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Eat & Drink

Toronto Food Events: 420 Pizza Mob, May the Fourth Be With You, Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, Equinosh

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 18, 2014

toronto food eventsToronto Food Events rounds up the most delicious events, festivals, pop-ups, winemaker dinners, supper clubs and other food related happenings in Toronto this week and next. You can find us here every Friday morning.

  • Just-Eat presents the first ever Cross-Country 420 Pizza Mob this Sunday, April 20. The food-ordering service has convinced its local pizza partners to help combat the munchies by supplying free pizza to revelers at 420 rallies in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.
  • The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies hosts their monthly meet-up on Friday, April 25. The sold-out event (location TBA) opens up admission after midnight. Snag a ticket for the next one (held the last Friday each month) by joining the mailing list.

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News Flash

What's open and closed Good Friday 2014 in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

Good Friday TorontoWhat's open and closed on Good Friday 2014 in Toronto:


  • Government offices (post offices, City Hall and others) will be closed.
  • Banks will be closed Friday to Sunday, with most resuming service on Monday.
  • Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Friday and Sunday, but open regular hours on Saturday
  • Most shopping malls (Yorkdale, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Scarborough Town Centre, Vaughan Mills) and retail stores will be closed - although there's usually some unexpected openings, so call ahead.
  • The Beer Store and LCBO stores will be closed on Friday and Easter Sunday.
  • St. Lawrence Market is closed Good Friday.
  • Most major grocery stores will be closed on Friday and Sunday.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Shishalicious, Bake Them Pretty, Portland Variety, Chino Locos East Chinatown

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

Toronto Restaurant OpeningsToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

  • Luther's Chicken is now in operation out of the kitchen at Churchill at 1212 Dundas St. West
  • Fat Pasha, the latest venture from chef Anthony Rose is now open and offering a menu featuring schmaltz fried rice, fattoush salad and mixed grill platters at 414 Dupont St.
  • Ed's Real Scoop has opened a new store at 189 Roncesvalles Ave.
  • Shishalicious, a new Middle Eastern cafe and hookah, lounge is now open at 235 Jarvis St. (at Shuter).
  • Kenzo Ramen's latest location is now open and dishing up noodle bowls at 671 Queen St. West.

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Refined resto-bar opens in Scotiabank Plaza

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 17, 2014

SpeakEasy 21The streetscape at Bay and Adelaide will soon be buzzing with life now that this retro resto-bar plans to add 3,500 square feet of patio space. Located in the heart of the Financial District, the new spot swears that its focus is on the drink menu, though it features a menu of munchies that's way more sophisticated than any snack bar ought to be.

Read my profile of SpeakEasy 21 in the restaurants section.
Best of Toronto

The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 16, 2014

grilled cheese torontoThe best grilled cheese sandwich in Toronto satisfies nostalgic cravings for that straightforward-but-awesome combination of bread and gooey melted cheese. The childhood favourite is a staple at lunch counters citywide, and even has whole menus devoted to its goodness. Whether you're a purist interested only the standard orange cheddar, or you're open to innovative extras (say, pulled pork or poached pears) there's a sandwich on this list for you.

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Get to know a Chef: Susur Lee

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 16, 2014

Susur LeeSusur Lee might just be one of Toronto's most recognizable chefs thanks to major televised cook-offs (Iron Chef America and Top Chef, to name just a couple) and a slew of restaurants in Singapore and Toronto. I sat down with Lee at Luckee, his newly opened dim sum spot in the Soho Metropolitan Hotel, to get his take on Toronto's dining scene and how he keeps his concepts fresh with a traditional bent.

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