Yum, yum: The Faye Dunaway

Officially launched last week, the Drake Hotel’s dining room has been transformed into Chinatown circa 1940s’ Los Angeles, just in time for TIFF. Draped from top to bottom in red and gold, with dragon fruit cocktails on the Sky Yard, cabaret performances in the Lounge, cigarette girls out front and a playful Chinese menu to match, the 11-day celebration is not to be missed. Throughout TIFF (now until the 18th), the Drake will be serving until 4 a.m. 

This version of the Drake’s Dining Roadshow will last until Saturday, November 19, so if you’re not able to get there this week, you have lots of time to sample the delicious menu. 

No good menu would be complete without tasty cocktails to go with it, and the Drake has created an amazing cocktail menu inspired by TIFF and Chinatown. We’ve snagged one of the recipes to share with you – the Faye Dunaway, named after the actress best known for her role in Chinatown.

Faye Dunaway
1 1/2 oz Skyy Vodka
1 1/4 oz fresh mango juice
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 agave syrup
2 jalapeno wheels
2 dashes Reagans’ Orange Bitters
Muddle ingredients, shake and strain into a coupette. Garnish with a jalapeno slice.

We may not have time to recreate this recipe at home, but you best believe we’ll be popping in to the Drake for a late-night Faye Dunaway after the red carpet.

 Enjoy responsibly, and let us know what you thought of this little piece ‘o heaven in a glass: @rockitpromo.

Rave: Pie

They say the cupcake trend is over. While we personally aren’t quite ready to give up our red velvet snack habit just yet, much like any good investigative journalists (read: Lisa Ling), we had research to do.

Essentially, we ate pie, and lots of it, from top spots The Canadian Pie Company, Chudleigh’s, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky and The Drake Hotel. Oh, the things we do in the name of research.

The Canadian Pie Company
Known as an American classic, The Canadian Pie Company is proving that those of us north of the border know a thing or two about the fruit-filled dessert. Only a few short months ago, Keren and Erez Hadad set up pie shop in Riverdale, and since the reviews have been nothing short of sweet. 
Sold in 40 fresh daily varieties, the company’s pies are filled with all fruit and no sugar. For dessert too healthy to taste this good, bakery visitors are left to choose between sweet fruit pies like peach-raspberry and white cherry. And for those with salty over sweet preferences in your life, serve up The Canadian Pie Company’s shepherd’s pie or Atlantic salmon and broccoli. 
Chudleigh’s Apple Farm
Way back from our apple picking days, Chudleigh’s Apple Farm in Milton was the place to climb fruit trees, pick pumpkins and eat one slice too many of their world famous pie. The baked deliciousness is sold in bumbleberry and pumpkin flavours, but the apple pie is the stuff the crowds line up for. 
 Apple pie blossom: another delicious treat. Image source.
Filled with freshly baked northern spy apples, dusted with cinnamon sugar, the pie is available in traditional pastry crust or with a delicious crumble top. For a little taste of comfort, warm yours up and top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a piece of cheddar.
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
Dessert dreams come true with Wanda’s Pie in the Sky in Kensington market. Made with all-natural ingredients, the pies are baked in Niagara peach, Ontario sour cherry, pear cranberry, traditional raisin and other fruity flavours. 
 Yummy wild blueberry pie. Image source.
From sweet to tangy, all pies are baked in buttery trans-fat free crusts. If cream pies are your thing, their key lime pie brings an original coconut-graham cracker crust to this longtime fan favourite.
Drake BBQ
Who says pies have to be fruit-filled? Not the Drake. They’ve got the pie for chocolate lovers. A gourmet take on the Oreo, whoopie pies are fun cake sandwiches with frosting middles. 
 Whoopie pies – what a steal! Image source.

Baked by Chef Anthony Rose, these pies are the perfect treat after a Drake BBQ dinner. Whoopie! 
Celebrate the fact that spring is almost here with some juicy fruit baked in pastry. Yum.