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Spring forward, fall back

Posted by Derek Flack / October 25, 2014

Sports & Play

Jays hike ticket prices as much as 50% for 2015 season

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 24, 2014

blue jays ticket price increaseYesterday marked 21 years since Joe Carter touched 'em all in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, giving the Blue Jays the longest absence from the postseason in, not just baseball, but all of North American pro sports. Naturally, it was also the perfect day for the team, who again failed to achieve a playoff berth despite a winning 2014 season, to announce a sizeable ticket price hike for 2015.

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Where to get Iranian sweets in Tehranto

Posted by Christina Cheung / October 24, 2014

shirini sara torontoToronto's Iranian community has been coming to this bakery for years to stock up on exquisitely made Persian cookies and baklava along with French-style pastries and cakes. What began as a wildly successful pastry house in pre-Islamic Revolution Tehran - where Persian royalty used to place special orders for sweet treats - has continued to flourish and evolve in its Canadian home.

Read my profile of Shirini Sara Pastry House in the bakeries section.
Sports & Play

An insider's guide to Toronto with Sam James

Posted by Alexander Huls / October 24, 2014

sam jamesDuring the enormous rise of independent coffee shops in the last few years, one name has risen very quickly to the top of the heap: Sam James. After opening his first shop along Harbord (after several years being a barista at places like Manic Coffee and Dark Horse), James' high-quality coffee quickly saw him flooded with enough success to expand. Rapidly. The Coffee Pocket on Bloor, the spot in The PATH, and most recently, a place on Ossington.

Now Sam James' coffee is widely considered to be one of the best--if not the best--java in all of Toronto. (Just ask Matt Galloway). I decided to speak with the barista, coffee maker, and entrepreneur about what a perfect day for him in Toronto might look like.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his answers proved to offer a vast treasure trove and laundry list of great Toronto food spots he likes to frequent. It makes sense. A deep appreciation for the taste of coffee, has to result in the same appreciation for the taste of other things - like food. Here's his impressive list of spots to check out and emulate a perfect Sam James day. Which, quite wonderfully, is his everyday.

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Buca expands its empire with new Yorkville outpost

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 24, 2014

BucaThe long-awaited third location of Buca is now open in Yorkville. The menu of ingredient-driven Italian fare features its signature pizzas and pastas along with an expanded selection of premium seafood preparations.

Read my profile of Buca (Yorkville) in the restaurants section.

Doug Ford team goes on illegal sign spree

Posted by Derek Flack / October 24, 2014

ford mayor signDoug Ford's campaign team hasn't exactly played by the rules when it comes to the placement of election signs. A report from the Toronto Star reveals that Toronto by-law officers have removed 336 illegally placed "Ford for Mayor" signs since October 2nd when candidates were authorized to distribute and post their campaign materials in designated areas. That might not seem like an enormous number, but considering that both Olivia Chow and John Tory have had 25 and 21 signs removed respectively, it's difficult to be particularly sympathetic.

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