For the past while I have been very MIA online…feeling like a little blip just bumping along in admiration of so many others but lost on my purpose and intent that I started writing this blog with.
Before I connected with my purpose and learned to look within, I remember many of my days being punctuated with an intense longing.
A missing sense of magic and unconditional joy in my life.
The feeling was especially strong in moments of unwanted stress…
When I did any kind of soul-sapping task, it left me thinking, “what am I doing with my life?”
The feeling left me drained. Momentarily disillusioned. Unable to function as creatively, intuitively or energetically as I knew I could or should.
I’ll go out on a limb and say you know this feeling I’m talking about.
I took some time and now I am re-energized. TBEX is happening this week and I know I am planning on being such a giant sponge as I prepare this blog to become what it was meant to be.
Over the coming weeks you will see a few changes, contests and definitely more from me and some amazing guest bloggers who will share with you their knowledge, experiences and photography.
I hope that you will join me on this new journey as TravelciousDee v.2.0 takes flight on her new magic carpet ride!
Some great tunes to remind you of the “magic” –
Deborah Peniuk aka TraveliciousDee
You know you have a wish that didn’t get fulfilled for Christmas – you feel like you had all the right things in place and bam the day passed by! Having had an initial visit to the new Yakitori Bar and Seoul Food Co. – at the corner of Baldwin and McCaul, at a private opening function where I tasted a slew of wonderful bites from the amazing menu – I had been left with a want of MORE! I need to get myself back down there and sample the amazing menu item – Kimchi Poutine – the Canuck in me has to conquer another style of Poutine!
Yakitori Bar – The new restaurant that owner-operator, Sang Kim (Blowfish/Ki) opened in just over 30 days and blogged about it is open for all your tasting pleasure! http://howtoopenarestaurantin30days.com/
Yakitori Bar is home in the Baldwin facing part of the location and is was designed with the rough finish of barn wood, dark walls and black subway tiles. Two large flat screen TVs play the most hip and trendy Korean music videos for background ambiance and colour.
Back in the kitchen is a chef master, Shin Aoyama, whose focus is yakitori skewers, generally sold by the pair, with options like Seasonal Vegetables ($3.95) amazing Pork Belly ($4.95), beef ribs ($5.95) and Hokkaido scallop ($6.25). Sides consist of great items like Kimchi Flights (1 day,2 weeks,3 months old ($3.95), Kimchi 3 ways (dumpling,pancake & tofu($4.95) and Baby Bibimbap ($5.25) For some amazing drinks, there are sake and soju cocktails, including the tasty Soju Infusion($6.19) made from a variety of muddled fruits and vegetables and of course a Gangnam Style cocktail ($7.07). There’s also the Yakitori Top Chef menu, which features their own interpretations to this classic Japanese specialty dish filled with recipes from Toronto Chefs such as Rossy Earle (SupiCucu @PanCanCooks) and Matthew Basile (Fidel Gastro @FidelGastro).
Rossy Earle and Sang Kim
Shinji Yamaguchi and Blessie Anne
Matthew Basile/Fidel Gastro
Alabama Yakitori by Matt Basile /Fidel Gastro
Pork Belly Yakitori
Godzilla Skewer by Shinji Yamaguchi
Bombay Sake Jubilee
Salty and Sweet Beef Satays by Vanessa Young/Aphrodite Cooks
Diabla’s Alligator Kiss by Rosse Earle
Sang’s Amazing Kickass Kimchi
In the back of the space facing McCaul, is Seoul Food Co., which offers Korean style takeout with a small stand-up bar for a quick meal. You get to utilize a Bibimbap bar, where customers can choose from delicious types of rice, meat and glorious vegetables.
And there is another stand for Korean-inspired sandwiches made with Beef Bulgogi and more. Sauces and goods from local chefs, including favourites like Rossy Earle’s SupiCucu’s Hot Sauce, Paula Costa’s (@Dragonskitchen) Dragon’s Piri Piri and of course , Sang’s own Kickass Kimchi (which is still being saved in my refrigerator til the new year).
My Stash of Sang’s Amazing Kickass Kimchi
Yakitori Bar is a great place for so many reasons but most of all for the warmth of Sang himself and the amazing belly warming food served with its Asian twists. Definitely one to visit more often than not and a great place to introduce visitors too as its mere steps away from Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Not only am I anxious to visit again and finally have that Kimchi Poutine but hosting an event or two in 2013 is definitely on the menu!
About Sang Kim
2012 Book Projects:
DRIFTWOOD, a novel about a group of boys coming of age and coming apart in the notorious Jane-Finch projects of Toronto. A model minority story gone to hell.
Some of His Other Projects for 2012:
REEL EATS, monthly gastronomic, film, and storytelling events held at the top restaurant venues in the city, all centered around a famous food film.
COOK/BOOK, monthly filmed interviews with Canada’s most prominent authors about their work as it relates to food.
When foodie travel dreams take people to Italy – a little of Italy comes to Toronto
When foodie travel dreams take people to Italy, Tuscany is often their first stop. There’s something almost seductive & intimately charming about the region and its rustic good living. There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany; the true difficulty really, is where to start. Certainly most travelers should start with Florence, and then continue on to other top spots such as Siena and Pisa. The amazing list of “città di arte”(cities of art), is daunting: Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all striking places to explore and the more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.
One mere kilometer from Siena immersed in a pristine countryside you’ll find a XIV century Carthusian monastery built in 1314, La Certosa di Maggiano. Among the first hotels in Italy to join the Relais et Chateaux Association, it turned into a Relais et Chateaux Hotel in 1978. This enchanting place which is dressed by light and natural luxury, carefully designed & interpreted by the famous architect/interior designer, Renzo Mongiardino.http://www.certosamaggiano.com
Immersed within 6 acres of parks and gardens, the Hotel Certosa di Maggiano offers to its visitors all the typical amenities of a luxury hotel with the addition of a gourmet restaurant, Il Canto, which it has been inducted since 2010 among the World’s Best 50 Restaurants.
