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2009 was a year to remember. We officially launched Plato Putas in March and have been eating our way from city-to-city over the past 10 months. We’ve feasted on the finest, the obscure and the downright obscene. Our conversations about food couldn’t have happened without the talented chefs who make digging in so pleasurable that we’re inspired to document our eating experiences. So please join us, and some of our fellow food lovers, as we salute our favourite restaurants of 2009.
Suresh Doss, Publisher of SpotlightToronto.com
I’ve eaten at Nota Bene on Queen Street in Toronto many times and have never had a bad experience. The service is meticulous yet not overbearing. The food is just delicious. I finally had the chance to have David Lee’s private 60-day dry-aged Ribsteak earlier this fall. Buttery and tender. Finish off with a divinely good sticky toffee pudding. The best part? You don’t need a second mortgage to have a phenomenal meal.
Meghan Coyne, Recipe Writer for The Martha Stewart Show
Its soooo cliché, but my parents took me to The Waverly Inn in New York City for my birthday this past year and I had the absolute best time! I actually had a broken leg (and ankle!) for my birthday this year, but the staff was more than accommodating and we had a delightful table in the garden out back (it was May). Of course, the food was divine as well. I actually couldn’t decide between so many items on the menu. I would go back in a heartbeat…. If only I could get another reservation.
We’ve got Nota Bene’s David Lee, chef Roger Mooking, Babycakes’ Erin McKenna, both the Double P’s and many more recalling their favourite meals of 2009. Read on to see if one of your favourites is on the list.
Plato Putas is all about spreading the holiday cheer, especially when it’s related to food. We’re asking some of the most beloved chefs and food lovers about the best gifts to give…and get.
Best Kitchen Gadget to Give
Mortar and Pestle. It’s fun, useful, convenient, versatile, and you get to make noise and bash away at stuff. Who doesn’t like that?
Here’s your skill-testing, multiple-choice question of the day.
Chef Roger Mooking is an acclaimed chef because:
A) He knows how to properly use a knife.
B) He makes a mean soy-sauce hard-boiled egg.
C) He can properly stock anyone’s kitchen.
D) He hosts his own show Everyday Exotic on Food Network Canada, and is the executive chef of Nyood, Kultura and Madras Pantry.
Pat yourself on the back smarty pants, you’re correct: it’s E) All of the above. Plus, Roger gets extra love from the Double P’s this week for featuring a Q&A with co-creator Celine on the Roll Call section of his site. Check it out here.
I love music. I love food. So one of the best things in the world is meeting a musician who loves food. We’ve already had culinary chats with Drake and The Clipse, but chilling with Ivana Santilli — who’s as talented in the kitchen as she is onstage as a singer, songwriter and musician — is a treat in itself.
At a recent dinner party in Toronto, Ivana staged a kitchen takeover and made homemade bruschetta, guacamole and her pièce de résistence, Pappardelle with Sugo Crudo.