Bar­bara Gor­don

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Semi-re­tired chef (“That was the idea, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way”) and co-owner with part­ner Bob Ber­man of long-run­ning Yorkville boîte Boba (90 Av­enue Road, 416-961-2622).

Where do you shop for Boba? “The most im­por­tant thing in the restau­rant busi­ness is the sup­pli­ers. We do a Chi­na­town run at least once a week. We get Thai basil, lime leaf and noodles at New Asia Su­per­mar­ket (293 Spad­ina, 416-5919314), and I ab­so­lutely adore those ladies who sell bunches of co­rian­der and gar­lic chives on the side­walk at Spad­ina and Dun­das. And I couldn’t live with­out Har­vestWagon (1103 Yonge, 416-923-7542). I found fresh chick­peas there last win­ter!” The flow­ers on the Boba pa­tio are fab­u­lous. Where do you shop for gar­den­ing sup­plies?

“We hit Hum­ber Nurs­eries (8386 Hwy 50, Castle­more, 905-794-0555) and

Richters Herbs (357 Hwy 47, Good­wood, 905-640-6677) reg­u­larly, though their prices are a bit high. The Civic Gar­den Cen­tre (777 Lawrence East, 416-397-1340) has a sale ev­ery May, and I spend about a $1,000 on flow­ers and veg­eta­bles for the pa­tio. But I’m not into fancy tools. I pretty much use my hands.”

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