If it sounds too good to be true, well, it just might be. Such is the message carnivorous consumers got this week when a particularly enticing Web-broadcast meat deal was revealed to be unsustainable.
The Butchers, a decade-old North Toronto standard, has apparently overextended itself with the cascade of extremely attractive offers it posted to various deal websites in recent weeks. As revealed on Trueler.com—home of the great FTD Valentine’s scam revelation and a furious forum for disgruntled eBay customers—a recent Butchers’ promotion pitching coupons for discounted meat products cannot reasonably be honoured by the tiny shop.
The more than 15,000 coupons the retailer, which specializes in “organic and naturally raised” meat...more
In a move that takes well-seasoned aim at a simmering surfeit of questionable press leveled against its integrity in recent months (remember the accusation that the company is lying by even calling its ground beef “meat”?), Taco Bell is giving tacos away for a week. Proclaim “taco libre” inside one of the 204 Canadian Taco Bell locations between 3pm and 6pm on April 7 to 13, and you’ll be rewarded with a taco without being asked for a dime in exchange.
“We thought we’d set the record straight,” Dan Howe, chief marketing officer for the company that owns the brand in Canada, has said of the promotion. "We stand behind the quality of our beef, and want to share the facts with Canadians.”...more
Japan may be a world away from the Toronto restaurant scene, but there is no geographic limitation to compassion.
On March 20—officially “macaron day” in Paris—Nadège Patisserie, a treasure trove of delicate baked yummies at 780 Queen St. W., will donate the proceeds from all of its macaron sales to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts for Japan. These elegant French cookies, available in a dozen-and-a-half pastel-hued flavours including salted caramel and mojito, sell for $2.10 per. A box of 12 is $23. Owner Nadège Nourian’s Facebook page for the cause is called “Macarons for Japan, with love from Toronto.”...more
Toronto further cements its reputation as an outpost for superstar international chefs with the confirmation of giddily swirling rumours that David Chang will be extending his Momofuku reach into our city limits.
Chang, whose small dominion of Momofuku restaurants has long captured the buzz of their native New York, will open not one but two restaurants here, likely by the end of 2012. Stacked atop each other, they’ll occupy a building next to the much-ballyhooed Shangri-La, a 200-room luxury hotel whose 65-storey tower on University at Adelaide is itself set to open next spring. One will be a noodle bar, in the spirit of Chang’s first Manhattan restaurant; the other will be Momofuku Daisho, a new concept joint.
The Toronto expansion augments a quartet of existing Momofuku eateries, all in the Big Apple: Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko and Má Pêche....more
How many hot turkey sandwiches, their rubbery white bread hulls swimming in brown gravy, have dropped anchor in the eighth-floor gastronomic retreat of the Hudson Bay company since hungry department store shoppers first began seeking retail refuge there? The Arcadian Court has undergone many incarnations since the days when the Robert Simpson Company first opened its doors in 1929, and a piece of contemporary advertising expounded on the place’s “brillliant modern originality.” And it’s about to sustain another, with the Hudson Bay Company’s recent announcement that it will partner with global foodservice firm Compass Group and upscale Toronto restaurateur...more
With a novel eatery about to ooze into the downtown core, Toronto is poised to get a whole lot cheesier. Obika bases its entire existence on a ball of springy cheese from Italy, and if a mozzarella bar sounds like a funky idea, be patient. Sushi bars—a restaurant dedicated to a single dish?! Surely not—were once exotic oddities, too.
Buffalo mozzarella—or Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP if you’re a stickler for technicalities—is mozzarella cheese made from the milk of water buffalo, as opposed to the pedestrian cow. The buffalo juice is said to be richer than Bessy’s milk, and to contain abundant protein, fat and minerals courtesy of the lumbering beast’s efficient digestive system....more
Chipotle-infused jerky, truffle-flavoured popcorn and hot chocolate on a stick lead the charge of innovative foodstuffs poised for glory to follow their triumphant unveiling at a semi-annual upmarket edibles show designed to stimulate the tastebuds of hungry-for-novelty foodies everywhere. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade is a not-for-profit association that infuses the late January deep freeze with an glut of gastronomic excitement in the form of the Winter Fancy Food Show, held last month in San Francisco.
Open only to the specialty food trade, this annual spectacle whets the appetite of the grocers, restaurateurs and specialty product purveyors who frequent it in pursuit of the next big thing courtesy...more
The all-powerful institution that is the Canadian Automobile Association-American Automobile Association combo has once again cast its grace on an esteemed collection of foodservice and hospitality providers with the release of its annual diamond list—and perpetuated its snub of the Toronto restaurant scene in the process.
The pinnacle of the inventory are those foodservice establishments in North America and the Caribbean the automobile folks deem worthy of a five-diamond rating. Scour this revised list as you may, you will find no evidence of any of our city’s fine-food peddlers thereon.
All told, a half dozen Canadian restaurants get the five-diamond nod, more than 10% of the 55 doled out for North America...more
Chinese New Year bounds onto the scene February 3, bringing with it an almost-imperative to sample the cuisine from the Far East. Fortunately enough, it’s a brand of fare with which Toronto enjoys a splendid reputation, and the ushering-in of the Year of the Rabbit provides an ideal opportunity to venture out of the hole for a nibble.
A Taste of the World is a provider of educational tours through Toronto’s various multicultural neighbourhoods that has presided, in the last several years, over a raft of gastronomy-inspired events for ringing in another turn round the Chinese calendar. Hosted by company founder and devoted foodie Shirley Lum, this year’s assortment includes Chinatown Tours that explore the culture and personal development to which 2011 is allegedly devoted, on January 29 and 30, and February 12, 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Among other Asian-infused ports of call, the tour will stop in at a bakery, a supermarket and a tea shop....more