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Don Appetit!

Don Douloff has been a restaurant critic for over 25 years and, during that time, has critiqued more than 1,200 eateries. In 1988, he studied the fundamentals of French cuisine at Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, France. During his time in France, he furthered his gastronomic education by visiting the country’s bistros, brasseries and Michelin-starred temples of haute cuisine. He relishes exploring the edible universe in his native Toronto and on his travels throughout Canada and abroad.


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Avoiding Disaster: Partnering With the Right People to Make Your Event a Success [content sponsored by IHG]

September 28, 2016 by Caroline Comeau, Director of Sales - Canada, IHG

You sit back in your chair, and let out an exhausted sigh. Nothing about this meeting is going as planned. Everything that could go wrong, has. The food & beverage is incorrect, the internet is down, and there aren’t enough

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Don Appetit! Carbon Bar’s Extravagant Lobster Burger

September 24, 2016 by douloff

Carbon Bar, the lively barbecue restaurant in downtown Toronto, is offering, until the end of September, The Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia lobster burger for $20 (with the purchase of a pint of Alexander Keith’s beer). And what an extravagant burger

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Don Appetit! Nirvana Spreads its Wings

September 9, 2016 by douloff

Nirvana continues to be one of my favourite spots for Northern Indian food in the Toronto area — and now, the restaurant is looking for additional locations. Indeed, Nirvana is looking to franchise, concentrating in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding

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Don Appetit! One’s Upmarket Plates

September 7, 2016 by douloff

Hard to believe it’s been nine years since One restaurant opened in the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood. Part of celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant group, One, under executive chef Andrew Ellerby and chef de cuisine Darby Piquette,

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Don Appetit! Piano Piano Goes Further

September 2, 2016 by douloff

Piano Piano is the latest incarnation of Splendido, which for many years has anchored the dining scene on leafy Harbord Street, in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Last December, Splendido owner Victor Barry closed the restaurant and rebranded as Piano Piano, serving

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Don Appetit! Trius Winery’s Sophisticated Plates

September 2, 2016 by douloff

Tucked away in Niagara Wine Region, Trius Winery at Hillebrand features an onsite restaurant, headed up by executive chef Frank Dodd, that turns out upscale plates built on first-rate, locally sourced ingredients. One night, there are two stellar soups, one

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Don Appetit! Feasting at Southbrook’s Farmers’ Table

August 29, 2016 by douloff

Nestled in Niagara’s verdant wine country, Southbrook Vineyards is a model of modern winemaking, following a philosophy of organic, biodynamic practices that provide good stewardship for the land. Complementing Southbrook’s wines is onsite restaurant The Farmers’ Table, open from Victoria

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Don Appetit! El Catrin’s Vibrant Mexican Flavours

August 29, 2016 by douloff

Early on a Sunday evening and El Catrin, in Toronto’s Distillery District, is packed with a boisterous crowd chowing down on first-rate Mexican fare washed down with the restaurant’s signature cocktails. We start with the guacamole. Made to-order at table,

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Don Appetit! Salad King Reigns

August 7, 2016 by douloff

I’ve been going to Salad King Thai restaurant, in downtown Toronto, since 1993, when it was on Gould Street, across from Sam the Record Man (now closed). This year, Salad King celebrates 25 years in business, and my, how the

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Don Appetit! Real Sports Hits a Home Run

August 7, 2016 by douloff

Ensconced in bustling Maple Leaf Square, right beside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Real Sports Bar & Grill pulses with energy. It’s a cavernous, multi-level, high-ceilinged wonderland outfitted with almost 200 HD TV screens — including a 39-ft. screen — showing

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Don Appetit! J.Red & Co.’s Lively Flavours

July 24, 2016 by douloff

Opened last December in Brampton, Ont., west of Toronto, J.Red & Co. is an airy, modern bistro outfitted with concrete floors, Edison bulb light fixtures and exposed ductwork. On the plate, there are intense flavours — for instance, the Nova

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Don Appetit! Toula — Stunning Views, Delicious Food

July 24, 2016 by douloff

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