New Year, New Menu

Paramount Fine Foods 

1441 Upper James St,

Hamilton, ON

It’s a new year, full of new beginnings, and Paramount Fine Foods is on top of it with their new menu additions!

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We had visited previously (see our original review HERE) and enjoyed their classic menu. But every restaurant needs to embrace change to keep customers interested.

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Our friends at Hamilton Gastronomy were in the know about the menu change and graciously invited us for a tasting, along with a couple other #HamOnt foodies.

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The new menu inclusions are:

Saj Bread

“Saj bread is a thin crust wrap with all the flavour and less the calories. The dough is authentically made, flattened by hand then placed on a domed hot clay oven called the Saj. The Saj is a very popular method of cooking in the Middle East and can be found in most homes and restaurants. It is not commonly found in Canada as the process can be labour intensive but the authentic flavour wins out which is why Paramount is the first restaurant chain to offer it.”

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Sujuk Shawarma

“Sujuk Shawarma is a grilled spiced minced beef sausage which is available in the Saj Bread, pita or plate. It is traditionally made as a dry spicy sausage using various seasonings including cumin, sumac, garlic, salt and red pepper. The sausage is typically sliced and fried as a side or on a sandwich but also found on a rotating skewer and shaved as shawarma.”

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Paramount also has a crazy large dessert bar, which in our opinion, is the highlight of the visit there every time.

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Have you tried anything off of Paramount Fine Foods’ new menu? Review it with us in the comments below! 

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Novemburger 2015

http://novemburger.ca/

November is officially half-way through. For some, that might mean the start of Christmas decorations, the end of Pumpkin Spice everything + the beginning of Gingerbread Spice everything, cooler weather and warmer clothes. What’s it mean for me? Only 15 days left to try Novemburgers. (32 of them to be exact.)

Novemburger Hamilton by Urbanicity

Novemburger Hamilton by Urbanicity

For those of you that haven’t heard of Novemburger yet…..where have you been? Have you been living under a rock? Kidding. But not really.

Novemburger Hamilton - Hambrgr: #HamOnt Burger

Hambrgr: #HamOnt Burger

Novemburger is a seriously awesome campaign put on by the people at Urbanicity. The basics of the campaign are: restaurants all over the Hamilton area come out with a special burger for the month of November. For each Novemburger sold, $1 goes to raising funds for United Way. As you hit the Novemburger trail, you can visit their website and rate each burger you try. At the end, two winners get chosen; one for most burgers sold and one for best burger.

Novemburger Hamilton - Collins Brewhouse: Wild Boar Gets WIld

Collins Brewhouse: Wild Boar Gets Wild

I wasn’t a huge fan of how the website worked for burger info – especially on mobile (sorry guys!), so I put together this checklist below, which shows all the Novemburgers available this year. *As a side note, all of these are listed in the printed copy of Urbanicity along with photos*

Novemburger Hamilton: Jonny Blonde - Blonde Boca Burger

Jonny Blonde – Blonde Boca Burger

Get out there and get rating! (By the way they have photos of all these burgs on their website as well if you want to see some #FoodPorn before you decide what to eat!)


SquareHambrgr – #HamOnt Brgr– $13; Double patty (3.5oz each), grilled onions, American cheese, mustard glazed bacon, brgr sauce, iceberg lettuce on a classic grill bun.

Thirsty Cactus Cantina and GrillSquare – The Big Jerk – $14; Beef patty, jerk rub, pulled jerk chicken, jalapenos, Monterey Jack and house smoked chipotle mayo, mango.

Square Snooty Fox The Big Reub – $13; All beef burger patty, carved corned beef, white wine sauerkraut, melted swiss cheese, thousand islands dressing served on a pretzel bun with a pickle.

SquareCoach and LanternThe Sweet Burger – $16; 6oz Wild Boar patty on a Rustic kaiser with Spinach, Apple Berry Compote and Goat Cheese.

SquareAcclamation Bar & GrillSurf ‘N Turf – $16; Juicy AAA ground beef with house seasonings, lobster butter, creamy gouda, and a citrus caper aioli on grilled brioche.

FSquareisher’s Eatery and Sports LoungeAloha Burger – $15; Beef patty, smoked ham, melted Swiss, grilled pineapple, lettuce, tomato, red onion, honey mustard.

