Monthly Archives: January 2017

Review: The Sony Centre Partner Neighborhood Restaurant – Real Mo-Mo’s

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Before or after a performance at The Sony Centre check out Real Mo-Mo’s. It can be found across the street from the Sony Centre for Performing Arts – think European, relaxed and delicious. Be sure to grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Sony Centre for Performing Arts ticket before or after your show! A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy flowing!

Monique and her team do the most gorgeous High Tea. It is probably the best deal in the city.  Offered daily between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. for $30 (for two people) you will be fed Speculaas, Dutch stroop wafel, selection of cakes and a scone with fruit compote and butter, Cucumber and tzatziki sandwich, Dutch chicken curry salad sandwich, smoked salmon & goat cheese brioche and Dutch bitterballen.  Make it a Cream High Tea (add two glasses of Pink Prosecco).

We swooned over the Dutch chicken curry salad sandwich which was fresh, tasty and fragrant. It was filling and not too strong that it took over the flavours from the other goodies on the tier tray.  I wish I could eat a bowl of this as a midnight snack some nights.

The smoked salmon & goat cheese brioche was just as exquisite. It even came with a bit of attitude and flair in presentation with an onion cutting waving us a hello upon entering our mouths.  The smoked salmon was luscious and clean.  The goat cheese brioche just melted in one bite.  The sizing in the portions was grand and not typical for High Tea fare.

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The most decadent savoury item was the Dutch bitterballen with mustard. Who knew such a tasty little item the size of a ping pong ball would be so flavourful and curious.  How did the meat stay so lush in the deep fried ball, we wondered?

For our tea choice, we went for the traditional Earl Grey leaves to linger upon and enjoy with our casual conversation. We loved the glassware tea service.  It was modern and very Dutch in its clean lines.  Throughout the meal we would stare up at the crown moulding ceiling, lavender walls, comfy furniture and natural wood.

For some quick additions to the High Tea we ordered Mo-Mo’s Tibetan Dumplings which were crispy vegetable dumplings with mango chutney. Think lil packages stuffed with mushroom, ginger and cabbage.  We loved the mango chutney which had touches of tamarind in each bite.

Moving on, we tried out the Down Under Sliders which consisted of (wait for it) grilled kangaroo, caramelized onions, granny smith apple, creamy brie, homemade beetroot jam on buttery brioche buns. Talk about a surprise and indeed something different.  We were told by Monique, the owner, that the kangaroo is ordered in advance from the butcher and is certainly unique in flavour.  We were not disappointed.  It was certainly a rich experience.  The beetroot jam would be a perfect ally for a Sunday in bed with tea and toast.

Another win was the Bison Burger. Think Goat cheese, pickled red onions, mustard aioli, tomatoes served on a warm soft pretzel bun.  The Zucchini Spears were the perfect addition.  The batter was crisp, not oily and awesome to crunch on in between sips of tea and laughter.  The hot cross bun styles made us smile and hugged the burger.  The Bison Burger was satisfying, tender but pretty heavy for a High Tea addition.

As we carried on with the sweets portion of the meal we tucked into the Speculaas, Dutch stroop wafel, scone with fruit compote and butter with ease. Light, fairy like and decadent.

As Monique says, ‘ The hospitality at Real Mo-Mo’s is not profit-driven, but rather, focussed on establishing meaningful relationships with our clients. With this, and additional luxury of delicious brunches, lunches and dinners carefully prepared for them, I am certain that my guests will feel right at home at Real Mo-Mo’s.’

Don’t forget to visit Real Mo-Mo’s during Winterlicious in Toronto from January 27 – February 9, 2017.

Bonne Appetite!

http://realmomos.com/

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Review: The Canadian Opera Company’s “The Magic Flute” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (February 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 16, 18, 19 and 24, 2017)

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It’s a fairy-tale start to 2017 with the revival of the Canadian Opera Company’s playful and whimsical production of Mozart’s beloved opera, The Magic Flute. Bernard Labadie, one of Canada’s pre-eminent conductors, makes his COC debut with one of the most popular operas in the world with a cast of international and Canadian rising stars. The Magic Flute was last performed by the COC in 2011 and returns February 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 16, 18, 19 and 24, 2017.

Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie is a specialist in Baroque and Classical repertoire who “moulds the phrases, plucks out all-important details in the texture and radiates an infectious joy in the music” (The Telegraph). An Officer of the Order of Canada and a knight of Ordre national du Québec, Labadie is a regular guest with the premier orchestras across North America and gaining increasing renown in Europe. He now brings his musicianship to the COC for the first time to lead the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra and Chorus through some of Mozart’s most beautiful and infectious melodies.

The COC production was conceived by Tony Award®-winning director Diane Paulus with a purposeful sense of fun, playfulness and whimsy in this theatrical version of Mozart’s humorous, sometimes profound, exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals and finding love. COC Ensemble Studio graduate and artistic director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Ashlie Corcoran, makes her COC mainstage debut staging the 2017 revival, based on Paulus’ original direction. The production is full of wonder and wisdom in following the adventures of Prince Tamino as he undergoes feats of heroism to rescue his love, Pamina, from the forces of evil.

The look and feel of the COC’s production evokes an 18th-century storybook sensibility in its costume and set design by acclaimed designer Myung Hee Cho with slight contemporary touches in colours and textures. The period feel carries through in the lighting design by Scott Zielinski who incorporates such 18th-century performance practices as candles, torches, and reflections off shiny surfaces and mirrors. The production conjures up a play-within-a-play scenario with the guests of a young girl’s name day celebration finding themselves entertained by an opera to only become the characters themselves, with the line between performer and audience quickly blurring. The ensuing trials and tribulations of the play travel through the girl’s home and take place over the course of one night, beginning at evening and ending at dawn.

Leading the young cast are two breakout tenors from the COC’s own Ensemble Studio, recent graduates Andrew Haji and Owen McCausland, who share the role of Prince Tamino. They are matched with two sopranos to watch: Russian Elena Tsallagova and Canadian Kirsten MacKinnon, singing the role of Princess Pamina, in their Canadian and COC debuts, respectively.

Two of the finest baritones of their generation, Canadians Joshua Hopkins and Phillip Addis, return to the COC to share the role of the bird catcher, Papageno. COC Ensemble Studio graduate soprano Jacqueline Woodley, heard last season as the Forest Bird in Siegfried, brings her exceptional talent to the role of Papageno’s sweetheart, Papagena.

The Queen of the Night is brought to life by the thrilling coloratura of COC Ensemble Studio graduate soprano Ambur Braid.

The priest-king Sarastro is sung by Croatian bass Goran Jurić, in his Canadian debut, and American bass Matt Boehler. The roles of Monostatos and the Speaker are sung by two notable voices on the international opera scene, COC Ensemble Studio graduate tenor Michael Colvin and German baritone Martin Gantner, respectively.

Rounding out the cast are many new and returning Ensemble Studio members: graduate soprano Aviva Fortunata, mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, in her COC mainstage debut, and graduate mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal are the First, Second and Third Ladies, respectively; tenor Charles Sy sings the First Priest and is joined by baritone Bruno Roy, in his COC mainstage debut, as the Second Priest. Alternating in the role of the First Armed Man will be Ensemble Studio graduate tenors Owen McCausland and Andrew Haji, when not singing the role of Tamino, with graduate bass Neil Craighead as the Second Armed Man. Singing the First, Second and Third Spirits are members of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.

The Magic Flute was Mozart’s final opera, receiving its premiere only three months before his death in December 1791. From the spectacular fireworks of the Queen of the Night to Pamina’s anguished lament and Papageno’s comic antics, the charm and profundity of Mozart’s music has made The Magic Flute a timeless classic in the years since with it consistently ranked as one of the most performed operas in the world.

The COC’s production of The Magic Flute is sung in German with English SURTITLESTM.

The COC performs The Magic Flute at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC’s 16/17 season marks the 10th anniversary of the Four Seasons Centre, Canada’s first purpose-built opera house, which opened in fall 2006 and has been hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets for The Magic Flute range from $35 – $235 and box seats, when available, are $350. Tickets are now on sale, available online at coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W.). For more information on specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, standing room, Opera Under 30 presented by TD Bank Group, student groups and rush seating, visit coc.ca.

