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YUM! 029: All-day brekkie better than ever at renovated retro Donlands Diner

Posted by on May 2, 2017

Yum! Restaurant profile by George Spelvin \ I love it when a Yum! food review actually lives up to its name!

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #028: Connecting the dots —where to find craft beers

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Over the last few issues, we have introduced readers to some world class microbreweries here in East York. Now it’s time to connect the dots —a beer by itself lacks an ingredient: ambiance. Fortunately East York has an incredible range of locations to experience these beers. For the sake of brevity, we are concentrating this solely on the Danforth to suggest an assortment of bars and eateries. Relish: Located one block east of Woodbine, they have music starting early evening every night with as many flavors as their beers. They have over 20 taps and according to owner Joanne Clayton they switch products every three or four kegs. I find the bartenders knowledgeable about each beer, and have never been led wrong. The new patio should be a pleasant place to quaff when the nice weather arrives. Sarah’s: At...

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Permits received, No Frills renovation work has begun

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017

Scaffolding has been erected outside the closed Rocca’s No Frills at 269 Coxwell Ave. as the store’s parent company, Loblaws Company Limited, has finally begun extensive renovations to the outlet that’s been closed for almost a year. In an email to East York Chronicle in February a Loblaws communications spokesman said that a wait for construction permits from the City of Toronto was responsible for delays in starting the work, which will include a new front facade and interior redesign. Last month the firm announced the permits have been received and workers have since been observed on site, but it has still not given an indication as to when the location will reopen. The company has been offering a free shuttle service from the outlet’s parking lot to another No Frills on Carlaw Ave. But a local writer who...

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Health Notes: Finding fast food balance & balancing magnesium

Posted by on Feb 25, 2017

\ By Dr. George I. Traitses \ Make no bones about it: Eating out generally equates with poorer eating habits compared to eating at home, despite “advances” in the past few years in terms of healthier menu options. Case in point: a recent study that suggests people who eat at fast-food or sit-down (full-service) restaurants consume approximately 200 additional calories each day they do so. The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, asked more than 12,000 adults ages 20-64 about their eating habits on two separate days as part of the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  People who ate fast food consumed 194 extra calories a day compared to people who did not eat out; while people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed an additional 205 calories daily. Eating out also led to higher intakes of saturated...

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Coxwell No Frills will reopen -eventually

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017

A number of readers were alarmed by a comment in the Crafty Tippler column in Issue 024 that suggested a new brewery could be located in the Rocca’s No Frills building at 269 Coxwell Ave., which has been closed for renovations for over a year. But one reader who followed up and contacted No Frills owner Loblaws, said they were told the store will re-open eventually once the work has been completed. More details next...

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Iconic EY eatery reopens as Donlands Diner with nostalgic theme

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016

Retro decor is all the rage these days. But in the case of the “new” Donlands Diner, the nostalgia theme that informs its newly renovated interior and exterior just happens to be authentic.

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