Summer Can’t Come Soon Enough – A Work-in-Progress Look at the *NEW* Fresh Location at Yonge & Eglinton!

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It may be below zero out but I am all warm and fuzzy inside because I am absolutely ECSTATIC and bouncing off the walls over Fresh’s brand spankin’ NEW location opening this summer!  For those of you already know, jump up and down with me!  For those who don’t, start jumping up and down with glee now!  Fresh is expanding, opening a beautiful new location uptown in the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood right at the intersection of Eglinton Ave. East and Dunfield Ave.  Expected opening?  Just in time for the gorgeous, sun-kissed season of summer.

I should have posted this exciting news back in December when I first found out, but we all know I was hardly here so better late than never!  My breath literally caught in my throat when I found out the news from Fresh’s December newsletter.  One of my favourite restaurants opening a new location in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the city?  PURE GOLD.  I cannot wait.  The patio area is going to be spectacular (just look at it!  Envision patio tables and chairs and sipping freshly blended juices out here!  Ignore the snow.  It’s ugly and it needs to go away, like, NOW).  And even after all my Fresh meals and visits, I am far from exhausting their menu and I am so looking forward to trying something I’ve never tried before at this new location.  It’s only appropriate!  Here’s what’s on my to-eat list (taken straight off their online menu) at Fresh!

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Source: Fresh Restaurant website

  • All-Star Salad ($12) – quinoa & adzuki bean tabouleh on shredded raw kale with goji berries, Toasted Nut & Seed Mix, parsley, cilantro, sunflower sprouts, grilled sweet potato & tofu steaks
  • California Classic Salad ($12) – quinoa & adzuki bean tabouleh on shredded raw kale with goji berries, Toasted Nut & Seed Mix, parsley, cilantro, sunflower sprouts, grilled sweet potato & tofu steaks
  • Sam Houston Burrito ($10) – slow cooked soy & sweet potato taco filling, sautéed peppers & onions, salsa, avocado chipotle sauce, lettuce and alfalfa sprouts
  • Powerhouse Bowl (with either brown rice, $14 or soba noodles, $16) – avocado, chick peas & grilled tofu steaks with sunflower sprouts, Toasted Nut & Seed Mix, tomato, red onion & spicy tahini sauce
  • Dragon Bowl (with either brown rice, $14 or soba noodles, $16.  Also available in baby size. Rice, $10.  Soba noodles, $11) – grilled tomato, zucchini & tofu steaks with rich miso gravy, sesame seeds, cilantro & green onions
  • Energy Bowl (with either brown rice, $14 or soba noodles, $16.  Also available in baby size. Rice, $10.  Soba noodles, $11) – marinated tofu cubes, rich coconut curry sauce, chick pea & vegetable stew, cucumber, tomato, red onion, sunflower sprouts & tahini sauce
  • Brunch Burrito (weekend brunch only, $11) – scrambled tofu with tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, alfalfa & house mayo in a grilled whole wheat tortilla served with your choice of soup, salad or home fries
  • Banana Nut Pancakes and Blueberry Almond Pancakes (weekend brunch only; double for $8, triple for $10)

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I will consider my mission accomplished if I can even check two options off this list!  It’s just a never-ending list of scrumptious wants, especially when you factor in how much I love creating my own custom bowls too!

Summer can’t come soon enough.

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Fresh currently serves 3 locations in downtown Toronto:

  1. 326 Bloor St. West (right off the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Bloor St. West, just east of Spadina)
  2. 894 Queen St. West (at the intersection of Crawford St. and Queen St. West, near Trinity Bellwoods Park)
  3. 147 Spadina Ave. (near the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Queen St. West, a block south of Queen)
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Blowing Kisses to my Fudgy Sweet Tooth – Toasted Walnut David’s Tea & the Triple Chocolate Fudge from The Cupcake Shoppe!

