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Working for a magazine has its few perks and in my case a free 10-lb, freshly caught wild salmon that was used in a photo shoot. My good friend Natalie and I decided to cook this beast and serve the sea monster to a hungry crowd. After scouring the internet and cookbooks for that perfect recipe, we came across a simple one which instructed us to stuff the fish with roasted fennel and plum tomatoes, seasoned with a handful of fresh herbs, olive oil and white wine. We did just that and whipped up a few accompanying sides. I could describe in detail the magnificent meal we all devoured, but in this rare, special case, I think photos speak louder than words. Follow Salavadore-Gilbert (our communal name for the fishy friend) from the kitchen sink to a picture-perfect plate.

Did you know fresh fresh smells like cucumbers? Thanks Tessa for that interesting fact. Click here for a play-by-play of what went down.


We at Plato Putas adore our Mammas. We love how they filled our childhood with more activities than we can remember (swimming, skating, dance, gymnastics, soccer, baseball), instituted family day on Sundays, wiped our disgusting snotty boogers when the weather was cold and packed our lunches every day. Realistically, the list is endless. But one of the main reasons we love our Mammas is because they always love us back with a heartfelt home-cooked meal. Last time we honoured Mamma Riyait, and today we continue our homage to moms everywhere. The Double P’s will enter the homes of Mammas to stir up some of the good stuff, unlock family secrets and share the best recipes you won’t find in a cookbook.

Our second featured mother is Nellie Wong. Hailing from Canton (aka Guangzhou), China, Mamma Wong moved to Toronto in 1965 and is the proud mom of two kids. Her Mongolian Hot Pot (aka Chinese Fondue) is one of my favourite reasons to head home for a Sunday dinner. It’s basically meat, seafood, vegetables, noodles and other goodies cooked in a hot broth. On this occasion (my bro’s b-day), she put together a seafood-specific feast.

Okay kids, get out your pen and paper, it’s note-taking time. Mamma Wong warms up the winter by showing us how to prepare your very own Seafood Hot Pot.

Follow along step-by-step with this visual guide and soon you’ll be scooping out delicious salmon, shrimp and clams from the most flavourful soup.


Bangers and Mash, Mushy Peas, Welsh Rarebit, Baked Beans on Toast and Steak and Kidney Pie. Have I tempted your culinary randiness yet? The British fare served up at The Park Slope Chip Shop (383 Fifth Avenue) is absolute ace! Surrounded by a sea of organic healthy eateries, this deep-fried, micro-sized restaurant is there to remind us of the joys of eating, the Limey way. And you’d be daft not to appreciate the authentic menu, mustard colored walls or the full-on British paraphernalia and insignias in every nook and cranny.

Are these fish and chips royalty fit? Read on to find out.


Loyal reader and friend of the Double P’s, Romina, recently visited Charlottetown, PEI. Sure she was on vacation, but that didn’t stop us from insisting she report on the best eats from out East.

The nice thing about returning to a place you love with someone who’s never been before is experiencing it with fresh eyes…and taste buds. This summer, my partner joined me in Charlottetown where I was visiting my best friend, Mo. I love everything PEI: the breezy weather, the boardwalks, the red sand, and of course, the yummy food. Charlottetown may be small, with fewer than 35,000 citizens, but it does not disappoint when it comes to exceptional cuisine (and is, surprisingly, home to the most Lebanese restaurants per capita in Canada).

We were lucky enough to stay with the lovely Duffy-Cobb family who treated us to a lobster dinner at their cottage. Each of us devoured a two-pound lobster that we picked up at MacKinnon’s, aka Lobster on the Wharf (2 Prince St.). You can purchase both the live and cooked variety here, and if you’re going for the latter, I would highly recommend forking over the extra $2 to get them cracked. But you don’t need to fly all the way to Charlottetown to partake in this lobster fantasy.

Whaaat?!?! It’s possible to get a mound of lobster like that on your dinner table? Read on to find out how.


It’s never too soon to have another post dedicated to fish sandwiches. Last week it was the Toronto Mom & Pop place, The Fish Store. This weeks it’s Kim’s Aunt Kitchen cart in Manhattan and this place is the epitome of cheap eats. Where else, besides Wendy’s or McDonalds, can you purchase a fried fish sandwich for $3.50! I guess the cheap factor plays in with the use of bun, or should I say, lack of one. Choose from either pita, white or brown bread. The trailer park within me ordered a Whiting Fish Sandwich on soft, doughy white-sliced bread, topped with lettuce, tomato and extra mayo. I was shocked with the massive size of fish and not just one piece, but two! Woo-hoo!

Word to the wise: eating a fish sandwich at your desk is probably not the smartest idea. The smell lingers and there’s nothing like the waft of grease to get your cubicle mates scowling. Also, by the end of the day my face felt so greasy you could fry an egg on it. Attractive. But ask me if i’d order it again and I’d say “You bet your bottom dollar!”