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    Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest food news in Toronto and gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

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    • Pilot Coffee Roasters has opened a new cafe outpost at 117 Ossington Avenue (at Argyle), just down the street from its recently shuttered Crafted Coffee.
    • A second Toronto location of ChiChop, a Taiwanese-inspired fried chicken joint, has opened 630 Bloor Street West, sharing a space with Coco Fresh Tea & Juice in Koreatown.
    • Harry's Steak House, named after the founder of Barberian's Steakhouse, is now open at 3277 Bloor Street West in Etobicoke.
    • Green Earth Vegan Cuisine has relocated to 804 Danforth Avenue.
    • Thai Kitchen Eat BKK has opened a Leslieville location at 898 Queen Street East in Lady Marmalade's former space. The popular brunch spot is moving to 265 Broadview Avenue and reopening soon.
    • Gastro-bar Rustic Social House, serving "global comfort food & cocktails," has opened at 2083 Lake Shore Boulevard West at Humber Bay in Etobicoke.
    • Coconut Seasons Hot Pot, Toronto's first à la carte coconut hot pot restaurant, is open now at 668 Silver Star Boulevard in Scarborough.
    • Barkhouse Grill, a BBQ restaurant with burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, is now open at 1470 Kingston Road in Scarborough.
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    • Louix Louis, a restaurant and cocktail bar on the 31st floor of what will soon become the St. Regis Toronto, will be opening later this year at 325 Bay Street (at Adelaide). The menu will combine contemporary American cuisine with classic French technique.
    • Casa Fuego, a Peruvian and Argentinian restaurant from the team behind Copacabana, is opening in Copacabana's downtown location at 230 Adelaide Street West (at Duncan).
    • Sugarfina, a Los Angeles-based luxury candy retailer, will be opening standalone shops in First Canadian Place in the Financial District as well as inside Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.
    • Viaggio, an Italian spot from the chef and some of the team behind the shuttered Commodore, will serve fresh bread and pasta, and is set to open on Dundas West in October.
    • Come See Me, a restaurant/bar, is taking over Li'ly at 656 College Street (at Beatrice) in Little Italy.
    • Yifang Fruit Tea, a Taiwanese-style tea shop, will replace the recently closed Hoja Luwei at 615 Bloor Street West in Koreatown.

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    Toronto restaurants slated to open this fall include a new food hall and popular vegan pizza chain. There's also the latest from The Chase and something fancy inside the old Trump Hotel.

    Here are the Toronto restaurants I can't wait to open this fall.

    The Annex Food Hall

    What's not to love about having a variety of dining options all in one spot? Basically a more curated food court, this soon-to-open food hall in the Annex will feature stalls from Toronto faves like PG Clucks, Eat BKK, El Nahual and Urban Herbivore.

    Arthur’s

    This American-inspired grill, cocktail lounge and rooftop terrace from Chase Hospitality Group (The Chase, Kasa Moto, Planta, etc.) will be opening at Yonge & St. Clair, and if the group's previous ventures are anything to go by, this one should be just as impressive.

    Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen

    A casual sibling to the Chin Chin restaurants in LA and Las Vegas, the first Toronto location will be opening at Spadina & Bremner Boulevard, with another location to follow in Mississauga. Look forward to West Coast-style Chinese American dishes like quinoa fried rice.

    Louix Louis

    The St. Regis Hotel (formerly Trump), the first Canadian location for the luxury hotel brand. A new restaurant and cocktail bar on the 31st floor will feature an outdoor terrace overlooking Lake Ontario, while the menu will combine contemporary American cuisine with classic French technique.

    Osteria Rialto at Paradise

    The Paradise Theatre in Bloorcourt is about to reopen this year and it will include an intimate restaurant called Osteria Rialto helmed by Basilio Pesce (La BananeCanoeCheese Boutique), as well as a place to drink called Bar Biltmore, by Robin Goodfellow of Pretty Ugly.

    Le Swan

    Restaurateur Jen Agg recently bid adieu to her first restaurant, Black Hoof, but she has already moved onto a new project that should be opening any day now. Agg and her team have taken over Swan, the iconic diner on West Queen West, and added "Le" in front of it. Judging by the IG pics, the place looks dreamy.

    Ten

    This fine-dining restaurant from chef Julian Bentivegna that's set to open this fall in Brockton Village will serve 10 courses to 10 guests at a time, hence its name. It will offer a seasonal and veggie-forward, multi-course tasting menu to diners all seated around a chef's counter.

    Viaggio

    Those who mourned the closing of The Commodore, rejoice! Chef Jon Vettraino and his former gang from the nautically-themed Parkdale joint are creating an Italian restaurant that will serve fresh bread and pasta. It's set to open on Dundas West in mid-to-late October.

    Virtuous Pie

    One can never have enough plant-based pizza, and fans have been (im)patiently waiting for this vegan pizzeria and ice cream parlour that originated in Vancouver to open its first Toronto location. It's finally going to open in Little Italy soon, and it looks like it's going to be delicious.

    Yoshinaga

    Japanese chef Tsuyoshi Yoshinaga (YasuShoushinTachi) will be opening his eponymous restaurant, Yoshinaga, soon in Yorkville, and those who live to pursue and consume excellent, quality sushi have every reason to be excited.


