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Where Loves: 30 Things for November and December 2012

1. Kinton Ramen

1  A steaming hot bowl of house-made noodles from Kinton Ramen.

2  Taking in seasonal sounds like Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

3  Stepping back in time at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, the world’s oldest operating double-decker theatre.

4  Shoppers huddled around the seasonal window displays at The Bay on Queen Street.

5  Fascinating displays of giant vegetables and butter sculptures at the Royal Agricultural Cultural Winter Fair.

6. Marianne Chenard maple syrup bottles at the One of a Kind Show

6  Handmade goods from artisans at the annual One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale.

7 Fiery Thai dishes at Salad King based on a 20-chili spiciness scale.

8  Cheering on the Toronto Raptors during home games at the Air Canada Centre.

9  Putting your best hand forward with a manicure from local favourite Tips Nail Bar.

10  A photo op at the trompe l’oeil mural on the backside of the Flatiron Building in Old Town (page 65).

11. Bannock (photo: Garrison McArthur Photographers)

11  Connecting with Canada’s culinary heritage through comfort food at Bannock.

12  The vast collection of graphic novels and comic books at The Beguiling.

13  Picking up warm-from-the-oven baguettes from Woodlot (page 54).

14  Examining the works of Mexico’s famous duo, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

15   Tender Baja fish tacos with fresh toppings from Mexican spot Grand Electric.

16. The Nutcracker (photo: Bruce Zinger)

16  Eyeing the glittery costumes worn in the National Ballet of Canada’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

17  Viewing the skyline on a stroll along the city’s western waterfront.

18  Exploring five decades of film and fashion in the exhibit Designing 007—Fifty Years of Bond Style at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

19  Taking in all the action at Real Sports Bar & Grill, which boasts North America’s biggest indoor HDTV screen.

20  A warming treat of garam masala donut dots and frozen hot chocolate from Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken.

19. Real Sports Bar & Grill

21  Learning about specialty cheeses from France, Italy and beyond at La Fromagerie.

22  A night of dancing at the posh Dolce Social Ballroom.

23  Rolls of beautiful wrapping paper from Papyrus.

24  Biting into a meaty sandwich at Porchetta and Co.

25  Stallions masterfully brought to life through the puppetry of War Horse (page 35).

25. War Horse

26  The prolific chain of Dark Horse Espresso Bar coffee houses, now with four locations, including the original and still-beloved spot in Leslieville.

27  Ascending the free-span glass staircase at the Four Seasons Centre before finding your seats for a Canadian Opera Company performance. You’ll feel like you’re floating on air.

28 Sampling the Christmas Beer, a seasonal specialty at microbrewery The 3 Brewers.

29  Earth-friendly food and toys for your pooch at The Bone House.

30  A touch of Parisian glamour at sophisticated French resto La Société.

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