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Preparations for my trip to Toronto in June 2013 for the Travel Blog Exchange conference.
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No trip through Canada would be complete without a stop at Niagara Falls. The roar from the falls is impressive and watching the reactions of those on the boats below is entertaining. On a good summer's day, spend time walking the parkway before...
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245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B7, Canada
It seems as though only diehard brew misers know about Granite, which is a shame, considering it's one of the very best brew pubs in the country. It could have something to do with the fact that the pub is located at Eglington and Mt Pleasant,...
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24 Carlaw Ave #2, Toronto, ON M4M 2R7, Canada
There are a lot of great food trucks in the city but for me, this one trumps them all in terms of a complete experience. From the fun music they play (a wee bit too loud) so you can dance while you wait for your lunch to the food quality, this...
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928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3, Canada
Cocktail Bar's Manhattan has been voted Hogtown's number one libation many a time. The booze-heavy tipple blends house-made bitters, Alberta Springs 10-year rye whiskey and the kicker, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth. Two dried cherries––bathed in...
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18 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, Canada
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Toronto's beer scene is burgeoning, with new breweries, brewpubs, and watering holes popping up around town all the time. And while the Beer Bistro doesn't brew on the premises, they do go out of their way to bring in some of the world's greatest...
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Grange Park, Toronto, ON, Canada
It doesn't get more laid back and cool than this new drinking spot from a group of Toronto bar veterans. Taking over a cheesy, 'skeezy' bar in Kensington Market, the light renovation here kept the charm and dropped the cheese. This is the place to...
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Tempt fate at the Monkey Paw’s Book-O-Matic machine, where for the price of a toonie you’ll be delivered an archaic tome in the vein of Elementary Arabic, Vol. 3. I’ll let you know how my studying gets on. The Monkey’s Paw...
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301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Since it was built back in 1976, the CN Tower has topped the must-visit list of most Toronto tourists. Until recently, a visit was pretty standard; hop in elevator, shoot up to the observation deck, and ogle the city from a hawk’s...
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1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2, Canada
If you ask someone in Toronto where to get great poutine in Toronto, there's going to be a debate. It doesn't matter if it originated in Quebec, Torontonians love their cheese curd, gravy and fries mash-up. So where to go? Some will say Smoke's...
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60 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
Cold Tea, located in a hidden spot through Kensington Mall (or through an alley off Augusta Avenue) is everybody's little secret. You're greeted by a dim sum cart when you pass the red light leading through the mall. Ripped, printed green...
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357 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S5, Canada
Known as the greenest hostel in North America, it's also one of the most unique hostel stays I've had. Planet Traveler is a smorgasboard of everything a traveler would want in an accommodation: -comfortable and roomy beds -clean rooms with plenty...
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243 X Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
List this under "very cool installations." The best part about the "wavedeck" is that you can slide on it (because you know you want to). It's a great, interactive gathering place at water's edge, and it plays on that theme in a whimsical way.
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1151 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
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The famed Drake Hotel's motto is that they are a "hotbed of culture." This extends to their General Store but the items in here are anything but general. There's lots of curiosities here like those fun scratch maps, New York vs. Paris postcard...
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1575 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1, Canada
Do you love the tagline ("What creams are made of"), or do you love it? Ashley Jacot De Boinod—former pastry chef at Buca—has taken her doughnut creations to new heights. Tim Horton's tim bits these are not. If you want peanut butter, bacon, and...
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980 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K1, Canada
This is a straight up wine bar with minimalist decor in an old automotive shop but the food needs to be mentioned. The raves about the cripsy fried chicken tails are also en point. They are the perfect bar snack, especially if you like salt. the...
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Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
A trip to Toronto without a visit to Kensington Market doesn’t make any sense. Despite its diminutive size, this neighborhood packs plenty of activity within its boundaries. Arrive hungry: Restaurants and cafés dish out bites...
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472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2, Canada
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At Bar Chef, owner Frankie Solarik’s mad-scientist bartenders wear porkpie hats that recall a classic speakeasy. But they mix modern potions. They inject their martinis with green olive–flavored foam and serve punch bowls such as the Jimmy Cliff,...
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928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3, Canada
The Black Hoof gets a lot of press and for good reason. Their food and concept is different and simply one of the best. From the tongue on brioche, the bone marrow with chimichurri and foie gras with nutella on banana bread (yup...you heard that...
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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
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Toronto's St. Lawrence Market is crammed with 120 vendors, butcher counters, bakeries, ethnic eateries, and seafood shops. But there's one reason why most people come here: the peameal bacon sandwich, which is dished up at the Carousel Bakery....
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The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
It doesn't take long for a visitor to realize that most of Toronto's activities focus around eating and drinking. A visitor may also notice the stark architecture that competes for space in the sky. Many of Toronto's older buildings aren't...
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60 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2P4, Canada
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If you happen to be a cheese fanatic in Toronto, do yourself a favor and head to Cheesewerks, in the heart of the fashion district. Not only is this place entirely dedicated to cheese, it's also very much into homemade treats and quality foods....
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5 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2K3, Canada
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Toronto is currently on a BBQ craze and Electric Mud BBQ (brought to you by the boys who brought you the insanely popular Grand Electric for tacos) is at the top of the pack. Dilapidated decor gives righteous way to the food. Fried chicken was a...