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This week on DineSafe: Maroli, Moe Pancer's, Gangster Burger, The Burgernator, 5th Element, Wayne Gretzky's

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 30, 2014

dinesafeDineSafe didn't dole out any red cards this week, though a number of well-known establishments were hit with yellow cards. The Great One's restaurant racked up a number of infractions for various maintenance issues, while Kensington Market's The Burgernator is dealing with pest control.

Here are some other lowlights from this week on DineSafe.

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The top 5 Oktoberfest events in Toronto for 2014

Posted by Ben Johnson / September 26, 2014

Oktoberfest TorontoOktoberfest is finally here. It's a special time of year when we gather in pseudo-German beer halls to drink large quantities of beer from steins and, for once, no one looks down on me for my proclivity for inhaling sausage while wearing leather underwear.

While you probably already took part in Steam Whistle's excellent Oktoberfest bash at our recommendation (since it was included in our highlights of Toronto Beer Week), there are still a handful of opportunities coming up to unleash your inner Bavarian.

Here are our picks for the best Oktoberfest celebrations in and around Toronto, so grab your day planner and launder your dirndl, it's drinkin' time. Prost!

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Toronto Food Events: TUM, Urban Rodeo and BBQ, Soupalicious,World Poutine Eating Championship

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 26, 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.


  • The Toronto Underground Market celebrates its three-year anniversary and last-ever event this Saturday, September 27 at 99 Sudbury. Tickets for the 19+ event are $15, and doors open at 5pm.
  • The Evergreen Urban Rodeo and BBQ takes place this Saturday, September 27 from 7:30pm to midnight. The all-inclusive fundraiser event, priced at $150, includes 10 all-you-can-eat BBQ stations paired with Creemore Springs craft beers, plus cocktails, wine, a live auction run by Bob Blumer, mechanical bull rides, carnival games, live music and dancing.
  • Soupalicious will stir things up this Sunday, September 28 from noon to 3pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.). Advance tickets are $15 and include 10 free soup tickets (additional soup tastings are $1.50 each) from more than 30 Toronto restaurants, chefs and farmers. At the gate, admission is $22, though reduced rates will be offered for seniors, students, families of four.
  • 86 Mondays at The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West) presents The Everyday Squash Cook book launch this Monday, September 29 from 8pm.
  • Canada's Baking and Sweets Show is on this weekend from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28 at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd.). The Wizard of Oz-themed show will feature headliners Fabio Viviani, Anna Olson and master baker Ron Ben-Israel as well as fun new hybrid foods like the infamous wonut. Single day admission is $15 per adult and $10 for seniors and students, while the three-day pass is on for $30.

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The top 10 student bars in Toronto

Posted by Alex Brown / September 25, 2014

student bars torontoThe top student bars in Toronto have two winning factors: cheap eats and even cheaper drinks. Between our four resident universities and a handful of colleges, there are also plenty to go around (though they're overwhelmingly centred downtown - sorry, York students, but you'll have to be happy with Absinthe Pub). First-years and frat boys have The Madison Avenue Pub and The Brunswick House (aptly referred to as "The Maddy" and "The Brunny," respectively). For the rest of us, there are the late-night haunts and second homes that medicate our school woes and help to bridge the gap between teenagedom and adulthood.

Here are my picks for the top student bars in Toronto.

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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Cumbrae's, Korean Cowboy, Kinton Ramen, Butter Chicken Roti, ZenQ

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 25, 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.


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European Quality Meats closes up shop after 50 years

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 24, 2014

European Quality Meats TorontoclosesEstablished in 1959 in Kensington Market, European Quality Meats has long been a Toronto institution recognized for its well-priced meat and signature smoked products like peameal bacon, sausages and deli meats. Alas, the end of an era has come; the original butcher counter on Baldwin was replaced in recent years by Sanagan's and now retail operations in Etobicoke will also cease.

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