Mezzetta

681 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto ON 416-658-5678www.mezzettarestaurant.com/MapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? very small selection LunchMon to Fri: 12pm to 2:30pmSat & Sun: 4pm to 11pmDinnerMon to Sun: 5pm to Close Reservations recommended Mezzetta, on St.Clair, west of Christie, is what you might call destination dining. For many, its off… 

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Hot Docs 2010 – Dish

Director Maya Gallus profiles waitresses from different parts of the world, from a truck stop in Ontario to the milk cafes in Akhihabara. Its about the fascinating personalities in the food industry and their stoies. Eggs, Ham, and boobies!

Hot Docs 2010 – Bhutto

A film examining the life and death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Politically charged — driven by interviews and archived footage — giving you a quick history lesson on the country’s politics of the last 60 years.

Wine Wednesday – Reif Estate 2007 Gamay Rose

2007 Gamay Rose, Reif Estate Winery$11.95, order from winery at www.reifwinery.com Ah, rose. The oft-derided pretty younger sister of the wine family; most people think she’s just a dressed-up little princess in pink, but if you sit down for drink or a meal with her, you might just find she’s got something to say.  Reif… 

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Vanilla Love

In my opinion, the best gifts are the ones I can eat. Or the gifts I can use to make something to eat. A wonderful friend of mine gave me 12 vanilla beans and I began dreaming of the ice cream and sweets I would create with these amazing little pods.  My first thought was… 

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Tourtière Picard

Over a recent dinner of steaks and Irish whiskey Ben “Kung Fu Panda” Ratcliffe from tonguecheek.com suggested that I might like to try the tourtière de ville recipe from Martin Picard’s Au Pied du Cochon Cookbook.  He figured that a recipe that calls for both pig shank and pig knuckle would appeal to me.  Oh… 

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