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Meet the Crackie, a cross between a chocolate-chip cookie and a sack of pork rinds

(Image: Porchetta & Co./Instagram)

(Image: Porchetta & Co./Instagram)

Just when Toronto’s preoccupation with gimmicky hybrid foods seemed to be waning a little, this happens. Porchetta and Co., the pork-obsessed sandwich hut on Dundas West, has debuted a meaty confection called the Crackie: a chocolate-chip cookie infused with flakes of rendered pig skin (i.e. crackling). So far, the cookie has caused a bit of a stir on Twitter, proving that Torontonians, like New Yorkers, aren’t the type to let minor food-safety debacles (mass-poisonings, say, or rodent infestations) interfere with their love for slash-y snacks. Those who’d like to get a sense of the Crackie’s interests and temperament before committing to a three-buck purchase can follow the cookie’s personal Twitter account, which exists.

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Pizzeria Libretto and Porchetta and Co. to open side-by-side restaurants along King West’s trattoria-thon strip

 

Porchetta-LibrettoRemember when Pizzeria Libretto featured a delicious pizza inspired by Porchetta and Co.? Well, that moment of food nirvana is about to hit the city again, only in a much bigger way: Libretto and Porchetta are set to open new locations next door to each other on King West next year. Nick auf der Mauer (owner of Porchetta and Co.) and Max Rimaldi (co-owner of Pizzeria Libretto) have confirmed to us that they are expanding with separate restaurants that will be attached at the hip. The new restaurants will be located somewhere between Bathurst and Spadina, where there’s no shortage of competition—Buca, Buonanotte, Cibo Wine Bar, Gusto 101, Scarpetta and Tutti Matti are all within walking distance.

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The Layover in Toronto: Anthony Bourdain’s favourite spots and best quips

Anthony Bourdain taking bone luge shots at The Black Hoof with Ezra Title; Bourdain with Scott Vivian at Porchetta and Co. (Images: Courtesy of Travel Channel)

For last night’s episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain and his merry crew squeezed as many of Toronto’s culinary delights as possible into their 30-odd hours in the city (we covered his trip back in July). And while he seemed genuinely impressed with some of what he saw, we’re not gonna lie: it was pretty much Bourdain by the numbers. Quirky store owner? Check! (Olivia Go of Tosho Knife Arts). Local punk band? Check! (Fucked Up). Over-the-top feats of on-air gluttony? Check! (Bone luge at The Black Hoof, expertly administered by Jen Agg). Still, there’s nothing a Torontonian likes better than to be acknowledged by an outsider—from New York, no less. In this respect, the show was a complete success, with Bourdain delivering his trademark razor-sharp backhanded compliments with relative abandon. Below, a roundup of where the Kitchen Confidential author stopped and, more importantly, what he said about it.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for December 17 to 23

Porchetta and Co. celebrates two years in business on Thursday with $1 sandwiches (Image: Andrew Brudz)

Monday, December 17

  • Monday Night Dinners at Local Kitchen and Wine Bar: Every Monday night, Local Kitchen serves a $40 prix fixe menu of Italian fare with half-price wine bottles and no corkage fee. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700. Find out more »
  • 86’D With Ivy Knight—Annual Sagittarian Ball: Get festive in your best cocktail attire while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Stasis Preserves, mead tasting from Rosewood Estates and cheap cocktails made by pros from the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Burger Mondays: Enjoy $5 burgers and $5 pints on Mondays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gladstone Melody Bar. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more »
  • Lettuce Wrap Night at Chantecler: Chantecler’s popular lettuce wrap night is now taking place twice a week. Come out on Sunday and Monday nights for lettuce wraps with meats, assorted pickles and condiments for $21 per person until 1 a.m.—or until the food runs out. Chantecler, 1320 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586. Find out more »
  • Make, Don’t Buy—Chocolates for Beginners: As part of the Depanneur’s Make, Don’t Buy series of DIY gift workshops, join Emily Zimmerman and learn how to make old-fashioned creamy ganache truffles, chocolate bark with toppings of your choice and crunchy chili-cornflake bars, all using organic, Fairtrade and locally processed Chocosol chocolate. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »

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Best of the City 2012: Toronto’s top tacos, brunch, pampering service, pickling classes and more

Best of the City, Best of the City 2012

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QUOTED: Anthony Bourdain on Toronto’s discerning taste

Bourdain outside Ronnie’s Local 069 (Image: @tvsuperstarr)

Celine Dion is not popular here, which I think speaks well of the city.

Anthony Bourdain praising Toronto’s shrewd musical preferences in an interview with Ivy Knight for the Globe and Mail conducted during his recent stopover in the city. The celebrity chef also praised the this city’s “niche mentality,” naming spots dedicated to porchetta and “hipster poutine” (i.e. Porchetta and Co. and Poutini’s) as something he likes to see. Despite his high praise for the Great White North, don’t expect Bourdain back any time soon: he told Knight on Swallow that he’s “in [America] thick or thin”—and that’s even if Romney gets elected. [Globe and Mail]

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Here’s where Anthony Bourdain stopped by during his Toronto layover

Bourdain does a bone luge at The Black Hoof (Image: @tvsuperstarr)

Regular Dish readers will know that Anthony Bourdain, TV’s favourite bad-boy chef–turned–professional eater was in town last week to shoot an episode of The Layover, his new travel show where he attempts to cram in as much fun as possible in 24 to 48 hours. Although we have no idea which places will make it onto the show, here’s a roundup of the various Bourdain spottings from the last few days, along with reactions from the man himself (@Bourdain) or his crew (@tvsuperstarr):

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Chef Grant Soto to reveal his identity at a charity boat dinner in July

I’m on a boat!

