a couple walking with their dog next to white tents full of vendors

Accessing fresh farm produce in the city

For many city dwellers the best way to access fresh local food is at one of the many Farmer’s Markets held each summer, with some held throughout the year.  My personal favourite market in Toronto can be found at Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie St on Saturdays from 8AM to 12:30PM year round (10 minute walk from…

a patio with wooden tables/chairs and flowers all around

A taste of New Orleans in Toronto

After an extended absence from Toronto that included a week in New Orleans, I was so thrilled to return home and find out that a little piece of New Orleans opened up in my neighbourhood.  Fat City Blues, located at 890 College St, has an excellent west-facing patio, which means lots of afternoon sun for…

A salad full of bright colours

What happens when you mix Jerk Chicken & Chow Mein? Patois!

The Caribbean meets Asian soul food at Patois, a restaurant with a unique twist inspired by Chef Craig Wong’s Chinese-Jamaican heritage and perfectly reflective of Toronto’s diversity.  As the restaurant explains, “Like Jamaica’s national language, “Patois” is the merging of great food ideas from various cultures, executed with respect for the ingredients.”  It all comes…

Dim room with interesting ceiling design and full of people

Spanish Tapas in Little Italy: Bar Raval

Grant van Gameren can seem to do no wrong. The chef behind Black Hoof and Bar Isabel finds a way to mix unique ingredients (pig head, sweetbreads, chicken gizzards) with that so hip it hurts vibe perfectly every time.  I have been anxiously anticipating the transformation of the space formerly occupied by Teatro every time…

a round dish filled with chocolate and raspberries on a plate next to a shot glass

Furlough Meets West Queen West

Furlough, a brand new restaurant and cocktail bar from the owners of Bar Chef, opened in late January in the West Queen West space vacated by Ursa late last year.  The look is dimly lit French bistro romantic, with food and drinks served using classic crystal and china.  The service is excellent and my water glass never went…

little round chocolate cake on a white plate decorated with black & white chocolate

Winterlicious Lunch: Sassafraz

Winterlicious can be hit or miss, so whenever I find a great spot, I spread the news far and wide! This year my favourite was the $28 lunch at Sassafraz. Located in the heart of charming Yorkville, Sassafraz has been a magnet for Toronto’s well-heeled crowd for many years. Gutted by a fire almost 10 years ago, the…

Bubbles & Brunch: Cibo Wine Bar

For $35 per person, Cibo Wine Bar serves up Bubbles & Brunch every Sunday featuring an all-you-can eat extravaganza of Italian goodies and a glass of prosecco or mimosa. With locations near King & Spadina in Toronto and Coral Gables in Miami, Cibo offers traditional Italian food in a relaxed, yet stylish atmosphere featuring huge windows, exposed brick, and lots of…

an old brownstone with leafy trees around it, the words "Bodega" written on its canopy

Winterlicious bookings begin January 15th

Love it or hate it, Winterlicious returns to takeover the Toronto restaurant scene from January 30 to February 12, 2015.  Loved by budget-conscious foodies and loathed by wait staff fearing lower tips, the food festival has been bringing out diners during the winter lull for over 10 years.  An array of over 200 restaurants across the city…

a glass case with lots of sandwiches, jars, and other takeout items

Bannock: Canadian comfort food in the heart of Toronto

Bannock, a round flatbread originally of Scottish origin, is featured widely in Indigenous people’s cuisine in Canada.  The Oliver & Bonacini restaurant of the same name offers a modern twist on comfort food with fresh quality ingredients.  Located at 401 Bay Street, next to Canada’s oldest department store Hudson’s Bay, the Eaton Center shopping mall, and several tourist attractions, this is a great…

First taste of Bar Fancy

Tucked off the side of an alleyway down Queen Street West, west of Ossington, you fill find Bar Fancy. Look for the neon tiger to lead your way down to the long awaited snack bar from Jonathon Poon, chef at the acclaimed Chantecler in Parkdale, and Jesse Fader, former chef at Fabbrica. From the streetfront window full…