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Eat & Drink

Will the LCBO ever stay open (really) late?

Posted by Chris Bateman / February 1, 2015

toronto lcboMost people in Ontario know what it's like to arrive at the LCBO at a perfectly reasonably hour only to find it dark and shuttered. For a corporation established to sell alcohol to the public, provincial liquor stores don't exactly seem keen to furnish consumers with the ability to buy their products.

Genevieve Tomney, a spokesperson for the LCBO, said in a statement that store opening hours reflect customer demand and the company's commitment to social responsibility, not provincial law. Unfortunately, there are currently no plans to open until midnight or beyond.

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The top 10 scones in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 1, 2015

scones torontoScones in Toronto are less-closely linked to traditional British tea ceremonies than your local cafe or brunch spot, where you'll find them stocked alongside cookies and croissants or served next to your bacon and eggs. Whether sweet, savoury, ordered to go, or enjoyed with jams and cream, these baked goods are best enjoyed fresh (and, preferably, with a hot drink in the other hand).

Here are my picks for the top 10 scones in Toronto.

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The top 5 stores to buy Dutch products in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / February 1, 2015

dutch torontoDutch food in Toronto is relatively tough to find - it's spread out over a number of small specialty stores. The city's few Dutch cafes, delis and restaurants have closed over the years, leaving few opportunities for expats to find their old favourites - and for newcomers to try Dutch specialties.

Yes, the Dutch are better known for their cycling culture, soccer team, national flower and those cafes in Amsterdam than they are for their cuisine - but, then again, we also invented
flavoured sprinkles that go on toast
, and if you know where to look in Toronto, you'll be able to dig up the snacks of your Dutch dreams.

Here are my picks for the top stores to buy Dutch products in Toronto.

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Ronnie B's Southern Kitchen closes after four months

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 31, 2015

ronnie bs torontoRonnie B's Southern Kitchen has been shuttered after just four short months of slinging Cajun, Southern and Creole cuisine in Cabbagetown. According to a tip sent in by a reader, the restaurant shut down in recent weeks, ostensibly due to problems with frozen water pipes - but a notice of rent non-payment now posted on the door appears to suggest otherwise.

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New takeout app lets you skip lines when ordering food

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 30, 2015

grabb torontoTakeout is like the "break glass in case of emergency" of ordering food -- you're too crunched for time to sit in a restaurant, too hangry to wait too long for your food, and too broke to get someone to deliver it to you. Why add more stress on top of that -- say, phoning in an order, or waiting in line behind 10 other people to pay? (Man, other people are just the worst.)

Well, fear not, hungry misanthrope: There's a new Toronto-based app called Grabb that lets you order online and prepay for meals, letting you skip the queue at the cash (and the time it takes to pay). Though Toronto's already awash in online delivery and takeout options, Grabb offers some nifty features, displaying your spot in the order queue, the estimated prep time for your order, and a map to your destination (with walking time).

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The top 10 hidden restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 30, 2015

hidden restaurants torontoRestaurants within restaurants in Toronto are becoming increasingly popular, offering a secret twist to visitors looking for a novel dining experience. But the phenomenon isn't specific to eateries -- plenty of booze purveyors are offering their under-utilized kitchens to transient chefs looking to offer unique but complementary food concepts.

Here are my picks for the top 10 hidden restaurants in Toronto.

See also: The top 10 hidden bars in Toronto

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