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Toronto restaurants

Dining Makeover at Toronto’s Pearson Airport Has Foodie Flavour

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Rendering of Mark McEwan's Fetta Panini Bar

Layovers at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are about to become a lot more enjoyable, with 13 locally inspired dining options by highly esteemed and some celebrity chefs coming to the airport. (more…)

Toronto Life Launches New Best Restaurants App

By SHANNON KELLY

One of Canada’s most widely read city magazines, Toronto Life, launched a Toronto Best Restaurants app for iPad and iPhone today. (more…)

Toronto Dining on High: Stock at the New Trump International Hotel

By SHANNON KELLY

Photo: Gizelle Lau

Toronto’s luxury hotel boom is contributing more to the city than hundreds of (what we can only imagine are) fabulously comfortable king-size beds. It also brings new restaurants, bars and spas. (more…)

11 Must-Try Restaurants at Toronto’s Winterlicious

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Of the 175 restaurants participating in this year’s Winterlicious event in Toronto, Toronto Life magazine’s food editor has narrowed the field to 11 favourites.

Winterlicious is an annual event in which participating restaurants create a three-course, prix-fixe menu (usually with three to four options for each course) at lower-than-average prices. It’s an opportunity to try out some of the city’s best big-ticket restaurants without breaking the bank. (more…)

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2011

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2011, chosen by the editors of Where

Where Canada‘s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the country’s top chefs and innovative restaurateurs. (more…)

Top Spots for 14 Wintry Canadian Comfort Food Favourites

Photo by madlyinlovewithlife.

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

Winter is upon us, and in Canada that means prime time for pints and poutine. Indulge through to spring with these delicious Canadian comfort foods, concocted at some of Canada’s top restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall. (more…)

Staff Picks: Our 10 Preferred Places for Poutine

Hearty Canadians embrace our less-than-tropical climate by bundling up in layers and chowing down on that classic Quebecois delicacy known as poutine. This holy trinity of French fries, cheese curds and gravy is served up hot—and with occasional delicious variations—at these ten Toronto eateries.

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Many Mouths to Feed: Our 2011 Dining Guide

Whether your palate is daring or demanding, Toronto’s incredibly diverse dining scene satisfies every craving.

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FOR TRUE NORTH TASTERS
With the continuously growing influence of North America’s local- and slow-food movements, it’s only natural that sustainable, regionally appropriate cooking has taken hold in Toronto.

On the menus of many restaurants you’ll now find a profusion of Canadian-sourced and responsibly farmed ingredients, from Alberta’s renowned beef to East Coast seafood to vegetables harvested in Ontario’s fertile “Greenbelt.” And though simple meat and potatoes still offer us comfort on a plate, Canadian cuisine can also be very classy. (more…)

Hot Dining: Second Globe

Enjoy appetizing flatbreads and much more at Globe Earth

The well-to-do denizens of Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood can be a fickle flock, but lately they’ve come home to roost at Globe Earth. Sister space to the Danforth’s popular Globe Bistro, this smartly elegant yet still inviting restaurant shares its predecessor’s taste for internationally inspired, locally sourced food, but offers it in a dressed-down package that’s a bit simpler and more affordable. Executive chef Kevin McKenna’s green cuisine includes appetizing flatbreads ($10), a daily whole fish roasted in a wood-fired oven ($21), beer-braised beef cheeks ($22), and naturally raised Ontario meats cut and priced to order ($1.99 to $3.19 per ounce). If the weather’s right, enjoy your meal alfresco on the courtyard garden patio.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This April

