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

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 →

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 →

The County General, Toronto

Located at the corner of Shaw and Queen West, this little venue is something to be reckoned with. Opened by Victor Barry and Carlo Catallo, the owners of Splendido, the County General offers a variety of greasy spoon classics with a new age twist. The food is delicious and is pretty much always available, even for take-out, since the kitchen runs until late. And to make things even better, they have a great cocktail list! The restaurant is very small, less than 30 seats, so don’t be surprised if you... Read The Rest →

A journey around Toronto’s pastry world (1)

So it’s Saturday afternoon, the sky is grey and depressing, our stomachs are growling so what are we to do?!?! Well, most people would make lunch, but here at Notes On a Meal, we don’t find that to be enough so we embark on a French pastry shop journey. Equipped with a sneaky camera (well, a cell phone), three hungry bellies and a car (last item on the list is very important since the distances between them quite large) we set out to visit the “Great Ones”. In order to... Read The Rest →

Sugar, part 2

There are several different types of sugars, all with various qualities and sweetness levels. Different sugars give different impressions of sweetness with sucrose being the longest to be detected on the tongue and the most lingering of the bunch. By comparison, fructose registers quickly and strongly but it also fades very quickly. But before we talk more about the complexities of sugars, lets define all of of them: Glucose (aka Dextrose) It is a simple sugar, the most common sugar from which living cells directly extract chemical energy. It can... Read The Rest →

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