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The top 10 cafes that serve brunch in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 23, 2014

cafe brunch torontoThe top cafes that serve brunch in Toronto are perfect for those who give food and drink equal weight in their weekend rituals. Knowing of a cafe equipped with a well-stocked kitchen can save you from subsisting on bottomless drip coffee (that can wreak havoc on your not-yet-fortified tummy). Here's a list of places where you can have it all; superbly crafted espressos along with eggs, waffles, pancakes and the rest.

Here are my picks for the top cafes that serve brunch in Toronto.

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What bars used to look like in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 23, 2014

toronto Empringham hotelFor as long as there's been a Toronto (or York,) there have been bars and pubs. The earliest drinking establishments often doubled as general stores, hotels, community meeting places, and restaurants. The Toronto Coffee House--the first business to include "Toronto" in its name--was one such early establishment. Opened in December 1801 by William Cooper, who was variously a wharf keeper, teacher, auctioneer, and coroner, the establishment served brandy, wine, and London porter beer.

Cooper said he hoped to operate his coffee house "as nearly on the footing of an English inn as local circumstances" would allow. As it happened, early Toronto had a shortage of public buildings, and it appears at least one coroner's inquest was held at Cooper's tavern.

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First ever Filipino street festival in Toronto this weekend

Posted by Derek Flack / August 22, 2014

Taste of Manila TorontoTaste of Manila, the first ever Filipino street festival in Toronto, goes down this weekend at Bathurst and Wilson. Organized by the Philippine Cultural Community Centre, the two-day fest will showcase a broad array of Filipino culture, including street food, live music, and folk dancing. Oh, and perhaps most intriguing of all, the event promises to feature the world's largest boodle fight. Better bring an empty stomach.

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Toronto Food Events: Food Truck Frenzy, Gerrard India Bazaar, Taste of Manila, AwesTRUCK, Tastes of the Hill

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 22, 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.


  • Food Truck Frenzy at the CNE starts tonight Friday, August 22 and runs until Sunday, August 24. Found on Princes' Blvd. in front of the Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre, the Frenzy will feature almost 20 of Toronto's top food trucks.
  • The Gerrard India Bazaar a.k.a Festival of South Asia is on this weekend August 23 and 24 from noon until 11pm. Expect to find over 100 shops, restaurants and vendors representing regional diversities of South Asian food, fashion and music.
  • Coconut Festival Canada takes place at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.) on Sunday, August 24 from 10am to 6pm. Event highlights include a diverse lineup of vendors hawking tasty tropical snacks and meals as well as seminars and cooking demos.
  • The fifth annual Wild Blueberry Festival is on at the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) on Sunday, August 24 from 10am to 3pm. Enjoy a blueberry-centric brunch, Ontario craft beers and cider, plus family friendly storytelling and cooking workshops.
  • North of the city, Tastes of the Hill takes place on Sunday, August 24 at Richmond Green Park (1300 Elgin Mills Rd. East). Happening from 11am to 8pm the family friendly event will feature a farmers market, food demos and kids cooking classes.
  • Little Manila plays host to the Taste of Manila street festival this weekend (August 23rd and 24th). Head to Wilson and Bathurst to get your fill of Filipino music, dancing and great eats from some of the local restaurants.

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Shucked oysters delivery coming soon to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 21, 2014

oyster delivery torontoAfter 13 years, the tides are turning at Starfish, with the Adelaide oyster bar set for a major revamp this fall. In addition to the changes you might expect, like a new name (the Pearl Diver) and an overhauled atmosphere (think laid-back "oysterman's pub"), the new restaurant is working on features that should be some pretty tasty bait for the city's food fans.

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Free mystery corn dogs coming to Honest Ed's

Posted by Aubrey Jax / August 21, 2014

Free corndogsIt's not a turkey, a sign sale, or a massive dance party, but tomorrow someone (we're not sure who) wants to serve you free corn dogs outside Honest Ed's. Who could be behind it? Rob Ford (Corn-Ford Fest)? Those mens' equality people (Phallic-Symbols-Against-Misandry-Fest)? Marxist Nudist Taxidermists (I-don't-even-wanna-know-Fest)?

The free mystery corn dogs will be served Friday, August 22 from 12-3pm in the Honest Ed's alley (581 Bloor St West). Just remember not to sign anything without reading it, and bring a friend who's staying off the 'dogs to guide you through what could be a PCP-laced trip-on-a-stick. Okay, probably not, but safety first.

Update: it's Karma Chamealeon. So much for the danger-zone.

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