Review:

The Canadian Opera Company’s “The Magic Flute” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is an opera that digs deep into the psychopathy of what a ‘happy ending’ really means. The audience is immediately thrown into a play within a play and are tasked to feel out the emotional mayhem transforming itself in front of their eyes.

Indeed fairtyale like with injections of comedy throughout the over 2 hour production – the joyfully painted portraiture as seen through exuberant costuming and enthusiastic stage production is thwarted by the ‘in your face’ theme of the mistreatment of women in “The Magic Flute”.

This production is filled with robust romance and decadent melodrama. It is also a wonderful introduction to Mozart’s work.  “The Magic Flute” is accessible and indeed very hummable.  There was many a toe tapping and giggling felt in the aisles throughout the evening.

Cheeky, campiness and majesty aside, our heroine, Pamina is offered to the audience in a rich text for feminine critique. Pamina represents the ideal woman, a good wife and daughter. Her mother, the Queen of the Night, is all attitude, heavy on the melodrama and exciting.  Whereas Prince Tamino and Papageno show us aristocracy’s stiff upper lip in contrast to the court jester.

Director, Diane Paulus, states “We have set the action in 1791, the year in which the opera was first performed, against the backdrop of the Enlightenment. The entire play-within-a-play is presented in the open space of a nobleman’s garden, itself a place of enchantment and symbolic power during this historical period. As the drama unfolds, the actors leave the theatre behind and continue to enact their story in an elaborate labyrinth that covers the grounds of the estate. The theatricality of their journey is enhanced by the mysteries of the outdoor world beneath the cover of night where they act out the rituals of the drama. All distinctions between fantasy and reality fade away as their pageant lasts through the night until dawn.”

The staging of “The Magic Flute” is grand, complex and ethereal. It was indeed the icing on the cake.  Watching the singers and chorus frolic, clash and find a common ground amongst lit wall sconces, well-manicured shrubbery, revolving hedge doors and The Shining like passageways transported us into a European country side far away from big city living.

The arts and crafts paper dragons, alligators, birds and giraffes were a delight to see. The sparkles of glittery dresses, kitschy fire walls and umbrella festooned men in electric blue jumped off the stage.  These vignettes felt like a scene out of “Beauty School Drop Out” from Grease.  These simple artisan notes added a pop up experience to the production and again continued to hypnotize the audience into a light mood even though the textures of music brought a silence to linger upon and the idea if the end really does justify the means?

Be sure to dwell on the gorgeous sicilienne aria for “Queen of the Night” as sung by Ambur Braid. It is an athletic feat and beautifully curated.  Think puncture holes through the heart and mesmerizing all in one shot.  The aria’s provided a rocking rhythm throughout the production and emulated a cradle of sorrow for the audience to breathe in in small bursts.

Elena Tsallagova as Pamina, Goran Jurić as Sarastro and Andrew Haji as Tamino created a safe place for the audience to lean into and learn about Mozart’s art. Their performances also allowed one to reflect quietly on the intent behind their deliveries.

“The Magic Flute” leaves the audience with the ideals of “reason, wisdom and light” as a take away. Perhaps easy ideas to read on paper, but difficult after a production that has opened up a dialogue that touches upon themes that are au courant in today’s current political climate.  That said, “The Magic Flute” is an opera to be reckoned with.  Emanate a grateful nod to the Canadian Opera Company for providing food for thought and a deep breath as we commence 2017 together.

http://www.coc.ca/

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Dining Partner: ‘Azure Restaurant & Bar’ at the InterContinental Toronto Centre

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Featuring contemporary Canadian cuisine, the Azure Restaurant & Bar restaurant in downtown Toronto offers an innovative dining experience. Showcasing the city’s diverse culinary influences in a pleasing modern environment, Azure Restaurant & Bar offers a distinct selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef de Cuisine Grace DiFede creates a tempting culinary journey, using the ingredients to take your taste buds off the beaten path. Stylish private dining rooms provide intimate spaces for parties and private dining, and Azure Lounge offers the ultimate space to unwind. For a delectable buffet breakfast, inspiring business lunch or lingering dinner and drinks, Azure is a sophisticated and inviting option loved by locals and travelers alike.

