Jamie’s Italian Yorkdale

You’ve probably seen Jamie Oliver’s face on the Food Network, around the world, and all over Sobey’s Better Food to Canadians campaign. I remember the days when I’d watch his cooking show, Oliver’s Twist, where he would pump out incredibly simple dishes in a casual and laid back way. His kitchen on-set was fun and bright with bluish-purple walls and a collection of jars and containers for various spices, herbs, and dried goods. His personality was down-to-earth and it just seemed like he wanted to spread his knowledge about food with everyone.Read More »

Buonanotte

Buonanotte Toronto

Situated on the quiet street off Blue Jays Way, Buonanotte is a classy establishment alongside Milagro Cantina, Le Germain Hotel, and Victor Restaurant. The façade doesn’t seem like much; brick walls, large rectangular windows, and a dark grey Buonanotte flag. The entrance has a beautiful set of wooden doors under an arched concrete structure. Inside, the décor will take your breath away. The first thing I noticed was the magical golden grid ceiling. It brought the atmosphere to a new level of class. The stunning space consists of a gorgeous bar along the left side, a kitchen and a pizza oven along the back, and a spacious dining area to the right. The dark mood reflects the intimate atmosphere and an artistic connection to the dishes. The dining area seats an impressive 160 guests with seating arrangements that accommodate small to large parties. Ok, I’m done reminiscing about the space, on to the food!Read More »

Serve Ping Pong Lounge

Situated in the busy area of King Street East, Serve Ping Pong is a space with 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and good eats. What once used to be the Hamilton Spectator Building, they have transformed the desolate space into a modern lounge fully equipped with brand spanking new ping pong tables, an eating area, a private room, and a beautiful bar. The hardwood floors, wooden pillars, decorative ceilings, and brick walls transport you back to simpler times. Once you step in, you’d be amazed at the amount of open space. It’s perfect for large parties and functions, plus it’s at a convenient location. The space is divided into dine/play and dine/drink. If you’re not interested in the intense sport of table tennis, their menu is worth checking out. Instead of going to the usual route and serving typical lounge and bar snacks, they’ve stepped it up with some creative effort!Read More »

Knead Pizza

Knead Pizza

The are many restaurants and coffee shops opening up on James Street North this year and one of them is Knead Pizza! You might have heard or seen them during the Supercrawl weekend where they tested out some flavours. The restaurant is take-out or dine-in, seating about 30 people. There is a chalkboard menu for dining-in and a service bar if you decide on take-out. The atmosphere and decor is pretty casual with brick walls and simple decor. The kitchen is slightly open where you can take a peak behind the scenes.

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Bronzies

This little Italian restaurant is tucked away on James Street South and is really easy to miss. I’ve driven by that area a bajillion times since I was a kid and I’ve never noticed the restaurant – it’s pretty much a hidden gem. Inside, seating is very limited with a few stools at the bar. The walls are painted red like tomato sauce. Decor is dated but it has a homey feel. Once you step in the door, you’re hit with the aroma of delicious pasta and pizza. If you scan the tables, you’ll find huge bowls overflowing with pasta, raised dishes of freshly baked pizza, baskets of chicken wings, and drinking glasses (if there’s room).Read More »

Toronto Food & Wine Festival

Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival

My adventure to the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival started in Hamilton. Before I left, I checked the website for directions and parking. Since it was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks, parking was very limited. The festival offered free off-site parking and free shuttle to the venue! As someone who loves to drive everywhere, I really appreciated their shuttle service, props to the planning team. The rain came pouring down as I left Hamilton and it miraculously ended when I arrived at the parking lot. The weather just wanted to ruin my drive and delay me from getting to all the food! It took me more than 1.5 hours to get there.Read More »

Milestones

Milestones Bar & Grill

The Hamilton location is super easy to find. Once you get off the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, turn left onto Paramount Drive and you’ll see it on the left at Paramount Drive and Upper Mt. Albion Road. I’ve been to this location a few times, mainly because my parents love it and it’s a trustworthy franchise. I’ve steered away from chain restaurants recently, but Milestones is an exception. The exterior is sophisticated and modern with a large patio area, complete with a bar and fireplace. Inside, you’ll find elegant black and white décor, a beautiful bar/lounge area, and a glass wall on the far side of the restaurant to watch all the action in the kitchen. In the main dining area, there are a mixture of booths and tables throughout. The atmosphere is casual yet classy and the mood varies. Sometimes it could be quiet, calm, and relaxing, other times when it’s busy, it’ll get lively.

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NaRoma Pizza Bar

NaRoma Pizzabar

Located on the quaint street of Locke Street, NaRoma Pizzabar fits-in well with the neighbourhood. Locke Street is known for local artisan shops and awesome crafted cuisines. NaRoma has a pretty spacious patio and a small dining area inside. To accommodate everyone’s needs, they also have a take-out counter for walk-in customers.

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Acclamation Restaurant

Acclamation

I’ve recently been dragging my friends to a few restaurants on James Street North in Hamilton including Saltlick, Charred, Jack & Lois, and Mulberry Street Café. Every time we wander around, we also discover other restaurants to check out. This time we stopped-in at Acclamation – across the street from Mulberry Street Café. The interiors and exteriors are elegant, neutral, and classy. Deep wooden fixtures and furniture sit in a romantic, cozy space. The staff are friendly, respectful, and patient. We had two gluten-intolerant diners in our party and they were able to find a few items to suit their needs.

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Skin + Bones

Skin + Bones

Sally and I ventured east to Leslieville for brunch. We wanted to avoid the insane line-ups during this time of day and found Skin + Bones. With good reviews and no visible line outside the restaurant, we found street parking and got a table. The restaurant was brightly lit by the sunshine that was beaming through the windows. The white walls were a blank canvas for beautiful arrangements of industrial and wooden fixtures. The overall atmosphere was casual with a classy touch.

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