September 2013

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You know what Toronto really needs? Another hole-in-the-wall

I’ve been dining in Toronto restaurants for a long time, and I’ve even written about some of them for this very publication. As such, I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on what makes a Toronto restaurant popular, so I’ve decided to open my very own spot.

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Cheap Eat of the Week: Kanga’s Aussie meat pies

Finally, Aussie pies have arrived in Toronto thanks to a new local business called Kanga. And if, like myself, you didn’t know what Aussie pies were before you heard of Kanga, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

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Weekly Restaurant Recap: New Delhi Burgers, Von Doughnuts, Windup Bird Cafe, The Huntsman Tavern, Camerini Ristorante

Weekly Restaurant Recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: a new doughnut shop on the Danforth, an Indian-themed burger joint, a new tavern for the College crowd and more.

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Queen Margherita Pizza has just landed one of the best chefs in the country

When news broke earlier this week that a chef changeup was going on at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, the question on everyone’s mind was, “Does that mean chef Jonathan Gushue is coming to Toronto?” According to a press release sent out today, the answer is yes.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a versatile food wine from Tuscany

Great value from the house of Frescobaldi. Medium straw colour; minerally, apple nose; light on the palate with apple and pear flavours. A versatile food wine.

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First Draught: St. Bernardus Abt 12, a beer that tastes like it was brewed by Trappist monks (but wasn’t)

Remember when Toronto beer aficionados lined up to buy a $75 six-pack of Westvleteren 12 at the LCBO? What if I told you that you could have a very similar beer for way less money? Is that something you might be interested in?

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Just Desserts: five of Toronto’s most deliciously exotic ice-based treats

Summer may be gone, but we’re still hoping for a hot day or 12. Since, as the Starks say, winter is coming, you might as well try something a little out of your comfort zone should a surprise summer day strike. Here are five exotic ice-based desserts that are sure to make saying goodbye to summer a little less bitter.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Origin North

I am sometimes confused about how to present myself. It’s clear from the amount of Lululemon walking down the street that other women of my age and income bracket may have similar confusion. We parade around town wearing booty-hugging “yoga pants” that show off all the fat we’re avoiding by our gym habits and non-fat skinny lattes. Is this what my mother looked like at 63?

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Drink This: Toronto Temperance Society’s Painkiller

At the Toronto Temperance Society, a members-only bar, a slice of the past is served up smack dab in downtown Toronto. Over strains of jazz, well-versed barflies sip on classic libations crafted by renowned mixologist Oliver Stern. Surprisingly, the cocktail menu also features a series of tropical tiki numbers, which seem to be making a bit of a comeback.

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First Look: Drake One Fifty, the Financial District’s much-anticipated new it spot

Drake One Fifty — The Drake Hotel’s first standalone restaurant expansion — offers Bay Street broker types and opera-bound art patrons a reprieve from the stuffy eateries that plague the Financial District.

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