Posts by: Waheeda Harris

Butter Tarts Stratford

10 Ways to Feast Around Ontario’s Perth County This Fall

Perth County has become ground zero for up and coming food and drink companies of southwestern Ontario. In Stratford and St. Mary’s, living in a small town doesn’t mean you have to give up on fab tastes or finding locally-grown or produced treats from morning until evening. For newbies or regulars, check out these places in Stratford and St. Mary’s to expand your taste knowledge of southwestern Ontario’s Perth County. Continue Reading →

Border passport inspection

How to Survive an Airport Interrogation

It’s all about attitude.

When you’re travelling, it’s your attitude that customs officials are monitoring. It has a lot to do with how you’re treated. As your Mother taught you, do unto others as they do unto you.

So when you’re pulled into the airless, windowless room at the airport for a “secondary inspection,” the nice phrase for being searched, take a deep breath and remember this advice about how to survive an airport security interrogation. Continue Reading →

Breakfast at Westin Harbour Castle

What the Hell is Happening at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle?

The Westin Harbour Castle may be part of the old guard of Toronto’s hotel landscape, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a few tricks up its sleeve.

In fact, it’s undergoing an extreme restaurant makeover, led by a celebrity chef from The Food Network. The culinary team is updating menus, reinventing some classics and creating some tasty new offerings. And rumour has it that this hotel will soon serve the best burger in town.

What the hell is going on with the Westin Harbour Castle? Here’s a preview. Continue Reading →

Punjabi Chicken Curry Toronto

Where to Eat: Pukka Indian Cuisine in Toronto

If you’re craving a hit of the subcontinent’s cuisine, St. Clair West neighbourhood in Toronto had no options for Indian cuisine. That is, until eye-catching Pukka opened, becoming the new kid of the restaurant block.

And for once, skip the aloo gobi and the butter chicken. Challenge your perceptions of what’s typical for an Indian meal and consider trying something completely different at Pukka. Continue Reading →

Eggs Benedict Thai at Linda Modern Thai

Thai for Brunch? Only at Linda Modern Thai in Toronto

Despite the adoration of eggs, bacon and pancakes for weekend brunch in Toronto, it’s time to expose that educated palate to something new.

Turn your back on the downtown offerings – and head northeast. Linda Modern Thai, found within the stylish environs of the Shops of Don Mills, has created a unique brunch menu, with subtle Thai flavours reinventing the first meal of the day. Continue Reading →

Airplane landing

How to Avoid an Airport Interrogation

Dear traveller, isn’t it exciting that you’re going on a trip?

Yes it is. Whether business or pleasure, travel is a good thing. However, the airport experience can be nerve-wracking, rushed, make you impatient and occasionally annoying. So how to avoid being unduly questioned, sent for secondary screening or being made to feel like you’re the criminal? Here’s how to avoid an airport interrogation. Continue Reading →

Shibui - Salmon Maki

Where to Eat: Shibui Robata Bar in Toronto

You won’t find bento boxes overloaded with California rolls at Toronto’s Sibui Robata Bar. Chef Nakayama introduces a menu of 21st century Japanese cuisine.

Escaping the busy sidewalks of Toronto’s Adelaide Street West, diners are greeted with two options at #230 – the bustling, noisy environs of Copacabana and the quiet elegance of Shibui Robata Bar. Unlike most Japanese restaurants in Toronto, the typical décor of shoji screens and images of geishas isn’t seen here. This modern Japanese restaurant reveals its nod to tradition with tables set with Japanese ceramics and an elegant open kitchen with its notable, rotating robatayaki, a fireside grill. Continue Reading →

Scallops on the mneu at the Beverley Hotel in Toronto

Toronto’s Beverley Hotel Serves a Healthy Dose of Canadian Cuisine

The sidewalks of Toronto’s Queen Street West may be crowded with shoppers, but they may be soon be outnumbered by foodies finding a new place on the strip to please their palate – The Beverley Hotel.

Unlike its former dive bar neighbour of the same name, the current version is a modern boutique hotel/restaurant located west of John Street at McCaul Street, which opened in summer 2013 and recently launched a new menu by former Executive Chef Eric Wood. Continue Reading →