New to Google Play as of this week, the Toronto Patio Guide Android app includes photos and need to know details of hundreds of local patios from favourites like the Cadillac Lounge and The Pilot to lesser known gems like Against the Grain, Bar Neon and Gusto 101.
- Today, May 17th is Food Revolution Day, a global day of action that triumphs good food and essential cooking skills. A full list of public Toronto events is listed online.
- Brewer's Backyard returns to the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue) on Monday, May 20th with an event dubbed 'Queen Victoria's Secret.' Brews will be supplied by Great Lakes, Left Field, Oast House and Granite as well as food from FeasTO.
- While tickets for the Saturday, May 18th installment of Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates Winery (290 John Street East, RR #1, Niagara-on-the-Lake) are sold out, there may be tickets ($15) still available for the Night Market happening on Sunday, May 19th from 6pm to 10pm.
- THR & Co. opens to the public tonight, Thursday, May 16th at 97 Harbord Street with a menu highlighting Spanish, Italian and a North African influenced fare. Expect raw plates like
beef heart tartare with cured duck yolk and pasta dishes with black spaghetti and charred squid.
- Woods Restaurant from chef, Bruce Woods (formerly of Modus Ristorante) is now open at 45 Colborne Lane.
- Templeton's is the working name for this signless kitchen that opened its doors this week at 319 Augusta Avenue (formerly Burger Bar) in Kensington Market. The menu is a work in progress too, but includes burgers and bar snacks like lotus root chips and jerk chicken nachos.
- Beach Boys food truck is the newest mobile eatery around town, offering a rotating menu of burgers, fries and poutine.
- Shawarmama is now open in the site of short lived, Horno BBQ at 251 Augusta Avenue and is serving up shawarma, kebab and falafel sandwiches for no more than $6.
- Live Market is now open in Liberty Village at 134 Atlantic Avenue. Owners of Live Organic Food Bar and Ezra's Pound have joined forces to offer up espresso and juice cleanses and healthy fare.
Our host for the evening, celebrity TV chef, Bob Blumer of the Surreal Gourmet, Glutton For Punishment and World's Weirdest Restaurants, may not have cooked wings on his show before but he admits, he is "a closet wing fanatic," at least when it comes to a wing fest. Wasting no time, I dove straight in.