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3 Barbecue Hotspots

TRY ONE OF THESE RESTAURANTS THAT SERVE UP EVERYTHING FROM SOUTHERN TO COTTAGE-STYLE OPTIONS.

Big barbecue flavour at Big Crow. Photo by Connie Tsang.

  1. Tucked in an alleyway behind Rose & Sons, you’ll find Big Crow. Family-style seating with long benches making makes it easy to share a number of dishes—and you’ll want to try as much as possible. Be sure to wash it all down with a refreshing Dupont Sour.
  2. For Southern style barbecue look no farther than Queen Street joint Smoque N’ Bones. Pulled pork, ribs galore, chicken, sausages and sandwiches plus a standout coleslaw. An impressive selection of bourbons lines the wall behind the bar.
  3. Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor Street W, Toronto; 647-344-6444) recreates that cottage feeling in the city. There’s lots of comfort food to be had, including a hearty selection of meats and sandwiches, all served up with house-made chips infused with smoky flavour—plus a great selection of Canadian craft beer!

Swatch Launches Olympic Timepieces

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Four of the seven new olympic-inspired watches Swatch rolled out as part of the Rio Olympic Games Collection.

 

Swiss brand Swatch, known for its colourful and affordable timepieces, has launched a special collection in honour of the summer Olympic Games. Marked by the signature silicone band and plastic case, there are five watches in all, including a special POP edition; prices range from $70 to $145. —Linda Luong Luck

 

H&M at CF Toronto Eaton Centre gets a New Look

H&M GETS A MAKEOVER AND NEW H&M HOME COLLECTION SECTION

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Budget-friendly housewares from H&M.

A newly-renovated H&M flagship at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre brings not only more affordable apparel for the whole family—including an expanded menswear department—but also the H&M Home collection. A core offering of textiles and accessories for the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom are supplemented by seasonal items like tropical leaf bedding and pineapple-shaped plates. This Toronto location, which boasts two oversized digital screens illuminating the store’s exterior facing Yonge-Dundas Square, is among the company’s top 10 largest stores in the world.

—Linda Luong Luck

Ufficio: Italian-Style Seafood in the West End

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Ufficio’s charming nautical-inspired decor.

WITH A MENU THAT CENTRES AROUND SEAFOOD, UFFICIO IS A FRESH ADDITION TO TORONTO’S ITALIAN DINING SCENE

Torontonians love their Italian restaurants; we each have our favourite spot for Neapolitan pizzas and spaghetti Bolognese. But when it comes to coastal cuisine, we’re somewhat underserved. Enter Ufficio, a highly stylish spot that puts the focus on seafood, with pescatarian dishes ranging from romesco-sauced B.C. Saltspring mussels on a chickpea fritter to grilled octopus with caponata. The intimate restaurant sits on one of Dundas West’s hipper stretches, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself swimming in specialty cocktails, too.—Craig Moy

1214 Dundas St. west, 416-535-8888; ufficiorestaurant.com

Chabrol: A Tiny French Bisto in the Heart of Yorkville

SMALL BUT MIGHTY CHABROL SERVES UP EXCELLENT SOUTHERN FRENCH CUISINE

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The buttery, unforgettable tarte aux pommes.

Chef Doug Penfold knows Spanish food. For years he’s served some of the city’s best tapas at midtown institution Cava. Turns out he’s equally passionate about French fare, as evidenced by his cooking at Chabrol, a tiny bistro Penfold launched with Cava co-owner Niall McCotter. Set back from the bustle of Yorkville Avenue, it’s an elegant hideaway for unfussy indulgence. Order and aperitif and some oysters, then spoil yourself with the rich wild mushroom and artichoke ragout—plus the chef’s acclaimed tarte aux pommes for dessert.—Craig Moy

 

•90 Yorkville Ave., 416-428-6641; chabrolrestaurant.com
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Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in May 2016

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN MAY!

Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s tallest and biggest roller coaster

MAY 1  The country’s largest theme park, Canada’s Wonderland kicks off opening day with even more excitement to its lineup of rides with two new soaring interactive experiences: Skyhawk and Flying Eagles. The former is the first of its kind in North America, letting thrill seekers control their own cockpit by navigating 360 degree turns and inversions from 135 feet in the air, while the latter lets pint-sized pilots—along with a co-pilot—steer their own plane. Of course, the park’s 16 roller coasters, water park, two kids play areas, and midway games are among the other draws that make it the most visited seasonal amusement park in North America.

