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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 2 to July 8

Farmer’s market season has arrived (Image: Kevin Ho)

Monday, July 2

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Check out a double bill at the at the Drake Lounge. First, a throw-down for the ultimate hangover cure: the Bloody Mary versus the Caesar. Second, a watermelon-eating contest. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: A weekly aperitivo italiano with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »

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Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for April 30 to May 6

Toronto Underground Market and Food Trucks Eats join forces for the sold-out Street Food Block Party on Saturday (Images: Caroline Aksich, Renée Suen)

Monday, April 30

  • Cocina Mexicana: A hands-on lesson in authentic Mexican cooking, just in time to hone your skills for Cinco de Mayo. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • 86’D: Ivy Knight hosts a guacamole battle royale; bring your best guac and see how it stacks up. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • FoodShare’s Kate Kitchen: A monthly gathering where women fighting breast cancer can share recipes, learn how to prepare healthy meals and learn about cancer-fighting foods. 90 Croatia St., foodlink@foodshare.net. Find out more »
  • Jamie Kennedy’s Evening of Spanish Gastronomy: José Luis Altristain from the Commercial Office of Spain will lead a tasting demonstrating how the vintage of olive oil affects the flavour, followed by a four-course meal with wine pairings. Gilead Bistro, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »
  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave. Find out more »

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Weddings

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The Wedding Album: John & Sarah, two college co-eds who met, and were married, on the U of T campus

John & Sarah | June 4, 2011 | Rosewater

The Wedding Album | John & Sarah

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Sarah Hugh, 27, and John Ye, 26, met as U of T undergrads at a post-exam party John was hosting in 2003. “Sarah claims that she crashed the party, but she actually was invited,” he says. They spent the whole night laughing and talking and continued to do so through the winter school break. By the time they headed back to class in the new year, they were inseparable. John went on to pursue his CFA, while Sarah enrolled in U of T’s medical school to study otolaryngology. On the last day of a really tough second year for Sarah, John skipped work and raced home to cook her a gourmet meal. “I was going to wait until after dinner to propose, but as soon as Sarah got home I was so excited I just blurted it out.” Surprised, Sarah forgot to say yes, but the planning wheels had already begun to spin. The ceremony was held at the couple’s parish, St. Thomas Aquinas. “I’ve always loved the cozy atmosphere of the church,” says Sarah. It was also across from Robarts Library, on the familiar collegiate ground where their romance first bloomed.

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Features

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Where to Buy Now: Brockton Village, because Lansdowne’s shedding its grungy skin—without becoming generic

Where to Buy Now | Brockton Village

Like Wallace-Emerson next door, Brockton Village is quickly becoming a destination for both urban tastemakers and young families looking for a nice, yet affordable, first home. The area’s Victorian row houses are being scooped up by the first-time buyers you’ll see pushing strollers on the tree-lined streets. Residents have plenty of shops to frequent: along Dundas West, Portugese and Brazilian businesses alternate between new bars and brunch spots.

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Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from roller skaters to deep-fried taters

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

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Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from the best chocolate maker to a shimmering satyr

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

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Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from runway panache to butternut squash

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

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Cake Wrecks, the Internet’s favourite catalogue of cake catastrophes, comes to Toronto

A faithful reproduction of our national flag

Imagine serving a cake decorated with the words “Happy Hallowen, Trick or Troat.” Or perhaps sperm-shaped spirits. Or a ghost wailing “ooooooB.” These are just today’s atrocities on Cake Wrecks, a blog that catalogues the worst professional cakes on the planet, from egregious misspellings to stomach-churning colours to incomprehensible design choices. Blogger Jen Yates is making her first-ever stop in Toronto to promote the release of her second book, Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Gets “Festive.

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Weekend Reading List: top stories from our sister sites, from bookshops to protest flops

Every weekend we round up the highlights from the other websites in the St. Joseph Media family. Check them out, after the jump.

