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Cocky Chef Cooks A Deer In Front Of Angry Protesters [WATCH]

With a restaurant name like Antler Kitchen & Bar, this place is almost too easy of a target for animal rights activists.

A group of protesters stood outside the Canadian restaurant owned by Michael Hunter, and it probably wasn’t the type of attention he wanted around his establishment.

Guests inside the restaurant posted videos of the protesters, and seemed more amused than bothered, but Hunter still took a proactive next step to try and shoo away the picketers —a step that probably mortified the activists.

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Hunter grabbed a huge slab of deer meat, laid it on a table near the window where the picketers stood, and just started carving away to cook himself a nice medium-rare steak for dinner.

The protesters, who held signs that read “murder,” and “animals are not ours to use” were visibly and audibly disgusted, claiming that the chef was doing something illegal by prepping the meat in the dining area.

Police officers arrived on scene, probably because there was a large group of people causing a ruckus, but nothing escalated.

The chef ended up finishing his meal, and eating it in front of all the protesters, like a true gangster.

Antler is known for its Canadian wild game meat such as venison, boar, duck, and rabbit, and according to the Daily Meal, reservations have skyrocketed since videos of the incident started circulating.

This isn’t the first time Antler has seen protesters, as animal activists have proudly posted their displeasure in the past.

There is some serious shi.. hellhole out there I could’ve mentioned that @antlerkitchenbar menu looks like a scene from “Hannibal” but that’s not the point. Today while protesting we encountered quite an amount of people saying “Oh, but they’re selling wild meat which they’ve hunted, so it’s sustainable, better for the environment blah, blah, blah” Well, I have some news for you. No one hunted (or should I say “harvested”?) this meat. It’s illegal in Ontario to serve wild game in restaurants, so ALL these deers and boars were actually farmed. Yes, there is such a thing like deer, elk etc. farms and they’re not in any way different than, let’s say, beef farms. Animals are raised there as a livestock and killed for their meat while they’re only 1-2 years old. O, and they also serve rabbits and foie gras. Foie gras, Carl. In 2018. Did I say this place is a hellhole? #antlerkitchenbar #animalabusers

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When asked why he did it, Hunter told the Globe and Mail he was offended by the protesters acts, and decided to simply fight fire with fire.

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McDonald’s Canada Just Entered The Audio Market With ‘The McBoombox’

We can all recall the joyous feeling of getting a new toy inside of our Happy Meal at McDonald’s. While most of us have outgrown the Happy Meal stage, Canada’s Waterloo University and McDonald’s Canada just released an adult toy that will have music fans singing high praise.

In celebration of the McFlurry 22-year anniversary — which was originally created in Canada — McDonald’s Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Audio Research Group along with the Toronto-based industrial design group Stacklab, created a limited time product, that might actually be the first of its kind.

The McDonald’s McBoombox is a recyclable drink tray that’s been outfitted with some custom designed “cones” that help create a full, more robust sound. The cones are a 10-side shaped polygon, enabling the 100 percent cardboard speakers to send sound out audio at a decibel level of 70.4, according to It’sNiceThat.com.

To put 70.4 dB into perspective, an ordinary iPod with headphones can reach 100-115 dB, with the volume at 50 percent. So, it might not blow your eardrums, and you might not be able to feel the bass in your chest, but you’ll be able to hear some tunes at a reasonable volume.

However, the McBoombox was produced in very limited quantities, according to Mashable. For the lucky ones, who caught the slim five-hour window of opportunity, McDonald’s gave the McBoombox away on July 28 from 2:00-7:00 pm. For everyone in the U.S. that wasn’t able to cop this limited edition product — there’s always eBay. So, there’s still a chance for all you music loving McDonald’s heads out there.

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This Bar Uses Coasters From Drunk Drivers’ Wreckage To Teach Sobering Lesson

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There’s no better way to spend your night than grabbing a brewski with your friends, enjoying a few laughs, and looking down at a drink coaster that insinuates death.

The Emmet Ray whiskey bar in Toronto, Canada reminded its patrons to drive responsibly, through drink coasters made of cars involved in drunk driving accidents, according to Global News.

The surface of the coasters read, “This coaster used to be a car. That car never made it home.”

It’s a pretty chilling statement, whether you’re sober or wasted.

The bar teamed up with Arrive Alive, an organization that raises awareness of drunk driving, and the car parts were donated by an auto body shop in Vancouver.

According to Arrive Alive, the coasters were shaped with a hydraulic press, and the laser-etched with the chilling message.

