Alexandra is a writer and was formerly YP's Toronto City Editor. She will most likely be found playing pool in dives, eating one too many tacos, or hanging with the Highland cattle (to which she is probably overly attached) at the High Park zoo. Alexandra is also at work on her first novel via her Master's at the University of Toronto, and if you ask her how it’s going, she’ll bite your head right off.
If the first thing on your list of Canada Day 2016 celebrations is a hot seat at the fireworks, know that the city is hosting some next-level light shows from the Lakeshore to North York. Whether you’re in search of a comfy spot on the beach or a patio-side view of festivities, here are the top spots to catch the fireworks on July 1, 2016. [Image credit: iStock.com/Harvey8]
From second-storey terraces to canopy-covered courtyards, 2016 has been a good year for Toronto’s patio game. We’ve got the goods on the brand-new brewery on Roncesvalles and the Lakeshore’s most recent party-worthy spot. East to west, these resto-bar newcomers have created inspired outdoor spaces so you can start patio season off right. [Image credit: iStock.com/Sean Pavone] 
On Sunday May 1st 2016, the Artscape Wychwood Barns hosts TO’s largest festival for gluten-free foodies. With workshops led by gluten-free experts and over 65 food vendors to sample from, this event is a must-attend for wheat-sensitive Torontonians. From cupcakes to malt beer and cider tastings, the Gluten Free Garage is where to snack up and stock up this weekend. [Photo by Franco Deleo; courtesy of the Gluten Free Garage]
There are three cardinal rules when it comes to Mother’s Day brunch: book early, choose a spot with an inspired interior and great food, and most importantly, get ready to foot the bill. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot for Mom, these Toronto restaurants are hosting classy buffets, prix-fixe, and a la carte brunches worthy of the lady of the hour. [Image by PHOTOPHILCRO - Phil Crozier; courtesy of Maman]
Looking for a bleach alternative that isn’t terrifying? Maybe an all-purpose cleaner that won’t make you bat an eye when you find your toddler licking the countertop? There’s no doubt that the demand for all-natural, biodegradable, and chemical-free cleaning products is on the rise in TO. Lucky for us, the city is home to countless markets and shops with a ton of sustainable goods on offer.
Still in hot pursuit of a brunch reservation for Easter weekend? We’ve got the run-down on who will be toting their three-course prix-fixes, brunch buffets, and good ol’ a la cartes. From a French brasserie in Yorkville to a boutique Hotel on West Queen West, there’s a slew of superb spots to get fed and get festive this weekend family or friends. [Photo courtesy of Café Boulud]
Torontonians east to west know well that they have the privilege of being surrounded by some of Canada’s most lauded kitchens. What they may not know is that a growing number of those kitchens are home to some of the most critically acclaimed female chefs in the country. If you’re looking to do some tasty reconnaissance, here are some of the top women-led kitchens to visit in TO.
The Niagara region is one of TO’s go-to getaways for the fam. We’ve got the goods on where to make your resos on-the-lake or in the city proper, whether your kids are toddlers looking for a little fun to go with their dinner, or grown-ups in hot pursuit of a glass of locally produced wine.
You may not be able to fit a pancake excursion into this week’s Fat Tuesday, but if the occasion inspires you to hunt down some of the best stacks in town, this list is the guide for you. Whether you’re an incurably sweet-toothed bruncher, or an all-around flapjack connoisseur, Toronto is stacked (high five) with gourmet pancakes, loaded with all the fixins.
Another year, another Winterlicious. Coming January 29th is Toronto’s long-loved food festival, where top restos across town feature prix-fixe menus for $25, $35 or $45 dollars. It’s a choice time to dine out at the hotspot you can’t afford on your post-holiday budget, or a cheap way to try a new spot you’ve been eyeing. Here are our top picks from this year’s line-up. [Photos courtesy of Cluny Bistro]
You’ve read about Toronto’s age-old brunch spots of culinary lore. Yes, they are must-attends, but there’s a slew of newcomers quickly ascending to legendary status among brunch connoisseurs. From inspired Mediterranean mezze-style breakfast, to your good ol’ Canadiana café, here are Toronto’s new essential brunches. [Image credit: iStock.com/Rouzes]
You might be the type to toss tires at CrossFit, ride the fake waves on a surfboard simulator, or scale a rock-climbing wall in two minutes flat. Whether it's a state-of-the-art gym or something you’ve never tried before (fencing, anyone?), here are 25 of the best spots in the city to get active and get fit. [Image credit: iStock.com/m-imagephotography]
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