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Surfing with Richmond Station, top chefs at Tastemaker, 1/2 price wine at Noce

May 14, 2018

SHAKEN & STIRRED __fun stuff to drink__

SUN & SURF WITH RICHMOND STATION: Our pals at Richmond Station want to take you on an adventure to the Dominican Republic for a week of cooking workshops, surfing lesson and… yoga. (Well, two out of three ain’t bad… kidding. Namaste.) This culinary retreat happens in November, with just 20 spots available, at El Coco Loco Eco Resort, which is owned by Canadian friends of Richmond Station’s Carl Heinrich and Ryan Donovan. Don’t expect a big-resort kind of vibe; do expect an intimate, fun gaggle of friends relaxing and reading and swimming (when not cooking and eating) on a small six-acre beachfront resort. Sounds idyllic, yes?

TASTEMAKER MAKES IT EASY: We’re just a few days away from Tastemaker, which bills itself as Toronto’s hottest new food festival, taking place at Evergreen Brick Works on Friday and Saturday (May 18-19). There are some fun events in store, including a BBQ wild game presentation with Antler Kitchen and Bar’s Andrew Hunter that will get an Indian twist via Vikram Vij. (We’re intrigued…) Also on the lineup: Afrim Pristine from Cheese Boutique, Ivana Raca from Resto Boemo, Grant van Gameren from Bar Isabel and Bar Raval and tons more, Alida Solomon from Tutti Matti, Patrick Kriss from Alo, Rob Gentile from Buca and Victor Barry from Piano Piano (and more). We like this event because the ticket price includes all samples, so no futzing around with tokens, cash, crowns or frickin’ poker chips. Just pay, enter, eat. Enjoy!

1/2 PRICE WINE AT NOCE: Just a quick shout out to one of Drink Toronto’s favourite restaurants — and one that’s a guest favourite on our West End Wine Discovery tour — the Italian gem Noce has a brilliant and ever-changing list of 1/2 price bottles of wine every Wednesday. They also have Toronto’s best wood-fired pizza: try the mushroom or the pepperoni (with house-made pepperoni) and prepare to be amazed. (Best: you can drink your 1/2-price bottle while waiting for your pizza, then take your ‘za to go!)