Located in the open lobby of the luxurious InterContinental Toronto Centre, the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a modern urban escape. Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows meet a gorgeous glass canopy, letting diners look out onto the cityscape. Enjoy the ambiance of outdoor dining all year long, and experience superior service from a knowledgeable, attentive staff. Stunning blue glass artwork from Stuart Reid floats above the bar, which serves signature martinis, organic local beer and thoughtful wine selections. Pamper your senses and indulge your hunger for serene, contemporary dining at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

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Review:

Upon entering the modern and relaxing space we were guided to our seats which overlooked the Azure Restaurant & Bar. The hanging sconces and dim lights were romantic but at the same time offered us comfort. The city lights shone into the window and the music playing was gentle to the ears.  We viewed fellow guests enjoying intimate conversations with one another, a few were quietly eating their meals on their own with a glass of wine and some were just taking in the moment.

Glancing at the Cocktail List at the Azure Restaurant & Bar is a sight to behold. We sipped our Azure Blue cocktails which had flavours of coconut and pineapple (white rum + malibu + pineapple juice + lime juice + blue curacao) and Apple Ginger Punch which was laden with ginger, spice and everything nice (bacardi black + galliano + angostura bitters + thyme syrup + apple cider + ginger beer) quietly.  They were beautifully hand crafted and potent in the first sip.

To begin we ordered the Crisp Pork Belly & Chive Blini which consisted of red cabbage slaw, sour cream and fig marmalade. The pork belly was beautifully cooked. Although solid in placement, when consumed it was fluffy and buttery.  Almost cloud like.  The crust was nicely baked and tender.  The sour cream and fig marmalade indeed took a back seat to the pork belly but illuminated its flavour once it hit the palate.

The Quinoa & Endive Salad was zesty and humorous. The granny smith apple, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds were laced elegantly with pomegranate yogurt.  The Quinoa & Endive Salad was a wonderful introduction to the meal.  Light, airy and yet brimming with delight in its crispiness and subtle flavours.

If you are stopping in for a quick bite or before a performance at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, order the Charcuterie Board. It consists of cured meats, pickled vegetables, olives, mustard and crostini. Think rustic and ‘oh so’ Italy meets Canadiana on a piece of slate.  Put a slice of salami on the crostini with a dash of the spicy mustard.  It was divine, powerful and must be had with a wine or beer from the bar.  The Mezze Platter or the Cheese Board will also make great first dates for the evening.  Wonderful additions if you are looking to prolong your evening with good company.

For the mains, the Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast came to the table sat politely on an island of beetroot mash, squash, brussel sprouts and drizzled with cherry jus. The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast was majestic, rich and generous.  Filling but not to the point of exhaustion.  The beetroot mash could easily been eaten on its own sat in a reclining chair looking out at your back garden in the summer.  This dish was picturesque.  The mini brussel sprouts were cheeky and plumped up the plate.  The Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast can be dwelled upon over conversation or satiated even further with a glass from Organized Crime’s ‘Break In’ (Pinot Noir).

If seafood is your fancy, the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon requires a gentle introduction. The salmon was beautifully cooked and was a substantial size as it said hello on a freshly made bed of couscous, fennel, radicchio and blood orange nage.  Truly ceremonial.  Flavourful, tantalizing and romantic.  This plate was all glamour but subtle.  It definitely stayed in its own lane.  Pair the Grain Mustard Coated Salmon with Cantina Rauscedo’s (Pinot Grigio).

For the steak lover in your life, the Striploin Steak and Fries had the best fanfare. Think Wellington County Beef drizzled with jus, caramelized onions, double smoked bacon, bbq aioli and corn bread.  This plate immediately transported us to a back country smokehouse with all the trimmings.  Woody, aromatic and yet no nonsense.   From the beauty of the meat – simple and uncomplicated.  To the dancing caramelized onions and double smoked bacon – this dish popped.  The bbq aioli was quietly noticeable.  The Colores Del Sol ‘Malbec’s’ was the perfect pairing with the Striploin Steak and Fries.

