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Summerlicious 2014—The Shore Club

The Shore Club

It’s the time of year when Toronto food lovers salivate. Summerlicious is in full swing until July 20. The 12th edition of this city-wide event features more than 200 participating restaurants offering three-course prix fixe lunch ($15, $20 and $25) and dinner ($35 and $45) menus, enabling patrons to try new establishments or return to an old favourite.

This year, L’ouvrier, Weslodge and Rock Lobster are among the new additions, while returning favourites include Bannock, Crush Wine Bar, Nota Bene, Loire and Splendido.

Where Toronto sampled the dinner menu at The Shore Club, a posh steak and seafood restaurant adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and within walking distance to such Entertainment District venues as Roy Thomson Hall, and the Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra theatres.

The Shore Club
Appetizers of grilled calamari on a bed of baby lettuce with a honey citrus vinaigrette and short rib agnolotti with stilton, shiitake mushrooms and leeks in a red wine jus.

Entrees of New York striploin with a sweet pepper chimichurri and pan seared Atlantic salmon with a sweet citrus passion fruit emulsion. Our sides (from four options) were a warm potato salad and steak house fries.

Dessert of key lime pie and a decadent chocolate brownie with ice cream.

The Shore Club
How would you describe the ambience at The Shore Club?
The Shore Club has an elegant, warm and friendly vibe. It’s a great place to enjoy the finest Alberta prime beef and the freshest seafood. Our lunch crowds are dominated by business lunches and meetings, while our dinners are more social with a mix of business, pleasure and symphony- or a play-goers.

What do you like about participating in Summerlicious?
For our staff, we treat Summerlicious and Winterlicious (January 30 to February 12, 2015) as a way to celebrate being part of the restaurant community of Toronto. Our approach is a positive one, as we’re excited at the opportunity to show off our great hospitality and cuisine to guests that may not normally dine with us.

What about the experience at The Shore Club distinguishes it from the other participating restaurants?
We take great pride in our high level of service and food quality, and we don’t compromise these qualities during Summerlicious. Our service and quality of food put us near the top for value during the program.

How do you determine the menu each season for Summerlicious?
Our focus is on determining the best value for our guests, and this starts by sourcing the best quality, in-season ingredients. Once we have compiled this list our talented chef Saku Velummylum puts together dishes that reflect these ingredients.

What are your recommended wine pairings with each of the entrees on this year’s Summerlicious menu?
Braised lamb shank with forked fngerling potatoes, roasted red peppers and harissa mint yogurt—2010 Quails Gate Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley, BC

Grilled Atlantic salmon with rhubarb relish, couscous and rapini—2012 Bastianich Refosco Rose, Venezia Giulia, Italy

Stuffed crepe with portobello mushrooms, spinach, ricotta and vegetable terrine—2011 Plumpjack Adaptation Chardonnay, Napa Valley, US

Pan seared Atlantic salmon with a citrus passion fruit emulsion—2012 Chateau Haut-Grelot (Blanc), Blaye Cote de Bordeaux, France

Grilled New York striploin with sweet pepper chimichurri—2012 13th Street Merlot, Creek Shores, Niagara

The Shore Club, 155 Wellington St. W., 416-351-3311; theshoreclub.ca  —Linda Luong

BIXI Bikes – Toronto, Ontario


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Bixi Bikes in Toronto (Photo: Shabnam, Morningdew Photography)

This beautiful image captures Toronto’s bike sharing program in an artistic perspective. The streets are lined with bicyclists enjoying the autumn sun on their daily commute, and images of bikes zipping by are plentiful. What is interesting about this photo is that it captures static bicycles, adding intrigue and new depth to a scene that is easily overlooked.

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Photo: Shabnam- Morningdew Photography

5 Reasons Why You Should Take the Train Across Canada


The Canadian passing through Alberta (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey)

Via Rail’s long-standing passenger route across our homeland, aptly named The Canadian, is one of the most exquisite ways to experience the vast space between Toronto and Vancouver. Covering 4,466km, the train offers incredible views of the Rockies, the Coast Mountains, the Prairies and the pre-Cambrian shield. Here, we offer the five top reasons to experience this unforgettable journey.


The 7 Most Luxurious Hotels in Toronto


Toronto's Most Luxurious Hotels

A luxury hotel, Toronto style: the lobby of the Trump Tower (Photo: David Wittaker)

1. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
The Donald’s sole Canadian property is worth $500 million, and exudes opulence extravagance from the penthouse straight down to the lobby, where guests are surrounded by black marble cladding and can admire the Swarovski crystal sculpture behind the front desk. At 65 storeys, the building holds the title for tallest Canadian residential building. There are 261 guest rooms and suites at this luxurious Toronto hotel, plus 118 condo units for residents. The luxury isn’t just for guests, though. Anyone with the funds can broker a deal at the aptly named Stock Restaurant Bar and Lounge, have a nightcap at Suits Lobby Lounge (where a stock market ticker can be found behind the bar) or get pampered at Quartz Crystal Spa, which is located on the 31st and 32nd floors and offers expansive views of the Toronto skyline. Guests are also invited to swim laps in the heated 65-foot-long infinity pool designed with Calacatta marble and to rest their heads on Italian Bellino linen. Looking for a place to host a luxurious event in Toronto hotel? There’s a 12,000 square-foot grand ballroom with ornate black chandeliers that will be sure to impress your invitees.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, 325 Bay St., 416-306-5800, trumphotelcollection.com/toronto, map and reviews

