Monday, February 28, 2011

Epic Mealtime = Epic Heart Attack

I'm usually all for a gluttonous over the top meal, but this group of Epic Mealtime friends have taken gluttony to another level completely. I don't know wether this is a freakish food fantasy or a giant nauseating nightmare. I watch their video called Turbacon Epic just after eating dinner and I ended up pulling over on my drive home to have a little side of the road puke.  Not kidding! and I'm still not sure if it was the sub par Thai food I ate for dinner or this disgusting display of culinary adventure.  These dudes kind of remind me of Johnny Knoxville or the Wild Boys they have a limited vocabulary and that X-treme adventure i'll do anything on a five dollar bet attitude. This group of native Montreallers clearly have a passion for deep fried, greasy,  fast food to the max. The videos are uploaded weekly and have a huge web following. Would love to know what you guys think...freaky or fantastic? 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie Chicken Channel

I just read the most amazing thing on fb today. My all time favorite Canadian rotisserie chicken delivery will be trying out something new. A feast for the eyes if you will.  Swiss Chalet has announced they will be launching a new 24 hour rotisserie chicken channel. I'm beaming with dirty chicken excitement. For an initial 13 weeks we'll be able to enjoy the warm fuzzy feelings of roasted chicken in the comfort of your own home. Too bad it doesn't come complete with smell-o-vision!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thirty and Flirty Birthday Bash

I recently threw my friend Ilana a 30th birthday party. We wanted to do appetizers and cocktails and pretty much nibble all night long. The party was set for Saturday February the 5th with 19 RSVP'ing YES. I was super excited and wanted to make sure there would be something for everyone to enjoy. The night of the party it was an awful snowy evening,  a few people including the Birthday girls brother and cousins had to cancel last minute because they were all sick with a cold. Too bad they didn't make my recipe for roasted garlic soup - another post to look forward to a must in the cold winter flew months. I made nine different appetizers with about 2-3 bites per app, per person... a ton of food, and even though we weren't at capacity we devoured every last drop of food. Although I did manage to freeze a bag of perogies for a later date. 
 Assortment of dips: Hummus, Baba Ganoush, and sundried tomato and feta dip with fresh basil, which was totally the home run of the evening. 

People were pretty much licking the bowl by the end of the night. Served with a vegetable platter and different crackers and breads. 

Goats cheese truffles with pistachios rolled around chilled grapes.  

Moroccan spiced meatballs with pomegranate yogurt. 

Home made potato chips with smoked salmon and lemon creme fresh.

Perogies with caramelized onions and chive sour cream.

Wild mushroom tart with thyme and Fontina cheese. 

Dulce de leche with berries. 

We also served white cake for the birthday girl and glazed donuts.


Barchef review - Beverages that Bling

A while back I went out with a few friends to this uber hip place called barchef. I can't believe I never knew about this hot spot when I lived in the area not that I could afford to go there too often anyways. This place is major mulla $$$ so be prepared to indulge. The atmosphere is trendy hipster goth with a side of sexy. It's also been rated one of the top bars in the world by my favorite food guide Food and Wine magazine (who knew).  The menu is filled with strange words and descriptions but it all sounds amazing. The staff really know their way around to navigate you through all the bs. so you can find a bevy that best suits your taste buds. Our server was great - obviously I had a bunch of questions i'm always the yappy one at the table. When a cocktail can run you up to 50 big ones you better order something with a good possibility of liking it. We all agreed to order something different. Swapping spit is a must in my group of besties since we all love f&b and always want what the person next to us has ordered. 
Ginger Lemon Mash *** Just divine refreshing mmmm...
Midnight Mask *** The ultimate vampire cocktail, had this stunning dark red colour. Was sweet and spice and mysterious. 
Sailors Mojito *** the beach essence was a delicious surprise as well as the mojito ravioli. Other then that it tasted like a mojito. 
VanGogh's Downfall *** Very good, can't really remember too much about this one... maybe it was the one too many ;)
Mad Men ** Interesting but not amazing, tobacco was kinda lost on me. 
Smooth as sage ** Very delicious a bit heavy on the vanilla syrup. 
Overall great drinks, good music and fun atmosphere they were playing some wacky old black and white movie that was being projected on a wall  totally reminded me of the terrace at the Drake Hotel.  Tables are kinda close together and everyone stares at you while your drink is being brought over. There's a lot of pointing and oo'ing and "what's that over there" going on. Some cocktails can take a while to prepare since there are so many little finishing touches going into them. If your looking for a 6$ jack and coke go elsewhere... It's a slap in the face to the mixologist (no bartenders here). Would definitely go back again for a special occasion. Definitely interested to see what the food is like. 
Chow for now. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Colourful Carrots

My favorite part about winter is the beautiful coloured carrots. Purple, pink, red, orange, yellow... they are amazing! There isn't really a difference in flavor but I think it's way more fun to eat them.  Carrots are considered the second most popular vegetable in the world next to potatoes. They are filled with vitamins, and believe it or not are considered healthier slightly cooked.  For more information go to the Carrot Museum on varieties of carrots and nutritional information. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


First try Focaccia a F*&^&$#%$# disaster!!! 
At least the picture looks pretty right? I'll re-post soon when I made this bread properly. Moral of the story do not make focaccia with whole wheat flour - it just doesn't work. Like a heavy brick. Oh yes also do not make it in a muffin tin... doh!!

champagne and skittles

Feeling in an Empire state of mind this aft, listening to Alicia and remembering my great galls getaway weekend last summer.  Champagne and skittles candy don't knock until you try it. When i'm with my girlfriends in NYC we tend to act a little silly. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and decided this would be a great way to start the weekend off. Some people say strawberries and champaign - we say skittles. Miss you Julies. xoxoxo

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Do Not Try This at Home - kitchen experiment gone wrong.

 I'm planning and hosting a friends birthday this weekend, and while looking at recipes for inspiration I came upon this HILARIOUS video. I had to share it with all of you. Please let me know if Steve and I are the only ones laughing. I guess I won't be serving deep fried gnocchi this weekend.  His laugh kills me!

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