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Eat & Drink

Top baristas compete for glory at regional championship

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 24, 2014

Canadian Barista ChampionshipsOutside it was bright and beautiful, a perfect summer weekend, but last Saturday at least a couple of hundred people stayed inside to watch other people make coffee. Saturday was day two of the Central Canadian Barista Championships and the cupping room and event space at Propeller Coffee's new storefront were full of coffee fanatics.

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Whatever happened to Teenage Head?

Posted by Rick McGinnis / June 14, 2014

Teenage HeadLast week marked 34 years since the riot at Ontario Place that was the highpoint of the career of Teenage Head, the Hamilton punk band that attracted thousands of fans to the Forum, the circular waterfront amphitheatre that could only seat 3,000. The riot is a watershed moment in the history of the band, as told by Geoff Pevere in his recently released - and wonderfully titled - Gods Of The Hammer, but it was one from which they'd never recover.

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Crema opens sprawling new roastery and cafe

Posted by Rick McGinnis / May 23, 2014

Propeller CoffeeWhen Crema co-owners Geoff Polci and Losel Tethong decided it was time to expand their roasting operation, they also saw an opportunity to create a unique event space for coffee education and experimentation during the roasting process. The result is this sweeping former industrial space on Wade Ave., which has now become a destination spot for coffee lovers in Toronto.

Read my review of Propeller Coffee in the cafes section.
Sports & Play

The top 10 driving schools in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / March 30, 2014

driving school torontoThe top driving schools in Toronto are struggling for students in an age when the first thing a boy wants for his sixteenth birthday is less likely to be the keys to the family car. What was once a rite of passage completed before prom is now postponed until after college or even to the day when buses and subways are no longer the best way to get a week's shopping for a family.

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What's for sale at the Sutton Place auction?

Posted by Rick McGinnis / March 28, 2014

Fine vintages in the Sutton Place kitchenTouring an empty hotel is like visiting an abandoned city, where everyone from the ditch diggers to the mayor have downed tools and fled the scene. On the day I preview the contents auction of the Sutton Place Hotel, everything they left behind has been tagged with either an orange or green numbered tag by the organizers, with the hopes that by the time this weekend is over, nearly everything in the hotel will be sold before the demolition crews arrive to strip the 32-storey building back to its bones.

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Eat & Drink

Cookbook Store closing the end of an era

Posted by Rick McGinnis / March 22, 2014

Cookbook StoreWhen the Cookbook Store closed earlier this month after thirty-one years in business, it wasn't just the story of independent bookselling in Toronto that moved one step closer to writing its final chapter. Situated at the northern bookend of one of the last original retail storefront blocks north in Yorkville, the Cookbook Store embodied not just the story of how we've cooked and eaten for three decades, but also how an already affluent shopping district evolves without either going up or down the social ladder.

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