Toronto has some of the best street art in North America, and Graffiti Alley is a great place to start if you want to see that work on display. Located just off the ever-trendy Queen Street W., it’s an Instagram lover’s dream. If you need a pop of color in your life, you will get more than your fill in this 1 kilometer long span of urban art that thrives behind local businesses. It’s locally…

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Toronto’s Distillery District is a history lover’s dream. The names “Gooderham and Worts” hang above you as you enter the sprawling complex, the buildings still standing despite prohibition, cholera and even a raging fire. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. Today, the area is a mix of old and new, with a dedicated path denoting the original 1832 shoreline intersecting with bustling shops and restaurants. Pretty impressive, considering the whole…

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Our guide Irene was animated as she explained what we could expect from our next stop. “First,” she described with a mischievous smile as her gaze spanned the group, “you deep fry the potatoes slices. Then, you smother them with beef fat gravy and curry mayo. And then–you PUT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH!!” She clapped her hands down on her lap for emphasis, her bright pink skirt swaying in the wind. The group’s laughter joined…

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I just got back from the most memorable trip to Toronto, Canada, thanks in large part to Chef Keith Pears and the staff at the SOCO Kitchen + Bar. It’s not often that you find yourself floored by the downstairs offerings of a hotel restaurant, but SOCO Kitchen + Bar is definitely the exception. I was hosted for lunch with my parents while visiting Toronto and had the chance to meet Executive Chef Keith Pears.…

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Before Nugateau, I never paid much attention to eclairs. Sure, they were available at my local grocery store, but I thought of them as standard. Predictable even. That all changed on a recent trip to a Toronto when I was invited to visit the Nougateau boutique on Queen Street West. I had just finished a food tour of Kensington market and was within walking distance to the shop, so when I got the invitation I…

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