November 2011

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Can this restaurant discount card make Tuesday the new Friday in Toronto?

For the next 13 weeks, Toronto’s gourmands will have the opportunity to dine out at various Toronto restaurants sans the hefty bill. The catch? Dinner on a Tuesday night and a $60 down payment. But with a 30 per cent discount at places like Burger Bar and The Bowery, we'll skip the latest installments of Glee and Dancing With the Stars (don't judge!) and instead opt for a cheap-ish night out.

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Raw milk: what’s so good about it?

Last week, Michael Schmidt incurred a hefty slap-on-the-wrist (to the tune of $9,150) for charges related to selling raw milk. Not only that, he racked up two separate probation sentences for offences dating back to 2006. The guy clearly loves his raw milk. The government clearly does not. So what exactly is the deal with raw milk anyway? What makes it special enough to die for (or at least to abstain from eating for over a month)? Below, five reasons why raw milk has a cult following.

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Hanging out with two amateur cooks at this year’s Chef’s Challenge in Toronto

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Cheap Eat of the Week: a piping hot bowl of Japanese noodles at Kenzo Ramen

Winter is here to stay — even though it hasn’t quite arrived yet — and when guarding against the biting cold weather, there’s nothing as soothing as a steaming hot, hearty bowl of Japanese ramen.

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From farm to (board room) table: pilot project aims to get fresh food into office buildings

Imagine a miniature farmers’ market that sells leafy heads of lettuce, fresh cheese and packaged meats inside your office space downtown. How convenient would that be? Located inside the Annex's Centre for Social Innovation, the Food Innovation Constellation is testing out that concept.

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Clinton Street ups its edibility factor with Fuel House, a new restaurant, bar and order-by-text takeout joint

With all the hubbub surrounding Little Italy’s Acadia these days, one could be forgiven for not noticing that other stuff was taking place right across the street. Without so much as a whimper, Olivia’s at Fifty Three, the cozy nook just north of Café Diplomatico, closed, and a couple of young entrepreneurs have set up Fuel House in its stead.

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Tacos, bourbon and beer: ex-Black Hoofers open a downtowner’s dream restaurant in Parkdale

Earlier this month, rumours began to circulate that former Black Hoof employees were involved in an upcoming Parkdale restaurant. Over at Toronto.com, Sheryl Kirby predicted that it would be Geoff Hopgood, but it turns out that it's Colin Tooke, along with former Hoof manager Ian McGrenaghan. Grand Electric, their new project, opened quietly last night, and looks to be indulging the city in just about all of its recent culinary obsessions.

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Three autumn cocktails from three awesome restaurants

It only seems natural that in a city where excellent cuisine and diverse flavours are a source of cultural pride, purveyors of fine cocktails are becoming much easier to find. These days, restaurant bars in Toronto are mirroring their kitchens’ offerings by taking a seasonal, artisanal and signature approach to cocktails. This season, dark spirits and autumnal flavours inspired by crisp citrus, wood fires and syrupy preserves are gracing the drink lists of some of Toronto’s best restaurants. Here are three perfect-for-autumn cocktails.

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At the newly-opened Morgans on the Danforth, the bartender already knows your name

It’s three days after the opening of Morgans, the new gastropub that’s taken over the old Taps and Tales spot at Danforth and Greenwood, and sleep-deprived chef Anne Sorrenti is glowing. She says she wants to watch us try the polenta appetizer ($9), which is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and sitting in a bed of rich tomato sauce, topped with taleggio cheese and triple a mushroom sauté (crimini, shitake and portobello.)

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So what, exactly, does Loblaws have planned for Maple Leaf Gardens anyway?

While construction crews continue to chip away at the Ryerson athletic facility on the upper level of the former Maple Leaf Gardens arena, Loblaws is preparing for its grand opening next week. Sure, Maple Leaf Gardens has been sitting idly for nearly a decade, but really, a grocery store? That’s the best we could do? Still, we can’t help but wonder what the big box giant has planned. Below, a sneak peak into some weird and wonderful features of the new Loblaws.

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