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I received an invitation to an event called “Taste of Iceland” that was going to be held at the Drake Hotel, from March 21-24, 2013. I have to admit, that it was the cocktail listed on the invitation that really caught my attention. Specifically, I am talking about the “Sons and Daughters” cocktail that was going to be served that night!

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What’s in the drink? Let’s see …some pretty interesting ingredients! Reyka vodka, aquavit, lemon juice and caraway seeds, muddled thyme, and sea butckthorn syrup.

Not your average cocktail. I RSVP’ed very quickly – “Please add my name to your guest list”.

Not only did I enjoy my cocktail (or two), but I enjoyed multiple servings of EVERYTHING.

The evening started off with:

-Hardifskur  w/Icelandic butter (I would travel to Iceland just for this butter!!)

-Grilled Icelandic Langoustine, with garlic, butter and herbs

-Atlantic Shrimp and Lumpfish Caviar, with pickled vegetables and citrus vinaigrette

-Deep Fried Crispy Balls of Cod Potatoes with “Sol” mayonaisse

-Pickled Herring on sweet rye bread, curry dressing, green apples and spring onions (I had 3 of these).

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The main courses included:

-Naturally Raised Icelandic Salmon – cold smoked salmon with grainy mustard dressing, sour cream dill oil, and Icelandic rye bread

-Free Range Iclelandic Lamb – seared Icelandic lamb filet with glazed root vegetables, juniper berry infused lamb jus and wild Icelandic blueberry herb dust.

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I inhaled EVERYTHING. My table mate, Adam Mazerall from View the Vibe actually said ” he never saw someone devour something so quickly.

Needless to say, I barely had breakfast or lunch the following day!!

For those who can’t hop on a plane tomorrow and head to Iceland – please head to the Drake Hotel from March 21-24 to experience the food and the culture of Iceland. In the meantime, I think I’m going to add Iceland to my bucket list of places I want to visit!!

Drake Hotel 1150 Queen St. West Toronto 416 531 5042

Taste of Iceland: on Twitter: @IcelandNaturally

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Over the last two years, I’ve been going to the Drake Hotel on a Monday night for an event called #86D. These amazing FREE events are  hosted by the lovely Ivy Knight and generally attract a foodie-type of crowd.

This past week I went to a Cinnamon Roll Battle that featured a total of 700 cinnamon rolls that were prepared by a handful of Toronto’s best pastry chefs. I SHARED (thats right – one roll shared by 4 friends) cinnamon rolls by Tori’s BakeShop, Richmond Station, Gilead Cafe, The Gabardine, Eyal Lieberman, and more. PS. Richmond Stations’ cinnamon rolls won last night!

I enjoyed the cinnamon rolls (see below) as well as catching up with some fellow foodie friends.


I’ve also attended other events, like the donut smack down, a pickle smack down and more. They are always FUN and there’s always TASTY food to enjoy!!

Here’s what’s going on in February:

#86d = Monday Nights at the Drake

Crunchy or chewy? Bonnie Select or Heartland? Toasted or untoasted? Boston or Romaine? Kewpie or Hellmanns? Which combination makes the best BLT; join us tonight to find out! Sponsored by This Little Pig artisinal bacon purveyors.

  • Venue: Lounge
  • Type: Foodie
  • Cover: FREE
  • Time: Feb. 11, 2013, 8 p.m.

Tonight we celebrate a classic w/a night of milk + cookies, but with a twist! Bring the family and re-live your youth w/a grown-up spin; Boozy, milky cocktails served in cookie-rimmed glasses by guest bartender Krysta Oben from Cowbell.

  • Venue: Lounge
  • Type: Foodie
  • Cover: FREE
  • Time: Feb. 18, 2013, 8 p.m.

The Order of Good Cheer – Enjoy the classic French 75 with guest bartenders, Krysta Oben from Cowbell and Leah Wildman + Lauren Wilton from SNACKS.

  • Venue: Lounge
  • Type: Foodie
  • Cover: FREE
  • Time: Feb. 27, 2012, 8 p.m.

Hope to see you on a Monday night at the Drake Hotel!

For more info:

The Drake Hotel: 1150 Queen St. West, Toronto (416) 531 5042

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