This past Saturday found 27 Toronto 'hounds (and hound partners) gathered to share some of their favourite foods. Saturday morning's thunderstorms had us a bit worried, but by our gathering time of 4pm, the skies were blue and the sun was shining.
Some of the amazing foods made by our local hounds, in no particular order:
- coffee rubbed flank steak drizzled with chimichurri sauce
- homemade pastrami, from none other than our local deli guru, embee
- a *real* Caesar salad -- raw eggs, garlic, anchovies, the works!
- Cook's Illustrated decadent mushroom lasagna
- a Polish stew of sauerkraut and sausage, served with new potatoes and fresh dill
- 10-spice grilled pork tenderloin, served on Silverstein's mini egg buns with a garlic mayo and avocados
- pork carnitas tacos with pico de gallo, on tortillas from La Tortilleria
- shrimp, jicama and mango salad
- chickpea salad
- local mixed berries drowning (in the best possible way) in limoncello
- local strawberries served with a raw sugar from Barbados
- home smoked salmon with a sweet and spicy rub from one of our local BBQ hounds, davwud
- ridiculous espresso brownies
- super moist carrot cake with a maple icing
- sago gula maleka with coconut cream and palm sugar syrup
- Anna Olson's lemon squares
- 4 different types of homemade soda pops, each flavour more interesting than the last
- grapefruit and anise
- cinnamon, ginger cola
- lemon and basil
- maple bacon (not for the faint of heart)
And some of the foods purchased by our fearless chow hunters:
- grilled Nathan's hot dogs, brought all the way from Alabama by davwud
- a very spicy chicken curry from Maroil, with their super yummy roti
- sticky toffee cake from McEwan
- several fruit flans/tarts from a bakery whose name escapes me (Chester Elegante, help!)
- a fantastic selection of cheeses and artisan breads
- quebec hard cider
I'm sure I'm missing a few items, so if anyone who was there can help, please chime in.
All in all, it was an amazing 6 hours of eating, drinking and merrymaking. We have some seriously talented home cooks in Toronto. Did I mention that embee's pastrami lasted all of 2 minutes?
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