Author: John Tan

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On a beautiful, winter Saturday morning, we ventured to Cresta, right across from the world-famous St. Lawrence Market. Formerly Pastizza up until last November, it is named after the iconic Cresta Ridge vineyards in California, and hopes to bring the casual California vibe to its innovative Italian menu, more befitting of its surrounding neighbourhood. On this day we came for brunch – a favourite weekend activity of many Torontonians.

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You probably already know that Portland Variety does breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, and that recently it introduced its new winter menu. Now, you’ve got yet another reason to visit as Portland Variety introduces weekday brunch.

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Torontonians, myself included, seem to have a love for brunch. We love sleeping in on Sunday mornings, and then having a satisfying meal that’s both breakfast and lunch (how efficient!). It wasn’t long ago that we visited Yorkville‘s Kasa Moto for dinner and last Sunday we visited again to see what Kasa Moto is offering for brunch-loving crowd.

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The Good Son has been on my list of restaurants to try since it opened in the summer of 2014. Helmed by Chef Vittorio Colacitti of Top Chef Canada, the restaurant promises a “menu [that] is a reflection of the melting pot of cultures that is entwined in the vibrant Queen West neighbourhood”. On December 2nd, we visited The Good Son to sample some of their signature dishes.

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I remember my first visit to Portland Variety in the summer of 2014. Back then I was quite impressed with the delicious food and amazing cocktails. Flash forward to November 2015, and we’re visiting again to see what’s new and exciting on Portland Variety’s new fall/winter menu.

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On Thursday, November 12, Air Canada‘s enRoute Magazine held a gala at The Ritz Carlton hotel in Toronto to celebrate this year’s top 10 best new restaurants in Canada. Guests met the chefs and sample some of their dishes, giving them a taste of why they made this year’s list.

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