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Toronto Cafes you Need to Check Out

There’s nothing like sipping a steamy latte on a lazy Sunday afternoon as you casually people watch or read your favorite book. ¬†This is starting to become a weekend tradition of mine so I’m sharing some of my favorite spots ūüôā Colette A beautiful Parisian inspired cafe right next to the Thompson Hotel on King and Portland. Colette boasts a bakery, bar, and lounge all cleverly divided with different atmospheres and decor. Aside form grabbing a cup of coffee served in a delicate porcelain white cup, you’ll want to try their brunch menu which includes classics like Eggs Benedict on a croissant or their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. NEO Coffee Bar If you enjoy Japanese desserts, you will LOVE this place. NEO makes their desserts and coffees in house. You can watch the pastry chef decorate freshly baked green tea swiss rolls as you sip on your matcha latte. The design of the cafe is also very Japan-esque – clean cut and simple. Field Trip Cafe Just west of Ossington is a a humble little cafe …

V-day in Toronto

The moment New Years Eve activity wraps up, retail stores are suddenly decked out in pink and red hearts and boxes of chocolates wrapped in delicate bows. ¬†Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the cheesy and cliche roses and fancy dinner. ¬†Make it fun this year with your significant other or your girl friends with a unique experience! Sweet Tooth Duo What’s more thoughtful than buying your sweetheart a box of chocolates? Making them together! Toronto offers some fun courses on making your favorite confectionaries from chocoalte to french macarons. ¬†In fact, this would be a perfect girls night out option too for the single ladies. Purdy’s Truffle Making Class Le Dolci’s Cupcake making or Parisian Macaron class Artistic Couples This is a great opportunity to get creative with paint cafes! They offer classes or free style options. Just purchase a canvas, and you have access to all the paint and tools needed to create your masterpiece. They usually have a cafe or bar in the lounge as well, so you can sip on your …

7 Fun Things to do in February [Toronto]

DJ Skate Nights Injecting your ice skating experience with some live music! Jam out to your favorite tunes on ice. Jan 2 – Feb 20 at the Harbourfront Skating Rink Admission – Free Check out who’s playing Dragon Ball Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Yee Hong fundraising Gala. Feb 6 at the¬†Metro Toronto Convention Centre Reserve your table Try something new for Valentine’s Day! Tired of the same old roses and fancy dinner with your significant other? Does Feb 14 make you cringe? Regardless if you are single or in a relatonship, take the opportunity to do something unique this year. Keep an eye out for my Valentine’s Day post coming up! Winterlicious Between Jan 29 – Feb 11, enjoy a 3 course meal for a fixed price. This is a great chance to try out the plethora of dining options in Toronto.¬†Check out my personal favorites on my previous post here. La Poutine Week A poutine lover’s dream. Not that you need an excuse to get a Poutine… but now you really need …

2016 Winterlicious Top Picks

Between Jan 29 – Feb 11, enjoy a 3 course meal for a fixed price. This is a great chance to try out the plethora of dining options in Toronto. Also a great opportunity to hit up your coveted list of fancy restaurants that you would normally need to sacrifice a paycheck to entertain¬†your tastebuds. ¬†Here are my personal favorites based on past experience. Canoe –¬†Contemporary Canadian. ¬†$28 Lunch // $45 Dinner One of the most highly requested restaurants for Winterlicious/Summerlious, Canoe sits on top of the TD building on the 54th floor. Soak in the bird’s eye view of Toronto as you dine, or better yet, come during sunset for a extra special touch to your meal. The service is excellent and each dish is carefully crafted together like a work of art. Be prepared to experience a variety of unusual textures and tastes that Canoe aims to incorporate in all its seasonal dishes. Where: 66 King Street West, 54th Floor (TD Tower) Estiatorio Volos¬†– Modern Greek. ¬†$23 Lunch // $35 Dinner This is …

Gifts for the Foodie

Last installment of the “Last Minute Holiday Gift” series. ¬†Everyone knows a few foodies, here are some great ideas on presents that will impress their palette. McEwans For: The gourmet food lover who appreciates beautiful packaging Where: Shops on Don Mills,¬†66 Wellington (The Path) McEwan’s is like a Whole Foods but arguably even nicer with a fine selection of food packaged up so beautiful you may not want to even open it. They carry products like Sullivan & Bleeker Squish Candy For: The one with the massive sweet tooth Where:¬†176 Yonge St. (Inside The Bay, concourse level) With its whimsical packaging and wide selection of candied treats, it’s like walking into an upscale Willy Wonka store. You’ll probably find some excellent stocking stuffers and gifts that practically don‚Äôt even need wrapping thanks to their adorable packaging. Green Beanery For: The caffeine addict Where: This huge coffee store boats an impressive selection of all things coffee including responsibly sourced beans, grinders, French presses and more! The gadgets you can find in this store will probably impress …

