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April 18, 2011

Origin a ‘solid’ Toronto restaurant — and it could be a brand

Claudio Aprile at Origin

Claudio Aprile says Origin's menu is designed for short attention spans.

When I asked Claudio Aprile if the eclectic, tapas-style dishes served at Origin marks the way dining will be in the future, he said no. Origin is about now.

“It’s designed for short attention spans. That’s what our society is about,” said the chef who also operates Colborne Lane, long considered among the best restaurants in Toronto.

I’d been meaning to get to Origin, which is at King and Church, since it opened last year and finally made it there twice in a four-day period this month thanks to media events. The food came at us fast, in one satisfying wave after another. Taste is a personal thing and Aprile’s cuisine — which is innovative, sophisticated and often brave — agrees with me. So I wanted to find what others thought of the experience at Origin: of the taste, the price, the portion sizes.

The most repeated word was “solid.”

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April 8, 2011

The Carlton adds to options for Toronto foodies

Chef Christopher Moreland of The Carlton.

Executive Chef Christopher Moreland of The Carlton, located at the new Holiday Inn.

Dinner at the Holiday Inn?

May not sound like much of a date night. Christopher Moreland, though, wants to remind us of this hotel chain’s importance to small communities and generations past. While presenting samples from the menu of The Carlton, the new restaurant operated by the recently opened Holiday Inn Downtown Centre, Moreland reminisced about his childhood and the excellent food his family would receive during visits to Chatham. He said the franchise hotel there was run by a German family and the food would be a draw for the city.

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