A spicy new Mexican joint comes to the Annex
Plus a cherished antique shop turns 40 and some sweet vegan treats
The Annex has a new burrito joint in the form of
Bang Bang Burrito. It offers very customizable burritos, quesadillas and burrito bowls with a range of scratch-made fillings, from chicken tinga to sweet potatoes roasted with agave nectar and cumin. Sauces range from your regular salsa to the tongue-singeing Carolina Reaper sauce, made from the world’s hottest pepper, as documented by the Guinness World Records (366 Bloor St. W., 647-748-0002).
Cynthia Findlay Antiques is celebrating 40 years in the business. It started with a modest shop in Mirvish Village, and now at its current home inside the Mirvish Enterprises building on King West, it has become one of the city’s prime destinations for unique estate and vintage jewellery, engagement rings, fine china and home decor (284 King St. W., 416-2609057).
Croquant chou Mukimuki: now how’s that for fusion desserts? The latest café to enter the College Street scene, Mukimuki specializes in a crunchy churro-style confection made with a dough of almond, sugar and egg whites and filled with a creamy custard or matcha centre. The Japanese café also offers soufflé pancakes and seasonal tarts, as well as espresso drinks and matcha lattes (384 College St., 647-686-6601). Corso Italia’s getting a new board game café. Located at St. Clair Avenue West and Dufferin Street,
Spielhaus has over 2,500 board games in the store, with new games coming in monthly. And beyond providing a place for gamers to expel some of their world-domination rage over seven-hour-long games of Risk over copious root beer floats, they’re also community builders. They have board game creation nights, Dungeons & Dragons sessions and special game nights for the LGBTQ+ community and women and gender non-binary–identified gamers. And, of course, they have locally baked nibbles (1187 St. Clair Ave. W., 647-346-7060).
Paradise Grapevine is a welcome addition to the Bloorcourt village neighbourhood. The wine and beer bar opened in July in what was formerly Menalon Restaurant. Locals can enjoy different types of wine or draft beer and nibble on bite-sized snacks, like marinated artichokes or cured sausage, while out on the charming back patio (841 Bloor St. W., 416-536-7178).
Enjoy cruelty-free sweets at the new pop-up at vegan hot spot Planta with Planta Sweets until the end of
summer. They’ve got chocolate and raspberry gelato bars from local favourite Bar Ape, vegan cookie dough, chocolate truffles and chocolate chip cookies, all available on the go (1221 Bay St., 647-348-7000).
Vida Bahrami (right), the owner of Bang Bang Burrito