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    Various events will be taking to Toronto streets this weekend. As a result, there's going to be a ton of road closures. If that's not brutal enough, subway service on Line 2 will start late at some stations.

    If you're brave enough to drive, here's what you need to know to navigate around the city.

    WE Day Toronto

    Bremner Blvd. from York St. to Lake Shore Blvd. West will be closed September 18 from 7 a.m. until September 21 at 3 a.m. for the annual event.

    On September 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be lane restrictions on:

    • Bremner Blvd. from York St. to Spadina Ave.
    • Bay St. from Lake Shore Blvd. West to the railway overpass
    • The Esplanade from Yonge St. to Lower Jarvis St.

    Oasis Zoo Run

    On September 22, a series of road and lane closures will take place for the run from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., including:

    • Plug Hat Rd. will be closed from Beare Rd. to Meadowvale Rd.
    • One lane on Meadowvale Rd. will be closed from Plug Hat Rd. to Sheppard Ave. East
    • Old Finch Ave. will be closed from Meadowvale Rd. to Reesor Rd.
    • The southbound lanes of Reesor Rd. will be closed from Steeles Ave. East to Old Finch Ave.

    Queen West Art Crawl 

    On September 22 and 23, the westbound curb lane of Queen St. West will be closed from Gore Vale Ave. to 870 Queen St. West from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the annual art crawl.

    Heroes of Suicide Ceremony and March

    On September 23, the east sidewalk fronting 1083 Pape Ave. and the northbound curb lane of Pape Ave. from Woodville Ave. to O'Connor Dr. will be closed from 6 to 8 p.m. for the ceremony and march.

    TTC Subway Closure

    Subway service on Line 2 from St. George to Broadview stations will start at noon on September 23 due to beam replacement work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. As always, shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.


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    Events in Toronto this fall will have you breaking out the sweaters, and enjoying apple cider and the smell of wet leaves. There's a big party at the library, as well as plenty of festivals for art, music, and podcasts. There are also plenty of free events too.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Nitro Circus Toronto (September 30 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    High-flying motorcycles take over the Scotiabank Arena to soar over giant dunes during this FMX, BMX, scooter and inline extravaganza.
    Toronto After Dark Film Festival (October 11-19 @ Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre)
    Feature films and shorts of the horror, thriller and sci-fi persuasion are being screened over nine nights, just in time for spooky season.
    Red Bull Music Festival (October 17-26 @ Multiple Venues)
    Coming to Toronto for the first time, this music festival is stacked with performances by DVSN and The Sorority, a Distillery District takeover by Alice Glass, plus workshops and events.
    Hush Hush (October 20 @ Bloor/Gladstone Library)
    Bloor/Gladstone Library is being transformed into party central with drinks, neon signs and classic library nostalgia during this big party in the stacks.
    Art Toronto (October 25-29 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    Modern art gets a big festival downtown with both Canadian and international artists presenting new works, lectures and programming.
    Hot Docs Podcast Festival (November 1-5 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    There's never been a better time for podcasts, and some of the leading podcasters will be in for panels and presentations, plus a live read from LeVar Burton.
    Indie Week (November 6-11 @ Multiple Venues)
    Over 300 artists are set to takeover more than 25 venues across the city with new underground and indie music from all genres.
    Toronto Christmas Market (November 15 - December 23 @ The Distillery District)
    Grab a cider and get festive at the Christmas Market that features food, shopping, drinks and entertainment to get you in the holiday spirit.
    Winter at Ontario Place (December 8 - March 18 @ Ontario Place)
    Back again is this free outdoor festival featuring the Winter Light exhibition, skating, bonfires and screenings at the Cinesphere.
    Cirque du Soleil (December 12-16 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Corteo tells the story of "a festive parade imagined by a clown" and includes its signature acrobatic marvels and mind-bending contortion.

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    One naughty little nightboi is showing the world just how "uber" Toronto raccoons really are this week after breaking into a local home, eating all of the bread, and then pretty much laughing when asked to leave.

    Toronto-based wedding planner Jenny Serwylo shared the harrowing story of how her kitchen was raided on Tuesday night via Reddit and Instagram, complete with photos of the (naturally) masked assailant.

    "This adorable a**hole tore through my screen and broke in to my kitchen last night," she wrote in a Reddit post on Wednesday morning.

    What. A. Fucking. Night. #torontoraccoons #asshole

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    What's a homeowner to do? Serwylo grabbed a broom and tried to shoo the invader outside.

    The two accomplices he'd crawled through the window with left without contest, but the raccoon in Serwylo's pictures simply stared back at her while scarfing down english muffins, seemingly annoyed by the commotion she was causing.

    "I was definitely hissing and growling at him in hopes he'd leave," she wrote. "He just looked at me like I was crazy."

    An Instagram Stories video from that night shows the raccoon trying to hide his bread from Serwylo. She sarcastically assures him that she won't try to steal his food and begs, "Buddy! Just go home!"

    The permanently hungry raccoon did leave eventually, but only after eating 100 per cent of the kitchen's bread stock. Serwylo quickly locked the window after him, but the critter later returned with some friends to scratch at the glass for about two hours.

    While displeased with the destruction of her screen and bread, Serwylo says she and the raccoon did share "some really cute moments between the yelling and broom waving."

