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A Grand old time

A Grand old time

I’m not sure when dining out became survival of the fittest, but I rather miss the good old days when you could swan into any restaurant at the appropriate time to claim your reservation, sit back in a comfy chair and actually have a conversation over a great meal. I was thinking about this as … Continue reading

TO’s best gelato?

TO’s best gelato?

There’s no better time to scout out great gelato than a sun-blasted holiday weekend. G for Gelato and Espresso, at the corner of Jarvis and Adelade, opened last November. The G stands for Gerardo and Giuseppina Polsinelli, who began selling homemade gelato from a refrigerated cart on a bicycle in the 1960s in the town … Continue reading

Give us The WORKS!

Give us The WORKS!

After months under wraps, The Works has arrived in Toronto. This 82-seat gourmet burger bistro, well-known to anyone who’s eaten in Ottawa in the past decade, officially opens May 4 on The Danforth, just east of Pape. It’s the first of four TO locations planned for the next year following the success of the chain’s … Continue reading

Picasso + Paella

Picasso + Paella

Treat all your senses to the Pablo Picasso exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer. Nearly 150 sketches, paintings and sculptures from Picasso’s personal collection, on loan from the national Picasso museum in Paris, offer plenty of food for thought. Meet the wives and mistresses of one of the world’s most recognizable artists, and … Continue reading

Beyond tofu

Beyond tofu

Though I often walk by the refrigerated tofu section in the supermarket, I never walk by the Bean Ladies’ booth at the One of a Kind show in Toronto without buying a few bags of roasted soybean snacks. Identical twins Jamie Miles and Julie Ryder have a new retail store in Brampton, but they seem … Continue reading

Spring Fling

After a winter of roots, spring is in the air and on the menu at Toronto restaurants. At quietly elegant Grace, at 503 College St., new chef Kevin Castonguay has filled his dishes with spring favourites. A parade of peas surrounds the olive oil-poached striped sea bass, from pea tendrils to bright green pea foam. … Continue reading

Some Like It RAW

It was a bad night for vegetarians and food phobics as a dozen top Toronto chefs handed out samples of raw meat and fish tartare chopped by hand to nearly 200 guests at the Fairmont Royal York’s sumptuous Imperial Room. Not only did the Great Toronto Tartare-Off prove delicious, but it raised funds to build … Continue reading

Bustling Toronto Market Thrives

02/17/2012 published in The Packer (thepacker.com) North America’s largest weekly newspaper for the produce industry By Cynthia David Special to The Packer TORONTO — At the Ontario Food Terminal, Tony Di Marco is a rock star. Everywhere he turns there are handshakes, slaps on the back and cries of Hey, Uncle Tony! Salesmen rush to … Continue reading

History in the Breaking

On March 24, at noon, Eastern time, staff at more than 250 Loblaws banners across Canada picked up knives and prepared to attack an unsuspecting wheel of cheese. Their goal – to earn a Guinness World Record for the most wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano ever cracked open simultaneously. And they did it! According to Guinness officials, … Continue reading

Fresh-squeezed

A few years back, I interviewed MaryGrace Sexton, CEO of Orchid Island Juice Co. in Fort Pierce, Florida, for a citrus story. Two days later, a Styrofoam box full of juice landed on my doorstep – enough for the entire neighbourhood. It tasted so fresh and rich, everyone wanted to know where to buy it. … Continue reading