Dessert was just as verbose and refined at Azure Restaurant & Bar. The Lemon Cheesecake consisted of graham crust, candied lemon, citrus segment salad and toasted sesame seeds.  The Lemon Cheesecake was the perfect end to a rich, tantalizing adventure in modern Canadian cuisine at Azure Restaurant & Bar.

Grab a reservation with Azure Restaurant & Bar over Winterlicious in the weeks ahead. You will be guaranteed a beautifully curated meal and an authentic foodie experience before you trot off for a date at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Azure Restaurant & Bar

225 Front Street West

416.597.8142

https://www.tso.ca/concerts/plan-your-visit/restaurants

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Review: The Sony Centre Partner Neighborhood Restaurant: Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge

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After the Batsheva performance at The Sony Centre on Saturday night, we went for a delicious dinner at Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge. Found across the street from the Sony Centre for Performing Arts – the vibe of the space was sleek, sophisticated and fun. Be sure to grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Sony Centre for Performing Arts ticket before or after your show! A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy flowing!

Upon entering Vagabondo we were greeted by a server who guided us into the restaurant. The space was dimly lit but with grandiose chandeliers that sparkled above our heads.  The seating was modern but very comfortable.  Cushioned chairs and leather partitions provided privacy and a respite if you wanted to canoodle with a loved one or just hang out with friends after work or during a sports game.

We sat in the bar room area which gave us a wonderful view of Berczy Park. After the performance we were hungry but needed space and time to debrief the show.

Our server, John, was polite and made wonderful suggestions for food and drink pairings. He was attentive but also didn’t neglect us.  Our plates and cutlery were replaced after each sitting and a mild check in on what our thoughts were after each meal was gently queried.

We started with the Antipasto Di Mare (Grilled Calamari, Fried Calamari, Coconut Shrimp, Smoked Salmon, Cocktail shrimp. Minimum 2 people). The plate was like a fruits de la mer.  Abundant.  Tasty.  Succulent and meaty.  We were in love.  Just this plate alone could be a wonderful ally for a pre-show snack with drinks.  The smoked salmon was luxe, sweet and beautifully sliced.  The capers were salty and mesmerizing.  We felt a glow coming off us as we laughed and got stuck in.

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The Gnocchi Pomodoro (Potato dumplings served with basil and garlic in our homemade tomato sauce) were nicely portioned. A petit bowl housed the soft ‘melt in your mouth’ gnocchi.  Filling but not a feeling like you over did it.  The homemade tomato sauce was gentle and married well with the basil, garlic and a dash of parmesan.

The Penne All’Arrabbiata was awash in the same home-made tomato basil sauce, jalapeno, garlic, green onions and a splash of white wine. I encourage you to add kalamata black olives & sun-dried tomatoes to make the dish even more verbose.

The Vitello al Taglio Francese consists of a 12oz Provimi French cut veal chop marinated with herbs and garlic, grilled to perfection & served with a portobello demiglaze sauce. It had all the makings of a grand Sunday brunch pleaser.  I encourage you to drink this with a large pint from the bar.

The Filetto di Salmone consists of a filet of salmon which is encrusted in sesame seeds and pan seared and served with fresh tomato, capers, vegetables and a butter lemon sauce. The salmon was a perfect size, delicate, beautifully cooked and golden. The seafood at Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge could easily be graded 10/10.  It was generous and satisfying.

We ended with a chocolate gelato and raspberry sorbet. Easy, breezy, sweet and no nonsense.  We had no more words left; we just leaned into the ecstasy.

Don’t forget to visit Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge during Winterlicious in Toronto from January 27 – February 9, 2017.

Bonne Appetite!