It might not be something you want to see on a night that you’re out with friends and family, trying to have a good time, but if it helps save a life or two, it’s definitely worth it.

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This Bakery Charges People Based On Their Pokemon GO Team

In the past few days, the entire nation has been double-slapped, low kicked and karate chopped by the emergence of (quite possibly) the most quickly and widely downloaded app of all time: Pokemon GO.

The GPS-based game has been a phenomenon in terms of both popularity and practical benefit. Not only have people been going outside and walking around more, but many kids even claimed that it has helped with their depression, giving them a reason to go outside again.

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Well, each player is required to run around and catch pokemon. Once you’ve done enough of that, you reach level 5, and at that point you choose a team to represent. The three teams are the fire bird Moltres of Team Valor (Go Valor!), the electric bird Zapdos of Team Instinct, and the ice bird Articuno of Team Mystic. Admittedly, the most obnoxious people join Team Valor, and we love it that way.

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One obnoxious Team Valor member also happens to run a bakery in Toronto and posted this sign outside of his window. Redditor Dubiono was able to catch the sign and share its glory with the wide world of Pokemon and their trainers.

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Although the owner likely put the sign up as a joke, nobody knows for sure, as the seriousness that people approach this game with is unprecedented. Still, the message is clear: his team is the only one that matters.

The common misconception amongst all players is that Team Valor members are neanderthals, Team Mystic members are lame and Team Instinct members are idiots. While this is untrue (for the most part), they certainly nailed it with me and Team Valor.

 

 

Photo Credit: Reddit, Gammerson

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This MLB Player Earned Free BBQ For Life With A Single Punch [WATCH]

I’m not even a really big baseball fan, but I sure as hell might be after seeing Rougned Odor crack Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the face. That’s the kind of shit I live for.

Last year in game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series against the , Bautista served up a three-run-homer at a pivotal time in the 7th inning. After cracking the baseball, he stared down the pitcher for a moment then flipped his bat up into the air as he and his teammates went jogging around the bases on their way to a win. This did not sit well with Rangers fans and players alike.

Well, last Sunday, Bautista was rounding the bases and slid dangerously into second basemen Rougned Odor. This, being a big “fuck you” in baseball, led to Odor first shoving Bautista then clocking him square in the jaw so hard that Bautista’s sunglasses went flying off of his face.

As I’m sure you can imagine, Texas fans LOVED this. They were so happy that Odor punched Bautista that one fan even started a GoFundMe page in order to raise enough money to pay for his fines. The uber fandom doesn’t stop there, however, as Odor had one more enthusiastic fan give him a deal nobody would be mad about.

Travis Heim, the owner of Heim BBQ in Fort Worth, Texas, publicly declared that Odor had earned himself a lifetime supply of BBQ from his joint, all thanks to the smackdown he doled out to Bautista. “We just thought it would be a funny thing if we gave Rougie free food because he wasn’t the only one who wanted to punch Bautista after last year,” said Heim to NBC 5 News.

Heim has even started selling t-shirts honoring the man and the moment Texas fans will internalize and remember for years to come, with at least 200 sold already in the past few days. Now he just prays that Odor doesn’t abuse his newfound privileges. “Hopefully, he doesn’t like barbecue too much, because then we might be in the red,” Heim said. “It’s just a fun deal, you know.”

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McDonald’s Is Testing McCafé Stands EXCLUSIVELY For Coffee

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McDonald’s is testing a new “experience” for customers that might just change the hot beverage game. The fast food chain has begun testing stands that sell nothing but McCafés in Canada.

It seems McDonald’s wants to work towards being the leading coffee brand. Currently, the first of the stand is located at the transit hub Union Station in Toronto. The McCafé stands also feature a new line of pastries for patrons to order with their coffees.

Grubstreet also says that that spot is also testing an exclusive Oreo McFlurry-like affogato where coffee is poured over the ice cream snack. The stand is currently on its first trial phase, with another scheduled for sometime in 2016.

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A Look Inside Canada’s New Harry Potter Bar

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Canada’s getting a little bit more magical as a new Harry Potter-inspired bar has opened in Toronto. The new bar, The Lockhart, is named after the famous professor Gilderoy Lockhart from the second Harry Potter novel.

While the brash celebrity professor met a [spoiler] melancholic fate in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the memory of his heyday lives on in Canada.

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Drinks include cocktails called Befuddlement Brew, The Shacklebolt and Ludo’s Debt, all inspired by the famous series. While the bar will also serve the better-known Butterbeer, it will go by a different name thanks to copyrights.

