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MY EXPERIENCE ON “YOU GOTTA EAT HERE”- PART 2

Hey everyone,

Last night, the show I guest starred in, “You Gotta Eat Here” aired at 5:00 PM PTC. My family and I watched it last night. The first thing you see in the episode is my sister and John saying, “You Gotta Eat Here!” First up was a restaurant called the “Riverside Inn”, then it was “Yolks Restaurant & Commissary”. “Yolks Restaurant and Commissary” is the restaurant I filmed with. The last restaurant in the episode was a restaurant called “Olympus Burger”. It was pretty cool watching myself on television. I got to see myself make the Duck Confit Eggs Benedict and watch my sister eat whipped cream on television! (My sister loves whipped cream.) I also got to see my sister and I eat other dishes off the menu and talk about how delicious the are.

I would like to thank John Catucci, Steven Ewing, the Food Network and the whole “You Gotta Eat Here” crew for making my dream of being on the Food Network come true. I loved being on the show. Thank you!

-Ty

My Experience Filming for “You Gotta Eat Here” and Airing Date- Part 1

Hello everyone,

On June 2nd, I finished filming for a “kids edition” episode of “You Gotta Eat Here” (a show on the Food Network) at Yolks in Strathcona, Vancouver. I am guest starring in this episode along with the host, John Cattuci.

When my dad and I first walked to the restaurant, the sign that usually shows today’s special said, “Sorry Closed for Filming”. We knocked on the door to the restaurant. Within a few seconds, someone opened the door and we were let in.

When we got inside, we discovered that John had not arrived yet so we sat down and waited. We interacted with the director, the producer and the rest of the crew. We said hello to the owner and head chef of Yolks, Steven Ewing. After a couple of minutes, John arrived. The crew got the set ready and we started filming at around 9:30 am. We were creating Yolks’ famous “Duck Confit Eggs Benedict”. What I did not know was that we had to film and do everything twice. First, we got some spices crushed them and rubbed them on the chicken. They filmed as a wide angled shot. Then, they cleaned everything up and set everything up exactly the way it was before. John, Steven and I got back in our places and did the exact same thing as we did before except that they filmed us close up. This was repeated through the whole process of creating the dish. The cool thing was they had a camera on me they whole time they were shooting. They called it the Ty Cam.

John, Steven and I in action while they are filming.
John, Steven and I in action while they are filming.
John, Steven and I in between scenes with director on the left of the picture.
John, Steven and I in between scenes with the director on the left of the picture.

The awesome thing about filming everything twice is that we made the dish twice which meant that I got to eat the dish twice. The show is airing tomorrow at 5:00 PM (PST) on the Food Network. Tomorrow after the show, I will be posting part 2. I hope you enjoy the show.

-Ty

Happy Bacon Day!

Happy Bacon Day everyone.

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Did you know that:

  • Bacon is addictive; it contains six types of umami. Umami produces an addictive neurochemical response.
  • 69% of all food service operators serve bacon
  •  Bacon is one of the oldest processed meats in history. The Chinese began salting pork bellies as early as 1500 B.C.

Enjoy,

-jrfoodychef

Vancouver Food Cart Fest

Food Cart Fest

Food Cart Fest Vancouver is a gathering of over 20 of the city’s top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join them every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Admission is $2.50, and free for Vancity members or with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. I will be there this Sunday reviewing one or two of the food trucks. I’ve already reviewed Yolk’s, so I won’t be reviewing that food truck. But if your free, go down there and try their food. I gave their restaurant :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: . I strongly recommend their hashbrowns and egg bennys.

I will be reviewing one or two of the following food trucks. These are my top five food trucks and I strongly recommend these trucks:

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:star: Community Pizzeria

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Aussie Pie Guy

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:star: Beljam’s Waffles

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Blue Smoke BBQ

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Dougie Dog

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:star: REEL Mac and Cheese

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 Varinicey Pakoras

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Vij’s Railway Express

All these food trucks are really good. But the stared ones are my three favourites. I hope this helps you. Have fun at  the Vancouver Food Cart Fest.

-Ty

Food Cart Fest in Vancouver

Starting June 28th 2015, Food Cart Fest will take place every Sunday from 12 PM-5 PM at 215 West 1st Avenue (between the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village). The site is next to the Seawall. You will need to check this festival out, so keep the date open. One of the participating food trucks is from one of the amazing restaurants I reviewed…YOLKS.

So if you live in the Downtown Vancouver area and you don’t want to drive far to eat there, then this is the place for you.

Here are the some of the participating food trucks:

Free, Real T.V Pizza.