Vagabondo Italian Ristorante + Lounge

32 Wellington St E

Toronto, ON

Phone: 416.862.1999

Business hours

Mon – Wed: 11am – 10pm

Thu: 11am – 11pm

Fri: 11am – 12am

Sat: 12pm – 12am

Sun: 12pm – 10pm

http://vagabondo.ca http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e0e8a417e9dd2410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD /

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‘The Love Witch’ Opening Night Screening at The Royal Cinema (January 27, 2017)

“Shot and designed with admirably compulsive attention to tone and composition, The Love Witch is a hothouse filled with deadly and seductive blooms.” – A.O. Scott, The NY Times

“Different from any other movies you’ll see in this or any other year.” – Molly Laich, Vanguard Seattle

Presented on 35mm, with Media Partner VICE!

January 27, 2017 Opening Night:

7:00 pm – Witchy Video pre-show

8:00 pm – THE LOVE WITCH

Q&A with the director Anna Biller after the screening conducted by by VICE’s Amil Niazi

The Love Witch is a breath of fresh air and a fruit ripe with symbolism for discussing gender politics! The film stars Samantha Robinson as Elaine, a witch who moves to a new town and begins to use spells to enrapture men in her path. She fantasizes about finding a perfect love, but as the body count begins to rise from the aftermath of her supernatural handiwork, she finds her haunted libido is surrounded by a town full of people ready for battle. Meticulously crafted on 35mm film by genre revisionist Anna Biller, this is a bubbling potent potion made of equal parts melodrama, pulp and exploitation with a heavy dose of ‘70s Technicolor. This loving homage stands apart as a contemporary genre must-see that challenges gender expectations. Smart and unmissable!

This screening is co-presented by our monthly film series Retropath!, which focuses on bringing the best of the weirdest cult films to hit the big screen.

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Review: The Sony Centre Neighborhood Partner Restaurant: Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level

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Marché is a marketplace-style restaurant located inside Brookfield place in downtown Toronto with a dedication to freshness, home-made recipes, and “on the spot” preparation of seasonal and regional products – an experience for all of your senses.

Featuring 8 unique food stations, including Italian, Asian, Grill, Seafood, Green Island, Fruit Island, Beverage Bar, and a Café, there is something to please everyone.

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Before the Batsheva performance at The Sony Centre tonight, hang out for a delicious and nutritious meal at Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level.  Found across the street from Union Station (literally a two minute walk)! The vibe is chill, family friendly and relaxed.  Most importantly, grab a special discount off your food/drink receipt when you show your Batsheva ticket this afternoon!  A perfect way to stretch your dollar, feed you and your guests and keep the good energy a glow for the day!

As you enter Marché Mövenpick Brookfield, you will be greeted by a greeter who will provide you with a reloadable swipe card that you can use to ‘swipe’ your purchases for the day.  Easy peasy.   I loved that I was able to take my time with my guest and soak in the international flair and foods.  No pressure, the experience right from the get go felt sweet.

First stop, we checked out the ‘Find Your Tasty Treat’ board and thought about what we fancied.  Sushi?  Stir fry?  Hot tea?  Desserts?  Seafood?  There was a lot to pick from and for all dietary types –we were covered.  Forget the use of a menu, use your eyes.

We grabbed a quick cocktail in the Muv Bar and took in the ambiance of the space.  The Muv Bar is sleek, sophisticated and sexy.  A perfect before a night out drink spot, catch a game, meet friends or after work chill spot.  The hanging liquor bottles on hooks provided for a great conversation piece.  The icicle chandeliers and plush seating provided comfort and a respite after winter’s chill.

Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place is the best kept secret in the downtown core.  It is a perfect eatery for families, visitors, a girl’s night out or guys wanting to catch a game (show your ACC/Rogers Centre ticket and get a sports meal for $11.99 and one free beverage on the day of the game).  The free wifi can be your date if you are sat alone and need to get some work done while having a quick meal.  The pressure is off when you have your appetite in your hands to stroll around at your leisure.

As we continued to walk through the space we took our time having a custom made salad prepared for us.   The Cajun Shrimp Salad was robust with Cajun shrimp, arugula, corn salsa, sliced red cabbage, mango coleslaw with a lemon lime vinaigrette.  It was crisp and fresh.  A perfect starter.