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Patrons will also find a small tapas menu that includes citrus shrimp, jalapeño mac & cheese, croquette sandwiches, baked Brie with jam and flavored popcorn.

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The Lockhart will also hold trivia nights, which may or may not only include Harry Potter trivia. It’ll also feature Harry Potter-themed gifts and collectables. Halloween parties are also expected to be thrown.

Photos: Facebook via Sandro Pehar

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An Ex-Local’s Guide to 10 Foods in Toronto That Will Send Your Mouth into Over-Drool

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Coming home after being away for a long time helps you remember who you were before you left. You grab coffee with old friends. You pass familiar streets you bummed around as a kid. Soon, you begin to think about what you wanted before you took off for the big world, the person you wanted to be before life gave you tunnel vision that made it easy to forget.

Every time I come back home to Toronto, Canada, I remember these things. On a more recent trip, I had the chance to catch up with childhood friends and family. As we shared meals at both new and old places, the conversations over fries dripping in gravy and the aroma of hot jerk chicken reminded me why I started writing — “to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.” A naive piece of advice my high school English teacher used to tell me.

So, let me preface this guide by saying this isn’t an expert’s authority to everything you need to eat in Toronto. It’s a rambling conversation about nostalgia and change through food. Toronto locals may notice a strong preference for Queen West and Scarborough — a specific street and area where I spent most of my childhood. Still, if I missed a spot, do let me know. I’ll make sure to visit it next time I’m in town.

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Tim Hortons’ Chili

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TASTES LIKE: MILDLY SALTY, SAVORY 

In Canada, Tim Hortons, or Timmies, is a national icon held in the same regard as the pope. It’s also the same Tim Hortons that Burger King merged with to evade US taxes. Fast food politics aside, the best thing on their menu is their chili. Rich consistency, pieces of diced onion and celery, mushrooms, beans, hearty chunks of ground beef and always hot –Timmies chili is a godsend during those nasty winters.

Oh, and their donuts aren’t too bad either.

WHERE: Anywhere there’s a human

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Mexican Street Corn

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 TASTES LIKE: SWEET, BUTTERY CORN CRACK

I ventured here upon the advice of my elementary school friends, who said La Carnita was one of the first places in Toronto to bring over “not shitty” Mexican food. As someone who’s taken advantage of California’s heartbreakingly great Mexican grub, I have to admit that the tacos at La Carnita are overpriced and not magnificent in flavor. Their Mexican street corn, however, now that’s something California can learn a thing or two from. It’s messy, unapologetically dripping in sweet butter, and you’ll be reminiscing about each bite afterwards.

Where: La Carnita, 501 College Street

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Poutine

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TASTES LIKE: INDULGENT, DRUNK SIN

Dear America, you’re doing poutine wrong. A proper plate of poutine  has three basic ingredients: thick-cut french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. Throwing your leftover cheese and meat on top of a plate of fries ≠ poutine. That’s called a goddamn offense.

Protip: Great poutine should cost you no more than $5. This unofficial drunk food of Canada can be found at every corner in downtown Toronto. A great spot to hit up for both poutine and street meat (below) is the front of New City Hall. There will be a few trucks setting up camp, but the one I head to is the blue truck that claims it’s been Serving Toronto for Over 30 Years. Because their poutine is cheap, messy and 30 years is no joke.

WHERE: 100 Queen St West, in front of new City Hall 

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Polish Dog

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TASTES LIKE: WELL, IT DEPENDS HOW SERIOUS YOUR CONDIMENT GAME IS

The grilled polish dogs from Toronto street carts are on point. Thick, juicy and decadent in that zero fucks-given-to-calories type of way. The overall flavor of your dog, however, depends on how far you want to go with the condiments. Every street cart in Toronto slinging street meat knows to offer the classic condiment line-up: corn relish, bacon bits, pickles, relish, sauerkraut, mustard, ketchup, sliced onions, banana peppers, jalapenos, diced onions and crunchy, dried onions.

WHERE: 100 Queen St West, in front of new City Hall 

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High Priest Burger

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TASTES LIKE: THE WAY IT WOULD IN A BIG MAC PROMO

I was pretty put out about this place. I met up with my cousins at Burger Priest — a trendy black and white hole-in-the-wall — and we all came to the same conclusion: We were eating glorified fast food.

The not-so-secret High Priest burger, however, tasted almost exactly like a Big Mac, but with a heftier price tag. I know I’m going to get trolled for saying this (Burger Priest is incredibly popular in TO), but if I’m paying $11 for a burger, it better give me a memorable mouthgasm or at least come with a side of fries and a drink. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes fantastic, but you can get the same effect at Burger King. I’ll stick with my polish dogs and poutine, thank you very much.

PS: Cash only.

WHERE: The Burger’s Priest, 463 Queen Street W

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Jerk Chicken

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TASTES LIKE: SPICY, TENDER, SAVORY

Pat will not take your shit. He asks for your order in a thick Jamaican accent and doesn’t waste time pretending he owes you a favor. His food is awesome, he knows you know that, that’s why you’re here. I like Pat’s for that reason. It’s good, honest food that doesn’t try to bullshit you with exposed brick walls and dangling cable lights.

Which brings us to the badass decor — posters of Michael Jordon, Gretzky, Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, Obama, etc., line the walls. It makes me feel comfortable, like I’m back in elementary school walking around in my fresh pair of Jordans. For $10 you get a large portion of meat + rice + your choice of sauce. The portions are generous and will spill over the takeout box barely containing it.

WHERE: 558 Queen Street W

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Jumbo Veggie Empanada

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 TASTES LIKE: FRESH, LIGHT AND CRISPY

If you’re in Kensington Market — a marvelous little neighborhood tucked behind Chinatown — make a beeline for Jumbo Empanadas. While the joint is mostly known for their humongous pouches of chicken and beef, their Chilean-style veggie empanadas don’t get enough love. Stuffed with fresh spinach and mushrooms encased in a cripsy, fluffy crust, make sure to pour their classic salsa onto each bite. The marriage of hot veggies and crust with the cool, spicy, chopped tomatoes is something I find myself craving every now and then. And I don’t even like spinach.

WHERE: 245 Augusta Avenue

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Patty on a Bun

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 TASTES LIKE: EVERY SCARBOROUGH KID’S CHILDHOOD 

This one is dedicated to every kid that grew up in Scarborough. The Warden beef patty  is the stuff of legends to everyone that went to school in this area. As my cousin Matthew perfectly put it, “All of high school I ate just the patty, then a friend bought it for me with the bun. It changed my whole outlook on life.” Why on a bun? If you’re asking that question, then that’s the first thing you’re doing wrong.

Pro-tip: If it’s your first time getting the patty on a bun: walk in and order it like that’s the only thing they have. Otherwise, they’ll refuse you. They’ll smell you’re not from Scarborough and give you a beef patty on French bread drizzled with vinegar. Bonne chance!

WHERE: Warden station, go upstairs to the dingy little convenience store on the LEFT, not the right. Trust.

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Kentucky Fried Handshake

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TASTES LIKE: MISPLACED FRIED CHICKEN

Going to a kitschy American restaurant draped in the Star Spangled Banner in the middle of Canada was an idea so inglorious, I knew I had to stop by. Upon recommendation, we tried the Kentucky Fried Handshake — a sandwich that squeezes an entire chicken leg, foot included, in between two sesame buns and adds some shredded lettuce for aesthetic’s sake. The whole shake-this-chicken-leg-then-eat-it gimmick is shameless, yes, but the actual sandwich is solid — lightly fried chicken skin, tender meat inside, a respectable amount of buffalo sauce. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was something Guy Fieri would drool over in Texas.

WHERE: 589 King Street W

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Peameal Bacon Sandwich

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TASTES LIKE: FATTY, EGGY GUILT

I know. By not getting a peameal bacon sandwich from St. Lawrence market, I might as well give up any right to being a Toronto native and move to Montreal. But no one wants to live in Montreal, so hear me out. I headed to St. Lawrence market only to find that it was closed and fate have it be, that was my last day in Toronto. Still, my wonderful cousin Asha told me Rashers served respectable peameal bacon sandwiches. The verdict: YES, AND AGAIN PLEASE.

Made from boneless pork loins, peameal bacon originated in Toronto — something the city takes a lot of pride in. So if you can’t make it well, don’t make it. Rashers does it well, and then some. I opted for the Hogtown Sandwich with peameal bacon and added a fried egg on top. The entire thing is a giant, meaty behemoth, but don’t worry, you’ll end up inhaling it. Easy. Your teeth first bite into the sweet, toasted bun, then meet the satisfying pop of the juicy peameal bacon soaked in egg yolk. You’ll be licking the grease and egg guts off your fingers, which will be shaking from how good that just felt.

 WHERE: 948 Queen Street E