I love the smell of mac ‘n cheese in the morning!

When I woke up yesterday, I’ve got a smile on my face, cuz I’m gonna take my gut to Ontario Place. The formerly provincially funded theme park reopened for the weekend for the annual Mac ‘n Cheese Festival, Ontario’s ode to cheesy goodness. (No, not “Deep Cuts the Knife,” but you know I was rocking it on the boom box, bro!) And you know I’ve got a VIP pass, which gets me into the park one hour before the public. On Saturday, they started letting VIPs in at 10 am, so I was in line by 9:55!

Of course, there weren’t any food trucks serving up breakfast, so I went straight to the next best thing—dessert. Can you say mac ‘n cheese cone?

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This sweet mac attack is served up in a waffle cone with candied bacon and pop rocks on top. Hey, it’s got bacon, so I’m pretty sure it counts as breakfast food…

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Speaking of breakfast food, this southwest bacon mac ‘n cheesesteak poutine is the Breakfast of Champions, son! You’ve got two kinds of meat, some creamy mac, fries, cheese curds and gravy—that’s all part of a balanced breakfast, bro! I’m glad I only went with a mini order, cuz otherwise, I wouldn’t have had room for this:

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Deep-fried mac ‘n cheese, with creamy carbonara and cheese sauces, tasted almost as good as it looks. This was kindergarten-noodle-craft crunchy with a cheesy, creamy kick. Shut the back door!

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I then went for some pulled duck mac ‘n cheese, which was hot and creamy…but I think they forgot to put the duck in mine.

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Can you say Pig Mac, bao? This is BBQ pork and mac ‘n cheese served up in a steamed bun, son!

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It doesn’t get much more outta bounds than this. Grilled kangaroo served up on macaroni with some spicy cherry sauce on top. The kanga’s got the flavour of chorizo and the texture of ground beef, while the cherry sauce added plenty of sweet heat. I had to chug six Goose Bay IPAs just to chase the aftertaste—otherwise, I would only have had five.

And hey, I was able to fully stuff my piehole before all the strollers showed up. I was outta there by 11:30…just in time for lunch!

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Food Truck Feeding Frenzy Friday: Nice balls, dude!

(Originally written January 14, 2014)

These Food Dudes were a lot more organized than the ones from yesterday.  Instead of waiting in line, they took your order (and your money) right away, then called your name when it was ready—which prevented people from saying “Screw this, I’m going to Subway!”  That said, I’m pretty sure these deep-fried mac ‘n cheese balls have more than six grams of fat:

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The crisp crust was soft enough that you could cut it with a fork, revealing the cheesy goodness underneath.  The marinara sauce soaked up into the breading nicely, while the green pesto added an extra little kick.  I definitely could’ve eaten more than three of these!