    Fortunately, the thieves didn't poop on anything — but that doesn't mean they're welcome back.

    Serwylo wrote in her Reddit post that she "couldn't find any wildlife control places that were open in the middle of the night" and asked about what to do if it happens again.

    Toronto Animal Services will only assist with wildlife when injured or sick, but plenty of commenters recommended private pest control companies.

    The City of Toronto itself says that residents should secure all uncapped chimneys, loose shingles and openings in attics, roofs and eaves, garages and sheds to prevent break-ins from happening in the first place.

    "If raccoons do get in, you can evict them and discourage them from re-entering," reads a page on the city's website dedicated to raccoons.

    "Hang ammonia-soaked rags, play a loud radio tuned to an all-talk station, keep the area brightly lit," it advises. "Make sure no animal is trapped inside a sealed area — the animal will die and decompose."

    And of course, don't leave your bread out on the counter.


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    It's not raining outside but one Toronto airport is completely flooded this morning. Billy Bishop Airport by the waterfront looks like a lake right now with water creating chaos in the area near the parking lot.

    City of Toronto crews are working to repair a water main break that is causing flooding in the area immediately outside the island airport.

    This is the second time in the past six weeks that a flood has caused a commotion at Billy Bishop. However, this time it's not expected to cause flight delays.

    While there doesn't seem to be any reported flooding inside the airport itself, it has impacted the water supply in their lounges, including the bathrooms.

    Photos posted on Reddit show flooding in the parking lot, limiting vehicle access.

    toronto island airportBilly Bishop Airport has asked anyone with scheduled flights today to "Please leave extra travel time if you are flying from [the airport] this morning," and that anyone travelling to the island via tunnel or ferry will not be effected.


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    Weekend events in Toronto look to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art and encourage you to pick up a new book buddy at Word on the Street. House of Vans takes over The Bentway and there's lots of festivals, music, parties and markets to check out.

    Events you might want to check out:

    House of Vans (September 21-23 @ The Bentway)
    Vans takes over The Bentway for a weekend of cool events, including a community market, workshops, a cook-off and performances.
    Canzine (September 22 @ Art Gallery of Ontario)
    Zine culture is getting a big festival with hundreds of zines and art books to peruse, talks, events and an awards ceremony.
    Bruno Mars (September 22 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Put your pinky rings up to the moon because Bruno Mars is stopping in Toronto to give us some of that 24k Magic, the first of a two-night stint.
    MOCA Grand Opening (September 22-23 @ MOCA)
    After an initial delay, the MOCA is finally ready to reveal its revamped space. Tour through all five floors during this free, two-day grand opening event.
    The Word on the Street (September 23 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    Lit nerds, rejoice! This all-day book and magazine festival is back with literature-based programming, vendors, author talks and activities.
    JFL42 (September 20-29 @ Multiple Venues)
    Just for Laughs is just getting started this weekend with big-name comedians from all over arriving to perform at venues across the city.
    Elevate (September 21-27 @ Multiple Venues)
    Industry leaders, innovators and experts arrive to link up with Toronto's tech community for a week of talks, events, special programming and more.
    Queen West Art Crawl (September 22-23 @ Trinity Bellwoods Park)
    Take a tour through the historic, artsy and eclectic Queen Street West and its many art galleries that feature the work of tons of local artists.
    Toronto Beaches Festival (September 22-23 @ Woodbine Beach)
    There's still time to hit the beach and this sand bash offers free admission, food and drinks, yoga, a 90s dance party and shopping.
    Harvest Apple Festival (September 22-23 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    The first annual Harvest Apple Festival kicks off just in time for fall with a whole weekend of cider, treats, a farmers' market, music and activities.
    Venus Fest (September 15-22 @ Multiple Venues)
    Venus Fest continues this weekend with women and non-binary artists participating in panels, discussions and musical performances.
    Big Sound (September 21 @ The Great Hall)
    Big Sound is back with a night of live music from over 30 musicians banging out a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Motown Sound and classic soul.
    Conrad Sewell (September 21 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Australian singer Conrad Sewell fuses pop and soul to show off his powerful voice, hopeful message and upbeat tunes.
    Roar Music Festival (September 22 @ Henderson Brewing)
    This little music festival with a big heart is meant to welcome the cozy days of fall with live music, food, brews, games and just a good ol' time.
    Dead Sara (September 23 @ The Horseshoe Tavern)
    LA's trio of post-hardcore rockers arrives for some good old-fashioned cathartic primal screaming from some bad ass chicks.
    Big Trouble in Little China (September 21-22 @ Revue Cinema)
    The classic John Carpenter “action adventure comedy kung-fu ghost story monster movie” gets a drunk screening with special cocktails and prizes.
    Love, Gilda (September 21-27 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    This documentary shines a light on one of Saturday Night Live's most beloved comedians gone too soon, Gilda Radner.
    Art House Theater Day (September 23 @ Revue Cinema)
    It's Art House Theater Day in the city and to celebrate, Agnès Varda's Cléo de 5 à 7 is screening free of charge.
    Big Fun! (September 21 @ The Rec Room)
    Big tunes, big visuals and big Queens are on for the evening at this dance party and all around multi-sensory experience.
    Venus Fest Afterparty (September 22 @ Farside)
    Venus Fest comes to an end with a big after-party featuring DJ sets by Scarlett Rose and Lavender Bruisers spinning all night long.
    Fancy Footwork (September 22 @ The Piston)
    Fancy Footwork celebrates one year of movin' and groovin' with a night of top notch indie dance, nu disco, funk and new wave sounds.
    Sterling Road Block Party (September 23 @ Drake Commissary)
    A big community street party is happening along Sterling Road with a full day of food, activities, music, entertainment and a market.
    Inland (September 21-22 @ Queen Richmond Centre West)
    Check out local and national designer brands at this big fashion shopping event with fresh looks and many made-in-Canada products.
    Bi Arts Festival Handmade Market (September 22 @ Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts)
    Artists and makers from across the sexuality spectrum are selling their one-of-a-kind goods, including zines, gifts, decor and artwork.
    Trans Makers' Market (September 22 @ The 519)
    Pick up a ton of goodies from this market designed to support trans, non-binary and two spirit artists, entrepreneurs and vendors.

