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Food Crawl: Toronto’s Riverside has everything from great BBQ to DIY Vietnamese

standard Food Crawl: Toronto’s Riverside has everything from great BBQ to DIY Vietnamese

I can’t think of another Toronto neighbourhood that has a multi-decade, internationally-famous television series built around one of its central streets. Stretching from 1979’s Ida Makes a Movie through to the upcoming Next Class (to be released on Netflix) I’m, of course, talking about Degrassi Street in Riverside. The show built a following by offering a realistic and unvarnished take on what it was like being a downtown kid in the otherwise very suburban Toronto of the 1980s. Thirty-five years later, the neighbourhood has retained its vibrancy, diversity and impressively harmonious use of tight spaces. For this Food Crawl, I […]

First Look: New York superstar chef Daniel Boulud reopens Café Boulud

standard First Look: New York superstar chef Daniel Boulud reopens Café Boulud

After two-and-a-half years Daniel Boulud closed his Toronto outpost, Café Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. Reviews had been alright, but clearly business wasn’t as brisk as expected. After a whirlwind seven-week renovation it reopened today with an entirely new look and retooled food programme. It was a very special treat for me to interview chef Daniel Boulud over lunch at the new Café Boulud. The rest of the First Look is here.

Barley's Angels Holiday Market

standard Barley’s Angels Holiday Market

What: Selling and signing my book, The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook, as part of the Barley’s Angels Holiday Market with lots of other great vendors. Where: The Rhino, 1249 Queen St. W., Parkdale When: 14 December, 4 – 7 PM Other Details: Copies of my cookbook will be for sale and I’m more than happy to sign them. I take cash or credit cards. Tickets: Free. Women are an undeniably important part of craft beer’s success in the slow mission to chip market share away from macro-breweries. There is something about emphasizing quality over crude marketing that seems to bring those who were previously […]

Interview with the Chef: Mark McEwan, Toronto’s First Celebrity Chef

standard Interview with the Chef: Mark McEwan, Toronto’s First Celebrity Chef

Mark McEwan was Toronto’s first celebrity chef in the familiar sense. Others are easy to recognize from television or put their name on a restaurant, but right now he’s the one doing all of these at the same time. Read the full article here…

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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 […]

Where Essential Drinks - Beer

standard Where Essential Drinks – Beer

Like their wine-pouring and cocktail-slinging compatriots, Toronto’s brewmasters, restaurateurs, and chefs have built our city into one of Canada’s fastest growing destinations for craft beer. No longer beholden to big-name corporate breweries, imbibers are now spoiled for choice when it comes to artisan suds. But what exactly is craft beer? Must it be brewed on a small scale? Must it be locally produced? Does it demand the use (or absence) of particular ingredients? The answers to these questions are varied, and are best discovered by ordering up a pint or two. This article was published in the 2013-14 edition of […]