December 12, 2014

Street Food Passport

I was invited out to the International Marketplace hosted by the Immigrant Women's Centre today and to be honest, I went because: 1. I came to this country as an immigrant and 2. I'm clearly a women. So, gotta represent for my peeps. 

I didn't really think much of it but when I walked in I thought, "holy #$%^ this place is adorable!". It's pretty intimate aka small but they fit just enough things in there to keep your eyes, wallet and stomach satisfied.  
The marketplace is free but, to take part in the "street food" aspect you buy a "passport" for $10. This allows you four samples, dessert and a coffee. That's a pretty sweet deal to be honest. Consider it a $10 lunch - bring a date and impress them to bits. 

Today, the countries showcased were Bosnia, El Salvador, Cambodia, Chile, Iraq, Egypt, Mexico and Lebanon.  The best part about it is - it's all hand made mom and pop recipes. The lovely ladies dishing out the food basically chose dishes from countries they were all from. So it was like being invited to a potluck at the United Nations. 

The falafel's from Egypt were the best I've ever had. That's right - I said it! I had a falafel and I fricken enjoyed it. Everyone knows I hate, hate, hate chickpeas. But these seemed to be a hot commodity so, I had to see what all the fuss was about. They were moist and very well seasoned. 

I also had the Cambodian pork & shrimp dumping as well as a fava bean dish from Lebanon. I didn't quite catch the name of it but it was very simple and tasty. She literally whipped it up right in front of me. A few spoonfuls of boiled (or baked?) beans, doused with lemon juice, fresh garlic, cumin, paprika and fresh parsley. This was the first time I ever had fava beans (cause they always remind me of Silence of the Lambs)  I don't know if I would ever make it for myself at home but if a sweet lady in a pink apron made it for me, I'd gobble it up. 

Outside of the food they also had some fantastic hand crafted goods for you to purchase. I go to Art Crawl every once in a while and sometimes you see the same vendors over and over but these vendors were all pretty new to me.
These watches were made with recycled wood and leather and these hats, which I'm sure you've seen all over pinterest and instagram, were selling for $15 - word up, that is the cheapest I've seen them anywhere! 
Heads up for last minute Christmas Shoppers - it's definitely worth stopping by, even if it's just for the $10 lunch. They were also selling hot apple cider and hot chocolate for $1.25 - yeah, Starbucks can kiss my butt, I had a lovely apple cider for under two bucks! 

Countries featured on Saturday will be:  Iraq, Egypt, Mexico, Afghanistan, Kenya, India  & Poland

 *The Immigrant Women's Centre works towards social, economic, & civic participation for immigrant & refugee women and their families in Hamilton, On. I was invited to the marketplace as their guest and my passport was complimentary. The opinions expressed are my own.

November 17, 2014

#Dishoftheweek: Episode 5

This weeks #Dishoftheweek may not look mouth watering, or foodporntastic but trust. What it lacks in visual components it makes up for in the taste buds. Shawarma isn't usually my go to thing but my sister, Charaya has been ranting and raving about Safin Grill for months. We decided to take a trip over after some retail therapy and man, was I fricken impressed by this tiny little two man shop. 

Some tips for first shawarma virgins out there - go nuts with the white sauce, squeeze it on like you're recreating the first day of winter on a mountain of fluffy well seasoned rice. If you like a little heat get happy with the red sauce too. Don't be shy - it will get messy, and you will walk away smelling like roasted meat and garlic. Boys, hola, best first date ever.

Safin Grill
65 Mall Rd
Hamilton, On

November 10, 2014

#Dishoftheweek: Episode 4

Last week, I missed #Dishoftheweek because my computer died and I pretty much had a melt down. But I pulled up my pantyhose and got my #$%^ together like a big girl and we're back with Episode 4. 

This weeks dish is one of my favourite cheap eats in the city. Nothing beats a meal under $5 and you can't go wrong with Tung Hing. The bread is fresh, the service is great - surprisingly for an Asian joint and the pâté is on point. 

Tung Hing Cafe & Sweets
103 Queen Street North
Hamilton, On
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October 27, 2014

#DishOfTheWeek: Episode 3

This week is in honour of Gorilla Cheese's debut on Dragon's Den this Wednesday October 29th - check local listings for air time.

In this episode, I gleefully devour The Lumberjack - cheddar, bacon, sliced granny smith apples & real maple syrup. No matter how many times I have the opportunity to try something new, I can't help but always go back to The Lumberjack. It's the perfect combo of something sweet, salty & sticky.

Let me know in the comments if there's a dish you want me to feature on #DishoftheWeek.

Happy Eating!

October 20, 2014

#DishofTheWeek with 95.3 Fresh FM

I'm happy to announce I have teamed up with Andrew Gerrior from 95.3 Fresh FM for a series called #DishoftheWeek.

Every week you guys get to follow me around exploring my favourite restaurants and eating my favourite dishes. Vlogs are definitely something I'm not use to - so bear with me!

Every Saturday they'll go up on the Fresh FM website as well as YouTube page - and in case you miss it there, they'll be here Monday mornings!

Catch up on Episode 1& 2 below and come back next week for Episode 3!

Happy Eating!