Before I get to Leafs news, I thought I'd spend a moment virtually touristing at the Canadian National Exhibition. From what I gather, it's almost like Epcot Center's food and wine festival, but with just the Canada pavilion. Y'all go out and eat some of this excellent food for me, okay?


Nutella food truck back in Toronto for the CNE | Best of Toronto
"Nutella food truck. Yes, it's real and it's parked in Toronto for the CNE's opening weekend."

Seven fantastic foods and where to find them at the CNE | Toronto Star
"On the 75th anniversary of the ice cream waffle’s debut at the Canadian National Exhibiton (CNE), the fair is still churning out unique food you just won’t find anywhere else."

Chef Michael Smith | CNE
August 22, 2-3 PM! The rest of the chefs look awesome too.

Other relevant food news

Toronto Food Events: Taste of Iran, Tehran Tea House, PintxosTO, Fat City BBQ, Salt of the Earth Pop-Up | Best of Toronto
Unrelated to the CNE but cool: "Taste of Iran and the Tehran Tea House takes place this weekend, August 21 to 23 in part of the Tirgan Festival at the Harbourfront Centre."

Filipino community upset about Toronto Star article | Global News
"One Toronto Star article, written by a contributor, describes some delicacies and rarely eaten dishes in less-than-appetizing terms, and it’s leaving a foul taste for members of the Filipino community."

Pusateri's will rebuild flagship fine food grocery store | Toronto Star
"The high-end grocer will rebuild Avenue Rd. flagship store, which was heavily damaged by fire Saturday night."

How Cooking Helped Change the Life of a New Orleans Katrina Survivor | ABC News
"Syrena Johnson chose to enter Liberty’s Kitchen, an outreach program that targets at-risk youth, teaching them job skills through cooking and giving them a future in the hospitality industry. She then found an unlikely mentor in celebrity chef and New Orleans native John Besh."

Cooking with O.C. Chefs: Ham and eggs can go beyond breakfast | OC Register
"Oozing with melted Gruyere cheese-spiked bechamel sauce layered with thin-cut Parisian ham, the croque-monsieur sandwich has been the menu star at French cafes for more than 100 years."

Is a hot dog a sandwich? | Illinois Times

And remember

Vincent: All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don't mean just like in no paper cup; I'm talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald's. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Jules: They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese?
Vincent: Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: What do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a "Royale with Cheese."
Jules: "Royale with Cheese."
Vincent: That's right.
Jules: What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: A Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it "Le Big Mac."
Jules: [in mock French accent] "Le Big Mac." [laughs] What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I don't know, I didn't go in a Burger King.

OK here's some Leafs stuff

James van Riemsdyk's Power Play Penne | Species

I made Mike Fisher's disgusting spaghetti casserole so you don't have to | Species

Maple Leafs’ Shawn Matthias jumps out of planes | Sportsnet
Somebody's agent is confident in him.

Halifax scores Toronto Maple Leafs training camp | CBC News

Former Maple Leaf Antropov hopes for NHL return | Sportsnet

Maple Leafs Minute: NHL Jerseys & Corporate Sponsorship | THW

Lou Lamoriello: “We have a plan to grow a little slower" | MLHS

What are you going to eat at the CNE?

Waffles, in honor of the anniversary!3
Deep-fried poutine balls!14
Frosted flake battered chicken on a stick!1
Bacon-wrapped grilled cheese!7
Garlic snow crab fries!7
Birthday cake in honor of Arii's birthday!3