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Toronto's Ethnic Buffet

http://nytimes.com/2014/03/02/travel/...

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  1. I scrolled through te article looking for restaurant names and saw Caplansky's and it was extolled. I concluded that the author was full of shit. I exited.

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    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

      Never tried Caplanskys but seems pretty mediocre

    2. It's a pleasant surprise to see a New Yorker gushing about Toronto. If only we all had the same enthusiasm for this city.

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      1. re: hal2010

        Hear hear. Easy to be cynical about the writer's resto choices and miss the point of the article.

        1. re: the_beezelet

          Which is?

          1. re: MissBingBing

            That Toronto is a great city and place to live and once in a while we should try to remember that. I do believe that is the point. What is your point?

            1. re: JennaBean

              Normally she doesn't have a point. She just likes to read her "sentences" on the internet. It's magical.

      2. More often than not these glowing type of articles found in the travel section of newspapers are nothing more than advertorials - i.e. a paid advertisement (by the tourist board) masquerading as a genuine article.

        Does it really seem believable that the writer - a native New Yorker - would make the trek to Toronto - on a regular basis - because she is attracted to all of our supposedly great restaurants?

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        1. re: KKeswick

          See szw's comment above.

        2. I came across the article as well and enjoyed reading it. As someone who left Toronto and has been living elsewhere, it is nice to read about something positive rather than Mayor Ford.

          With that said, I've had enough of the gushing over "diversity" thing. I must be of a different generation than the author, because seeing people "mixing with other kinds" is pretty normal shit isn't it?

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          1. re: Matt H

            It really depends on your audience. I find myself a little surprised sometimes that even in 2014 there are places I travel to in the US for business where it's very much not normal sadly.

            As for the article I think it's a bit of a missed opportunity due to sloppy research and lazy writing (like that Eater 38 piece last year). All of the recommendations are very pedestrian and more of the same, I'm sure her back story is true, she asked for recommendations from her non-foodie friends and got a bunch of safe recommendations absolutely on the pulse of the Toronto food scene in 2008. Heck this article may have been sitting in a drawer for a few years.

            1. re: bytepusher

              I've lived in 6 cities, 4 of which are in the US and its normal at least in my circle. I do agree that there are some places that are still stuck in the past unfortunately, but if anyone is still impressed by this "mixing" it is more a sign of how uncomfortable they are about it rather than the other way around.