April 11, 2013

proof vodka, yum tum, Vol. 128

Last year, proof was one of the first vendors to sell drinks at the Toronto Underground Market. Last weekend, we were not serving drinks, but we were fortunate enough to help out at this year’s first TUM foodie event. It seemed like the hottest food items were made on the barbeque – both Southern & asian BBQ. So we came up with this cilantro cocktail that would compliment either one.

the yum tum 1 1/2 oz proof vodka • 1 oz fresh lime juice • 1 oz lemon simple syrup • 2 small pieces of celery • 1/3 cup cilantro, lightly packet

In a shaker muddle together celery and cilantro. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with celery and cilantro.


lemon simple syrup Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Add lemon zest from one lemon. Keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks.


The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) is a social food market for the community to sample the food of Toronto home cooks. It is a venue for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their products. These vendors are not necessarily chefs, although some will be. This is a new kind of community market; not a farmer's market, or a food festival, but something completely unique and new to Toronto. (http://yumtum.ca)

Yum Tum was a blast. Check out some of the great up-and-coming people and restaurants:


Union Up and coming chef, Mazen Mansour offered the Palestinian side of Union, and Eric Bernhard, the Israeli flavour. The two came together with their country’s most authentic dishes – both delivered with a modern twist. Mazen was serving his version of M’jadarah (an Arabic basmati rice dish). Eric was serving Cholent (a traditional jewish stew). The complimentary flavours proved to make the perfect Union. Stay tuned for lots more from Mazen Mansour.

Babi&co re-creates traditional Indonesian street foods by using fresh and local ingredients, while still keeping the intense and traditional flavours that Indonesian cuisine has to offer. Though they don’t have their own restaurant, they share their  food at different pop-up events around Toronto. (http://babiandco.com)

From the Kitchen A Beretta Production At the foundation of their catering and meals-to-go is their support of local farming, commitment to organic and all natural ingredients. They provide clients with the highest quality foods, along with a great experience. From the Kitchen will work with you to customize meals to your every need. (www.fromthekitchen.ca)

Soul Smokin’was serving up pulled pork sandwiches from their on-premise smoker, along with delicious southern spicy shrimp skewers. Like them on FB (http://www.facebook.com/pages/SOUL-Smokin/132448480235723)

Sugar Tooth Fairy All of our delicious cupcakes and are made fresh to order and from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients free of chemicals or preservatives. Customers also have the option of completely customizing their cupcake and we also do our best to accommodate dietary requests by providing a selection of cupcakes that are sugar free, gluten free, nut free and vegan.

Hot Bunzz a light bun stuffed with braised bison and topped with a caramelized pear slice. (https://twitter.com/HotBunzzTO)

TUM has partnered with Arts & Crafts to help celebrate their 10th anniversary and to guide the unique culinary experience at Field Trip Music Arts Festival. (http://blog.yumtum.ca)

Weekend Forecast
Saturday: Variable cloudiness and a high of 6 degrees
Sunday: Isolated showers and a high of 8 degrees

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