Toronto Weekender: December 13 through 16, 2012

‘Twas the second last weekend before Christmas, and all through the land, socializing YPs were getting restless, looking for a plan. They stumbled upon our weekender and shouted with glee, for another weekend of festivities tis upon them, presented by we…

From the people who brought us Swish by Han, we now have Oddseoul on Ossington. This Korean restaurant uses varied techniques to pound out awesome takes on Korean classics. Take the bulgogi cheese steak sandwich, for instance. This spot is East meets West meets gastronomical glory, and it’s perfect for a Thursday night feast.

Tonight at the Mod Club, join the HoHoTO party in support of Daily Bread Food Bank. This event is a social media breeding ground, with all of the city’s top influencers in attendance to help support this worthy cause. Mix and mingle to jingling beats while connecting with the Twitterati and Instagraming every minute of yuletide bliss.

Cult followers of Cabbagetown favourite Sukhothai have a hipper, bigger, and improved restaurant with the opening of its second location on Wellington East. While the first is closed for the time being (the staff moved over to help with the opening), this second outpost has a liquor license, chic decor, and the same quality Thai food followers have come to expect. Start your Friday night off with some of the best Thai food in the city. 

Like, totally, like have an awesome Friday night at the 90s Party: Clueless Edition hosted by She Does the City and Worn Fashion Journal. This tubular dance party at the Annex Wreckroom features the top beats from our decade of youth, vodka jello shots all night long, costume contest for the best throwback attire, and all the bodacious babes and hip hunks you could want. 

On Richmond you’ll find Hawthorne Food and Drink, a new restaurant from Chef Eric Woods. Doubling as a social mission – the restaurant has a training program for new chefs and hospitality industry workers to learn the ropes – Hawthorne serves up inspirational cuisine for lunch, like the #Foursquare set of dishes. Check it out for a late morning bite on Saturday.

The 7th annual Mistletoe Mixer goes down tonight at the Pilot. With funds raised going to Daily Bread Food Bank, it’s a worthy ditty of a dance night. DJ Matty Ryce will be on the turntables as festive females and mistletoe men dance it up on the floor. 

The 3rd annual A Toronto Christmas goes down tonight at Steam Whistle Brewing in support of Glass Frog. One of the chicest holiday happenings, don your yuletide apparel and shake your groove thangs in support of this worthy cause alongside some of Toronto’s top trendsetters. 

Latkepalooza is on again! The 3rd annual edition of this new culinary festive favourite sees a showdown of the best latkes in the city. Hosted at Caplansky’s, get ready for a potato pancake throwdown of epic proportions. Think you have what it takes to win, then go ahead and enter and see how your stack, well, stacks up. 

In a quick reno-rebrand-redesign move – we heard they did the majority of the work in a day – Bar Volo has relaunched with some notable improvements. Now the craft beer haven has a menu by Chef Guy Rawlings – including charcuterie from Grant van Gameron and pretzels from Woodlot – more taps, and spots for six casks. Head on over Sunday night to finish of the weekend in notable style.

Photo courtesy Sukhothai