wordless wednesday … carmichael’s mellos pop up

*author’s note … this really isn’t a wordless entry.  but that’s because I have WAY too much to say about my amazing evening*

Last night I went on a first date … and a second date … all at once.My first date was with the wonderful, adorable, delightful, talented, lovely Kelly Brisson of the gouda life.  I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to finally sit down, get to know one another … and eat (obviously two foodies had to eat!).

As you can tell … it went well.  I’ve loved reading the gouda life,supporting Kelly in her food adventures … and drooling over her incredible pictures.  It was nice to finally sit down with her and just chat.  We’ve decided that we’re kindred spirits and can’t want to sit down and hang out some more.

First date.  Success!Second date … that was with Chef Matt Carmichael.  Actually … not with him … but with his food.

Oh his wonderful and glorious food (and the drinks aren’t bad either).

I was smitten after *our* first date at the urban element … and am completely head-over heels in love with carmichael’s food and pop up restaurant.


Everything was exactly perfect.

All of it was delicious.  ridiculously, delightfully, delicious.  The dishes were balanced – sweet and salty.  Fresh and fried.  Tender and crunchy.  Perfection … a million times over.

I highly recommend anyone who wants to be part of an awesome food experience to head over to Mello’s on Dalhousie and grab a seat inside … the pop up experience is scheduled for sunday, monday, tuesday and wednesday nights.  And if you’re told there will be a wait … go take a little walk and come back. 

It’s totally worth the wait (and if you don’t believe me … ask the guy next to me who ate three of the cod fish tacos (Mr. Taco) … plus a steak frites with peppercorn sauce).

guest blogging @ the urban element

Last January I was asked to guest blog about a mix & match dinner at the urban element.  Trish Larkin and Marc Lepine were collaborating on a pretty insane meal.

I loved it!

Which is why I’m so über thrilled to have been asked to DO IT AGAIN!

This time it was Trish Larkin (I’ve become her roadie) and Matt Carmichael.

Let’s just say … it was A-MAZ-ING.  Yep.  AMAZING.

If you check out the urban element blog you’ll get to read all about my meal.  But I decided I’d add a few more pictures onto my blog to continue sharing the experience …

You basically get to see what I ate.  It makes me hungry just looking at it again …  especially the strawberry – rhubarb *cheesecake* dessert.

Just in case you don’t check out my incredible guest blogging post on the urban element … I’ll let you in on what was plated (and devourered).

spotted prawns.

Larkin: crudo with yuzo and black better buttermilk (with avocado & cucumber).

Carmichael: prawns with fresh pasta (my favourite dish of the night).

albacore tuna.

Carmichael: sashimi with olive oil, coriander, cress, radish & maldon salt.

Larkin: nicoise with black olive *dirt*, haricot vert, tomato, soft boiled poached egg, potato crisp.


Larkin: shaved with lemon, olive oil, shallots, tomme des demoiselles (second favourite dish of the evening).

Carmichael: asparagus with morel sauce (madeira)


Larkin: seared striploin, mushrooms, bordelaise & herbed butter.

Carmichael: tartar with argon oil, red chili & black tomato (not pictured).


Larkin & Carmichael: cheesecake filling, graham cracker crumbs, rhubarb curd, diced rhubarb, strawberries, whipped cream.  sighs of happiness.  many many sighs of happiness.


I have to say …



I LOVED everything about the *last* episode of must.love.food.

I loved filming it … I loved talking about it … I loved eating … EVERYTHING … and I especially loved watching the episode.

It made me giggle.  And it kinda made me hungry.  I mean … come on! 

First off … you should know that I HEART Trish Larkin.  I think she’s the bestest. 

I also think she makes a ridiculously tasty burger … 8 ounces of perfectly grilled love; sandwiched between the perfect bun, and topped with bacon, cheese, boston lettuce, tomato, red onion and … who can forget the mayo????

Remember … “if you bring homemade mayo to the party … you’ll impress everyone!”

You should have seen all of us (the volunteers, Todd and I) when Trish plated the burger and fries.

We were GIDDY. 

Because not only did it look and smell delicious … it tasted GOOD.  And I mean “jump around with happiness” kinda good!

(I have to admit … the BEST part of filming that day was that as soon as Trish finished making the burger and fries, our “lunch” arrived … and it was burgers too!  Let’s just say …Trish’s black cat bistro burger knocked the other one out of the park.)

The show then went from ground beef and burgers to making tartar (and a zucchini salad).

Mother of pearl.


First off … Ryan Mesheau is handsome.  And funny.  And super nice.  And can cook.

Heck ya!

Like I said on the show … some people know him as Mr. Rachelle Eats Food – his wife Rachelle, has this awesome blog, rachelleeatsfood and his meals are regularly featured on her blog.

He walked us through making the tartar (he certainly reminded me that it’s nothing to be afraid of … or an expensive dish to try), and making the zucchini salad … which was prefect.  It was fresh and light … a little lemony and just perfectly played off the richness of the tartar.

Every single one of us on the set dug into that dish.  There was nothing left when we were done with it.

It was awesome.

If you missed the episode on Sunday night … and the replay on Monday and Wednesday … you are in luck!  You can tune in on Saturday at 1 pm to RogersTV 22.