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10 cupcake shops without a retail location in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 24, 2015

cupcakes torontoThese cupcake purveyors may not have bricks and mortar locations, but they can deliver on all your sweet dreams no matter if you desire 500 cupcakes, a DIY cupcake party, custom flavours, or a show-stopping tower of frosting and cake that fits in with the decor of your wedding.

Here are my picks for the top ten cupcake shops without a retail location in Toronto.

See also: The Best Cupcakes in Toronto

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10 places to get a coffee education in Toronto

Posted by Amanda Storey / May 23, 2015

barista trainingWant to up your coffee IQ? Whether you want to open your own coffee shop, be a barista or just be able to impress your friends with your latte art and lingo, there are plenty of options to learn more about the finer aspects of everyone's favourite morning beverage.

Here's a round-up of places to get a coffee education in Toronto.

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The top 10 cheap eats in Richmond Hill

Posted by Sami Elfar / May 23, 2015

Richmond HillDining on a budget can be a bit of a mixed bag, but in Richmond Hill the options are abundant with a delicious variety of mostly regional specialties. I love eating on the cheap, and it's always easy to find something delicious in this part of town.

Here are my picks for the top cheap eats in Richmond Hill.

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The top 10 bars and pubs on King St. West

Posted by Hannah Jack / May 22, 2015

bars king westQueen is no longer king of the Toronto bar scene. Along with streets like Dundas West and College, King St. is a contender for one of the best stretches of road to drink in this city. From craft beer specialists to secret doorways to ping pong clubhouses, the street is teeming with options to imbibe.

Here are my picks for the top bars and pubs on King St. West.

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Toronto Food Events: CraveTO, Great Lakes Brewery BBQ, Toronto GMO-Free Festival & Farmers' Market

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 22, 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.

  • CraveTO takes place tonight, Friday May 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Burroughes Building (639 Queen St. West). Tickets are $15 in advance for access to 14 local food and drink stations manned by vendors like Naansense, Oyster Boy, and Chimney Stax.
  • Doors Open Toronto is on this weekend, May 23 and 24. If you get hungry along the way stop in to Steam Whistle Brewing where Momofuku Noodle Bar will be serving bao and noodles on the patio.
  • Great Lakes Brewery (30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.) host their 12th Annual Charity BBQ on Saturday, May 23 from noon to 5 p.m.. The family friendly afternoon will feature beer, games, free food and soft drinks.
  • The second annual Toronto GMO-Free Festival & Farmers' Market takes over Christie Pits Park on Saturday, May 23 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Expect speakers, music, non-GMO food vendors, and an organic farmers' market.
  • Head to Echo Beach for a Spring Market on Sunday, May 24 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for an afternoon featuring 100+ vintage, craft and specialty food vendors.
  • Chef Brent Maxwell (East Thirty Six) and Chef Terry Port (Centennial College) face off at the fourth Underground Chef Cartel battle taking place on May 26 from 6 p.m. at Valdez (606 King St. West). Tickets are $20.
  • Chef Basilio Pesce (Porzia) returns to Biff's Bistro (33 Yonge St. ) for one night only on Tuesday, May 26 to square off against Chef Amanda Ray in a culinary battle. A special prix fixe menu will showcase French and Italian cuisine including highlights like spot prawn crudo, spring pea tortellini, and chermoula lamb saddle. Tickets are $95 per person, including tax and gratuities.
  • Ki Modern Japanese + Bar (181 Bay St.) hosts a Sake Master Dinner with the Japan Prestige Sake Association on Tuesday, May 26. The five course menu with sake pairings is priced at $150 and kicks off at 6:30pm with cocktails, then dinner at 7pm.

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Don't say gentrification as Starbucks headed to the East Danforth

Posted by Derek Flack / May 21, 2015

starbucks east danforthThe East Danforth is about to get its first Starbucks in the space previously occupied by Top Notch Pizza. There's been some community talk about it already, but a development application filed with the City of Toronto confirms that Seattle-based coffee giant has its sights set on northeast corner of Monarch Park and Danforth avenues.

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