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The top 5 Middle Eastern brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 20, 2014

brunch torontoMiddle Eastern brunch in Toronto encompasses Persian and Levantine culinary traditions in a way that satisfies our westerners' brunch-lust. It's a broad category that shares a love of flat breads, soft cheeses, fresh herbs, olives, nuts and fresh fruits...oh, and strong, delicious coffee.

Honourable mentions go to Gilaneh, Anatolia, Darband, Red Rose Patisserie S. Lefkowitz, Tabule. None of them quite recognize the concept of "brunch" - though they serve mighty fine mid-day fare in a timeframe that falls into brunching territory.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants for Middle Eastern brunch in Toronto.

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The top 10 boozy brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Jen Hunter / July 19, 2014

brunch torontoBoozy brunch restaurants in Toronto can be roughly split into three categories: places that are geared towards getting you sauced while offering some food to soak it up; those that are food-centric, but have a decent bar offering anyway; and those magical places that go the holistic route of designing cocktails that are only available at brunch (meaning day drinking is the only way to try them). Even more pleasing to see is the arrival of all-you-can-drink options. Either way, they'll start your day off right (by setting yourself up for a well-deserved afternoon nap).

Here are my picks for the top restaurants for a boozy brunch in Toronto.

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The 5 oldest bars in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 18, 2014

oldest bars torontoThere are not many of them, but Toronto boasts several bars and pubs that have been serving drinks for more than a century. In a city that a little over 220 years ago was no more than a cluster of tents, that's quite impressive. In fact, two of the bars on this list predate Canadian Confederation; all of them opened before the second great fire of Toronto and the first electricity reached the city from Niagara.

Naturally, the process for definitively determining the oldest bars in the city is subject to some debate, as business this old have often changed focus over the years. While we've researched our list, please feel free to make other compelling suggestions in the comments section.

Here are some of the oldest pubs and bars in Toronto.

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Toronto Food Events: Thrill of the Grill, Oyster Fest, Taste of Thailand, Summer Sundays, Sausage League

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 18, 2014

thrill of the grill torontoToronto 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.


  • Taking place on Saturday, July 19 from noon to 4pm, the Thrill of the Grill, organized by the Danforth BIA, will raise funds for kidney cancer research while showcasing local restaurants and merchants. Five Danforth restaurants and one butcher will compete to win over crowds and celebrity judges with delectable racks of BBQ ribs.
  • Taste of Thailand, a free outdoor festival celebrating Thai food and culture, takes place at Nathan Phillips Square th July 19 and 20 from noon until 8pm. The event will feature free cultural shows, Thai delicacies for sale, cooking demos and carving workshops.
  • The 26th Ontario Oyster Festival at Rodney's (469 King St. West) promises a shuckin' good time, featuring fresh oysters, mussels, and lobster, on Sunday, July 20 from 2pm to 10pm. Tickets ($32) get you admission plus two drink tickets, and one plate of oysters or one hot food item. Additional food and drink tickets are $5.
  • Summer Sundays, happening July 20 and 27, will transform the rooftop terrace at Malaparte (at the Bell Lightbox) into a champagne garden featuring full service brunch stations catered by O&B. Tickets are $45 and include two complimentary Perrier-Jouët champagne cocktails.
  • The Sausage League at Marben (488 Wellington St. West) continues this week with, Valdez facing off against Caplansky's on Tuesday, July 22, and Geraldine taking on The Drake Hotel on Wednesday, July 23. From 5:30pm on, diners will have the chance to taste and vote for the winner.
  • Fancy Franks (326 College St.) is partnering with SickKids for National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 23, serving up free hot dogs from its patio from noon until 7pm. Enjoy a free weiner and support a good cause with a donation or purchase of a drink or merchandise.

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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Pulp Kitchen Danforth, Yunaghi, Lobster Monster, Tutti Pizzeria

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 17, 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.


  • Pulp Kitchen has opened another juice bar at 565 Danforth Ave.
  • Ossington Stop is now open at 1154 Dundas St. West. Today (Thursday July 17), the shop is offering a free lunch of BBQ ribs, pork steamed buns, and chicken 'n' waffles from noon until 5pm.
  • Yunaghi, a new Japanese bistro, aims to be open this Saturday, July 19. The new spot takes over the address where Ici Bistro used to be at 538 Manning Ave.
  • El Furnture Warehouse at 410 Bloor opens tomorrow, Friday July 18. The west coast import specializes in $5 foods.

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This week on DineSafe: New Ho King, Betty's, Weldon Park, Smoke Bourbon, Hero Burger, Bikkuri Sushi

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 15, 2014

dinesafeDineSafe shut down Sun View Bakery this week for failing to prevent an insect infestation and holding food at improper temperatures. Less severe yellow cards went out to Betty's, Weldon Park, the Bloor St. Hero Certified Burger, and Smoke Bourbon Bar-B-Q House.

Here are this week's worst offenders on DineSafe.

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