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Dreamy Japanese Takeout

If you’d asked me back in February what sort of cuisine I considered to be the least well-suited to ordering in, I would without hesitation have replied, “Japanese.” Sure, some of their fast food like ramen will do in a pinch,…

Order In But Make it Count

People keep telling me–especially on this new Wednesday #takeoutday– that they just ordered dinner in “to support the restaurant industry in these difficult times.” “That’s great!” I say, dutifully. But what I’m thinking is: why cloak your hunger in moral rectitude? I…

The Golden Age Of Takeout

Stuck at home in Singapore with a hankering for grilled king crab legs with garlic butter from Michelin-starred Burnt Ends? No problem: put an order in online and they’ll soon come knocking. Stranded in LA, feverishly peckish–but only a little…

The Takeaway: Winos Against Lineups

This is no time to deprive yourself of good wine. So it seems most nights, anyway when just before dinner, with BBC World News broadcasting non-stop death and suffering in the background, I peer into the wine fridge and contemplate…

Making the Case for Covid-19 Restaurant Relief

Last week chef Jason Bangerter asked us to collaborate on a letter to the Prime Minister to make the case for industry-specific relief from the Covid-19 crisis. The idea was to highlight areas of particular concern to Langdon Hall and all the…

The Takeaway

The businesses we used to know and love simply as restaurants are undertaking all sorts of initiatives to keep food and money moving, and a few core employees on the payroll instead of EI. Many restaurants are offering simplified takeout…

A Love Letter to Canadian Restaurants

Six years ago my business partner Geoff Dawe and I launched Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants with a view to celebrating the very best this great industry has to offer. Today that same industry is not just on the ropes, but…

Slow Travel

Make a case for slowing your pace.  In a digital world, slow is the enemy—slow internet service, slow trains, slow traffic: all are unwanted. But in the travel world, slow is becoming a prized quality. The budding slow travel movement…

Checking in at Hotel Restaurants

When you consult our 2019 list of Canada’s Best Restaurants you’ll find a hotel restaurant at every echelon. Top ten? Try Langdon Hall, in Cambridge, Ontario. Top 20: Hawksworth at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver. And on it goes,…

The New Chefanthropy

Chefs are making their charity work personal.  Eight of us are gathered tonight in Gaoler’s Mews, the private restaurant within a restaurant behind Vancouver’s L’Abattoir, where a pair of the country’s best chefs are cooking us dinner. Across the bar,…

The Jaffa Hotel in Tel Aviv

Jaffa, the ancient city just south of Tel Aviv, is awash in hip restaurants, trendy galleries and glowing nightlife. Many inhabit neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance buildings, making for an irresistible pairing of old-meets-new. At the heart of it sits the Jaffa…

Introducing Ace Hotels

The first time we shacked up at an Ace was a decade back, in midtown Manhattan.  The room was small, but so what? We went downstairs for oysters, bottarga flatbread sandwiches and a baked bluefish head at April Bloomfield’s John…

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