BEST FOOD TRUCKS/STREET FOOD
1. Maximus Minimus - Seattle
2. Tacofino - Tofino
3. El Gastronomo Vagabundo - Niagara/Toronto
4. Wafels and Dinges - NYC
5. Stone Soup Foodworks - Ottawa
Special mention goes to taco pop-up La Carnita in Toronto. Finding others so close to home that share my love for street tacos has been both heartwarming and inspirational!! (...and their art is pretty cool too)
|Buy art...receive tacos.|
2011 also brought the beginning of the Food Truck Eats events as well as the Toronto Underground Market, a monthly food event featuring dishes from both home cooks and professional chefs. I'm excited to see what 2012 will bring for both of these fantastic organizations.
BEST CANADIAN CRAFT BEER
1. King Heffy - Howe Sound Brewery (Squamish)
2. Rosee d'Hibiscus - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! (Montreal)
3. Long Shot White - Broadhead Brewing Co. (Ottawa)
4. Nickel Brook Ale - Better Bitters Brewing Co. (Burlington)
5. Smoked Oatmeal Stout - Trafalgar Ales & Meads (Oakville)
My picks for favourite seasonal brews are; Muskoka Brewery's Summer Wiesse and my hometown favorite, The Clocktower Brewpub's Pumpkin Ale.
|3 of the many pumpkin ales I got my hands on this fall.|
RESTAURANT/MEAL OF THE YEAR - The Black Hoof (Toronto)
Just prior to eating at The Black Hoof, my friend asked me about my most memorable restaurant meals of all time. I genuinely couldn't come up with a legitimate answer. A couple minutes later we got a call that our table was ready. Well, wonder no more... After consuming a selection of charcuterie, beef tongue on brioche, fried sweetbreads and a blood custard for dessert, I can honestly say that no other meal has ever had the same impact on me than this experience.
So as 2012 revs up, I'm looking forward to the warmer months and the continuation of my street food adventures. I'll be heading down to California in May for another west coast tour which will bring me back to the origins of my love for Latin American cuisine and gourmet food trucks. Also, I'm hoping to work with friends to expand the food truck world here in Ottawa, where there is currently a very sad state of street food.