Lucky Dip – Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

In Toronto:

Keriwa Cafe (1690 Queen Street West) had updated their website. All the better to see their monthly menu updates.

Chef Justin Cournoyer’s new restaurant Actinolite (971 Ossington Avenue) opens to the public tomorrow (Wednesday, March 28th) serving up a menu with Spanish, Portuguese and Italian influences.

Basilio Pesce of Oliver & Bonacini has left Biff’s Bistro (4 Front Street East) to open his own restaurant in Parkdale.

Mabel’s Bakery (323 Roncesvalles Avenue) is expanding with a new location coming to 1156 Queen Street West.

You should go:

Tonight’s drop-in dinner at The Depanneur (1033 College Street) is beef stew with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. $10 will get you a big plateful plus seconds. $3 will nab you an organic side salad. 6pm onwards.

Chef Doug McNish launches his new cookbook on Saturday, March 31st at Eco-Existence (766 St. Clair Avenue West). McNish will be signing copies of Eat Raw, Eat Well from noon – 1pm.

The Stop For Food Chef Challenge takes place on Monday, April 2nd at Parts and Labour (1566 Queen Street West). Watch local chefs battle it out Iron-Chef style. This event kicks off the month-long Stop For Food dining event, with proceeds going to The Stop. Tickets are $25 per person and include canapes.

In other food news:

At first, I thought someone had published their April Fool’s Day column early, but this Torani chicken and waffles flavoured syrup is a real thing. [CHOW – The Grinder]

Your tomatoes don’t just appear in the supermarket by magic… real people work hard to pick them. And if we were all willing to pay an extra penny per pound, those real people could stop living in squalor. [The Atlantic]

Gah! Food Network Magazine… for kids. [AdWeek]

Have we  gone too far with photographing food in restaurants? Should phone-stacking apply to taking photos of dinner? [The Guradian]

Could a chocolate allergy really be a reaction to the legal allowable limit of cockroach bits in your candy bar? [1250WTMA]