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Review: Kanpai, Cabbagetown’s new Taiwanese snack bar, is more of a rowdy ... Review: Kanpai, Cabbagetown’s new Taiwanese snack bar, is more of a rowdy pit stop than a dining destination

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 »

Review: Annette Food Market brings garlicky goodness and gluttonous wood-fired p... Review: Annette Food Market brings garlicky goodness and gluttonous wood-fired pies to the Junction

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 »

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because Chantelle Winnie is redefining beauty Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because Chantelle Winnie is redefining beauty

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 »

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because Rachel McAdams got the role she deserves Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because Rachel McAdams got the role she deserves

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 Absolut Elyx Chef Series: Celebrating the city’s culinary stars

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 »

6 Things You Need To Know About Toronto’s Version Of The Hamptons 6 Things You Need To Know About Toronto’s Version Of The Hamptons

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.

Review: Bar Raval, Grant van Gameren’s College Street tapas bar, is anothe... Review: Bar Raval, Grant van Gameren’s College Street tapas bar, is another standout

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 brings Gallic goodness to St. Clair West Concession Road brings Gallic goodness to St. Clair West

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 »

Bottle service, infinity pools and big-ticket gifts: a who’s who of Toront... Bottle service, infinity pools and big-ticket gifts: a who’s who of Toronto’s richest kids on Instagram

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 »

20 things you probably didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum 20 things you probably didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum

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.

Toronto Life is changing how we score restaurants Toronto Life is changing how we score restaurants

Don’t worry—it’s nothing drastic: we still evaluate restaurants on a scale of one to five stars, and we continue to only review places that we believe are worth a visit. But we’ve changed our scale to be a little more generous, and a little more intuitive. Before, one star meant a place was good; now…

An injunction against Toronto Life’s May issue has failed An injunction against Toronto Life’s May issue has failed

Yesterday in Ontario Superior Court, Michael Elder lost his motion for an emergency injunction to prevent Toronto Life’s May issue from being published. Elder is the subject of a feature article that recounts how the ambitious businessman raised $12 million for the Quillmate—a tablet computer that he obtained the U.S. patent rights to long before the iPad existed—and…

Five reasons to live in The Jack, a new Rosedale condo with major music-celeb cr... Five reasons to live in The Jack, a new Rosedale condo with major music-celeb cred

In Upper Rosedale, an elevated living experience is set to transform this storied midtown location. Steps from the tranquility of ravines and parkland, The Jack features elegant interiors, and a lifestyle for those who appreciate being only seconds from all the action and world-class amenities of the big city.

Review: Furlough, BarChef’s sister spot, brings more cocktail nerdery to Q... Review: Furlough, BarChef’s sister spot, brings more cocktail nerdery to Queen West

Furlough ½ 924 Queen St. W., 647-348-2525 Furlough ½ 924 Queen St. W., 647-348-2525 The new bar-bistro on Queen West, in the space formerly occupied by Ursa, is a marvel of cocktail nerdery. The co-owner, Frankie Solarik, introduced Toronto to $20, chemistry-experiment tipples in the mid-oughties at clubby BarChef and wrote the book on mixology… Read more »