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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on March 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

Art is Back in Toronto

This weekend enjoy the warmer weather while taking in some culture. Head down to Exhibition Place for The Artist Project. Taking place at the Liberty Grand, The Artist Project is an exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art. Whether you’re a buyer or just a browser, this 2nd annual event will feature the works of over 150 of the best juried independent artists.

The show runs until March 8 and is open from 11 am to 8pm today and tomorrow and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Expect to see photography, sculpture, paintings, mixed media and textile art among many other mediums.

More information on PlanetEye: The Liberty Grand

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 25, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Review: Salad King

Known as one of Toronto’s best Thai restaurants, Salad King is not somewhere you go dressed in your finest. Not that it will be soiled or that you’ll get strange looks (although you might), it’s just that the restaurant is located right near Ryerson University and with its large portions and low prices, it’s a pretty casual place frequented by students.

Many tables are communal so if you like your privacy plan to take out but definitely don’t pass this gem up. All Thai fans must visit Salad King at least once (I can assure you, it won’t be your last time).

Prices range from around $4 for appetizers to under $10 for entrees and make sure to pay special attention to the spicy scale as Salad King serves dishes starting at mild up to a 20 chillie rating (it’ll cause an upset stomach).

More information on PlanetEye: Salad King Restaurant

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

Shopping Event: Give Jewellery that Gives Back

Blood diamonds these are not. When you buy a piece of jewellery (made from copper, pyrite and silver) from Bijouxbead, available at Made You Look on Queen West, you’re actually giving blood. Until the end of the month, Made You Look is hosting a Bijouxbead exhibit and a portion of the jewellery sales will be donated to Canadian Blood Services.
Check out the collection here and get shopping, you do-gooder!

More information on PlanetEye: Made You Look North

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Review: Colborne Lane

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve never had the pleasure of dining at Colborne Lane but based on my research, it’s going on my list!

Toronto Life calls chef Claudio Aprile the city’s most innovative and the restaurant has been getting four-star reviews. The menu is fusion but doesn’t seem to have any particular slants towards one type of food. There are Asian influences for sure but there’s also South American inspiration and really just a lot of very interesting looking items. Take the Hibiscus & salt cured foie gras with apricot terrine, freeze dried apricots, warm brioche, spiced yoghurt and hibiscus puree. I can’t imagine what that tastes or even looks like but I’m dying to try it.

Lunch is served from 12pm to 2pm and dinner from 5pm to 11pm. Entree prices range from $9 to $36.


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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Review: Sutra

Rumour has it that the spot where Sutra currently resides used to be an alleyway. Whether that’s true or not, the bar/lounge is now pretty swanky. It has a Tiki theme and in the summer, the back patio, which features a floor of sand, is teeming with people wishing they had chosen to vacation somewhere other than the city.

Drinks aren’t cheap but they are festive and come with fruity decorations. Or try the flaming bowl of booze that you drink with a spoon, if you’re feeling courageous.

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Winterlicious Extended: More cheap Meals

If you haven’t had the chance to take advantage of the city’s Winterlicious festival, you still have time. Each year a long list of Toronto restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at fabulous prices. Lunches are $14, $20 or $30 and dinners are $25, $35 or $45. The event usually ends February 12, but this year it’s been extended to the end of the month. I guess it’s helping fill tables during the recession.

I’ve done two Winterlicious lunches: one at Wish restaurant on Charles Street, near Yonge and Bloor, and one at Lobby near Bloor and St. George. Wish’s lunch is $15 and dinner, $25. Both were lovely. At Wish, I had the butternut squash soup, warm steak and chorizo salad and for dessert, the rich chocolate bouchon. And while everything was good, I have to say that the dessert is worth the whole trip.

While Lobby is only offering dinner for the extended period, much of the menu is the same, so I’ll tell you what I had there so you can make wise choices too. The potato and leek soup with crumbled stilton is rich without being too filling, the soy and ginger glazed salmon has a delicate sweetness and all of the desserts are delicious (I went with two other people and we got to try all three)!

So go out and support local restaurants while getting a great meal for cheap.

More information on PlanetEye: Lobby, Wish

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Makeup Event: Hello Kitty for M.A.C

Calling all makeup fans, Canadian-born professional cosmetics line, M.A.C has collaborated with Hello Kitty to produce two adorable beauty collections – wild and mild – and a handful of fun accessories.

Today between 1pm and 3pm, you can be part of the Hello Kitty madness. Just head to the M.A.C store on the bottom level of the Eaton Centre for an introduction to the line by some scantily clad male models who will be applying free Hello Kitty tattoos to attendees.

Go have fun and let your wild side rule.

More information on PlanetEye: Eaton Centre

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Review: Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar

You may have heard that Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar is so popular that they don’t accept reservations. This is only partially true. The award-winning chef allows for lunch reservations Monday through Saturday, 11:30am to 3:30pm and Sunday brunch reservations from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Dinner however, is first-come, first-served.

The food is served in tasting portions, perfect for when you want to try a bunch of different things and share. All the food is local and naturally-grown and true to its name, the restaurant offers wine pairings with each menu item.

More information on PlanetEye: Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Review: Terroni

Terroni is one of Toronto’s favourite Italian restaurants and it’s popular with pizza and pasta lovers of all kinds. It’s reasonably priced (but do take a close look at the wine list before you order or you could end up spending more than you planned) so it’s a nice night out for those not rolling in dough. For high rollers, it’s an easy dinner out. The food is traditional and authentic and Terroni even carries some wines exclusively.
The atmosphere is a bit trendy but the staff are friendly and there’s definitely no need to dress up.

There are four locations: One on Queen West, one on Balmoral near Yonge and St. Clair and one on Adelaide Street East. One sign that Terroni is making it big, the final location is in Los Angeles.

More information on PlanetEye: Terroni Adelaide, Terroni Inc, Terroni

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Toronto — By thetorontoguide on February 1, 2009 at 1:15 am

One Restaurant

One Restaurant is pretty much what you’d expect from a high end restaurant in Yorkville created by chef Mark McEwan (of North 44 and Bymark fame). The food is delicious and creative and sort of surprising, it’s encouraged that you share. The service is efficient and the staff are knowledgeable. The atmosphere unfortunately, is a bit snooty and be prepared for a bit of a hangover after your meal. The food is very rich. Park far away or take the ttc so you can walk your meal off a bit.

Unsurprisingly, it’s expensive but if you’re willing to spend $200 on a nice meal for two with a glass of wine each, it’s not so scary. I had dinner there but have heard that the brunch is amazing for a weekend splurge.

More information on PlanetEye: One Restaurant

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