After a one week hiatus, 10 Do's and Don'ts return.
Toronto 10 Do's and Don'ts:
1. Toronto will premiere it's inaugural Foodie lifestyle design show in October. Starting with a who's who guest list opening night party on October 20th. The event will be followed by three days of utter Foodie indulgence. Delicious Food Show will feature the best in cooking , food and kitchen and all the lifestyle items that goes with it.
2. Sample the variety of foods in many of Toronto's diverse ethnic neighborhoods. Indian, Caribbean, Asian, Greek, Portuguese; the list goes on. Toronto food is truly a reflection of its culturally diverse community. One of my favorites is the Debu Indian Cuisine restaurant on Mt Pleasant. The Prix Fixe Three-Course Lunch offering a starter, main and dessert for $20 is a remarkable deal for such quality meal. The food is rich in flavour, exotic in taste and delicious. I recommend the chicken biryani with fresh rice and the butter chicken- dipped with the freshly made fully, hot garlic nan (order extra, you're going to want it). The warm rice pudding dessert with a delicate flavor of cardamom is a to-die-for treat and a wonderful conclusion to the meal.
3. Chinatown, experience a variety of oriental shops and an incredible selection of authentic chinese restaurants offering delicacies such as dim sum and peking duck. The vibrant neighborhood comes alive on weekends when the sidewalks are abundant with fruit vendors stalls, and must-have kitsch, from strainers, to glitzy slippers, and jewelry. The adventure begins at Dundas and Spadina and continues to explore a world of authentic ethnic inspiration from various Chinese cultures including Cantonese, Szechwan, Hunan.
4. Do not eat at any restaurants with the "conditional pass" as issued by the Toronto Health department. The best is pass/green. Do not eat at conditional/yellow.
5. The St.Lawrence Market on Sunday
If you love vintage collectibles (clothing, jewelry,kitchen gadgets)art, antiques and interesting knick- knacks, the Sunday market is for you. With lots of hidden treasures, you will be sure to find something of interest at a great price. Also a great place to spot celebrities such as Ru Paul and Goldie Hawn (when they're in Town).
6.St Lawrence Market on Saturdays, the St.Lawence market is bustling with shoppers buying the best, freshest, local foods. A variety of items from meat, poultry, great seafood, cheeses, breads, and baked goodies, can be found. Vist Schefflers Deli for the best cheeses, charcuterie, and Chaloner Olive and Chili Jams that are outstanding with Cheeses.
7. Richmond Adelaide Shoe Repair bring your worn, broken, rubbed shoes. The shoe guru is a master of shoe fitting. The Louboutin, Jimmy Choo’s and Manolos will be like walking on air after a custom fit from the shoe master
8. Vaughan Mills
Vaughan Mills is a fashionista’s or fashionisto’s paradise. It’s where factory outlets like Holt Renfrew last call meets new concept stores. There’s something for every one in this large 1.2 million square feet retail space track style Mall. The kids and men will have something to do visiting venues like Hollywood's Lucky Strike Lanes, the world's largest Pro Hockey Life, Bass Pro Outdoor World and Nascar SpeedPark.
9. Don't make fun of our money calling it Monopoly money. Especially now as our currency is very strong.
Don't mock us for expression eh after every sentence.
10.Visit Toronto's Harbourfront, any time. Toronto Harbourfront hosts a variety of events arts and culture, shows, food . Walk along the gorgeous paths or bike along the scenic paths and enjoy the scenic views of the city and waterfront. There are free events in the Music garden.
As you continue west along the stunning Harbourfront is the Exhibition where many events are held during the year. The architecture of the original exhibition buildings are unique to Toronto and the grounds are nice to see . One of my favourite building is the Horse Palace it has a long glorious history of service to the Agricultural fairs. So prestigious that the Royal family comes to open the Royal winter fair each year. The use of columns and Art Deco elements in the Horse Palace is a must see.
Accross the street is the Better Living Centre a classic Modernist building. The original purpose of the Better Living Centre was to introduce new ranges of consumer goods to the baby boomer generation, making it a "space of encounter between consumer and product". It was also known as the place where consumers came to see the latest and best in a variety of items including kitchen appliances. It seems fitting that this where the Delicious Food Show will premiere.
Do come enjoy all the indulgence that is authentically Toronto.
For full disclosure Nadine is part of the team bringing Delicious Food Show to Toronto.
(* Photo credits: Eggplant Steak copyright Chef Debu Saha, Scheffler's Deli from their home page on St Lawrence market site, Music Garden by Gera Dillon for Harbourfront Centre site)