August 2012

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The Indie Coffee Passport is back for round three

For those willing to a bit of trekking, the Indie Coffee Passport is a good way to save some coin while exploring Toronto’s coffee scene. Now in its third year, the passport costs $25 and entitles the bearer to a drink at 30 different shops over seven months. This year, the indie coffee action starts tomorrow.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Quails’ Gate Chardonnay 2010

This is a full-throttle Chardonnay from the Okanagan. Straw coloured with a smoky, toasty nose of citrus with barnyard notes; full-bodied, dry and elegant with rich apple and green pineapple flavours supported by oak.

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Local burger purveyors learn valuable lesson: not even food deserves to be called “half-breed”

Holy Chuck Burgers is known for its twisted humour, but too much obnoxiousness is apparently a bad thing. According to the Toronto Star, a rush of customer complaints has prompted the restaurant to take two burgers off its menu: the Half-Breed and the Dirty Drunken Half-Breed. It seems the names were intended to be taken literally, since the burgers were half beef and half bacon. Unbeknownst to the owners at the time, “half-breed” is also a racial slur.  

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Finally, chocolate bars and vigour unite as one

Here’s something Toronto doesn’t need more of: caffeine. But it’s getting more of it anyway. Awake, a new chocolate bar from local entrepreneurs Matt Schnarr, Dan Tzotzis and Adam Deremo, provides a solid caffeine kick — about 100 mg of the stuff, which is roughly equivalent to a cup of coffee (a 250mL can of Red Bull, by contrast, has about 80 mg).

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First Draught: Southern Tier IPA

We Canadians can get pretty smug about how our beer compares to what’s made in the US. The problem is that we only have the upper hand, really, when it comes to the mass-market end of the spectrum. Our Blue is a bit less sweet than their Bud, light beer is less forcefully marketed here and old-guy brands that retain a bit of flavour — like Labatt 50 — live on thanks to our marketplace, where the brewers own the retailer.

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First Look: Glory Hole Doughnuts, a temple to indulgence in Parkdale

With its tongue-in-cheek name and capricious attitude, Glory Hole Doughnuts is the latest culinary addition to Parkdale’s booming foodscape. The west end’s Rizzo to Leslieville’s Sandy (a.k.a. Paulette’s), this doughnut shop is the work of Ashley Jacot De Boinod, a pastry chef who’s cut her teeth at Buca, Scaramouche and other restaurants around the city.

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First Look: Bent, a new Dundas West restaurant from Susur Lee and his sons

Last year we told you about celebrity chef Susur Lee’s upcoming outpost on Dundas West. After much anticipation, Bent finally opened on Friday, and at the helm are Lee’s sons, Levi and Kai Bent-Lee.

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Drink This: La Carnita’s Who Shot Ya?

Originating as a pop-up, La Carnita is the hottest thing to hit Hogtown since, well, Grand Electric. Spinning out tacos, ceviche, spicy street-style corn and much more, this College Street eatery has had a proper homestead for a few months now — and it’s packed to the rafters as soon as the doors open.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a meaty Cuban sandwich at The Stockyards

A mainstay of the St. Clair West dining scene for over three years now, The Stockyards is Tom Davis’s temple to barbecue. Seating just under 20, the narrow space is outfitted with terra cotta floors and barn-board ceilings, with throwback curiosities adding a lighthearted touch. Patrons can either get the goods to go, or mow down on the messy sandwiches, burgers or ribs while seated side-by-side along counter tops.

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First Look: Fidel Gastro’s, a new food truck for a popular pop-up sandwich shop

After much anticipation, pop-up food vendor Fidel Gastro’s officially launched its food truck last Thursday. The business began as a way for owner Matt Basile to serve his open-ended take on Cuban sandwiches — hence the name — when he couldn’t get financing for a restaurant.

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