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food and drink

2017 Food and Drink Holiday Gift Guide

Explore Toronto’s fantastic shopping scene to find gifts for friends, family and anyone else on your list.

Nuremberg-style Lebkuchen cookies ($24 and up)
Pusateri’s Fine Foods, 57 Yorkville Ave.; other locations, pusateris.com

Click below to view a slideshow of great food and drink gift ideas:

Canmore Uncorked Food & Drink Festival

By Afton Aikens

Hang up your apron because there’ll be no need for home cooking during the second annual Canmore Uncorked festival, April 7 to 19.

The inaugural festival won an Alberta tourism award and was nominated for the Canadian Tourism Awards’ event of the year. Organizers are raising the bar this year, adding new events that will showcase the quality and creativity that drives Canmore’s dining scene, paired with tried and true favourites.

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5 Must-Try Montreal Poutines That Get Creative With the Classic

By SABRINA LU

Montreal Poutine

Curds gone wild: Montreal poutine gets a re-think at Chef Guru on the Plateau

Montreal poutine, the city’s most popular dish, easily seduces anyone who tastes it. Who wouldn’t be lured by hot crispy French fries, rich gravy and fresh cheese curds? Although the classic Montreal poutine will always satisfy a late-night craving, the dish has become the subject of forward-thinking innovation for numerous Montreal chefs.

Here are five Montreal poutine interpretations that that will change how you think about simple chips, curds and gravy.

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5 Expert Bring-Your-Own-Wine (BYOW) Tips at Restaurants

Photo: Sonja Pieper

By KAREN CLEVELAND

Restaurant bring-your-own-wine (BYOW) policies for patrons continues to spread across Canada (welcome to the club, British Columbia), with some savvy venues enticing diners with reduced corkage fees, or sometimes waiving them entirely.

Considering wine markups at most restaurants, this could save customers a bundle, though it puts a twist conventional wine service.

Here are some etiquette tips for bringing along your own bottle: (more…)

A Food-Lover’s Guide to PEI’s Eastern Shores

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Rossignol Estate Winery (Photo: Konstantin Ryabitsev)

Visitors to Canada’s smallest province may be fixated on seafood, redheaded Anne (of Green Gables fame) and seeing the birthplace of Confederation, but there are many more palatable lures to explore in the eastern half of Prince Edward Island. (more…)

A Food Lover’s Tour of the Eastern Townships, Quebec

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Bleu Lavande (Photo: Waheeda Harris)

In Quebec’s bucolic Eastern Townships region near Montreal, you can find plenty of gourmet souvenirs as you wind your way from Sherbrooke down to Lac Brome on Route 112. (more…)

A Food-Lover’s Guide to British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Highway

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Christine's, on Blackcomb Mountain

Taking the Sea to Sky Highway, travellers are attracted to the vistas of Bowen Island, the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains, and for a food-obsessed tourist, there’s plenty of local tastes to be found along the way. (more…)

The Juicy Details on Toronto’s 25 Best Burgers

By SHANNON KELLY

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a plain old burger. Except maybe a fresh-ground Ontario heritage beef brisket burger with house-smoked maple bacon, aged cheddar, Guinness mustard and lemon aioli. That’s the burger from Toronto’s Harbord Room that ended up with the number-one slot on Toronto Life’s best burger list. (more…)

Canadian Rocky Mountain Chefs’ Winter Inspiration

Bison Gnocchi at The Juniper

Snowy peaks might not bring to mind abundant local produce, but many Canadian Rockies chefs incorporate the bounty of Alberta’s agriculture year-round. From free-range meats to relish made from fall squash, conscientious diners can choose cuisine made with ingredients grown nearby. (more…)

Mad About Maple: Ontario’s Sugar Shacks

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority

The sap is running early this year, thanks to Old Man Winter’s scarce appearance in Ontario and many sweet maple-syrup-themed celebrations are planned this season. (more…)

Ottawa’s WinterBites Begins Today

Enjoy a sexy dinner at Kinki Asian-Fusion Restaurant during WinterBites.

Winter in Ottawa “bites” less this year, thanks to a new food event, WinterBites, launching today and running through January 28.

What better way to ward off the nip of a central Ontario winter than by tucking into a gourmet three-course meal—at appetizing prices, no less? (more…)

11 Must-Try Restaurants at Toronto’s Winterlicious

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Of the 175 restaurants participating in this year’s Winterlicious event in Toronto, Toronto Life magazine’s food editor has narrowed the field to 11 favourites.

Winterlicious is an annual event in which participating restaurants create a three-course, prix-fixe menu (usually with three to four options for each course) at lower-than-average prices. It’s an opportunity to try out some of the city’s best big-ticket restaurants without breaking the bank. (more…)