Gord Hannah’s Art of the Shot Bartender Gord Hannah has been leading the Drake Hotel’s hospitality team for more than a decade. He sat down to talk about Toronto’s cocktail revolution, the Drake’s endless reinvention, and that time he got snowed in at a ski lodge with a beautiful bartender and some Jäger.
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Soi Thai ½ 651 College St., 647-345-8838 Soi Thai ½ 651 College St., 647-345-8838 The allure of street food is authenticity and adventure on a plate, with heaping portions, for the price of TTC fare back home. At Little Italy’s Soi Thai, servers recommend two dishes per diner, and that’s conservative, as are the portions…. Read more »
Drake Devonshire ½ 24 Wharf St., 613-399-1851 Drake Devonshire ½ 24 Wharf St., 613-399-1851 The bucolic Prince Edward County hotel and restaurant imports cool touches from Queen West, and chef Matt DeMille’s menu makes the most of the local larder. To start, succulent confit duck wings have a craggy caramelized shell, and shrimp crudo is… Read more »
Hanmoto 2 Lakeview Ave. Hanmoto 2 Lakeview Ave. Leemo Han’s secretive Dundas West izakaya bears the trademark junk-shop look he and brother Leeto established at downtown’s (now shuttered) Swish by Han and Ossington snack-food spot Oddseoul. The food is meant for snacking and sharing, with nothing costing more than $18 (for six oysters dressed with… Read more »
Via Vai 832 Bay St., 416-362-0123 Via Vai 832 Bay St., 416-362-0123 As Toronto’s artisanal pizza craze enters its second decade, the debate over which of the many brick-oven contenders makes the best thin-crust pie has only intensified. But let’s be clear: there is no more beautiful a space in which to enjoy a slice… Read more »
Kanpai 252 Carlton St., 416-968-6888 Kanpai 252 Carlton St., 416-968-6888 Cabbagetown’s new snack bar is more of a rowdy pit stop than a dining destination: pop in for $3 shots of Jameson, a healthy dose of Tupac and Biggie, and a few capable but forgettable Taiwanese bar snacks. From the long menu, zero in on… Read more »
Annette Food Market 240 Annette St., 647-792-6963 Annette Food Market 240 Annette St., 647-792-6963 Two thousand Junction–High Park residents signed a petition to help the owners of this new red sauce restaurant obtain a liquor licence. The area’s freshly mortgaged couples, soccer parents and not-quite-retirees undoubtedly need an easy place to stop in for pizza… Read more »
For decades, modelling has been the most exclusive profession on earth, restricting its ranks to underweight women with mathematical facial proportions and skin as white as a dim sum dumpling. This year, however, the genetically blessed club has cracked its door open ever so slightly to admit Chantelle Winnie, a 20-year-old Mississauga model with vitiligo,… Read more »
Back in 2004, when Rachel McAdams wrapped her rain-drenched legs around Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, she was hailed as the most promising ingenue of her generation. But in the decade since, McAdams has made 21 films—and never earned the critical recognition of her contemporaries. Now, like so many other actors, she’s found her meatiest… Read more »
Absolut Elyx Chef Series: Celebrating the city’s culinary stars Experience the future of Canada’s culinary scene Absolut is giving away five prizes of $200 at each of the restaurants participating in the #ElyxChefSeries: Boehmer, Canoe, Carbon Bar, Café Bar Pasta, One by McEwan Group, and GEORGE Restaurant. ENTER HERE. Absolut will select 30 random winners… Read more »
On the shores of Lake Simcoe, 45 minutes outside the GTA, a new resort community is taking shape. At Friday Harbour, you can experience a day of golf and tennis, sandy beaches and nature trails, shopping, dining and more.
Bar Raval 505 College St. Bar Raval 505 College St. Grant van Gameren’s claim to greatness is sweating the small details. At Bar Isabel, his first post-Hoof venture, he tiled the wall mosaic himself and obsessed over the perfect technique to grill whole baby octopus. At his new, second spot, he’s replicated the suave yet… Read more »
Concession Road ½ 760 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-0460 Concession Road ½ 760 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-0460 The latest arrival on St. Clair West is a French bistro disguised as a sparse Copenhagen café: the walls are white and bare, the tables are pale salvaged birch, and the glass pendant lamps resemble Cinderella’s soap… Read more »
In most respects, the ultra-rich live by different rules—but they use the same internet as the rest of us. Just like everyone else in their age group, the teenage and twenty-something children of Toronto’s business elite have taken to social media in general, and the photo-sharing site Instagram in particular. Browsing their public accounts is… Read more »
Two decades ago, when a fashionable upstart opened its doors at the corner of St. George and Bloor streets, shoe aficionados of the world gained a new holy temple. Here, for the institution’s 20th anniversary on May 6, are 20 things you probably didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum.