Chef David Hanan – Woodlot

Woodlot is a great place to eat. Not only does it have great food, but also a great atmosphere. When I’m there with my friends, I feel like we’re tucked away in a log cabin, sheltered from the cold blizzard outside and enjoying some hot food that’s good for the soul! In the summer it’s like summer camp. There’s excitement about the next meal and the fun to be had afterwards…with a beer.

I love this “Getting to Know…” series from BlogTO! It’s one of my favourite things to read on the internet right now. They have stories about various bartenders, chefs and baristas from all over Toronto. It’s a neat peak into what makes these influential people think, their passion and why they do the things they do.

In this article, David Haman talks about the separate meat and vegetarian menus and his inspiration for the resto/bakery. Another great read was the article on Teddy Fury, a bartender for 26 years at the infamous Horseshoe Tavern on Queen West. Amazing!

Check ’em out!!!!!!!


RE: Class Action Lawsuit against The Butchers/Marlon’s Meat in Toronto

I’ve been periodically following-up with this developing story and I noticed the Marlon’s Meat website is down, but they do have a formerly active twitter feed (@ButchersOrganic).

The issue is now a focus for Peter Silverman and he is looking for others who have been affected. His focus is more on government action and protection – the Consumer Protection Ministry and cracking down on the Federal Competition Bureau for false advertising. He also urges those affected to contact their MPP.

I have also received a comment on my original post about Marlon’s Meat on a more unified class-action suit against Marlon Pather and his organization:

Good afternoon fellow fraud victims!

If you’re interested in an attempt to recover some or all of the money you spent at The Butcher’s Organic/Marlon’s Meats, please email

I am not a lawyer. I am, however, betting that Mr. Pather and his accomplices have assumed that the individuals he defrauded will not be able to work together to pursue him. I’d really like to prove him wrong and I’m willing to administer a list of people interested in a class action. Once a reasonable number of people have indicated their willingness to participate in a class action civil suit, I will communicate our options via email. If we have an overwhelming response (fingers crossed) I intend to form a committee of interested individuals to manage the process.

Your information will NOT BE SHARED without your explicit permission and will be only be communicated to the lawyer that we ultimately engage to represent us.

Please note that harassment will not be tolerated and will be reported to the authorities.

Please provide:
1. your name
2. a daytime telephone number
3. your email address
4. the terms of the deal you purchased

Looking forward to hearing from you! Please spread the word and don’t hesitate to be in touch!



Sushi Porn

Jiro Dreams of Sushi opens tomorrow (March 9, 2012) – but unfortunately only in the US. Regardless, I’ve been waiting for this film for quite sometime. The film follows one of the best sushi masters in the world, Jiro Ono.

I just love the minimalism in the presentation and the restaurant itself. It makes the food so much more impactful. I also can’t help but salivate when I see the piece of sushi being placed on the plate and it slowly settles and sometimes there’s a sauce that is brushed on it and just watching that sauce ooze down the sushi. Oh man I need to get me some sushi!

You’ll understand why it’s sushi porn after you watch this clip:

About the film (from the website)

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.
For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation.  At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.
The feature film debut of director David Gelb, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is a thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.


As a girl who likes food, consecutive dates with potential suitors are won through what they eat and don’t eat. I like to think my future man of the moment (or life partner…but I don’t want to jump the gun!), must have a broad palate, or at least adventurous enough to try new and random foods. Admittedly, I’ve peeked into fridges while on dates – usually when he has excused himself to go to the washroom, and I’ve judged a person by what they currently have in their fridge…and perhaps more importantly for a single guy, what they have in their freezer. So when I stumbled upon this site man•try – the man’s pantry, I got super excited!

Marketed to the single guy who wants to impress the ladies, expand his palate horizons and appear cooler than he probably is to his bros, Man•try offers a once a month delivery of unique and exotic food items to ones doorstep.

It’s a great hands-off way for any single guy to manufacture his sophistication.

“we know you’re busy, so we scour the planet to hook you up with the best food & drink.”

As much as I think this is a cool idea, my mind couldn’t stop illustrating the douchebag that would buy this service. You know who I’m talking about: a suit, lives in a condo, lift weights only (super skinny legs), takes their dates to expensive, shitty restaurant/lounges in the Financial District, wears driving moccacins (New Girl reference – but I LOVE Schmidt) and goes clubbing (still). On that note, I personally know some really  nice guys who ARE NOT douchey and who have an interest or want to develop their knowledge about cuisine, cooking and things like that. And they too would love this service for the idea…not their marketing.

But I digress, because what kind of guy wouldn’t want to tap into the “chicks bang men with taste” fantasy?

For me, I’ll drink your elderberry beer from Scotland and nibble on some caribou jerky but if your name isn’t Conan, you’re out of luck!

(I know Conan appreciates that last sentence!)