SquareOne DukeDuke Ukranian Burger – $14; Two fresh ground sirloin patties, potato cheese stuffed perogie, applewood smoked bacon, sauteed onions, sour cream, sharp cheddar cheese, sauerkraut, sliced kielbasa, arugula, field fresh tomato, diced green onion on a potato scallion bun.

SquareJet CafeEggs Benny Burger – $10.99; 8oz all-beef patty, Canadian cheddar, a fried egg, peameal bacon, bacon strips, hollandaise sauce on a kaiser roll.

SquareJack & Lois Easy Rider – $16; A 7oz lean ground chicken & lean ground turkey patty mixed with a house-blend of secret spices, double cream brie, house-made apple bacon chutney on a bed of Crunch.

SquareFool and Flagon The Firestation – $13.25; Fresh ground chuck burger dredged in dehydrated chili peppers, topped with dusted and lightly fried jalapeno peppers, bacon and crispy fried onion straws, jalapeno havarti cheese on an Ace Bakery roll.

SquareCeili HouseSpicy Pear Truffle Hunter – $14; 1/2lb beef patty, melted aged brie, bacon-chilli candied pear, crisp arugula, candied bacon chilli aioli, served on a warm sesame bun.

SquareThe MuleThe Big Macasada – $12; 4oz beef patty stacked between fried and grilled tortillas, queso fundido, spicy mayo, mules special sauce, pickles, lettuce, onion and sesame seeds.

SquareThe Works The Big Popper – $14.81; 8oz 100% Canadian Hormone Free Beef Patty, deep fried jalapenos, cream cheese, deep fried onion strings, 2 slices bacon, sour cream, green onion slivers.

SquareTavern on GeorgeThe Tavernac – $16; Hand-formed beef patty, peameal bacon, cheese curd, maple ketchup, mayonnaise, and fried egg on a daily-baked brioche bun.

SquareGown and Gavel Misteak’n Burger – $14; 8oz local beef patty, sauteed onions and mushrooms, swiss cheese, steak sauce, a sunny-side up egg, and mustard on a challah bun.

SquareStonewalls Hamilton’s “Best” Dirty South Chicken Burger – $13.99; Free range chicken breast soaked in butter milk, coated in a secret seasoned breading and deep fried, bacon, cheddar, house made dirty southern heat sauce, lettuce, and tomato on a split kaiser.

SquarePapa Leo’s The Morning Thai Burger – $16; All beef patty, back bacon, fried egg, pickled carrots, onion, cilantro, house peanut sauce on a sesame challah bun.

SquareMezcal TNT aPORKalypse NOW – $12; Pork patty, bacon aioli, smoked cheddar chipotle ketchup, double smoked bacon.

SquareJohn St DinerPopeye Burger – $10.99; 8oz all-beef patty, spinach, feta cheese, mushrooms and onions.

SquareServe PingPongGood Morning Burger – $12; 6oz Angus ground beef patty, aged white cheddar, whiskey candied bacon, confit cherry tomatoes, a fried egg, house-made dill Hollandaise sauce, on a fried brioche bun.

SquareNellie James Too The Duck Burger (Open Face) – $16; Handmade uck burger, savoury bread “bun” with bacon Hollandaise and pickled kale salad. *Vegetarian version also available!*

SquareUnion BurgerSriracha Smash – $8.99; Sriracha cheese balls, sriracha sauce and ranch smashed between two beef patties, lettuce and tomatoes.

SquarePub FictionJack Daniels BBQ Burger – $12; 8oz Ground Chuck patty, provolone, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, Panko onion rings and house made Jack Daniels BBQ sauce.

SquareBean Bar Marauder Burger – $14; 8oz Beef Patty, BBQ pulled pork, aged white cheddar, sweet pickled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle and red onion.

SquareState and MainGrilled Cheese Burger – $13; Burger on grilled french bread, american, swiss and provolone cheese, peppered bacon, shredded lettuce, tomato, and a stack of crisp fried onions.

SquareAugusta HouseThe Conquistador – $15; 5oz certified Angus patty, chorizo sausage, crisp chicharrones, spicy Piri Piri sauce between a soft potato scallion bun.

SquarePheasant Plucker The Plucker – $20; Bison burger, 40 Creek BBQ sauce, beer braised onions, mushrooms, house-cured peameal bacon, smoked cheddar.