Gifts for Him: Unique Stores for Last Minute Shoppers

Your holiday shopping guide for men. ¬†Last minute hustling doesn’t have to mean boring cookie-cutter gifts that he will never use. ¬†I’ve uncovered a few Toronto based stores¬†that¬†offer a little something special for every man. Frank & Oak For: The man that appreciates the art of dressing well without breaking the bank. Where:¬†735 Queen Street West Sale? YES! Frank & Oak offers a solid¬†selection of dress shirts, blazers, and men’s accessories. There’s even a coffee shop right inside this store if you need a pump of caffeine to get the shopping started! ¬†They really do offer some great items for very reasonable prices. GOTSTYLE For: Those who want to splurge for that special someone. Where: 62 Bathurst Street Sale? YES! GOTSTYLE doesn’t mess around when it comes to dressing men impeccably. I remember walking in there with my boyfriend to try on some suits and I was very impressed by how knowledgable the staff were about fabrics and clothing production. They have an excellent selection and even a salon inside. Uncle Otis For: The stylish …

Gifts for Her: Unique Stores for Last Minute Shoppers

The holidays are in full swing and between the office parties and potlucks with friends, it can be hard to allocate solid time for gift shopping! ¬†If you are still looking for a special something for a special someone, I’ve got just the stores for you.   Jonathan + Olivia For: The high fashion gal who loves her sleek all black outfits with badass ankle boots and structured leather bags Where: 49 Ossington Aveunue On Sales? YES! If your girl is into high fashion, this is the place to be. ¬†Think of this store as a condensed Holt Renfrew (focusing on black and leather pieces) with a healthy variety of designers like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant. COS For: The minimalist girl who rocks the shapeless look and loves solids and structured pieces Where: 85 Bloor Street West A Swedish clothing label that has recently planted a flagship in the heart of Yorkville amongst a sea of other high fashion and trendy retail stores. ¬†I first encountered COS in Berlin and fell in …

10 Fun Things to do in November [Toronto]

Now that I am back in Toronto, it’s hit me that there are an overwhelming amount of events, concerts, and activities to do in the city. I looked into what was happening in the month of November and thought I’d share¬†some interesting ones with my readers. Concerts/Shows/Exhibits The Weeknd Scarborough born multi-platinum selling artist returns home with The Madness Fall Tour. Nov 3 – 5 at the Air Canada Center Buy Tickets Sleeping Beauty on Ice Watch elegant skaters dance to the classic fairytale on ice Nov 20 – 21 at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts Buy Tickets Calvacade of Lights Bundle up and head outside to watch fireworks, the lighting of the Christmas Tree and free performances Nov 28 at Nathan Philips Square More Info Andy Warhol Revisited A¬†Toronto Warhol exhibition of iconic paintings and prints opening Canada Day. ¬†The exhibition includes over 120 works from Revolver Gallery. Tues – Sun 10am – 8pm Buy Tickets Getting into the Spirit Santa Clause Parade Gather in the heart of Toronto to watch the …

Toronto Summerlicious – Sassafraz Review

Toronto hosts two very popular culinary events annually – Summerlicous & Winterlicuous. ¬†Restaurants across the GTA participate by offering a 3-course prix fix meal to encourage diners to try out new cuisines and get a taste of¬†the culinary talent in the T.O. Usually I’d end up going to about 3 restaurants on average but because I’m spending this summer in Ottawa, I was lucky enough to sneak in one meal. ¬†I dined at Sassafraz with my family for lunch – an upscale French inspired restaurant in the heart of Yorkville. ¬†Click here to see their $28 lunch and $45 menu. The service in Sassafraz is very good. ¬†The waitors are attentive and are there when you need them, and out of sight when you don’t. ¬†They provide fresh, warm bread and generously re-fill throughout the meal. For the Appetizer, I had the Bay Scallops with new potato, chorizo, and sumac roasted cauliflower. ¬†I was a little disappointed at the size of the scallops, I’m not a fan of these tiny ones at all. ¬†The chorizo …

Toronto Food Finds

With so many new restaurants and food trends popping up in Toronto, there’s always new things to try! ¬†Here are some places I’ve hit up recently. Hibiscus –¬†A tiny little cafe tucked behind the plethora of stores and restaurants in Kensington Market. ¬†I’ve easily walked right past this place multiple times even when I’m trying to look for it. ¬†But it’s well worth the hunt. ¬†Their menu might be small, but the salads and crepe sure do pack a punch in terms of flavor and presentation. ¬†I love their salad bowls – full of beautiful colors and textures and hearty enough to keep you full for hours. ¬†Their Squash Puree has a nice kick of ginger and their savory crepes are to die for. ¬†Hibiscus also has an assortment of vegan ice cream and desserts. ¬†Seating is limited but I’ve never had a problem with getting a table. ¬†Highly recommend! Japango – another tiny¬†restaurant that one can easily miss. ¬†You know it’s the real deal when its run by Japanese people. ¬†Their Japango Roll is …