July 2013

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Say goodbye to fried chicken from Paulette’s

Here’s some unfortunate news for lovers of fried chicken (which means pretty much everybody): Leslieville’s Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken is closing this Sunday. The upside is that a new location of Delica Kitchen will open at the Paulette’s space later this summer.

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Drink This: sangria at 7 Numbers

Sure, sangria sounds fun, but the name literally means “bleeding” en español — a reference to the drink’s robust colour. While this easy-to-drink tipple got its official North American start at the 1964 World’s Fair in NYC, it has been around for centuries in Europe.

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Eating Gross Things: bugs at The Atlantic

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. I finally ate a bug. On purpose, I mean, so I’m not counting fruit flies or random creepy-crawlies that mistakenly wander into my maw. Why did it take so long? Because I am dumb, and I would rather get my protein from far less sustainable sources.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: Brick Street Bakery’s coronation chicken

With the world seeing, well, blue since the birth of young Prince George, it only seems fitting to feature a British sandwich in his honour: coronation chicken.

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First Look: Kritamos, a Greek fish house on the Danforth

Restaurateurs Brian Li and Kypros Soteriou think that Greek cuisine gets a bad rap. “People think Greek food is just gyros and souvlaki,” says Li. “We want to change that impression.” With the hope of getting Torontonians excited about contemporary Hellenic fare, the duo recently opened a 65-seat seafood-focused restaurant, Kritamos, on the Danforth.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: Koyoi’s Japanese-style poutine

Opened in 2009, Koyoi is one of only a few pre-Guu izakayas in Toronto (yes, apparently izakayas existed in the city before Guu). Tucked away from busy Yonge Street on Irwin Avenue, it’s a neighbourhood spot that also draws a younger university crowd for its very affordable price point.

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Weekly Restaurant Recap: Brock Sandwich, Brussels Bistro, The One That Got Away, Under the Table, Que Supper Club

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: chef Roger Wils returns, a new mobile pizzeria, Montreal-style bagels in the east end and more.

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First Look: El Catrin, a grandiose new Mexican restaurant in the Distillery District

Toronto’s summer romance with Mexican cuisine continues with the grand, and we do mean grand, opening of El Catrin. The Distillery District’s newest addition, designed by Munge Leung, is a visual feast. Both inside and out, this modern cantina — which used to be The Boiler House — is decked out with eye-tantalizing details, many of which have been imported straight from Mexico.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: an Ontario Chardonnay for summer patio sipping

Straw-coloured, this medium-bodied wine has a floral, apple nose with a dry, red apple flavour. It’s fresh and lively and nicely balanced by citrus acidity. It’s a wine for quaffing on the dock or the patio or matching with tapas.

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Toronto food trucks to get a smidgen of freedom for the next two months

Finally, some good news related to street food regulations in Toronto: a new pilot project will allow some local food trucks to operate at five of the city’s parks. It’s an interesting move, because city rules currently prohibit new food trucks from selling grub on city-owned property, which includes city streets. That restricts new trucks to operating in private parking lots and at events.

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