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How to judge a professional association party.

Can you judge a professional food association by what it’s going to serve you when you check them out at their launch?

I’d say yes.

Canadian Women In Food is launching on November 18th. Details. Tickets.

Here’s what’s on the menu, from Mary Fabiano of Summer Kitchen.

  • Mini-rounds of smoked trout w/wasabi, black sesame seeds & fresh dill
  • Tarragon tonnato chicken salad on Belgian endive w/bean sprouts
  • Sweet potato scones w/chevre, smoky chipotle & corn salsa
  • Curried Thai lamb koftas wrapped in shredded wontons w/mango mint sauce
  • Cod croquettes w/fresh guacamole & cilantro
  • Tiny tortieres & cranberry conserve w/port & pecans
  • Sweet petit fours, including stuffed Medjool dates, squares, cookies & chocolates

Wine is going to be poured by Tania Daviduke of Cottonwood Agency. She’s going Spanish, from the Rueda region: Bodegas Vidal Soblechero (Clavidor)

Are tasting notes important to you?

I love them. They’re inherently poetic, and it helps me to appreciate the wines more. Tasting notes from Tania:

The white is Cepas Viejas, which is a blend of Verdejo and Viura grapes from vines over 60 years old. Aged in steel, this is a crisp, fresh wine, bright straw colour with pungent herb accented pear and orange aromas layered with a complex array of spice notes. Orchard and citrus fruit flavours display an exotic anise quality and impressive finish.

For red, Tinta Fina is made with a local Tempranillo grape. Aged in French and American oak for four months, this is a ruby red wine with vivid strawberry and raspberry aromas. Silky in texture, with berry flavour and subtle herb and spice accents. A gentle peppery quality on the long, juicy finish.

Tending bar will be Janet Chantry of Mixology Canada, who’s going to mix all-natural fruit blends from Island Originals with Havana Club rum.

Let’s face it. We judge any party by the food and drink. This party’s no different.

Get tickets here.

 

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Stick-to-it-iveness

If only great ideas could stick like these do.

We’ve had magnetic knife rails for some time, but not for the key utensils that we pull out of a drawer after we’re done all our slicing and dicing. Once we’ve done our basic prep and we’re ready to head to the stove, we reach for the spoon, fork and spatula.

Here they are, and like none other.

This gorgeous beech set comes from Slovenia, which has a storied tradition of woodworking that the makers of this set would like to revive. They’re produced and designed by Leis, a Slovenian company that follows a sustainable, fair-trade business model that they like to keep local. Harvesting, design and manufacturing were conducted in a 30 km radius.

See more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turbo stimulus package for a buck

Jet Fuel is the name of this too-cool-to-crack-a-smile Cabbagetown cafe, whose branding nails their offering really well. They have good quality fuel by way of java, and they have all the hip you’d ever want in a coffee shop.

This is not their logo, by the way, but just a great find tumblred by Bella Illusione. Thanks Bella. This is their logo.

Jet Fuel delivers to the under-caffeinated in two significant ways. They give you a double shot of espresso for $1. Beat that any of you cafés out there. And their signature bevvy for the lollygaggers — folks who don’t need to bolt out the door fired up with a liquid charge — is an eponymous combo of cappuccino and latte in one cup. Why? Because no one else does.

If you’ve chosen to meet a friend or a crush here, good luck finding a place to sit. And be ready to whisper-talk directly into one another’s ear [which is why the crush option is a good one], because it’s as loud as a jet engine in there.

No. It’s not, not really, but it’s loud. It’s a small room with high ceilings, filled with talking caffeinated souls. It’s no wonder.

PS: don’t be a wuss and ask for decaf. Not on the menu.

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Now I lay me down to some imaginary savoury sleep

Charlie would love this bed.

Charlie is the imaginary 8-year-old nephew I had to conjure up in my mind to imagine who would sleep in this bed. Those fries are pillows, in case it wasn’t immediately obvious, and it isn’t until you try to follow the whimsical logic that created this bed, the so-called Supersize Bed.