3. Mildred's Temple Kitchen

1 Trying on the Sorting Hat at the Ontario Science Centre’s Harry Potter exhibition.

2 Stargazing from beneath the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre during a Toronto Blue Jays game.

3 Biting into fluffy blueberry buttermilk pancakes from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.

4 Ultra-girly aprons with ruffles and lace from Anthropologie.

5 Indulging in duck confit pizza at Pizzeria Libretto—it’s not your typical slice of pie.

4. Aprons from Anthropologie

6 A signature treatment from one of the city’s many spas.

7 Travelling by segway around the Distillery Historic District. The cobblestone pathways make for a bumpy ride!

8 Perusing the colourful culinary gadgets, tools and tchotchkes at Good Egg.

9 Crooning a tune at the Gladstone Hotel’s karaoke bar. Go ahead, we dare you to take the mic away from the regulars.

10 Supporting Canadian artisans at the One of a Kind Show.

17. The Room at The Bay

11 Fire engine red bar chairs at Crush Wine Bar. You’ll experience a touch of vintage nostalgia as you sip your vino.

12 Meandering around the wooded trails of High Park, a nearly 400-acre green space west of the downtown core.

13 The wall art welcoming you to Holts Café: an illustration of a fork and knife.

14 Browsing through the eclectic and curious selection of out-of-print secondhand books at The Monkey’s Paw (page 61).

15 The edgy thrill of dining at Conviction, which is staffed by criminals-turned-reformed citizens.

18. The CN Tower's striking reflection

16 Singing (loudly) along to the music of Journey and Styx at Rock of Ages.

17 The super-sleek environs of The Room at The Bay—lucite chairs and sculptural mobiles alongside designer clothes.

18 The CN Tower’s silhouette on Bay Street’s skyscrapers.

19 Shopping for home furnishings at Leon’s historic Roundhouse location, once used to service steam-powered locomotives.

20 The leafy entrance to Edward Day Gallery, which showcases photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more.

25. St. James Cathedral

21 Day or night, the flashing lights at Honest Ed’s bargain emporium.

22 Examining the gilded treasures of Egypt’s kings at the Art Gallery of Ontario one last time before its King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibit closes.

23 Doing the scramble at Yonge and Bloor. Pedestrians rule the streets, crossing in any direction—even diagonally.

24 Topping up your wardrobe with items from yesteryear at Toronto’s vintage shops.

25 The melodious church bells of St. James Cathedral, which chime at 5:15 p.m. weekdays amidst rush hour traffic.

28. Liberty Village benches

26 Appreciating the intricate designs in your latte foam at Dark Horse Espresso Bar.

27 The stunning curved glass facade of Roy Thomson Hall.

28 Artist-designed benches in Liberty Village that depict the area’s sites and history.

29 The pristine and unobtrusive service at Canoe.

30 Strolling along Canada’s Walk of Fame, a discreet tribute to such famed Canucks as Eugene Levy and Glenn Gould.

Hot Dining: Now at Night

photo by Jo Dickins

Since opening in 2008, Gilead Café has grown to be a favourite amongst local lunchers. It’s so popular, in fact, that chef Jamie Kennedy has been persuaded to keep his Corktown establishment open for dinner, too. From Tuesday to Saturday the café becomes a bistro, where patrons can select from a seasonal à la carte menu highlighting ingredients sourced from local producers. Guests can expect sustainable fish, naturally raised meats and exclusively in-season produce from Kennedy’s recently debuted spring menu. Ontario vineyards aren’t forgotten either, with several homegrown varietals featured on the wine list.

Summer Stops for Families

From the most intrepid of daredevils to the quietest of bookworms, bright summer days bring out the playfulness in us all. To make this the best summer yet, Where Toronto offers 15 exciting ways to craft your own fun in the sun.

There are thrills galore at Canada's Wonderland.

Find thrills at Canada's Wonderland.

ADRENALIN-FUELED ESCAPADES
More then 200 attractions and 65 rides test the truly adventurous at Canada’s Wonderland. This first-class amusement park is home to the Behemoth—the country’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with open-air seating and a blood-curdling 230-foot drop. If riding the rails isn’t your thing, try thrill rides like the toe-curling Drop Tower and stomach-wrenching Psyclone. For more subdued, tot-friendly amusements, head to Kidzville and Nickelodeon Central—kids will get a kick out of Dora’s Dune Buggies and Scooby Doo’s Haunted Mansion. Cool down at Splash Works, a 20-acre water park with twisting slides like the Super Soaker and the Plunge. Adults $51.99, seniors and kids $29.35.

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