To celebrate its ninth birthday, the glamtastic Drake (1150 Queen West, at Beaconsfield, 416-531-5042, thedrakehotel.ca) offers a free cupcake with every breakfast, lunch or dinner ordered in the boutique hotel's café, lounge or dining room today (Thursday, February 21). Bring your own candles. And there's free popcorn in the lounge for the annual Oscar party from 6 pm on Sunday (February 24). Black tie optional.
Knowledge of College
No relation to Dundas West's Pho Phuong, popular Junction noodle joint Pho Huong has opened a second outpost at 598 College at Clinton. Owner Hanna Nguyen assures us the menu and hours are identical to the original. A block west at Grace, a self-described bistro bar to be known as Darwin is due to launch in Howard Dubrovsky's old LAB at number 651. No word if the name's a reference to the 19th-century evolutionist or a certain viral simian with a penchant for cheap Swedish furniture.