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CNE Preview

First look at what's new and exciting at 137 annual #CNE2015 @LetsGoToTheEx. Over 18 days of performances, midway rides and games, vendors, exhibitors, farm animals, and of course some new foods you can only find at The Ex.


Kicking things off with a debut performance at the CNE by the XPogo stunt team. The team will perform flips and tricks on next-generation pogo sticks that can bounce upto 9 feet in the air. 



XPogo stunt rider jumps over CNE General Manager Virginia Ludy.



The Ex wouldn't be complete without the SuperDogs. They're back and celebrating all things Hollywood with their new show, HollyWoof!







One of the most dynamic acrobatic acts to hit the CNE, the Yate Dance & Acrobatic Team will captivate audiences with their sheer gymnastic power, artistry, dance and theatrical costumes. Performances will include human pyramids, contortion, and an amazing hula-hoop. 




Tim Hortons is here this year with some delectable treats, exclusive to the CNE. More on that later.



A another new performance this year features RUSH Parkour Demonstrations. Set to high-energy music, the show features athletes from Toronto's Monkey Vault Training Movement Centre performing free-running, jumping, climbing, and vaulting through urban obstacle courses and buildings.






Now for the food! A small sampling of some of the food to expect this year at The Ex. A classic of the CNE, Ice Cream Waffle is celebrating their 75th year at the fair, and Tiny Tom's donuts has been at the fair since 1960! This year there's even more food featuring over 20 food trucks, a new craft beer festival from 11 regional master craft brewers, a celebrity chef stage (ft Lynn Crawford, Bob Blumer, Michael Smith, Chuck Hughes, and Vikram Vij), and of course a long list of unique food vendors. 


Chicken Waffle On A Stick - Crispy fried chicken on a stick blanketed in a fluffy waffle and dipped in maple syrup. It's then sprinkled with icing sugar and served with a side of Frank's Red Hot for dipping.


Garlic Snow Crab Fries - Seasoned fresh cut fries with house-made garlic aioli, fresh snow crab, topped with parsley and dill.


Corrado's "S&M" Burger - Fifty shades of marinara sauce! A homemade meatball patty topped with spaghetti, parmesan cheese, and Corrado's famous marinara sauce. Spicy chilli toppings are available for those who like it "hot".


Frosted Flake Battered Chicken On A Stick - Juicy battered chicken rolled in Frosted Flakes and deep fried to sweet crunchy tenderness!


Baonana Split - Soft and fluffy traditional Asian bun, called "bao", is filled with hazelnut chocolate, sliced fresh banana, whipped cream, chocolate & strawberry syrup, topped with Maraschino cherry. 


Poutine Balls - A Canadian staple gets a Bavarian twist! Buttery mashed potato balls are stuffed with authentic cheese curds, then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to a crispy golden brown. Once plated, the Poutine Balls are smothered with Bavarian style gravy and even more cheese curds!


Fran's Resaurant is back with new inventions including Deep Fried Rice Pudding, Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream, Full Breakfast Pancake Burrito, and Coffee & Donuts Milkshake.




Bub's Bad Boy Burger - Spicy cheese burger and honey garlic fried chicken sandwiched between a Jamaican beef patty with pepper jack cheese, wasabi cucumber, crispy hickory sticks, fresh tomato, sriracha mayo, and buttermilk coleslaw. 


Deep Fried Cheesecake - Creamy cheesecake battered and deep-fried. Need we say more?


Bloomin' Apple - Inspired by a classic fair favourite, the blooming onion, this new dessert hybrid is made from a whole apple, sliced and topped with caramel and Nutella in the centre. Served with more Nutella on the side.


Timbits Poutine - A delightful takeaway dessert best eaten with a fork! A sweet "poutine" made of Tim Hortons Timbits decked out in delicious dessert toppings. Luscious combinations include: Chocolate Lovers, Birthday Cake, Oreo, Cinnamon French Toast, and Chocolate Salted Caramel.


Deep Fried Red Velvet Oreo - It's a match made in dessert heaven. The classic Oreo cookie is dipped in red velvet cake batter and deep fried, then topped with cream cheese icing!


Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese - Six strips of bacon weaved around a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with aged cheddar and mozzarella, served with spicy sweet chilli ketchup. 


...and more, lots more!


The 137th Canadian National Exhibition starts Friday August 21st and runs until September 7th. Tickets are available at , at the gate, participating Pizza Pizza locations, GO Transit and Union Station. 

The CNE concluded Labour Day weekend with the 66th Annual Canadian International Air Show, featuring military and civilian aircraft flying over Lake Ontario. This year the air show pays tribute the the Battle of Britain.

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Le Modern Japanese Cuisine

Some of the best sushi north of the 401 @LeModernJap. #GoodEats


Fried Nankostu (chicken cartilage)


Grilled Squid with Special Mayo and Soy Sauce. 

Aburi Nigiri (Blowtorched Nigiri).


Double Salmon Roll with Grilled Salmon, Cucumber, Asparagus, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon.


Nigiri Platter


Carbonara with Pan Fried Udon Noodle, Cream Sauce, Bacon, and Shrimp.


Green Tea Mille Crêpe

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Generous portions and delicious #GoodEats @Agrarian_PEC. A must visit when in the County!


Charcuterie: Northern Italian Salami, Calabrese, Nicoise Oilives, Bread and Butter Pickles, Grainy Mustard.

Market Cheese: Blue Ermite, Avonlea Cheddar, Riopelle, Roasted Almonds, Keint-he Pinot Jelly, Water Crackers.

House Salad: Organic Baby Kale, Radish, Cucumber, Peas, Honey Dressing.


