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Toronto’s newest raw food boutique, Belmonte Raw, proves dishes below 47° can still taste great

Belmonte Raw’s collard burrito with dehydrated ground-kernel corn chips

Belmonte Raw’s collard burrito with dehydrated ground-kernel corn chips

Outside Belmonte Raw, Leslieville’s new organic, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free raw food restaurant, a trio of wiry-lean women with dignifiedly graying hair and yoga mats tucked under their arms examined the menu posted in the window: hulled hemp and kale salads, lucuma and camu camu smoothies, something called a sun burger made with pumpkin and clover sprouts. In their patchouli wake, I entered the restaurant while attempting (unsuccessfully) to conceal my huge leather purse under my trench coat.

The space is small—just 16 seats—and cute, with wood slab tables and motivational directives scrawled on the walls: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagine,” it says on the mirror across from me. While sipping my $9 Happiness juice out of a Mason jar, I overheard the owner, Carol Belmonte, chatting elatedly with another diner about juice detoxes. She offers a menu of home-delivered organic juice feasts (instead of fasts, because raw foodists prefer to emphasize abundance over abstinence) that start at $90 for one day and max out at $1,960 for a month.

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Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke returns to his youth movement

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ front office has had a busy few weeks. No, they didn’t empty the bank for coveted free agent centre Brad Richards. Ditto for established stars like Simon Gagne, Eric Brewer or even Jaromir Jagr. But in avoiding the big-splash approach to the off-season, Leafs GM Brian Burke opted for a bit-by-bit rebuild that, on a team with needs at virtually every position, is just what the doctor ordered.

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Leafs’ James Reimer to represent Canada at world championships in Slovakia, along with captain Dion Phaneuf and defenceman Luke Schenn

James Reimer, supergoalie (Image: Bridget Samuels)

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be heading to the playoffs this year, but there’s still reason to celebrate today, as three of the boys in blue and white have been tapped to head to the IHF world championships in Slovakia. Twenty-three-year-old goaltender James Reimer will join Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and defenceman Luke Schenn on Team Canada during the competition, which runs from April 29 to May 15.

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