Last week we had the opportunity to join a group of other food enthusiasts for an event called Dishcrawl. It was thirty people joined together for a night of food, fun and lots of laughs. It’s kind of a food field trip, where you join others and explore different neighbourhoods in the city, while eating some of the best they have to offer.
This time around it was all about the Commercial Drive neighbourhood, with our guide Yana taking us through a culinary journey loosely based on the history of the Silk Road. The Drive is known for it’s diverse community, but it wasn’t until we took this Dishcrawl tour that we realized it was hiding some spots we’d never been before.
First up was Siddhartha’s Indian Kitchen, where we got to sample a selection of Aloo Tiki, Bhoona Baigan Masala, Palak, Naan, and Butter Chicken sauce — which we were literally eating with a spoon. So. Good.
Here’s Jeremy testing his heat tolerance! Photo by Joann Pai.
Next, we moved on to Carthage Cafe, where they were serving a variety of Tunisian and French cuisine.
Doight de Fatima and Mechouia salad, below. The salad was refreshing, and the spring roll — which was stuffed with tuna, cheese and beans was actually pretty tasty.
We moved on to Italy, and paid Famoso a visit. We’d been here once before last summer, and were looking forward to trying it again.
Famoso served up Margherita pizza, fire-roasted tomato bisque and caprese salad. The soup was our favorite of the three, and reminded us a bit of our own homemade version.
Lastly, we moved on to Cafe Calabria. We’ve walked by this place countless times over the years, but for some reason have never been inside. That will definitely changed after we tasted their sorbetto!
We had a great time during Dishcrawl. If you’re looking for a fun, interactive and different way to spend time with friends — and meet some new ones, you should really give it a try. For $60 you get to try a great selection of food, and discover some great new spots.
The next Dishcrawl will explore Main Street, and will highlight some of the best eats Riley Park neighbourhood has to offer. The event takes place on May 15th, and tickets are available now.
Disclaimer: We attended Dishcrawl as media guests, however all opinions are 100% ours.
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