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Portuguese spot revamped with menu of Jewish classics

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 27, 2014

Essen TorontoA short lived Portuguese restaurant has recently been overhauled and reopened as a new eatery featuring the hallmarks of home-style Jewish cuisine. With a week-round lunch menu and nightly dinner service featuring family style plates, the mission at this new place is make sure no one leaves hungry.

Read my profile of Essen in the restaurant section.

10 signs you grew up in Thornhill

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 25, 2014

thornhillPlenty of Torontonians (myself included) will fiercely defend their right to call Toronto their place of origin, but like so many others transplanted in this city, there are some easy tells (and collective memories) if you spent your formative years just outside the city limits.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in Thornhill.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Korean Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 24, 2014

Korean TorontoThe best Korean restaurants in Toronto are a varied bunch, specializing in everything from stone pot soups and rice bowls to tabletop BBQ and crispy fried bar snacks. That diversity applies equally to geography within the GTA, with establishments spread out from K-Town to Thornhill, Scarborough and beyond.

Here are the best Korean restaurants in Toronto.

See also
The best Korean BBQ in Toronto
The best bibimbap in Toronto
The best late night Korean restaurants in Toronto
The best Korean and Japanese fried chicken in Toronto

Buca expands its empire with new Yorkville outpost

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 24, 2014

BucaThe long-awaited third location of Buca is now open in Yorkville. The menu of ingredient-driven Italian fare features its signature pizzas and pastas along with an expanded selection of premium seafood preparations.

Read my profile of Buca (Yorkville) in the restaurants section.
Eat & Drink

Toronto Food Events: Cask Days, Mix + Mitton, Gluten Free Garage, The Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 24, 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.


  • Ticketed sessions to this weekend's Cask Days are totally sold out, but beer enthusiasts who still wish to partake should head over to The Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) on Sunday, October 26 from noon until 6pm (or until supplies last) for the leftover session dubbed "Last Call For Cask". Admission is $5 at the door plus $5 for the sampling glass.
  • The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West) hosts An Afternoon with Mix + Mitton, a tasting event with Canadian whisky ambassador Dave Mitton followed by a conversation with Ivy Mix, co-founder of Speed Rack (an all female bartender competition). On Monday, October 27 from 2:30pm, stop by for a drink and stay for the talk between 3pm and 5pm.

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Eat & Drink

The top 30 burgers in Toronto by neighbourhood

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 23, 2014

best burgers torontoWhen hankering for a burger in Toronto, the best option is often the one in nearest proximity. Luckily in this city burgers are prevalent in every neighbourhood, so really it comes down to picking the perfect patty from a shortlist of nearby fast food outlets, bistros, steakhouses and pubs.

Broken down by 25 Toronto neighbourhoods, here are my picks for the best burger in each of them.

See also: the best burgers in Toronto

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