All stories by Caroline Aksich

Fifteen of the city’s most insane caesars Fifteen of the city’s most insane caesars

Every good Canadian worth his or her celery salt knows that the sodium-packed caesar is our national cocktail, and this year the Bloody Mary’s clammy cousin turns 46. While it may have been born in Calgary, the drink is being perfected right here in Hogtown: Tabasco is swapped out for homemade hot sauces, and crushed tortillas, powdered seaweed… Read more »

The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage cou... The Chase: how four city-dwelling families found fuss-free condos in cottage country

Toronto’s building boom is creeping into cottage country, turning prime lakefront properties into condo compounds with distinctly urban amenities, like heated pools, spas and helpful staff to handle the headaches By Caroline Aksich | Portraits by Erin Leydon

Get dinner to go from De la Mer’s new Danforth store Get dinner to go from De la Mer’s new Danforth store

“Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it,” reads the Lao Tzu quote scrawled onto a subway-tiled wall at De La Mer’s new Danforth location. The ex–dollar store space was transformed into a fish shop that could pass for a Parisian café. A glass case runs the length of… Read more »

Toronto gets its first Thai bakery Toronto gets its first Thai bakery

Patchmon’s Thai Desserts & More, Toronto’s first traditional Thai dessert shop, turns out trays of vibrant sweets and savoury snacks. Most of the sugary treats are steamed, rather than baked, and made from a combo of eggs (a mix of chicken and duck), coconut cream, coconut flesh, rice and tapioca flour, palm sugar and mung… Read more »

The Chase: twin sisters take a chance on a bargain-basement fixer-upper The Chase: twin sisters take a chance on a bargain-basement fixer-upper

By Caroline Aksich | Portrait by Erin Leydon The buyers: 29-year-old twins Jennifer Carroll, a health-care product reviewer, and Krista Carroll, a municipal project manager for Peel Region. The story: In the fall of 2013, Krista moved home to Toronto from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she’d been working for an NGO. Unsure about her next steps,… Read more »

Introducing: R&D, Chinatown’s new Alvin Leung and Eric Chong co-production Introducing: R&D, Chinatown’s new Alvin Leung and Eric Chong co-production

Name: R&D Neighbourhood: Chinatown Contact: 241 Spadina Ave., 416-586-1241, rdspadina.com, @RDSpadina Previously: Strada 241 Owner: Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation, Hong Kong) and Eric Chong (winner of season one of MasterChef Canada) Chefs: Alvin Leung, Eric Chong and Nelson Tsai (Trump Toronto, Auberge du Pommier) The Food: More new wave pan-Asian cuisine to add to Toronto’s growing fusion obsession (Chantecler, DaiLo,… Read more »

Wisey’s brings its pies to the west side Wisey’s brings its pies to the west side

After a slew of winter shutterings—Timothy’s, Smock and Victoria’s Bakery are all papered up—Roncesvalles is starting to show some signs of life. Wisey’s, a Kiwi meat pie shop with a store in East York, opened its west end location on March 26. On the menu: personal-sized butter chicken pies, New Zealand lamb numbers and one topped with mashed… Read more »

Introducing: Tich, a modern Indian restaurant in Mimico Introducing: Tich, a modern Indian restaurant in Mimico

Name: Tich Neighbourhood: Mimico Contact Info: 2314 Lake Shore Blvd., 647-349-8424, tich.ca, @tichcuisine Owner: Karan Kalia Chefs: Sujoy Saha, previously of the Indian Rice Factory, is in charge of the curry dishes. Tandoor master Mandy Jawle honed his skills at New York’s Michelin-starred restaurant Junoon before moving to Toronto. The Food: The menu features dishes from… Read more »

Fifteen blasphemous brunch dishes that put boring eggs Benny to shame Fifteen blasphemous brunch dishes that put boring eggs Benny to shame

In this city, brunching has become a competitive sport: groggy early birds who show up even before restaurants open snag prime tables, while those who refuse to rise with the sun suffer through 45-minute waits, sometimes in sub-zero temperatures. For the most part, boring beige flapjacks aren’t causing the frenzy; instead, it’s belt-busting brunch plates featuring the likes of… Read more »

Twelve cholesterol-filled creations at Junked Food Co. Twelve cholesterol-filled creations at Junked Food Co.

The junk food mash-ups at this new Dundas West snack shop border on the perverse: doughnut grilled cheese sandwiches, waffle pizzas and Dorito pies are just a few of the stoner-approved dishes on the menu. The aptly named Junked Food Co. is angling to become the post-last-call nosh mecca of the neighbourhood, eliminating the need for Lakeview… Read more »

A Winter Hater’s Guide to Loving Winter: how to survive the season in style A Winter Hater’s Guide to Loving Winter: how to survive the season in style

By Caroline Aksich, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Rebecca Philps, Mark Pupo and Peter Saltsman | Photograph by Daniel Ehrenworth This is the era of the polar vortex. Winters are colder, storms are icier and the frost sticks around till May. You could hibernate for six months. Or move. Or stop whining and fall in love… Read more »

Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #6. Snowshoeing induces bliss Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #6. Snowshoeing induces bliss

After the dot-com crash, Ted Cordina, a software consultant, turned his passion for kayak­ing and snowshoeing into an all-season touring outfit called Toronto Adventures. With his sons, Rosaire and Mathias, he now leads excursions as close as High Park and as far away as the Bruce. Our pick is bucolic Rouge Park, a 4,000-­hectare swath… Read more »

Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #1. There’s a Game of Thrones–is... Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter: #1. There’s a Game of Thrones–ish ice wall in Ancaster

Stable rock formations and the sheer volume of frozen water make Ancaster’s 21-metre Tiffany Falls the only scaleable waterfall within an hour’s drive of the city. Last year the cascade froze in December, a month earlier than usual, and it remained secure well into March. Adventure Seeker Tours offers a six-hour introductory course for novices…

Bobbette and Belle’s new uptown shop is a dangerously pleasant place to hang out Bobbette and Belle’s new uptown shop is a dangerously pleasant place to hang out

The uptown outpost of Queen East bakery Bobbette and Belle looks like it was plucked straight from the pages of Architectural Digest. The decorative touches are charming: baskets filled with antique rolling pins, a wall bedecked with silver serving trays, and a teal Louis XIV sofa that begs to be reclined upon (regally, of course)…. Read more »

Introducing: Borealia, a new all-Canadian restaurant on the Ossington strip Introducing: Borealia, a new all-Canadian restaurant on the Ossington strip

Name: Borealia (which was one of the alternative names proposed for Canada during confederation) Contact Info: 59 Ossington Ave., 647-351-5100, borealiato.com Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods Previously: Ardor Bistro Owners: Evelyn Wu and Wayne Morris. The pair met while working at Waterfront Wines in British Columbia. They married last year. Chefs: Morris, with sous chef Fabrizio DeCicco… Read more »