TORONTO

The Culi­nary Trav­eller’s Guide

Taste & Travel - - Contents - BY SU­SAN BARDI

Neigh­bour­hoods

THE BEACHES A lake­side com­mu­nity just 15 min­utes east of down­town, with an eclec­tic mix of shops, side­walk cafés, restau­rants, pubs and yoga stu­dios. The board­walk is a favourite place on a hot sum­mer's day. BLOOR WEST VIL­LAGE Bloor St West of High Park owes much of its iden­tity to the East­ern Euro­pean Com­mu­nity. Many Euro­pean delis and bak­eries re­main along­side lo­cal eater­ies, cafés and shops. CHINATOWNS Ev­ery­thing from house­wares and Asian gro­cers to dim sum and noo­dle houses in this area around Dun­das Ave W. and Spad­ina Ave. East Chi­na­town at Ger­rard and Broad­view Ave has plenty of pho restau­rants and one of the best seafood stores in the city.

THE DAN­FORTH Dan­forth Ave from Broad­view to Green­wood Ave is Toronto's Greek­town and home of the an­nual ‘Taste of the Dan­forth Fes­ti­val,' cel­e­brat­ing Greek food and cul­ture. Restau­rants, pubs, cafés and clubs make this area a hot spot in the evening. DISTILLERY DIS­TRICT The re­stored Distillery Dis­trict is an ideal set­ting for lo­cal restau­rants, de­sign stores, cafés and art gal­leries. The Case Goods Ware­house is home to lo­cal artists' stu­dios, cus­tom jewellery, crafts and work­shops.

THE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT DIS­TRICT This area of King St West be­tween Univer­sity Ave and Spad­ina Ave en­com­passes the­atres, per­form­ing arts cen­tres, Toronto's four ma­jor­league sports teams and an ar­ray of cul­tural and fam­ily at­trac­tions. Din­ing ranges from pubs and bars to up­scale bistros. KING ST EAST This bur­geon­ing restau­rant dis­trict in­cludes fine din­ing es­tab­lish­ments, high-end fur­ni­ture de­sign stores and the city's top culi­nary in­sti­tute. LES­LIEVILLE His­tor­i­cally the light­ing in­dus­try and film dis­trict east of the Don River, Les­lieville is now one of Toronto's best brunch des­ti­na­tions and trendi­est ar­eas to dine, drink and shop. Great cafés, vin­tage shops and bou­tiques.

LIT­TLE ITALY Tra­di­tional bars and cafés and the best ge­lato are found in this Ital­ian com­mu­nity along Col­lege St West. New mar­tini bars and clubs make this area a lively night spot.

WEST QUEEN WEST This col­or­ful neigh­bour­hood on Queen West around Trin­ity Bell­woods Park is home to cut­ting edge art gal­leries, great eater­ies, spe­cialty food stores, one-of-a-kind shops and night life hubs such the Drake and Glad­stone ho­tels. YORKVILLE Toronto's orig­i­nal 1960s bo­hemian en­clave has long given way to de­signer bou­tiques, high-end ho­tels and restau­rants. So­phis­ti­cated food shops and cafés dot this area of Cum­ber­land and Yorkville.

Mar­kets

KENS­ING­TON MAR­KET An eclec­tic mix of Latin Amer­i­can gro­cers, cafés, vin­tage cloth­ing stores, restau­rants, fresh pro­duce, Por­tuguese bak­eries, butch­ers, and cheese shops. Nas­sau St be­tween Au­gusta and Belle­vue. Open daily, year round. www.kens­ing­ton-mar­ket.ca

ST LAWRENCE MAR­KET A Toronto land­mark and largest in­door mar­ket in the city. Open Tuesday–Satur­day, year round. Farm­ers Mar­ket, Satur­day, 5 am–3 pm. An­tique Mar­ket, Sun­day, 5 am–5 pm. Cor­ner of Front St. and Jarvis St. www.st­lawrence­mar­ket.com EV­ER­GREEN BRICK WORKS FARMER'S MAR­KET Satur­day mar­ket fea­tur­ing lo­cal or­ganic pro­duc­ers. Free kids' ac­tiv­i­ties. 544 Bayview Ave. www.ebw.ev­er­green.ca

Cook­ing Classes

AOHRODITE COOKS 201 We­ston Rd, Ste 101 www.aphrodite­cooks.com ARVINDA'S HEALTHY GOURMET IN­DIAN 876 Bathurst St. www.hgic.ca BON­NIE GOR­DON 868 Eglinton Ave. W. www.bon­niegor­don­col­lege.com DISH COOK­ING STU­DIO 390 Dupont St www.dish­cook­ingstu­dio.com THE CHEF UP­STAIRS 516 Mt Pleas­ant Rd. www.theche­fup­stairs.com CIRILLO'S CULIANRY ACADEMY 4894 Dun­das St. W. www.cir­il­losacademy.com THE HEALTHY BUTCHER 298 Eglinton Ave. W. www.the­healthy­butcher.com LI­AI­SON COL­LEGE 205 Richmond St. W. www.li­aison­col­lege.com NELLA CUCINA 876 Bathurst St. www.nel­lacucina.ca VIVA TAST­INGS St. Lawrence Mar­ket. www.vi­vatast­ings.com

Kitchen Stores

TEATRO VERDE CUCINA 2901 Bayview Ave. PEPPERMILLS 2098 Yonge St. GOOD EGG In Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket at 267 Au­gusta Ave. HIGH TECH 106 Front St E. IQ LIV­ING 524 Dan­forth Ave. DE­GREES 2588 Yonge St. PLACEWARES St Lawrence Mar­ket.

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