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…

Sensorium

That time I … experienced a sensory overload

Imagine being immersed in an environment where all five senses are put to the test – a dining experience that hits your sight, sound, scent, taste and touch. This is what you can expect with Sensorium (sponsored by Stella Artois), an event described as an “immersive multi-course, multi-sensory journey”. So, it isn’t any surprise that the two…

Coco Lezzone

That time I … witnessed a rebirth

Gastroworld has single-handedly kept my social calendar busy this summer. And while she’s been on top of her game with posting regularly, I’ve fallen a little behind. Time to play catch-up. Back in August, GW and I got to experience the “Rebirth” of Coco Lezzone – a popular Italian resto-bar that moved from it’s old Little Italy location, to…

The Dirty Bird

That time I … chased a dirty bird

I have a love affair with fried chicken. I really do. Crispy, crunchy, protein goodness. When I first heard about The Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles, it was accompanied by a choir of angels singing, as clouds parted to let beams of light shine through. Ok, dramatics aside, I’ve been wanting to try The Dirty Bird since they opened…

Roti Cuisine Of India

That time I … ate a giant roti

Sometimes, the restaurant-finder app on my iPhone can help me stumble upon little food outlets I never even knew existed … which is exactly what happened one summer’s afternoon when a friend and I found ourselves in the Annex looking for some quick takeaway. Thanks to the Yelp app, we discovered Roti Cuisine of India. The giant sign outside is unmissable. You half-expect to walk…

That time I … found kathis in YYZ

The first time I tried a kathi roll was 10 years ago … in New York of all places. The second time was again in NYC where, like a seasoned expert, I introduced it to my travel buddies, all of whom seemed a little skeptical to try an East Indian sandwich from the side of a dodgy food truck in…