He routinely makes fun of foodies from the safety of an anonymous Twitter account, but on July 25, chef Grant Soto” will be revealing himself at a charity dinner on Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant (we can’t promise he won’t disrobe, but by “revealing” we just mean he’s going to show up with his true identity on display). It’s a fairly courageous move, considering his Internet trolling has made him a well-hated micro-celebrity, but perhaps benefiting the Breakfast Clubs of Canada will win him some goodwill. Tickets for the dinner cost $150, and the food will be prepared by Keriwa’s Aaron Joseph Bear Robe, Parts and Labour’s Matty Matheson, Campagnolo’s Craig Harding and Porchetta and Co.’s Nick Auf Der Mauer (and yes, the $150 buys you an open bar). Oh, and Soto kindly notes that vegetarians and gluten-free types need not worry, because, as he announces on his newly launched website, they will “take care of that shit too.” [Chef Grant Soto]

(Images: Chef Grant Soto, Twitter; Captain John’s, Mathew Ingram)

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How actor and director Don McKellar would spend a perfect Saturday on Dundas West

My Perfect Saturday: Don McKellar

I live close to Little Italy, but I like to think of my neighbourhood as Dundas West. Most of my favourite places are within four blocks. The first thing I’d do on a Saturday is let my cat, Pinky, out in the backyard, and pour a coffee. Next, I’d go to Saving Grace (907 Dundas St. W.) for brunch, and since it’s always busy, I’d have another coffee and a berry scone outside at Ella’s Uncle (916 Dundas St. W.) while I wait for my table.

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 16 to 22


Monday, April 16

  • Jamie Kennedy’s Local Food Movement Dinner: Kennedy partners with 13th Street Winery for a four-course meal with wine pairings. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Austria Uncorked: Taste vintages from 30 producers from the wine regions of Austria. Trump Hotel, 325 Bay St., 416-967-3348. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Starting this week, Piola offers aperitivo italiano on Monday evenings, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • Shellshocked: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves Canadian Premiere: The filmmaker and environmental experts discuss the importance of protecting North American waterways and oyster culture. Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King St. W., 416-363-8105. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts the launch of Culinary Adventure Co.’s 2012 season. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Where to Eat Now 2012: five of our favourite sandwiches of the year

Where to Eat Now 2012: 5 top sandwiches

This year, a handful of sandwich-centric restaurants tapped into the primitive appeal of meat plus bun. Here, five hearty two-handers.

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Weekly Lunch Pick: the signature sandwich at Dundas West’s Porchetta & Co.

A porchetta sandwich with rapini, truffle sauce, Parmesan, hot sauce and mustard (Image: Andrew Brudz)

Since it opened on Dundas West in December 2010, Porchetta & Co.’s iconic pig logo has been a beacon to meat lovers looking for a quick fix. Each day, a steady stream of customers lines up (sometimes out the door of the tiny sandwich shop) for Nick auf der Mauer’s do-one-thing-right menu focused around his pork triple threat: marinated pork shoulder that’s wrapped in prosciutto then wrapped in cured pork belly, all of which is slow-roasted until the whole thing is melting (see the informative infographic on their website). The house specialty porchetta sandwich ($6.45, plus extras) piles a four-ounce dose of the stuff on a sourdough roll, right before your eyes. We add sharp Kozlik’s mustard, hot sauce, freshly grated Parmesan (95¢), creamy and smoky truffle sauce (75¢) and, to alleviate the meat-guilt, some rapini (75¢), before parking it on one of five vintage stools and savouring each rich, spicy and crackly bite. If you’re passing by from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. on a Saturday, don’t miss the breakfast variation with a fried egg.

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Flavour of the Month: eight sublimely sloppy breakfast sandwiches

Toronto chefs are reimagining the McMuffin with house-made breads and luxurious ­ingredients

Flavour of the Month: Morning Glory

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House of the Week: $900,000 for a two-storey Trinity Bellwoods townhome

ADDRESS: 1-257 Euclid Avenue

NEIGHBOURHOOD:  Trinity Bellwoods

AGENT: Stacey Robinson, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage, and Anabela Bernardino, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage

PRICE: $895,900

THE PLACE: A two-bedroom contemporary townhome at Dundas and Euclid with a black-white-and-grey colour scheme, mini-gym and rooftop deck. 

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Check out liquid nitrogen–poached doughnuts and other molecular miracles from a recent Modernist Cuisine demo

John Placko uses goggles while working with liquid nitrogen (Image: Renée Suen)

What’s it like to sear caramel on a -34 °C anti-griddle, poach doughnuts in liquid nitrogen (around -196 °C), or use low temperatures to slow-cook food in vacuum-sealed pouches in a thermal immersion circulator (that’s sous vide for those in the know)? Although they may seem like leftovers from some ’70s sci-fi movie, these modern cooking techniques are starting to move beyond professional kitchens and into homes, buoyed in part by the March release of Nathan Myhrvold’s staggering six-volume Modernist Cuisine. In honour of the 2,500-page tome, The Cookbook Store hosted a two-hour workshop, which saw many of Toronto’s hottest chefs and industry tastemakers piled into Nella Cucina’s upstairs cooking studio, including Grant van Gameren (The Black Hoof), Nick auf der Mauer (Porchetta and Co.), sommelier Jamie DrummondDinah Koo (Koo and Co.) and Lucy Waverman.

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