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30 Things

Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City in June 2013

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto #1: colourful scarves from Augustina

Best of Toronto #1: colourful scarves from Augustina

 Accessorizing with luxe leather purses, statement jewellery and colourful scarves at Augustina.

2  Purring over the new Canadian production of Cats.

3  Story time at the Franklin Children’s Garden on Toronto’s Centre Island.

4  Rows of sparkly chandeliers at Troika Vodka Boutique.

5  Treating yourself to a hot lather shave from Truefitt and Hill, a classic barber shop and spa exclusively for gents.


Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City in May 2013

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto #1: the lush flora of the Allan Gardens Conservatory

Best of Toronto #1: the lush flora of the Allan Gardens Conservatory

1  A quiet moment of respite amidst the beautiful blooms at Allan Gardens Conservatory.

2  Playful mobiles hanging from the ceiling of Kol Kid.

3  Spending the day with four-legged animals like the Masai giraffe at the Toronto Zoo.

4  A cheese platter composed of offerings from Ontario, France and Australia at Edulis.

5  Donning red and chanting along with the BMO Field crowd during a Toronto FC match.


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.


Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City in March 2013

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto 30 Things Dbar

Best of Toronto #1: The Four Seasons Hotel’s dBar is a sophisticated sipping environment

1  Sipping a cocktail and soaking in the sophisticated ambience of dBar—with its walnut walls and earth-tone decor.

2  Sampling flights of reds and whites from vineyards near and far—Ontario, California, Argentina, France, Australia and elsewhere—at Mavrik Wine Bar.

Exploring the aromas and flavours of India on a walking tour with the Culinary Adventure Company.

4  Free noontime concerts at the Four Seasons Centre.

5  Surveying works by up-and-coming painters and photographers at Art Interiors.


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.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This May

5. Gray Line's Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1 Hunting for vintage finds at Ingram Antiques, located along scenic Mount Pleasant Road.

2 Eerie portraits of Lenin scowling at Pravda Vodka Bar.

3 Admiring the historic shawls on display at the Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibit Fashionably Wrapped: The Influence of Kashmir Shawls.

4 Handmade goods showcased at Bookhou,
a multidisciplinary studio and shop.

5 Seeing the city on your own schedule with Gray Line’s Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour.

10. Hoof Café

6 Staking out Trinity Bellwoods Park for a glimpse of the notorious albino squirrels.

7 The heady aroma of spices lingering in the air of the Gerrard India Bazaar.

8 Streetcar drivers who “ding” at each other in greeting as their cars cross paths.

9 Ultra-luxe details like rosewood, polished gold and smoked mirrors at the Gucci store.

10 Rethinking breakfast offerings at Hoof Café by trying the suckling pig eggs Benedict.

12. The Drake Hotel General Store

11 Visiting galleries across the city during the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

12 Bringing home a distinctively Canadian souvenir such as a Toronto maptote from the Drake Hotel’s General Store.

13 The quiet confines of the Toronto Sculpture Garden.

14 Strolling along Canada’s Walk of Fame and counting how many names you recognize.

15 Marvelling at Toronto’s architectural highlights during Doors Open.

17. Rodney's Oyster House

16 Vintage-inspired coffee bean dispensers at Balzac’s Coffee.

17 Slurping back a freshly shucked oyster from Rodney’s Oyster House.

18 Motown’s number one diva, Diana Ross, takes to the stage at Roy Thomson Hall.

19 Beautiful white ceramic elephant-shaped teapots at Hank’s.

20 The graphically ornate silver Art Deco doors of the Design Exchange—an enticing invitation to come inside and explore further.

25. Cowbell (photo by Derek Shapton)

21 The vast selection—several thousand!—of culinary titles at The Cookbook Store.

22 Picking up new groove moves at Babalúu’s complimentary salsa lessons.

23 Feasting on the savoury potato flatbread at Nyood.

24 Escaping to the Toronto Islands on a weekday—you’ll feel like you’re in an episode of Lost.

25 The ever-changing chalkboard menu at Cowbell, which has included mains like veal sweetbreads with boar belly.

30. The view of downtown Toronto from the CN Tower

26 Creating something with your own hands at a drop-in class at the Gardiner Museum’s clay studio on Friday or Sunday.

27 The wall-sized map of Toronto from the city’s archives hanging at White Squirrel Coffee Shop.

28 Airy macarons from Nadège Patisserie in inventive flavours such as wasabi grapefruit.

29 Colourful Victorian row houses turned stores in bohemian Kensington Market.

30 A spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city 447 metres below from the CN Tower.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This April

