Maroc the Casbah

The Sultan’s Tent & Café Maroc 49 Front Street East 416-961-0601 Dinner for two with all taxes, tip and beer/wine: Sultan’s Tent – $110, Café Maroc – $90 The first visit was the typical cliché – it was my birthday and I was fascinated with belly dancing, so I dragged everyone to the Sultan’s Tent. […]

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The Pickle Barrel Gets Healthy

When we started this site some six months ago, we determined that our mandate was to cover anything and everything to do with food in Toronto. It’s easy to fall into the foodie trap of focusing on either cutting-edge and high end places, or hole-in-the-wall spots serving “authentic” cuisine from various cultures and completely ignoring […]

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Sweet Treats on the Street

To say that the City’s Street Treats Fair was a resounding success would be a huge understatement. That line-up provoked a refrain of “Holy Shit!” from any number of people who entered Nathan Phillips Square from the north-east corner and were confronted with the throngs of people as they rounded the Peace Garden. Crowds were […]

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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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Zippity Street Food

Zippie Café 1718 Queen Street West 647-723-9292 lunch for two with all taxes tip and juice (no apps): $33 In the whole debate we’ve been having in Toronto about street food, one thing seems to have been forgotten – that it should be not only delicious, but simple and easy to eat with the hands. […]

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Treated Like a King at Udupi Palace

Udupi Palace 1460 Gerrard Street East 416-405-8138 Dinner (no dessert) for two with all taxes, tip and mango lassi (unlicensed): $40 Everyone who visits Little India inevitably has their favourite place to eat. Mine happens to be a chain. Yes, a chain. Udupi Palace has locations in Maryland, Illinois, Seattle, Queens and Mountain View, California […]

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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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Soma – Home to the True Chocoholic

Soma Chocolatemaker Historic Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Building 48, unit 102 416-815-7662 It’s a sad fact that many people who deem themselves to be “chocoholics” have never tasted anything made from good quality chocolate. That’s not meant to sound snobby, but I make the statement to illustrate a point. There are “chocoholics” who get […]

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