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Drake Hotel bartender Gord Hannah on Toronto’s cocktail revolution Drake Hotel bartender Gord Hannah on Toronto’s cocktail revolution

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.

Review: Little Italy’s Soi Thai serves stand-out snacks straight from the ... Review: Little Italy’s Soi Thai serves stand-out snacks straight from the streets of Bangkok

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 »

Review: Drake Devonshire pairs Queen West cool with Prince Edward County flavour... Review: Drake Devonshire pairs Queen West cool with Prince Edward County flavours

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 »

Review: Little Portugal’s Hanmoto maintains a healthy disregard for dieter... Review: Little Portugal’s Hanmoto maintains a healthy disregard for dieters, as the best izakayas do

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 »

Review: Bay Street’s Via Vai is the most gorgeous space to enjoy a slice (... Review: Bay Street’s Via Vai is the most gorgeous space to enjoy a slice (and the pizza’s pretty great, too)

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 »

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.