March 2011

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New brewing company brings neighbourhood-inspired beer to Kensington Market

Toronto’s latest microbrewery is officially launching its first beer this Friday. Kensington Brewing Company (KBCo), the first microbrewery to hit downtown’s historic open-air market, will start by selling its flagship brew, Augusta Ale, at Burger Bar. Brock Shepherd, who heads up both the brewing company and Burger Bar, plans to spread KBCo’s beer to local watering holes, and if all goes well, to a much broader market.

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Guud times: a look at Guu SakaBar’s menu

Guu SakaBar, the sequel to Church Street's hugely successful Guu Izakaya, may have finally opened its doors in the Annex, but the waiting has just begun. Thankfully, it'll be in an enclosed waiting area this time around. Many elements here are reminiscent of the Izakaya — this is a Guu, no question — but there’s a sizable selection of new menu items. We sampled some and had Natsuhiko Sugimoto, chef and general manager, break them down for us.

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Yorkville disses hot dogs, becomes even snootier

While hamburgers are still cool In Toronto, hot dogs are out, apparently. So out, in fact, that they’ve been booted from the Mink Mile. According to the Sun, The Bloor-Yorkville BIA says hot dog carts don’t fit in with Bloor Street’s newly renovated vibe.

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Coming Soon: Pizza e Pazzi, authentic Neapolitan pizza on St. Clair West

St. Clair West's latest pizzeria hasn’t opened yet, but co-owner Danilo Scimo has a pretty good idea what won’t be on the menu. “You’re not going to find pineapple on your pizza here,” he says. Instead, expect sauce from DOP tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms or basil. Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Toronto has just found a new advocate in Pizza e Pazzi, set to open mid-April.

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Meaty, manly, big and porky: BMO Field's new nosh

The culinary minds at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) revealed a meaty new list of concessions yesterday, just in time for the Toronto FC home opener against the Portland Timbers tomorrow. The inspiration behind BMO Field's new barbecue-driven menu is “comfort food,” says Tony Glitz, executive chef of Real Sports Bar and Grill, who helped put the menu together. Fans of beef, pork and porchetta will be impressed.

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Rumour mill: Daniel Boulud coming to Toronto?

It’s happening again. It wasn’t even a month ago when everyone went gaga at the prospect of David Chang setting up shop in Toronto, and now we’ve caught wind that Daniel Boulud – a multiple Michelin-starred chef from NYC – has his sights on Toronto, too, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.

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First Look: Tea Blendz, “teapresso” in the Junction

Something new in tea? Yes! Khadija Jafferji and her husband Jose have made it happen with their “modern tea boutique,” Tea Blendz, which opened two weeks ago in the Junction. The couple blended their love of tea and their entrepreneurial passion to fill a gap they found in the market, modernizing this venerable beverage to make it “fun and sexy.” Mentored by tea mavens Karen Hartwick and Brendan Waye, the Jafferjis invested in a german-designed “teapresso” machine.

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Olive my love: how to find outstanding olives

Mehmet Uzel is as close as it comes to an olive evangelist. From a town in northern Turkey that prides itself on growing the world’s best, he moved to Toronto to expand his family’s olive empire, believing the city’s diverse population would help him tap into an olive-loving culture.

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Nadège Patisserie to open second location in Rosedale

It was only about a year and a half ago that Nadège Nourian, a fourth generation pastry chef from France, rather boldly set up an eponymous bakery and café in the immediate vicinity of Dufflet and Clafouti on Queen West. Already, she has her sights set on expansion: a new location of Nadège Patisserie is in the works along the infamous “five thieves” strip in Rosedale, at 1099 Yonge Street, adjacent to All the Best Fine Foods.

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Canadian wins Iron Chef with a little help from poutine

What does it take for a Canadian to win Iron Chef America? Apparently, a little bit of Canada's national food doesn’t hurt. With a menu that included lobster poutine, Quebec chef Chuck Hughes won an Iron Chef battle against Bobby Flay in an episode that aired last night, making Hughes the youngest chef – and the second Canadian ever – to have won the title.

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