See the rest of our guide to the most luxurious hotels in Toronto »


Things to Do With Kids in Toronto: 21 Children-Friendly Attractions


Things to Do in Toronto With Kids

21 things to do with kids in Toronto: Canada’s Wonderland, with it’s enormous water park, makes our list (Photo: WomEOS)

When looking for things to do with kids in Toronto, visitors can be overwhelmed with options. Luckily, many of Toronto’s most interesting attractions for adults—museums, galleries, historic sites—also have special programs or areas for children. Many have great group rates, too, meaning family fun doesn’t have to strain your travel budget. Our Toronto experts have compiled this list of 21 fun things to do with kids in the city, all at reliable, long-standing attractions designed to put a smile on a child’s face.

See the list of 21 things to do with kids in Toronto »


Vintage Stores in Toronto: 10 Top Shops With Unique Finds


Vintage Stores Toronto

Vintage stores in Toronto take many shapes—like Love the Design, an interiors store in Leslieville

Toronto has no lack of high-end shops—Chanel, Hugo Boss, Holt Renfrew—but the shopper looking for affordable and unique pieces should turn to the other side of the retail market: vintage stores. Toronto is blessed with many such shops, and they run the gamut from clothes to house wares, and from menswear to womenswear. Here, our list of top Toronto vintage stores, organized by product.

See our compilation of vintage stores in Toronto »


Best Toronto Restaurants of 2012

Best Toronto Restaurants

Best Toronto Restaurants 2012: a pizza from F’amilia, our pick for the best new Italian restaurant (Photo: Renée Suen)

Toronto restaurants have always produced great chefs. Traditionally, they’ve learned their trade at the city’s top kitchens—places like Scaramouche, Splendido and Canoe—and then left the city to work in Europe or the U.S. Over the past five years, though, something incredible has happened: they have stayed or come back, opening casual-chic restaurants in their own backyards. This past year has continued the tred, making our round-up the best Toronto restaurants to open in the past 12 months all the better.

See our list of the 10 best Toronto restaurants of 2012 »


Porter Airlines is Still King of the Island (Airport)

Free coffee and water in the lounge at the Island Airport in Toronto (Photo: Tom Purves)

When Air Canada moved back to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport last year, flying a limited number of routes from the downtown terminal, business travellers collectively wondered if the good days were over. With multiple carriers using the island airport, would the free cappuccinos, wifi and newspapers—always provided by boutique Porter Airlines, previously the island’s only carrier—now a thing of the past?

The answer is no. On a recent flight, the departure lounge was busier than it was in former days, but it still offered all those endearing perks. And while Air Canada is there, this is still clearly Porter’s show. The airline operates the majority of flights here, and dominates the prime spots in the lounge. There have even been additions, most notably a grab-and-go sandwich and salad spot.

The bottom line: while it may be a little harder to find a seat, flying Porter from Billy Bishop is still a pleasure.

—Tim Johnson


Best Stargazing Spots at TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival


There are better ways to spot celebs at TIFF than by waiting behind the red-carpet ropes (Photo: Christopher Harte)

Toronto is truly at its finest when it plays host to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) each September. The streets buzz with pride as locals share their favourite haunts with an influx of visitors. And while stars are masters at surreptitiously sneaking through the streets unnoticed, frequenting some key spots just might increase the odds of finding yourself accidentally-on-purpose across the room from your most admired luminary. (more…)

Win a Trip to the Calgary Stampede

Look for the lucky white hats

Attention, cowpokes: mosey on down to the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at 11:30 a.m. on May 9 and you could win a trip to this year’s Calgary Stampede (Jul. 6 to 15), complete with red-carpet and white-hat treatment. To celebrate the 100th birthday of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the Stampede is giving away three VIP prize packages, one each in the cities of Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Round-trip airfare, tickets to the Stampede, gift cards for clothing and fine dining, tickets to a Garth Brooks concert, and passes to Calgary attractions are just some of the goodies in store for the lucky winners. Simply select the one lucky hat—out of hundreds of white hats—in each city that contains a red envelope. Then yeehaw! Find out more at www.calgarystampede.com.—Sheri Radford

Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral at Dusk

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Now that winter is nearly here, it can be depressing to see the skies darken in the afternoon. But if we all had this view from our balconies, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. In capturing a gorgeous combo of man-made and natural light, the (lucky) photographer, who took this photo from home, makes Canada’s largest metropolis look downright cozy.

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Photo by BriYYZ.

Is Montreal-Based BIXI Going Bust?

Photo by tcp909

By Carissa Bluestone

Popular bike-sharing network BIXI is experiencing more shakeups in its home city only several months after Montreal’s government approved a $108 million bailout to cover the company’s deficits. On Friday, CEO Roger Plamondon resigned amid controversy over the deal with the city.