The world crackles all the time with innovation. Every day some newfangled something comes screaming into view, promising to overturn all that preceded it. Yada yada and enough already. Let us not forget the value of that which has stood the test of time.
In that spirit, then, we celebrate some Toronto eating and drinking establishments of longest standing.
The Senator opened in 1948 in a Victoria St. location that had housed a restaurant since 1890. Indeed, the origins of the property can be traced to the earliest records that were kept by the town of York, when it set up humble shop in a residential, working-class neighbourhood east of Yonge St. Actually two restaurants in one,...more
So you’re a smoker who imagines the assault is finally over. You’ve been deprived of your addiction in public spaces, denied your weed in offices and airplanes and, the final insult, told you can’t light up in restaurants. The scant few corners of the world left in which your poisoned air is still welcome are few and far between. And now, here comes another blow to your shrinking and miserable existence: the very real speculation that Toronto restaurant patios might be next on the striking block of free squares for smokers....more
Along with such crunchy continental metropolises as Seattle and Portland, Toronto has emerged as a friend to the barnyard.
According to a recently unveiled list of North America’s most vegetarian-friendly cities, our fair town is a vegetarian’s mecca, as it turns out, catching the tail end of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ top 10. The list reels off eight American cities and one other Canadian (Vancouver) where a foodie with a decided distaste for blood can find joy. For Toronto, it swoons over our bounty in this camp, reserving special mention for Rawlicious, and its raw vegan pasta Bolognese, Commensal’s eggplant in ginger sauce and Fressen’s beer-battered deep-fried tofu with cornmeal.
Any excuse to eat.
Food Day Canada, on July 31, is a coast-to-coast celebration of all things edible that seeks to stir food enthusiasts from every corner of the land to express sincere appreciation for the bounty of the groceries to which we have such abundant access.
For the eighth year running, this national event looks to make some noise about the regional diversity of this country’s culinary offerings by inviting Canadians to cook and eat in a way that acknowledges their wealth. Held the first Saturday of August when most of Canada is already in the throes of a civic holiday weekend, Food Day Canada is meant to keep the party sizzling....more
It ain’t rocket science, really. The closer you are to your food source, the more likely it’s gonna get you.
A clutch of bona fide researchers confirmed same, recently, with a study that explored the relationship between where a person lives and her physical condition. According to scientists at the University of Buffalo, the greater the number of restaurants near a woman’s home, the higher her body mass index is gonna be.
The study, which was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, looked at 172 women in Erie County, N.Y., who lived in urban, suburban and exurban areas. ...more
Let’s say you’re thinking of throwing a party anyway. It’s a mid-summer kind of urge, undertaken in response to the nagging sense that you have yet to properly exploit the social potential of this short and glorious season.
So why not enlist the aid of a nifty new outfit in this pursuit, and enjoy the largesse with which its unique concept seeks to furnish you? LetsPartyTalk is a novelty of an idea that takes word-of-mouth marketing to its limits with the somewhat cryptic offer of access to new products, prizes and promotions for individuals who volunteer to host a party....more
It’s either a concept whose time has arrived or an idea as hare brained as they come. Either way, the pay-what-you-can restaurant is a fledgling notion that remains under advisement.
In the States, where the economic pinch was more tightly felt than here, restaurateurs have increasingly extended this offer, inviting patrons to cough up only that which they believe reasonable exchange. At Terra Bite Lounge in a Seattle suburb, for one, diners are urged to drop dollar bills into a “donation slot.” Sometimes, they just up and leave....more
There’s at least one restaurant in this city with a unique way of pricing its menu items. By weight.
Le Commensal, on Bay St., just this side of hospital row, has a vast and healthful selection from which diners may choose. There’s eggplant in ginger sauce, Portuguese bean stew, chicory and pear salad. There’s trifle, chocolate mousse cake, even maple syrup pie.
Yum, right? Worth every dime of their fee? Well, that kind of hangs in the balance.
Patrons of this establishment must weigh each dish’s potential for pleasure against its price tag. Quite literally.
Every purchase at this cafeteria-style eatery must be trotted up to the cashier who dutifully drops it onto a scale—and rings up your bill accordingly....more
Ideally, a trip to a restaurant is a full-body experience that engages every last sense. The just-so caramelized onions, to-die-for banquet seating and atmosphere-is-everything mood lighting are good to go? Fabulous. But if the pre-apple-tart bathroom break falls short, all is lost.
It's a reality Cintas Corporation acknowledges with its Canada's Best Restroom Contest, the finalist list for which, recently announced, includes a pair of Toronto restaurants....more
Summer mornings will dawn a whole lot differently for a lot of folks next weekend when they stumble into the sunlight in search of sustenance only to discover their brunchtime standard is no longer. Musa, a popular eggs benny hotspot near Dundas and Euclid, was all but destroyed by fire this weekend when a five-alarm blaze swept through it and neighbouring homes Sunday afternoon.