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Score Pizza

Last March, Kingstonians were dismayed to learn that The Sleepless Goat would be closing up shop once and for all due to insurmountable financial pressures. The popular cafe had been a downtown fixture for nearly 24 years, and as a result of that lengthy tenure, many of us couldn’t picture

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Best Pasta in Kingston

Last Fall we ran a highly contested poll to identify the best Italian restaurant Kingston has to offer. The race was too close to call, with one of my personal favourites, Casa, narrowly beating their next door neighbour, Olivea, by a single vote.  The result is far from a decisive

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Guide to the Best Local Stocking Stuffers

This holiday season, many Kingstonians will look beyond big box stores and online retailers for special gift giving ideas. For many of us, the festive season is an ideal opportunity to have a positive impact on the community by shopping and supporting locally owned businesses.  Whether you choose to give

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#ygkChallenge: Cook Your Favourite Restaurant Dish

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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Local Food, Local Chef Demo: Clark Day of Aqua Terra

When dressing a sandwich or a hotdog, most people wouldn’t believe it’s almost as easy to make your own mustard condiment than it is to squeeze it from a container. Chef Clark Day of AquaTerra was in Market Square this past Saturday demonstrating (among other things) just that: how to

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Local Food, Local Chef Demo: Andrew Kirby of Atomica

Kingston is blessed by a bounty of good restaurants, but sometimes you want that gourmet meal in the comfort of your own home. Fear not: the Downtown Kingston BIA is producing Local Food, Local Chefs cooking demonstrations every Saturday this summer until Labour Day weekend. At each demo in Market

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Best of 2013: Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

For a small city in between major centers, we sure are lucky to have such a wide variety of fresh, locally sourced restaurants.  The food scene in Kingston has thrived and this includes everything from smaller, ethnically diverse cuisine to gourmet restaurants, burgers and breakfast.  Most recently, we’ve seen an

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Kingston Olive Oil Company

The Kingston Olive Oil Company is an intriguing new shop that’s brimming with delicious treats and gourmet creativity. It’s right at home on what I fondly refer to as the “foodie block” downtown – that small stretch of Brock tucked between Wellington and King Street East – where it keeps

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Dianne’s Fishbar Restaurant

Last summer, Kingstonians were tempted with a fresh, new dining establishment whose angle was “seafood shack meets Baja Mexico”.  From Tim Pater, the man who made le Chien Noir, Atomica and Harper’s Burger Bar irresistible destinations on the local culinary map comes Dianne’s Fishbar Restaurant.  Dianne’s is located kitty-corner to

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A Taste of Summer

Our city’s air is thick with warmth and lakefront breezes, the Big Dig is almost finished, and Canada Day weekend is coming up. It’s time for long afternoons spent indulging in two of life’s greatest pleasures: Kingston patios and cold drinks. Here are my top five picks for summer cocktails—grab

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