Earlier this week, I had the chance to check out The Carbon Bar to take part in their lobster burger promotion. This was my first visit to The Carbon Bar, and I was in awe of its space. The look was of a vintage yet updated rock-and-roll discotheque diner with high ceiling and an open kitchen. Overall, it was a lively atmosphere with a large cocktail bar situated in the middle of the dining space.


Currently, The Carbon Bar has an ongoing promotion where you can get a Nova Scotia Lobster Burger for only $20 with the purchase of an Alexander Keith's beverage. Hurry in soon, as the promotion is only available until the end of September. I had the pleasure of trying the special deal earlier this week, and thoroughly enjoyed devouring the burger. The Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Burger was a sky-high burger with pit smoked bacon truffles hollandaise, beef steak tomato, dill pickle, and Old Bay mayo. The burger itself was quite a mouthful, and filled with large lobster chunks for the lobster lover. The bacon truffles hollandaise added a nice balance to the overall flavor, and the strip of bacon provided a good crunch. Lastly, the burger contained a surprisingly large amount of meat and coated with a lightly fried patty.


Jalisco Sour ($15) - corn infused Casamigos Tequilla Ancho Reyes, lemon, egg white, and tajin


The Carbon Bar has always been on my endless list of restaurants in Toronto to eat at least once. Since we were there for dinner, we decided to splurge and got a bunch of other dishes on the menu as well. First and foremost, we got our meat fix by ordering two portions of the Pit Master Platter (minimum 2 people) ($30 per person). Note that you need at least two people to order this platter, and it was more than enough for the four of us. The Southern-US inspired platter was plentiful with pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, fries & chipotle mayo.


 

Corn Hush Puppies ($7) - jalapeno ranch  



Wild Shrimp Ceviche ($16) - avocado, Peruvian pepper berries, salsa criolla, coriander, serrano chili, tomatillo & lime granita 



Mac & Cheese ($11) - vintage cheddar, mozzarella, gruyère



Overall, we had a great evening at The Carbon Bar. The food was great, the ambiance was hip and lively, and the staff members were attentive. They are open Mon-Wed (4 pm to 10 pm), Thurs (4 pm to 11 pm), Fri (4 pm to late), and Sat (5 pm to late). Come for the BBQ, but don't forget to take advantage of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Burger promotion (only here until the end of September).

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Disclaimer: The Lobster Burger provided in this post was complimentary. All other dishes were not comped and out of our pockets. All of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


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Presented by EventSource, the inaugural Toronto Catering Showcase will be taking place at Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on October 16, 2016. The culinary event brings together a group of amazing caterers for an unforgettable afternoon. 



Basic Information: 

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Hours: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario)
Price: $65 per person (buy tickets here)
Website: http://www.torontocateringshowcase.com/

For $65, you will receive an all-inclusive pass giving you complete access to an afternoon of pure indulgence - no food tickets, and no drink tickets needed. The Toronto Catering Showcase has partnered up with several of Toronto's top caterers below:

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Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events
Eatertainment Events & Catering
elle cuisine
en Ville Event Design and Catering
Encore Catering
The Food Dudes Inc.
Kiss The Cook Catering
L-eat Catering
P&L Catering

Many of above caterers offer a variety of services including corporate events, weddings, and social events. I have been fortunate to attend events catered by some of these catering companies, and they have always crafted unique tasting experiences. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming Toronto Catering Showcase next month, and I hope to see you there.

"Our team of experts are the best in the industry and bring a wealth of culinary experience. Our hands-on approach to event planning and catering ensures clear communication with our clients and seamless day-to-day operations. We maintain close working relationships with our clients and offer support and direction to our on-site event teams. " (source

Daniel et Daniel's Peach Tart (Spring/Summer 2017)
Daniel et Daniel's Bison Tartar (Spring/Summer 2017)
Daniel et Daniel

"elle cuisine offers an interactive, customized experience with food that goes beyond big flavour. Complete meals and individual dishes are designed to play with the senses and leave guests feeling elated. Chef Lauren Mozer brings a distinctive culinary style to every bite, inspired by classical French cooking and made exceptional by her quest to add indulgent delights and fresh flavours to every dish; from a simple soup to succulent confit." (source
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Food Dudes' Jalapeno Popper
Toben was formed in 2005 in Toronto, Ontario as a catering company that specializes in providing fresh, local, artisan cuisine, custom menus, and event management services to both corporate and private cliental.(source

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/torontocateringshow/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOCateringShow
Website: http://www.torontocateringshowcase.com/

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Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by EventSource