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Drinks

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Cupcake trend reaches its logical conclusion with new flavoured vodka

(Image: Cupcake Vodka)

Underdog Wine and Spirits, an American alcohol producer, is introducing a new niche market vodka aimed, supposedly, at the adult millennial (and not at 14-year-old girls): Cupcake Vodka. The dessert-inspired spirit comes in a variety of flavours, including Original (which we’re assuming tastes like, um, cake), Chiffon, Devil’s Food and Frosting. Cupcake Vodka is also six-times distilled to “remove impurities while delivering a mouth-feel reminiscent of an indulgent delicious treat.” Given the LCBO’s aversion to booze that might appeal to youngsters, we don’t think we’ll be seeing this in Toronto any time soon.

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Openings

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Coco Rogue to bring stylish chocolates and desserts to Yonge and Eglinton

Yonge and Eglinton is a neighbourhood that loves its cafés and bakeries (witness the Cupcake Shoppe, La Bohème, the Designer Cookie Boutique and Bakeshop, Dufflet, La Bamboche and Jedd’s Frozen Custard). So it’s no surprise that the ’hood is about to be home to Coco Rogue, an haute chocolate and dessert shop with decor to match (think chandeliers and a grand piano).

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Food memes: Sad Keanu edition

At TIFF this year, we were perplexed as to why some photographers were so hell-bent on getting a photo of Keanu Reeves smiling. That is, until they told us about a meme that has apparently been going on for a while. Sad Keanu started a few months ago when a paparazzi photo of the Toronto actor appeared on-line, showing him eating a sandwich alone on a park bench. Internet users then took the image of Keanu and Photoshopped him into various settings, such as an M.C. Escher sketch, a scene from Inception and on the Starship Enterprise. It was a fun food-celeb meme that joined previous on-line edible sensations bacon (in all its forms) and thisiswhyyourefat.com.

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Events

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The Weekender: the Queen West art crawl, a cupcake bake-off and six other things to do

What makes this weekend fun: the Queen West art crawl, cupcakes and Caribou

1.    TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL (FREE!)
TUFF isn’t as glam as TIFF, but in terms of attendees, it’s unsurpassed. For its 10-day run, silent shorts (all one minute long) are screened on subway platforms throughout the TTC; hundreds of thousands of people pass by each day. The Drake hosts the awards ceremony and closing party this Sunday. To Sept. 19. Various locations, torontourbanfilmfestival.com.

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Shopping

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High-Maintenance Man: the secrets of sophisticated post-oughties men who embrace their inner femininity

The advent of the mid-’90s metrosexual made it OK for a dude to wear a pink V-neck and treat himself to bimonthly lowlights, but that’s about as far as mainstream hetero Toronto would stretch its definition of masculinity. Until now. Men’s fashion designers are seeking sartorial inspiration in the female closet, and man-pampering beauty brands are encouraging even the straightest-edge guys to make like RuPaul and primp. Toronto now has a niche industry to support the new fad. Call us sissy sympathizers, but we think it’s a refreshingly femmy antidote to the bearded, burly look of last year. Here, a survey of the city’s gender-bending cosmeticopoeia.

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New trend: food tattoos

Ink and icing (Image: Ann Larie Valentine)

More and more, the Globe is spotting trends in the manner of children after shiny objects. To wit, the paper has turned its attention to foodie tattoos. “When I decided on this [tattoo theme], I’d never even seen a food tattoo. Now I see so many girls getting, like, cupcake tattoos and candy and pie, cake and stuff like that,” says Amanda Tanos, an amateur cake decorator from Ajax. “I think it’s just become part of fashion now.” For others, an epidermal ode to cheap sweets is more than just a fashion statement—a food tattoo can acknowledge the complex social and political dimensions of one’s eating. At least that’s what Vicki Fraser of Ladner, B.C., thinks. She is planning to get a small cupcake tattooed on her arm or ankle. Mind you, when pressed, she admitted, “I just thought it’d be nice to have something really cute and sweet and just happy and have no stupid attachments to it. And plus, who doesn’t like cupcakes?”

With mancakes now on the scene, the answer ought to be “nobody.” And since they’re here, why not get a mancake tattoo?

Food tattoos take off [Globe and Mail]
Mancakes are selling like hotcakes in Toronto bakery [Toronto Life]