Wedding Cake v.2015

Wedding cake for 225

This past weekend, I made a wedding cake for 225 people in my 300 square foot apartment! The challenge became sooo real as I realized that I only have one usable counter space and a dining room table for all of the preparations. However, with a little creative thinking and using all possible surfaces in my apartment (excluding anything bathroom related), the cake made it one piece and was enjoyed by many. The flavours of the cake were: chocolate, caramel and vanilla. It had a dark chocolate and cocoa nib... Read The Rest →

Nana Restaurant Toronto

Mi Ga Ti with pork

Located at 785 Queen Street W. (in the Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood), Nana sparked a lot of excitement when its doors opened almost a year ago. Being the younger sister restaurant of one of my favourite places in the city, Khao San Road, my initial dining experience here felt a lot like meeting my significant other’s family for the first time. I was nervous, excited and my expectations were a little high since I am head over heels about the original. It’s too bad this turned out to be the trashy... Read The Rest →

Brock Sandwich – Toronto

Ham Sandwich

If you like sandwiches (and who doesn’t?!?!), you should check out Brock Sandwich on Bloor. Located in the heart of what I consider the least important part of Bloor (1260 Bloor St W) right across from several unfortunate “gentleman’s clubs” and even more vintage clothing stores, this little restaurant is worth the venture. The prices are fair, the food is excellent and the staff are the friendliest bunch around. Open every day of the week, for almost the entire day, you need not worry about missing out. We recommend having... Read The Rest →

Sea Witch Fish & Chip Toronto

Cod: two and a bit

Having a British heritage (not me, but my partner in crime) means that you inherently crave fish and chips on a regular basis and not just any ol’ fried piece of fish will do. There are a few great places around town, located in obscure strip malls in and around the suburbs of Toronto that we’ll mention at a later time, but this post is about our newest discovery. Sea Witch Fish and Chip restaurant is found on St. Clair, just west of Bathurst. They’ve been open since the end... Read The Rest →

Food Art – Mike McCarey


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 →

Soupstock aftermath

Slight delay in the posting of pictures but I’m very happy to say that the Notesonameal crew was part of the 40,000 that attended Soupstock this year. With over 200 chefs and around 85 soup stations, it was very hard to pick and choose where to eat! The event saw the talent of Susur Lee, Carl Heinrich (Top Chef Canada winner) and Michael Stadlander (if you don’t know him, do a little research) among countless other talented chefs from North America. It was great to rub elbows with the Who’s... Read The Rest →

MMM (Ma Maison Macarons) continued

So here’s my monthly update on the macaron flavours available at Ma Maison (4243 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke). I’ve been drooling over the pictures for a few days, hope you guys do too! - Apple Pie = Caramelized apples and Cinnamon ganache - Apricot = White chocolate ganache, apricot puree with Peach Schnapps - After 8 = Guayaquil dark chocolate with a peppermint twist - Lavender Vanilla = A very floral and surprisingly refreshing combination (has anyone else noticed that lavender has a slight minty¬†after-taste once combined with something sweet?)... Read The Rest →

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