Toronto Catering Showcase 2016

by on Friday, September 16, 2016
Presented by EventSource , th e inaugural  Toronto Catering Showcase   will be taking place at  Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on  October 16...
There has been an influx of west coast imports as of late to Toronto, including Miku, Shameful Tiki Room, and Cactus Club. Another one joining the ranks is popular Vancouver sushi chain/lounge, Ebisu. They will be opening sometime this month (date is TBA) with a similar concept as their Vancouver locations in downtown Toronto. Ebisu on Queen will be taking over the former Sushi Queen space located at 204 Queen St. West. Ebisu on Queen aims to offer an extensive menu of delicious food and drinks set in a lively sushi bar lounge.
Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December 2006. There are currently two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. What is Ebisu? Ebisu translates as "Yebisu" - meaning the fisherman's god of fortune and good luck. Ebisu is the only one out of the Seven Gods of Fortune to originate from Japan.

Photo Credit: @EbisuonQueen
Upstairs of Ebisu on Queen will be a hair salon called Muse Salon, also from Vancouver. Muse Salmon is an all-in-one beauty shop designed for your styling needs. They use the best products and equipment in the industry to provide a great hair experience. In addition, they also carry Japanese straightening and perm solutions available exclusively at MUSE. Ebisu on Queen was still under construction during my last visit, so I had the opportunity to get my hair done. So instead of tasting the menu, I got to fully experience what Muse Salon was all about.

Bye bye long hair!
I met my hair stylist who trained and worked in Tokyo for several years, so she had years of experience. We started the appointment off by discussing what style I wanted, and then it was off to wash my hair.


The chair was comfortable, so it made the hair washing and head massage much more relaxing. I was a little hesitant at first, as it has been years since I had short hair. However, I decided to let it be, and just went along with a bob haircut. Overall, I had a really good experience at Muse Salon, and was happy with my haircut.  



My bob hair cut =)


Disclaimer: The service provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.
Chatime Canada is a Taiwanese franchise BBT chain, and has over 800 stores worldwide. The company opened their first location in Canada back in 2011, and that spot today is still very popular today. It has now been five years since they first opened, and they now operate 16 locations within Ontario.


Chatime Canada is celebrating their 5th birthday with a series of drinks called "Twilight" to commemorate the day on September 8, 2016. The new line of all-natural teas are made from Butterfly Pea Flower & Hibiscus Flower. What is great about the new drinks is that no artificial colors, no preservatives, and no extra sugar are added. Additionally, the tea drinks are "full of antioxidants with health benefits to memory, circulation, and eyesight" making them a healthier alternative if you're craving something sweet.

 ** Photo Credit: All photography taken by Janey of (@myetherealm) **


The four new colorful drinks are as followed:

Coconut Daydream
Hibiscus Sunset
Starry Lemon
Grapefruit Blush


Starry Lemon
“This enchanting array of blue and purple is visually evocative of the starry night sky.  The lemon flavour combines with the Butterfly Pea Tea’s antioxidants to create an enchanting display of beautiful changing colours.”

Coconut Daydream
“Featuring aromatic coconut flavour infused with the Butterfly tea and made into a tea latte with fresh milk, this drink transforms before your eyes from blue and white into the light blue of a bright sunshine afternoon.”

Hibiscus Sunset
“The Hibiscus Sunset features refreshing passion fruit and lychee flavours infused with the Hibiscus Flower Tea.  The invigorating and complex flavours are visually reflected in the red and orange hues combining into an orange glow of sunset.”

Grapefruit Blush
“The grapefruit blush, full of blue and red hues, is reminiscent of the first break of dawn.  The combination of tangy grapefruit with the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea transforms this drink into a beautiful pink sunrise.”

Bloggers also got the opportunity to taste several treats from Bake Code, and Chatime Bites from Menu Food Truck. Additionally, Chatime has also partnered with Christopher Siu of Daan Go to create several macarons for sale. The macaron flavors include roasted milk tea, Japanese pudding, maple lap cheung, chen pei tiramisu, and bitter melon peel.

 Chewy Almond Cookies, Chewy Matcha Almond Cookies, Earl Grey Shortie and Black Sesame Coconut Shortie
Bake Code's Matcha Mille Crepe Cake, Japanese Cheesecake, and Mille Crepe Cake from Bake Code
New York Cheese Cake from Bake Code
Roasted Milk Tea macarons from @daango_sweets
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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

 ** Photo Credit: All photography taken by Janey of (@myetherealm) **


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The 3rd Annual Destination Thailand Event will be taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square on September 10, 2016. The all-day event will be showcasing sensational performances (Muay Thai & Thai dances), hands-on activities (Thai massage & crafts), and vibrant Thai cuisine. It is the largest Thai festival in Canada, and will be hosted by the Royal Thai Embassy who are based in Ottawa. The event aims to provide an ideal opportunity to discover the culture of Thailand right in the heart of downtown Toronto.  



