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Teatro Verde

30 Things We Love About Toronto This October

3. Medieval Times

1. The wonder of liquid nitrogen ice cream from Colborne Lane prepared tableside.

2. Catching a live performance by the iconic Liza—with a z—Minnelli on October 28.

3. Jousting knights on horseback at Medieval Times.

4. Seeing the city on two wheels with the rental of Bixi Bikes; return them to many conveniently located docking stations in the downtown core.

5. Serpentine sculptures handmade by Native Canadian artists from Eskimo Art Gallery. (more…)

Shop the World in Toronto

The globe’s most coveted brands—and our own national favourites—are readily available right here in YYZ. Click any of the slideshow images below to view Where Toronto‘s favourite international items for the holiday season.

Styled images with colour backgrounds photographed by Luis Albuquerque. Off-figure styling by Daniel Onori/Plutino Group.

Hot Shop: Tummy Tour

Nadège Patisserie is one of the ChowBella tour's superb stops

Explore the savoury side of Toronto with ChowBella’s West Queen West tasting tour. Led by local foodie Trina Hendry, discover the best of the city’s sweet confections and spicy condiments. This three-hour stroll includes stops and tastings at such gourmet purveyors as The Spice Trader & Olive Pit, Tealish, Nadège Patisserie, Delight Chocolates, The Healthy Butcher and Smoke’s Poutinerie. While you’re whetting your whistle, you’ll  also be exposed to some food for thought with lessons about tea and fair-trade chocolate. Tours are most Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m. and cost $49 per person; call 647-403-8030 to reserve a spot.

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?

New Flagship Teatro Verde Store Opens

Teatro Verde YorkvilleBeing the shopping editor at Where Toronto, I attend a lot of new store openings, but I am particularly excited about the opening of Teatro Verde’s new flagship location at 100 Yorkville Avenue. (I also wrote about the opening in my May Hot Shops, that’s how excited I am that I’ve devoted time twice to this!) The store officially opens its doors to the public tomorrow, but yesterday there was a sneak peek for the media, which turned out to be a bit of a tease—so many beautiful things but no shopping allowed at this occasion as finishing touches were still being put on the store. So I did a lot of drooling and coveting instead, making a list of all the things I must—and will—come back for in a few days. Tops on my list: Fresh’s patchouli soap, pretty pastel notecards from Elum and Mumma & Bubba organic products for my friends with new wee ones.


May Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Teatro Verde

Shoppers in the know marked May 14 on their calendars long ago. That’s the day über-sophisticated garden and lifestyle boutique Teatro Verde opens its new flagship location. Besotted followers won’t have to go far—the new digs, a Georgian-style mansion turned nursing home turned ‘60s beatnik headquarters—are just around the corner from its Hazelton Lanes venue on Yorkville Avenue. Founders Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino now have two storeys and 9,000 square feet to showcase their eclectic selection of goodies, ranging from the quirky—a cast iron moose—to the pretty—dessert plates with insect motifs—to the pleasantly practical—hammers from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Under this new roof you’ll also find an expanded floral section, the complete Fresh line of bath products and a new stand-alone Assouline boutique—only the third of its kind in the world.