#Instaweekend | From Yaletown to Hogtown

As you may or may not know, View the Vibe is making big waves on the West Coast. The wonderful Ms. Nicki was off working hard and eating well in Vancouver while some of us back home were making our own edible magic this #instaweekend…

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Nicki kicked off the tail end of her Vancouver tour with a new vibe video shoot at the stunning The Parlour Restaurant in Yaletown. Look out Van City, their awesome eats will soon be in HD!

One of our new videographers filming at The Parlour in Yaletown

While some may have a sweet tooth, Nicki is not shy about her seafood tooth – evident while indulging in some of Vancouver’s freshest seafood at Blue Water Café, with an exceptional lobster ceviche and an exceedingly fresh salmon hand roll both being huge hits for our globetrotting foodie.

Tuna Ceviche at Blue Water Cafe

A brunch by the water at Lift Bar and Grill is never a bad way to start a Saturday…

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Seaside at Lift Bar and Grill 

The heirloom tomato and burrata brulee was as much of a treat for the eyes as it was her hungry palate.

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Brulee

Never one to get sick of the seafaring delights, Nicki’s Dungeness crab benny made all of us back home mighty jealous of her most recent journey.

Dungeness Crab Benny at Lift Bar and Grill

Upon her return to Toronto, Nicki brunched at one of her favourites, Gusto 101 – having ricotta with honey and a cool glass of prosecco… Yes, please!

 

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Sweet Cheese and Sweet Booze

By Sunday night it was back to work – sort of – with the media night for Lisa Marie, the fantastic new restaurant by popup master Fidel Gastro. It’s been a long time coming now, and the exceptionally priced menu of mouthwatering and avant-garde comfort food is going to be a sure hit with the Queen West crowd.

An Aperol Spritz to start things off…

One of the many great drinks at Lisa Marie

Definitely the healthiest and lightest thing on the menu was this colourful tuna puttanesca roll.

Tuna Puttanesca Roll

She could have practically strapped these massive turkey wings to her hands and flown away with them! Though, just like turkeys, after this meal no one was flying anywhere…

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Turkey Wings with Hoisin Chili Sauce (L) and Buffalo Style with Blue Cheese Aioli (R)

One of the most inventive dishes of the evening was the comically named Pork Belly Cheese Thang, with a malleable melted Havarti cheese crisp that served as the sensational shell for smoked pork belly with a cilantro cherry tomato salsa, topped with chili basil aioli.

Pork Belly Cheese Thang at Lisa Marie

 

See more highlights from the Lisa Marie tasting here!

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From a high seas dinner to a high stakes hockey game, my #instaweekend was a medley of home cooked delights and late night noshings (which were eaten in too much haste to make it to the camera roll).

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I started things off this weekend at The Captain’s Table, a Titanic replica dinner on Friday night, supporting the Golden Horseshoe Culinary Team. It was fun to get all classed-up and take in a few authentic preparations from a bygone era of eating. This Chicken Lyonnaise, was one example…

Chicken Lyonnaise at The Captains Table

In between watching The Masters and prepping for the Leafs game, I managed to draw some inspiration from celebrity chef Curtis Stone, whom I met on Friday. Playing a bit with his recipe, I whipped up a dish of Louisiana Style Barbecue Shrimp with garlic, lemon zest, fresh herbs and a cayenne pepper kick. (No barbecue required.)

Louisiana Style Barbecue Shrimp recipe from Curtis Stone’s book What’s For Dinner?

With two important points on the line as the 2013 NHL regular season winds down, I snapped this one while backup goalie Peter Budaj came in for Carey Price after letting up three goals on the Leafs first four shots.  #GoLeafsGo!

Road to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Fingers crossed!)

Catering to a vegan palate, but pleasing the rest of the guests, we had a sweet brunch spread on Sunday morning for visiting, Montreal friends.

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Big-Time Brunch Spread

Now that the barbecue season is finally looking like it’s here, our Sunday Dinner with the cousins, aunts and uncles had all the prerequisite grill marks.

Sunday Night BBQ

After a lengthy conversation debating the virtues and vices of natural vs. Kraft peanut butter, we couldn’t resist adding a dollop of the good stuff (Kraft, of course) to our double chocolate cake. Talk about indulging!

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Jason Finestone

Jason Finestone

A Toronto based food fiend and travel nut with a lust for all things tasty. If his liver can process it (somewhat) then he’s likely game to give it a go. His wanderlust spirit has taken him all over the globe, living in 6 different countries from Canada to the US, South Korea to Europe. Along the way he’s developed a propensity for irreverent parlance and inhibition-less adventure. “If meat is king then dumplings are queen — I am a prince of noodle soups and a duke of hard drink — street food is life.”
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