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For the last month I’ve been having the strangest craving.  Not the stereotypical I’m-pregnant-and-all-I-want-are-pickles (or in my mum’s case when she was pregnant, bananas) type of craving, but the type of craving that feels so strange because it’s so common to everyone else BUT you.

I’ve been craving chocolate.  *cue crickets chirping*

It’s true!  Let it be known that I have always been a vanilla kind of girl.  Vanilla ice cream, vanilla frosting, those yummy rectangular vanilla Peek Freans cookies with the cream in the middle, vanilla whatever!  I’ve always enjoyed chocolate, sure (especially white chocolate but we all know white chocolate isn’t technically real chocolate.  Blah blah) but when push came to shove, vanilla was my happy place.  But lately?  Oh my goodness I’ve been raiding the chocolate peppermint patties, chocolate caramel, and Godiva chocolates in the sweet tooth bin in my pantry at home almost every day!  A nibble of dark chocolate here, a little truffle there.  My house is hardly full of the stuff; far from it.  But with Christmas and Valentine’s behind us, we’ve accumulated quite the decent stash and I’m shocked to find myself working my way through it!

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And nuts!  Oh how things change with age.  You couldn’t pay me in lip gloss to get me to eat the stuff when I was little.  I wasn’t even really eating nuts 5 years ago.  But here I am noshing on almonds, hazlenuts, walnuts and pecans by choice and popping Ferrero Rocher chocolates like breath mints.

It’s a new era on Ate by Ate.  It’s time for more chocolate!

What we have here: the fudgy, decadent Triple Chocolate Fudge cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe!  The cupcake ($2.85), with its chocolate cake, chocolate fudge frosting, and white chocolate chips, is one of the newer flavours the shop introduced when they expanded their line-up of flavours last summer and when they opened up their 2nd location in Vaughan.

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The cupcake is sitting comfortably beside a hot cup of Toasted Walnut tea from David’s Tea, by far one of their best teas EVER!  The flavour is so warm and rich and perfectly concentrated with just a hint of caramel sweetness and to be honest, it took me by surprise.  I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be bad, but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be THIS delicious.  I love tea immensely but some teas, in general, just don’t work for me because the flavour doesn’t come through strong enough.  If I wanted to drink hot water, I would just drink hot water!  The Toasted Walnut at David’s Tea is fantastic though and it’s totally on my “get a tin of this” list!

And as a bonus?  A packet of David’s Tea’s special Red Velvet Cake tea ($6.75, 50g), their Tea of the Month this past February and another amazing showstopper!  I’m telling you, this tea is even BETTER than an actual red velvet cupcake!  For a twist, try it iced.  I’ve tried it iced and I love it!  Rest assured, this is not a limited edition tea so you can definitely get some loose leaf in a tin if they don’t have the cute packets on their counter anymore.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a chocolate mint macaron waiting for me….

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The Cupcake Shoppe is located in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood at 2417 Yonge St., north of Eglinton on the east side of Yonge St.  Their second location in Vaughan is located by Bathurst St. and Rutherford Road at 9340 Bathurst.  Hurray for more cupcake options in York Region!

They have a rotating menu of cupcake flavours each day and each cupcake is priced at $2.85.  For more Cupcake Shoppe goodness on Ate by Ate, click HERE!  There are write-ups, scrapbook layouts, and tons of photos on The Cupcake Shoppe’s following flavours: Cookie Dough, Eh? (maple), Lemon Drop & Lov’n Lemon (the first one is one of the most amazing lemon cupcakes you will ever eat and the latter, not so much), Red Velvet, Naughty n’ Spice (fall seasonal), After Ate (mint chocolate), Pretty in Pink (raspberry cupcake with raspberry buttercream), and the delicious summer seasonal Lime n’ Licious.

A Fresh Start for Ate by Ate: Macaron Day TO 2013 & Warming Up with Hot Chocolate & Macarons at La Bamboche

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Creamy hot chocolate and lavender and green tea white sesame macarons at La Bamboche!