SquareCollins BrewhouseWild Boar Gets Wild! – $17.99; 7oz home made wild boar patty on a bed of Mac N Cheese, pulled pork, pineapple mustard, split between a potato and chive bun.

SquareNaromaNaRoma Burger (Novemburger-inspired Pizza) – $20 (serves 2 to 3); Lean ground beef, home made bbq peperoncino spread, cherry tomatoes, red onion, pickles, romaine hearts and aged cheddar.

SquareJonny BlondeBlonde Boca Burger – $12; 100% handcut beef blade burger, local Mountain oak Gouda, caramelized onions, baby spinach, grape tomato, crisp proscuitto, chopped sage, roasted garlic aioli, beef demi glaze, topped with hickory sticks.

SquareRadius Smoked Surf Burger – $24; AAA beef patty topped with braised smoked beef short rib, onion ring, shrimp and arugula on a brioche bun.

SquareDowntown BistroTriple Play – $13; Hand-formed 8oz ground sirloin grilled with maple smoked bacon, bourbon pulled pork, aged Jensen cheddar, on a toasted brioche bun.


So far I have only tried four. In foodie terms, that would mean I get a fail. But I promise I’ll be eating more Novemburgers (and writing about them!). Follow along with the #Novemburger hashtag or my twitter feed!

Have you tried any #Novemburgers yet? What was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!

Open House & Bash in the Brewery

Attention #HamOnt Craft Beer lovers! This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Where: Nickelbrook And Collective Arts Brewery – 207 Burlington Street East, Hamilton, ON

 Collective Arts and Nickelbrook Brewery Hamilton Ontario

DAY EVENT: BREWERY OPEN HOUSE, NOON – 4PM
Craft beer lovers and curious neighbours alike are invited to come down to the brewery to enjoy some quality beer, art and music, and delicious fare from Hamilton’s finest food trucks/restaurants. Plus tours!! Also featured? A special collaboration beer between the two brewers! To sample their 13 different brews, they’re offering logo glassware + 4 tokens for $10 upon entry. Patrons can also buy tokens for individual $2 or $4 pours.
Bands: Bravestation / Sarah Burton / The Knads /  DJ: DIGITS
Admission: FREE

NIGHT EVENT: BASH IN BREWERY, 7PM – MIDNIGHT
Later on that evening, they’re throwing a party with an AWESOME musical lineup and more good craft beer.
Bands: HOLLERADO / ZEUS WTCHS / DJ: DIGITS
Admission: $20* / [30* at the door] 19+ / *HST and handling charges are additional

To purchase tickets to both events, visit www.collectiveartsbrewing.com/tickets 
Due to capacity restrictions, those interested in attending the Open House portion are encouraged to secure their spot with free tickets for entrance.

#STEELISTHENEWBEER

Upcoming Restaurants in #HamOnt

Hamilton is now a foodie city. There’s no denying it. There’s an awesome food joint on every corner and there are new ones opening each day.  With the recent sneak peek of the new Nellie James Too we attended – blog post coming soon – (officially opened Thursday Oct 15th!), along with the grand opening of Serve Ping Pong, we thought we would compile a list of soon-to-be eateries in Hamilton. We’re excited for what’s on the horizon for #HamOnt. We want you to be excited too!


HAMBRGER
49 King William Street
Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 1A2

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“People are going to spell our name wrong and they’re definitely going to question the choice. Our response will be simple. Simplicity applies to all things and burgers are most definitely not an exception. We get right to the point at HAMBRGR, giving our guests the perfect combination of fresh ingredients, locally brewed and new to market craft beer, culinary artistry and of course, one of the most memorable experiences one can possibly muster in the enriching restaurant culture sweeping over downtown Hamilton. We have all of the elements we need to keep true to our name, now all we need is you. We’ll see you soon, Hamilton.”

Estimate Opening Date: Monday October 26th, 2015.

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @hambrgrhamilton
Twitter: @hambrgrhamilton
Facebook: /hambrgrhamilton
Website: No website as of yet.


Pokeh
Located in the Hamilton Farmer’s Market  (lower level west corner next to Eat Industries, Naked Lunch, Henry Browns Ice Cream – turning into the food corner!)