Agrarian Burger: Garlic Mayo, Iceberg, Bacon, Dill Pickle, Cheddar, Red Onion, Market Cheese.

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Peal Diver

#GoodEats, good times, good company @PearlDiverTO!


The first of many oysters of the night!


Crispy Calamari - Sesame and Panko Crust, Sweet Chili, Ginger and Lime Dip


Cured Fish Plate - Pickled Mackerel, Smoked Acadian Sturgeon, Salmon Gravlax with House Pickles and Blackbird Toast.


Our own little space! Flip through cookbooks, put your record on and play your favourite song.


Terroir 2015

Lots of #GoodEats @TerroirTalk!


Peameal Bacon and Steak Sandwiches - Chef Michael Robertson


Breakfast Pastries - OB Artisan


Garden and Foi - Chef Jason Bangerter




Amberjack and Ponzu - Chef Antonio Park




Crispy Rice, Trout Croquettes, Spicy Tomato Jam - Chef Benajamin Dennis


Arroz Con Pollo with Saffron Rice, Confit Chicken Thighs, Cilantro, Edamame, Chiles - Chef Steve Gonzalez


Uncased Filipino Sausage Musubi with Shiso and Pickled Green Papaya - Chef Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca


Corn Dawg, Chili, Cheese, Fennel Slaw, Corn Relish, Jalapeño, Bacon, Onions, Mustard, and Spicy Aioli - Chef Stephen Payne


Coffee and Chocolate Spiced Brisket Hot Roll, Smoked Almond White Chocolate Cookies, Brazilian "Bom Pastor" Coffee - Stagger Lee's


Gochujang Pork Taco with Korilla Sauce, Grilled Kimchi, Pineapple, Salsa, and Chile Pork Cracklings - Chef Edward Song


Burnt Ends Brisket Sandwich with Apple Slaw - Chef Darryl Koster


Tunisian Carrot Salad, Harissa Vinaigrette, Kalamata Olives, Dukkah - El Gastronomo Vagabundo


Onion Dolmades Cauliflower and Sunflower Oil Emulsion - El Gastronomo Vagabundo


Creole Seafood Gumbo - Chef Dannielle Judie


Smoked Meat Knush Pocket - Chef Zane Caplansky



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Canoe: Taste Canoe

The best way to experience Canoe.


Amuse Bouche: West

Ivory Salmon Belly poached in fish stock, served with Hollandaise, Chanterelles, Pickled Mushrooms, Radish, and Mushroom Soil.

Paired with Flatrock Riddled, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario 2009.


Course 1: Yarmouth Lobster

Squid Ink Mayo, Kohlrabi, Poppy Seed Steam Bun, Lobster Oil (cooked lobster set in oil, blitzed, and filtered), and Yuzu.

Paired with Rosewood Semillon, Beamsville Vench, Ontario 2012.


Course 2: S'mores Foie Gras

Graham Cracker Crumble Dust, Waffle, Chocolate Sauce, Toasted Marshmallow Cream


Course 3: Duck Egg Raviolo

Braised Lamb Neck, Beluga Lentils, Fried Brussels Sprouts.

Paired with Fiore Concreto Chianti Classico, Tuscany 2012.


Course 4: Cocoa Butter Halibut

Charred Leeks, Guelph Navy Beans, Citrus Parsley Root Purée, Brandade Fritter, served with a Fried Belly Fritter.

Paired with Tinpot Hut Gruner Veltliner, Marlborough, New Zealand 2012.


Intermezzo: Rhubarb

Rhubarb and Sugar.


Course 5: Wagyu Tri-Tip

Charred and Smoked Tongue, Quick 5 minute pickled King Oyster Mushroom, Cauliflower Sour Cream Purée, Bacon Chive Jus, Chives, Shallots, Purple Yam, Crème Fraîche.

Paired with Stratus Syrah, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario 2010.


Course 6: Mason Jar Crème Brûlée

Preserved Wild Strawberry Sorbet and Vanilla Shortbread Cookies, served with Pistachio Sponge Cake, Berry Sauce. 

Paired with 13th Street Below Zero Riesling, Niagara Peninsula 2013.

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Mikey's Pizza

.@FeedYourDragon with some #GoodEats deep dish pizza! 




Meat King - Pepperoni, Sausage, Crumble Bacon, Meatball



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Canoe - Winterlicious 2015

Winterlicious 2015 @OliverBonacini's Canoe. #GoodEats


Rabbit & Fowl Mini Pot Pie with Chestnuts and Cranberries.


Sirloin Tip Steak with Beer Braised Brisket, Heirloom Carrots, and Grain Porridge.


Caramel Mousse with Cream Puff, Milk Chocolate Chantilly Cream, and Coffee Jelly.

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Tacos, Fish & Chips, and Crepes

It's always a #GoodEats kinda night when in Kensington Market!


Tacos from Seven Lives!



Fish & Chips and Poutine from Fresco's Fish & Chips.



Green Tea Crepe from Millie Creperie.

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Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill Bayview Village 

Thanks to @ChefStevenKwon for all the #GoodEats @OliverBonacini Bayview!


Oooo all that food!


Starting off with dessert first! 

Belgian Waffle - Vanilla Chantilly Cream, Berries, Melted Chocolate


Fried Chicken French Toast - O&B Artisan Brioche, Mandarin Maple Syrup


Peekytoe Crab & Shrimp Cake - Cabbage Slaw, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, & Charred Jalapeño Dressing


Steak and Eggs - 8oz Grilled Flat Iron, Yukon Gold Potato Hash, Charred Tomato Salsa


Eggs Benedict - Poached Eggs with House-smoked Atlantic Salmon on O&B Artisan Cheddar Scallion Scone with Yukon Gold Potato Hash and Hollandaise.



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