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Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

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Hot Dining: Prairie Pizza Boy

Chef-Eric-Lee-Pizzeria-Gusto

Chef Eric Lee at Pizzeria Gusto has a reputation for redefining Italian classics through a local lens. The energetic 35-year-old nurtures key relationships with a number of small-scale Manitoba growers and producers to ensure his kitchen is always has the freshest ingredients. This practice is apparent at first bite. Lee’s caprese salad is always juicy with plump tomatoes, dressed in verdant pesto that delivers a peppery hit of arugula and crowned with the silky tang of buffalo Mozzarella. With local greenhouse-grown tomatoes, herbs and greens arriving twice a week and year-round this clever chef has cracked the climate code, serving a real taste of summer to Winnipeggers in winter. 404 Academy Rd, 204-944-8786.

5 Great Restaurants for Healthy Food in Toronto

BY ANNA MARSZALEK

Healthy Food Toronto Fresh Salad Vegetarian Restaurant

The sizable salads at Fresh are among the myriad choices for healthy food in Toronto

Toronto has a lot of really excellent restaurants, but let’s face it, a great many of them specialize in rather indulgent fare—lumberjack portions of red meat, fatty indulgences like bone marrow and foie gras, luxurious seafood and more. Fortunately there are also numerous options for healthy food in Toronto. If you’re seeking a lighter dining experience, but one that doesn’t skimp on flavour, try these five downtown restaurants.

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Tops in Taste: Toronto’s 2011 Where to Dine Awards

From quick and casual eateries to fine dining experiences inspired by global cuisines, Toronto has many hundreds of excellent restaurants. Only a handful, however,
can be true consensus favourites, and the winners of our annual Where to Dine
readers’ choice awards.

Canoe (photo by Kristina Doyle)

AMBIENCE
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Six locations of the popular steakhouse ensure diners can get a grilled-to-perfection sirloin, T-bone or filet mignon practically anywhere in Toronto. The brand’s most notable venue is in a circa-1868 mansion on Jarvis Street—the immaculately adorned interior is a conversation starter. Two other restaurants in the heart of downtown offer a more modern vibe for business lunches and pre-show dinners.
Honorable Mention: Auberge du Pommier

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH
Cora Breakfast & Lunch
Down-home country-kitchen dishes are the draw at this group of restaurants, originally from Quebec. Fresh fruit and eggs in various preparations comprise the majority of the menu, from the “10 Star” omelette—filled with ham, sausage, spinach, tomatoes and much more—to the “1990s Harvest” of cinnamon French toast with an egg, bacon and a mountain of seasonal fruit.
Honorable Mention: Fran’s (more…)

Weekend Roundup, May 7 to 9

Treat yourself this Mother’s Day as Toronto presents a spectacularly packed weekend of fine dining, entertainment and games.

Friday: Treat yourself to vegetarian delights at Fresh

Friday, May 7
You’re guaranteed a quality lunch or dinner at Fresh, where wholesome meals and organic, natural ingredients are taken seriously. Make it a vegan night with a veggie burger swathed in thai peanut sauce or a grilled whole-wheat wrap filled with black beans, avocado, cilantro and alfalfa sprouts. Check out their menu and tell us you don’t want to go—we dare you.

Brandish your courage, for an evening of chivalry, knights and fair maidens is set to unfold at Medieval Times. Dig into ribs or a hearty tomato bisque soup while cheering on a jousting tournament. Right now there’s extra incentive to experience this rousing show—book online and your seats are just $39.95.

Mingle with a sophisticated crowd on the Century Room dance floor. Enjoy the well-decorated interior or get some fresh air on the patio. 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Saturday: Swing it '60s-style at Jersey Boys (photo by Joan Marcus)

Saturday, May 8
Oh, what a night you’ll have at a crowd-pleasing performance of Jersey Boys.  This long enduring favourite sets the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the group’s numerous hit songs, brought to life by actors with an uncanny resemblance to the real-life original boy band. Saturday offers a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening show at 8 p.m.

Take a sip or two at the Salut Wine and Food Festival, where you can sample the vintages from top international wineries (French vin is prominently featured this year) and taste food from fine Toronto restaurants.

Set your sights on hot and spicy peanut chicken for dinner at Szechuan, Szechuan, a longstanding Financial District restaurant specializing in the spicy side of Chinese cuisine.

Sunday: See Mamma Mia's dancing queens (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Sunday, May 9
Start the day with a casual Mother’s Day brunch at friendly Cora’s, an extremely popular breakfast and brunch chain from Quebec. Savour a raspberry crepe with your choice of nutella or custard, or spring for a meat lover’s special of bacon, eggs and sausages.

Take a chance on Mamma Mia, the popular musical-comedy based on the classic songs of ABBA. Sway to the music while Sophie’s quest to find her true father unfolds on the very eve of her wedding day.

Grab a bite to eat and stock up on game credits at theme restaurant Dave & Busters. Race a car, throw a basketball or win a round in the Deal or No Deal game.