Where To DINE Now: Antler Kitchen & Bar

“Where would you recommend for Canadian cuisine?” This is a question I’m often asked. Now I can answer: Antler Kitchen & Bar.

Chef Michael Hunter is, appropriately, a hunter. He is also a chef, a forager, a photographer and an artist. From flipping eggs at a diner in Caledon as a teenager, his storied career led him to plan an Italian restaurant with his business partner Jody Shapiro. In a moment of clarity, both Michael and Jody recognized that neither one of them is actually Italian; and that Toronto does not really need another Italian restaurant. Toronto does need a really good authentic Canadian restaurant, and this duo would be the one to set the bar and define what that means. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Antler Kitchen & Bar”

Where To DINE Now: 309 Dhaba

Up a flight of stairs to a large airy dining room that overlooks the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the street below is an oasis: 309 Dhaba. Complex and exotic delicacies prepared by Chef PK Singh Ahluwalia and his personally trained kitchen staff reveal rare expertise with the many cuisines of India that is as impressive as it gets. Along the wall, televised song and dance from India. Flashing colours and provocative dances reflect the flavour profile of a menu that moves effortlessly across the map: from Punjab to Madras; Bengal to Goa; and from Mughal to British influences. Chef PK has the virtuosity to traverse it all, and with both confidence and humility to toss the menu aside if we prefer anything customized. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: 309 Dhaba”

Where To DINE Now: Yu Guo Yan Seafood

There is one trend that has been picking up steam in China, and has now made it’s way to Richmond Hill: steam cooking.

Richmond Hill is becoming such a hot destination for dining. Getting there has never been easier; parking is free; and the range of ethnic cuisines is authentic. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Yu Guo Yan Seafood”

Where To DINE Now: Qui Ristorante Pizzeria

There’s an Old Italian expression, non puoi avere la botte piena e la moglie ubriaca, which means “you can’t have a full wine barrel and a drunk wife.”

For me, “the best of both worlds” is: authenticity and value for money. It’s not easy for a new Italian restaurant to distinguish itself in Toronto, a city already spun with pasta, but I have found what I’m looking for here at Qui Ristorante Pizzeria (Qui means here in Italian), where we taste classic Italian dishes that I’ve actually never even heard of before. Continue reading “Where To DINE Now: Qui Ristorante Pizzeria”

8 Reasons Why Thunder Bay is the New Hot Getaway

Local is the new exotic. We want adventure with peace of mind. A world away in our own backyard, we’ve discovered Ontario’s exhilarating Northwestern hub of activity: Thunder Bay. Surprised? Take a look at this!

1. Get off the Beaten Path. This is an astonishing all-season destination of outdoor activities. Cradled between Lake Superior and the Canadian Shield are six Provincial Parks. We reach remote lodges by floatplane and then paddle through pristine parkland to get up-close and personal with Canadian wildlife. Fall colours are spectacular. Ouimet Canyon, among other parks, is wheelchair accessible. Hike through dramatic forests like Casque Isles Trail, or surf the waves of Terrace Bay. Views are breathtaking. Winter is a paradise for every sport, from fat biking in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park to snow kiting in Mission Island Marsh, and ice climbing in Silver Harbour to ice fishing in, well, anywhere. Continue reading “8 Reasons Why Thunder Bay is the New Hot Getaway”