The first thing Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson did after rocking the Toronto Jazz Festival on June 29 with the rest of The Roots was sit down to enjoy a grape freezie. However, the moment of potential relaxation was quickly interrupted when a pesky journalist began to pepper him with questions about…what else…food. We already learnt about his love for hot sauce and now we uncover the drummer’s favourite place to eat in Toronto.
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One of the best storytellers I know is Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, drummer of hip-hop’s most loved band, The Roots. We first worked together back in 1996 and I’ve been lucky enough to share many meals and listen to his enrapturing tales over the years. While in town for the Toronto Jazz Festival and to promote the group’s stellar new album, How I Got Over, ?uesto was kind enough to sit down to talk food, restaurants and memories. My favourite is his story about Lauryn Hill’s personal collection of homemade hot sauces.
Besides a generous scoop of gelato, my favourite frozen desert is a big bowl o’ fro yo. Whenever I’m in the States, it’s all about Pinkberry and Yogurt World. And since Toronto is way behind on this trend, there are only few good options in my fair city. I’ll get Yogen Fruz when I’m seeing a movie at Varsity Cinemas, or Blushberry when I’m working at MuchMusic, but this weekend I found my new fave at Mon Berri.
Need to impress that special someone? As I discovered the other day, this is an easy task when you stumble upon a package fresh ravioli by President’s Choice. The sunflower-shaped, egg-pasta pockets are filled with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil from the region of Campania, Italy. They can be simply prepared to look like an expensive dish you’d order at a decent Italian restaurant. There’s never been an easier way to amaze your significant other or dazzle your parents in less than 10 minutes.