The “art of the table” at Il Canto of Le Certosa di Maggiano brings people together throughout the pleasure of eating well while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature and the quality of the food ingredients that the chef Paolo Lopriore carefully selects and transforms enhancing their true essence and flavors. “Il Canto” restaurant or “the chant” in Italian is home to one of Italy’s most noted courageous and innovative culinary artists, Chef Paolo Lopriore.
A mere kilometer away from the spectacular medieval city of Sienna, sits the Hotel Certosa di Maggiano- a 5-star, Relais et Chateaux property that was once a Carthusian monastery built in 1314. “Il Canto” is the hotel’s much lauded restaurant (considered one of the best restaurants in Italy, according to the Gambero Rosso Guide which awarded Il Canto its “Three Forks” title) where Chef Paulo Lopriore helms the kitchen.
A one-time student of Italian culinary master Gualtiero Marchesi (Milan), who has given title to Lopriore as his best pupil, the chef has also honed his craft in Florence at Enoteca Pinchiorri, France’s fabled Maison Troigros and at the Bagatelle in Oslo, Norway with Eyvind Hellstrom. These days, Chef Paulo Lopriore is known for creating a symphony of flavours by taking simple ingredients and elevating them to an art form, a modern twist on traditional Italian. By experimenting with textures and consistencies, using some of the raw, seasonal ingredients of Tuscany’s fertile countryside, it’s said a meal at Il Canto is a “multi-sensorial dining experience”. In 2002, he took over as Head Chef of Il Canto, moving up in ranking 39 in the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2011.
So imagine – the Stratford Chef School’s “International Celebrity Chef in Residence Series” brought Italian Culinary Maestro- Paolo Lopriore from Tuscany’s “Il Canto” to Ontario, Canada. Your tastebuds just might be tingling about now – if only you were a student chef – oh the enjoyable work you would be set upon in that kitchen! http://stratfordchef.com/
“According to the Stratford Chef School’s co-founder Eleanor Kane, bringing global culinary stars to Stratford is a key program that sets this culinary school apart. “Providing first contact with international restaurant chefs is important in our recruitment strategy. During his 2010 visit to the Stratford Chefs School, Paolo’s creative use of ingredients, his exacting approach and attention to detail made a huge impact on students and our culinary instructors. We anticipate another exciting immersion into Italian cooking and culture” says Kane.”
Some of the dishes Chef Paulo Lopriore created and taught while in Stratford included:
- Beef Carpaccio with Black Truffles
- Riso al Nero di Seppia (Risotto in black squid ink)
- Squab with Vin Santo
- Lobster with Sweet Peppers
And the Desserts:
- Meringata… Che Passion! (Meringue… What Passion!)
- Semifreddo with Smoked Sugar
After a list of menu items like this -how can you not want to try and get in on the amazing talents that the Stratford Chef School brings in, but also hop on a plane and heading to Tuscany to visit Chef Paulo at Il Canto and enjoy a stay at Le Certosa di Maggiano – you definitely won’t be disappointed.http://www.relaischateaux.com/certosa
© Deborah Peniuk 2012
Photo Credits of Chef Paulo Lopriore to Terry Manzo of Zenfolio www.zenfolio.com
Starting off this new segment to my blog is one of the women who is most definitely part of my “Global Village”. Tanya Walker is the foundation of Walker Law, which just celebrated its one year anniversary. She keeps inspiring me with her intelligence, grace and support and I know that she is destined for great things!
The Background: Tanya, who is a trial lawyer, opened Walker Law one year ago, located at 401 Bay Street, in the Simpsons Tower. Walker Law employs the fabulous Kai Yorke-Edwards, who is also an alumni of York University and the skilled Sara Deol, a lawyer from Osgoode Hall.
Walker Law specializes in Commercial Litigation, specifically Franchise and Property disputes. Tanya has appeared before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Superior Court of Justice, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Federal Court and has represented claimants before the Human Rights Tribunal.
The talented Ms. Walker currently volunteers on the Ontario Bar Association committee on Franchising and has written an article on Franchising that will be soon to be published. She has also been sharing her time as the head of the Auction Committee for the Second Chance Gala Committee, and being a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and BBPA. Tanya is a vibrant philanthropist and has regularly spoken to various groups and organizations on issues affecting minorities such as the Jamaican Canadian Association, Dollars and Cents Wake up Series, Women’s Enterprise, the BBPA and the black female lawyers retreat, Sistahs-in-Law.
In the time that I have known this inspiring woman, she has achieved even more accomplishments and prestigious job roles.
In 2010, the Honourable Jean Augustine, who was the first black female member of Parliament, nominated Tanya Walker to be recognized on the official Black History Month poster titled “The Next Generation”. This poster was displayed in all schools, libraries and fire stations across Canada, showing the entire country an amazing role model.
In August 2010, her contributions to her community were again recognized and rewarded, allowing Tanya to become the Women’s Enterprise Woman of the Year ahead of 19 other worthy candidates.
In September 2010, she was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to become a member of the Assessment Review Board and in this judicial role, she is responsible to render decisions regarding tax disputes between Property Owners & the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
The Foreground: When this multi-talented woman has some spare time, she enjoys travelling (Tanya has visited over 30 countries), various forms of fitness and spending time with her family & friends.She recently shared my 40th birthday celebration with many of our common friends, enjoying the amazing menu selections at Bloom Restaurant in Toronto.
To find out more information about Tanya Walker – my first entry in Women Doing Their Thing – please visit http://www.tcwalkerlawyers.com or call 647-342-2334.