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The rotisserie station was a buzz – with the fragrant aromas of roast beef and chicken hitting the air.    For the ‘meat and potatoes’ guests with your group – this is a perfect stop.  We sampled the roast beef which was tender, almost sweet and delicate.

A quick stop for a custom made sangria.  We opted for red sangria which was subtle in taste and laden with the sweetest orange slices and berries.  We instantly felt like were in Europe walking within a market while taking in more food options for our day.

There are many different rooms you can dine in while visiting Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place.  The French bistro styled room and Swiss cottage were our favourites.  True enclaves within the space, one can slip into the French bistro for a quick drink or tuck into the Swiss cottage for a rousing roast party with your after work colleagues.  The rooms are beautifully curated.  The French bistro styled room has white floors, black short bistro styled tables, white walls and linen style curtains.  Whereas, the Swiss cottage is reminiscent of Heidi on the mountain top, skis, winter gear, wooden furniture with hearts engraved into them.  Ambience is at its best inside Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place.  That said, if take out is more your fancy – Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place is happy to pack up your meal for your commute home.

If you are looking for options for you’re after work week and don’t have time to cook – pick up a roast chicken that could easily feed four, grilled veggies and some potato rosti’s to go.  Forget the competition, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place roast chickens are to die for.  Succulent, beautifully seasoned and hearty.  If you choose to eat it in the restaurant with your friends before a show at The Sony Centre, the staff will be happy to carve it up for you and your guests to enjoy hot and in the moment.

The seafood bar albeit small is heaping with choice for you and your fish friendly mates.  We loved the shrimp stir fry and fish tacos.  The plates were heaping with colourful delights!  Get your vitamin D at this station in one shot.

The dessert bar is a space to be reckoned with.  Heaps of brownies, butter tarts, slices of cakes, gelato, pies and macarons.  Similar to the Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place’s ideals – there is truly a dessert for everyone, even if you don’t have a sweet tooth.  We loved the double chocolate cookies, blueberry and cranberry scones from the tea/coffee station.  They are a perfect go to for an early morning treat or evening ‘After 8’.  Be sure to grab a latte or cranberry purifier tea on your way out.

A gentle head’s up, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place’s food pricing does not go by weight instead goes by size of your order.  Feel free to go with what your eyes and belly feel like in the moment – you will not be disappointed.

If you need to drop your kids off in the Kids Play Area – feel free.  The tea and coffee will brew as the kids have fun away from restaurant guests but still close enough so you can see your kids in action. Kids eat for $9.90.  On Saturday and Sunday between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. kids eat for free!  Marché Mövenpick Brookfield is also happy to host your Kids Birthday Parties.

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Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place also hosts Corporate Events for you and your co-workers.  If you are keen on a Paint Night with your girlfriends, Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place can host for a nominal fee.  Paint a canvas, have a drink and have some delicious eats.  Foodies and artisans unite!

Upon paying for your meals, give the cashier your reloadable Marche Toronto card which swiped all of your food/drink purchases during your visit. It’s quick and easy! Make sure you also get your Loyalty meal card stamped. For every $15 meal you purchase, you get a loyalty stamp. Once you hit 10 loyalty stamps, your next $15 meal is on Marche Toronto.

Bonne Appetite!

Marché International is a global company with Swiss roots that develops innovative culinary solutions and provides catering services characterized by maximum freshness, quality and taste. Marché International operates restaurant businesses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Norway, Hungary, Croatia, Singapore, Indonesia and Canada under the established brand names Marché®, Marché Mövenpick, Mövenpick Restaurants, Cindy’s Diner and Palavrion Grill. Part of the Mövenpick Group, Marché International is a leading restaurant operator on motorways, in airports and in selected urban locations. It generated sales of CHF 230 million in 2015 and employs around 2,800 members of staff. Headquarters are in Kemptthal, Switzerland.

Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level

181 Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3

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Ticket Giveaway: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy (Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30 p.m.)

‘Welcome to Canada Mosaic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s celebration of Canada 150! I have always been inspired by the cultural fabric of this country. The generosity of vision, spirit of identity, and strength of our inclusion makes the national mosaic concept an inspiration for our programming. As a Signature Project of the Government of Canada, our programming stretches far and wide, collaborating with over 40 communities in all of our provinces and most of our territories, as well as a diverse group of notable artists.

