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McEwan tapped to be head judge on Top Chef Canada—plus, hilarious questions fr... McEwan tapped to be head judge on Top Chef Canada—plus, hilarious questions from the contestant application form

Not surprisingly, Food Network Canada tapped charismatic Toronto chef Mark McEwan (Bymark, One) to be the Canadian Colicchio on the Canuck version of Top Chef. It makes sense to choose McEwan (we called it in a previous post), since he’s no stranger to the network, and his upcoming Fabbrica restaurant at Shops at Don Mills… Read more »

The Rebirth of Booze The Rebirth of Booze

At the hottest restaurants, cocktails are as sophisticated as the food. Bartenders are playing with liquid nitrogen, concocting infusions, and changing the way we drink. It’s the most exciting gastronomic development in years By James Chatto There are only two kinds of cocktails—those that are dead and those that are alive—and the only way to… Read more »

A peek inside Parts and Labour, a new Parkdale restaurant that unites owners of ... A peek inside Parts and Labour, a new Parkdale restaurant that unites owners of The Social, Oddfellows and Castor Design

First Cowbell, then Local Kitchen, and now this. With the arrival of Parts and Labour, a hardware store transformed into a restaurant, the tail end of Queen West takes another step from weekend antiquing destination to social hub. Parkdale locals are excited about the new spot, and with good reason: it represents a new partnership… Read more »

The Path Guide: 24 spots worth getting lost for The Path Guide: 24 spots worth getting lost for

Even those who were born and raised in Toronto have a hard time navigating the city’s underground labyrinth, with its dead ends, identical food courts and utterly useless maps—not to mention the complete lack of sunlight, which can drive a person mad. Still, the world’s largest below-ground shopping complex is like a city of its… Read more »

Just Opened: El Almacen brings authentic yerba mate to Queen Street West Just Opened: El Almacen brings authentic yerba mate to Queen Street West

Along the still-evolving stretch of West Queen West between Dovercourt and Ossington, Silvio and Estela Rodriguez have quietly opened El Almacen—“the general store”—a café specializing in the South American infusion yerba mate. Made from an evergreen holly of the same name, the drink has a distinctly earthy, barn-ish flavour. Natural food lovers are likely familiar… Read more »

Menus trick diners into spending more, $26.50 brownie mix, the manliest cooking ... Menus trick diners into spending more, $26.50 brownie mix, the manliest cooking magazine

• Amy Pataki taste-tests a $26.50 brownie mix from the bastion of expensive cooking supplies, Williams-Sonoma. The mix, modelled on Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery chocolate “corks,” fared better than the Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker mixes she also baked, but the brownies were a pain to make, and so buttery they stained the photographer’s table,… Read more »

Winterlicious 2010: the list of restaurants is out Winterlicious 2010: the list of restaurants is out

It’s that time of year again, when sniping begins over the dozens of menus featuring new (and often unexciting) ways to prepare house salad, chicken and a trio of sorbet. That’s right: the Winterlicious list is out, and it’s 150 restaurants strong.

David Lee and his chicken cartilage take home top honours at the Toronto edition... David Lee and his chicken cartilage take home top honours at the Toronto edition of Gold Medal Plates

The bar was raised mighty high last night for the city’s haute cuisine scene with a head-to-head cook-off between some of Toronto’s most dazzling chefs. Mark McEwan (Bymark, One), Jason Bangerter (Auberge du Pommier), John Kwan (Lai Toh Heen) and seven other star cuisiniers battled it out at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the… Read more »

Just opened: Buca Just opened: Buca

The brains behind Brassaii, Jacobs and Co. and soon-to-be-opened The Saint are adding yet another restaurant to their empire, this one tucked away in the alley beside Cheval on the ritzy King Street strip. The week-old Buca is serving Italian fare by executive chef Rob Gentile, a former sous-chef at One, Bymark and North 44°.

Riding the gravy train: Smoke’s Poutinerie plans new locations and a poutine t... Riding the gravy train: Smoke’s Poutinerie plans new locations and a poutine truck

Fries, curds and gravy—three simple ingredients that, when combined, create a dish as Canadian as hockey. Toronto’s love affair with poutine started years ago with haute incarnations from Jamie Kennedy and in restaurants like Bymark (it’s hard to go wrong when both lobster and fries are involved). When Café du Lac opened in 2008, we… Read more »

Final throes: Where to find a table during the last weekend of Summerlicious Final throes: Where to find a table during the last weekend of Summerlicious

The dog days of Summerlicious are here, and with reservations down at top restaurants across the city, many tables are sitting empty at some of the city’s finest spots. This might be the first and last time anyone will be able to walk into North 44 without a reservation, eat for under $50, and walk… Read more »

Supermarket heap: Gourmet grocers colonize the city Supermarket heap: Gourmet grocers colonize the city

There has been a sudden influx of gourmet grocers and grab-and-go eateries in Toronto. Many have been—or will be—created by the city’s elite restaurateurs and chefs in an effort to attract foodies who want to slash dining budgets without resorting to KD. Earlier this week, we reported that Oliver and Bonacini will offer a take-away… Read more »

Summerlicious restaurants announced Summerlicious restaurants announced

Get those dialing digits ready: the city has released its list of the 150 restaurants participating in the seventh edition of Summerlicious, running July 3 to 19. Price points have increased over last year (as they did for Winterlicious), so expect to pay between $15 and $30 for a three-course lunch and between $25 and… Read more »

Recessionary gratuities: Is 2009 the year of lousy tips? Recessionary gratuities: Is 2009 the year of lousy tips?

What to tip at recession time? This is the latest question in the never-ending gratuity debate; and since the market went south, it appears to be striking a nerve in Toronto and elsewhere. The New York Times‘ etiquette authority, Frank Bruni, wrote about it on his blog recently, sparking chatter about servers getting stiffed during… Read more »

The most popular Winterlicious menus of 2009 The most popular Winterlicious menus of 2009

With data collected from Torontolife.com’s “Best of Winterlicious” feature, we’ve figured out the fan favourites of this year’s dining festival. After all the hoopla attached to 2009’s Winterlicious, it’s nice to know that some things never change. From an Oliver & Bonacini institution to one of city’s beloved boutique hotels, here are the top 10… Read more »