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The Dish Holiday Gift Guide: 12 last-minute finds for food lovers

Buying gifts for foodies gives you an excuse to actually purchase some of the fancy ingredients and beautiful tools you’ve spent the rest of the year lusting after. And even though you have to give them away, there’s a good chance the recipient will invite you for a taste of the finished results. Below, we’ve rounded together 12 perfect last-minute presents—from a killer bottle of bourbon to a killer night out—for the fellow food fanatics on your list.

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Momofuku Fever: we review David Chang’s new four-in-one mega-restaurant

David Chang’s new complex on University Avenue—three ­restaurants and a bar—puts a Toronto spin on a New York phenomenon

Momofuku Fever: we review David Chang’s new four-in-one mega-restaurant
Noodle Bar star ½
Daishō star
Shōtō star
190 University Ave., momofuku.com

In the foodie era, standing in line for a table is a rite of passage. We wait for caviar-topped tacos one week, bacon doughnuts the next, and the longer the wait, goes our logic, the more rewarding the eats. At places like Grand Electric and Guu, the 20-somethings pose as if they’re about to enter a nightclub. This past September, a three-storey temple called Momofuku opened next door to the new Shangri-La Hotel, on University Avenue. The Momofuku lineup is something altogether different, in both its composition and its devotion: no other Toronto restaurant appeals to the same collision of suited bankers, hipsters in their beards and plaids, extended Asian families and, one night, a smirking Ken Finkleman. As the line inches closer, people take out their iPhones and snap pictures of the restaurant’s neon peach logo above the door.

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Momofanboys and girls: we have a date for the opening of Momofuku Toronto

It’s not as though we’re excited or anything... (Image: Arnold Gatilao)

Earlier today, the good people at Grub Street posted a Q&A with Momofuku chef and owner David Chang, where he dropped several details about his upcoming Toronto ventures, including the most important: the opening date of July 28, which, if you’re inclined to start counting things, is 94 days away. (See update below). There will be either two or three different Momofuku concepts in the building adjacent to the Shangri-La, with the bottom floor called Lucky Peach and the top called Daisho (the middle seems up in the air), and apparently, upwards of ten people will be moving up from New York to run the place. Oh, and Toronto is apparently both “an awesome town” and “a lot of fun.” So there’s that too. Read the entire story [Grub Street] »

UPDATE: We just heard from Momofuku’s PR rep, who tells us that the opening, in fact, will be “by August 2012,” which gives them up to 34 extra days of leeway.

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McSweeney’s posts excerpts from first issue of David Chang’s Lucky Peach mag

The opening page of Anthony Bourdain’s article on ramen in film (Image: McSweeney’s)

In preparation for David Chang’s impending takeover of Toronto next year, we’re taking a first look at Lucky Peach, the print and iPad publication he’s launching in June. The new quarterly food journal is a collaboration between Chang, Zero Point Zero Production (of Anothony Bourdain: No Reservations fame), writer Peter Meehan and hipster-lit publishing mainstay McSweeney’s, which has just posted some excerpts from the first issue. The focus, unsurprisingly, is ramen.

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