April 17, 2014
April 17, 2014

Eat

First Look: Luckee, a new high-end dim sum restaurant from chef Susur Lee

First Look: Luckee, a new high-end dim sum restaurant from chef Susur Lee While dim sum will always be a part of Toronto’s collective unconscious, it seems to be having a bit of a moment these days. Lately it has become the focus of sold-out food festivals, and high-end chefs are getting into it, including Nick Liu (who will be serving it at his upcoming College Street restaurant, GwaiLo) and the inimitable Susur Lee, who opened his highly anticipated Luckee at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel earlier this month.

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April 17, 2014

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First Draught: A funky beer from Belgium, by way of Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery

First Draught: A funky beer from Belgium, by way of Toronto’s Bellwoods Brewery Yeast plays a role in the flavour of every beer, but is probably most noticeable in the recipes that have historic roots in Belgium. Farmhouse ales, including the loosely defined saison style are typical of this characteristic. Bellwoods Brewery on Ossington has a few excellent ones in their lineup including the Farmhouse Classic and the Farmageddon Barrel-Aged Brett Saison.

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April 16, 2014

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Counter Culture: New plans for Mark Wahlberg’s first Toronto Wahlburgers outpost

Counter Culture: New plans for Mark Wahlberg’s first Toronto Wahlburgers outpost New explansion plans were announced yesterday for Toronto’s first Wahlburgers, a burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg.

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April 16, 2014

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Drink This: the College Streetcar from College Street Bar

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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April 15, 2014

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

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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April 15, 2014

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

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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April 14, 2014

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Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

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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April 14, 2014

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Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Playa Cabana Hacienda The biggest chapter of Playa Cabana fails to impress.

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April 11, 2014

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

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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April 11, 2014

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

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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Restaurant Reviews

T.O.'s Top Cheap Eats

Cheap Eat of the Week: the cupcakes from Desmond & Beatrice

Cheap Eat of the Week: the cupcakes from Desmond & Beatrice

’Tis the season.. for birthday parties, engagement parties, friends’ bachelorette parties and soon to come, holiday parties. Sure, you could be that friend who brings the veggies and dip or...

Cheap Eat of the Week: the mango pudding from Tracy Dessert

Cheap Eat of the Week: the mango pudding from Tracy Dessert

Growing up at a Chinese dinner table, dessert was always a hard sell. The go-to for most restaurants is a red bean soup. Beans? For dessert? You’re furrowing your brow skeptically and my...

Cheap Eat of the Week: the kothu roti from Saffron Spice Kitchen

Cheap Eat of the Week: the kothu roti from Saffron Spice Kitchen

The next time you take a stroll along Queen West during lunch, try not to be enticed by the delicious, exotic aroma of traditional Sri Lankan fare wafting from Saffron Spice Kitchen (hint: it's...

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T.O. Taste Test

Wine Finds

Uncorking the top spring wine releases

Best pound-for-pound plonk for less than $20

Five-star wines that are easy on the wallet

Palate-pleasing Chardonnay has legs from here to ya-ya

Chile out: five great February buys

These bottles offer bang for buck

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T.O.'s Best Sandwiches

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

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...

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the fried bologna from Home of the Brave

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the fried bologna from Home of the Brave

David Chang recently vowed that, of all things, a certain notorious schoolyard lunchmeat is the next hottest thing. "I'd put my chips on bologna," he stated in a GQ article. But, he doesn't mean...

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the shrimp burger from Destingo

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the shrimp burger from Destingo

A shrimp burger isn’t your usual restaurant find—especially when it’s encased in a pretzel bun. However, at Queen West’s Destingo, the combo is found in the panini section of the menu,...

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Rose's Recipes

Secret Recipe: Go ahead, indulge

Secret Recipe: Go ahead, indulge

From the first day of December to the new year, we love to eat non-stop! Here are some of my favourite holiday desserts that are sweet, delicious, decadent — yet lighter in calories and fat.

Secret Recipe: Soulful servings

Secret Recipe: Soulful servings

Ditch the fat-laden comfort foods of the season for a warm hug from one of these nutritious alternatives