That time I … Doma-tosed on French-Korean fusion

I’m a self-admitted food snob and, over the years, I’ve conditioned my palate to a certain level of refinement that is hard to appease. So when a friend suggested dinner at Doma, the new French-inspired Korean restaurant in Toronto’s Little Italy district, I was fascinated and intrigued by the notion of two dominant food cultures coming together as one. Tucked away…

That time I … was swooned by some French flair

With a love for fine dining, a propensity to shop Chanel, and an inherent joie de vivre, I think I may have been Parisian in a previous life. Granted I may not be a Sartre-reading, chain-smoking intellectual, but the Francophone lifestyle has always intrigued me … which is probably why I’m smitten by Chabrol, a charming boîte…

Calii Love

That time I … got poké-d and drawn in coffee

From the popularity of sushi burritos during the summer, to the proliferation of poké bars around the city in the fall, 2016 has been a fishy one for Toronto foodies (see what I did there?). Enter Calii Love, the newest poké stop in the city’s King West district, promoting Californian style with a Hawaiian twist. Given that I’m…

Bombay Street Food Company

That time I … tasted Bombay in Toronto

What is it about street food that promises so much … oomph? Why is it that street food always leaves us with complete abandonment of dining decorum? What if you took street food from one of the biggest Eastern cities in the world, and brought it to a bustling metropolis in the Western hemisphere? Enter…

Stratosphere

That time I … explored the “Stratosphere”

Cruising through neatly-manicured, tree-lined streets, past stunning multi-million dollar homes and picture perfect families, we made our way to Stratosphere, a casual dining Gastropub & Winebar located in Etobicoke’s Bloor West Village. Parking is aplenty, and for those that prefer not to drive, the restaurant has the added convenience of being situated next to a TTC subway station. The outside makes no…

That time I … witnessed a resurrection

I’m a big fan of historic venues. There’s something special about being in an establishment that has withstood the test of time. Oh, if only the walls could speak, what colourful stories they would tell. Touted as one of the oldest bars in Toronto, the recently-renovated Maple Leaf Tavern (MLT) is one of these fascinating spaces.…

Antler Toronto

That time I … dined like a hunter

Antler Kitchen and Bar prides itself on being all things intrinsically Canadiana. The brainchild of Chef Micheal Hunter (formerly of Scarpetta and Reds Wine Tavern fame), Antler aims to redefine what is considered “Canadian” cuisine, specializing in more foraged ingredients and farmed game – “farmed” because serving wild game in restaurants has restrictions in Ontario. If Antler were…

Bar Buca

That time I … found a tasty little Buca in the wall

If you arrive at Bar Buca while the sun’s still out, you’ll likely walk past it. My eyes failed to spot the miniature signage…as did my dining partners. On the flip side, early arrivals score a better chance of snagging a table at this “no-reservations” restaurant. With its high ceilings and industrial decor, Bar Buca oozes a trendy…