March 2014

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Weekly Restaurant Recap: La Carnita, Evolution Food Co., Kanga Aussie Meat Pies, Pain Perdu Bistro, Tacos El Asador expands, Pour Girl closes

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: new healthy eats come to Market St., two popular taco joints expand, and a popular cafe closes.

Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: a "celebrity" Riesling

Celebrity wines usually don't measure up to the achievements of the name in question, but this is an exception.


Learning to cook with Mama Rosa at 7 Numbers

“Chop faster, girls! Chop faster!” laughs Mama Rosa. In the kitchen at 7 Numbers, the head chef presides over wannabe chefs as they occupy her narrow kitchen. On the last Monday of every month, Italian food lovers head to Eglinton West to partake in a part cooking lesson, part night on the town with the vivacious chef ($85).


First Draught: an English take on a single hop American pale ale

"Single malt" and "single estate" are terms that separate exclusive whiskies and wines from the mainstream. The idea is that connoisseurs will appreciate the distinctive character (some would say rough edges) that blending would hide. The equivalent idea for craft beer, I suppose, is to make a brew with a single variety of hops.


Counter Culture: New east end café MadHüs offers caffeine with a side of art

Madhüs Cafe is a vibrant, artsy new coffeehouse that recently opened up shop at 982 Kingston Rd. in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto.


First Look: The County Cocktail & Snack Bar, a versatile new hangout spot on Queen East

When Carlo Catallo parted ways with Splendido at the end of 2013 — he had co-owned the place with Victor Barry, and helped build it into the legendary success it is now — his plan was to focus on his other business, The County General, and expand its brand across the city. Earlier this month, he took on the east end with his latest venture, The County Cocktail & Snack Bar.


Drink This: the Bad Fashion from The Rude Boy

On Mondays, The Rude Boy on Roncy offers a burger for a mere $5. Set up camp in the front window overlooking the strip and indulge: this week's offering saw a beef patty topped with bacon cheese sauce, relish and jalapeno ketchup. To match the burgers, a tight cocktail menu features twists on classic tipples.


Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: the breakfast sandwich from Dundas Park Kitchen

Before opening Dundas Park Kitchen, Alex Tso and Melanie Harris served up their breakfast sandwiches at The Stop's Farmers' Market. A year later, they opened shop near Roncy, where the 'wich can now be found during the week ($7.50).


Mistura’s acclaimed chef Massimo Capra and the otherworldly beet risotto that started it all

On a windy Thursday night, we duck into Mistura for a visit with chef Massimo Capra to talk about his signature dish, the red beet risotto. Fresh off the plane from a trip to Mexico shooting an episode of his show Gourmet Escape and before that, a “research” trip to Italy, for all his celebrity, he’s as hospitable and convivial as ever (also, his moustache is even more dramatic IRL).


Weekly Restaurant Recap: Feast Toronto, Bread and Bowl, Brickworks Ciderhouse, La Creole, Nyood, and more

Weekly restaurant recap rounds up the week’s Toronto restaurant news. In this edition: an allergy-conscious restaurant plans to open on Queen West, a cider brewery sets its sights on Evergreen Brickworks, fried chicken moves in on Dundas West cocktail territory, and Nyood seemingly closes its doors.