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

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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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The Synergy of Craft Beer and Cheese

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Cheese is one of the world's great foods. The range of aromas, flavours, textures that good cheesemakers can achieve help make it one of those rare foods that can easily stand on its own and also elevate a great dish into something truly spectacular. But while that breadth and star power make it a gastronomic favourite,… 

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Jack Astor’s Winter Fling Festival

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Over the last eight weeks, Jack Astor's has invited their customers to "have a fling" with craft beer. The idea is that Jack's drinkers are faithfully married to a national brand and would never leave (think of the kids), but they might want to branch out a bit. The chain of over three dozen bars… 

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