Taking food recycling to a whole new level

real junk food project 2

Figured this was a pretty neat piece of news to share with our readers.  Adam Smith is a trained UK chef who has come up with an interesting restaurant known as “The Real Junk Food Project”. He cooks up nutritious meals using volunteers and all food that is deemed “un-sellable” by supermarkets and restaurants. This is the food that has passed its arbitrary expiration date but is still usable. The restaurant is located in Leeds, West Yorkshire and it has grown to involve a team of 5 directors and about... Read The Rest →

O&B Canteen

O&B Canteen

Oliver and Bonacini restaurants in Toronto are exemplary in terms of excellent customer service, consistent meals and an overall agreeable dining experience. They’re located in all of the key spots of the city and are always busy. Although they may be viewed by some foodies as being “too corporate”, they should be an example for every hip and new restaurant that opens in Toronto as to the quality of food and service deemed acceptable. Every time we find ourselves by the Bell Lightbox Theater (King West and Spadina), we pop... Read The Rest →

Brunch at the Whippoorwill, Toronto

Happy 2014 to all our readers and welcome back. A short regroup and here we are, writing about what’s important: food and especially where to eat it in Toronto. Our last meal out on the town was just yesterday morning and it honestly was so disappointing that we rushed over to our computers to do what every new age consumer does and blog the crap out of it. We found ourselves at Bloor and Dovercort, hungry on a Sunday morning and ready for an amazing brunch. We will admit that... Read The Rest →

Cakes

Wedding cake (1)

I realized that we’ve been a little slow in putting up posts this fall so I figured I’ll put up some Cake Porn while we get our stuff together. These are pictures of a few cakes I’ve made in the past year. It does seem as though flowers were the theme for most of them but I swear that was not intentional.

Food Art – Mike McCarey

Knight

Mike McCarey is a God among pastry chefs for his innovative abilities to recreate any object from cake. His showpieces are sculpted, airbrushed and generally perfect replicas of what they’re meant to represent. In 1993, he opened his own shop “Mike’s Amazing Cakes” in Washington state and he’s been shaping sugar, butter, batter and chocolate ever since.  His cake art has several guidelines which he follows religiously: the object/concept presented should be as accurate (realistic) or as animated as possible and should have a unique perspective. His cakes have won... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Jim Victor

Mother and Children

Jim Victor creates food art on a whole different scale and using a very temperamental medium – butter. The 63 year old sculptor from Pennsylvania, US, has created a special workshop where the ambient temperature is always 13C. This temperature allows his butter to have the consistency of modelling clay and therefore making work a little easier for the artist. His creations often take epic proportions and up to a month to create, depending on their complexity. The sculptor has also done work with chocolate, cheese and various fruits and... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Dan Cretu

Salami tape

Romanian artist Dan Cretu has very unusual ways of portraying everyday items through food. His photographs and art pieces are very colourful, provocative and generally completely edible. The artist started with a replica of a bicycle assembled entirely from an orange and since then he hasn’t been able to look at food in the same way. Although he hasn’t opened a gallery exhibition yet, this Bucharest-based artist has a fast growing internet fan base. All images are from Dan’s tumbler site http://dancretu.tumblr.com/

de Mello Palheta Coffee – Toronto

Storefront - de Mello Palheta

Located in uptown Toronto, just north of Yonge and Eglinton, this little coffee shop and roaster has been making quite the stir in the neighbourhood. With it’s modern decor and shelves littered with interesting brewing equipment, walking into this shop feels more like a research lab than a cafe. They’ve only been open for a few months and already have a slew of followers in the area. To be perfectly honest, anytime I’m in North Toronto, I’m definitely stopping for a latte. Brother owners, Felix and Won Cha, have years... Read The Rest →

Sushi 930 – Toronto

Located just outside the trendy Liberty Village, Sushi 930 (930 King Street West), is a great little place for a quick dinner or lunch. It may not be worth going out of your way for this Japanese fare but if you’re in the area, don’t be shy. The fish is fresh, the rolls  beautifully rolled and the flavours well balanced. I think what makes this place special is the owner, Tomo. He’s there in the back preparing food but also jumps at any chance to greet his customers and have... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Shay Aaron

Black Forest Cake Necklace

So this is a little unusual since this artist doesn’t use food to create his art pieces but his creations always end up looking like food, in miniature. Shay Aaron is a 24 year old jewellery designer from Israel who creates Mini Food Jewels. His creations are mostly made from polymer clay that has been painted and glazed and they reflect popular food items. Who wouldn’t want banana earrings or a macaron ring?! His art pieces are available for sale (and shipped to Toronto) from his Etsy shop and are quite... Read The Rest →

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