I have a lot of explaining to do.  Because I really dropped the ball this time.  I’ll let myself off the hook for the month of December.  I was on-again, off-again and Christmas just swept me off my feet.  There was family, there were friends, there was work (was there EVER work – I was doing paperwork on Christmas eve!), there was my sweetheart and just like that, the month was over.  But the last two months?  I have not been here.  And I should have been.  But it was not happening because life just kept happening.  Things at work became much more hectic and demanding (why, hello there promotion!), I got to travel for the very first time (hello and goodbye, Florida!), I got sick, weekends disappeared before my eyes (if I wasn’t out and about gathering content, I was editing photos and if I wasn’t editing photos, I was sifting through e-mail, and if I wasn’t doing that I was trying to catch up on sleep).  I was utterly exhausted.  I could not keep up anymore.

Forget the clipped pace I was operating on – I hadn’t been to a farmers’ market in weeks, my scrapbook supplies were yearning for attention, and I was literally falling asleep as I was typing on my laptop at 7 in the evening (you don’t even want to know the incoherent gibberish I typed as I dozed off).  When that started happening, I knew I had to stop.  I always took pride in being the best supergirl I could be, balancing everything in life and still feeling happy, fulfilled, and overall, really content.  But things in my life had changed and I needed to be honest with myself about what my limits were, what I could and couldn’t do, and what truly made me happy.  So I took a break.  What the exception of putting together the January and February Food Calendars, blogging and I took a break from one another.  Because if I couldn’t be at my best, I didn’t want to blog at all.  Ate by Ate is my baby and it deserves a lot better than half-hearted, half-ass efforts.

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There was one day where I ambled around downtown in Baldwin Village and Kensington Market on my own, something I hadn’t done in what felt like ages.  And I actually felt a lump form in my throat and I could feel myself start to get choked up because, even though it was chilly and damp and just a gloomy kind of day, I felt SO GOOD.  I felt free and happy.  And I was reminded of how much I missed it and how important it was for me to actually soak in and enjoy everything as opposed to just robotically moving through it and frantically trying to get something done. 

Maybe it’s spring coming up (yes, it WILL come!), maybe it’s the love and excitement for Macaron Day; I finally feel like I’m ready to be back for real and I am so excited.  Admittedly, things won’t be the same around here.  I won’t be able to post every day like I used to.  But I will be here again full-time and as much as I can and I’m really thankful and appreciative of everyone and all of you who’ve stuck around for me.  THANK YOU x a million!

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So, first order of business: Macaron Day Toronto 2013!  If you don’t already know or if you haven’t checked out the Food Calendar listings, Macaron Day TO returns for its sophomore year on Wednesday, March 20th!  Organized by and spearheaded by La Bamboche, the event celebrates macarons worldwide and benefits Red Door Shelter here in Toronto.  You can check out the official website HERE for info on Red Door Shelter and how Macaron Day came to be.  There are some new new participants this year (including my beloved Le Dolci!) and we have a dedicated group of Macaron Day TO ambassadors promoting the cause and event – including me! 

I am SO proud to be a Macaron Day TO ambassador and I will be promoting and sharing all Macaron Day TO content all month long until the 20th, when I’ll be out and about participating in the festivities!  Follow the other girls on Twitter and Facebook (click on the ambassadors link above for blog  and Twitter contact info), follow @MacaronTO on Twitter, and “Like” and keep up with the Macaron Day TO Facebook page for fun photos, news, surveys and more!  Check out Ate by Ate’s journey last year:

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If you need some visual cues and suggestions for the day, you’ve come to the right place!  My most recent macaron purchase from La Bamboche included chocolate, espresso, eggnog rum, green tea and white sesame, lavender, caramel sea salt, pistachio, raspberry chocolate ganache, yuzu, and strawberry champagne!  And let’s not forget about their fabulous green tea mango macarons!  My favourites have to be the green tea mango and the strawberry champagne (the adorable minty green one with the little edible silver pearl on top in the photos!) and I’m hoping to try more fab flavours during future visits. 

