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Don Appetit! Kairali’s Spicy Southern Indian Flavours

June 14, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Recently, I ventured out to Scarborough, east-end Toronto’s deliciously multicultural gastronomic zone, to visit Kairali restaurant, which opened four years ago and bills itself as Canada’s first eatery serving authentic Kerala cuisine. The cuisine of Kerala, a state in Southern

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Don Appetit! EVOO’s Sophisticated Mediterranean Simplicity

June 13, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Two and a half years ago, EVOO Ristorante launched in the space formerly occupied by Cantine in Toronto’s Avenue Road/Davenport Road restaurant row. Spearheading EVOO is Peter Catarino, who, for 20 years, co-owned Spuntini restaurant about a block or so

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Industry Insider: Gender & Salary in Events

June 13, 2018 by Lori Smith
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

One of the things that has constantly amazed me in the meetings and incentive industry is the salary differentials reported in the press.  M+IT’s 2017 Salary Revue reported that the men who answered the survey had a mean salary of

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Don Appetit! InterCon Yorkville’s Unique “Dine in Around”

June 12, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

The InterContinental Yorkville, in Toronto, has just introduced a unique group program option: A “Dine in Around” enabling groups to design their own experience around a six-course tasting menu that can be eaten either in a single dining space, or

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Don Appetit! Nirvana — The True Flavours of India

June 4, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Time and again, I return to Nirvana restaurant, in Mississauga, Ont., for a true taste of Indian cooking, and time and again, I’m delighted to discover new edible treasures. Credit for this belongs to general manager Karan Bajwa, who ensures

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Don Appetit! Ruth’s Chris Delivers the Steak AND the Sizzle

May 28, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In late 2017, Ruth’s Chris Steak House opened on Dixon Road, in the heart of Toronto’s Airport Strip, and from all reports, the restaurant is doing very well, drawing a strong business crowd and attracting travellers from nearby hotels. This

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Don Appetit! Cineplex Queensway’s VIP Movie and Food Experience

May 24, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Cineplex VIP Cinemas, on the Queensway, in west-end Toronto, is moviegoing for grown-ups, a deluxe theatre experience that delivers all the comforts of home — and top-notch food, too. VIP Cinemas feature specially designed auditoriums where moviegoers can watch a

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Member Voices: Tips for Planning a Wellness Event

May 23, 2018 by Lori Smith

The wellness movement is hot right now. The wellness travel market is also growing; as of 2015 it represented $563 billion (US). You can find wellness options virtually anywhere these days. According to Lucia Pintea of TravelOnly, wellness cruises are

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Don Appetit! King Edward Hotel’s Reimagined Consort Bar

May 22, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

For 115 years, the King Edward Hotel has been an integral part of Toronto, and a $40 million renovation, completed in 2015 by the property’s owners Skyline International and Omni Hotels, has polished this historic gem and reimagined it for

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Don Appetit! Anchor Bar Toronto’s Boffo Taste of Buffalo

May 17, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In October, 2016, Buffalo, NY’s, famous Anchor Bar, pioneer of the chicken wing, launched on Toronto’s Airport Strip. By all reports, the Toronto location is flourishing, and after a recent visit, it’s easy to see why. Anchor Bar Toronto dishes

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Don Appetit! Montecito — Source Locally, Cook Splendidly

May 8, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

In summer 2014, Montecito launched adjacent to Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, with an ownership group that brings considerable star power — Ivan Reitman, Toronto-born Hollywood producer/director, whose film credits include Ghostbusters, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, Twins and Up in

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Don Appetit! Hyatt Regency Toronto’s King Street Social Scene

May 7, 2018 by douloff
Don Douloff, Food Writer

Nestled one floor beneath the Hyatt Regency Toronto’s bustling lobby sits the hotel’s dining area, King Street Social Kitchen. The low-ceilinged, softly lit, white-tablecloth space is sleek and contemporary in its gleaming hard surfaces; cream-coloured (and very comfortable) padded banquettes