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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 snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: One, Auberge du Pommier, and Pizzeria Libretto.
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1. My heroes
In 1992 I played Romeo opposite Megan Follows. I love this photo from opening night. I really admire the other three men in the picture— Bruno Gerusi, Richard Monette and Colm Feore—who all played Romeo at Stratford before me.
Rob Ford’s crazy week just got crazier. Mark Towhey, the mayor’s chief of staff and according to many the brains behind team Ford, was fired and escorted out of city hall by security this afternoon. The news is shocking given Towhey was known for bullying, intimidating and upbraiding councillors who didn’t fall in line with the mayor’s agenda and was one of Ford Nation’s political masterminds long before he became Ford’s third chief of staff in less than two-and-a-half years. Towhey has confirmed to reporters that he did not resign. On the crack-smoking allegations currently dogging Ford, he said: “I have given the mayor my advice. He can choose to take it or not take it.” The evil genius parted with a quip to the Toronto Sun reporter snapping photos of him driving out of the city hall parkade, tweeting, “Very happy now that I remembered to wash my car yesterday.”
Zulfiqar Khimani holds the distinction of being Toronto’s most prolific parking enforcement officer. In the last five years he has issued roughly $4 million in fines to drivers parked illegally in Forest Hill and north Toronto. Khimani is also one of the city’s highest-paid parking enforcement officers, having earned $107,585 last year. And he’s not even a real cop; the parking enforcement jobs are staffed by civilians.
Sells: Men’s shoes, shoe care products, bags and accessories
Contact info: 24 Bellair St. Unit 7, 416-967-3668, leatherfoot.com
Hours: M–W, Sa 11–6, Th–F 11–8, Su 12–3
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LeatherFoot specializes in handcrafted leather shoes for men, the kind of investment pieces that a gent will still be wearing forty years from now. The Yorkville shop’s off-the-rack pairs range from $310 for driving shoes by La Cordonnerie Anglaise to $1850 for hand-stained monkstraps by Saint Crispin’s (whose Romanian workshop reportedly produces fewer than 1,300 pairs each year). However, discerning shoppers willing to wait a few months and chip in an extra $200 or more can specify the leather, colour and soles of any shoe in the store, including pairs by England’s Alfred Sargent and Spanish brand Carmina. Finally, the truly shoe-obsessed can order bespoke pairs (starting around $5,000), in which the entire last is made according to the client’s measurements.
Rob Ford has studiously avoided addressing his alleged proclivity for smoking crack for four days, though pundits, councillors and premier Kathleen Wynne (plus ex-jailbird Conrad Black) are all still asking for a more thorough response than the one he gave Friday. However, Ford’s refusal to speak didn’t seem to bother late-night hosts Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, all of whom riffed on the story—Kimmel even found a creative way to get an interview with the mayor. See the rest of the videos below.
This could get awkward: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment brass axed Bryan Colangelo as general manager of the Toronto Raptors today, but he’s keeping his second, more corporate role as the team’s president. MLSE’s new CEO Tim Leiweke told reporters that a five-season playoff drought finally caught up with Colangelo, and that while the former GM is “ticked off,” he’s accepting the reshuffle. (Of course, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was also fired-but-not-fired earlier this year, and he only stuck around for another six weeks.) Leiweke plans to find a new GM within a month, and Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, Raptors vice-president of basketball operations Ed Stefanski and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver are all reportedly on the short list. [TSN]
The Food: A pan-global menu of sharing plates. Dishes range from finger snacks (cheesy truffle popcorn and spiced, smoked marcona almonds) to more substantial nosh (scotch eggs and haute dogs). The kitchen is open from 5-10 p.m. and reopens at midnight with a curated selection of snacks.
Five things you didn’t know about Nina Dobrev, the star of the teen fangst phenomenon The Vampire Diaries
1. She’s a little rusty on her hometown hot spots
“I realized how much I missed Toronto when I came to TIFF for The Perks of Being a Wallflower last September. The whole cast kept saying, ‘You’re the Toronto girl—show us around!’ I didn’t know if everything I loved was still here. I mean, the Drake Hotel used to be cool—is it still? So it was exciting to rediscover the city. Soho House is incredible. And I had a great time going to Spin with a bunch of friends and playing ping-pong all night.”
The Place: A one-bedroom unit on two levels with original oak floors, brick walls and exposed wooden beams. It’s one of 11 condos in the Boiler Factory Lofts on Queen Street East.
Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company recently opened at Ave and Dav, selling truffles, Italians sweets and their own whipped-cream-and-mousse cupcake bombs. The boutique food shop’s hedonistic creations, like the sweet revenge cupcake filled with toasted walnuts and milk chocolate ganache and the vanilla coconut cupcake topped with mascarpone coconut mousse, look like they could rival the nearby, newly opened, Prairie Girl Bakery’s cupcakes in their epicurean insanity.
Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company. 182 Avenue Rd., 416-834-9711, chocolatebrunette.com