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Top 5 Poutine Spots in the Durham Region

Posted by Ryan LePage on July 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Hello, everyone! First of all, I want to thank those who took the time to read my food blog over this past year, whether you read one or ten, I am grateful that readers found my reviews of delicious local restaurants around UOIT interesting! As a graduating fourth year, this will be my last blog as the UOIT food blogger, and I am going out with a bang - with poutine! Like one of my first posts, this blog will feature five (NEW!) poutine spots, ones that were not included in the first blog back in the fall. 

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Top 5 dessert spots in the Durham Region

Posted by Ryan LePage on June 28, 2017 at 10:06 AM

Today I bring to you a list that I had a lot of fun doing: top desserts around the Durham Region. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the list for you - cheat days ahead! I hope that you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoyed trying the different desserts, because needless to say every spot on this list is most definitely worth trying. I will also list the cost of everything so you can have a better idea of price point. Let’s begin!

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Top four burritos near the university!

Posted by Ryan LePage on June 23, 2017 at 10:43 AM

Hello again friends! I know it has been a while since I last blogged about food but fear not, for I have returned! I hope you enjoyed my blog on poutine (Top 5 Poutines in Oshawa) but this time I have taken it upon myself to try burritos! I have navigated through the guacamole and made sure to try every type of bean imaginable so that I can present to you the top burritos!

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Spotlight: Big Boy's Burrito!

Posted by Ryan LePage on May 8, 2017 at 2:06 PM

Hello Student Speak readers! I welcome you to my very last blog as the Student Speak food blogger for this wonderful university. It was an amazing run involving a lot of delicious food, and I hope you also have enjoyed all the eats over the last two academic years. This last blog will focus on a new Mexican spot that just opened up right in downtown Oshawa, at 24 King Street East, where the Patty Shack used to be. It is located right beside Buster Rhino’s near the Regent Theatre. With respect to finding this delicious new spot, it is right in downtown Oshawa, so if you took the 401 Simcoe bus, simply walk east on King Street for literally two or three minutes and it will be right there!

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SPOTLIGHT: Cosy's Diner

Posted by Ryan LePage on April 10, 2017 at 2:52 PM

The second last blog! Given the timing, I wanted to wish all of you reading luck on your final exams, and remember that a mark does not define you. This time we are spotlighting a restaurant that is relatively new – Cosy’s Diner! They celebrated their one-year anniversary on March 6. Nestled in the Rossland & Stevenson plaza, Cosy's is a Denny’s-style family-owned restaurant located at 500 Rossland Road West, Oshawa, ON. Being located close to both Paul Dwyer Catholic High School & R.S. McLaughlin CVI, and having a Durham Region Transit bus stop right out front, it is very student-friendly. From campus, jump on the 916 bus with your student card, and arrive in 15 minutes!

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Charley Ronick's Pub & Restaurant Food Review

Posted by Ryan LePage on March 7, 2017 at 3:03 PM

I know that some time has passed since the last blog, unfortunately, my responsibilities as a graduate student took over for a period of time – but here we are back in action! Charley Ronick's is a pub and restaurant located at 3050 Garden Street East, in Whitby. It is located in the plaza at the northwest corner of Rossland and Garden, with Shoppers Drug Mart and No Frills.

First of all, let me just say that this place has some delicious food! Initially, I was not planning to actually blog about Charley Ronick's, but the food was so good that I knew that the world needed to be made more aware of a delicious spot located right in north Whitby! For those who watch sports, they have TVs everywhere, including the booths. Each booth has a TV built right into the wall! Combined with deals on wings and other items, and you can imagine its popularity for sporting events.

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Justice Burger: justice is served!

Posted by Ryan LePage on December 6, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Hello everyone! First off, let me wish all of you who are students luck as we go into the final exam period – remember that marks do not define you, stay hydrated, and remember to study! If you do find yourself in need of some protein to power the ol’ gray matter, look no further than the delicious goodness that is Justice Burger! Justice Burger is located at 77 King St. East in Oshawa. It's literally right beside Smoke’s Poutinerie for reference. If you're a student, it's across from the Regent Theatre, just further east. If you're taking transit, you would take the 401 Simcoe, and get off at King & Centre, then walk east for a couple of minutes. Soon enough, the journey will be complete, and you too can be served JUSTICE!

Justice Burger is run by a group of young entrepreneurs all under 30, who also all live in Oshawa, so they understand the value of having local goodness. In connection with this – they use only local ingredients that are always fresh, with organic produce. The burgers use Ontario beef, and they are never frozen so that they can maintain a delicious warmth all the way to your stomach. If having fresh produce and beef is not enough of a draw for you, all of the sauces used on their burgers are made in-house. But I am making my own mouth water thinking about it, so it’s about time for me to focus on the glorious food!

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Four great sushi spots near the university!

Posted by Ryan LePage on September 14, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Hello, everyone! I am back for another year of reviewing delicious local restaurants and shops around Durham Region to find you the best meals and deals! Last year I reviewed everything from poutine and burgers to burritos and more. The first blog of this year is about a very popular, somewhat healthier food choice – sushi! I went to four different sushi restaurants so that I could provide only the finest of feedback on the quality of sushi in the area.  Without further ado, here's what I found!

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Top 5 Burger Joints in Durham Region

Posted by Ryan LePage on March 3, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Hello again! Welcome to another of my mouthwatering food review posts. This time I checked out the top burger joints in the Durham Region! I know writing this only made me want to go out and eat more burgers, so I hope it has the same result for you, and that you get the opportunity to check out one of these great burger spots!

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Top four breakfast spots near the university

Posted by Ryan LePage on February 17, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Hello everybody!  Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few of the best local breakfast places offered near the university, giving me some great restaurant suggestions to fuel your brain with that first meal of the day. All four of these places offer all-day breakfast, which is extremely important if you’re like me and wake up closer to the early afternoon than morning. So, when you roll out of bed at 1 p.m., all four of these locations will be ready and waiting to serve you fresh breakfast! 

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