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La Bamboche serves two locations in Toronto.  One is located at 4 Manor Rd. E., off Yonge St. south of Eglinton Ave. and the other location is at 1712 Avenue Rd., north of Lawrence Ave. East at the corner of Avenue and Fairlawn.

French Classics, Spanish Paella & Tapas, Raw & Vegan, Asian Sensations & More! March Madness Cooking Classes in Toronto!

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Intro to Raw Cuisine with Mary Hulbert at The Depanneur, March 4.  3:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $65+HST/person.  Chef Mary Hulbert is back with another great class devoted to all things raw!  Learn how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, the health benefits of raw foods, and more.  This interactive and demo-style workshop will feature all gluten-free, vegan recipes: vanilla-infused almond milk, superfood energy smoothie, raw zucchini pasta with lemon hemp pesto, and blueberry chia pudding.  All participants will also receive copies of all the recipes to take home!   http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-intro-to-raw-cuisine-with-mary-hulbert/

Celebrity Supper Club at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 6.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Be dazzled and star-struck with food at this special celebrity-inspired supper club at the LCBO.  Right on the heels of the Oscars, chefs Lesley Stoyan and Sandra Latcham from Daily Apple, Toronto, will be recreating some delicious 5-star dishes and recipes from some of Hollywood’s finest.  On the menu: Clueless Crostini – wild mushrooms, artichokes and leeks (Alicia Silverstone); spaghetti with crispy zucchini and basil, lemon and Parmigiano Reggiano (Gwyneth Paltrow) and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Chocolate-Making Workshop at Chocolate Tales, March 6.  8pm-9:30pm.  519 Eglinton West at The Mad Bean.  $82 +HST/person (use code COCOA2013 at checkout to receive 45% off a full-price workshop ticket!).  Whether your tastebuds yearn for chocolate right around Valentine’s Day or you’re just a chocolate enthusiast, this chocolate-making workshop will satisfy those sweet teeth!  Learn about the history of chocolate, sample from bean to bar with 4 chocolate tastings, work with Belgian chocolate to make bonbons, truffles, fondant, and more!  http://chocolatetalesthemadbean.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecal

Amazing Asian by Marni Wasserman, March 7.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  This gluten and dairy-free cooking class will delight the tastebuds with a delicious Asian-inspired menu!  Menu includes vegetable nori rolls, napa cabbage salad, tempeh stir-fry, arame (sea vegetable) soba noodle salad, green tea chocolate bliss balls and more!  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=107

Sourdough Bread Making by Trade School Toronto, March 7.  1pm-3pm.  7 Hart House Circle in the Hart House Board Room at University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Price: barter!  Click on the link for more info on what you can bring to “pay” for your class!  Trade School Toronto is a fun, innovative, and communal learning project that is based on spreading and gaining knowledge through barter.  At this class, learn how to make sourdough bread with Sarah E. Hoffman with basic recipes and techniques.  Enjoy multigrain sourdough loaf and a sourdough pizza crust!  http://tradeschool.coop/toronto/class

Vegan Cookie Decorating by Trade School Toronto, March 9.  3pm-5pm.  7 Hart House Circle in the Hart House Board Room at University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Price: barter!  Click on the link for more info on what you can bring to “pay” for your class!  Trade School Toronto is a fun, innovative, and communal learning project that is based on spreading and gaining knowledge through barter.  At this class, learn how to make vegan sugar cookies and flood icing with Sarah E. Hoffman with basic recipes and techniques.  All supplies are provided so bring a container to take your delicious decorated cookies home and a healthy appetite!  http://tradeschool.coop/toronto/class

