April 24, 2014
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Drink This: the College Streetcar from College Street Bar

04/16/14

Drink This: the College Streetcar from College Street Bar

College Street Bar has been a mainstay of Little Italy for an oh-so-casual 23 years. Known for their Soul Sundays — Hogtown’s longest-running live music show — the space has recently launched a sharing menu to match its laudable cocktail list. Owner and chief bartender Gavin MacMillan, one of Canada’s top 10 mixologists, turns out a number of top tier tipples, but it’s his College Streetcar that takes the cake.

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Counter Culture: Hanif Harji and (possibly) Charles Khabouth ready new Yorkville steakhouse

04/15/14

Counter Culture: Hanif Harji and (possibly) Charles Khabouth ready new Yorkville steakhouse

Some of the busiest restaurateurs in the city have been working away at another new project that should see the light of day this July. Hanif Harji along with Tim Foley and Charles Khabouth will be opening what he describes as an "Asian-inspired steakhouse" in the former location of Boba restaurant at 90 Avenue Road in Yorkville.

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Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the slow-roasted beef brisket from Black Camel

04/15/14

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the slow-roasted beef brisket from Black Camel

After a cruel, too-brief taste of spring, we're back to the melancholy-inducing snow. The answer to the mid-April blues, clearly, is found in one of Black Camel's sandwich offerings. Rosedale's beloved sandwicheria — mere steps from the subway station — has been turning out some of the city's top meat-and-bun combos since 2004.

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Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

04/14/14

Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

This month Grant van Gameren samples eight of uptown’s top spring salads — from classic Italian to an Asian chicken slaw. Find out which greens have enough crunch and creativity to keep him coming back for more.

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda

04/14/14

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda

The biggest chapter of Playa Cabana fails to impress.

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Weekly Toronto Restaurant Recap: Farmer's Daughter Eatery, Fat Pasha, Workshop by Latitude, Pretty Sweet, Yours Truly

04/11/14

Weekly Toronto Restaurant Recap: Farmer's Daughter Eatery, Fat Pasha, Workshop by Latitude, Pretty Sweet, Yours Truly

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: The Beach food scene continues to evolve, a spin-off from Farmhouse Tavern, Fat Pasha and Speakeasy 21 open their doors, and a cupcake food truck sets down roots.

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Best of Toronto: A quick and easy guide to the city’s best dim sum

04/11/14

Best of Toronto: A quick and easy guide to the city’s best dim sum

In the time that the trend-empires ruled by sushi, cupcakes, and charcuterie have come and gone in Toronto, one style of restaurant has remained: dim sum. It leads many "Must Do While in Toronto" lists for visitors, and the best draw inspiration from diverse sources, and run their shops all over the city (and neighbouring suburbs).

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Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a medium-bodied pinot noir from Ontario

04/11/14

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a medium-bodied pinot noir from Ontario

G. Marquis is a Magnotta label that celebrates the life of the late Gabe Magnotta, who co-founded the Ontario winery.

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First Look: Byblos, a new Mediterranean restaurant in Toronto’s club district

04/10/14

First Look: Byblos, a new Mediterranean restaurant in Toronto’s club district

In continuing their steady takeover of Toronto’s dining scene — following the openings of the hugely successful Weslodge Saloon and Patria — restaurateurs-du-jour Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth had originally planned to open a seafood restaurant as their latest venture. Then, Harji took a business trip to the Middle East, where he experienced food that he knew he had to bring to Toronto.

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First Draught: Montagnarde, a strong, dark Belgian ale

04/10/14

First Draught: Montagnarde, a strong, dark Belgian ale

Belgium is well represented in the LCBO spring beer release. The difference in character, but consistency of quality demonstrates how sophisticated the brewing culture is in one of beer’s spiritual homes in Europe.

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