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Giveaway: Mott’s Clamato Cookbook

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My history with Mott’s Clamato goes back a while. Either because of some trend forces working their unseen magic or just from the luck of the draw, the Bloody Caesar was the most popular cocktail among my university friends. Everyone had preferred variations and personalised tweaks to the recipe.

More recently, I was happy to be asked to share my recipe for deep-fried, cheese-and-bacon-stuffed dill pickles on a holiday promotional campaign that Mott’s created for YouTube. (more…)

Giveaway: Toronto Taste in Support of Second Harvest

Toronto Taste 2014 GiveawayNo one in Toronto eats at restaurants anymore. That’s not really true, but it can seem that way based on the unremitting social media chatter about food events from taco festivals to top-flight fundraisers-for-a-cause. (See yesterday’s post about the Earth Day gala). Well before we had seen our first banh mi off Spadina or lined up for a food truck that was selling anything other than poutine and dirty water hot dogs, Toronto Taste was there. This will be its 24th year of gathering some of Toronto’s top chefs and discerning gourmands to raise much-needed funds for Second Harvest.

The well-respected charity uses money raised from the event to support their food rescue programmes. This system picks up surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, and food manufacturers and feeds it into a network of 200 community agencies. From this operation, the equivalent of 20,000 meals are distributed every day to those in need. (more…)

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Nota Bene

Goose Island Beer Dinner at Nota Bene giveawayBack in April, I was happy to find myself at Toronto’s Nota Bene Restaurant for a lunch built around two Goose Island beers. This was a pleasant situation both because the food was fantastic (my first experience with the Boudin Tart), but also because I appreciated the signal it sent: premium, carefully-designed beers are ready to be paired with food of the same caliber.

As someone who wrote a cookbook with craft beer as a central feature I always like to see my beverage of choice “movin’ on up” in the food world. (more…)

Oktoberfest at Bier Markt

Oktoberfest at Bier Markt

For whatever reason — probably having a lot to do with where German-Canadians settled — Ontario’s Oktoberfest celebrations tend to be held quite a trek from Toronto. There’s the long-standing one in the K-W that everyone knows about and a newer one in Van Kleek Hill put on by Beau’s that everyone should know about.

In town, Bier Markt is celebrating that most Bavarian of festivals with a special beer and food menu. (more…)

Zinio Giveaway

I feel confident claiming two things about our future as consumers of high-quality journalism: an increasing proportion of  what we read will be paid for directly — subscription vs. advertising; and we’ll read it on our iPads, Galaxy tabs, and other digital devices more than we will on paper. Many (if not most) publications have specially designed apps that deliver content but the lack of standardisation can be jarring and tracking all of your separate subscriptions quickly becomes confusing. Since 2000 (so long ago that in the world of digital media that might as well read “815 BC”) Zinio has been offering subscriptions to licensed, digital version of popular magazines.  (more…)