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CraveTO Day: Eat Your Way Through T.O.

Hey you! Yes you… What if you could take your stomach on a food and drink adventure sampling new food and drink creations?!

Maybe a freshly made watermelon-pineapple juice followed by a poutine smash bag?!

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 “Poutine Smash Bag” by Junked Food Co 

Maybe a hibiscus craft soda paired with a ferrero rocher brownie? What about some fried rice balls follwed by a cold brewed coffee?

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Gourmet rice balls from Me.n.u. food truck 

Clear your schedule and your stomach, a food adventure is coming… Join our mailing list, and you will be notified of date and ticket details.

 

best in toronto craft beer

Top 6 Toronto IPAs

From bitter-to-sour-to-sweet, there’s nothing quite like it.

The moment the first drop touches your tongue, to the last sip, the variety of hops takes your palate on a journey of tastes.

However, India Pale Ale (IPA) was not initially brewed for its taste.

Beer geek conversation starters 

  • In 19th century India, during British Colonialism, Queen Victoria was the “Empress of India” and thousands of British troops stationed in India found themselves wanting to celebrate their newly conquered territory with their favourite drink
  • Beer didn’t travel well by boat, beer that spent months at sea in scorching heat, tasted… just like beer that had spent months at sea in scorching heat
  • To preserve its freshness, beer destined for India was made highly hopped with stronger alcohol content

Today, Toronto craft brewers use that same process, so you can experience the full variety of tastes (and effect) in your India Pale Ale.

Our favourite Toronto IPAs:

6. Hopbot by Hop City (7.1% / 473ml can / $3.05)

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Made with 5 different West Coast hops, this brew has a tropical aroma, with a beautiful bitter grapefruit-like finish.

5. Octopus Wants to Fight by Great Lakes (6.2% / 473ml can / $3.25)

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This limited release brew tastes sweet upon first sip, and finishes with moderate bitterness. Lets hope it doesn’t stay limited.

4. Boneshaker by Amsterdam (7.1% / 473ml can / $3.10)

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Pleasant aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and even honey make this  award winning brew an enticing option throughout Toronto. Its highlight is the awakening, hopped-up bitter finish.

3. #9 by Duggan’s (6.2% / 473ml can / $2.75)

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With an apricot-like flavour, this creamy brew has that addictive hopped-up bitter finish.

2. Witchshark by Bellwoods (9% / 500ml bottle / $6.50 )

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Don’t be put off by the alcohol content. With delightful citrus and floral aromas, this double IPA is intensely hoppy, with a hugely bitter finish. Available only at the Brewery (on tap or bottle shop).

1. Headstock by Nickel Brook (7% / 473ml can / $2.95)  

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This award winning IPA has a combination of apricot and citrus notes. It has a moderate bitterness to its taste, with a stunning creamy finish.

Which Toronto IPA is YOUR favourite? Use the hashtag #CraveIPA to let us know.

New Downtown Restaurant to feature Fresh Beer and Tapas

So you want to meet friends downtown where fresh beer, inventive cocktails, tasteful food and fun music all combine for a classy house party type of vibe?

Mascot Brewery has opened its restaurant after months of complete renovation.

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Located in the heart of downtown on Mercer Street, Mascot Brewery is a convenient location with plenty of options for you and all your friends. The restaurant will be part of a three storey structure, giving you access to its street level restaurant, second floor bar and rooftop beergarden.

So what can you expect from the restaurant at Mascot Brewery?

According to owner, Aaron Prothro, “We are working with a great chef, Rory McGouran, who is classically trained and has worked in corporate kitchens. We decided to offer a snack-sized, tapa style dining experience to give people true value. So, if you come in and try a piece of meat, you don’t have to break the bank on it, you can try sample sized options. One thing we are proud of and makes us unique is that we never freeze our food products, they’re always fresh.”

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  Snack sized tapas rule the menu like this “Roasted Lamb Salsa Verde Gremolata”

What to pair with your tapas selection?

Mascot Brewery boasts a high quality and well thought-out drinks menu of fresh beer and gourmet cocktails. “We keep our beer menu lean because we prefer to emphasize quality over quantity. We’d rather be consistent in having a small list of very good tasting beer, as opposed to say, having a list of 20 mediocre tasting beer,” Aaron tells us.

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Mascot Brewery’s “Hefeweizen” is a summer sipper, with a hint of banana and clove amping up the
soft, almost bready flavour

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The ‘Guac in Rari’: Tequila, chartreuse, lime, strawberry mango agua fresca, avocado cucumber lime foam, Mascot coffee porter chocolate reduction

Where to Find TV Show Winning Donuts

You know your donuts rock when you win a TV baking competition.

That is exactly what happened with two friends, who prior to entering the Food Network’s Donut Showdown, had never baked donuts before!

Owners of Rolling Pin DonughtsThe Rolling Pin owners Isabel Loiacono and Vanessa Baudanza

After winning the showdown, where they discovered their love for baking donuts, they knew this is what they wanted to do and setup shop.

Upon entering The Rolling Pin, the sweet scent of freshly baked deserts immediately hits your nose. You know that saying, ‘it smells better than it tastes?’  Well that doesn’t apply here, one bite into a donut and you will know why.

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So what are their donut secrets?

“Our doughs are homemade – made from scratch; they’re handrolled and we don’t use any machines. All the fillings and different types of donuts we make are dipped, stuffed, popped and injected,” says Isabel. As a foodie who doesn’t understand that process, all I can say is- TAKE MY MONEY!

What to order at The Rolling Pin?

Your sweet cravings have MANY options: Cherry Pie (shown in the lead picture), Lemon Bomb and Chocolate Salted Caramel are highlights.

They also have “Chef Specials”, which are one-off products. They feature a special ingredient, usually inspired from local artisans that Isabel and Vanessa admire. They once created a Strawberry Funnelcake Donut, and they collaborated with Great Lakes Brewery to create Super Bowl 50– a donut made with the Toronto brewery’s beer.

Gourmet Lemon Doughnuts“Lemon Bomb” Donuts

What sweet treats does the future hold?

The Rolling Pin ladies will continue to provide new ways to satisfy your sweet cravings, as more local collaborations are in the works.

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