jackpot chicken rice

That time I … hit the Jackpot…Chicken Rice

No pun intended, but dining at Jackpot Chicken Rice is like hitting those winning slot numbers over and over again. Ok, maybe a little pun intended — with a name like Jackpot, you’ve pretty much set a diner’s expectations pretty high. Located in the heart of Toronto’s busy Chinatown district, Jackpot’s namesake speciality is Hainanese Chicken, originating from…

That time I … was inspired by simplicity

Toronto has seen a rise in its fair share of affordable tasting menus lately. This is great news for food enthusiasts like myself, who can look forward to enjoying culinary intelligence, imagination and magnificent techniques, outside of exorbitant restaurants and without having to spend hours and hours on a single meal. Enter Canis and Chef Jeff Kang. The reviews…

Lavelle

That time I … dined with views of the 6ix

My Toronto, she’s a real beauty. Whether it’s her gleaming glass towers standing tall against a placid waterfront; or her unique flair that spreads from the eclectic to the urbane; or her unyielding desire for gastronomic reinvention … she sure makes it hard not to love her. How do you stop taking her for granted and inject the passion back into this megalopolitan love affair? Well,…

STK Toronto

That time I … fell a few vowels short

Friday night and I had rounded up the dinner squad for an evening at STK, a modern steakhouse and party lounge hybrid in Toronto’s flashy Yorkville district. As you arrive, it’s hard not to miss the large sign – three, glowing alphabets glistening against a shiny black facade. A duo of well-suited bouncers usher me in as if I’m a regular here. Clearly,…

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…