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Pangaea

Hot Dining: Get Lunch and Dinner Discounts with Summerlicious

photo courtesy of Pangaea

JULY 6 TO 22 Hopefully you have a hearty appetite—the 10th annual Summerlicious dining event has top restaurants opening their doors and dropping their prices. For this event, 180 participating dining rooms create three-course prix fixe menus—$15, $20 and $25 at lunch, and $25, $35 and $45 for dinner—showcasing the city’s diversity of tastes, from rustic Italian to classical French, Canadian cuisine to the flavours of Southeast Asia. Featuring new restaurants like La Société and Colborne Lane, as well as established venues like Pangaea and La Maquette, you won’t be able to pass up this foodie feeding frenzy. Reservations are highly recommended. Visit here for more information.

TIFF List: 10 Celeb-Approved Nosh Spots

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox—the festival’s exciting new headquarters—and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.

TODAY: DINE WITH THE STARS
Find out which famous patrons have been attracted to the fare at these top restaurants and cafés.

Tomorrow: The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival officially begins!

New York Times Spends Time in Toronto

Here at Where Toronto magazine, we’ve dedicated many years exploring this city and reporting back on the best it has to offer. Each member of our seasoned staff has his or her favourites (this editor, for example, is constantly craving chef Martin Kouprie’s cuisine at Pangaea, while a colleague can’t get enough of the timeless treasures at home-and-garden boutique Teatro Verde), but it’s always interesting to get an outside opinion. This past weekend, no less an authority than the New York Times weighed in with its selection of things to see, neighbourhoods to visit and restaurants at which to dine—all part of its regular “36 Hours in…” travel column.

Culinary hot spot Madeline's is among the Toronto restaurants noted by the <i>New York Times</i> (Photo by Neill Sturgess).

Culinary hot spot Madeline's is among the Toronto restaurants noted by the New York Times (Photo by Neill Sturgess).

In particular, the article highlights the über-trendy environs comprising the western portion of downtown Toronto—Queen and King streets west of Spadina Avenue, pointing out Where-approved nosh spots like Madeline’s, Oddfellows and Nyood, plus the contemporary art galleries of West Queen West, the Drake Hotel and more.

All in all it’s a worthwhile read—though it will take much more than a day-and-a-half to experience everything that this city has to offer. Perhaps you should start planning a return visit?