TORONTO UNDERGROUND MARKET
Where: Evergreen Brickworks (TUM provides a shuttle bus from Broadview Subway Station every 30 minutes throughout the night)
550 Bayview Avenue
When: August 25, 2012 - 6pm-11pm
Price: Food ranged from $2 - $7. There is also an $11.25 ticket fee.
-- If you want to go to one of their future events, buy your tickets the DAY they come out. Usually tickets are sold out within 24 hours!!
-- Strongly suggest going at least 30-45 minutes before it starts. You may have to wait longer to get inside (as opposed to going on time) but it WILL pay off when the line ups for vendors are noticeably short earlier on in the evening. As the night nears the end, line ups shorten significantly but many vendors run out of food.
-- The venue, Evergreen Brickworks is a large open, covered space that is susceptible to outdoor temperatures. There are no heaters or air conditioning so be prepared for any type of weather!
-- BRING TUPPERWARE! Or if you don't want to bring it there, TUM also sells tupperware of various sizes, all for $2!
We arrived at Broadview at 5:20pm to take the shuttle in hopes of being early but when we arrived at Evergreen Brickworks, we realized that there was already a massive line up to go in.
|The line extended a good 100m from where we were standing|
J: We had done our research ahead of time and Rock Lobster (@RockLobsterFood) always gets extremely packed as the night progresses so we wanted to get it first thing.
A bit pricey but for the quality lobster roll you are getting, its worth it.
|Line for Rock Lobster|
Being some of the first people into Brickworks, the line was already quite long for Rock Lobster (~15-20 min wait)
|Lobster Rolls ($4 each)|
C:Our strategy was divide and conquer so we wouldn't waste too much time (since the lines grow pretty quickly!) While J was waiting for Rock Lobster, I decided to try out Seven Lives (@SevenLivesTO), a stand specializing in tacos. I got the Salmon Vampiro taco ($7) which included salmon, fried cheese and guacamole
|Seven Lives Menu Board|
|The piece of salmon was actually quite large!|
|Adding the finishing touches of guacamole|
|Comida Del Pueblo|
|Forgot to take a picture of ours, but here is an excellent photo via. If Looks Could Kill!|
|Panko crusted tiger shrimp & diver scallops in baked brioche style bun ($3)|
It was about the size of my palm!
As we stated in the tips above, there is no real ventilation system so it was getting quite hot. To cool off, we went to Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops
|Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops|
|Blueberry Mojito Ice Pop|
Look who stopped by!
|Carl Heinrich - the winner from Top Chef Canada Season 2 !!|
|I look awful, but glad I could document this moment!|
To take home, we ended up getting some Smores cookies and Brownie cookies courtesy of Eat Your Heart Out (@EYHObakingco) and cupcakes from Smashcake Desserts (@SmashCake_TO).
|Eat Your Heart Out|
Couldn't get a picture of the cookies so took this one from the YUM TUM facebook page
You will eat these cookies and die happy. They are SO chewy and soft - the brownie cookie quite literally melts in your mouth. I ended up buying half a dozen, they are that good!
|Our take-home box|
From left: Strawberry Red Velvet, Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge
2 lobster rolls & Canadian Bison Short Rib Hot Bun
My only biggest regret was that I didn't bring enough money OR big enough appetite to try everything, but many more TUM events to come! Definitely going to come to another one.
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