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 →
Posts by: Waheeda Harris
Consider yourself a cheese connoisseur? Mosey down to the TOCA Restaurant’s Cheese Cave, where you can learn about (and taste!) the world’s best cheeses. Continue Reading →
One writer’s journey along the East Coast of Massachusetts, exploring Cape Cod and area. Continue Reading →
Celine Cousteau’s life has never been traditional.
Unlike most nine year olds who are excited for a trip to Disneyland, Cousteau made her first trip to the Amazon in childhood. No surprise for this passionate eco-activist, the granddaughter of famed French explorer, conservationist and filmmaker Jacques Yves Cousteau. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Strolling along Bloor Street, west of Bedford Street, there have been subtle changes to this area of the Annex. But one of the mainstay addresses is still happily the same: the elegant Bar Mercurio. Continue Reading →
Walking into the Parkdale entrance of Small Town Food Co., it’s the welcoming camaraderie that greets patrons. Sitting at one of the 30 candle-lit tables or at the long wood bar under industrial-styled lights, diners may notice the spareness of the modern décor, but will soon be focused on choosing from a menu taking inspiration … Continue Reading →