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    "Enough is enough" when it comes to new buildings, say people who live on Bathurst between King and Queen Street West.

    A newly-launched Change.org petition is asking locals to speak out against the development of a 16-storey, mixed-use building at 149 Bathurst Street.

    When proposed to the city in 2016 by developers Centrestone and Carlyle, the building was actually meant to be 19 storeys high with a total of 155 residential units.

    A revised zoning amendment application was submitted in June with slightly smaller specs (only 88 units with about two thirds of the original gross floor area.)

    Still, putting anything new on the narrow lot proposed for the project would mean demolishing seven existing dwelling units and a formerly licensed rooming house with six separate rooms.

    Someone who goes by the moniker "Save Toronto" isn't having it.

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    Critics of the proposed development on Bathurst between Richmond and Adelaide say that it doesn't fit the character of the neighbourhood. Image via RAW Design.

    "There's a development proposal for a 16-storey condo on a lot less than 100-feet-wide, right up against old victorian style two-storey row houses that share walls on both sides," reads their petition.

    "Being right on a major street, this project completely does not compliment the landscape of neighbouring properties, and is honestly an eyesore."

    Renderings by the architecture firm, RAW Design, show that the building would indeed rise high above its immediate neighbours, though several other newer structures in the area are comparable in size and style.

    A hearing is set for the proposed development on Bathurst, between Richmond and Adelaide, on Monday, September 24.

    The petition encourages locals to come out and voice their concerns.

    "While generating more property tax revenue is great for the city, more condos in this area is the last thing we need."


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    If you're a multimillionaire looking for a home in the 'burbs, look no further than Oakville, where you can buy the most expensive house for sale in Canada for a cool $59 million. 

    Sitting on Lake Ontario on Oakville's 'Gold Coast', the country estate Chelster Hall is the priciest residence on the Multiple Listings Service (MLS) right now, according to its listing agency, luxury real estate brand Sotheby's International Realty

    chester hall toronto

    Chelster Hill began construction in 2001 and was completed in 2006. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    The down payment alone on this gargantuan waterfront castle at 1150 Lakeshore Rd. East will set you back $11.8 million, and a monthly payment will cost roughly $257,341—basically four times what the average Canadian makes in a year. 

    The home of retired beer mogul Hugo Powell, former president of Labatt Brewing Co. and ex-CEO of Belgian brewing company Interbrew, Chelster Hall may look like it was built in the 1800s but was actually only completed in 2006.

    chelster hall toronto

    The property features an indoor and outdoor pool, plus many other hotel-like amenities. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    The ten-acre property was designed by local architect William Hicks and inspired by the historic homes of England, specifically the Jacobean architecture of Blickling Hall, where Anne Boleyn was born. 

    Named after Powell's golden retrievers (the most rich person thing to do ever), this property is essentially the ultimate place for wealthy folk to entertain their wealthy friends.

    chelster hall toronto

    The Jacobean-style home has a library with a winding staircase. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    Those with a net worth of $200 million and over (aka the only people who can afford this property) will feel extra safe with two sets of gates arming the entrance—a security measure Powell implemented after being robbed at gunpoint in Brussels.

    The 43,850 square-foot house is equipped with six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and enough parking spaces for 30 Maybachs and Lambos, with a James Bond-style underground lot for avid car collectors.

    chester hall toronto

    The basement has a movie theatre, dance room, and a full bowling alley. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    Aside from the standard chandeliers and fireplaces, the home also comes with an elevator, indoor and outdoor pool, full gym and spa. There's also a Tuscan wine cellar big enough to store all 7,000 bottles of Château so-and-so's.

    In terms of entertainment, you'll find a full movie theatre, billiards room and a bowling alley in the basement. Outside is a tennis court—you're not rich if you don't have plenty of tennis outfits—and a sprawling forest of trees, planted pre-construction. 

    chester hall toronto

    Chelster Hall also includes a separate chapel located on the property. Photo via Sotheby's Realty. 

    And for the pious, there's a separate 800-square-foot chapel located on the property, complete with pews and crosses. 

    Though the price for Chelster Hall is already mindblowing, the property was actually more expensive two years ago, when it first went up for sale with ReMax Aboutowne Realty for $65 million.

