1. Sadly, two Ossington Strip staples have closed down. La bar a Soup and the Get Real Cafe, both of which were there long before the hipsters showed up, just couldn't compete with the massive amounts of competition that showed up over night.
2. Wine trends are really funny when you work as a server. Last year, everyone ordered Shiraz without even glancing at the menu. This year, Malbec has taken over. And just wait, I bet in 2011 Merlot and Chardonnay will come full circle. Here is an article about wine trends of the last 10 years.