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Marben’s Rob Bragagnolo to open Carver, a full-service sandwich spot Marben’s Rob Bragagnolo to open Carver, a full-service sandwich spot

The city has plenty of sandwich options, but can you ever have too much of a good thing? Marben’s executive chef, Rob Bragagnolo, is opening his own spot dedicated to the much-loved lunch staple. Carver is scheduled to open later this year in an (as yet) undisclosed downtown location. The full-service restaurant will specialize in sandwiches made with… Read more »

Six ways to eat gooseneck barnacles, the weird sea creatures that are all over T... Six ways to eat gooseneck barnacles, the weird sea creatures that are all over Toronto’s haute menus

Gooseneck barnacles, also called percebes, are crustaceans that cling to rocks in places that have a strong crashing surf. In Spain and Portugal, they’re considered a rare and wonderful delicacy, thanks to their sweet flesh, which tastes a bit like a cross between lobster and clam. They’re also impossibly ugly (they resemble some type of… Read more »

Top Five: Toronto’s best Caesar salads Top Five: Toronto’s best Caesar salads

Photographs by Michael Graydon Toronto menus are filling up with luxe, light and irreverent takes on the classic starter. The basic components are the same—romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and a yolk-thickened sauce—but the add-ons, ranging from flower petals to pine fronds, are anything but standard. Here, our five favourite reinventions. See all five Caesar Salads… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Flavour of the Month: delicious reinventions of the classic Caesar salad Flavour of the Month: delicious reinventions of the classic Caesar salad

The vintage salad has endured all manner of permutations since its birth in the ’20s, but none as luxe, light and irreverent as the versions currently on Toronto menus By Emily Landau | Photography by Michael Graydon | Styling by Linsey Bell

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Chantecler, Marben and Bestellen Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Chantecler, Marben and Bestellen

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Trend We Love: Quail eggs, pickled, smoked, fried, boiled and raw Trend We Love: Quail eggs, pickled, smoked, fried, boiled and raw

Quail eggs have two principal virtues that distinguish them from chicken eggs: they’re tiny and they’re cute. They don’t taste all that different (though the yolk-to-white ratio is a little higher), but they make adorable snacks and appetizers, and come in handy when a whole chicken egg would overpower a dish. And while they’re by… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Marben, Auberge du Pommier and The Harbord... Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Marben, Auberge du Pommier and The Harbord Room

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Where to eat and drink near the 2012 Grey Cup Where to eat and drink near the 2012 Grey Cup

With 52,000 rabid Argos and Stamps fans crowding the streets around the Rogers Centre on Sunday, you need a game plan for pre- and post-game eating and drinking. Sure, you can pack into Loose Moose or Lone Star Texas Grill, but there are other, better dining options within a 20-minute walk of the dome. Here, your 15… Read more »

Weekly Lunch Pick, TIFF edition: one last taste of summer at Marben Weekly Lunch Pick, TIFF edition: one last taste of summer at Marben

For TIFF-goers in need of between-screening sustenance, Marben is within walking distance of TIFF central (i.e., the Bell Lightbox), but just far enough to provide for a quiet recharge away from the hubbub. The patio is especially quaint, and it’s the perfect setting to enjoy what’s left of the warm weather. Menu items are given… Read more »

Friday Night Bites: Nota Bene, Marben and Scaramouche Friday Night Bites: Nota Bene, Marben and Scaramouche

It’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and… Read more »

Best of the City 2012: Toronto’s top tacos, brunch, pampering service, picklin... Best of the City 2012: Toronto’s top tacos, brunch, pampering service, pickling classes and more

PAMPERING SERVICE CHEF’S TABLE HALAL BUTCHER GUACAMOLE PO’ BOY HOT PEPPERS SMOKED SALMON POWER LUNCH SEAFOOD PREP LESSONS USE OF TRISCUITS BRUNCH TACOS PICKLING CLASSES

Best of the City 2012: the top 10 places to go and things to do for a good time ... Best of the City 2012: the top 10 places to go and things to do for a good time in Toronto

ARCADE PRIVATE KARAOKE ROOM DATE NIGHT FLOWER-ARRANGING CLASS FISHING GUIDE CIRCUS TRAINING KEG PARTY KIDS’ WATER PARK WINE CLASS BROWN BOOZE

How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-qua... How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-quarry protest a cause célèbre

An unexpected casualty of Toronto’s building boom is the sleepy southern Ontario township of Melancthon, where an American hedge fund plans to excavate $6 billion worth of limestone. By Sasha Chapman Melancthon’s windswept highlands spread out like a grand table underneath the sky. At 1,700 feet above sea level, southern Ontario’s highest point, the air… Read more »

Chef Grant Soto outs himself as…an aspiring screenwriter Chef Grant Soto outs himself as…an aspiring screenwriter

Chef Grant Soto, the resident Twitter troll of the Toronto restaurant scene, has come out to the Star’s Amy Pataki. His real name: Taylor Clarke. And his real profession: screenwriter. The Soto persona, it turns out, is the basis for a one-hour TV series called, naturally enough, Chef Grant Soto, which Pataki reports has drawn… Read more »