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Last year I figured out the secret to enjoying the winter — have fun. This year I’ll be adding tobogganing, snowshoeing and other child-like activities into the mix, but I’ve already found my favourite thing to do on a Friday, head to Dufferin Grove Skating Rink for their Friday Night Suppers.

Read on for the best kept secret in town – a perfect night out for $10, including skating, supper and dessert!



I haven’t been to a baseball game since I was 10 years old, so I was filled with childhood nostalgia when I went to see the Toronto Blue Jays pulverize the New York Yankees on Sunday. The score was 14-8 for the Jays and I’d like to put myself in the win column too for properly managing my food expectations. Word-of-mouth and interweb research all indicated that the concession stands at the Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome) are dismal. The classic hot dog (shown above) is only slightly better than the 50-cent Ikea dog, but this one clocks in at the jacked-up price of $5.

One delicious discovery was the BBQ Chicken Nachos ($7.75) featuring tri-colour nachos loaded with cheese sauce, smoked BBQ chicken, jalapenos, onions, salsa and sour cream. The sweet chicken is an odd mix with the other flavours, but it’s a leisurely treat and the crunch from the nachos blends well with the sound of heckling fans.


Occupying seats in the 500 level has its benefits ($12 price point, lots of room to stretch out since there’s few people around you), but the food up there should be avoided. A quick scan of the upper stalls, and it’s obvious this is peasant food.

Where’s the best food at? Keep reading to find out how to hit a foodie home run with Asian Noodle Bowls and Foot-Long Hot Dogs.

Going to a Toronto FC game is probably the most fun you’ll have at an organized sporting event in the city. The stands are filled with true soccer/football fans, the outdoor stadium is glorious (especially on a warm summer night like this past Saturday) and the eating options are much better than you’d expect.

The first tip is to turn right and go up the stairs after you enter the gates. While many of the concessions stands look the same, this is the only one with the most food options. We tried three items — two were new to the menu this season, and all three were deep-fried. They were also all easy to eat with one-hand (an important feature at a sporting event).


By far, the best of the bunch were the Macaroni and Cheese Fritters with Bacon ($4.95 for 4 balls). The breaded coating was extremely crispy, and the real bacon and sun-dried tomato bits scattered throughout the mac n’ cheese helped make it extra tasty.


Next up was the Chicken Curry Roll ($7.50). This actually came with two rolls and a side container of disappointment. Boo. It’s touted as “mango chutney” but it tastes like straight-from-the-jar plum sauce. This condiment was a strange pairing for the roll which contained curry chicken and basmati rice. Considering the price, we weren’t impressed, but they do get props for putting Indian cuisine on the menu. A bold choice that we wish paid off more with our taste buds.


Lastly was a Scotch Egg ($4.35). While I knew it was typical British fare, I’d never tried one before. It’s a hard-boiled egg, surrounded by sausage meat, then the whole big ball is deep-fried. This was surprisingly bland (and unsurprisingly greasy), and you definitely needed to smother it with the accompanying condiment. My pal Noreel could only guess the sauce was some sort of “HP Sauce Chutney.”


All in all, stick to the Mac ‘n Cheese Fritters and wash it down with a beer ($7.60!!) or a large Coke ($3.40). Oh, and of course don’t forget to learn the chants, wave your red scarf, and cheer on the Reds!


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