Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fashion Cares 25 Launch Party

Earlier this week, I attended the launch party for the 25th Anniversary of Fashion Cares, an event which raises funds for HIV/AIDS research. This year's event will take place on September 9th with Sir Elton John headlining the spectacular show. Toronto's media darlings all converged at the swanky La Societe restaurant in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville area to mix and mingle with the likes of supermodel Yasmin Warsame; Fashion Cares Artistic Director, Philip Ing; Fashion Cares Co-Chair, Michael King and more.
Philip Ing
Fashion Cares Artistic Director: Philip Ing

The fashion component of this year's show will feature a retrospective look back at the past 25 years of Fashion Cares and as an added bonus, a retrospective glimpse at some of Elton John's signature costumes will also be on display. Fashion Cares will definitely be, and always is, THE fashion event of the year! Check out the pics below to see more from the launch party and visit the Fashion Cares site for more info.
Global News' Anne Mroczkowski and Fashion Cares Co-Chair Michael King

Flare's Ryan Porter & I

Natasha Koifman of NKPR (Right)



Yasmin Warsame & I




Slice.ca's Nadine Anglin & I



Sunday, April 1, 2012

PHOTOlicious: Guu Izakaya Toronto

One of my passions is fine dining and I'm always seeking out new dining experiences that go off the eaten path. I'm a huge fan of Japanese food and while I was traveling in Japan a few years ago a friend of mine took me to my first Izakaya restaurant. These Japanese dining establishments are similar to Spanish tapas bars and you're meant to enjoy smaller gourmet dishes over cups of fine sake with great company.
Guu is one of the more popular Izakayas in Toronto and there's always a lineup out the door (with up to a two hour wait on a regular night). They don't take reservations and their first-come-first-serve policy had a friend and I at their doorstep twenty minutes after they opened just to get a seat. Thankfully, we were seated without any wait time and were able to get our Guu on!

We started with lucious Sake Mojitos and then proceeded to gnosh on a number of delicious and delightful dishes...


First up, we had a serving of Salmon Tataki. It was pure melt-in-your mouth goodness and it was served with mayo for an extra layer of texture and flavour.


I'm always up for trying new foods, so we thought we'd be adventurous and give this scrumptious Tontoro dish a try. You'd never know that it was pork cheek, and it was pan fried in sesame oil which gave it a rich, nutty flavour.


You can't ever go wrong with Calamari and this spicy version of this popular dish was simply delectable. I'm always skeptical about fried foods because I'm not a fan of grease, but to my delight--there wasn't any shine or grease to be seen or tasted.


Similar to the Calamari, this Chicken Karaage dish was pleasantly grease-less and it was served with a side of Japanese mayo. After dipping these crisp and crunchy pieces of chicken in the mayo, I concluded that mayo, and Japanese mayo in particular, makes everything tastier!

I personally can't think of a more appetizing combination than grilled scallops and enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon. Mmmmmm...


Udon noodles smothered in a sumptuous cream sauce and topped with lobster--what's not to love?


Tempura banana and coconut ice cream served with a choco/mango sauce was the perfect ending to our Guu experience!

 

Guu Izakaya
398 Church Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2A2
(416) 977-0999


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