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This week on DineSafe: Fran's Restaurant, Templeton's, HoSu Bistro, Liberty Shawarma, Jody's Montreal Deli

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 23, 2014

dinesafeNo restaurants were shut down this week but Liberty Shawarma is fast becoming a fixture on these lists. Last week it managed to squeak by with a yellow card despite nine citations. In the seven days since it has received two more yellow cards, and continues to make crucial infractions. But they weren't the only well known restaurant to get dinged this week.

See the round-up of this week's worst DineSafe offenders below.

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The sad state of Toronto food festivals

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 22, 2014

Toronto food festivalsI checked out Food Truck Festival Ontario this weekend and, to be honest, it kind of sucked. I didn't eat anything, because after waiting in line for 25 minutes at one truck, I asked someone who had just been served how long it took them to get their meal, and well, I just couldn't justify an agonizing 45 minutes for a burger.

I ended up going home hungry and just making myself something to eat instead.

Tickets were $10 in advance and $15 at the gate (plus parking at Ontario Place which is anything but cheap) all for just the privilege of queuing up on pavement for hours.

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Toronto canning company looks to open rental kitchen

Posted by Derek Flack / September 21, 2014

manning canningHave you ever tried to can something in a small kitchen? It can be a royal pain in the ass, what with the whole sterilization process and all. So if you're into this sort of thing, it's exciting to learn that local company Manning Canning is looking to make its kitchen available on a rental basis to would-be canners. It's all part of a Kickstarter project that involves two commercial kitchen spaces on Vanderhoof Avenue in Leaside. One will be a general purpose space with ample space for prep that's made available 24/7 for rental, while the other will be a dedicated canning space.

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Nine ice cream sandwiches make for one sweet birthday

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 20, 2014

Ice Cream SandwichIf you've ever felt sorry for yourself when your birthday falls on a weekday, then this guy, Mark Binks, might be your hero. The Toronto-based photographer celebrated his birthday this past Tuesday, and even though none of his oh-so responsible friends could skip work, he totally had a blast in a way that's worth sharing.

With the ambition of tackling our very own list of Toronto's best ice cream sandwiches, Mark updated us throughout the day on his progress via Instagram, eventually annihilating nine out of 12 spots on our list.

We checked in the next day to wish him happy birthday ourselves - and to see how it all went down.

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First Toronto Denny's restaurant now open for business

Posted by Staff / September 20, 2014

dennys torontoDenny's is now open in Toronto meaning you no longer need to head to the Rogers Centre when looking for a grand slam (sorry). Yes, the ubiquitous American chain has finally opened its long under construction location near the corner of Bay and Dundas. Like the other restaurants in the chain, it's open 24 hours and sports a menu of breakfast staples as well as diner-type fare for lunch and dinner.

The Toronto restaurant at 121 Dundas West isn't a first for the province. Denny's is already in Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville plus various small towns but is finally ready to give the likes of Sunset Grill a run for their money. Locals not nostalgic for memories of meals along US interstates may be better off at one of our many fine diners, 24 hour restaurants or all day breakfast spots.

Photo by Derek Flack
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The top 10 po' boy sandwiches in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 19, 2014

po boy sandwichPo' boy sandwiches in Toronto are becoming less and less rare - Louisiana's favourite twist on a hero sandwich is turning into a hot menu item (literally). Superior (IMO) to your average submarine, a classic po' boy benefits from its hot filling - typically luscious fried seafoods or saucy torn meats - layered into a crusty bun and dressed up with slaw or fresh toppings.

While once a rare commodity on Toronto menus, these sandwiches have been adopted by sandwich shops, taverns and even fish mongers. And, while the name po' boy might be short for "poor boy", don't be fooled - these sandwiches aren't exactly cheap though still worth every penny.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top po' boys in Toronto.

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