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500 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5, Canada
Sure that big yellow sign just says “The Bay,” an admittedly strange and puzzling name for a huge department store plunked down at one end of the Woodbine Shopping Centre a few kilometres north of the airport strip. No surprise that you don't get...
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1850 Albion Rd #6, Etobicoke, ON M9J 5J2, Canada
From the outside, it could be anything—plastic backlit sign guarding the entrance to a little shop in an industrial strip mall. And, to be fair, the establishment is a factory, though there are two exceptions to the norm: the product is an Indian...
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8 Westmore Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Z7, Canada
Close your eyes. Listen. Imagine. Picture yourself in a souk, a traditional bazaar in downtown Marrakech, with a maze of alleys and a host of vendors. That’s kind of the feeling you get when you venture into Dr. Flea’s Flea Market any weekend of...
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950 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5N4, Canada
The menu at Zachary's is varied and reasonable: seafood, beef, chicken, and a nice looking vegetarian dish. (And a burger that’s downright delicious, judging by the speed with which my neighbor devours his.) Also, other than a relaxing ambiance...
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200 Queens Plate Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6V1, Canada
I never realized it until recently, but when I eat at the Mandarin Buffet, near Woodbine Race Track, I am actually supporting a local business. Mandarin Buffet started in Brampton around 1979 as a small a la carte restaurant, and that’s where its...
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190 University Ave 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3, Canada
The Toronto outpost of New York's noodle bar, Momofuku, is a bustling, friendly place serving many of David Chang's signature dishes. Weighing down our table were chicken-fried rice, okonomiyaki, roasted cauliflower, roasted rice cakes, and a cold...
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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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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
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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11 Charlotte St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H5, Canada
Nothing compares to this place in the world of Thai cuisine in Toronto (though if you want a wee bit of a cheaper eat, Salad King is a good bet). From their street style pad thai, Sam Roas, pictured above, to their succulent Khao Soi, you feel...
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194 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z1, Canada
Love Jazz? the centrally located REX is a local institution featuring 19 shows per week. They also happen to have some affordable ($100) and simple rooms that have everything you need for a short stay. Transit, sightseeing, food and shopping are...
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32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
On one of those (far too many for my taste) freezing days, nothing warms me up more than a cup of hot and spicy Mayan chocolate. Delicious! I also would suggest the Bicerin (pictured above) when they happen to have it on their menu. Heaven!
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392 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A9, Canada
Former Toronto food truck superstar, Banh Mi Boys, opened up a shop at the buzzy intersection of Queen and Spadina (ironically, it's beside a McDonald's). In addition to their popular banh mi sandwiches and steam bao is one unusual dish: Kimchi...
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14 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2J7, Canada
If you ask any fashion editor or blogger what the best vintage shop is in Toronto, chances are they're going to tell you that it's Courage My Love in Kensington Market. It's hard not to miss this shop, which has been in business since 1975. If you...
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107 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G6, Canada
There are four different streams of tapas menus you can get with a variety of options under each menu. It’s not cheap. If you are doing a business dinner, this should be on the list! But also great for a date. A few of the standouts for me were:...