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Get underground at massive MMA facility in the Annex

Posted by Erica Berman / July 26, 2014

black devil mma torontoThis massive MMA training facility is home to a huge array of equipment and top-level instruction - their head coach has trained several fighters who have gone on to win titles. Don't be intimidated if you're a newbie - the gym's regulars are friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming. The emphasis is on learning technique instead of calorie burn - but with classes this demanding, you'll be in fighting form in no time.

Read my review of Black Devil MMA in the fitness section.

The name says it all at new bacon-obsessed restaurant

Posted by Anders Whist / July 25, 2014

bacon nation torontoThis CNE-born, food truck-reared purveyor of various bacon-laden heart attacks on a plate finally has a seasonless year-round restaurant to call home, located in the former Come & Get It at Queen and Spadina. Expect poutine dressed with four different iterations of pork, burgers with all-pork patties, and tacos with the tortillas swapped out for peameal bacon. Vegetarians: Click through at your own risk.

Read my review of Bacon Nation in the restaurants section.

New Thai restaurant will soon be serving until last call

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 23, 2014

thai torontoToronto's newest Thai restaurant welcomes the return of chef Nuit Regular to the Club District, where she made her name slinging pad thai at Khao San Road. The new spot, modelled after a free-spirited town in Thailand, offers a lineup of hearty soups, curries and sticky rices, as well as a separate snack bar menu. Once the liquor license comes through they'll be serving Thai food until last call.

Find out more in my profile of Pai in the restaurants section.

Bakerbots and Sud Forno combine forces at new bakery

Posted by Staff / July 22, 2014

home baking torontoCraving home-style baked goods made with love (and tons of butter)? You'll find them at this new bakery, owned by one of the co-founders behind Bakerbots and baked by a former baker at Sud Forno. Find ice cream sandwiches alongside treats like cakes, butter tarts and cookies.

Read my profile of Home in the bakeries section.

French cupcake and macaron shop opens in the Annex

Posted by Staff / July 22, 2014

bake them pretty torontoThis new Annex bakery serves up a multitude of rotating from-scratch cupcake flavours and some perfectly light French macarons. But they specialize in elaborate custom cakes for special occasions and weddings. If you need a cake that looks like, say, a tortoise smoking and drinking a beer, owner Tolinda Trinh is your gal.

Read my review of Bake Them Pretty in the bakeries section.

Everything on the menu is $5 at new Annex restaurant

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 21, 2014

el furniture warehouse torontoThe Annex has a new destination for cheap eats - and when I say cheap, I mean burgers with fries, or, big bowls of braised spaghetti for just five bucks. Banking on big purchasing power, high table turnover and sports-like sponsorships, the well-tested concept is the first of its kind in Toronto, but the 10th location in the cross-Canadian family of restaurants.

Read my profile of El Furniture Warehouse in the restaurants section.
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