Lucky Dip – Thursday, September 8th, 2011

How awesome is this? Supermarkets that grow produce on those vast expanses of useless flat roof. Win-win-win. [Toronto Star]

Polish up your resume, wanna-be restaurant critics; rumours are that Sam Sifton, critic for the New York Times is moving on to the national desk. Who will get the tasty top job? [Eater]

Who cares about celebrities when you’re enjoying a good steak frites? La Societe overcomes its reputation as a richy-rich hangout. [NOW]

Cookbooks as literature. [The Awl]

McDonald’s here in Canada is getting all swankified. But you’ve gotta love Eater’s reasoning on the inclusion of fireplaces; “it’s cold in Canada”. That’s right, all year long – that day in July when the temperature cracked 40°C – that was just a dream. A cup of coffee in front of the McD’s fireplace will be a welcome reprieve from shivering in our unheated igloos. [Eater]

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Lucky Dip – Thursday, July 21st, 2011

If you were wondering if the gourmet burger trend has maybe jumped the shark, here’s proof. If there are enough burger places in Toronto for NOW to do a “Top 50” feature, and still leave out some notable local spots, then we have too many burger joints. [NOW]

When did bartenders become mixologists and why does it now take 10 minutes to mix a cocktail? [Bon Appetit]

This is kind of a “well, duh!” article, but to reaffirm what we already know – a vegetarian diet high in fibre helps prevent diverticular disease compared to diets that are meat-heavy and low in fibre.  (Don’t know what diverticular disease is? Google it, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.) [Toronto Sun]

Sea salt – you know, that other, less salty kind of salt. [Food Navigator USA]

Cass Enright has a hit with beer at the Barns. [The Grid]

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Smörgåsbord – Fishbar, Smith, Park Hyatt, Creme Brasserie

There’s been lots of eating lately, and no time for posting about the eating. June is a busy month in the food scene. Which is why it’s been weeks since Greg and I have been to Fishbar (217 Ossington Avenue), but I’m only now getting around to posting my pics. We stopped by on a Saturday night and sat at the bar where owner Mark Moore kept us entertained and well fed. Above: the salmon tartar; wild caught BC salmon, with soy, apple and shiso, paired with housemade crackers.

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