3. Mildred's Temple Kitchen

1 Trying on the Sorting Hat at the Ontario Science Centre’s Harry Potter exhibition.

2 Stargazing from beneath the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre during a Toronto Blue Jays game.

3 Biting into fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.

4 Ultra-girly aprons with ruffles and lace from Anthropologie.

5 Indulging in duck confit pizza at Pizzeria Libretto—it’s not your typical slice of pie.

4. Aprons from Anthropologie

6 A signature treatment from one of the city’s many spas.

7 Travelling by segway around the Distillery Historic District. The cobblestone pathways make for a bumpy ride!

8 Perusing the colourful culinary gadgets, tools and tchotchkes at Good Egg.

9 Crooning a tune at the Gladstone Hotel’s karaoke bar. Go ahead, we dare you to take the mic away from the regulars.

10 Supporting Canadian artisans at the One of a Kind Show.

17. The Room at The Bay

11 Fire engine red bar chairs at Crush Wine Bar. You’ll experience a touch of vintage nostalgia as you sip your vino.

12 Meandering around the wooded trails of High Park, a nearly 400-acre green space west of the downtown core.

13 The wall art welcoming you to Holts Café: an illustration of a fork and knife.

14 Browsing through the eclectic and curious selection of out-of-print secondhand books at The Monkey’s Paw (page 61).

15 The edgy thrill of dining at Conviction, which is staffed by criminals-turned-reformed citizens.

18. The CN Tower's striking reflection

16 Singing (loudly) along to the music of Journey and Styx at Rock of Ages.

17 The super-sleek environs of The Room at The Bay—lucite chairs and sculptural mobiles alongside designer clothes.

18 The CN Tower’s silhouette on Bay Street’s skyscrapers.

19 Shopping for home furnishings at Leon’s historic Roundhouse location, once used to service steam-powered locomotives.

20 The leafy entrance to Edward Day Gallery, which showcases photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more.

25. St. James Cathedral

21 Day or night, the flashing lights at Honest Ed’s bargain emporium.

22 Examining the gilded treasures of Egypt’s kings at the Art Gallery of Ontario one last time before its King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibit closes.

23 Doing the scramble at Yonge and Bloor. Pedestrians rule the streets, crossing in any direction—even diagonally.

24 Topping up your wardrobe with items from yesteryear at Toronto’s vintage shops.

25 The melodious church bells of St. James Cathedral, which chime at 5:15 p.m. weekdays amidst rush hour traffic.

28. Liberty Village benches

26 Appreciating the intricate designs in your latte foam at Dark Horse Espresso Bar.

27 The stunning curved glass facade of Roy Thomson Hall.

28 Artist-designed benches in Liberty Village that depict the area’s sites and history.

29 The pristine and unobtrusive service at Canoe.

30 Strolling along Canada’s Walk of Fame, a discreet tribute to such famed Canucks as Eugene Levy and Glenn Gould.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This December

The Paper Place1 Pondering Audrea DiJulio’s multi-material sculptures at Loop Gallery.

2 Finding perfect paper for creating seasonal cards at The Paper Place.

3 The magnificent arched ceiling of the Great Library at historic Osgoode Hall.

4 Ambling through peaceful Mount Pleasant Cemetery after a snowfall.

5 Melt-in-your-mouth triple- cream brie from a local fave, the Leslieville Cheese Market (891 Queen St. E., 416-465-7143).


30 Things We Love About Toronto This November

Chinatown East Archway<br>photo by Craig Jenkins1 The commanding gateway to Chinatown East (Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue), a memorial to early Chinese railway workers.

2 Treating your nails to Lux Spa’s specialty dry manicure.

3 Trying on handmade hair ornaments by Magpie Creations at Portobello East.

4 Crunching into organic, locally grown veggies at Union.

5 Peering 342 metres down to the street from the CN Tower’s glass floor.


30 Things We Love About Toronto This October

Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors<br>courtesy of NBA Photos and Ron Turenne1 Admiring the multicoloured autumn foliage while strolling through High Park.

2 Acting like an eccentric collector at The Monkey’s Paw (1229 Dundas St. W., 416-531-2123), a premier used bookshop.

3 Viewing fall’s hottest trends at the Portobello East Fashion & Art Market on October 25.

4 Experiencing an art installation at 3 a.m. during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

5 Rooting for Chris Bosh and the rest of the Toronto Raptors during their NBA season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.


30 Things We Love About Toronto This September

Lush1 Catching a glimpse of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ newest additions as they compete in pre-season action.

2 Combining essential oils with Swedish massage for an aromatherapy experience at Elmwood Spa.

3 The classic suits, ties and more at the new Bay Street location of Brooks Brothers.

4 Taking in local culture and family fun, September 9 to 13, during the Junction Arts Festival.


30 Things We Love About Toronto This August

30 Things: Tundra Trek at the Toronto Zoo1 Admiring the flavourful artistry of crepes and handmade chocolates at Art Square Café.

2 Preparing for the beach with designer swimwear and accessories from Almost Naked (479 Queen St. W., 416-360-8200).

3 The haunting imagery of the Noise Ghost exhibition at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

4 Browsing for blazers and ties in fun colours and prints at men’s boutique Theodore 1922.

5 Strolling down Philosopher’s Walk (between Bloor Street to Hoskin Avenue, west of Queen’s Park) to the University of Toronto’s cultured quads.