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From the people who brought us MeatVentures; “Pokeh is going to be Canada’s first Poké bar, serving fresh and healthy Poké bowls with a selection of our signature combinations or the option to build a totally custom bowl just the way you like it. A Poké bowl is a combination of raw ahi tuna or other seafood, soy sauce, sesame oil, green and white onions, and more, over top of rice.  That’s the classic version, and we’ll have a lot of different options and twists that use traditional ingredients as well as seasonal local produce from the Farmer’s market.  We’ll have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available.”

Estimated Opening Date: Early November 2015 (no firm date yet)

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @pokehbar
Twitter: @pokehbar
Facebook: /pokehbar
Website: pokeh.ca


Jonny Blonde Kitchen (Brick and Mortar)
664 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario

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Jonny Blonde food truck is now expanding into a brick and mortar!

“Jonny and Layal, the worker bees behind Jonny Blonde, are currently planning the opening of Jonny Blonde Kitchen at 664 Concession St., a new take out spot, which will also operate as their catering kitchen. They are starting with serving lunch from Tuesday to Friday 11-3pm, eventually extending the hours to serve dinner and open on Saturdays. Stay tuned to social media for October’s schedule – Jonny Blonde food truck will be serving a limited curbside menu for lunch from 11-3pm on select weekdays throughout October and November until the storefront is open. Including some familiar favourites (aka. the Peachy Blonde), the menu will offer a selection of salads, soups and sandwiches on Jonny’s homemade breads, as well as handmade pasta features.”

Estimate Opening Date: Mid November 2015

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @jonnyblondefoodtruck
Twitter: @jonnyblonde
Facebook: /JonnyBlondeFoodTruck
Website:  JonnyBlonde.com


Mesa
255 James Street North

Hamilton, ON

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When Mex-I-Can closed their doors on James St N, a collective groan was heard across the #HamOnt art district. Luckily for all of us, they’re launching a new venture on the street with ‘Mesa’! Mesa’s menu offerings will be similar to the old favourites at Mex-I-Can, but with a few tweaks. They chose the name Mesa – which means table in Spanish – because they’re all about welcoming everyone to the table. They plan to be gluten free friendly, as well as vegan, vegetarian and halal. Now that’s something we can get behind!

Estimate Opening Date: To be announced
Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @mesahamont
Twitter: @mesahamont
Facebook: /MesaHamilton
Website: None as of yet


Born + Raised
244 James Street N

Hamilton, ON
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More information coming soon!

Estimate Opening Date: Opening 2016. Official date to be announced
Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: None as of yet
Twitter: None as of yet
Facebook: Born and Raised Restaurant, Hamilton
Website: http://www.bornandraised.restaurant/


Do you know of any restaurants opening in the Hamilton area that we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments below!

Which restaurant are you most excited for?

Buffalo Beer Week

Sixth Annual Buffalo Beer Week to Have a Strong Canadian Presence and Flavour

Interested in the Craft Beer scene? Us too! Our nearby neighbours of Buffalo, NY have just the event for ale-lovers: Buffalo Beer Week!

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Resurgence Brewing Company, Buffalo NY

The 6th Annual Buffalo Beer Week, to be held this year from Thursday, September 25, through Sunday, October 4, will for the first time boast a strong Canadian presence, featuring breweries from across Southern Ontario and Québec and events hosted by Canada’s leading beer authority, Stephen Beaumont.

A 10-day celebration of the burgeoning Buffalo-Niagara craft beer movement, Buffalo Beer Week includes dozens of dinners, tastings and other assorted events held throughout the Buffalo Niagara Region, all aimed at showcasing the astounding array of craft beers available in the area and broadening awareness of the region’s great brewing heritage.

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Resurgence Brewing Company, Buffalo NY

This year, in addition to the participation of several Canadian breweries, Buffalo Beer Week will feature Stephen Beaumont, the internationally renowned craft beer expert from Toronto. Author of the forthcoming Beer & Food Companion and co-author of the internationally best-selling World Atlas of Beer, Stephen will co-host a unique food and craft beer pairing event at one of Buffalo’s hottest restaurants, Oshun Oyster Bar, and lead an historic rare beer tasting at the legendary Buffalo beer destination, the Pizza Plant Italian Pub.

