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Bouche Bae Wants To Make Afro-Caribbean Fast Food A Thing Downtown

Griot, bokit, and lots of plantains If you’re looking to grab African or Caribbean food downtown, the options are pretty slim — but one duo of soon-to-be restaurateurs are changing that. Bouche Bae is the name, and it comes from the duo of Prisca Um-bayiha and Gema Honesta, both of Afro-Caribbean background. Show More Summary

Here’s What It’s Like To Get Burned Out Of Your Restaurant A Week After Opening

It happened to Plateau restaurant Kiffin earlier this month How does it feel to open your first brick and mortar restaurant, only to have a fire force you out of business less than a week later? It’s not pleasant — and founder of caterer-turned-restaurant Kiffin, Natasha Alani, can tell you that. Show More Summary

Diversify or Die: Canadian Media Choosing the Latter

6 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

The unbearable whiteness of Canadian mainstream media is at the centre of its increasing irrelevance. The last two weeks have been a game changer in when it comes to discussions around race, racism, freedom of speech, and racial inclusion in Canadian media. Show More Summary

Hot Take Challenge: Appropriation Prizes

A who's who of Canadian media heavyweights were in full damage control this weekend after mocking Indigenous cultural appropriation on Twitter at midnight, like a bunch of drunk racist uncles. Toronto writer and editor Hal Niedzviecki...Show More Summary

Toronto Council Gearing Up For Another Battle Over Pride Funding

Straight politicians keep trying to dictate to Pride who should be welcome at the parade. Toronto Councillor John Campbell’s (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) much-anticipated motion is expected to hit the Council floor next week. His proposal...Show More Summary

Griffintown’s Hvor Loses Chef S’Arto Chartier-Otis — And Other News

Including where Christina Aguilera went for cocktails in the city GRIFFINTOWN — Hvor was a hot new arrival when it arrived with a focus on seasonal and locavore fare almost exactly a year ago, with chef S’Arto Chartier-Otis at the helm in the kitchen. Show More Summary

Big Gun Le Blumenthal is Open Right Next to Place des Arts

Le Balmoral’s do-over hopes to appeal more to locals The replacement for former Quartier des Spectacles restaurant Le Balmoral has touched down, with Le Blumenthal opening in the hub of the city’s summer festival zone. As reported back in April, the made-over brasserie is hoping to shed its predecessor’s rep for being primarily a tourist haunt. Show More Summary

In Sanitizing Toronto of its Grit, Are We Washing Away its Character?

"The relentless gentrification of Toronto is a major concern." Some of Toronto’s most nostalgic and beloved venues have also been the grittiest, and they are disappearing. But in sanitizing the city, we may be washing away its colourful history and the people who created it. Show More Summary

Mile Ex’s Marconi Stumbles on Mushy Fish in Mediocre Review

And Elda is convivial but not without flaws — Ex-Au Pied de Cochon chef Mehdi Brunet Benkritly and partner Molly Superfine Rivera have drawn ample buzz since opening Marconi in December, racking up two highly positive reviews — but a recent visit from Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman has led to their first bad press. Show More Summary

Foodchain’s Vegetarian Bowls Are Set to Strike Downtown’s Lunch Scene

With big names associated — including Montréal Plaza Whoever predicted so-called “plant-based” meals as an up-and-coming food trend was right — first, Old Montreal got stylish vegan-vegetarian resto LOV last December, now downtown is...Show More Summary

Toronto’s Poor Will Shoulder The Pain of Mayor Tory’s Austerity

Even this early in the 2018 budget process, it's clear there is one singular goal: to keep property taxes low. Next year, as Frances Nunziata remarked in Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting, will mark 20 years since amalgamation. She then stared off into the middle distance, as if wondering whether or not it was ever a good idea. Show More Summary

The Essential Guide to Montreal Pizza

So much pizza. So little time. The pizza we refer to in Montreal as old-school is not a thin crust disk with mozzarella di bufala Campana and basil. It is not made with 00 flour, nor cooked at 485°C in an oak-wood fire for 60 to 90 seconds. Show More Summary

One Plateau Restaurant Closed One Week After Opening — And Other Shutters

Also, Maison June Rose shuts its doors again PLATEAU — Ouf, this one is a little brutal. Caterer and now cheap-but-quality eats spot Kiffin opened up in the final week of April, and only managed to stay open for six days. It’s not their fault though: early on May 1, a fire broke out in a yoga studio above the restaurant shutting them down. Show More Summary

Urban Planner: Here’s What’s On In Toronto This Week, May 10-16

This week features plays about the Middle East (both contemporary and Biblical), meet-ups for fans of comics, roller derby and pugs, and events benefitting social housing and Amnesty international. Wednesday, May 10 No one work of art...Show More Summary

Video: At The Global Marijuana March; “This Is Prohibition 2.0”

Marc and Jodie Emery joined marchers in Toronto to demand that the federal government immediately decriminalize weed and pardon people convicted of possession. While the Liberal government is on track to partially legalize marijuanaShow More Summary

11 Montreal Mother's Day Brunch Spots For Last-Minute Reservations

Show her you care, one egg at a time In a brunch rut this Mother's Day? We got you. Here's a baker's dozen of diverse candidates sure to satisfy Mom this Sunday. From classic French, to Portuguese fare, to brunch Turkish-style, this list covers a lot of bases. Show More Summary

Increasing Transit Usage Means Understanding Transit Riders

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Report analyzing transit user surveys collected over the course of eight years can provide useful insights for cities like Toronto. What makes a person choose public transit over the convenience of a car? In January of this year, the...Show More Summary

Hot Take Challenge: Pride vs. Police, Police vs. Scrawler

2 weeks agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Starting today, Torontoist introduces Hot Take Challenge, with a look at how The Sun's scribes covered yesterday's news about Pride and police. It is said that Toronto’s newspapers are the city’s most reliable source of Hot Takes, and...Show More Summary

Sherbrooke Craft Brewery Siboire Lands in Montreal Today

In a plus-size Mile End location Its garish yellow signs have been prominently displayed on the corner of St-Laurent and Laurier for several months, and today (May 9), the Mile End location of Sherbrooke brewpub Siboire touches down. Siboire...Show More Summary

Eater’s Guide To Prom Dress And Wig Heaven — Plaza St-Hubert

Eat and drink your way down Montreal’s tackiest street Is there a stranger street in this city than Plaza Saint-Hubert? Walk down its glass-awning covered sidewalks from Jean-Talon to Bellechasse and you’ll pass a proliferation of bridal...Show More Summary

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