    If prices keep going down yearly, Chelster Hall could theoretically be affordable to the average Canadian in a couple decades or so. Unless Drake decides to invest in another mega-mansion.


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    Developers just announced that one of Toronto's most construction-heavy hoods will be getting two more residential high-rise buildings, one of them 33-storeys tall and the other 36.

    Line 5 by Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties promises to address the "fundamental changes in the way Torontonians live their lives" through technology and thoughtful design — with a dedicated ride-share pick-up space, and hot and cold storage in the lobby for online food orders.

    The condos sound cool, but locals will likely be unhappy about the location: Right in the heart of Yonge and Eglinton, where instant density has become so much of a problem that sewer capacity is being questioned.

    Residents in the area have been speaking out in recent years against the fast-growing number of condo towers in and around the Yonge-Eglinton centre.

    Councillor Jaye Robinson has been working with the city's Planning and Growth Management Committee to try and cap the heights of new buildings in what has become "the most densely-populated growth centre in the Greater Golden Horseshoe."

    "Due to the rapid influx of new residents, the City's infrastructure, including transit, schools, and utility services is under significant pressure," she wrote in a June letter.

    "There is a lack of green space, parks, sunlight and sky view in the area."

    line 5 condos toronto

    The newly-announced Line 5 condo development near Yonge and Eglinton will boast a 10,000-square-foot fitness centre and designer pool, among other next-level amenities. Image via Reserve Properties and Westdale Properties.

    Based on the concerns expressed by residents at a community meeting on June 21, Robinson proposed that permitted building heights be restricted to 20 storeys or lower.

    City Council voted in favour of the plan in July, and yet, today, Reserve and Westdale announced their 33 and 36-storey high Line 5 buildings on Broadway, just a stone's throw from the major intersection.

    It looks like the condos are coming, whether residents like it or not, foreshadowing how important Yonge and Eglinton will be as a mobility hub when the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is finished.

    Line 5 will add a total of 930 new units to the up-and-coming city centre. It'll also have an outdoor Zen garden.


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    Long live Falafel Queen, a late-night haunt to many drunk and hungry twenty-somethings back when Smoke's Poutinerie was still a cigar shop and Mr. Sub ruled the corner.

    Known for its 5 a.m. closing time and top-notch "shawafel," the restaurant closed this summer, leaving a hole beside RBC that once hung a friendly yellow sign.

    Now, the space has a new sign above it. It says PH Shawarma and has cool flames — plus, a rooster.

    The restaurant is pretty new, but its offers are pretty similar to those of Falafel Queen. Expect to find samosas, hummus, lentil soup, shish tawook, falafel balls, shawarma platters and wraps.

    Will PH live up to its popular, long-running predecessor? Only time and that zany split-in-half rooster will tell.


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    Glory Hole Doughnuts, known for making some of the most decadent 'nuts in the city, is opening a new location on Toronto's east side.

    The Parkdale bakery has actually been hosting an Instagram scavenger hunt to keep people guessing where the brand new store will surface.  

    Every Friday since its announcement, the bakery has been posting clues on IG as part of its #GHD2ndLocation scavenger, while throwing in some hints on its Instagram story here and there.

    The first clue was a Toronto subway map with the words "Wrong side of the tracks" leading many to believe it was somewhere around Danforth and Main, near the train tracks. 

    The second clue, an ambiguous-looking green map posted last week, was a little less straightforward.

    "This map belongs to the previous tenant, in our new 'Little' community," reads the caption, leading many people to suggest the store will be located in Little India. 

    According to the caption some people have already guessed the location, meaning the chance to score those doughnuts has come and gone. 

    If you want to know the answer it's 1505 Gerrard East in the former home of Uberdog in Little India. They revealed it themselves on their Instagram. The new bakery is scheduled to open in October.


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    You know what's cooler than having a pool? Having a friend with a pool that you can use any time without having to worry about vacuuming, skimming, chlorinating, winterizing or, you know, paying for the damn thing.

    Failing that, you could always hit up a public pool and take your chances with the pee, but ew. And good luck drinking cerveza with your friends on cute pool floaties at the Y.

    Enter Swimply: an online marketplace similar to Airbnb that lets people rent out their backyard swimming pools when they're not in use.

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    Tbis private indoor pool  can be rented from its owners in Brooklyn for $125 an hour. Image via Swimply.

    The U.S. company launched in Toronto earlier this month after a radio host mistakenly announced that it was available here, spurring a rush of Canadian sign-ups.

    Hey, it may be too cold to swim outside for most of the year, but Toronto goes hard when it comes to hot weather — and next summer could very well see a pool party renaissance thanks to the sharing economy.

    Only one pool has been approved for rental in Toronto so far, but CEO Bunim Laskin told CTV this week that eight more are currently going through Swimply's stringent application process.

    The pool available in Toronto now bills itself as a "Canadian Oasis" with luxurious seating areas, an outdoor bathroom, a changing room, a hammock, pool toys and more. You can rent it on a weekend for $50 an hour, or $40 per hour on weekdays.

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    Described as a 'Canadian Oasis', this Toronto pool comes with lounge chairs, change rooms and free Wi-Fi. Image via Swimply.

