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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City This Spring

Best of Toronto #3: a primadonna-approved exercise regime at Barreworks

Best of Toronto #3: a primadonna-approved exercise regime at Barreworks

1  Gourmet donuts like blueberry balsamic from Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken.

2  Charming and whimsical decor items from Corktown’s Even & Odd.

3  Challenging yourself to a workout using a ballerina’s barre at BarreWorks

4  A photo op at the iconic Flatiron Building with its wedge-shaped edifice separating Front and Wellington streets.

5  Chowing down on the khao soi, a Northern Thailand specialty of yellow noodles in curry gravy, at Sukho Thai.

6  Scene-stealing moments by Tilley, Neddy and Winny, the Norfolk Terriers who share the role Toto in The Wizard of Oz.

7  The beautiful facade of Osgoode Hall, a National Historic Site that is home to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

8  Admiring finely crafted wares by local and Canadian artisans at The Guild Shop.

9  Fresh and authentic Mexican flavours at Grand Electric, which include beef cheek and baja fish tacos.

10  Sampling cuisine from many countries—France, Italy, Japan, Vietnam and more—in the Baldwin Village.

Best of Toronto #TK: Grand Electric's flavourful tacos (photo: Gizelle Lau)

Best of Toronto #9: Grand Electric’s flavourful tacos (photo: Gizelle Lau)

11  Vintage glam at the Chanel trunk show, presented by jeweller Carole Tanenbaum at Josephson Opticians.

12  Cheering the re-tooled Toronto Blue Jays as the team tries to get its 2013 Major League Baseball season off to a hot start.

13  Skimming the shelves at the TIFF Bell Lightbox gift shop for tomes on directors and actors.

14  Imbibing craft beer from Ontario breweries like Flying Monkeys and Hogtown Brewers at Bar Volo.

15  Ushering in spring with a frilly tulle flower skirt from The Children’s Place.

16  The fervor of the “scramble” at Yonge and Dundas, where you can cross the street in any direction.

17  Biting into the lauded chocolate banana cake from Dufflet.

18  Building your own mini car to race down a ramp at the Legoland Discovery Centre.

19  Perusing the racks for fun, effortless clothes from hard-to-find labels at Fitzroy Boutique.

20  Sampling warm and chilled sakes from the extensive menu at Ki Modern Japanese + Bar.

Best of Toronto #29: Stephen Bulger Gallery shows works by Bertrand Carriere, including Coin du Banc Gaspesie (photo: Stephen Bulger Gallery)

Best of Toronto #29: Stephen Bulger Gallery shows works by Bertrand Carrière, including Coin du Banc Gaspesie (photo: Stephen Bulger Gallery)

21  Innovative Italian craftsmanship with a TwinBag from Porsche Design, which comes in ostrich and crocodile leather.

22  Egyptian hieroglyphics and columns resembling pharaohs at the TTC’s Museum station.

23  Posing with the NHL’s most coveted trophy, the Stanley Cup, at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

24  Delicate photograps by artist James Lahey on exhibit at Nicholas Metivier Gallery.

25  The gentlemanly vibe at Stock, what with its tufted leather couches.

26  Practising your swing at Polson Pier’s lakeside driving range.

27  Indulging in seriously fresh and artistically prepared sushi and sashimi at JaBistro.

28  The nightly glow of twinkling shop and restaurant signs in Chinatown.

29  Starkly composed visuals of the Gaspé Peninsula by Bertrand Carrière on view at Stephen Bulger Gallery.

30  The glamorous red chandelier—and matching red-accented Steinway piano—at Jazz Bistro.

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