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 »

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The Lockhart

The Lockhart

Sitting on the corner of Dundas and Dufferin, The Lockhart has non-pretentious décor, chatty staff and a dark atmosphere. The cocktail menu and the furnishings will easily draw you in even if you don’t catch on to the little Easter eggs throughout the bar. Inside, you’ll find exposed brick walls, wood and metal furnishings, an assortment of chairs, simple murals, a beautiful bull skull, a neon sign saying “all was well”, and a glass bar lined with pennies. If you get a chance, take a seat at the bar. You’ll be able to see all the action and talk to the staff about the menus.
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Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival [September 18-20]

Formerly known as the Delicious Food Show, the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival will be taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works on September 18-20, 2015. During these three days, you’ll be able to experience dishes from the best culinary talents in Toronto and the amazing food scene. 130 stations of local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be highlighted at the Grand Tasting Pavilion, so remember to stop by! Read More »

Odin Cafe

Odin Café

The café is popular among Instagrammers (#igerstoronto) for its iconic waffle wall/wavy grid shelf. Odin sits near the intersection where King and Queen Street come together on the east side of the city. High ceiling and minimalistic décor attract all kinds of designers, creative, and hipsters to the new café.

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red bench restaurant

Red Bench

After filling up at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen for dinner, Sally and I headed to The Red Bench on Yonge Street for dessert. We pulled into a side street off Yonge to find parking and walked to the storefront with a red bench. They are known for their organic frozen yogurt, homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches. The bright and narrow space has seating at the front, along the right wall, and at the back. Chalkboard menus hang above the prep and coffee station. The frozen yogurt machines and toppings are in a nook at the back. The staff move as quickly as they can to accommodate the orders of their customers.

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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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Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

You’ll find Lamesa Filipino Kitchen at Queen and Bathurst, sitting beside the black facade of Kenzo Ramen. The storefront and the restaurant itself is quite small. Inside, you’ll find a few tables at the front and more near the back past the bar. The space is modern, fun and clean. They have $5  snacks and daily specials written on a chalkboard. The menu was quite simple, which was great for Sally and I because this was our first experience with Filipino food… plus the waitress was nice enough to explain and recommend some dishes. The atmosphere is chill and intimate with attentive staff.

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hanmoto-restaurant

Hanmoto

I’ve never had a weirder dining experience than Hanmoto, and it’s a good-weird! The weirdness starts even before you step foot in the restaurant. How? Well, I wouldn’t say it’s hard to find but it wasn’t exactly easy – good luck trying to find a sign because you won’t find one. Just look for a building façade with 3 red lights and wood paneling. This Japanese izakaya is the sister restaurant to Oddseoul on Ossington.

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Han Ba Tang

Han Ba Tang

I first found out about this restaurant when I was browsing my Instagram feed. What caught my eye were a few things: Korean fusion tapas, pretty-looking cocktails (even though I’m not a drinker), their beautiful light bulb sign, and their decor. What I didn’t realize was their location… not downtown Toronto. I started my mini road trip in Hamilton and made my way to downtown Toronto then to North York. The restaurant is relatively easy to find, only being 2-3 blocks north of the 401. They don’t have a sign outside in English phonetics, just a sing with Korean characters in orange. You’ll see their giant light bulb sign once you peer through the window or walk in the restaurant.

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