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Don Appetit! Doc Magilligan’s Taste of Ireland

June 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Walking into Doc Magilligan’s, in Niagara Falls, Ont., is like stepping into a convivial neighbourhood pub in Ireland. That’s no accident, since the décor was shipped over from the Emerald Isle. Indeed, the entire bar, back bar wall and all

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Don Appetit! Chartroom’s Super Food

June 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Chartroom is the spacious dining/lounge area that sprawls across the back portion of The Westin Harbour Castle’s bustling lobby. It’s a bright and airy space outfitted with picture windows overlooking Harbour Square, beyond which lie the Toronto Islands. Inspiring the

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Member Voices: Food “The New Entertainment”

June 26, 2017 by Michelle Planche, CMP

Food entertainment has been an ongoing trend in the event industry for years. It has grown in popularity because of the increased awareness of the importance of diet, sustainability, nutrition and the quality of food. Food is the basic ingredient

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Don Appetit! Nirvana’s Delicious Consistency

June 23, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The key to any restaurant’s success is consistency, the ability to reliably turn out first-rate food. One reason I continually return to Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., is for that very reason: its consistent excellence. In recent months, Nirvana’s

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Don Appetit! Nota Bene’s Globally Inspired Sophistication

June 14, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nota Bene, on Toronto’s Queen Street West, has it all going on: comfortable, sophisticated space; creative food, under executive chef David Lee; and polished service. I was reminded of this, once again, on a recent visit, where all aspects of

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Don Appetit! The Wilcox’s Delicious Evolution

June 12, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

My first visit to The Wilcox gastropub in Mississauga, Ont., came in 2015. At the time, I was impressed with the kitchen’s contemporary spin on pub fare. A recent visit, however, showed a confident kitchen that has evolved in exciting

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Fairmont Tremblant Reinvents f&b Spaces

June 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

Fairmont Tremblant has invested $6-million in four new f&b outlets, and the refurbishment of its lobby and arrival experience, and outdoor terrace. The hotel, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will officially open the new food outlets in

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Family Style Feast

June 2, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

El Catrin, the buzzing Mexican eatery in Toronto’s Distillery District, continues to tweak its menu in creative and delicious ways. Exhibit A: Chilled avocado soup, velvet-textured, with herbal tang (thanks to mint oil) and subtle heat (from habanero vinaigrette) and

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Don Appetit! Locale Mercatto’s Sophisticated Italian Plates

May 26, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Locale is the newest location in the Mercatto casual Italian chain that now numbers five Toronto restaurants. Nestled on Bay Street, near the financial district, Locale, last June, unveiled a renovated space and a refreshed perspective on Italian food. The

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Chef Akira Back Opening First Canadian Restaurant in Bisha Hotel

May 25, 2017 by Lori Smith

Celebrity chef Akira Back will be opening his first Canadian namesake restaurant, Akira Back, in the Bisha Hotel Toronto, a luxury property scheduled to open later this year in the city’s Entertainment District. The restaurant will be a partnership with Toronto-based hospitality

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Don Appetit! Benihana’s Delicious Theatre

May 15, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 44 years, Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, in the lower level of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in Toronto, has entertained diners with its teppanyaki-style experience. Customers sit around a rectangular table outfitted with a flat-top grill. After ordering, diners sit

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Don Appetit! Rasa: Think Globally, Eat Brilliantly

May 8, 2017 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Rasa is part of the growing culinary empire operated by The Food Dudes, a Toronto-based caterer that, in recent years, has diversified into restaurants. Rasa inhabits restaurant row on charming Harbord Street, in Toronto’s leafy Annex area. The space resembles a