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Eat & Drink

The 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for spring 2015

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 21, 2015

restaurant openings torontoSpring is in the air, and along with sunshine and warmer temperatures, the season is set to see an influx of new restaurants bloom in Toronto. This year's crop looks more promising than ever, with diverse new dining options on their way that include everything from casual ice cream parlours and 24-hour BBQ joints, to modern takes on Chinese and upscale Italian eats.

Here are my picks for the 10 most anticipated Toronto restaurant openings for spring 2015.

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Toronto gets a new late night Korean snack bar

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 20, 2015

korean snack barBilling itself as a Korean restaurant and tapas bar, this new spot is positioned perfectly to offer late night eats as well as serve the post beach crowd looking for frosty drinks and nibbles. Highlights on the menu include bo ssam platters with kale and shiso leaves, as well as rice wine slush cocktails.

Read my profile of Nine in the restaurant section.
Eat & Drink

Sense Appeal closes west end cafe after less than a year

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 20, 2015

Sense Appeal Toronto closedBig changes are afoot for Sense Appeal, the cafe and coffee roaster that touted locations on Spadina and Lake Shore Blvd. in Etobicoke. Co-owners Peter Adamo and Roberto Rota are parting ways.

The long term future of the massive west end location (home to coffee roasting operations, as well as a bakery and catering kitchen) is unclear, but it's closed to the public for the foreseeable future, leaving only the downtown cafe open.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto Food Events: Dillon's Cocktail Cup, Mile End Deli pop-up, Washoku Matsuri, The Second Seder

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 20, 2015

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.


  • Celebrate the first day of spring tonight, Friday, March 20, at Fonda Lola (942 Queen St. West). The Mexican Spring Break party starts at 5pm.
  • Curryfest is on this Sunday, March 22 at 2nd Floor Events (461 King St. West). The event from the same folks behind Yum Cha will showcase curry dishes from eight vendors, including Babi & Co., Pai, Nana, and The Gabardine.
  • Food & Liquor (1610 Queen St. West) hosts round one of Dillon's Cocktail Cup on Tuesday, March 24 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission is $30 to see Erin Petty of El Caballito take on Jesse Borg of Home of the Brave (and taste the fruits of the competition).
  • The next Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) pop-up guest chef series takes places on Wednesday, March 25 from 5pm. Space is still available for the one-night-only dinner from Brooklyn Mile End Deli co-founder Noah Bernamoff. Expect the a la carte menu to feature signature smoked meats, and twists on classics like matzo balls and latkes.

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Toronto Restaurant Openings: La Carnita, Peter Pan, Soup du Jour, Northern Belle, Scoop Shop, On A Bun

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 19, 2015

restaurant openings torontoToronto 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.


  • La Carnita's new east side location is now open at 780 Queen St. East.
  • The newest incarnation of Peter Pan Bistro, helmed by The Feasting Room chef Noah Goldberg, is now open at 373 Queen St. West.
  • Soup du Jour, a chain based out of Bolton, is opening in Toronto at 1243 Islington Ave at Bloor. Expect the menu to feature soups, sandwiches, salads and snacks.
  • Northern Belle, the new spot from the folks behind Northwood, opens this Friday at 913 Dundas St. West.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Coffee in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 18, 2015

Coffee TorontoThe best coffee in Toronto doesn't come with a chance to win a new car, nor, is it the diner-grade stuff that's so bad they give it away in bottomless quantities. However, the best drip in town is still considerably cheaper than an espresso - and it's way quicker than waiting for frills like steamed milk. Find it at independent cafes that take care to use fresh, (mostly) locally-roasted beans and the ideal water-to-grounds ratio in order to create a perfect cup.

Here is the best coffee in Toronto.

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