    Like Airbnb, Swimply lists a wide range of properties with an even wider range of price points. Some pools can be rather expensive, especially if you're looking to stay for an entire afternoon — like this $200/hr heated infinite horizon pool in Miami Beach.

    Others, like this shallow pool in an otherwise barren New Jersey backyard, can hold up to 15 people for just $30 an hour.

    People who want to rent out their backyards have to meet some pretty strict criteria in terms of safety and quality, but those who get in stand to make a lot of extra cash off something that's normally just a money-suck.

    The rest of us get to plan sweet summer pool parties at someone else's house. Splurge on the unicorn floaties, friend— it's the closest our generation will ever get to having backyards of our own.


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    Dufferin Grove may call to mind a park across the street from a mall for most Torontonians, but the surrounding neighbourhood by the same name has just been called one of the world’s coolest by Time Out

    Dufferin Grove falls at #39 out of 50 of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world, just behind Montreal’s Petite Italie at #37 and Prague’s Karlin.

    Other neighbourhoods on the list include Highland Park in Los Angeles, Peckham in London and Hayes Valley in San Francisco, with Embajadores in Madrid taking the top spot. 

    Restaurant SoSo Food Club and brewery Burdock are shouted out by the travel advisors, who cite a tight-knit community as the source of the neighbourhood’s vibrancy. 

    Parks, Duff Grove included, are also noted as a hub for community life in the city. While the park can be the setting for some, ahem, eccentric behaviour, Dufferin Grove is simultaneously home to public fire pits as well as music and theatre performances. 

    For those not that familiar, Dufferin Grove is technically bordered by Dufferin, Ossington, Bloor and Dundas West.

    Here are the complete rankings:

    • 1. Embajadores, Madrid
    • 2. Euljiro, Seoul
    • 3. Nueva Villa de Aburra, Medellin
    • 4. Metaxourgeio, Athens
    • 5. Princípe Real, Lisbon
    • 6. Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, Paris
    • 7. Neukölln, Berlin
    • 8. Yanaka, Tokyo
    • 9. Highland Park, Los Angeles
    • 10. Fitzroy, Melbourne
    • 11. Peckham, London
    • 12. Noord, Amsterdam
    • 13. Ancoats, Manchester
    • 14. Enmore, Sydney
    • 15. Bandra West, Mumbai
    • 16. Shuk HaPishpeshim, Tel Aviv-Jaffa
    • 17. West Village, New York
    • 18. West Loop, Chicago
    • 19. Tangba Jie, Chengdu
    • 20. Osu, Accra
    • 21. City Bowl District, Cape Town
    • 22. Sant Antoni, Barcelona
    • 23. Monti, Rome
    • 24. Leith, Edinburgh
    • 25. Hornstull, Stockholm
    • 26. Sololaki, Tbilisi
    • 27. Phibsboro, Dublin
    • 28. Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
    • 29. Former French Concession, Shanghai
    • 30. Roma, Mexico City
    • 31. Cedofeita, Porto
    • 32. Prawirotaman, Yogyakarta
    • 33. Wynwood, Miami
    • 34. Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    • 35. Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    • 36. Ari, Bangkok
    • 37. Petite Italie, Montreal
    • 38. Karlín, Prague
    • 39. Dufferin Grove, Toronto
    • 40. Central District, Seattle
    • 41. Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires
    • 42. Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
    • 43. Kadıköy, Istanbul
    • 44. Tanjong Pagar, Singapore
    • 45. Kitay-Gorod, Moscow
    • 46. Langstrasse, Zurich
    • 47. Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
    • 48. South End, Boston
    • 49. Sanlitun, Beijing
    • 50. Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai

    The list was compiled by local Time Out editors, city experts, and a global survey of 15,000 people. 


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    Friday is here and events in Toronto are sure to have you out and about this weekend with a huge designer fashion market and a laneway party. House of Vans takes over The Bentway and Elevate kicks off in celebration of Toronto's tech community.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Laneway Party in Felstead Park (September 21 @ Felstead Park)
    An evening of live music, an arts market, potluck dinner and activities for everyone is going down in in celebration of some new additions to Felstead Park.
    Big Fun! (September 21 @ The Rec Room)
    Big tunes, big visuals and big Queens are on for the evening at this dance party and all-around multi-sensory experience.
    Conrad Sewell (September 21 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Australian singer Conrad Sewell fuses pop and soul to show off his powerful voice, hopeful message and upbeat tunes.
    Big Sound (September 21 @ The Great Hall)
    Big Sound is back with a night of live music from over 30 musicians banging out a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Motown Sound and classic soul.
    Inland (September 21-22 @ Queen Richmond Centre West)
    Check out local and national designer brands at this big fashion shopping event with fresh looks and many made-in-Canada products.
    Big Trouble in Little China (September 21-22 @ Revue Cinema)
    The classic John Carpenter “action adventure comedy kung-fu ghost story monster movie” gets a drunk screening with special cocktails and prizes.
    House of Vans (September 21-23 @ The Bentway)
    Vans takes over The Bentway for a weekend of cool events, including a community market, workshops, a cook-off and performances.
    Elevate (September 21-27 @ Multiple Venues)
    Industry leaders, innovators and experts arrive to link up with Toronto's tech community for a week of talks, events, special programming and more.
    Love, Gilda (September 21-27 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    This documentary shines a light on one of Saturday Night Live's most beloved comedians gone too soon, Gilda Radner.
    The Rocky Horror Show Live (September 21 - November 17 @ Lower Ossington Theatre)
    It's that time of year to do the Time Warp again and, as per tradition, the cult classic takes to the stage just in time for the Halloween season.

