Delicious Food Show – Oct 25-27 Better Living Centre
Into the city I went to partake in all things wonderful (a.k.a. FOOD). Sunday morning at 10.00am, I was there when the doors opened. I didn’t want to miss anything. My first stop was Van Dyk’s blueberry juice from Nova Scotia. Now if you have never had pure blueberry juice you are really missing out. How amazing it is to have a juice that only has one ingredient – fruit! We all know that blueberries have so many health benefits, we should be drinking this juice regularly. You only need about 1/3 cup daily to reap all the benefits. I stocked up and purchased 4 bottles. For more information on Van Dyk’s Pure Blueberry Juice
Next stop, Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate. It was still pretty early in the day, but that didn’t stop me from sampling their wonderful chocolate. Not only are their chocolates amazing, but the fact that they are organic coupled with the company’s highly ethical principles helps make the experience a win-win-win. I sampled three of their flavous: 1) 85% cocao (which surprisingly was not bitter), 2) sea salt, and finally 3) toffee. All were amazing! These exceptional products are sold in natural health and organic food shops, independent specialty food stores and select major retailers such as Metro, Sobeys, Loblaws and Whole Foods. I find that Whole Foods has the best selection. My only disappointment at this booth was they were not actually selling their chocolate bars. I loved my complimentary chew-aways so much, I wanted to buy takeaways for home enjoyment. For more information on Green & Blacks Organic Chocolate
The next booth caught me by surprize. I went into the booth as I was totally intrigued by the herbs growing in a fridge-like appliance. Sidebar: This year was the first time I grew my own herbs. I can’t believe how long I have been buying herbs. There is nothing like adding fresh basil to your Caprese or fresh sage to your sweet potatoes. Frost’s arrival means I no longer had my wonderful herbs. BUT then I saw this booth and I was in total awe! With the Urban Cultivator (roughly the size of a wine cooler), I could have fresh herbs 365 days of the year. You owe it to yourself to check out these incredible indoor gardens ( Fresh Herbs ). Now I just have to convince my hubby how desperately we need this. Come on – I have not purchased any shoes or handbags in ages!
Jack&Lils had mounds of chocolate bark sitting on their table, so that pretty much stopped me in my tracks. To see a mother and son duo making chocolate treats together is truly sweet. I spoke to Lauren about her beautiful tea towels (yes, she does that too) and I found we were kindered spirits as she too had left the crazy fashion business to pursue her passion for chocolate. I then purchased some hunks of Pecan Caramel bark and some chocolate covered sponge toffee for my hubby (he said they both were outstanding!). Typically I would have eaten these purchases before I even got home, but the previous day I had a root canal so toffee was sadly not in the cards for me now. Toffee and choco-later, I hope.
Next up was Food Network Celebrity Kitchen where Caspar and Antonella from “Sugar Stars” presented how to make and decorate donuts.
The next presentation started in about 15 minutes, so I had time to grab a quick bite. Obviously my choices were endless, but I decided to head over to the food trucks to see what would entice me.
I settled on Buster’s Sea Cove Truck Seafood, and had the most amazing lobster roll. Tons of lobster meat mixed with a savoury mayo blend (obviously their secret sauce) with a nice bun toasted to perfection!! Sorry there is no photo. I was just so caught up (or as my hubby says “lobster trapped”) with my amazing lunch I forgot to take a pic.
I then found a really good seat and got ready to be amazed by Nadia G from Food Network’s Bitchin Kitchen . Nadia was brilliant. She was funny, original, authentic and presented three great recipes. She started with Penne al Forno which is on page 75 of her new cookbook – Cookin’ for Trouble.
She shook up a storm with her Pink Grapefruit Mojito. I loved the glass rimmed with maple flakes and the addition of cilantro to the drink. I can’t wait to make this little number. She finished with a sweet and savoury puff pastry tart. It was stuffed with St Andrew cheese, topped with balsamic maple strawberries, a sprinkle of toasted walnuts, and a smidgen of black pepper. Now that is a dessert to die for! I purchased her new cookbook and proceeded to wait in line to get it autographed. It is the first cookbook I have ever got autographed. Now that’s exciting!!
I had about 20 minutes before the next celebrity cook came on and I was feeling a little peckish. Off I went to Jelly Modern Doughnuts. All that talk about them earlier had made me crave something sweet and gooey. I choose a lemon curd filled doughnut. It was not overly sweet as the lemon had a nice balance of tartness. The doughnut was light and airy and melted in my mouth. Timmies has nothing on these guys! Check them out Jelly
David Rocco from Food Network took the stage to a huge crowd that was mostly women (well he is pretty damn sexy!). His travels to India obviously has influenced him as he choose to make a Lamb Ragu with goda masala. It looked delicious.
I left his presentation a little early to get in line for his “Made in Italy” cookbook signing.
Chatted briefly about India with David and received my signed cookbook, and yes he is just as sexy in person as he is on TV.
Looked at my watch and couldn’t believe it was 5.00 PM already. The day had flown by. Well I had missed the Patriots’ game and by the time I would get home from downtown T.O. my guys where sure to be starving. I didn’t come home empty handed though as I had some sweet treats from the show. My couch potatoes neutralized their hunger with chocolate appetizers followed by a pizza. Yum.