Jen­nifer Ital­iano

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Food -

Live-wire chef and owner of Live Or­ganic Food Bar (264 Dupont, 416-515-2002).

Where do you go for spe­cialty items?

“I go to K&K (298A Spad­ina, 416-979-3435) for all my trop­i­cal fruit, es­pe­cially for durian. I get all my av­o­ca­dos at Caribbean Cor­ner (171 Baldwin, 416-593-0008) and my Latin Amer­i­can hot pep­pers – ser­ra­nos, ha­baneros – at Perola (247 Au­gusta, 416-593-9728). At Duf­ferin Grove Park’s farm­ers mar­ket on Thurs­days, Fun Guy Farms (fungi, get it?) has the best mush­rooms, and I like

Essence of Life (50 Kens­ing­ton, 416-920-3377) for seaweed and Ja­panese mac­ro­bi­otics.

What do you do on your rare days off?

“I’m an in­for­ma­tion junkie, so I usu­ally go up to Indigo (2300 Yonge, 416-364-4499) and then go see a movie. I keep up with what’s hap­pen­ing at the Cook­book Store (850 Yonge, 416-920-2665), and Seek­ers (509 Bloor West, 416-925-1982) and Eter­nal Mo­ment (497 Bloor West 416-924-3780) are good for books about spir­i­tu­al­ity. And I’ve been go­ing to the Bloor-Glad­stone Li­brary (1101 Bloor West, 416-393-7674) since I was a kid. It’s great – I never see any­body I know!”

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