Would a Drake by Any Other Name…

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Word choice matters quite a bit in restaurant writing. That applies especially to two particular situations that were brought to mind by a recent new restaurant visit. The Drake has opened an outpost in Prince Edward County and were kind enough to invite me (and a few other food writers) out for the day last… 

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Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson’s Mostly Canadian 10-Year-Old Straight Rye Whisky

Masterson's Straight Rye Whisky is one of the treats I reach for on rare occasions. It's not the most expensive bottle of whisky in my cabinet–far from it–but this premium line of rye whisky is relatively new and the LCBO's supply is dwindling. The story of this Canadian rye crosses the border into the United States…. 

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The History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man’s Pappy

he History of The Elusive Pappy Van Winkle, and Poor Man's Pappy

The illusive nature of Pappy Van Winkle is part of its charm. Pappy Van Winkle is released in such limited quantities that a bottle listed at $300 will sell for three or four times that price. More importantly, it's almost impossible to find unless you know someone, or happen to be at the right place at the… 

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The Economics of Toronto’s Street Food Culture: Why do I have to Pay to Wait for a Taco

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Some time between when David Miller cleared the stench from the 39-day garbage strike by finding $100 million in city budget's couch cushions and Rob Ford claimed he'd pull the emergency brake on the city's gravy train, Toronto's formerly secret food obsession went mainstream. Thankfully it has stayed there ever since. Today waxing poetically about… 

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Pommies Apple Tree Giveaway

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At a recent cider tasting hosted by the LCBO, many superlative statistics about the growth of Ontario's cider market were thrown about. My eyes opened widest though at the one that demonstrates how much room there is left for expansion. For every 100 pints of beer consumed in Canada, we knock back one of cider. In Ireland that… 

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Three Ships Whisky

Three Sips Whisky

The problem with most affordable (cheap?) blended scotch comes from the utterly boring base flavour. While single malt scotch is made strictly from malted barley, blended scotch is mixed with distilled corn and possibly wheat. The result is a cheaper drink, with a dull vanilla flavour that's common among many brands in the $30 range…. 

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Life Lessons from Fergus Henderson & St. John

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A great meal isn't really about food. Although it certainly helps, it needn't be exceptionally delicious, fancy or even paired with something good to drink. What truly defines a great meal is the unparalleled enjoyment that happens when you bring kindred spirits together to break bread. The outside world fades, allowing you to share anecdotes,… 

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