GE Café Chefs Series: Maple Madness at Evergreen Brick Works, March 12.  6pm-9pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $75 each workshop or $420 for 6 workshops.  Workshops include cooking demos, wine tastings, and discussions about current and important food issues affecting our culinary and social environments, all in an intimate setting.  At this workshop, join Chef Matthew DeMille as he celebrates the maple syrup in Prince Edward County!  Enjoy a maple-inspired menu and wine from Flat Rock Cellars, Ontario.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/food/chefs-series#mar12

Local Comforts at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 13.  5:30pm-8:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $85 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Savour the comforts of local and seasonal food and wine during these lingering weeks of winter at this full-meal class hosted and lef by Cjef Matthew Kennedy.  On the menu: crispy duck confit with mash, baby spinach, and Ontario sour-cherry preserves; roasted heirloom beet salad and more!  PLUS, one lucky attendee will receive a special hand blender and recipes from Matthew Kennedy himself!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Kimchi and Banchan with Jonna Pedersen at The Depanneur, March 18.  6:30pm.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Chef Jonna Pedersen leads this extensive workshop devoted to the exquisite cultural traditions and intricacies of Korean cuisine, particularly banchan, a Korean tapas-style meal featuring small savoury dishes served with rice and kimchi.  This hands-on workshop will feature 3 different kinds of kimchi as well as a number of banchan side dishes including spring onion pancakes, candied lotus roots, pickled onion and garlic, and so much more!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/workshop-kimchi-banchan-with-jonna-pedersen/

Veggin’ Comfortably by Marni Wasserman, March 18.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  26 Lauderdale Drive (Bayview Ave. & York Mills).  $115 +HST/person with additional rates for 2 adults, adult with child, and student.  Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet and/or lifestyle isn’t always easy and can sometimes be a little overwhelming and confusing.  This class will introduce you to lots of helpful information, tools, and recipes to make the transition fun, simple, and delicious!  Sample recipes include butternut squash, lentil and coconut soup, black bean burgers, marinated kaleslaw salad and more!  http://www.marniwasserman.com/classes/event-registration/?regevent_action=register&event_id=116

Warming Soups & Salads at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 20.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location. There’s nothing like a comforting, hearty, and delicious bowl of stew, soup, or chowder to welcome you after a cold winter day.  Join Nettie Cronish as she shows you how to make these hearty dishes along with some nutritious salads!  On the menu: apricot lentil soup; barley miso soup; soba noodle salad with dried mushrooms and ginger tahini dressing, and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Spanish Tapas and Paella at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 23.  10:30pm-12:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Take a culinary journey to Spain with Chef Jose Arato, owner of Toronto’s Pimentón, as he shows you the tastes, flavours, and techniques of tapas and paella!  On the menu: escalivada (Catalan eggplant and pepper salad); paella a la valenciana (chicken and seafood paella); sofrito (one of Spain’s basic sauces); and ice cream turrón with vanilla sauce and fresh berries.  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

French Classics Revisited at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 25.  6pm-8pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $60 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Tradition and simplicity take centre-stage at this worldly French cooking class led by Chef Verner Hauer.  On the menu: leek and potato soup with fresh thyme; Parisian chicken breast with raspberry vinaigrette sauce; classic parsley boiled and buttered new potatoes; escargots in white wine sauce and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

Homemade Pasta 201 at The Culinarium, March 26.  6:30pm-9pm.  705 Mount Pleasant Road.  $99 +HST/person plus additional rates for multiple persons.  Chef Angelo Bean returns to The Culinarium for more pasta-making fun!  Learn how to make stuffed pastas, flavoured pastas, and more.  This class is perfect for those who want to learn the ins and outs of homemade pasta making (beginners welcome!) and for those who would love to engage in more instruction after the Pasta 101 class.  http://www.culinarium.ca/index.php?page=culinarium-events