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    This stunning home was featured not once, but twice, in House and Home, and when you see the pictures you’ll see why.78 wychwood park toronto

    The spacious home, that once belonged to former Hudson’s Bay president Bonnie Brooks, was designed by Jill Kantelberg so it oozes style.

    78 wychwood park torontoThe stone floors that are throughout the bright open plan main floor are based on 17th century flagstone. I personally think all stone floors is really cold and uninviting, but with enough carpets it wouldn’t be too bad.

    78 wychwood park torontoEven though the main floor is open concept, there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where you can find a space to have some undisturbed quiet time.

    78 wychwood park torontoThe kitchen, which had its own spread in House and Home, is so interesting. It was custom-built and is the perfect mix between country and modern. However, it is quite small. 

    78 wychwood park torontoThis house only has two bedrooms, which for $3.5 million seems like kind of a let down.

    78 wychwood park torontoThe master bedroom is simple and minimalist. It has a walk-in closet and a spa-like en suite.

    78 wychwood park torontoDespite all that’s going on inside the house, I think the backyard is really the piece-de-la-resistance. Surrounded by a private green forest, the backyard offers the luxury of privacy that is so hard to come by in this city.

    78 wychwood park torontoThe Essentials
    78 wychwood park torontoWhy it sold for what it did?

    The property, the beautiful interior and I’m sure the fact that this home was featured in House and Home didn’t hurt either.78 wychwood park toronto

    Was it worth it?

    While normally I would say it’s insane to spend $3.5 million on a two bedroom home, this one is beautiful and it does come with a huge property with so much privacy that the price is almost justifiable.78 wychwood park toronto


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    A once-controversial house that stirred neighbourhood resentment for its colourful exterior and outlandish design is now on sale for nearly $3 million. 

    For over 20 years, the blue, geometric structure at 1 Bond Ave. has been a point of intrigue for drivers and pedestrians travelling along Leslie St. between York Mills and Lawrence. 

    Unlike any other residential properties in the city, 1 Bond Ave., along with its equally wonky counterpart 3 Bond Ave. next door, have perplexed and vexed their neighbours—and at one point (if you can believe it), even had a hard time selling.

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    One Bond Ave. was designed by architect Zak Ghanim in 1996. Photo via Sotheby's International Realty.

    Commissioned by real estate agent Nick Bernhard and designed by prolific architect Zak Ghanim in 1996, both designs were equally lauded and criticized for their cartoonish, Fegan Floop-esque colour palettes of purple, blue, and yellow when they finished construction. 

    The design, which Ghanim won several awards for, was so unusual that some local residents—horrified by the indecorousness of it all—complained, stalling permit approvals for more than a year. 

    Though the property received endless media attention, it seems the pearl-clutching citizenry of Toronto just wasn't ready to trade in more common stucco finishes and asphalt shingles for the unconventional, accordion-like design of 1 Bond. 

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    The house's unconventional design initially drew criticism from local residents. Photo via Sotheby's International Realty.

    Bernhard, who was living in 3 Bond at the time, put up the neighbouring house for sale in 2004 and searched for a buyer for six months before eventually selling 1 Bond for $750,000, down from the original asking price of $895,000. 

    Today, the house is listed by the luxury real estate company Sotheby's International Realty (whose agents are also currently in charge of selling Canada's most expensive home) for $2.95 million. 

    With three bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a perennial garden that surrounds the perimeter, the home is definitely a little less eye-catching than its exterior, but that's not saying much, considering the focal point outside is the dagger-like truss over the portico.  

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    Once sold for under $750,000, 1 Bond Ave. is now going for an asking price of nearly $3 million. Photo via Sotheby's International Realty.

    You'd think the increase in price would imply Toronto's taste in residential design has gotten more creative over the past decade, but don't be fooled. That's just the reality of the housing market in general.

    Real estate prices across the board have gone up exponentially since Ghanim introduced his designs to this quiet little North York neighbourhood.

    In fact, many neighbouring homes covering over 5,000 square-feet of land run upwards of $3 million, meaning this iconic piece of architecture is still selling sh0rt, considering its artistic value. 

    Perhaps the fact that both 1 and 3 Bond Ave have been re-painted to more subdued colours (meaning, without the yellow) since the early years of its introduction will help the property's sale this time, though there's a chance a more adventurous international buyer might bite if Torontonians don't come around.


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    If the weather isn't to your liking this fine Friday morning, fear not — it's all about to change in dramatic, violent, window-shattering fashion.

    Temperatures are expected to skyrocket in the City of Toronto this afternoon, soaring up to nearly 30 degrees Celsius by 2 p.m.

    Then, according to Environment Canada, it'll drop off by more than 20 degrees, reaching just 8 degrees Celsius overnight as a cold front moves across southern Ontario.

    Storms are expected as warm and cold systems clash, with winds so powerful that Toronto Hydro is preemptively its warning customers of potential power outages.

    "Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur," wrote Environment Canada in a special weather statement for the City of Toronto on Friday morning.

    "Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage."

    The federal weather agency notes that gusts of up to 80 km/h are expected to develop this afternoon and evening, with higher speeds likely during thunderstorms.

    Hourly forecasts suggest that we'll see the worst of it between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday.

    This wacky weather pattern just so happens to line up perfectly with the autumnal equinox. Talk about an acute transition between seasons.

    Environment Canada says that winds should diminish overnight, but that doesn't mean everything will be business as usual in Toronto over the weekend. 

    As we learned (over and overagain) this spring, wind can wreak serious havoc on homes, cars, businesses and public spaces.

    Bring in the patio furniture, is what I'm saying, if you don't want to lose it. And bring an umbrella to work.


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  • 09/21/18--06:40: The Best Omakase in Toronto
  • The best omakase in Toronto leave your meals in the hands of the most discerning itamae. A traditional way to eat a chef-chosen selection of dishes, omakase—which means "leave it up to you" in Japanese, offer adventurous diners high quality fish in an innovative way. 

    Here are the best omakase in Toronto. 

    11 - Shunoko

    If you've never been to Japan's famous Tsujiki Market, not to worry. This St. Clair restaurant imports much of its fish from the venerated market in Tokyo. Run by the same people behind the now-closed Sushi Nomi on Roncy, Shunoko focuses on seasonal fish, and Chef Jun Kim even makes his own umeboshi (pickled plums).
    3 - Yasu

    This high-end Harbord Village restaurant may be itty bitty, but that's part of what makes it the quintessential omakase experience. It's reservation-only here, and wait lists can be months in advance, but sometimes you can get lucky with a same-day spot if you call ahead at 3 p.m.
    10 - Shoushin

    The epitome of an upscale omakase, this sleek midtown restaurant run by chef-owner Jackie Lin requires guests to ditch the shoes and opt for slippers instead. Guests sit at an L-shaped counter to try a variety of omakase menus, with selections that change daily depending on the freshness of fish imported from Tokyo Bay.
    5 - Miku

    Sitting right by the Harbourfront, this sprawling South Core restaurant has become a popular spot for upscale power lunches and special dinners. Known for their flame-seared sushi, Miku offers two options of kaiseki dinners with multiple chef-selected courses.
    6 - Japango

    You'll have to order your omakase meal in advance, and a reservation is highly suggested, but the wait is worth it for a meal at this cozy little restaurant right in Toronto's burgeoning Little Tokyo 'hood. It can get a tad cramped in here, but hey, proximity to the sushi chefs is never a bad thing.
    7 - Skippa

    Intimate but still spacious, this restaurant in Harbord Village specializes in seasonal Japanese food. Skippa feels a bit more casual than your usual omakase, and Chef Ian Robinson—who trained under Chef Mitsuhiro Kaji—offers an affordable omakase based on market fish prices.
    4 - Sushi Kaji

    Kaji on the Queensway offers nothing short of quality. Helmed by longtime itamae, Chef Mitsuhiro Kaji, this omakase serves nothing but fresh fish, imported from Japan daily (fish is never kept over night), and a dried bonito soy sauce Chef Kaji makes from scratch.
    9 - Ja Bistro

    Everyone knows the playful angler fish logo of this beloved Japanese spot in the Entertainment District. This omakase offers a chef's choice option of affordable classic sushi for lunch and at night, blowtorched selections instead.
    8 - Zen Japanese Restaurant

    There aren't many omakase that offer lunch service, but this restaurant near Woodbine and Steeles gives you the option of a chef-selected midday meal. There's a variety of options here, from solely sushi to just sashimi, plus a pricier mix of both with apps and homemade dessert too.

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    With recent reports that Ontario will experience a milder than normal October and November, it has many autumn fanatics breathing a sigh of relief that the brightly coloured leaves will be able to stay put for just a little longer before the dreaded snow arrives.

    It also means that there will be more time this season to get outside and enjoy the parks and hiking trails in and around Toronto that will be bursting with colour in just a couple weeks. 

    Luckily, there are countless day-trips to choose from, but nothing quite compares to the lookout point at Dundas Peak.

    Located just an hour from Toronto in the picturesque community of Dundas, the Dundas Peak Trail can be accessed via the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area

    Located just off the parking lot is the main attraction of the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area - Webster's Falls. This extremely popular spot is probably the most visited waterfall in all of Hamilton, due to it's accessibility.

    After stopping to take a few pics of the falls, you should continue along the 3.9 km trail until you reach Tew's Falls - Hamilton's tallest waterfall at 41 metres high. 

    The trail then continues onward along the escarpment until you reach the most scenic point that overlooks the towns, train tracks, and endless foliage of the Dundas valley. The peak is twice the size of the American side of Niagara Falls, so it's not the ideal spot for those afraid of heights!

    Dundas Peak is stunning year round, but is most visited in the autumn because of the fiery views that seem to go on forever.

    Although you might be tempted to get close to the rock's edge for that epic 'gram, to do so is extremely dangerous.

    Unfortunately, each year many people have sustained serious injuries or worse from wandering off the marked trail, so be smart and cautious.

    The parking lot at Spencer Gorge Conservation Area is $10 per vehicle, and is extremely crowded on weekends, so go early if you want to avoid the masses.


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