A spicy new Mex­i­can joint comes to the An­nex

Plus a cher­ished an­tique shop turns 40 and some sweet ve­gan treats

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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

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