Wednesday Randomness

In an attempt to post more often, while being useful and relevant, here are some things that have arrived in my inbox and various social media channels recently + one announcement:

1. Open now: The Good Press juice bar

This new Yorkville juice bar opened last week. I couldn’t make it to the opening event, but enjoyed learning about the shop. From the media release:

The full-service juice bar allows Torontonians and visitors to enjoy an array of menu offerings from cold-pressed juices, smoothies and live energy shots to açai puree fruit bowls and house-made nut milks.

Find the juice bar at 87 Yorkville Ave. (at Bellair) or online:

The Good Press Yorkville. Photo by Jesse Milns

Photo credit: Jesse Milns, BlogTO

2. I’m a Herbamare Blogger

In June 2013 I was one of a handful of bloggers involved in A. Vogel’s BioSnacky blogger campaign. The sprouts didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. If I recall correctly, some types were perfect but some seemed to get waterlogged. I concluded that I preferred sprouting with an electric spouter or nut sack instead. However, in a post called Sprouting with bioSnacky: A new beginning I shared,

We already use A. Vogel’s Herbamare seasoning in my house. We keep a big container, while I have a small baggie of it at work.

Next month the company is doing a Herbamare campaign and I’m one of 30 bloggers involved.

A.Vogel is inviting up to 30 Canadian food bloggers to get creative with Herbamare organic seasoning salts for 30 days. Share your results for a chance to win one of three $100 AVogel gift baskets.

I’m looking forward to this.

3. Come see us at Luminato

Something else I’m looking forward to:

On Saturday, June 7th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square my man and I will be serving up food at Luminato’s Taste of the Beach.

Highlighting the Cardboard Beach, ten local chefs will be paired with ten Festival artists to create a unique and delectable summertime dish that explores the flavours of eating at the beach – all hot off the barbecue!

I won’t yet share what we’re making but there will be two pork products in it, we’ll be making a lot of it, and we’re being helped out by our friends and neighbours Two Bite Saloon. Another blog post about this to follow.

4. The Brewer’s Plate is back in early June

The Brewer’s Plate unites 23 breweries + 2 wine and cider providers, with 15 prolific chefs from 13 of Toronto’s top restaurants and 8 artisans.

Local ingredient suppliers include King Cole Duck, Grandview Farms, 100KM Foods, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, and Sol Cuisine.

The Brewer’s Plate is always a fundraiser, which one beneficiary being selected each year. The last time I went, in 2011, the beneficiary was Not Far From the Tree.

This year’s fortunate Brewers Plate beneficiary is the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable grant-making organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. At more than 1.8 million acres, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable.

5. Two months until the Toronto Festival of Beer

From my inbox:

Purchase a VIP ticket to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and enjoy from the comfort of an air-conditioned Lounge in Gossip Restaurant overlooking the lake. Your ticket allows you to enter the Festival 1.5 hours prior to the general public and with it comes: 10 sampling tokens, a catered Burger Bar presented by Chef Rob Rainford, and two full beverages!

Additionally, we’re happy to announce our new TFOB Trails Tour Program! Expanding on the Girls Guided Beer Tour from previous years, we are introducing the following new tours:

1. The Women’s TFOB Trail hosted by Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer
2. The Extreme Beer Trail hosted by Crystal Luxmore
3. The Gluten Free Beer Trail hosted by Ginger Johnson
4. The Cider Lovers Trail hosted by Ginger Johnson

For more information on our new TFOB Trails, Click Here! Tickets for VIP and TFOB Trails can be purchased at or HERE!

The Toronto Festival of Beer (aka “Beerfest” and “Beerfest Toronto”), happens at Bandshell Park – Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Blvd) July 25-27.

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