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Mount Pleasant

Hot Dining: Eclectic Entrees at Bazaar Global Food Bar

It’s not always wise to try to be all things to all people, but so far the strategy seems to be working for Bazaar Global Food Bar. As advertised, the restaurant combines cuisines from far flung locales—Mexico, the Middle East, China, Italy, India and elsewhere—on a not-as-unwieldy-as-it-sounds menu of informal eats such as Cajun fish and chips ($12) and Hakka Chinese–style deep-fried cauliflower ($11), plus various pizzas, burgers and larger mains like 16-spice chicken with masala mashed potatoes ($17).

In a nod to its largely residential surroundings, Bazaar also offers affordable kid-tailored dishes, not to mention a chalkboard wall upon which youngsters can scribble away.

Weekend Roundup, October 14 to 16

Friday: Cheer on the Argos as the seek to stop the Stampeders (photo by John Steadman)

Friday, October 14
Watch Chad Owens as he tries to become the first player in pro football history to rack up 3,000 combined yards in back-to-back seasons when the Toronto Argonauts take on the Calgary Stampeders at the Rogers Centre.

Hear the sweet stringed sounds of Sinfonia Toronto at their first Masterpiece Concert of the new season at the Glenn Gould Studio. The virtuoso chamber orchestra welcomes pianist Davis Jalbert and trumpeter Guy Few for the show.

Tiptoe around corpses, feel the blood on the walls of a darkened maze, and outrun movie slashers come to life! Screemers, the indoor haunted scream park, takes over the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place. (more…)

Hot Dining: In Vogue Italian at Viva Napoli

Midtown Torontonians now have a Neapolitan pizza joint to call their own. Viva Napoli recently opened on Mount Pleasant Road, and quickly became a hit with diners seeking the hallmarks of an “authentic” Italian pie—thin, wood-oven baked crust, San Marzano tomato sauce and other simple, fresh toppings. Owner Giustino Iorio lived in Naples for more than a decade, and applies exacting standards to staples like the margherita ($13), but with more than 20 pizzas on the menu, there’s also room for creativity: the ortolana ($15), for example, has eggplant, zucchini, peppers and cherry tomatoes, and the tartufata ($20) features tartufo spread, shrimp and apple slices. Dinner Monday to Saturday, 679 Mount Pleasant Rd., 647-344-8482.

Hot Shopping: Mount Pleasant’s Unique Retail

The Little Dollhouse Company stands stalwart on Mount Pleasant Road

The gentrified Mount Pleasant neighbourhood has long been known for its charming antiques, housewares and collector’s stores. The retail environment is more diverse, of course, but such stalwarts as Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books, Jacaranda Tree (569 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-482-6599) and The Little Dollhouse Company make the midtown trip worthwhile. Kids, too, are well served by specialty bookshop Mabel’s Fables and designer boutique Bean Sprout.