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Modern French Eats at Cafe Boulud Toronto

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By: Shelby Morrison

It’s the re-invention of Cafe Boulud.

When the restaurant first opened inside Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto, the general consensus amongst critics was lukewarm. Chef Daniel Boulud and his team have recently revamped the menu and decor.

After 2.5 years of service, Cafe Boulud closed in June of this year and re-opened this September after a $2.5 million-dollar renovation – just in time for The Toronto International Film Festival.

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Before the renovation, the decor was a bit stiff, cold, and a little too modern. To transform the space, restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki (Soho Beach House Miami, The Ivy, Drake One Fifty, Cecconi’s) was brought in. He remodeled the space into a more welcoming and warm environment.

The old plain black chairs were replaced with cozy leather seats in orange and green. The walls were covered in Hermès herringbone wallpaper and food prints. The decor is now more comfortable yet luxurious, with a French brasserie vibe.

As for the menu, it has been re-worked with more French influence andinspiration from Chef Boulud’s life. Between his roots in Lyon, France, where he has studied, worked and travelled, the menu now represents Chef Boulud and his vision for Cafe Boulud more accurately.

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I was thrilled to attend a media dinner at the newly opened Cafe Boulud to taste the revamped menu and to check out the new digs. The beautiful decor made me feel like I had gone back in time, but in a classic, yet modern way. The comfortable leather seating and wooden floors felt very welcoming and hospitable. I was greeted with a lovely Gin and Tonic with a slice of lemon and rosemary, which had been lit on fire for extra flavour.  (more…)

Cafe Boulud – Toronto

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During my recent visit to Toronto in February, I had the chance to catch up with my sister Amy over dinner at the very fancy Cafe Boulud. Amy has been so great about managing my mail for me while I was gone, that this was the perfect place to bring her for a special occassion thank you dinner.

If you’ve never been to Cafe Boulud, I highly recommend it for any sort of celebration or even a fancy dinner out with the girls. You will be raving over every morsel you put in your mouth in one of the most elegant dining rooms in Toronto.

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Located on the mezzanine level of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud serves a menu inspired by Chef Daniel Boulud’s French roots. You may have seen him dishing with Anthony Bourdain on a recent episode of Parts Unknown. I watched that episode and couldn’t wait to taste his food myself! (more…)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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What I love about Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is that the staff never tries to say no to a guest request, they always ask how they can accomplish it. I think this is why my recent stay at The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto still stands out so much.

After staying in what feels like a million hotels – it’s the little details that keep the Four Seasons at the top of my list. Housekeeping was so nice to leave a bookmark, when they noticed that Paul was using a receipt to keep the page marked in his book. On checkout day, they left three clear TSA-approved ziploc bags next to my toiletries for my carry-on bag. The staff truly anticipate every need before you even know you need it. That’s the stuff I really begin to notice now and that’s what separates this luxury hotel brand from the others.

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The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto features 217 guest rooms and 42 suites at 55 stories and only recently opened in 2012. The adjoining residential tower is home to some pretty serious condos with 210 units and both buildings were built from the ground up. This brand new hotel replaced the cement block that was the former Four Seasons just south of the new location.

The decor is very modern and cool – not stuffy at all. I liked the lightness of it all with an undertone that made you just want to relax. (more…)

Spa Life: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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The best way to experience the Four Seasons Spa in Toronto, is to GO FOR THE DAY.

That’s right.

Clear your schedule for the next 2-3 hours to fully linger, relax and to have lunch at the hotel after your treatment. No one ever said they regretted spending a day at the spa!

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The Four Seasons Toronto Spa features an indoor swimming pool, lounger chairs, a co-ed whirlpool (bring your suit) and steam room that all deserves at least an hour for you to wander and not rush through. I generally like to take a relaxing soak in the hot tub, visit the steam room and shower before a massage. After my treatment, I usually do a quick rinse to get all the oils off if I have plans to go out after. Otherwise, I let all those amazing oils just soak on in.

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My Toronto Photo Diary

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I’ve been MIA for about week, but I’m finally back in Los Angeles after a week-long visit to my hometown, Toronto. Since Paul and I had spent Christmas in Japan + Hong Kong, this was sort of a make-up visit and a chance for us to finally visit with family and friends. Oh and the family dog (a mini-Australian shepherd named Jake) – who peed immediately from excitement as soon as he saw us! Then FROZE. Realizing he was probably in trouble.

It’s been about seven months since I was last in Toronto, but this trip was also part work for Paul and a chance for us renew our visas since we would be in Canada. The good news? We’ve been approved for two more years! So we’ll be calling Los Angeles home for a bit longer and we are thrilled since moving to the USA was sort of stressful.

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It’s amazing how quickly you forget what extreme cold weather feels like. Toronto was a balmy -20 degrees celsius when we landed – which is COLD. But at the same time, it felt right and even a bit comforting. Don’t worry, that feeling lasted about 10 minutes and then I went back to complaining about the cold like everybody else. Luckily, I packed my Sorel Conquest Carly Boots that I picked up in Utah and a cozy plaid wrap from my all-time favourite store for cozy-everything, Alternative Apparel. (more…)