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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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!