Month: February 2012

Me, Yu, Und Fondue

I have been trying to make it to the Bier Market’s Fondue Festival for about 3 years. February is always so chock full of events, I usually end up missing it! This year I was determined to go, and ended up going TWICE! “Me, Yu, Und Fondue” only happens once a year. I went to their new location (closer to my house!) at Shops at Don Mills.

I’ve been here twice now, and I really love the vibe. I came on a Thursday, which seems to be a special night because they had samples of beer and a mussel station! It was busy and just a fun place to be.

We shared the Gorgonzola Fondue ($21) that was served with fennel sausage, saffron risotto fritters, Granny Smith apples and fresh baguette. This mild fondue was delicious…and very filling for two people! We had decided to share it as an appetizer and go with the flat breads as a meal. We didn’t end up finishing the fondue, it’s probably best shared with 3 people! The sausage was excellent, and so was the risotto fritter, but it kept falling apart in the fondue. It was too delicate to be dipped.

Next up were our flatbreads ($13 and called Flammekueche on the menu) I went with the chicken, and my boyfriend went with the sausage. The chicken on my flatbread was house smoked on top of Quebec brie, roasted garlic and mushrooms. The chicken was very fresh and tender, but I ended up enjoying the sausage one more. (he wouldn’t switch.) The spicy sausage Flammekueche had Quebec cheese curds, mushrooms and caramelized mushrooms.
I’ve noticed that the sausage is particularly good here, and would love to come back to try more.

I amazingly found myself here again this week for the tail end of the festival. This time, I went for one of the sandwiches and fondue paring. The chorizo croque monsieur ($16) was filled with smoked sausage and Quebec cheese curds. It was paired with a Manchengo cheese and roasted red pepper fondue. I ended up liking the sandwich better than my flat bread. It was cheesy and very filling. The one thing that I had a problem with was the fondue. These individual fondues came in small pots that were warmed by a candle. The fondue never really warmed up the way it should have. I don’t think that the candle was strong enough. My friend had the same issue. The bigger pot of fondue was warm consistently because it had a bigger burner under it.

If you are reading this now, I highly recommend you head to the Bier Markt before the festival ends! It’s only on until this Sunday, Feb 26th. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as they are packed in the evenings.

Hot Chocolate Files: Bobbette & Belle

This rich chocolate-y hot chocolate from Bobbette & Belle is lovingly adorned with a handmade vanilla blow-torched marshmallow!

The hot chocolate is made in-house with swiss chocolate, and will run you $4.50…but trust me, it’s worth every penny.

I wanted to capture it before it succumbed to the heat, but I was too  busy ogling their delectable baked goods.


Daytripping: Rouge Park Tywn River Area

When we actually get some snow, it’s best to take advantage of it! I did just that by heading to Rouge Park for a walk in the snow.
Rouge Park is the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America! Rumour is, it’s going to become a National Park soon. I only visited a tiny portion of the page, the Twyn Rivers area in Pickering. Take a look!

iceNite in Yorkville

On Thursday February 23, 5:30-8:00 pm, guests will enjoy a glistening view of the Toronto skyline from the top-floor ballroom of Stop 33, The Sutton Place Hotel (955 Bay Street).

IceNite is a fundraiser in support of the Yonge Bloor Bay Business Association, celebrating over 90 years and committed to advancing the development of the Yorkville district as a desirable shopping, business, professional, commercial and residential area.

It’s also a precursor to iceFest 2012! During iceFest you can visit Bloor-Yorkville to see beautiful ice carvings, demonstrations and eat some delicious food. Proceeds from this event go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tickets are $30.

IceFest runs from Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26, 12 noon – 5 pm at Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair St. & Cumberland St.).

Cool Shop: The Drake General Store

The Drake General Store is one of those cool shops chock full of unique, quirky items that you would love to give to someone, or buy for yourself! This store is the brain child of the glorious Drake Hotel, so you know that it’s awesome by default. They have three locations, and the one that I visited was the Bathurst & King store. (82A Bathurst St Toronto, ON)

Giveaway #5: Godiva Chocolates

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Whether you are snuggling up with a loved one, hanging out with friends or dining solo, I hope you have a fantastic day!
What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolates? Nothing! In honour of Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away a box of Godiva Chocolates.

This giveaway is generously donated by Pusateris Fine Foods. Pusateris shops are always chock full of delicious gourmet items like cheese, fresh bread and a yummy bakery counter with goodies to take home. Visit them on Facebook or follow them on twitter!

Enter below!

Giveaway #4: Seriously Red Lipstick from apotheKerri beauty

With Valentine’s Day being literally around the corner, today’s giveaway will help you perfect that sexy pout. Seriously Red Lipstick from apotheKerri beauty has won over lipstick lovers and non lipstick lovers alike. It’s a true red which means it works on virtually every complexion!

Enter to win yours today! This lipstick was generously donated by .

Pop on over to their website and see their other cool products! Enter to win under the jump.

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