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Don Appetit! Kanpai — Taipei Meets Toronto

April 25, 2016 by Lori Smith
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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Editor's Comment: NMID + CEIS - What's Next?

April 13, 2016 by Lori Smith
Lori Smith, Editor, Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine

Today National Meetings Industry Day (NMID) celebrates its 20th anniversary. If you’ve read the Leadership column in the March.April issue of Meetings + Incentive Travel, its formation is owed to a group of event professionals, who were inspired—and determined—to create an event that

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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

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VIDEO! 10 Great Places to Meet in Canada

April 5, 2016 by Lori Smith
Lobby Bar Event Space, Thompson Hotel Toronto

Places and spaces showcased in this video are: Renaissance Montreal Downtown Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Nova Scotia Rodd Miramichi River, Miramichi, New Brunswick Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara Falls, Ontario The Front Room, Lobby Bar, Thompson Toronto Hotel,

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Meet, Eat, Drink: Proof Kitchen/Lounge

March 31, 2016 by TARA WYLIE, CMP
Tara Wylie, CMP

Less than two years old and already named Best New Restaurant in Waterloo for 2015 by local voters, it’s evident why Proof Kitchen/Lounge in uptown Waterloo is an up-and-coming hot spot for the region. Housed within the new Delta Waterloo

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Don Appetit! Pure Spirits Kicks Up Its Game

March 30, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The eating in Toronto’s Distillery District restaurants continues to get better and better. Case in point: Pure Spirits Oyster House, tucked away on Tank House Lane’s restaurant row. In the year-plus since I’ve visited Pure Spirits, the cooking, under chef

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Don Appetit! Unearthing new Indian gems at Nirvana

March 29, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

No matter how many times I visit Nirvana Indian restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., the menu continues to surprise me and offer up new and exotic culinary gems. On my most recent visit, those gems took the form of Hakka-style chili

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How to Help People Attend Your Event

March 23, 2016 by SARAH LOWIS, CMM, CMP
Sarah Lowis, CMM, CMP

Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Ultimately, going to a professional development event or international conference is about building knowledge and making valuable connections. These are the things that power the

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Don Appetit! East Thirty-Six - Small Plates' Huge Rewards

March 23, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

East Thirty-Six is a terrific addition to downtown Toronto’s dining scene. Located in the space formerly housing an oyster bar and, before that, Lucien, East Thirty-Six has operated for three years, but feels like it’s been around forever thanks to

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Feedback: Ageism in the Events Industry!

March 16, 2016 by Lori Smith
Ronnie Caplan, Ronnie Caplan Communications

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ronnie Caplan was inspired to write the following cover letter/article in response to the Critical Path column by Bailey Roth and Carly Silberstein, published in the January.February issue of M+IT.  To Hiring Manager(s), As an Event Designer / Producer,

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Don Appetit! Miku’s Sensational Sushi

March 16, 2016 by DON DOULOFF
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Last October, Vancouver’s Miku Japanese restaurant set up shop in the RBC building at the corner of Queens Quay and Bay Street, in Toronto’s SouthCore neighbourhood. It’s a sprawling, high-ceilinged room, all hard surfaces sporting a palette of greys and

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M+IT's What's Making Us Happy

March 16, 2016 by Lori Smith
Happy Stickies (istockphoto.com)

Here at Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) and IncentiveWorks (IW) we’re on a year-long mission to destress, unwind, relax, chill, stay healthy, have a life…and still get our work done! As part of this journey, we’re sharing the small things that make