Thursday, 28 August 2014

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Win Taste of Toronto Tickets – MoVernie + Ice Volcano Icecream Contest

To my followers, friends and peeps!

Do you like food?
Do you love to eat?
Have you heard of Taste of Toronto? (this week from July 24 to July 27 at Fort York)

Now, for a final question! Do you want a chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Taste of Toronto?

As you know, I am always looking out for you. Whenever there are great opportunities, I will collaborate with the great sponsors & provide you with goodies. This time, I am collaborating a MoVernie Contest with the Ice Volcano Icecream. In case you haven’t heard, Ice Volcano Icecream is the coolest, coldest and fastest way of making ice cream with -196°C liquid nitrogen, catering for Wedding/Corporate events/Birthday events, etc.

This is how you can win!

You just need to do 2 things:

1) “LIKE” MoVernie Facebook Group page by clicking here, in the MoVernie/Ice Volcano Icecream photo, like the photo and tell us what you look forward to do at Taste of Toronto if you are the winner.


2) “LIKE” Ice Volcano Icecream Facebook Group page by clicking here, in the Ice Volcano Icecream/Taste of Toronto photo, like the photo and tell them your favourite ice cream flavour.

It’s that simple! You have to do just BOTH steps & you are eligible to win!

NOTE: A winner will be announced tomorrow (July 23) at 5pm tomorrow (EST)!

Good luck! Follow me @MoVernie on Twitter & @RealMoVernie on Instagram for more upcoming goodies, contests, giveaways and cool events!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Food Tasting - Exclusive Meet & Greet with Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan

Two weeks ago, I was invited among with 29 other exclusive attendees to attend this special meet and greet event with Canadian Celebrity Chef, Mark McEwan. Mark not only a great and well-known chef but also an excellent entrepreneur who opens a number of great restaurants such as North 44, Bymark, just to name a few. On top of that, Mark also opens his own grocery store called McEwan Foods.

On this evening, the lucky 30 attendees arrived at McEwan Food grocery stores. We saw a number of food stations being setup. From fresh oysters seafood station to beer and wine station and other interesting dessert and bakery.

I got a chance to chat with Mark in a number of occasions during the entire event. I told him that one of my bucket list items was for me to dip my feet wet at the ocean shore, pick up the biggest oyster and shuck it on the spot and eat it. Mark told me the best spot would be during the fall season at Prince Edward Island (PEI) when it's oyster season and I can even try the blue fin tuna as well.

The entire evening was amazing, we got to try so many delicious food items that were signature items at various McEwan restaurants. I had a blast. It was also great to meet other food bloggers in person as we often chatted on various social media channels.

Below are the photos that I took during my meet and greet at Mark McEwan Food Tasting Event:

Le Bernardin - New York City (3 Michelin Stars)

My brother and I were invited by several number of fashion designers to attend their fashion shows during New York Fashion Week. For me, it's all about enjoying life, having a lifestyle that fits my life. I wanted to utilize my time during my stay in New York City and I decided to search for some nice restaurants that are highly rated by the Michelin Food Guide. My brother and I came across this restaurant called Le Bernardin, which is located in Manhatten, Midtown District, with the highest Michelin Rating of 3 stars! It's a french cuisine restaurant co-owned by Chef Eric Ripert.

Right after we attended our last NY Fashion Show, we took a cab to arrive at the lunch reservation that we made before our trip from Toronto to New York. Moment we walked into the entrance, we took off our winter coat and placed them at the coat check. Immediately, we were greeted by the host, then the server and many other staff. The decor of the place is modern, luxurious and elegant. It's definitely a very comfortable place to have a nice lunch meal.

In this issue of my MoVernie vs Food blog, we will explore all the amazing dishes of food that I got to taste via this journey of the photos that I took during my lunch tasting experience at the Michelin 3-Stars at Le Bernardin.

Me posing in front of Le Bernardin Entrance
My brother, Kenrick, posing in front of Le Bernardin Entrance
Beautiful met tag to get our winter coat at the coat check
Beautiful head piece at our table
Amazing decor and the top quality of plates and utensils

Welcome to Le Bernardin
Complimentary freshly baked bread and spread
Roasted bone marrow with sea urchins on top
Thinly Shaved Razor Clam; Lemon Confit, Piquillo Pepper, Baby Zucchini, Pesto Broth
Layers of Thinly Pounded Yellowfin Tuna; Foie Gras and Toasted Baguette, Shaved Chives and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fresh scallops with sea urchins
Pan Roasted Lobster 
Truffled Salsify, Red Wine “Sauce Américaine"

Crispy Black Bass; Wood Ears and Water Chestnuts Black Truffle Hot and Sour Pot au Feu
CHOCOLATE MILLE-FEUILLE: Caramelized Phyllo, Thyme Gelée, Salted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream 
OPERA: Chocolate Mousse, Praline Feuilletine, Brazilian Coffee Ice Cream
Beautiful hallway to the washroom

Monday, 12 May 2014

International Diversity Days - Tasting Foods From Different Countries

May 12, 2014 is declared to be International Diversity Day.

So..what is an International Diversity Day? International Diversity Day, officially known as “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development,” is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday for the promotion of diversity issues. It was developed to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

Today, my company provided all the staff with a beautiful lunch to celebrate International Diversity Day. It featured foods from around the world. It was to share a new experience with our colleagues while sampling new flavours and reinforcing the importance of supporting a diverse firm culture and society.

There were tons of food that were inspired by foods around the world.