I think Charlie would love this bed because it’s like having a racing car bed, only tastier, in your imagination. But wait. They’ll fit this bed to any size mattress? For adults? That’s when it all falls apart. Who is really going to sleep in this bed? Because even though Charlie would love this bed, his imaginary mother, my imaginary sister, would never agree to this thing.

“Charlie will be wanting McDonald’s morning, noon and night,” she says, in my imagination. And I’d be inclined to agree. I want some McDonald’s just looking at the thing, which I suppose would please the makers very much, to be able to evoke that much desire in a person. Or appetite.

Still, I’m finding it hard to imagine, as an adult, getting sexy on this bed. Food and sex go very well together, but where foam and corporate fast-food is involved, I don’t think, speaking for my non-imaginary self right now, not so much.

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Some lucky Londoner gets up every morning to make coffee in this minimal, clean design kitchen. Backed by white-painted bricks in front of a farmhouse sink and its striking faux-oldtimey hardware, those lucky Londoners are cooking eggs and who knows what else on a stunning AGA stove, prepping their food on marble counters, fishing into repurposed wooden-fronted drawers and standing on an understated floor of wooden slats in a herringbone design.

And I am standing there with them. Let no beautiful kitchen escape my dreamy place in it.

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Food vendor pushes her cart through flooded street of Sena district in Ayutthaya province

A flooded market on wheels and a vendor undeterred

Pushing a cart through a flooded street in south-central Thailand, a woman stays open for business despite the disaster affecting more than 2 million people in her region. Selling fruits and vegetables won’t wait because eating won’t wait, because survival can’t wait. Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom for Reuters.

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To beloved creatives everywhere, especially those who make magic for food companies — my peeps.  The rest of them are lined up here …

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In Chennai, India. Photo by Arun Sankar K./Associated Press)

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Not to put too fine a point on it.

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When warm gold light spills out from inside the cafe, when we savour the warm air on our bare arms and legs, when we know the day’s nearly done because it’s turning indigo, that’s when we’re in heaven.

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How to get a client to go for your most adventurous design

When Melbourne’s Prahan Hotel was ready for expansion, they went back to Techné, a local architectural firm they’d worked with before and with whom they had a lot of trust equity.

The hotel’s creative brief called for a design that was more conventional than not, but something no other Australian pub had.

“We actually expected [them] to go with the most adventurous idea,” says project architect Justin Northrup.

Cue the mega-tonne standard drainage pipes … Read more…

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Like a kitchen-warmed full moon, sour dough, so moist you can taste it, heavy, dense and cool. Smoked salmon w/creme fraiche, capers and red onions. Rare-roast beef, grain mustard, horseradish mayo. cracked black pepper. Egg salad. #HowIdLoveThee

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India Daily Life

An Indian farmer gathers, carries and drops a harvest of pineapples at a farm near Agartala, two kilimetres from Bangladesh.

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Production Of Roquefort Societe 150years Cheese

French dairy goats from Millau, wearing the latest in husbandry accessories.

Photo by Balint Porneczi for Bloomberg

Think Dove, but with food. Pasta in particular. But mostly, genuine love and respect. [Yeah, I know. That works for everyone.]

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Double-decker windows plus drop-chain ball lighting, this kitchen is the 19th century home of English interior designer and antiques dealer Rose Uniake. Her aesthetic includes some French touches that try very hard not to draw attention and are unmistakably stylish all the same. See more of the house here. My favourite: the floors.

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A farmer harvests wheat at the fields in Bhaktapur

Wheat done differently, this time, in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photo by Navesh Chitrakar for Reuters and WSJ.

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Who, but this guy, can nap on top of his own work? A Pakistani farmer catches a few zzz’s on some harvested wheat in a field in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo by Ahmad Sidique for WSJ Photojournal.