Throughout 2017, we are celebrating the legacy left to us by our past composers, upholding the fresh insight brought to us through vigorous commissioning of our composers of today, and looking to the future by recording all Canada Mosaic works digitally so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

In 2017, you will notice the word “Sesquie” at the top of many concerts. We asked orchestras across the nation to choose a composer with whom they felt an affinity, either through locality, personal relationship, or history. This short, fanfare-inspired orchestral work will be performed by the partner orchestra and the TSO in their respective cities, confirming not only two performances in two different communities, but the celebration of our orchestra friends on our stage.

I am especially proud of the work we are doing digitally. Our live Canada Mosaic performances are recorded and will be available at TSO.CA/CanadaMosaic. This website also includes a dynamic e-learning system for students of all ages, where TSO’s innovative digital player will allow viewers to choose, in real time, between 20 camera angles. You will have the best seat in the house to delve deeper into our growing Canadian repertoire.

Here’s to another 150!’

Peter Oundjian

Music Director

Alain Trudel

Birth: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th

(WORLD PREMIÈRE/TSO CO-COMMISSION)

Godfrey Ridout

Fall Fair

Pierre Mercure

Kaléidoscope

André Mathieu/arr. Gilles Bellemare

Rhapsodie romantique

Jean Coulthard

Introduction and Three Folks Songs

from Canada Mosaic

  1. Introduction: Lullaby for a Snowy Night
  2. Mam’zelle québecoise

III. The Contented House

  1. Billowing Fields of Golden Wheat

John Weinzweig

Suite from Red Ear of Corn

  1. Tribal Dance
  2. Ceremonial Dance

Birth is a modest tribute to the people, of all cultures and origins, who make up this great country in which we all have the privilege of living.

The exciting and tuneful Fall Fair is one of the most frequently performed Canadian orchestral works; in fact, it is a prime candidate for the title of “Great Canadian Overture”.  It was commissioned through the CBC for a United Nations Day concert at the General Assembly Building in New York. Sir Ernest MacMillan conducted the première. It portrays the hustle and bustle of an autumn carnival, the type of event that Ridout remembered attending frequently in Lakefield, Ontario, during the 1920s.  A nostalgic melody introduced by English horn provides lyrical contrast.

The score of the Rhapsodie romantique (Romantic Rhapsody) came to Lefèvre in a mysterious manner. It simply showed up at his home, accompanied only by a message stating, “I can’t tell you whom I am; I can only say that…you are the only person who should have this score.” Lefèvre commissioned Gilles Bellemare to revise the orchestration, then he and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal gave the much-belated première on April 4, 2006. The Rhapsodie is cast in a single, multi-sectioned movement. Effusively emotional, exciting and playful in the style of one of Mathieu’s idols, Rachmaninoff, it makes a welcome.

The Red Ear of Corn suite consists of a strongly rhythmic Tribal Dance, a slow, atmospheric Ceremonial Dance, and a lively, high-stepping Barn Dance to which the residents of a Quebec village celebrate with a corn-husking bee. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed the Barn Dance on its 1987 tour of Northern Canada, with Sir Andrew Davis conducting.

Alain Lefèvre: piano

Hailed as a “hero” (Los Angeles Times), a “spectacular pianist” (Fanfare), a “smashing” performer (Washington Post), and an “artistic winner” (Music Week, London), JUNO Award–winner Alain Lefèvre has also been acclaimed as “a pianist who breaks the mold” (International Piano, London) and “who stands out from the typical trends and artifices offered on the international scene” (Classica). He has revived and championed the music of the forgotten prodigy, composer, and pianist André Mathieu, and collaborated on the motion picture on Mathieu’s life, L’Enfant prodige (The Child Prodigy) in 2010, as music director, pianist, and composer.

Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy for their  Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30 p.m. performance!

What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Ticket Giveaway?

Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (thirtyfourflavours@gmail.com) telling me you why you want to win the Symphony tickets.

Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Canadian Mosaic’: Canadian Legacy Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 9 a.m..

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