About a week ago, Optik/Telus TV gave a free pizza to all their customers to celebrate the 5th season of Game of Thrones. You order it online. The next day, it gets delivered right to your house by the Telus van. The pizza tastes amazing. The names of the pizza (see them types of pizza below) are all Game of Thrones related. They are very creative names, looks and tastes awesome so I give it…

:star: :star: :star: ½

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Type of Pizza

Iron Pepperthroni
Dietwolf
Sausage & Baratheonion
Khalizza

Happy Birthday!!!

Hi everyone! Today is a special day, it is… Trevor Linden and Alex Burrows’s birthday today! If you don’t know who Trevor Linden and Alex Burrows are, I’ll tell you. Trevor Linden is a famous hockey player that played for the Vancouver Canucks. He retired from the Canucks in 2008, but is now the president of his former team. Alex Burrows is currently playing for the Canucks. Enough said. I know I haven’t posted any recipes in a long time so I am going to post 2 NHL related recipes. Woot! Woot! I will soon edit this post to include the recipes. I will edit this tomorrow or on April 13th.

Enjoy!

PEANUT BUTTER OREO NHL HOCKEY PUCK DIP

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons (28 g) butter

, softened 2 ounces (56 g) cream cheese

, softened ½ cup (125 g) peanut butter

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup (94 g) icing sugar

, up to 1 cup 4 Oreo cookies

, chopped Oreo baking crumbs

, ⅓ to ½ cup white chocolate for letters

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine softened butter, cream cheese, peanut butter and vanilla extract with your handheld mixer. Add the icing sugar ¼ cup at a time and mix until incorporated after each addition. If the mixture seems very sticky add the additional ¼ cup of icing sugar. Stir in chopped Oreo cookies by hand. Turn the mixture out on a piece of parchment paper and form into hockey puck (or any desired shape) with your hands. Chill mixture first, if it is too sticky to handle. Cover the top and sides of the hockey puck dip with Oreo baking crumbs. Remaining crumbs can easily be swept off the parchment paper. Pipe some lettering onto a piece of parchment paper with melted white chocolate. Place in the freezer for a couple of minutes, then peel off letters and place on the hockey puck. Transfer the hockey puck to a serving plate and surround with pretzel sticks or other hockey stick imitation ‘dipping tools’.

HOCKEY PUCK CAKE

INGREDIENTS

Cake 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (60 ml) cocoa, sifted 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5 ml) baking powder 1/2 teaspoon (1 ml) salt 1/2 cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, softened 1 cup (250 ml) sugar 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract 0,1/8 teaspoon (5 ml) red gel coloring (optional) 2 eggs 1 cup (250 ml) milk Italian meringue 3/4 cup (180 ml) sugar 1/4 cup (60 ml) water 2 tablespoon (30 ml) light corn syrup 2 egg whites, at room temperature 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) vanilla extract

Chocolate coating

8 oz (225 g) sweet or semi sweet chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil PREPARATION With the rack in middle position, preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Line a 43 cm x 30-cm (17 x 12-inch) baking sheet with parchment paper, letting the paper hang over 2 opposites sides. Butter the other sides. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, vanilla and food coloring using an electric mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating constantly until the mixture is smooth. With the mixer at low speed, add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk. Spread the batter on the baking sheet. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely. Unmold and put the parchment paper back on the baking sheet. Set aside.

Italian meringue

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and cook until the candy thermometer reads 116 °C (240 °F). Remove from the heat while whipping the egg whites. In a bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Pour the syrup over the egg whites, beating continuously until the meringue is barely warm and form stiff peaks. Stir in vanilla.

Coating

In the top part of a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the oil. Remove the top part of double boiler. Let it cool. Using a cookie cutter of about 9-cm (3 ½-inch) in diameter, cut out twelve circles in the cake. Using a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip, spread the desired amount of meringue on six circles. Cover with a circle of cake. Place on baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes. Using your hands, dip the edge of each cake into the chocolate. Using a spoon, cover top of cake to coat well. Set aside on a rack and let the chocolate set in a cool place at least 1 hour.

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ALERT!!! ALERT!!! Special Event!

Coming Soon: Italian Cooking Week

Italian Cooking Week is coming to foodycentral. Check out the details in the new EVENTS page.

Hello Food World!!!

Hello!!! I’m Ty. I’m going to be reviewing restaurants and food trucks around Vancouver and some times in the United States. I will rate the restaurants and food trucks from 1-5 stars. 1 star is bad and 5 stars is awesome. I will also post recipes from other websites or from my family. I will post at least 1 recipe a week. I hope you enjoy my food blog!!!

~Ty