October 2011

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Momofuku Noodle Bar

Dammit, the Emperor is back and he’s in his boxers again. I have been wanting (dare I say pining) to go to David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York for years. So of course, I, like every other foodie in Toronto, was ecstatic when Chang opened Momofuku Toronto on University Avenue. Who doesn’t want to go to a noodle shop revisioned as a three-storey glass cube with a monumental gold-toned sculpture out front?

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New York-style pizzeria Bigabaldi’s is down, but not out

Less than a year into the pie-making business, Bigabaldi’s pizzeria has already closed its doors. Co-owner Bradley Davidson cites a lack of foot traffic in the area along with the plethora of cheaper chain pizza options nearby (there are four) as reasons leading to the closure. But New York-style pizza lovers fear not: Bigabaldi’s is preparing to return to the Toronto market in a few months.

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Wreck your cake and eat it too

Cakes are delicious, but they can also be pretty funny. Just ask blogger Jen Yates, whose blog, Cake Wrecks, catalogues the most hilarious — and horrific — cakes you’ve ever feasted your eyes on. A prime example of how a successful blog can transform someone from obscurity into a pop culture phenomenon, Yates is making her first-ever stop in Toronto to promote her newest book, Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets "Festive", at Indigo Yorkdale tomorrow.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: The Black Hoof’s bone marrow

Although things have changed at The Black Hoof with the departure of Grant van Gameren, owner Jen Agg and newly-crowned chef Brandon Olsen continue to uphold the restaurant’s high standard of cuisine paired with creative cocktails.

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Catch the taste: the team behind The Rushton set to open a new seafood restaurant on St. Clair West

Nigel Finley is a Nova Scotia man, so he grew up around some of the best, freshest seafood in the country. “It’s in my blood,” he says. That’s a good thing, because he’s heading up the kitchen at Catch, an upcoming seafood restaurant by The Rushton’s Frank Pronesti.

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One Hour tea house brings a dose of zen (and a mean bowl of soup) to Chinatown

In the midst of the ceaseless commotion that is Chinatown, there’s a new hidden nugget of zen where you can ensconce yourself in a plush beanbag chair, crack open a novel (or a laptop, if you must) and dig into a steaming bowl of noodle soup for under $7 (taxes included).

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How shark fin became banned in Toronto: a timeline

City Council voted in favour of banning the posession, sale and consumption of shark fin in Toronto yesterday. Though it's served as a delicacy in many Chinese restaurants, environmentalists deem shark fishing unsustainable and cruel. Here, we take a look at Toronto’s shark fin journey.

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Beyond sangria: cocktails get character with red wine

My head is still swimming from a pilgrimage I made to a magical land called Niagara recently: the sun was golden, the vineyards were cloaked in blankets of mist and the grapes were practically begging to be plucked, squished, fermented and imbibed (I dutifully obliged in the latter). 

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We hit up the Toronto Underground Market over the weekend. Here’s what we had

Saturday evening we made the lengthy trek (via TTC) out to the Evergreen Brick Works in hot anticipation of the second Toronto Underground Market. Offering a venue for the city’s talented home chefs and caterers to peddle their wares, this foodie event has quickly become a sought-after experience, with the $5 tickets promptly selling out (limited door tickets were made available due to begging).

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Coming Soon: Raw Canvas, where art unites with food and wine

Toronto has been all about combining food and drink with other fun activities as of late, and now it’s time for a bit of artistic inspiration. The Vancouver-based art and social lounge Raw Canvas is set to open its first Toronto location by summer 2012.

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