A Filipino diner comes to the Annex
Plus a super-luxe brand makes a bold entrance on Yorkville Avenue
A new Filipino brunch spot has come to Toronto.
BB’s Diner offers Filipino favourites such as sinangag (garlic fried rice with egg), Pinoy-style fried chicken and baked bangus (milkfish) among others. Those craving something sweet can order the Mama Marivic’s french toast, served with coconut-banana dulce de leche. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, with produce sourced from local farmers and artisanally grown when sensible to do so. (76 Lippincott St.).
Knar Jewellery was opened in Guelph 40 years ago, and in that time, the business made a name for itself in Toronto as well. Knar specializes in fine jewellery, from Rolex watches to Fabergé necklaces, as well as jewellery and watch repairs and appraisals (38 Avenue Rd., 416-921-9200).
Creativity comes first at the Avenue Road Arts School, where for 25 years people of all ages have been welcomed to come in and express their artistic side. The school helps kids and adults gain confidence, perfect their artistic skills and develop their portfolios. Exhibit opportunities give the students at the Avenue Road Arts School a chance to display their work, receive feedback and gain valuable hands-on experience. Thanks to an experienced and creative faculty, classes taught here cover all art forms, from fine arts such, ceramic sculpture, performing arts and music (460 Avenue Rd., 416-961-1502).
Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Chez’s restaurant and bar offers globally inspired dishes while keeping true to local flavours. Shareable plates like the roasted bone marrow might stand out amongst some more traditional dishes such as the mushroom linguini and the seven-ounce sirloin steak. With a large selection of local and international wines and beers, Chez’s is a great place for a night out (588 College St., 416-792-1550).
Toronto’s bike riders have a new shop to check out. Dismount Bike Shop specializes in city, adventure, mountain and kids’ bikes, offering repair and tuning services as well as a wide range of products. The staff here will help all customers find the perfect bike for their riding needs. Accessories and apparel are also available. Customers can also enjoy coffee or tea while visiting, with a coffee bar located inside the store (936 St. Clair Ave., 647-351-4030).
The luxury clothing brand Versace has announced that the first Canadian flagship store will open its doors in 2019. The store will occupy a 3,000-foot space, covering two floors and incorporating classic Italian design and modern dynamism. It has haute couture, prêt-à-porter, accessories and jewellery. All that is left is for Drake to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony (102-108 Yorkville Ave.).
L–R: Manuel Luis Veneracion and Justin Bella of BB’s Diner