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The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for fall 2014

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 17, 2014

restaurant openings torontoThere's an influx of new dining options opening in Toronto this season, including new lunch counters, snack bars and contemporary restaurants. While the concentration of new additions to Ossington and Dundas West is running especially high, the east side is due for some notable new destinations as well.

Here are the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings I'm looking forward to this fall.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Food Events: Delicious Food Show, Bro Appetit, Eat To The Beat, Trick or Treat Supper Club

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 17, 2014

food events 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.

THIS WEEK

  • The Delicious Food Show is on this weekend October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre. The three-day food fest will promises celebrity chef workshops and demos, cook-offs, food trucks and lots of exhibitors.
  • Bro Appetit, a pop-up market at the newly opened restaurant Dear Jools (785 Queen St. West) takes place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, October 18. Admission is free and food items will be $5.
  • Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) hosts Montreal chef Emma Carderelli of Nora Gray for a collaborative dinner on Tuesday, October 21. The special Italian menu will feature a variety of a la carte options like farro salad, meatballs, calamari, and rosemary ribs; choose four dishes at a time as a $70 prix five.
  • Eat To The Beat returns for its 19th year on Tuesday, October 21 from 7pm at Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St.). Tickets for are $175 (with proceeds going towards Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support) for this food fest fundraiser featuring the talents of 60 female chefs.
  • There's still time to make reservations for Restaurants for Change happening this Wednesday, October 22 at participating Toronto restaurants. Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco and The Saint Tavern (to name just a few) will donate proceeds from the evening's dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada.

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Sports & Play

The top 10 food events in Toronto for fall 2014

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 16, 2014

food events torontoThe top food events in Toronto this fall will help you bulk up for winter, and pack in as much social dining before the impending polar vortex forces us all into hibernation. Warm up at a food fest dedicated to chowder, start carb-loading during a weeks-long chocolate fest, or show your love for the city's food scene at a number of fundraising events. Tempatures might be cooling, but the forecast is calling for some serious deliciousness.

Here are my picks for the top upcoming food events and festivals taking place this fall in Toronto.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Buca Yorkville, Dear Jools, Bill Hicks, Ovest Cucina, Tacorrito

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 16, 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.

NOW OPEN

  • The much-anticipated Buca Osteria & Bar is finally open at the Four Seasons (53 Scollard St.) in Yorkville. Distinguishing itself from the original King St. location, the new restaurant offers a broader selection of fresh seafood, including house-made salumi di mare, in addition to their much-loved pizzas and pasta dishes.
  • Dear Jools (Thai-Tanium was just the latest diversion, and seriously, I can't believe I fell for it again) finally opens its doors this weekend following a one day pop-up market dubbed Bro Appetit happening this Saturday, October 18.
  • Prenup Pub is now open at 191 College St. across from UofT, boasting 70 beers on tap.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 15, 2014

best thai torontoThe best Thai restaurants in Toronto are a contentious topic - with rivalries between restaurants and rapid expansions turning up the heat on Thai dining options citywide. Worth noting is the influence of Chef Nuit Regular (widely regarded as putting Khao San Road on the map) who, since parting ways with KSR, has opened a number of popular family-run eateries that embrace regional styles and street food specialties.

Even those not directly caught in the crossfire of competition between these downtown restaurants have been prompted to step up their game, resulting in destination-worthy Thai restaurants where status-quo pad thai is hardly the main attraction.

Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.

See also: The Best Pad Thai in Toronto
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Bambi's gives birth to next big thing on Dundas West

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 15, 2014

Mr Flamingo TorontoWithout any prominent signage, this unassuming restaurant and cocktail bar perched above Bambi's might be easy to miss, but food-minded hedonists should definitely seek it out. The menu is set to change frequently - though my first impression was a blur of lobster baked oysters, fresh-made burrata, and heavy-handed truffle shavings.

Read my profile of Mr. Flamingo in the restaurant section.
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