David Ort

Red Rocket Stout

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A food and drink critic should have no absolute aversions. Short of an allergy or potentially poisonous pufferfish, if it’s on your beat, you should be willing to put it in your mouth. As Jeffrey Steingarten wrote in 1996, while reflecting on his own food phobias, “I feared that I could be no more objective than an art critic who detests the color yellow or suffers from red-green color blindness.”  Beers with chilies are my yellow. The rest of this week’s First Draught is available on PostCity.com.

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo Ticket Giveaway

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The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is one of Toronto’s grandest opportunities to sample wine, spirits, and beer from around the world, in one place, all over a four-day weekend. It’s held in a hall big enough that you almost see horizons instead of walls, buried deep below Toronto’s convention center. That matters a bit less because this event is conveniently scheduled for the start of the season when we’d much rather be as far away from the elements as possible. The GFWE, especially on Thursday’s VIP night and weekend evenings, is obviously a hot ticket and undeniably popular with those […]

Grocery Innovations Canada

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I really like being asked to sit on judging panels. Maybe I’m just judgmental by nature or maybe I appreciate the reminder of those high school classes when the teacher ceded the conch to the boys and let us mark each other. Either way, I was pleased when the folks at Butter PR asked if I would be part of the group tasked with picking the most innovative product of this year’s Grocery Innovations Canada show. Follow the link to Spotlight Toronto for the rest of my story about the Grocery Innovations Canada show.

Melville's Ginger Beer

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The one recommendation I’ve made in this column that I wish I could take back is from May 2012. Freshly back from visiting London for the first time where our hosts introduced me to it, I was excited to see Crabbie’s finally coming to the Ontario market. As far as ginger beers go, that one is saccharine and fairly one-dimensional, so I’m happy that as the selection has grown it has also improved. This week’s First Draught is on the Post City Magazines site.

Chimay White

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They seem like news and happen so infrequently so new releases onto LCBO shelves tend to get the majority of the beer coverage in Toronto. Chimay’s tripel is a great example of how some of the best beers, often at great prices, are steady regulars that don’t get press releases or media tastings. This week’s full First Draught is over on PostCity.com.

New Home, New List

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I started writing about food and drink in one place on the Internet. It is a blog called Food With Legs and since early 2009 it has been the easiest place to find my geeky, curious, rant-filled thoughts about the very best things to eat and drink. The challenge inherent to starting with the blog and then moving to freelance writing is that like dandelions in a suburban subdivision your writing can spread quickly and sometimes beyond your control. I think there are still at least a few people who share my eclectic set of interests and want to read […]

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I am a Toronto-based freelance writer. I write a regular beer column for Post City Magazines that appears both online and in print. As well, I write the eastern Canadian craft beer column for Food Bloggers of Canada every month. My work has appeared in publications including Where Toronto, Taste & Travel Magazine, Craftbeer.ca, TorontoLife.com, Eater Toronto, and Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Generally, my writing focuses on food, drink, and travel. Editors, if you have a story that you would like me to cover, please send me an email at david@foodwithlegs.com. My Book In October 2013, my first book, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook […]