Stratford-upon-Avon Calling

When’s the last time you paid 40 cents for metre parking? In Toronto, probably sometime in the 19th century? But in Stratford, the glorious Canadian-imitation birthplace of the illustrious bard, it’s not just a myth. I’m so accustomed to carrying one and two dollar coins for parking, it’s almost foreign to start sifting through my… 

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A handbag for all seasons

Coming into ownership of a new accessory tends to stir up a sense of excitement in all good shoppers. This is why so many women are always on the look out for the next it-bag of the season. A handbag can cost anywhere from about $10 up to the tens of thousands, be made of… 

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Wasabi Sushi

100 Plaza Drive, Suite CMap716.689.5888www.wasabius.com The Canadian Loonie being this close to par with the Greenback, has many immediate effects. But where can you get a decent meal in between the card swiping and bag carrying? Wasabi has mouth-watering sushi.

Harlem nights in Toronto

“Tonight, I’m a stealthy ninja, a spy for Spotlight, an undercover paparazzi agent…” This is the role I chose for my most recent cameo appearance – I think it suited me well. Yonge Street was being dressed up to look like Harlem, NY, and I wanted to see how it was being done.

Embassy Samosa king

5120 Finch Ave East, Scarborough ON 416-332-0944MapApprox $20 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? n/a Lunch, DinnerMon to Sun: 11am to midnight Long gone are the days when I was able to wander around ethnic ‘hoods of Scarborough looking for food or when my parents used to bring home South Indian or Sri… 

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Crystal Five C5

100 Queens park, Toronto ON 416-586-7926www.c5restaurant.caMapApprox $35 per person Local Food? mostly local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? very good selection LunchTue to Sat: 11:30am to 2:30pmDinnerThu to Sat: 5:30pm to 10pmBrunchSun: 11:30am to 2:30pm In possibly the only comfortable and elegant corner of the new Rom Crystal – on the 5th floor — sits the Crystal 5… 

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Pure Spirits Oyster Grill House

55 Mill Street, Toronto ON 416-361-5859www.purespirits.caMapApprox $30 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? some available LunchTue to Sun: 12pm to 3pmDinnerTue to Sun: 5pm to 10pm Closed on Mondays Seafood influenced menus are handed to us along with a formidable list of wine choices. A stretch of private booths run to the back… 

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