Monthly Archives: July 2014


Introducing: Braised, a new Leslieville bistro from the owner of Lolita’s Lust

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Name: Braised
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Contact Info: 896 Queen St. E., 416-519-6280,
Previously: Bistro 896, which lasted less than a year in the space
Owner: Sam Scanga, who also owns the Danforth stalwart Lolita’s Lust
Chef: Candace Chase (Trinity Taverna)

The Food: As the name implies, most of the food served at Braised undergoes some form of braising (i.e. searing, followed by simmering in liquid) before being plated. The menu veers toward traditional Euro fare (bruschetta, calamari, braised lamb shoulder), but chef Chase flexes her creative muscles with some less conventional dishes, like braised pork-cheek croquettes with cranberry coulis and tartar sauce.

The Drinks: The drinks list is dominated by the kind of booze that’s generally served in stemware (i.e. wines and martinis).

The Place: A garage door rolls up to give a patio effect to the streamlined space. A rotating display of abstract canvases adds a little panache to the déjà-vu decor: polished concrete floors, Edison bulbs and heaps of vintage tin and wood rescued from a demolished barn.
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Introducing: Braised, a new Leslieville bistro from the owner of Lolita’s Lust2014-07-21T15:05:46+00:00

Leslieville Gallery Crawl – Sunday, July 20/14

The 3rd Leslieville Gallery Crawl is coming up next Sunday July 20th! Visit Leslieville’s galleries and studios at your own leisure from 1-6pm or join the guided tour starting at Kryart Studio at 3pm.


Leslieville Gallery Crawl – Sunday, July 20/142014-07-14T13:48:30+00:00

Introducing: Mr. Ciao, a new Italian restaurant on Gerrard from the owners of AAA Bar

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Name: Mr. Ciao
Neighbourhood: Riverdale
Contact Info: 598 Gerrard St. E., 416-901-8711,, @MrCiaoTo
Owners/Chefs: Racquel Youtzy and Tiziano Pivetta, who also own AAA Bar on Adelaide

The Food: Situated smack in the middle of Chinatown East, the pizza-pasta joint offers a handful of homey Italian dishes—deep-fried olives, seafood linguini—as well as less conventional items, like mozzarella-stuffed “egg rolls” and Peking-duck pizza topped with wasabi peas. The restaurant’s specialty is pizza fritta, a Neapolitan street snack that takes all the gooey decadence of regular pizza and adds a crunchy, deep-fried crust (the Mr. Ciao version is hand-stretched, flash-fried and finished in a stone oven). For dessert, there’s an Italian take on churros: sticks of fried pizza dough rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with scoops of maple ice cream.

The Drinks: There are two wines on tap, including a Mike Weir Cabernet-Merlot and a Stoney Ridge Chardonnay.

The Place: The casual room has a long copper bar up front and a surprisingly large dining area in the back. The enormous raised patio, which curls around the entire west side of the building, is a great people-watching perch.
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Introducing: Mr. Ciao, a new Italian restaurant on Gerrard from the owners of AAA Bar2014-07-14T13:02:36+00:00

Jeffrey Baldwin statue will get its Superman shield

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Almost 12 years after his death, Jeffrey Baldwin’s wish to be Superman will at last come true.
DC Entertainment on Wednesday reversed its initial refusal to allow the iconic ‘S’ shield to be used on a statue currently being designed of the 5-year-old Toronto murder victim dressed as the superhero. The comic book publisher’s change of heart came after media reports and public backlash.
“DC Entertainment uses a flexible set of criteria when we receive worthy requests such as this, and at times have reconsidered our initial stance,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“After verifying the support of appropriate family members, DC Entertainment will be allowing the Jeffrey Baldwin Memorial Statue to feature the Superman ‘S’ shield.”
Jeffrey died of starvation at the hands of his grandparents, Norman Kidman and Elva Bottineau, on Nov. 30, 2002.
He and three siblings were taken from their problematic parents and placed in their maternal grandparents’ care by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, which failed to check its own records on Kidman and Bottineau, who had separate convictions for assault on their own children.
Jeffrey spent his years locked inside a cold bedroom with an older sister in Toronto’s east end. They had little access to food, were forced to live in their own feces, and were beaten repeatedly.
Source: The Toronto Star

Jeffrey Baldwin statue will get its Superman shield2014-07-09T15:11:53+00:00