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Top 5 places to get pizza around UOIT

Posted by Sierra Haller on November 2, 2017 at 2:43 PM

I went to various pizza joints near the university, in search of the best places to go for a slice of pizza. A student-friendly budget was kept in mind throughout this journey. I stuck to the basics and ordered simple pepperoni pizza for comparison. Most of the pizza places are in a 30-minute walk range from the north campus location.

Starting from fifth best, to the top pizzeria around, read along to discover where you will find yourself wanting to stop the next time you crave pizza.

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Oshawa Food Review: Hollywood Cone

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on July 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Downtown Oshawa is full of amazing places to eat, from burritos and pulled pork, to heathy salads and vegan cuisine. And while grabbing a full meal between classes can be ideal, sometimes all you want is to satisfy that sweet tooth with dessert.

That’s where Hollywood Cone comes in. Previously known to locals as a dynamic ice cream truck, roving the streets of the city or parked at summertime events, Hollywood Cone is now the newest addition to the downtown core, with a storefront ready for all your frozen treat desires.

We stopped by Hollywood Cone this summer to check out what they have to offer, and there’s no doubt that we were blown away by the selection, portions and cool concept. Keeping with the Hollywood theme, this store is decked out in movie memorabilia, like comfy theatre seating and a menu reminiscent of the old-style movie poster frames, complete with flashing marquee lights. A high top table is available for street-view seating and movie-themed vanity plates line the wall.

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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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