Canadian breweries participating in the 6th Annual Ballpark Brew Bash at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo today (Saturday, September 26th) will include:
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Vankleek Hill, Ontario)
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, Ontario)
Cameron’s Brewing Company (Oakville, Ontario)
Mill St. Brew Pub (Toronto, Ontario)
Muskoka Brewery (Bracebridge, Ontario)
Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec)

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Resurgence Brewing Company, Buffalo NY

A flagship event of Buffalo Beer Week is Vines & Bines, a unique ‘farm-to-table’ wine and beer dinner featuring Canadian beer expert Stephen Beaumont and Niagara-on-the-Lake trained winemaker, Jonathon Oakes. The dinner takes place on Tuesday, September 29, at the popular Oshun Oyster Bar in downtown Buffalo and will feature six farm-to-table courses expertly paired with the craft beers and fine wines of New York state, southern Ontario and beyond. Reservations can be made by calling 716-848-4500 and tickets are $75 per person, plus tax and tip.

For more information about the all the events taking place during Buffalo Beer Week, please visit www.buffalobeerweek.com.

What’s your favourite local beer-themed event? Let us know in the comments below!

Lake Road Restaurant Open for Supercrawl 2015

Lake Road Restaurant

229 James Street North

Hamilton, ON
www.lakeroadrestaurant.ca

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Lake Road Restaurant, the hotly anticipated new venture of Chef Dan Megna and Laurie Lilliman of acclaimed Twisted Lemon Restaurant will open this weekend for the James Street Supercrawl September 11-13, 2015.

Following the “first you crawl, then you walk, then you run” philosophy, Lake Road will open with a limited menu for Supercrawl weekend (including a few snacks created “to travel”); to which it will gradually add over the course of the next month, before holding a ticketed menu launch party mid-October. A VIP Grand Opening Gala for media and invited guests will complete the trio of opening events, planned for late October or early November.

Under Executive Chef Dan Megna, Chef Luke Petruzzella will head up the kitchen at Lake Road, having spent the last year at the Twisted Lemon following tenure at the Ancaster Mill, Ravine Vineyards, Oban Inn and Rousseau House.

Photo credit: Michelle Dunn

Photo credit: Michelle Dunn

Following SuperCrawl 2015, Lake Road will open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with their “Stone Oven” menu bridging the gap between lunch and dinner, and as “late night” fare. Reservations will be accepted by phone for parties of six or more, with a private room available for up to 20 on the main level, while an expansive lower function and meeting room is being completed.

Beginning Tuesday, September 15th, initial hours of operation will be as follows:

11:30am-2:30pm – Lunch Menu
2:30pm-4:30pm – Stone Oven Menu
4:30pm-10:30pm – Dinner Menu
10:30pm on – Stone Oven menu

Social Media Links:
twitter.com/lakeroadresto
facebook.com/lakeroadresto
instagram.com/chefdanmegna

 

Collective Arts – Hamilton Store Now Open!

Collective Arts Brewing

207 Burlington St. E.

Hamilton, Ontario

www.collectiveartsbrewing.com / @CollectiveBrew

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Retail storefront at 207 Burlington St. E. in Hamilton, ON selling Collective Arts beer to public.

Craft beer lovers rejoice: Collective Arts officially opened their retail storefront at 207 Burlington St. E. in Hamilton on Tuesday, September 1st. Located at the end of Hamilton’s constantly evolving James St. N., the store opened just in time for the Labour Day long weekend and the James Street North Supercrawl.

The entire lineup of Collective Arts beer is available for purchase.  Beer will be sold in 750mL growlers, 6-packs of bottles, and kegs. New brews and tall cans coming soon.

Guests to Collective Arts’ retail store will be able to sample the beer portfolio and pick up some Collective Arts merchandise. Completing the experience is a bottle gallery featuring Collective Arts’ unique artist labels as well as a mural done by Nick Sweetman and Peru Dyer Jalea, AKA Peru143, of Montreal’s multi-artist collaborative, EN MASSE.

Store hours are Sundays to Wednesdays, 11:30AM – 7:30PM and Thursdays to Saturdays, 11AM – 10:30PM.

Brewery tours will not start until the official brewery open house, planned for November 2015.

The Collective Arts collection includes:

  • Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale
  • Saint of Circumstance
  • State of Mind Session Ale
  • NEW Ransack The Universe, Hemisphere IPA
  • NEW Stranger Than Fiction Porter

Check out a ‘behind the scenes’ look on the Brewery Launch here: http://hamiltonsmallfries.com/2014/05/18/arts-and-science/

Will you visit the new Collective Arts store in Hamilton? What brew are you most excited to try?