Filipino

The Nanny Diaries: Toronto’s Filipino caregivers talk about low wages, lon... The Nanny Diaries: Toronto’s Filipino caregivers talk about low wages, long days and immigration delays

By Christina Gonzales | Photography by Derek Shapton SINCE 1992, some 75,000 Filipinos have become permanent residents of Canada through the federal government’s caregiver program. The sales pitch was hard to resist: help raise our children for two years, and we’ll reunite you with yours and give everyone a shot at permanent residency. Last year… Read more »

A new mixed-raced generation is transforming the city: Will Toronto be the world... A new mixed-raced generation is transforming the city: Will Toronto be the world’s first post-racial metropolis?

I used to be the only biracial kid in the room. Now, my exponentially expanding cohort promises a future where everyone is mixed. By Nicholas Hune-Brown | Photography by Kourosh Keshiri | Interviews by Jasmine Budak Last fall, I was in Amsterdam with my parents and sister on a family trip, our first in more… Read more »

Cheap Eats: 11 Toronto restaurants (and bars and food shops) where you can eat w... Cheap Eats: 11 Toronto restaurants (and bars and food shops) where you can eat well for less

2013 is shaping up to be the Year of Cheap Eats in Toronto. Lobster prices are at record lows. Delicious Asian street food is plentiful. And every fancy restaurant is tripping over itself to offer a sandwich deal. (Some bars are even serving inventive cocktails for $10 or less, a steal in the age of the… Read more »

Introducing: Dyne, the Iberian-Asian restaurant that took over from Maléna Introducing: Dyne, the Iberian-Asian restaurant that took over from Maléna

Last weekend, Richard Andino, a chef with 22 years experience in Toronto’s restaurant scene, opened Dyne in Maléna’s old space at Av and Dav. His menu draws from the cuisine of Spain, Portugal and the Philippines, but the item that’s gotten the most attention to date is the over-the-top Chef’s Last Meal ($325), which comes with… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 20 to 26 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 20 to 26

Monday, August 20 Dinner at the Bellevue: Chef Robbie Hojilla, formerly of Woodlot and Ursa, cooks a five-course, modern Filipino–inspired feast. $35. The Bellevue, 61A Bellevue Ave., 647-340-8224. Find out more » 86’D With Ivy Knight: A preview of Savour Stratford, with complimentary samples from Château des Charmes, Mill St. Brewery, Mercer Hall, Rene’s Bistro… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for August 6 to 12

Monday, August 6 Gladstone Culinary Tour—Koreatown: Join Gladstone executive chef Michael Smith for his monthly celebration of Toronto’s cultural diversity. Four-course menu with wine pairings. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635. Find out more » 86’D With Ivy Knight: Celebrate wild Quebec blueberries with a Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktail and blueberry hand pies by… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 30 to August 5 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 30 to August 5

Monday, July 30 Group of Seven Chefs—Fish and Beer Dinner: The seven chefs get together with Bellwoods Brewery for a five-course, seafood-heavy meal with beer pairings. Bellwoods Brewery, 124 Ossington Ave., 416-535-4586. Find out more » Monday’s Dinner chef series at Chantecler: This week, chefs Jonathan Poon (Chantecler) and Jeff Claudio (Yours Truly) will be… Read more »

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 23 to 29 Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 23 to 29

Monday, July 23 Cooking for Cooks: Jamie Kennedy pays tribute to those who do service, with a three-course dinner for industry folk (although non-industry types can come too). Gilead Cafe, 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more » 86’D With Ivy Knight: Tonight, the top 5 contenders for Toronto’s hottest chef each prepare complimentary canapés. Taste, vote, and… Read more »

Weekly Lunch Pick: Filipino favourites at Kanto in Scadding Court’s Market 707 Weekly Lunch Pick: Filipino favourites at Kanto in Scadding Court’s Market 707

Market 707, part of the Scadding Court Community Centre, is a collection of vendors housed in retrofitted shipping containers at Dundas and Bathurst. At lunchtime, the once-gloomy intersection is now bustling with activity as curious passersby, Kensington shoppers and nurses and residents from nearby Toronto Western Hospital line up for a selection of international lunch… Read more »

Is Filipino cuisine set to hit the big time in Toronto? Is Filipino cuisine set to hit the big time in Toronto?

Over at Acquired Taste, there’s an interesting Q&A with Lester Sabilano and Rudy Boquila, the chefs behind Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, the first Toronto restaurant to bring a more upscale sensibility to Filipino cuisine. As Sabilano points out, “We are the third-largest visible minority group in the city with no sit-down restaurant downtown—until now.” Both chefs… Read more »

Introducing: Lamesa, a contemporary spin on traditional Filipino cooking on Quee... Introducing: Lamesa, a contemporary spin on traditional Filipino cooking on Queen West

Despite the GTA being home to almost 200,000 Filipinos, it’s probably fair to say many residents are unfamiliar with Filipino cuisine. That’s something Lester Sabilano and Rudy Boquila hope to change with Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, their new downtown eatery. Taking over the old Rosebud space at Queen at Bathurst, the restaurant puts a contemporary spin… Read more »

All Mixed Up: Toronto is the mixed-marriage capital of Canada All Mixed Up: Toronto is the mixed-marriage capital of Canada

How our city is proof that if a post-racial society is possible, it will begin in the bedroom By Jan Wong This fall, my husband and I will mark the 34th anniversary of our Chinese-Jewish marriage. Back in 1976, some folks (OK, my parents) fretted it would never last. “Think of the kids! Neither side… Read more »

Canada escapes the haters’ list of the world’s worst food Canada escapes the haters’ list of the world’s worst food

When it comes to gastronomical atrocities, it seems bangers and mash and sauerkraut are more poorly regarded than poutine and peameal bacon. The Huffington Post has published the results of an ongoing Titanic Awards survey that names the top nine countries with the worst national cuisine. Much to our delight, the survey of over 2,000… Read more »