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Eat & Drink

Mystery restaurant to host one-day pop-up market

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 14, 2014

bro appetitRemember that storefront on Queen St. that was going to be a cupcake bakery, then an Americana-themed joint, then a sandwich shop, then something called Dear Jools and, finally, a Thai place called Thai-tanium?

The proprietor of 785 Queen St. West - Monte Wan of Khao San Road - has been playing with our hearts for a long, long time. But it looks like he's finally willing to make a bold step toward commitment - by opening up the space for one shining afternoon and letting people actually consume food there.

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Paese Ristorante on King shuts down abruptly

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 14, 2014

paese torontoPaese Ristorante on King St. has served its last meal. According to a tipster, staff at the modern-Italian restaurant were phoned on Sunday night over the Thanksgiving weekend and told that the restaurant was shutting down, effective immediately. A staffer later confirmed the closure when reached at the restaurant by phone.

The eatery, just east of Peter St., was part of King West's tourist-heavy "restaurant row", serving brunches, hearty Italian dishes, and cocktails to pre- and post-theatre crowds. If you're a local who wants to keep getting your fix of taleggio, sausage and fig pizzas, you'll have to head way north to Paese's second location at Bathurst and Wilson.
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Ford Flakes is the new Rob Ford breakfast cereal

Posted by Staff / October 14, 2014

ford flakesNow you can add a bit of Rob Ford to your morning breakfast routine. As of today, 500 boxes of the limited edition Ford Flakes cereal are now available for purchase with a chunk from each sale going to cancer research.

The cereal, which promises a Taste of Toronto, is a mix of flakes, honey and almond granola starring our current mayor's famous mug, seemingly to remind us of who put Toronto on the map.

Want one? We're giving away boxes to five lucky winners. Just enter our contest here or head on over to fordflakes.ca to buy your own box. The collector's item isn't cheap ($40 a box) but $20 from each sale will be donated to cancer research (if all 500 boxes sell out that will be a $10,000 donation). Plus, the box was designed by Brian Romero, the same guy who designed the Obamo O's for Airbnb.

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Get cheap beer when you vote in advance election polls

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 14, 2014

advance voting torontoHere's a powerful reason to get your vote in early in the upcoming mayoral election - aside from avoiding lines at the polls, and the joys of exercising your civic duty, and all that other stuff. A new initiative, Happy Voting Hour, is hoping to raise voter participation in Toronto and encourage early voting through that great universal motivator: Beer and snacks.

Here's how it works: Several bars have volunteered to host free happy-hour events on days advance polls are open (October 14 to 19), offering inexpensive apps and beer. (Take note: You don't have to have voted to swing by, and the events are non-partisan - voters of all political stripes are welcome.) A few restaurants and bars, including Rock Lobster, Dog & Bear, Cadillac Lounge, and Le Petit Castor, have already signed on to serve this Wednesday and Thursday, with more expected to sign on in the next day or so.

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This Week on DineSafe: Caldense, Sakura, Ka Chi, Freshwest Grill, Yum Yum Restaurant, Arte Gelato

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 14, 2014

dinesafeThis week on DineSafe, Toronto restaurants are staying on a roll, with zero closures in over a month. The worst offender this week is the Freshwest Grill, the burrito outfit in the Path, who got dinged for failing to wash hands when required and improper holding temperatures.

See the rest of this week's worst DineSafe results below.

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Carl's Jr. to open first Toronto location on Queen West

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 13, 2014

Carls Jr TorontoIf you are among the thousands of Torontonians who freaked out when In-N-Out Burger announced they'd be hosting a Toronto pop-up (and were subsequently turned away empty-handed), this will cheer you up nicely. U.S. burger chain Carl's Jr, which unveiled plans to expand into Canada earlier this year, has zeroed in on a downtown Toronto location.

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