The concept of TUM to me is perfection, a real dream come true. It’s like god listened to my dreams and prayers and created this event to make my life a little more exciting.
I love how TUM gives those who may not afford to open up their own restaurant the chance to create great dishes and share them with the thousands. I also love how the food served at TUM is different than the kind of food you can find at a common day restaurant in the city.
What I loved even most after my experience at TUM is how much attention to detail each vendor paid to the preparation, flavours and aesthetics of their dishes.
TUM is for those who are passionate about making delicious, innovative, and gourmet food, and for those who are just as passionate about eating it.
TUM was held on a extermely cold night, but my desire to try everything made the numbness in my toes and fingers worth it. I am looking forward to each and every TUM until this day forward. Well except for the next one because it falls on a high holiday…
anyways moving on, here are some photos that I snapped from the amazing event.
ESE- LA Mexican Styled Street Food
I loved the taquito. My first bite at TUM and it raised the bar, also maybe my first time trying yuca which had a nice mild taste and texture. The salsa made the close to simple taquito into a masterpiece.
Baoss- Steamed Buns
I ordered the lobster. It was the second last lobster of the night. I don’t know what I would of done if I missed the chance to try it. The bun was so sweet and delicious and the lobster portion was a nice generous chunk.
Baoss was my favourite vendor at the festival. Toronto needs a place where I can order these puppies weekly.
Cashew & Coco -Peanut butter and Jelly Pie.
It was a nice treat in between tasting savory dishes. I also love the branding.
Tiffinday-Chickpea Dhokla with cilantro, apple, garlic pesto
A tasteful light, airy yet savoury cake made out of fermented chickpea batter. I learned it is often served in India as a snack to enjoy with tea.
Popover Girl- Sweet and Savoury Gourmet Popovers
I have a pretty good feeling that popovers will be the next food trend. I got to try the vegetarian popover with roasted red pepper and feta at the end of the night, so I was extremely stuffed, however I did love it and think it was a great alternative to the sandwich. Popovers remind me of croissants just a bit less airy and crispy, and more dense.
Panda Buns- Veggie and Custard
Nothing too orginal, but I do always enjoy a chinese bun.
Sassy Lamb- cute mini cupcakes
I tried the Vegan Coriander Girl. Because I was so cold and there was so much to try I ate is so fast I don’t think I even tasted it.
La Carnita- Tacos
La Carnita had an hour plus line and I was not able to wait in the cold, however I did run up to the front to take a photo of baja fish tacos being prepared. What a teaser. If you ever go to TUM you must run to the La Carnita line until its just too long to wait.
A two bite falafel. I forget the name of the vendor. There wasn’t a line and the chef took 5 minutes to assemble this one little falafel. I appreciated the TLC put into it. Passion baby.
Elle Cuisine: Duck Confit French Onion Soup with aged cheddar and gruyere crouton.
Butter Chicken waffles being handed out at the Royal Tree Beaver
Mama Nashi Samosas- Samosas
These samosas were great! Very airy and not too greasy. I loved the options of sauces. The lemon juice took it out of the ball park. The vegetarian samosa were one of my favourite dishes at TUM.
Thistletown collegiate high school chefs - Arancini, three mushrrom risotto balls.
The balls were stuffed with mozzarella cheese, panko crusted, and drizzled with truffle oil and parmesan with heirloom tomato and winecream sauce.
These were great after a two bites, but I do not recommend eating more than one, they really pushed me over the edge.