I lived in London while I was going to school, and can attest to the attachment one develops to their particular brands and snack choices. I loved a Branston pickle sandwich with thick cuts of white Wiltshire cheese, eating Galaxy Mistrels by the handfuls at the Curzon movie theatre, and perfectly dusty and currant-studded scones with real clotted cream and strawberry jam. While we can't yet transport the dishes of St. John, Ottolenghi, Moro, River Café, Heston Blumenthal, or Hawksmoor to Toronto, we can be reminded of the wonderful culinary experiences of Britain, one Hobnob and a cuppa at a time.
- The Delicious Food Show is on this weekend October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre. The three-day food fest will promises celebrity chef workshops and demos, cook-offs, food trucks and lots of exhibitors.
- Bro Appetit, a pop-up market at the newly opened restaurant Dear Jools (785 Queen St. West) takes place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 18. Admission is free and food items will be $5.
- Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) hosts Montreal chef Emma Carderelli of Nora Gray for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, October 21. The special Italian menu will feature a variety of a la carte options like farro salad, meatballs, calamari, and rosemary ribs; choose four dishes at a time as a $70 prix five.
- Eat To The Beat returns for its 19th year on Tuesday, October 21 from 7pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.). Tickets for are $175 (with proceeds going towards Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support) for this food fest fundraiser featuring the talents of 60 female chefs.
- There's still time to make reservations for Restaurants for Change happening this Wednesday, October 22 at participating Toronto restaurants. Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco and The Saint Tavern (to name just a few) will donate proceeds from the evening's dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada.
- The much-anticipated Buca Osteria & Bar is finally open at the Four Seasons (53 Scollard St.) in Yorkville. Distinguishing itself from the original King St. location, the new restaurant offers a broader selection of fresh seafood, including house-made salumi di mare, in addition to their much-loved pizzas and pasta dishes.
- Dear Jools (Thai-Tanium was just the latest diversion, and seriously, I can't believe I fell for it again) finally opens its doors this weekend following a one day pop-up market dubbed Bro Appetit happening this Saturday, October 18.
- Prenup Pub is now open at 191 College St. across from UofT, boasting 70 beers on tap.
The democraclicious deal is being offer by Sweet Olenka's at 1050 Queen St. West and 2790 Lakeshore Blvd West today and Thursday only, so you'd better hit the polls quick (don't forget to snap a sweaty pic while you're making your last minute decisions). Why scream for ice cream when you can vote for it?
The proprietor of 785 Queen St. West - Monte Wan of Khao San Road - has been playing with our hearts for a long, long time. But it looks like he's finally willing to make a bold step toward commitment - by opening up the space for one shining afternoon and letting people actually consume food there.