I believe in real food. I take no greater pleasure than putting something on the dinner table that was basically in the ground this morning. You truly can taste the difference. Sure, I know how to cook -- but my real secret is found in the products I'm using. I'm talking about local ingredients -- from my produce to my meats.
For some the fear of failure looms over Christmas dinner like the ghost of guilt trips past, and for others it's just a regular wintry day deserving of delicious eats. Either way, if you are in the GTA, don't stress! The 'burbs are filled with plenty of delicious dining spots where December 25th is just another business day, open to everyone.
Jonathan Gushue could have opted for another fine-dining restaurant. He could have teamed with a pricey, established place in a big city and quickly turned it into a go-to spot for foodies to discover. But Gushue chose something radically different and it's a departure that could seriously shake up the Toronto dining scene. Here's why.
New Yorkers Salm and David Chang of Momofuku have invigorated Toronto's dining scene with culinary ambitions on a massive scale. Momofuku Toronto opened last September in an expansive 6,600-square-foot property adjacent to the Shangri-la Hotel. It features three restaurants, a cocktail lounge, and the recently opened Milk Bar.
While dining with an American couple, I mentioned that I would be adding an 18 per cent tip, knocking down my customary 20 per cent a little due to the poor service. Well, you would have thought I had announced my support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad. I was informed that it is now customary at better restaurants in the U.S. to tip a minimum of 20 per cent.
Are you Canada's greatest food lover? If you are, you could be in for one fabulous treat. In conjunction with its Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Guide for 2013, Vacay.ca will crown the Canadian Foodie of the Year in April. The winner will have the opportunity to dine at one of the 2013 Top 50 Restaurants in Canada.
It's not only the most anticipated restaurant opening in Toronto in recent memory, it may be the one notable event that finally gets Canada taken seriously as a culinary destination around the world. I'm talking about the opening of Momofuku. Toronto has many above-average restaurants and a handful of excellent ones. It's culinary scene has fallen short of greatness, however. With Chang's venture now in town that seems about to change.