MAY 1 TO 3  Esteemed paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim speaks about the discovery of fossils belonging to the largest predatory dinosaur ever discovered as part of the National Geographic Live series.

MAY 2 AND 3  Canadian musician Lights, known for such songs as “February Air” and “Drive My Soul,” performs an acoustic show at The Danforth Music Hall with special guests DCF.

MAY 4 AND 5  The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms Symphony 4 alongside a new work by John Adams with a violin solo.

MAY 6  A roster of Canadian and world champion figure skaters take part in Stars on Ice, including Patrick Chan, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Javier Fernández, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Joannie Rochette among others.

MAY 7  Catch Canadian singer and songwriter Royal Wood at The Danforth Music Hall.

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16 Things to Do for March Break 2016

A WEEK OFF FROM SCHOOL IS EVERY CHILD’S DREAM, BUT PERHAPS LESS THRILLING FOR PARENTS WHO NEED TO KEEP LITTLE ONES ENTERTAINED AND FROM CRYING OUT “THERE’S NOTHING TO DO” FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME. HERE ARE 16 KID-APPROVED IDEAS FOR HAVING FUN THIS MARCH BREAK IN TORONTO.

The TIFF Bell Lightbox hosts digiPlaySpace for the fifth year, which engages children through interactive play involving animation, robotics and more. (photo: courtesy of TIFF)

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Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in February 2016

THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN FEBRUARY!

The Salzburg Festival cast of The Marriage of Figaro starring Genia Kühmeier, Katija Dragojevic and Marlis Petersen. Photo by Monika Rittershaus, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company.

FEBRUARY 2  “The Boss”—a.k.a. Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band may have been born in the USA but they’re performing in Toronto.

FEBRUARY 2 TO MARCH 13  In Mustard, a world premiere written by Kat Sandler, a recently-divorced mom starts seeing her daughter’s imaginary friend who lives under her bed.

FEBRUARY 3 TO 21  On the heels of a sold-out national tour, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen makes its Toronto debut. This celebration of the legendary Canadian performer sees six performers playing 17 instruments that highlight Cohen’s career discography.

FEBRUARY 4 TO 27  The Canadian Opera Company presents Mozart’s witty romantic farce, The Marriage of Figaro, in which Figaro and Susanna’s impending matrimony is in jeopardy thanks to the roving eye of the Count.

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25 Toronto Spa Treatments to Get You Ready for Spring

GOING TO THE SPA IS TYPICALLY CONSIDERED A LUXURY EXPERIENCE, BUT FOR WEARY TRAVELLERS IT CAN OFTEN BE A NECESSITY. WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN, REFRESH FOR SPRING BY INDULGING IN SOME OF THESE FABULOUS (AND FABULOUSLY RELAXING) TORONTO SPA TREATMENTS.  BY LINDA LUONG

Toronto Spa Treatments

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Toronto Spa Treatments for Your Beautiful Face

A litany of ailments can mar what ought to be your glowing visage: puffiness, redness, clogged pores, brown spots and blemishes, not to mention dryness resulting from the season’s harsh elements. Routine facials can help to remedy all that, leaving behind a natural luminosity.

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto in 2015

BY CRAIG MOY

Perhaps you’ve heard: Toronto is one the most dynamic cities in the world. An endlessly fascinating place to live; an equally amazing destination to visit. Whether you’re an international jetsetter or on a cross-Canada excursion, travelling within Ontario or just looking to be a tourist in your own hometown, there are literally thousands of compelling reasons to visit Toronto. And for 2015, here are 15 more.

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The 5 Best Pizzas in Toronto

BY LINDA LUONG

    The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

The Honey pizza from Pizzeria Defina with fior di latte, gorgonzola, pickled pear and roasted pecans (photo: Pizzeria Defina)

A bit of dough, some tomato sauce, cheese and an assortment of meats and vegetables may be all it takes to make a classic pizza, but that doesn’t mean just anyone can make a delicious one. There’s an art to making this dish that originated in Naples, Italy; these establishments—our choices for the five best pizzerias in Toronto—consistently serve up culinary masterpieces on thin crust.

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