All stories by Gregory Furgala

Eight Halloween costume ideas for the discerning Torontonian, from the Ikea Monk... Eight Halloween costume ideas for the discerning Torontonian, from the Ikea Monkey to the Cronut Burger

Darwin, the Ikea Monkey What you’ll need: Darwin is now going clothing free at an animal sanctuary, but you can revisit last winter’s media frenzy with a monkey ear headband and a cute shearling coat. Extra Credit: You maintain a melt-your-heart abandoned expression the entire night. The Flood What you’ll need: A cardboard mockup of a silver 2013 Ferrari… Read more »

Trend We Love: wait list–only restaurants that are now taking reservations Trend We Love: wait list–only restaurants that are now taking reservations

No one likes spending hours in the cold waiting for a table at a hot new restaurant. But ever since The Black Hoof opened in 2008, it’s become de rigueur for new spots to spurn reservations in favour of buzz-building lineups out the door. Thankfully, there are signs of change, and some of those very restaurants… Read more »

Cheese descriptions are getting a little out of hand Cheese descriptions are getting a little out of hand

The latest young turks to take literary New York by storm: the cheesemongers. A recent New York Times article surveyed the new breed of cheese labels and tags that has emerged to lend appeal to more obscure products, like Bavarian Adelleger (one cheese wag wrote of it: “Just think of a scene in a movie… Read more »

Alternalicious: a roundup of Winterlicious 2013’s prix fix rebels Alternalicious: a roundup of Winterlicious 2013’s prix fix rebels

Winterlicious can be a double-edged sword for diners. Yes, there’s the prospect of great deals that you’d never get otherwise—except during Summerlicious—but the crowds are thick, the servers are frazzled and the ’licious menu doesn’t always measure up to the usual fare. For years, some restaurants have opted to keep the deals but skip the… Read more »

Queen Margherita Pizza’s Baby Point location is set to open in two weeks Queen Margherita Pizza’s Baby Point location is set to open in two weeks

Back in September, we told you that Queen Margherita Pizza was opening a new location at 785 Annette Street. Now we can tell you the opening date: February 4. Owner John Chetti also told us that construction is still underway at the Dundas and Bathurst location, which could be open as early as March. Your move, Libretto.

Queen West’s Prague European Kitchen closes after only five months Queen West’s Prague European Kitchen closes after only five months

Late last summer, the decades-old Prague Find Food Emporium reopened under new ownership as Prague European Kitchen. Now, a notice posted on the restaurant’s door has announced that the new incarnation has shuttered as well: Prague has been sold as of January 20th and is no longer in operation. New owners will be taking over the space… Read more »

Best Bets: unofficial odds for our favourite Toronto Maple Leafs off-the-ice sto... Best Bets: unofficial odds for our favourite Toronto Maple Leafs off-the-ice storylines in 2013

NHL hockey is finally here after a 119-day standoff between owners and the players union that robbed fans of nearly half the season. The Toronto Maple Leafs begin the season on the road against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow night, and Toronto’s ever-loyal fans are readying their jerseys and face paint. Unfortunately, the Leafs’ chances of hoisting the cup this year are… Read more »

Grand Electric’s second floor falls victim to the Parkdale restaurant moratori... Grand Electric’s second floor falls victim to the Parkdale restaurant moratorium (UPDATED)

Grand Electric’s second-storey expansion, which would’ve added 40 seats to perennially packed taco bar, is on hold due to the Parkdale strip restaurant ban. Co-owner Ian McGrenaghan told Post City the suspension came as a surprise, since GE applied for the necessary permits prior to the ban and had nearly finished construction. Barring a successful legal challenge, the second… Read more »

The new restaurants at Pearson Airport are starting to open The new restaurants at Pearson Airport are starting to open

The new Pearson International Airport dining options we told you about last year are finally starting to roll out. First up, health food take-out stand Cibo Express, which opened last month in Terminal 1, followed closely by Heirloom, a new a health-conscious bakery café from Devin Connell (Delica, Paulette’s). In February, Mark McEwan’s Fetta Panini Bar should open, and by the summer,… Read more »

Glen Murray hopes his killer lasagna will make him Ontario’s premier Glen Murray hopes his killer lasagna will make him Ontario’s premier

The backroom politicking ahead of this month’s Liberal leadership convention is now feverishly underway, with rival candidates quietly meeting in restaurants, bars and each other’s homes, trying to establish alliances in the seven-way race. During the convention, the lowest-ranked candidate after each ballot must drop out, and usually throws his or her support behind a remaining… Read more »

Bridal Wave: five of the best upcoming Toronto bridal shows Bridal Wave: five of the best upcoming Toronto bridal shows

With banquets, dancing, flowers and open bars, there’s very little not to like about weddings. There’s sometimes very little to like, however, in the chaotic months spent organizing it all. Wedding shows and bridal shows can make the process relatively painless by gathering together everything you need to get hitched without a hitch. Below, we’ve… Read more »

The Real Jerk turns to crowd-funding to bring its old mural to its new space The Real Jerk turns to crowd-funding to bring its old mural to its new space

No Caribbean restaurant in Toronto has managed to attract quite as much press coverage as The Real Jerk, whose scrappy story of a mom-and-pop shop pushed out by a big, bad landlord galvanized a tremendous amount of goodwill from the community. Now that they’re set to open a new location down the street from their old one, owners Ed and… Read more »

Second time’s a bust for Zane Caplanksy on Dragons’ Den Second time’s a bust for Zane Caplanksy on Dragons’ Den

Zane Caplansky’s second appearance on Dragons’ Den ended the same way as his first: without a deal. The Caplansky’s Delicatessen owner was looking for $360,000 to deploy a fleet of his Thundering Thelma food trucks nationwide, but was only willing to give up 18 per cent of his company (one interesting detail he revealed: the… Read more »

The Toronto Star’s old parking lot could soon house Canada’s two tallest con... The Toronto Star’s old parking lot could soon house Canada’s two tallest condo towers

The plans for a large-scale development at 1 Yonge Street, currently home to a set of low-rise buildings and the Toronto Star’s old parking lot, are even more ambitious than last summer’s rumours suggested. Late last week, Urban Toronto published a pair of architectural sketches showing Pinnacle International’s plans for a skyline-defining, five-tower development that would include Canada’s two tallest skyscrapers. Alongside the 92-storey… Read more »

Cold Comfort: 11 winter patios for Toronto’s class of dedicated outdoor diners Cold Comfort: 11 winter patios for Toronto’s class of dedicated outdoor diners

Toronto’s love of patios is a curious, twisted thing. Even when the day’s high is minus-something-awful and snow blankets the streets, Toronotonians will do seemingly anything for a snatch of sky with their meal. It’s a point of great northern pride, a desperate attempt to pretend winter isn’t, well, winter and, really, just plain weird…. Read more »