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Mothers Day Dining: 5 Fabulous Toronto Restaurants for Mom

BY CRAIG MOY

Mothers Day Dining Toronto Restaurants Brunch

The Drake Hotel features a Mother’s Day prix fixe and more (photo: Connie Tsang)

It’s likely that your mom has cooked you more meals than you (or she) can count. Return the favour by treating her to a fabulous Mother’s Day dining experience at one of these great Toronto restaurants.

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Staff Picks: Our 10 Choicest Chocolatiers

The great part about trick or treating is that you get sweets for free. (Wait, didn’t you hear? Halloween happened!) Sadly though, bite-sized candy bars can be unsatisfying for the devoted chocoholic. That’s where these 10 boutiques come in.

Soma's Distillery District café location offers numerous chocolate indulgences

Chocolates & Creams
This shop inside Queen’s Quay Terminal has a direct pipeline to Belgian chocolates made by Brussels-based Manon. The imported sweets are flown in weekly and available in individual pieces, gift boxes and baskets. 207 Queens Quay W., Queen’s Quay Terminal, 416-368-6767.

Delight Chocolates
Decadent, organic, handmade chocolates are offered at this store in the Junction, which is dedicated to using as many fair trade ingredients as possible. Ice cream, cookies, and brownies are up for grabs too, and you can wash them down with Alternative Grounds Coffee and Fair Trade Organic Tea. 3040 Dundas St. W., 416-760-9995.

Moroco Chocolat
Imagine a trip to Tiffany’s, but one where all the jewelry was edible. That’s what you’ll find at Moroco Chocolat, a luxury confectioner and lounge. Their delectable sweets are on display within glass showcases, and if you need more than a nibble, salads, omelettes, sandwiches and soufflé are also on the menu. 99 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-2202.

Odile Chocolat
Hand made truffles are Odile’s specialty, created with unexpected combinations of spices, herbs and flowers from around the world. Their traditional selection of truffles includes cognac, bourbon vanilla and espresso, and they also offer candied lime, lemon and orange peels. 829 Dundas St. W., 416-538-1016.

Purdy’s
Richard Carmon Purdy opened his first chocolate shop in Vancouver in 1907 and, thankfully, his company eventually found its way here. Purdy’s sweets are made with Belgian chocolate, Australian ginger, Indian cashews and dairy products fresh from Canada. Don’t leave without having their trademark Hedgehog. Union Station, 65 Front St. W., 416-703-3437.

Simone Marie Belgian Chocolate
As its name suggests, this boutique carries a selection of Belgian chocolates, with over 50 varieties of truffles available individually, in gift baskets, or on party trays (the latter sounds most tempting). Sugar-free chocolates are available too, plus fruit jellies, marzipans and cookies. 126 Cumberland St., 416-968-7777.

Soma Chocolatemaker
Yes, this is a chocolate store, but perhaps “lab” would be a better description. Imported cocoa beans are roasted on-site and crafted into imaginative treats. Milk chocolates, pralines, truffles and a variety of fresh-churned gelato flavours are available. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St., 416-815-7662; 443 King St. W., 416-599-7662.

Stubbe Chocolates & Pastry Ltd.
Six generations of chocolate making knowledge go into the confections at Stubbe. Visitors can watch the treats being made in the store’s open kitchen, and if you want to get your hands muddy, they offer workshops with introductions to chocolate- and truffle-making. 653 Dupont St., 416-923-0956.

The Chocolateria
Chocolate dipped potato chips. Need we say more? Yes, the Chocolateria offers the salty-sweet and highly addictive concoctions, as well as sponge toffees, gooey turtles made with fresh pecans, and gift baskets filled with assorted chocolates. 361 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-588-0567.

Xococava
When you scan Xococava’s stylized menu board, you just know you’re in for something unique. Adventurous palates can indulge in chocolates made with cedar, chorizo, olive oil and thyme. The store also serves up equally unusual ice cream and sorbet, many made with seasonal ingredients. 1560 Yonge St., 416-979-9918.

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…)

A Sip in T(ea).O.

Tradition and indulgence combine in the elegant Victorian ritual of afternoon tea, where finger sandwiches, sweets and scones accompany a steaming pot of earl grey—or rooibos, lapsang souchong, sencha, or one of the hundreds of other distinct tea varieties grown throughout the world. In Toronto, any number of exceptional spots offer this upper-crust custom, with a few unique twists to enhance the experience. Discover Where‘s five favourites by clicking on the images below.

You Are Here: Yorkville Avenue

Nestled in tony Bloor-Yorkville, this cobblestoned thoroughfare boasts a selection of upscale stores and restaurants.

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