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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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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 Steak in Kingston

There are few dishes as basic and as commonly found on the menus of restaurants that may otherwise have nothing in common.  The creation of this dish, while a staple for many, is an art form and, to be truly perfect, must meet the specifications of the customer.  The dish

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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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The Economics of the Farmers’ Market

Kingston’s Public Market is an important fixture in the downtown core. As the oldest public market in Ontario and a bustling attraction to locals and visitors alike, summer in the Square would not be the same without it. On top of the Public Market, we also have the new Memorial

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Eating Healthy by Accident

Dining out in Kingston is really fun. Good food, good vibe, and a fair amount of diversity. Many of us toggle between old standbys and adventurous new dishes. Many of us also start long term relationships with certain dishes and restaurants. (I am going on 6 years with Woodenheads’ Calamari

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Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

Restaurant business is a tough business. Profit margins are low – often 10-15%, and costs are always increasing. They say that 1 in 4 restaurants that open will close within a year. In Kingston, the density of restaurants downtown is very high, and although the natural lifecycle of openings and

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Guide to The 2012 Limestone City Blues Festival

The 16th annual Limestone City Blues Festival is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you likely have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this massive weekend celebrating blues music and southern-inspired food. We love our local Blues Fest because we can enjoy four days of lively performances

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