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Queen and Sherbourne gets a beer and seafood saloon

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 28, 2014

Black Irish Oyster Saloon TorontoTaking over a former Popeye's on the corner of Queen and Sherbourne, this long in-the-works pub features a tough interior that suits the rough-and-tumble location - then contrasts it sharply with an opulent menu that includes oysters, lobster poutine and house-made potato gnocchi. Talk about a transformation.

Read my profile of Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon in the restaurants section.
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Your photos of parks in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 28, 2014

Parks TorontoToronto's public parks are just one of the perks of summer in the city. We challenged our readers to share their favourite picnic spots, playing fields and green spaces. Congratulations to stilez for the above photo, which has earned our prize of a Pure Leaf Real Brewed Kit for winning this edition of our photo challenge series.

Check out all the submissions in our Toronto Parks stream.
Eat & Drink

The top 25 eats from the first ever Taste of Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 27, 2014

taste of torontoTaste of Toronto kicked off earlier this week and continues today Sunday, July 27 from noon until 5pm. Boasting more than just a line-up of restaurant and booze vendors, the outdoor event also showcases an artisan marketplace, live demos, celebrity chef book signings, tasting classes and cooking workshops.

Held over four days in four-hour increments, line-ups were painfully long at some vendors while non-existent at others. While the marketplace only took cash, the restaurant vendors accepted an electronic payment system loaded with an imaginary currency called "crowns" (on par with the dollar). Each dish was priced between six and 10 "crowns" - which ultimately seemed to sway hungry atendees towards the biggest bang for their buck.

Check out this photo gallery of my favourite foods from Taste of Toronto.
Eat & Drink

The top 10 early morning brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 26, 2014

brunch torontoEarly brunch in Toronto might be an oxymoron (or more plainly, it might just be breakfast), but it's not exactly nonexistent. Sure, some might argue that brunch involves booze, which makes even the concept of an early brunch negligible - I, however, am happy to argue that "brunch" is a verb, something we Torontonians like to do on weekends. Or in the very least, it can be defined as a menu that offers both breakfast and lunch on one page.

Here are my top picks for early brunching (see, it is a verb), so that next time you find yourself trying to get an early start, you'll need not endure a torturous wait 'til 11am for some french toast or eggs.

See also: The best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto

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Eat & Drink

Popular food truck dishes out Asian-inspired street eats

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 25, 2014

menu food truckThis popular food truck started from the bottom. Once total noobs without a lick of food-industry experience, co-owners Allen Tan and Brian Siu-Chong have put in some serious (and respectable) legwork to achieve their dream. Their truck's debut menu of Asian street foods features fried rice balls, roti tacos and burgers between rice buns...oh, and they're also operating a 3,000-square-foot restaurant at an amusement park.

Read my profile of ME.N.U Food Truck on Toronto Food Trucks.
Eat & Drink

Toronto Food Events: T&T Waterfront Night Market, Toronto's Festival of Beer, Taste of Toronto, TUM

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 25, 2014

waterfront night market torontoToronto 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.

  • The free-to-attend T&T Waterfront Night Market is on this weekend at T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry St.) The fifth annual night market will be open 6pm-midnight Friday (July 25), 4pm-midnight on Saturday (July 26), and 4-10pm on Sunday (July 25).
  • Taste of Toronto is on now until Sunday, July 27. Taking place from noon daily at Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd.), the international festival will be making its Toronto debut with a line-up of summer eating, drinking and entertainment, featuring 14 restaurants and over 50 food and drink producers stocking the artisan marketplace. Tickets are still available starting at $30.
  • Taste Your Neighbourhood taking place on Saturday, July 26 will offer guided tours of 15 Toronto neighbourhoods. While registration is mostly full, at last look, the tour of downtown Milton still had spots left to reserve.
  • Toronto's Festival of Beer takes place this weekend (July 25 to 27) at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. Over 300 brands will be onsite, and while the first two days are sold out, tickets ($39.50 including five sample tokens) are still available for the Sunday.

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