Y’all Come to Supper!

Hank’s 9-1/2 Church Street 416-504-9463 A few weeks ago, when I interviewed Scott and Rachelle Vivian about their take-over of the Wine Bar and Hank’s, the duo let me know about their plans to open Hank’s at night with a menu of southern favourites that Vivian had learned to cook growing up in Atlanta. Hank’s […]

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Housewarming at the Temple

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen 85 Hanna Avenue, Suite 104 416-588-5695 Moving house can be a stressful time, but ultimately one of renewal. It can be hard to leave a place where so many great memories were made, but it’s also invigorating and inspiring to start with a clean slate in a new space. Such is the […]

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Orgasmic Organics

Multiple Organics 1545 Dundas Street West 647-435-5340   What are two well-educated young women to do when they find themselves with doctorates, but no where to use them? Why, open an organic food store of course!   Such was the case for Nupur Gogia and Carrianne Leung recently when they discovered that the only way […]

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The Harlem Shuffle

Harlem 67 Richmond Street East 416-368-1920 Dinner for two with all taxes and tip plus beer or wine: $110 The Harlem Shuffle – an R&B song originally written and recorded by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963, named after a line dance step that is an homage to the dance clubs that existed during […]

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Comfort and Grace

Grace 503 College Street 416-944-8884 There’s a recession coming. Gas prices are going up, the housing market looks set to crumble and everyone is preparing to tighten their belts. Inevitably, at the table, our thoughts will turn to comfort food. Hearty, healthy fare from the family recipe books will win out over expensive, exotic ingredients […]

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A Multicultural Feast at Senses

  Senses 328 Wellington Street West 416-935-0400 I’ve gone on record as saying that I don’t like foie gras. That was before I had the foie gras as prepared by Chef Patrick Lin at Senses.   Working on the “try it ten times” theory as espoused by Vogue food writer Jeffrey Steingarten, I continue to […]

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Creating a Delicious Thing

A couple months back I had great fun writing a piece on cupcakes in Toronto, comparing a variety of the pretty little cakes from different bakeries and shops across the city. The result of that taste test determined that the vanilla cupcake from Circles and Squares bakery topped our list, winning as both our favourite […]

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A Bag of Magic Beans

Merchants of Green Coffee 2 Matilda Street 416-741-5369 Coffee. Where would we be without it? It wakes us up, keeps us going and fuels social gatherings. But how many people actually think about where their coffee comes from? Or how fresh it is? For people who grew up on (and possibly still drink) supermarket coffee, […]

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What Do You Want… A Cookie?

Ah, the cookie. A simple treat that brings delight to millions. The cookie is the choice companion to cups of tea, the pacifier of boo-boos, the financial means for Girl Guides everywhere, and the choice prize handed out by the snarkily sarcastic. But for people with food allergies, finding tasty cookies and treats that won’t […]

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Plates From Brazil

Cajú 922 Queen Street West 416-532-2550   The word authentic gets bandied about a lot these days – to the point where I wonder if some writers know what it actually means, especially when it comes to food. In our cultural mosaic of a city, where so many cultures have their traditional foods on offer, […]

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