10.28.2012

Hometown Tourist: Cask Days 2012


On Saturday night, J and I attended the 8th annual Cask Days festival at the Brick Works. Founded by the folks at barVolo in 2005, Cask Days focuses on unfiltered, unpasteurized craft beers that are anything but ordinary. This year's festival was Canadian themed with 100+ specialty craft beers to choose from, with ingredients ranging from crab-apples, cherries, coffee, and even Brussels sprouts. The festival also included food from Toronto celebrity chef Guy Rawlings, Parkdale's Grand Electric and chocolate offerings to satisfy any sweet tooth from Chocosol, amongst others. The event space was lined with works of art created by Canadian artists, and the Brewers Backyard featured Collaboration Casks and October themed (and flavoured) brews. The $40 ticket included a Cask Days pint glass and 4 tokens to get guests started. Each beer cost 1 token for a 1/4 pint or 2 tokens for a 1/2 pint, and additional tokens could be purchased for $2.50 each. 

10.24.2012

Food and Drink: Cold Weather Comfort Food Part 2

I can’t bake. At all.
This obviously presents a problem for those times that I’d like to end a meal with a homemade dessert. Because of my lack of expertise, I’m always on the hunt for an easy, foolproof recipe. I found a recipe for Baked Stuffed Apples in the autumn edition of Food & Drink. It looked simple enough, but I soon realized that I was missing most of the ingredients. So I improvised and came up with my own version. These stuffed apples are a perfect way to end a comforting dinner on a crisp fall evening.

10.22.2012

Food and Drink: Cold Weather Comfort Food Part 1

I've been promising J a Shepherd's Pie dinner for 2 years. Every time the topic of this meal comes up it's invariably 30+ degrees, making it way too hot to sit down to such a winter dish. However, the cold weather has started its descent on Toronto making it the perfect time for Shepherd's Pie.


 

10.08.2012

Food and Drink: Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Casserole


I've wanted to make Sweet Potato Casserole since I saw Anna make her Corn Flakes and Marshmallow version on The OC. I really didn't think that having marshmallows in my casserole would go over well with my traditional family, so this version is on the tamer side. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this casserole disappeared. This recipe was fairly simple and was made with ingredients I already had on hand. This Sweet Potato Casserole is an instant classic and will definitely be on the menu in years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

10.05.2012

Hometown Tourist: 1st Thursdays at the AGO

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend 1st Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Each 1st Thursday will have a different focus, with an artist on hand to discuss their works and will incorporate live musical performances, art classes, drinks and more. The inaugural edition featured artist Evan Penny's exhibition, Re Figured. Penny explained, “I try to situate my sculpture somewhere between the way we perceive each other in real time and space and the way we perceive ourselves and each other in an image.” For me, this provided an entirely new perspective on Penny's exhilarating works. The night also featured a live performance by Bahamas in Walker Court. This sold out event was well worth the $10 ticket, and is definitely something that should not be missed.


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