Year in Review 2012

The Informer

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Year in Review: Read all of Toronto Life’s cover stories from the past 12 months

In the past year, Toronto Life rated the city’s best new restaurants, talked to Rob Ford’s inner circle and examined crumbling condo towers. We got the lowdown on bidding wars, ranked the city’s VIPs and, of course, came up with a raft of reasons to love Toronto. Below, the full list of the year’s cover stories, and where to find them online.

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The Goods

Street Style

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Year in Review: the 15 best street-style looks of 2012

Every two weeks, we go to a different neighbourhood, seeking Toronto’s best-dressed denizens and examining the diverse style sets that make up the city. This week, we look back on a year’s worth of outfits and pick our favourite 15. They run the gamut from subtle to attention-grabbing, ladylike to rockstar, retro to decidedly modern. All of them, however, share one important attribute: they are undeniably cool.

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Real Estate

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Year in Review: the five best getaways from Cottage of the Week

Whether you’re in the market for a vacation property or not, ogling other people’s places (and judging other people’s decor) is rollicking good fun. That’s why we spend the summer hunting down the most beautiful, most luxurious, most over-the-top cottages for sale and posting full photo tours for anybody stuck in the city. Here, our five favourite cottages from the past 12 months.

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Real Estate

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Year in Review: the 10 best suites from Condomonium

Whether you’re in the market for new digs or not, ogling other people’s homes and judging other people’s decor (or at least their stager’s chops) is rollicking good fun. That’s why we scour the city each week for the most beautiful, most luxurious, most over-the-top condos for sale and post full photo tours. Here, our favourite 10 units from the past 12 months. 

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Real Estate

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Year in Review: the 10 best homes from House of the Week

Whether you’re in the market for a house or not, ogling other people’s homes (and judging other people’s decor) is rollicking good fun. That’s why we scour the city each week for the most beautiful, most luxurious, most over-the-top mansions for sale and post full photo tours for the buyers, the dreamers and the snoops. Here, our favourite 10 houses from the past 12 months.

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The Dish

Restaurants

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Year in Review: all of 2012’s Weekly Lunch Picks, ranked by price

One year, so many delicious lunches. Once again, faced with the impossibility of choosing our favourite midday dining option of 2012, we thought we’d present the full range, from cheapest (a humble St. Lawrence Market fajita at $8) to most expensive (an all-out splurge at Splendido for $85).

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The Goods

Stores

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Year in Review: international brands had a love affair with Toronto

Condo developers aren’t the only ones salivating over Toronto’s buoyant economy. A raft of international retailers set up shop this year, hoping to capitalize on the city’s boom times. They flocked to malls and retail strips, and every month brought another announcement of a big brand heading this way (with Nordstrom and Target also slated to open Toronto outposts, the trend isn’t showing signs of slowing). Below, a roundup of the most high-profile stores that opened in the last 12 months.

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