Spring Entertaining Menu at the LCBO Bayview Village, March 27.  6pm-8:30pm.  2901 Bayview Ave. at the LCBO Bayview Village.  $75 +HST/person; to register and book tickets, please visit the participating location.  Break out the pastels and fresh linens and tablecloths – it’s time for a bright and cheerful spring gathering!  Join Chef Paula Bambrick for this class featuring make-ahead dishes and organizing tips for your upcoming party!  On the menu: phyllo-wrapped asparagus with lemon aioli; smoked salmon tartlets, Cornish hens with herb sauce, roasted rhubarb tarts with strawberry tarts and more!  http://www.lcbo.com/learn/cookingclasses_bayview.shtml

M is March, Maple Syrup, and Macaron Day TO! The Sweet & Fabulous March Food Calendar!

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Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival, March 2 – April 7.  All day, every day.  2 locations: Bruce’s Mills Conservation Area (3291 Stouffville Road in Stouffville) and Kortright Centre for Conservation (9550 Pine Valley Drive in Woodbridge).  $10 for adults, $6.50 for children and seniors, and students, children 4 and under with family are FREE.  Prices include HST.  Welcome the spring season with a month-long maple syrup festival!  Engage in syrup tastings, demos, pancakes, a maple syrup dinner, learn about the history of maple syrup, get maple syrup recipes and so much more!  Click the link the schedule of events and more info.  http://maplesyrupfest.com/

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Roland & Russell Brewers Launch Party, March 3.  8:30pm-11:30pm.  36 Harbord Street at the Wolfond Centre.  $35 for pre-booked, early bird tickets; $50 at the door.  Payment can be made directly through Paypal on the event website or by calling 905-738-3339.  Enjoy an evening of beer tasting, food, and music at this exclusive event benefiting the United Chesed, an organization in the Jewish community that supports low-income persons and families in the GTA with financial support and assistance.  Join beer expert, Ben Shillow, for a tasting of 3 craft draughts brand new to Canada by R&R Brewery including He’brew Jewbelation, Southern Tier IPA and Bush Pilot Stormy Monday, plus Mackmyra First Edition, single malt whiskey!  http://www.unitedchesed.com/events.html

Senior’s Community Kitchen at Evergreen Brick Works, March 5.  11am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE (please inquire about transportation arrangements if necessary by calling 416-596-1495 x340 or by e-mailing sforfar@evergreen.ca).  Senior’s Community Kitchen is just one of the many monthly senior’s activities offered by Evergreen Brick Works to provide senior’s and elders with an opportunity to socialize and mingle with others, to share skills and knowledge, to learn about healthy food choices and options, and to have fun preparing nutritious meals.   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/seniors-in-action#kitchen

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 6.  7pm.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

Kitchen Sisters 2013 – A Benefit for Sistering, March 8.  6pm reception, 7pm dinner.  85 Hanna Avenue at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.  $500 ticket/person ($350 tax receipt issued).  Celebrate International Women’s Day in the company of some of the city’s most exceptional and admired women chefs in the industry!  The night, in support of Sistering, an organization that provides assistance to homeless, underhoused, at-risk, and low-income women in the Toronto community, will include a cocktail reception, 4-course dinner, wine pairings, door prizes and more.  http://sistering.org/events/kitchensisters.php

California Crusin’ Wine Tasting by the iYellow Wine Club, March 9.  7pm-10pm.  69 Bathurst Street at The Hoxton.  $55/person; to purchase tickets, visit the website.  Forget spring break in Florida; California taste and sunshine come to Toronto with this exclusive wine tasting event presented by iYellow Wine Club!  Sip over 60 wines from California, nosh on delicious food truck eats, and enjoy a vibrant Saturday night party celebration!   http://iyellowwineclub.com/upcoming-events-tours/california-cruisin?regevent_action=register&event_id=3

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Seedy Saturday, March 9.  11am-4pm.  Evergreen Brick Works at 550 Bayview Ave.  $5 or PWYC.  Take part in this annual, national event where you can buy, sell, and trade seeds!  Swap seeds and heirloom varieties with other passionate seed and plant enthusiasts, buy seeds from local vendors, and learn about this long-standing tradition.  You just might end up with some special heirloom tomato seeds that you can plant in your very own backyard!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/seedy-saturday

Toronto Underground Market at Evergreen Brick Works, March 9.  5pm-10pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  Online tickets ON SALE NOW (February 22nd on); tickets are $22.60 + $2.50 service charge.  The Toronto Underground Market is a special, monthly event that aims to bring our community together via food pathways by uncovering and illuminating hidden culinary talent within our city.  TUM offers food entrepreneurs and budding chefs a platform to share their food and stories, as well as an avenue to promote local food and businesses.  Tickets for the April TUM will go on sale on March 22!  http://yumtum.ca/index.html

Food 4 Thought: A Taste of Lebanon, March 15.  7pm-9pm.  631 Crawford Street at the Kadampa Meditation Centre.  $20/person or $35 for two; register through the website.  Find your inner zen at this relaxing meditation and 3-course vegetarian meal session at the Kadampa Temple.  Meet new people (community volunteers serve the meal!) and enjoy a taste of Lebanese food.  http://kadampa.ca/event/food-for-thought/

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 16.  10am.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

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St. Patrick’s Eve Céilidh at Montgomery’s Inn, March 16.  7pm-11pm.  4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue.  $5 +HST/person; cash bar.  Party the evening away, Irish style, at Montgomery’s Inn!  Enjoy hearty Irish stew, fresh baked bread, and plenty of music!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

St. Patrick’s Day Tea at Montgomery’s Inn, March 17.  1pm-4pm.  4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue.  $10 +HST/person.  Pinkies up at this St. Patty’s Day themed afternoon tea!  Enjoy classic porter cake, shamrock cookies, and more.  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

Macaron Day Toronto, March 20.  All day at 20 participating cafes, patisseries, and bakeries across Toronto!  For the 2nd year in a row, Toronto is celebrating the delicate, dainty, and delicious macaron in support of Red Door Family Shelter!  Patisseries will be offering complimentary macarons for the entire day, while supplies last.  25% of all additional macaron sales will go toward the Red Door Family Shelter helping abused women and children, the homeless, and families in need with emergency support and shelter.  Check out the official website to find out about our ambassadors and which patisseries are participating this year!  http://macarondayto.com/macaronDay.html

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Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 23.  10am.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

Pati’s Mexican Table at The Cookbook Store, March 23.  2pm-3pm.  850 Yorkville Ave.  FREE.  Pati Jinich comes to The Cookbook Store to promote her new cookbook, “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking” and to share her love of all things Mexican!  Meet Pati Jinich, learn more about her Mexican cooking and techniques, her PBS tv show, “Pati’s Mexican Table”, and enjoy a number of Mexican treats straight from her cookbook!  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

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Book Launch at The Stop Community Food Centre – The Stop: How the fight for good food transformed a community and inspired a movement, March 24.  Time TBA.  601 Christie Street at The Stop Beer Garden.  FREE; beer, food and books will be available for purchase at the event.  Celebrate the book launch and support The Stop’s mission to continue fighting for equitable food politics in and around our city.  http://thestop.org/event/24-mar-2013

Korean Lunar New Year Temple Feast: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, March 24.  7:30pm; 8pm dinner.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Join Chef Jonna Pedersen for a fresh, spring, meal inspired by the Korean Buddhist temple cuisine!  Pedersen, who studied cooking in Korea, will be serving Korean-style tapas (Temple Food Banchan) including pumpkin porridge, acorn jelly and soybean stew; Korean soup (Ddeok Guk soup) with crispy seaweed, seitan, ricecake, julienned egg, along with dumplings and more; and to finish off, a traditional Korean tea service!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-korean-lunar-new-year-temple-feast-by-jonna-pederson/

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 31.  1pm.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1