I had the pleasure of being invited by Rey (@eatnmingle) to the media preview of the upcoming Destination Thailand cultural food festival. The media preview took place at the Thai Trade Centre at 31 Gloucester Street in Toronto. The center is currently not open to the public, so it was an honor that they opened it for us to attend the preview. 

Date: September 10, 2016
Venue: Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto
Hours: 11 am to 8 pm
Admission: FREE (rain or shine)


 

The Royal Thai Embassy also runs a certification program called "Thai Select", where they reward the authenticity of the Thai foods prepared in restaurants. The designation identifies restaurants that are 60 percent authentic Thai foods, employ the same or similar cooking methods used in Thailand, and import ingredients from Thailand. There is a total of 88 Thai Select restaurants bestowed in Canada; a certification of truly authentic Thai cuisine. 8 of them are participating at this year's Destination Thailand 2016.

Bangkok Garden
Pai Toronto
Golden Thai
Linda Modern Thai
Soi Thai
Thai Noodle
Patchmon's Thai Dessert
Stratford Thai Cuisine 




During the media preview, we learned a lot about the upcoming Destination Thailand 2016, what Thai Select is all about, and were treated to an assortment of Thai dishes that will be available at the event on September 10th. It was also a pleasure meeting Daovipa Leekumjohn (Minister Counsellor) and Nuit Regular (Thai Select Ambassador) who are pictured below. Both women were passionate and enthusiastic when talking about the food and culture of Thailand. 



As previously mentioned, we were given the opportunity to taste test a variety of authentic Thai dishes. Thai cuisine embodies a lot of flavors and textures, and the dishes from the Thai Select restaurants clearly demonstrate what Thai food is all about. Some of the dishes just harmoniously blend spicy and sweet/sour flavors together. Overall, it was nice trying dishes other than Pad Thai, which is my usual order at most Thai restaurants.

Toasted Cashew Chicken - with Thai spice from Bangkok Garden

 

Rice -  toasted cashew chicken, vegetarian emerald curry from Bangkok Garden



Moo Nam Tok - Thai style grilled pork jowl in sour and spicy sauce from from Pai Northern Kitchen



 Gai Ping - grilled chicken thigh with tamarind, fish sauce, lime juice and roasted rice from Pai Northern Kitchen



 Moo Nam Tok | North Eastern Thai style grilled pork jowl in a sweet & sour tamarind sauce | Gai Ping - grilled chicken skewer, tamarind, fish sauce, lime juice from Pai Northern Kitchen

 

Golden Thai Tempeh & Tofu Satay - with peanut sauce from Golden Thai



Massaman Lamb Curry - with rice from Golden Thai

 

 Lemongrass Chicken - with Sang Gua & homemade sriracha from Linda Modern Thai

 

  Modern Beef Salad - with palm sugar syrup, mint, pickled onions from Linda Modern Thai

 

Beer from Singha Beer


 Khao Kha Moo - pork hock stewed in soy-based broth, star anise, cinnamon, cilantro root, garlic, white peppercorns, jasmine rice, blanched gai lan, pickled mustard greens, hard-boiled egg, chilli vinegar sauce from Soi Thai


 Kha-Nhom Chun - coconut layer cake from Patchmon’s Thai Desserts & More



Sweet Tapioca with Coconut Cream , Thai Flower-Shaped Cookies, Pineapple Cookies, Thai Spicy Pork Cookies from Patchmon’s Thai Desserts & More

 


Ta-Goe -  pandanus leaf wrapped around young coconut meat, coconut cream, sweet corn, tapioca pearls and Kha-Tuu - steamed, sundried, pan-fried rice, coconut from Patchmon’s Thai Desserts & More


Collect at least 5 out of 8 stamps from Thai Select restaurants to enter a draw to win "dinner for 2 for one whole year". The passport will be handed out during Destination Thailand 2016 to be stamped by the participating food vendors. The event will be a great way to have an authentic Thai experience without needing to buy a ticket to Thailand. I hope to see everyone at this year's Destination Thailand on the 10th =)
Destination Thailand 2016 Passport

Thank you to both Rey (@eatnmingle) and the Royal Thai Embassy for having me at the media preview. It was a wonderfully planned event with lots of delicious eats, and rather informative.

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.