Top Food Trends for 2015

We’re nearing the end of 2014 and as we do more and more researchers start to lay their predictions on what food trends we can expect to appear in 2015.

The trends are predicted by Kara Nielsen, culinary director at the advertising agency Sterling Rice Group and offer a brief insight into what we might expect to see appearing in restaurants, kitchens and on supermarket shelves over the next 13 months.

We’ve collated the list of trends, which include more smoky flavours, fermented foods, coconut sugar and Matcha Japanese tea.

You can also watch Nielsen explaining her predictions in a video interview with Supermarket News.


Top Food Trends for 2015

1 – Broth – or the idea of sipping broth for health benefits is something to expect. Apparently we’ll all be standing around drinking fresh bone broth thanks to brands like Pacific Foods and their products like chicken and lemon grass broth in a carton.

2 – Gruit Ales – ales brewed by replacing hops with herbs and aromatic mixes. We’ve already seen this happening and recently highlighted a device that lets people inject aromatic flavours into their beer.

3 – Japanese Matcha Tea – Forget regular green tea, 2015 will be all about Matcha, a finely powdered Japanese tea that is said to have greater health benefits than regular teas.

4 – Coconut Sugar – another health driven trend as consumers look to substitute regular sugar with healthier alternatives.

5 – Fermented Foods – we’ve also noted this trend and brought you a pretty useful guide on how to start fermenting your own food at home.

6 – Marijuana Edibles – as more and more States start to legalise Marijuana, more and more shops offering edibles are opening. It’s perhaps the most interesting new food market to appear in recent years, with chefs working on new found ways of cooking with cannabis.

7 – Pistachios – apparently the new nut of the year will be the Pistachio so get ready for Pistachio butters, spreads, drips, oils and of course milks – as we type, a farmer somewhere is already searching for the teat of a pistachio to bring us gallons of it’s wonderful nutty juices.

8 – Filipino Cuisine – if last year was the rise of Latin America, apparently, 2015 will see us all gain a new found appreciation for Filipino food.

9 – Smoky Flavors – love this one, best one on the list – get ready for new found smokiness as chefs start to develop stronger techniques for adding wonderfully smoky flavours to foods.

10 – Grains – it seems we all want to jump straight onboard the grain train and you can expect more of the same in 2015. You may have only just learned how to say quinoa but that’s a 2014 grain, instead, look out for Kaniwa and Teff.

11 – Kalettes – this is an entirely new hybrid vegetable – a cross between brussels sprouts and kale.

12 – Same Day Food Delivery – a number of services, Amazon the most notable, are now stepping into the same-day food delivery sector. These services will expand, increase and speed up in 2015 as more and more of us choose to order fresh food daily online.


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Festivus For The Rest Of Us, and Happy Holidays!

We are now in full swing of the holiday season, and with that being said, food is a focal point for most celebrations – no matter what it is that you are celebrating. I believe food is what brings people together. However, it is also the unfortunate truth that a large number of people will also go hungry this holiday season.

Daily Bread Food Bank is a registered charity that is fighting hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. A distribution hub, Daily Bread provides food and support to almost 200 food programs across Toronto and is the largest provider of food relief in the GTA. Last year, Daily Bread distributed almost 9 million pounds of food to member agencies, and provided food hampers for 700,000 visits. More than a food bank, Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger and runs innovative programs to support people on low incomes.
To become involved with Daily Bread Food Bank, or to find out more information visit:

There are also many other food banks throughout Canada, which can be found here:

Please take the time to donate and support your local food bank, as this season is meant for sharing, and especially giving to those in need.

The Hunger Games..

A simple Google search of “I can’t decide what to eat” will bring to light a problem that many face on a daily basis – the inability to decide what it is that they want to eat. Some articles conclude that this lack of decision making ability is psychological at its core, while others state that those who cannot decide what they want to eat, simply do not like food. Personally, I’m just worried that I may be served with a dish that is less than satisfying. In fact, my love of food and the whole dining experience is what makes me picky when it comes to deciding what dish will make or break my food endeavour. According to my many Google and Twitter searchers, I know I am not alone in this.

