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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

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Esperanza Resort's New Culinary Experiences

May 28, 2016 by douloff

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, has debuted new culinary experiences reflecting the best of coastal Baja cuisine, including a new at-sea experience, it was announced this month. Esperanza’s new floating lounge offers an event and entertainment

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Don Appetit! Nota Bene's Successful Relaunch

May 24, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

A few months back, Toronto’s highly regarded Nota Bene restaurant unveiled a new look and a tweaked menu. The reimagined split-level space has jettisoned the modern-art paintings in favour of a simpler look, highlighted by a tree sculpture and backlit

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Meet, Eat, Drink: Rhapsody Barrel Bar

May 11, 2016 by TARA WYLIE, CMP
Tara Wylie, CMP

In the heart of downtown Kitchener-Waterloo you will find a new and hip eatery called Rhapsody Barrel Bar.  Attached to Gypsy Lee Clothing store, owner Tammy Lawrence proudly explains that it houses everything she loves under one roof: clothing, whisky,

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SilverBirch Sets Up Student Bursary

May 10, 2016 by Lori Smith

SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts is contributing $1,000 to Saskatchewan Polytechnic to fund a new bursary for one of the Culinary College’s current students. “We are passionate about developing the next generation of chefs and supporting the culinary arts in our

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Don Appetit! Peter Pan Soars

May 3, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In early 2015, Peter Pan Bistro, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, reopened with chef Noah Goldberg at the helm. The restaurant has a storied pedigree, having opened in the 1930s as Peter Pan Lunch, and in 2014, Goldberg bought the

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Canadian Chef Wins IACC Copper Skillet Competition

April 28, 2016 by Lori Smith

Barrington Graham, first cook at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre in Toronto, bested chefs from around the world and took home the top prize in the Senior Category (+ 26 years old) at this year’s Global Copper Skillet Competition, the

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SilverBirch Adds to Executive Culinary Teams

April 26, 2016 by Lori Smith

Three new chefs—Curtis Toth, Brian McBride and Adam Brack—have joined SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts‘ award-winning executive culinary teams at the DoubleTree by Hilton™ Hotel and Conference Centre Regina, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South and DoubleTree by Hilton™ West Edmonton respectively. “We are exceptionally

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Don Appetit! Kanpai — Taipei Meets Toronto

April 25, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

About a year ago, hospitality industry veteran Trevor Lui along with some partners launched Kanpai, in Toronto’s leafy Cabbagetown neighbourhood, dishing up Taiwanese-style snacks. Early on a Thursday night, the joint is jumping, with a boisterous birthday celebration taking up

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Don Appetit! Entice Lounge's Seasonal, Global Plates

April 11, 2016 by Lori Smith
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Earlier this year, Entice Lounge threw open its doors on downtown Toronto’s Queen Street West, near Ossington Avenue. It’s an understated yet tastefully designed bistro space — black and grey palette, plenty of hard surfaces, clustered globe light fixtures, Edison