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Review: Pain Perdu nails the bistro basics

Introducing: Pain Perdu, a traditional French bistro in Lawrence Park
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Pain Perdu 2 star
3185 Yonge St., 416-488-0081
Pain Perdu 2 star
3185 Yonge St., 416-488-0081

At his new north-end restaurant, a ­spin­off of the beloved Pain Perdu bakery, chef Evaristo De Andrade sticks to tradition and nails the bistro basics: moderately priced, simple French food in a warm setting. Buttery squid ink risotto is served with smoky grilled rings of tender calamari. Savoury French onion soup has deep layers of flavour, even if the onions could use a touch more caramelization.

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Review: Ambitious menu but spotty execution at Farmer’s Daughter on Dupont

Farmer's Daughter

(Image: Caroline Aksich)

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Farmer’s Daughter 1 star½
1588 Dupont St., 416-546-0626
Farmer’s Daughter 1 star½
1588 Dupont St., 416-546-0626

Darcy MacDonell, the owner of the queue-drawing Farmhouse Tavern, has opened a low-budget room across the street to catch the overflow. The menu, created by Léonie Lilla, who previously worked at Daisho, delivers artfully composed ­seafood dishes that often sound more interesting than they taste.

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What $1 million will get you in Toronto today

Want one of these ho-hum houses? You’ll need seven figures and a stiff drink

In mid-April, for the first time ever, the average selling price for a detached home in Toronto nudged, just briefly, over the million-dollar mark—a surge of 19 per cent over last year. You might argue that the number is an arbitrary data point on a line graph sloping skyward. It’s not. To hopeful house hunters, seven figures is a ­chasmic mental leap and a devastating reminder of the near impossibility of owning four unshared walls in this city. Just a few years ago, the mid- to low-$800s were territory for the excessively affluent or certifiable; today that’s considered a steal. The $900s, given a long amortization and a diet of rice and lemon water, have become tolerable, too. Welcome to the millies, the new new stratum of absurdity.

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Review: Peoples Eatery (mostly) lives up to the buzz

Review: People's Eatery

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Peoples Eatery 1 star½
307 Spadina Ave., 416-792-1784
Peoples Eatery 1 star½
307 Spadina Ave., 416-792-1784

The owners of 416 Snack Bar have replicated the bourbon-jacked buzz that made their first place so fun. Peoples fills up in the after-work hours with Bay Street freshmen and chic young women flaunting bandeau bras, sleeve tattoos and status handbags. The dishes, made by the wandering former Top Chef contestant Dustin Gallagher, are divided between Chinese-American snacks and Jewish deli staples to represent the neighborhood’s dual heritage.

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Recipe: Campagnolo chef Craig Harding’s incomparable spaghetti all’amatriciana

Toronto Life Cookbook Recipe: Spaghetti All'Amatrciana
Toronto Life Recipes | Entrees
SPAGHETTI ALL’AMATRICIANA
By Craig Harding
Campagnolo
SPAGHETTI ALL’AMATRICIANA
By Craig Harding
Campagnolo

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Recipe: Bar Isabel chef Grant van Gameren’s grilled steak with shishito peppers

Toronto Life Cookbook Recipe: Steak with Shishito Peppers
Toronto Life Recipes | Entrees
STEAK WITH SHISHITO PEPPERS
By Grant van Gameren
Bar Isabel
STEAK WITH SHISHITO PEPPERS
By Grant van Gameren
Bar Isabel

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Top Five: Toronto’s best rum cocktails

Five innovative takes on the classic pirate’s grog

Top Five: Toronto's best rum cocktails
1. Dr. Painkiller (pictured above)

At the County General, bartender Jeff Carroll creates a tart, fruity punch with cucumber-infused white rum, house-made grenadine, cranberry bitters and lime juice. He tops it off with a splash of ginger beer. $12. 936 Queen St. W., 416-531-4447.

2. Fresco

Our favourite cocktail at Rhum Corner, the new Haitian café from Black Hoof owner Jen Agg, is a spicymix of Havana rum, pomegranate syrup and falernum—a traditional Caribbean clove-lime-ginger syrup—poured over crushed ice in a chilled copper mini-mug. $10. 926 Dundas St. W., 647-346-9356.