Fortunately for you dear reader, who also cannot decide whether to get the chicken parmesan or the butternut squash soup, there is a solution. HotSauce understands the woes of those who cannot decide, and makes the decision for you, showing you the most enjoyed dish at restaurants of your choosing. No longer will those I’m dining with grow impatient with me, and no longer will a dining experience with me be a game of hunger and waiting.

Top 10 Holiday Restaurants in Toronto 2014

Seasons Greetings from HotSauce! 

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Take the stress out of the holiday season and make reservations at one of these “fine-dining” establishments in Toronto. With Christmas around the corner, Hotsauce wants to assist you in planning your next gathering with family, friends, or corporate function during this holiday season.

Here are the top 10 Holiday Restaurants in Toronto for 2014. 

1. The Sultan’s TentHotsauceblog PhotosThe Sultan’s Tent and Cafe Moroc locates itself in Toronto’s only remaining historic cast iron building. They are steps away from major attractions in the Toronto downtown area. They offer an a la carte French Moroccan Menu or 3-Course Prix Fixe French Moroccan Sultan’s Feast with live entertainment.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Blu RistoranteOn the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick facade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine created by executive chef Massimo Callovini. Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Cluny BistroThis modern French casual bistro, nestled in The Distillery District, is unique in both its design and menu. The large space is bright, airy and filled with fascinating custom details, such as cabinets filled with hand-selected antiques and hand-painted glass wall atop the raw bar.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Arriba Restaurant Situated inside the Renaissance Toronto Hotel in the Rogers Centre, Arriba welcomes private groups and corporate gatherings of all sizes. Toast this holiday season with friends and colleagues while enjoying holiday favourites from our festive lunch and dinner menus. The festive decor in the restaurant and private dining room make it perfect for celebrating this holiday season.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Bangkok Garden This unique two-storey restaurant located in downtown Toronto has provided authentic Thai cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of Southeast Asia since 1982. Located 2 blocks north of The Eaton Centre, Bangkok Garden restaurant is one of the first Thai restaurants to open in Toronto. The food is authentic, based on the Thai principle of balancing the five tastes: sweet, hot, sour, salty and bitter.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Safari Bar & Grill TorontoOne of North Toronto’s favourite neighbourhood bar and restaurants, Safari has earned a reputation for great food in a casual atmosphere. Their strength lies in the kitchen, preparing every item on the menu including all signature sauces, dressings and desserts in house, sourcing fresh available local ingredients.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In El Catrin This is what you need to know about El Catrin We serve authentic traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. One of Mexico City’s top chefs was hired to create and execute an ambitious wide ranging tapas style menu. Authentic and modern Mexican lands in the Distillery district. Many have called it the most beautifully designed Mexican restaurant in Toronto. Showcasing a 20’x40’ mural hand painted by artists from Mexico and beautiful touches from a candle lit alter to a massive laser cut steel, artist’s rendition of a formally dressed skeletal couple.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In The Blake House The Blake House, home of Edward Blake, second Premier of Ontario, this historic venue has been restored and transformed as a restaurant pub featuring 14 beers on tap and VQA wines. Enjoy our shepherd’s pie samosa, oven-baked wings, pulled pork and choose from our stout steak or chicken pot pie.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In Matisse Restaurant & BarMatisse was named after inspiring murals that envelop the soul the moment you walk in. Our warm and comfortable atmosphere and friendly service sets the evening apart from others. Our menu reflects International influences on Canadian cuisine with fresh local ingredients designed and prepared by our award winning chef.
[continue…] Facebook Twitter Google+ Linked-In House on ParliamentThe House on Parliament has always been the diversity of its clientele. Inside you’ll find young professionals mixed with low income seniors, new immigrants and everyone in between. It’s a hodgepodge of quirk that somehow manages to have a little something for everyone. The prices have inflated a smidgen since the move, but it’s still the same friendly welcoming place it has always been.
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Free Food, Inquire Within!


