Jamie’s Italian in Yorkdale

So I have to admit that I have a small (BIG) crush on Jamie Oliver.  I can’t help it, he is just amazing! So when I was in Toronto recently for a conference and saw that he has a restaurant there, I took it as a sign.  A BIG SIGN…eat here…drag your friends here…hahahaha!

Lucky enough that I have some pretty awesome friends who will come with me whereever I want to eat so it was pretty easy to convince them!

So off we went! Got the reservation…check, get the uber…check, get your friends…check AND WE WERE OFF!

Now the restaurant from where we were staying was a good 30 minute drive but it was worth it!

We show up and were seated…guess where we were seated? Right…by…the…OPEN KITCHEN.  Now granted everyone in the restaurant was seated in the same area, but thats not the point.  The point is that this is always the best seat in the house.  Its like being at your own viewing of a cooking show.  Whenever you go and eat somewhere, ask if they have a chefs counter, it won’t dissapoint!

The food was awesome! To start we shared the Crispy Ravioli, this is such a great appetizer to do for a crowd…hmmm…side note – remember to do a post on this one…and we shared the Charcuterie Board.  Ms. Munro and I … well actually everyone in my life…has a healthy love of charcuterie boards.  They are just soooo good! The cured meats, the pickled vegetables, cheese, olives…I could go on and on but I think we get the point.

Then for dinner I had “Gennaro’s Tagiliatelle Bolognese”.  Now this sauce, I could dream about this sauce over and over again.  Slow cooked pork and beef in a red wine sauce….ugh…so good!! Ms. Munro had the Fresh Crab Spaghetti, Ms. Cool had Gennaro’s Famour Porchetta and Ms. Cox had the Fish with olives and tomatoes.  We each tried a little bit of everyone’s and I can say that everything was delicious!

If you are in Toronto…eat here!!

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Crispy Ravioli with Spicy Tomato Sauce
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Charcuterie Board
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Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese
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Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta
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Fresh Crab Spaghetti
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Whole Roasted Fish with Olives and Tomato

Beef Short Ribs…For the First Time

I have always wanted to try making Beef Short Ribs.  Every time I go to a restaurant and they are featured on the menu, that is typically what I would order.  The same with Crab Cakes…but that’s a whole other conversation!

So I was at the Butcher Shop (which is conveniently located beside my office) and they had packages of Beef Short Ribs as a special. They don’t have them a lot so I grabbed the opportunity to get them and try to make them!

I looked around online and went through  a couple of recipes, but either I din’t have everything needed or was going to take too much time. So I just did my own thing and they turned out AWESOME!

What you need:

– Beef Short Ribs
– Black Pepper
– Kosher Salt
– Coconut Oil
– Thyme
– White Onion
– Cherry Tomatoes
– Bottle of Red Wine

First things first get your oven on! I have a great Slow Cooker option on my oven so I put mine on the high setting.  Grab a pan or pot, something with a good lid and that is also safe to put in the oven.  I have an amazing pan from Epicure called the Everything Pan…the name is perfect because it is literally perfect for everything.  I use it all the time. Get in a good amount of Coconut Oil and get it to a really good high heat.  You want to now season the meat.  Always try to make sure that your meat is at room temperature.  I love fresh ground pepper so I use a little bit more and then put a good amount of kosher salt on them as well.  Once the pan is at a good heat you want to sear the meat on all sides so that it has a good crust on the outside.  Remove the beef from the pan and reduce the heat.  Put in the chopped Onion and I also throw in some Garlic.  Let the Onions cook for a little bit so that they soften up a bit.  Once that is ready, remove it from the heat and put the beef back in the pan.  Pour in your WHOLE bottle of wine.  Which reminds me, Julia Child said that when cooking with wine, if you wouldn’t drink it then you shouldn’t cook with it.  That has always stuck with me, so don’t be cheap and use a good one! Throw in a good handful of Thyme, the Cherry Tomatoes, put the lid on, throw it in the oven and WALK Away!

Mine stayed in the oven for about 6-7 hours and when I took them out, the meat just fell right off the bone. THEY were awesome! These would be really good served with garlic mashed potatoes or for an alternative have them on mashed cauliflower (my favourite!).

Enjoy!

Beef Short Ribs