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[Dinner with Liz]Mais oui, a jolly good job of pleasing the palate
Post Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 ( Forest Hill)
The more I encounter restaurant servers, the more I have come to value the good ones. And at Crème Brasserie, I found a gem — a waiter...
[Dinner with Liz]Food not part of writer’s dilemma
Post Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 ( Forest Hill)
This review is something of a challenge. I made two discoveries this month: a new restaurant with good food and a problem I hadn’t...
[Dinner with Liz]Left bank is all right
In a world where waiters typically upsell the menu, you have to love a waiter who suggests you’ve ordered too much. We’re at Left Bank...
[Toronto Reads]Checking out sequels by two favourite writers
The Newcomers, Lily Poritz Miller, Sumach Press, trade paperback $19.95. When last seen, the Hoffman family of widowed Sara and her...
[Dinner with Liz]Beyond the Big Mac: Who's got the best burgers?
I’m well aware this review will annoy many readers, but I offer it nonetheless. Let’s start with the observation that the humble...
[Dinner with Liz]A Stack of good food
I never order poutine. But watching the man at the next table take the first bite of his overflowing bowl of fries smothered in cheese...
[On the Beat]Get your freak on
It’s October, a time for harvest. It’s also a time to get your freak on, literally. The city is rife with walking dead, beasties and...
[Dinner with Liz]Artful midtown eatery overdoes it
Post Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 ( Forest Hill, Leaside-Rosedale)
“Artisan” has become a catchword, but the degree to which many artisans can justify the title is limited. So I approached The Artisan...
[Toronto Reads]About that musical day in July
Writing Gordon Lightfoot, by Dave Bidini, McClelland and Stewart, trade paperback, $21. Broadcaster/musician Jian Ghomeshi has...
[Toronto Reads]Story so intimate it’s real
Giant, Aga Maksimowska, Pedlar Press, trade paperback $20. It’s difficult to read Aga Maksimowska’s Giant without thinking of the novel...
[Toronto Reads]A truly ‘enchanting’ young adult read
The Green Man, Michael Bedard, Tundra Books, hardcover $21.99. A lot of books, especially for young readers, come with the blurb...
[Toronto Reads]Quick read satisfies
Best Girl, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Raven Books, paperback $9.95. It’s a good idea. With the attention span of readers shrinking...
[Toronto Reads]Examining public, private struggles
The Lightning Field, Heather Jessup, Gaspereau Press, trade paperback $27.95. Even if you didn’t catch the many Toronto-area...
[Toronto Reads]Ondaatje changes pace for his latest novel
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje, McClelland & Stewart, hard cover $32. Give Michael Ondaatje credit for not repeating himself. In...
[Dinner with Liz]Malay may be gone, but Thai popular
Post Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011 ( Beach-South Riverdale)
The name — Bow Thai — is a little bit of fun; I hoped for equal creativity on the menu. But this little restaurant in The Beach proves to...
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