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Don Appetit! Lolita’s Full-Bodied Mediterranean Flavours

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For two decades, Lolita’s Lust has been dishing up spirited Mediterranean fare on Toronto’s bustling, Greek-flavoured Danforth Avenue. The long and narrow front dining room — white-tablecloth booths, porcelain chandeliers and hardwood floors — is an intimate place to dine,

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Don Appetit! Toula — Stunning Views, Delicious Food

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Perched on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel, on Toronto’s waterfront, white-tablecloth restaurant Toula boasts breathtaking views of the city’s skyline and islands. But Toula is no one-trick pony, since it delivers plates that are as delicious

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Don Appetit! Archeo’s Upscale Comfort Food

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Archeo, in Toronto’s Distillery District, exudes the feel of an urban loft — high yellow-pine ceilings, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, Edison lightbulbs. Further enhancing its contemporary-style-meets-historic-tradition look are dining tables and bar fashioned from reclaimed timber, and artist Steven

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Sumptuous Indian Dishes

July 24, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Headed back to Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto, to explore the menu further and see what other gastronomic treasures we could unearth. Each time I go, I have to order the menu’s two standout cauliflower dishes:

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Vrancor Group Buys 2 Toronto-area Hotels

July 24, 2016 by douloff

HAMILTON, Ont. —
 Vrancor Group has bought the 144-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakville @ Bronte and the 105-room Staybridge Suites Oakville-Burlington, both about an hour west of Toronto, it was announced July 14. Located at Bronte Road and

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Hilton Debuts Canopy Brand in Iceland

July 20, 2016 by douloff
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REYKJAVIK, Iceland and MCLEAN, Va. — Canopy by Hilton and Icelandair Hotels announced in early July the opening of the world’s first Canopy hotel, in Reykjavik, Iceland. Centrally located on Hverfisgata Street, Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is designed

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Don Appetit! The Keg Sherway's Luscious Lobster Summer

July 17, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The Keg restaurants, which, twice a week, is flying in the clawed, upscale shellfish from Nova Scotia. Featuring all manner of tempting dishes — tacos; lobster sirloin; bacon-wrapped lobster; and lobster tail dinner among them — Lobster Summer runs until

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Conrad Washington DC to Open 2019

July 10, 2016 by douloff
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction has begun on Conrad Washington, D.C., a 360-room luxury hotel at the 10-acre CityCenterDC mixed-use development, it was announced last month. Initial occupancy is expected in the first quarter of 2019. The hotel will feature 30,000

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Fairmont Adds Bee Hotels to 10 U.S. Properties

July 4, 2016 by douloff
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NEW YORK — Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has installed bee hotels at 10 of its U.S. properties to serve as a habitat for wild mason bees’ nesting and reproduction, it was announced last month. Fairmont developed these hotels in conjunction

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Don Appetit! Luckee's Upscale Chinese Plates

June 27, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been some time since I’d experienced the upscale Chinese plates at Susur Lee’s Luckee restaurant, in Toronto’s SoHo Metropolitan Hotel, so I headed back to see what the kitchen was up to. My most recent visit showed that

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Don Appetit! Tu Casa’s Deliciously Welcoming House

June 20, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Tu Casa quietly goes about its business in Mississauga’s Lorne Park neighbourhood, just west of Toronto. The room possesses oodles of traditional, white-tablecloth charm, highlighted by track lighting, chandeliers and tasteful art. Tu Casa means “your house,” and indeed, the

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Don Appetit! Carbon Bar's Smokin' Barbecue

June 13, 2016 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

It had been several years since I’d visited Carbon Bar, the lively barbecue restaurant in downtown Toronto. After visiting recently, I can report that the food has become more focused and anchored by more assured technique. Do not miss the fries made