Water From the Lake (Ontario)

While customers at Edward Levesque’s Kitchen in Leslieville ponder the menu, restaurateur Levesque makes his signature introduction: “Would you like San Peligrino, Evian — or Lake Ontario Water?” Levesque is onto something: “Bottled water is the biggest scam,” he tells XYYZ, “and customers know it. Big business makes millions of … Read More

Lesson 2: Single Malts & Blends

There are five types of Scotch whisky, each of whose names bespeak their natures: 1. Single malt whisky is made from malted barley by one distiller. No other grains or cereals are mixed in. ‘Malt’ refers to a grain, which has soaked in water and germinated. You’ll find over 100 … Read More

The Bathurst Borscht Belt

The cultural epicentre for Toronto’s nearly half million Russian immigrants is the Bathurst Borscht Belt, and it’s great place for an authentic and unusual adventure with someone you’re out to impress. (She’ll applaud your creativity.) Start off exploring the city’s most eclectic collection of Soviet-era artifacts. Russian Stuff & More … Read More

A Primer on Wine Tasting

Wine tasting and the wine talk that goes with it strikes many as silly and snobbish. It deserves a better reputation: There’s real insight and knowledge to be gained through thoughtful tasting. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when tasting, as opposed to drinking. The idea that … Read More

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