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Restaurant Recap: Hanmoto and Furlough open, Moe Pancer’s closes and Shedden out at Boulud

The Han Brothers have opened their new izakaya, Hanmoto and the brothers Chau are apparently close to reopening Lucky Red. We’re still waiting on Grant van Gameren and Bar Raval, but word is that will be any day now.

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Piazzano Chianti, 2012

Tony Aspler completes his tour of Tuscan reds with the 2012 Piazzano Chianti. In Vintages and a good value at $14.95.

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First Draught: Frost Quake, a barley wine for a frigid weekend

Wellington Brewery from Guelph, ON aged their barley wine in Four Roses bourbon barrels, packaged it in a swing-top bottle and called it Frost Quake.

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Buster Rhino's BBQ Toronto moving into Phil's Original space on College

Michelle Edgar, Jason Poynton, Manon Hurtubise and Irene Tzaras are bringing Buster Rhino's BBQ to Toronto. They hope to be open by Spring 2015 in the space that used house Phil's Original BBQ.

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Lunch Pick: Mark Wahlberg’s Thanksgiving burger from Wahlburgers

Wahlburgers, owned by Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg offers a varied burger card. Mark’s signature pick combines lean ground turkey and dresses it with what are essentially Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Bespoke Butchers’ guide to an ethically-raised Super Bowl party

Andrew Poulsen, owner of Bespoke Butchers in Liberty Village shies away for saying his butcher shop is sustainable, but prefers to note her focusses on land stewardship, animal husbandry and health. Here is his guide to a Super Bowl party.

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Carl’s Jr. to open first Toronto location near St. Clair and Yonge

After opening locations in Guelph and Waterloo, Carl’s Jr. plans to continue their Ontario expansion with two Toronto locations. The midtown one at 1431 Yonge St. is set to open in February and 272 Queen W. is scheduled for March.

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In Spirit: Mortlach Rare Old, The Beast of Dufftown, now at the LCBO

Mortlach Rare Old, or The Beast of Dufftown, is now available at the LCBO in limited quantity. This is one of Speyside's most distinctive whiskies, but has flown under the radar as a top dresser for decades.

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First Draught: Clifford Porter goes from Get Well to Waterloo

Clifford Porter is now being contract-brewed at Innocente Brewing in Waterloo while Brad Clifford looks for his own brewery space in Hamilton.

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Restaurant Recap: Drupati’s on Yonge, Honest Weight, BaJu BBQ and more

During the week of January 16 to 23, Drupati’s on Yonge opened, Spadina got Homemade Ramen, Honest Weight by John Bil opened in the Junction, Me Va Me opened their third location and Jason Rees took over at BaJu BBQ at the Monarch Tavern.

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