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WINTERLICIOUS 2020: Patchy tandoori pizza @ Bannock

I’m Greedo Catucci, and this is 2020. We’re talking Winterlicious, the annual extravaganza where restaurants ALL OVER this city are serving up three-course meals for some pretty sweet deals! We’re starting off at Bannock, this funky joint on Bay St, where you can get an appetizer, dinner AND dessert for just 33 bucks, bro!!!

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First up, we’ve got some deep-fried mac ‘n cheese. Dude, this is body by deep-fried mac ‘n cheese!!! These golden yellow bricks are on a road to my mouth, with chunks of cheddar and some smoked ham hock thrown in, for that extra kick. There’s a little cup of ketchup on the side, but they couldda used a little more seasoning, though…

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And now it’s time for the main event — tandoori chicken pizza! Dude, this is body by pizza, so when I see it on the menu for Winterlicous, you KNOW I’m gonna hafta order it. (Last year, I even ate two pizzas at Piano Piano, bro!) This slice is covered in chunks of chicken, Indian yogurt and mozzarella, with a few pieces of cilantro. While the ingredients were all pretty good, they don’t quite come together cuz I can’t really get ’em all in one bite…

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Of course, you KNOW we still had room for dessert — and this dessert was definitely the best part of the whole meal! You’ve got a rich ‘n creamy chocolate brownie, with sponge toffee, powdered sugar and mixed berries…nothing wrong with that at all! Man, I would even pay 33 bucks for three of these. But then, I’d probably still have room for pizza!!!!

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!

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!