The "Concept" is a space at the Yorkdale mall in Toronto dedicated to pop ups that last for about a month or so. As they put it, "CONCEPT is a space devoted to new thinking, designed as an ever-evolving showcase of new tastes, trends and technology."
And to kick it off, they brought in an array of amazing food vendors, and you have to know I was all over it. Although I didn't get to try them all because of the endless lines, I did manage to try a good number (4 out of 6 actually ) and I have to say they were amazing.
Here are some of the vendors that were on show:
I'd only had Uncle Tetsu's once before this, not for a lack of trying. Every time I went back, the lines were always too long. This time though I was determined to have it once more. So determined that the misses and I woke up early one Saturday morning to beat the queue, only to get there and the customers right before us brought out the place. Now there was an hour and half wait for new cheesecakes, but thankfully we were first in line as the line up grew longer than the Lochness monster. Finally, it came and it was so much worth the wait.
Uncle Tetsu's is best served warm as the outside is all fluffy and soft, while the inside of the cake is filled with not but cheese to match the fluffiness on the outside. At $10 (no tax!) per cheesecake, you're definitely getting your moneys worth.
And also, a big shout out to the staff, who were nice to continuously handing free treats and apologizing for the long wait too.
Now these guys understand how to make a meat/chicken pie. Their pies are mixed with interesting flavours wrapped into a well baked, delicious pocket. I couldn't get around to trying all the different flavors, but going on the suggestion of the misses, I tried the Southern Pulled Pork and Jerk Chicken Pie (three times) and I would happily go back for more.
We had the Lemon Bergamot Meringue (Lemon bergamot cream infused with velvety meringue and white chocolate discs on the top) and their eclair of the month, Honey Lavender (White chocolate cream infused with lavender and honey). They both tasted amazing and the insides were rich, they did not hold back on the cream at all. I would definitely give it another go.
Courtesy of my sweet tooth, this was by far my favourite and also the hardest to get through. Sadly they didn't have all their regular flavours, but they had a good number to choose from.
Let's start from the top; first off, the 'cones' aren't your regular cones. They are cake cones made entirely with baked cinnamon sugar and glazed with peanut butter.
I had the Dream Cone ( what dreams are made of), which for a chocolate lover was an amazing, albeit tasking experience. It was the above mentioned cone, filled to the brim with nutella spread, layered with butter toffee bits, topped with cocoa drizzle and salted caramel brownies to top it off...literally. And as a little treat, right at the bottom of the cone is a ball of chocolate. A sort of 'well done, you made it to the end surprise.'
While the Misses had one of the Yorkdale Specials, the Decadent Drip Cake. This was drip cake cone dripping with chocolate ganache; spread with peanut butter; layered with chopped roasted peanuts and salted caramel sauce; topped with more salted caramel sauce, peanut brittle, toffee shard, caramel popcorn, a cocoa-filled wafer roll and a chocolate peanut butter macaron.
All in all, the Concept was a huge success on its first outing, and I'm looking forward to Concept 0.2, which opens on the 18th of May. So, be sure to stay tuned for more, and better.