drunk Cooking with Simon & Ama – Episode 1

2 Feb, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

Introduction written by Simon Gilbert “Some of my most liked things on Instagram are just us being stupid,” Ama confided in me one night. “Well, yeah. We’re kind of hilarious,” I replied, half joking. “Do you want to film us getting drunk and making food?” “Um, obviously?” And that was the inception of Drunk Cooking with Simon and Ama. — If you’ve ever hung out with Ama and me together, you’ll know exactly what to expect from Drunk Cooking with…

Pukka spices up St. Clair West

2 Feb, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

Originally posted to Ama’s weekly column on Toronto is Awesome. For many of us in Toronto, good Indian food is a hard thing to come by. We’re accustomed to buffet style or muddled flavours. Thankfully, Derek Valleau and Harsh Chawla (both formerly of Amaya The Indian Room) have taken on what they believe has not been filled in Toronto yet: a fine-dining Indian food spot that leaves you comforting for more. That spot is Pukka (778 St Clair Avenue West)….

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