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Win a VIP getaway to the Taste of Toronto food festival

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The lineup of dishes from Ossington restaurant Yours Truly, one of the 16 restaurants coming to Taste of Toronto (Image: Renée Suen)

In just two weeks, Toronto’s top culinary talents will head to Fort York for Taste of Toronto, the local offshoot of the international Taste Festivals empire. (Toronto Life is a local media partner.) The fair runs from July 24 to 27, and the lineup of food, which we previewed, looks enticing. Before the festivities get underway, though, the organizers have a bunch of stuff to give away. There are 13 prizes to be won, including general-entry tickets, VIP passes and—for one extremely lucky Dish reader—a fancy grand-prize package, which includes an overnight stay at the luxurious Shangri-La hotel, a gourmet breakfast for two at fine-dining restaurant Bosk and a pair of VIP passes to one of six Taste of Toronto sessions, where the winner (and a friend) will be able to sip sparkling beverages behind velvet ropes (well, we’re not 100-per-cent sure about the ropes) instead of milling about with the plebes. Entering is easy: just fill out the form below anytime between now (that is, Wednesday, July 9) and next Tuesday, July 15 at 5 p.m. For those who aren’t lucky enough to win a freebie, tickets can be purchased here.

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Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: our sixth annual reminder of why we love it here

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: our sixth annual reminder of why we love it here

(Photograph by Daniel Neuhaus)

Election years have a way of reminding us what we love about our city. Whatever you think of our punchline of a mayor, there’s no denying the energy of the booming downtown, the world-renowned food and the renewed swagger of the Raptors…. Some of us are so proud of our hometown, we permanently tattoo our Toronto-love onto our bodies. We could go on and on about what we love. In fact, we did.

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Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #24. Because He’s Good For One Thing: A Laugh

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #24. Because He's Good For One Thing: A Laugh

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Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #2. Because We Tattoo Our Toronto-Love

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #2. Because We Tattoo Our Toronto-Love

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When Anthony Bennett, last year’s number one overall NBA draft pick, tweeted a picture of his tattoo—the CN Tower surrounded by a swirl of maple leaves, emblazoned on his forearm—we were impressed by his loud and proud (and face it, rather un-Canadian) patriotism. Little did we know, permanent stamps of civic pride are downright commonplace.

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People

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Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #7. Because We’re a Beacon for Gay Refugees

Toronto’s reputation for gay-friendliness has made the city a destination for LGBT refugees fleeing harassment, jail and even execution at home. Here, three recent arrivals and their stories.

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #7. Because We're a Beacon for Gay Refugees

(Image: Daniel Ehrenworth)

Who: Rodney de Roché, 26, student at York University
Refugee Status: Claim pending

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Culture

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Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #23. Because We Raise Musical Prodigies

Reasons to Love Toronto 2014: #23. Because We Raise Musical Prodigies

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“I performed at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York when I was 9. I was mostly just excited to visit FAO Schwarz.”

Coco Ma (left),
13, Leaside, piano
Last fall, she was one of only 12 students chosen to study with piano phenom Lang Lang in Munich. “He’s a really, really cool guy,” she says.
Goal: To be as big as Lang Lang.

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Recipe: Origin chef Claudio Aprile’s tropical “bangcakes”

Toronto Life Cookbook Recipe 2013: Bangcakes
Toronto Life Recipes | Breakfast
BANGCAKES
By Claudio Aprile
BANGCAKES
By Claudio Aprile

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E-Cigarettes Mainstream Enough for Toronto Main-Street (Yonge)

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“To mark the grand opening of their flagship store in Toronto, 180 Smoke is giving away an estimated $15,000 worth of rechargeable electronic cigarette kits to smokers who turn in their last pack of cigarettes”

E-cigarettes have been growing in popularity and popping up in the news at an unprecedented frequency, but trying to get one in Toronto could be a bit of an adventure, most stores are hard to find, are either small shops upstairs away from the street or a stand at the flea markets.

A shiny new flagship store just opened up on Yonge St. by 180 Smoke, and to mark their grand opening on July 5th, 180 Smoke is giving away approximately $15,000 worth of rechargeable e-cigarette kits. All you have to do is turn in your old pack of cigarettes in store, and you’ll get a brand new rechargeable kit for free right there on the spot.

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