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Hemant Bhagwani sells his Toronto restaurants

One of Toronto’s best-known restaurateurs, Hemant Bhagwani has sold his restaurants and plans to take an extended break to travel and recharge.

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First Look: Mana’eesh and knaffeh are the Syrian-style specialties at Soufi’s on Queen West

Soufi’s is a new café specializing in Syrian-style mana’eesh, a Levantine flatbread that comes in a variety of toppings, and knaffeh, a cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup. It has taken over the old Come and knaffeh, a cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup). It has taken over the old Come and Get It space just west of Bathurst on Queen West.

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At the Bar: Frosé all day with Dbar’s boozy slushy concoctions

“Rosé is the hottest wine style in the world,” Walker says, explaining why this season dbar has introduced a menu devoted to the stuff. Leading the tightly curated rosé offerings is, yes, the frozen rosé ($14).

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First Look: Skippa is the new sushi spot on Harbord run by a Kaji alumnus

Skippa, which is Bajan for “skipper” a colloquial for “captain” is an appropriate name for Harbord Street’s new sushi spot. It occupies the space that was formerly the Roxton.

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Eat This Minute: One hundred layers of delicious at La Palma

“They made lasagna a lot in the style of southern Italy,” Harding says, noting that the south uses a red sauce while the north uses white sauce. With his nonna’s classic dish as a foundation, chef transformed it into a deep-dish, indulgent 100-layer lasagna. “What I’ve done is tried to combine the best of both worlds,” he says.

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Too Close to Call: CNE bugs & DuWest worms

Jiminy Cricket! Bug Bistro dishes out bug tacos and beetle smoothies at the Ex, while Cookie Martinez serves cricket empanadas and silkworm spoons. We find out who’s the real bugaboo.

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First Look: King Taps lands in First Canadian Place with 72 beers on tap

King Taps, the massive beer-focussed restaurant and bar in the financial district is finally open.

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Restoronto: Toronto's food news including the return of Claudio Aprile

Summer is here (we think?), and Toronto’s resto scene has been peppered with some fresh finds.

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First Look: b.good opens their fifth GTA location near Yonge and Eg

For a corporate, fast-casual food counter that has aggressively expanded (five locations in the GTA, opened in the last two years), b.good is not afraid of showing their patrons how the proverbial sausage is made. Portraits hang on the wall in their recently opened Yonge and Eglinton outpost of smiling farmers in lush fields.

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Taste Test: King of the cob, Mark McEwan picks the best all-dressed corn

It’s harvest time in Ontario, so we asked chef Mark McEwan to sample the city’s best known purveyors of Mexican street corn — or elotes. Whose kernels rule supreme? Read on to find out.

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