Niagara Chef Showcase

Niagara Parks hosted their annual Niagara Chef Showcase at Legends on the Niagara complex on April 3rd, 2016. 7 Niagara Parks’ chefs and 3 local chefs showed their talent by creatively executing sample dishes of locally sourced products. At the end of the event, 1 chef took home the trophy that has been dropped and dinged a few times too many!Read More »

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Pokeh

Canada’s first eatery to serve pokē is located right here in the heart of Hamilton, the Farmers’ Market. Sometimes it can be a maze down there: enter through the doors on Wilson Street, turn right to go to the lower level by using the ramp, continue going straight all the way down the hallway to the ‘Real Food Court’. Turn left and you’ll see Eat Industry‘s wall mural for their ramen bar and across the aisle you’ll find Pokeh! Salar and Jeannie of Meat Ventures have extended their passion and love of food from their successful food truck adventure to this creative and tasty concept of pokē.Read More »

MeNami Toronto

MeNami

I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of Han Ba Tang‘s food all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure you check them out if you’re into Korean fusion food and cocktails. Well, the owner, Chae, has ventured into Japanese food focusing on authentic oriental noodles with western sauces using modern presentation and featuring many different types of Sake. Chef Kevin Shin traveled to Kaga (the original town of udon) to train under the udon masters. The day before MeNami‘s grand opening, some foodies were invited to get a sneak peak at the menu.Read More »

Jamie’s Italian Yorkdale

You’ve probably seen Jamie Oliver’s face on the Food Network, around the world, and all over Sobey’s Better Food to Canadians campaign. I remember the days when I’d watch his cooking show, Oliver’s Twist, where he would pump out incredibly simple dishes in a casual and laid back way. His kitchen on-set was fun and bright with bluish-purple walls and a collection of jars and containers for various spices, herbs, and dried goods. His personality was down-to-earth and it just seemed like he wanted to spread his knowledge about food with everyone.Read More »

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Lake Road Grand Opening Gala

Hamilton’s restaurant scene is booming and expanding so quickly, I can barely keep up. Well, actually, I can’t keep up. Lake Road is one of the newest additions to the popular James Street North nieghbourhood. Owners Chef Dan Megna and Laurie Lilliman, of Twisted Lemon have graced Hamilton with their “refine dining” concept. From Twisted Lemon‘s website, “The driving force behind Twisted Lemon is that, ‘fine dining is great food and great service, and is an experience that all should enjoy’.” This is what you’ll find at Lake Road too!Read More »

Except for Kenneth

Except for Kenneth

Except for Kenneth is an unusual name for a restaurant but if you’ve seen their local advertisements, you’d understand and have a good laugh too. Located on Ottawa Street, the restaurant sits beside its sister restaurant Black Sheep Snack Bar and other local favourites like Canon Coffee and Southern Smoke BBQ House. The space is small with about 30-35 seats. Decor is a collection of eclectic and vintage items with a sailor theme against muted teal walls. Located in the East end of Hamilton, the area is being rejuvenated by new restaurants like Black Sheep and Except for Kenneth. You can also find an interesting collection of vintage stores, hobby stores, bakeries, salons, clothing stores, and the first location of Tim Hortons! It’s a bit out of the way but not far enough for me to explore. It’s also in the same area as the beautiful Gage Park.Read More »

Culantro

Culantro has been on my list of Hamilton-restaurants-to-check-out for a while and the opportunity finally came. It started with a tweet about the special for the day – beef hearts and pork belly tamales. Hamilton foodies united and we made a reservation. Culantro is a very small eatery on King Williams beside The Baltimore House. The dining area seats only about 20 people because it’s run by chef and owner, Juan Castillo. He is a one-man-show in the kitchen and sometimes, front-of-house! Juan’s approach is to introduce his treasured family recipes to the table by presenting them in a familiar way and making it affordable.Read More »

Serve Ping Pong Lounge

Situated in the busy area of King Street East, Serve Ping Pong is a space with 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and good eats. What once used to be the Hamilton Spectator Building, they have transformed the desolate space into a modern lounge fully equipped with brand spanking new ping pong tables, an eating area, a private room, and a beautiful bar. The hardwood floors, wooden pillars, decorative ceilings, and brick walls transport you back to simpler times. Once you step in, you’d be amazed at the amount of open space. It’s perfect for large parties and functions, plus it’s at a convenient location. The space is divided into dine/play and dine/drink. If you’re not interested in the intense sport of table tennis, their menu is worth checking out. Instead of going to the usual route and serving typical lounge and bar snacks, they’ve stepped it up with some creative effort!Read More »