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Gardiner Café

Chef at Home: Ricardo Larrivée

If you like the affable, comforting persona of chef Ricardo Larrivée from his Food Network Canada show Ricardo and Friends, you can now bring him home with you. Sort of. The bilingual Quebec-based host—episodes of his popular series are filmed in the Chambliss home Larrivée shares with his wife and three daughters—has launched a line of cook- and bakeware available at Sears. The complete collection consists of pots, pans, utensils, and even storage containers. A frequent visitor to Toronto, Larrivée shares his thoughts on this city.

What are your favourite places to visit when in Toronto?

I love the antique stores in Yorkville. Also the Royal Ontario Museum, Pusateri’s, Stillwater Spa, and Kensington Market (at Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West) for its food, bars and ambience. (more…)

Hot Dining: Bite at the Museum

Enjoy brunch and more at Frank (photo by Edward Pond)

Combine the arts with artfully prepared cuisine—from fresh sandwiches to soft-shell crab tempura—at these major cultural institutions.

>> At the apex of the Royal Ontario Museum’s geometric Michael Lee-Chin Crystal sits C5, a sleek restaurant and lounge featuring a thoroughly modern spread. It’s best savoured following a day of contemplating the ROM’s many historical treasures.

>> The much-applauded 2008 renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario created more space not only for paintings, but also locally inspired cuisine—including a popular brunch—at Frank, a chic but casual dining space named for architect Frank Gehry

>> Star chef Jamie Kennedy devised the menu of healthy soups, salads and artisan sandwiches at the Gardiner Café, making its namesake museum a noon-hour hub for a well-heeled but time- and calorie-conscious clientele.

January Editor’s Picks: Dining

Roosevelt Room<br>photo by Igor Yu1. This city is home to a smattering of supper clubs. Each has its merits, but the Roosevelt Room stands out in its attempt to reflect the golden age of dinner-and-dance venues—the Roaring ‘20s. With its art deco–styled interior as well as an expected slate of entertainment that not only features DJs, but also vaudeville- and cabaret-inspired shows, live jazz and more, the large space glamorously evokes early Hollywood. And while any old club can provide passable drinks and a place to cut a rug, the Roosevelt Room excels equally at the supper side of things, thanks to a menu created by top chef Trevor Wilkinson. Among the sophisticated French-styled classics are lobster thermidor ($35.95), coq au vin ($27.95) and a 22-ounce Alberta rib steak with frites ($39.95)—perfect fuel for dancing well into the night. (more…)