If you plan on attending the Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo this year (which begins this Friday!), you have a chance to win $75 at Barsa Taberna. All you have to do is tweet a picture of your favourite item at the expo to @hotsauceapp and tag #hotsauceapp. That’s it. Who doesn’t love free food?

The Toronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is approaching!


The 20th annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo awaits! On November 20-23, 2014, we invite you to join us on a food and beverage journey around the globe. The city will come alive for four glorious days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Sip and savour your way through international gourmet cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting-edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and so much more!

With a setting that encompasses the style and sophistication of a cocktail party, the Expo offers more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits and gourmet foods to choose from. Mingle with media professionals, industry guests and fellow enthusiasts as you taste, try and explore. Learn from the pros and meet the makers from some of the worlds best venues, brewers, vintners and distillers.

HotSauce will be at the gourmet food and wine expo, and we’re interested in your opinions regarding the foods you’ve sampled while at the event. Tweet us @hotsauceapp with pictures and comments, and you’ll be entered into our contest for a chance to win dinner for two!

Get your tickets here:

We hope to see you there!

Time for Taste of Toronto!



For the first time ever, Taste Festivals is bringing the “world’s greatest restaurant festival” to Toronto. Taste of Toronto will feature a four-day food experience complete with Toronto’s best chefs and restaurants from July 24th – 27th at Fort York, the birthplace of urban Toronto. Featuring old delights and new innovators such as Barque Smokehouse (runner-up of our Burger Day contest!) and Momofuku, there’s sure to be a perfect food experience for all to have.  Samples from restaurants range anywhere from $6-$10, with a ton of other features like wine tasting, learning how to cook with acclaimed chefs, and some sweet summer music.

HotSauce will accompany you through the festival by having every sample option on our digital menu for the event, letting you get the best value for the slightly prohibitive costs of the event. Just boot up HotSauce once you’re at Fort York, and the app will do the rest for you. See you there!

The Weekend Starts Early at Lolita’s Lust


While some of us slog through Thursdays with the weekend just a faint promise in the distance, others are heading down to Lolita’s Lust in Greektown for a night of good food, $5 vodkas, and house music with their very own DJ. Weary souls are refreshed with the electric energy that the Mediterranean restaurant and bar exudes, making Lolita’s a premier destination for those needing an extra boost to finish the week. We had the opportunity to check out their Summerlicious menu earlier in the week, and experience the charm of the place for ourselves.

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La Bruschetta Keeps Tradition Alive Through 11 Years of Summerlicious

Located along St. Clair West, in the Corso Italia, sits the small but cozy La Bruschetta restaurant. It is one of the few traditional Italian restaurants that can still be found after 35 years of business in Toronto. It has also been part of the city’s biggest yearly food event, Summerlicious, ever since it started in 2003. There was no question the team from HotSauce had to come by for a visit to personally speak to the owners about their story and check out their special menu for diners this year.

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Summerlicious is here!


Toronto’s annual solution to hungry bellies and thin wallets is in full swing this July, and HotSauce is here to guide you through the mystifying variety of restaurants Summerlicious has to offer. Over 200 participating restaurants will strut their best stuff in the form of three-course lunches and dinners as cheap as $15.

We’ll try to make sure that you get the full bang for your buck by suggesting the best places to enjoy Summerlicious. Like our previous Burger Day contest, we’ll be having a competition inside our app to determine your favorite Summerlicious restaurants. We’ve incorporated the menu of each participating restaurant inside HotSauce, and all you’ll have to do is rate the dishes you had after your meal. The winner will have a feature article on our blog and the attention of foodies all over Toronto. So get on HotSauce and go enjoy Summerlicious to the fullest!