Our guide Irene was animated as she explained what we could expect from our next stop. “First,” she described with a mischievous smile as her gaze spanned the group, “you deep fry the potatoes slices. Then, you smother them with beef fat gravy and curry mayo. And then–you PUT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH!!” She clapped her hands down on her lap for emphasis, her bright pink skirt swaying in the wind. The group’s laughter joined…

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I just got back from the most memorable trip to Toronto, Canada, thanks in large part to Chef Keith Pears and the staff at the SOCO Kitchen + Bar. It’s not often that you find yourself floored by the downstairs offerings of a hotel restaurant, but SOCO Kitchen + Bar is definitely the exception. I was hosted for lunch with my parents while visiting Toronto and had the chance to meet Executive Chef Keith Pears.…

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Before Nugateau, I never paid much attention to eclairs. Sure, they were available at my local grocery store, but I thought of them as standard. Predictable even. That all changed on a recent trip to a Toronto when I was invited to visit the Nougateau boutique on Queen Street West. I had just finished a food tour of Kensington market and was within walking distance to the shop, so when I got the invitation I…

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