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Homemade Italian Eats at Paese Ristorante – Toronto

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By: Shelby Morrison

Paese (pa’eze) means “town” or “village”, and this Italian eatery has been a neighbourhood staple for over 25 years and brings fresh Italian food to its loyal customers. With everything being homemade, you can ensure that all dishes are fresh and prepared with care. (more…)

Spring 2016 Nail Trends

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By: Shelby Morrison

We’re getting you the backstage scoop on Spring 2016 nail trends from Toronto Fashion Week. With several Canadian designers showcasing their talents, each show is thrilling and inspiring. We checked out World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) for nail trends on the runway by Essie for Spring 2016.

Rita Remark, Essie’s Global Lead Educator and Lead Nail Artist is the mastermind behind these nail designs. Rita has just returned from New York Fashion week where she prepped nails for the runway as well. Her creative, high-impact designs were strategically planned, and totally awesome. (more…)

Now Open: Cactus Club Café Toronto

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By: Shelby Morrison

If you’ve ever visited the west coast of Canada, it is possible that you have tried Cactus Club Cafe. The chain has finally opened a Toronto location in The Financial District inside First Canadian Place. The restaurant features global cuisine using local, fresh ingredients.

The executive chef, Rob Feenie has published three books, starred in New Classics with Rob Feenie on Food Network Canada, and was the first Canadian to win, Iron Chef America, against Chef Masaharu Morimoto in 2005… (more…)

Weekend Brunch: The Windsor Arms Hotel – Toronto

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By: Shelby Morrison

Brunch is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So what’s better than just a brunch menu?

A brunch buffet.

I was so thrilled to be invited to the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto to try their Sunday brunch buffet. A whole spread filled with delicious cuisine was laid out in front of me as I entered the grand room. Here’s what to expect…

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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…)

Food Diary: Taste of Toronto Food Festival 2015

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By: Shelby Morrison

Taste of Toronto is like having the city’s hottest restaurants at your fingertips. You don’t have to pick just one favourite spot – you can try them ALL at this gourmet food festival at Fort York. I attended this event earlier this month + thought I would share my food diary and review with you:

photo by George Pimental

photo by George Pimental

Each restaurant is given their own booth, where they feature 3-4 small dishes. Additionally, there are over 70+ vendors at Taste of Toronto – offering samples of fresh pressed juice, spreads, chocolate, protein bars, cookies, and pretty much everything imaginable. I realized quite quickly that your could very easily fill up on samples!

photo by George Pimental

photo by George Pimental

I was also pleasantly surprised to see Chef Morimoto (who is opening a restaurant in Toronto next year) break down an entire 130-pound tuna on stage, while letting us in on some sushi tips and tricks.

It was quite overwhelming to decide on what to eat, but after scoping out the entire scene, I was able to make some pretty tasty decisions. Taste of Toronto uses a token currency called crowns that are equal to one dollar and loaded onto a card – making payment at each restaurant a breeze. (more…)