Toronto’s Harbord Village recently welcomed Parquet, a 50-seat French restaurant with warm-toned leather seats, mirror- and wood-lined walls, a black-veined white-marble bar, and a menu that incorporates local products and produce in dishes that riff on those you might find in a cozy bistro in the 14th arrondissement.
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Italy’s Renowned Ditta Artigianale Comes to Toronto
Toronto is the first North American city to welcome Florence’s Ditta Artigianale. High design and top-notch coffee are staples at the street-level café, recently opened in the Harlowe condo building on Richmond Street West. Step into the 40-seat space, and it feels like you’ve been transported straight to Florence.
London’s The House by M.A.H
Laura Fulmine, founder of M.A.H Gallery in East London, recently launched The House, an accompanying store that sells one-of-a-kind art, furniture, and vintage collectibles.
Miss Likklemore’s Brings Fine Caribbean Dining to Toronto
With ochre accents, forest green leather, herringbone floors, and art sourced from the Caribbean, were it not for the cold outside, you’d think you had just stepped into the luxe dining room of a Jamaican beachfront property. In reality, this Block Plan Studios-designed space is home to Toronto’s recently opened haute Caribbean restaurant, Miss Likklemore’s, the brainchild of chef Lonie Murdock and Darren Hinds, who opened this King Street West spot as an ode to her Jamaican roots, his Guyanese background, and Caribbean culture generally.
Northern Italy’s Fine Chocolate Obsession
Chocolate maker Guido Castagna’s factory outside Turin smells like freshly baked chocolate cake, roasted hazelnuts, and the chocolatey equivalent of a warm hug. Castagna and Milan’s Pia Rivera are two of Northern Italy’s most internationally awarded, technically skilled, and flavour-forward chocolate masters.
Buffalo, Where the Art Lovers Roam
Buffalo has been undergoing a multifaceted revitalization and is reaffirming that it’s a hot spot for art lovers from around the world.
Locally Produced Premium Paint Brand A. Gallo Opens Its Flagship Store in Assisi
The Italian town of Assisi now houses a beautifully designed retail space for A. Gallo, the luxury paint brand known for combining rich raw pigments with honey, rosemary, and gum arabic to create environmentally friendly watercolour paints. And while the paints are clearly the star of the show, the new showroom’s design also vies for attention.
Niagara Wine Country’s Steps Into Modern Luxe Accommodations
From the outside, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s newly expanded and renovated 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa looks like a quaint Victorian hotel. Step inside, however, and the former blacksmith’s shop has been transformed into a cool grey-blue reception area with light-oak floors that lead to the newly expanded 72-room hotel. In a town where most of the hotels are a little dusty and faded, 124 on Queen stands out for its clean, modern feel.
This Palazzo-Turned-Boutique-Hotel Is a Deep Dive Into Venetian Style
Venice’s Ca’ di Dio, the “floating city’s” elegant new boutique hotel, is a historic Venetian palace where contemporary design meets luxurious comfort.
Dining Around London With The Great Canadian Baking Show‘s Kyla Kennaley
If there’s one thing you need to know about Kyla Kennaley, the entrepreneurial judge of CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show, it’s that details matter.
Afternoon Tea, Reimagined at Park Hyatt Toronto
Afternoon tea at the recently reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto in the city’s Yorkville neighbourhood is anything but a floral-wallpaper, lavender-scented, draped-in-Victorian-lace experience.
Getting the Royal Experience in Prince Edward County
After recent renovation, The Royal Hotel is now reopened to guests. It has 28 guest rooms in the main building and five studio-style rooms in the Royal Annex, once a stable and now a chic Scandinavian-inspired space designed to help city-weary visitors decompress.
This Boutique Inn Is Prince Edward County’s Latest Modernist Marvel
Sometimes, the best-kept secrets are literally off the beaten path. Take for example Prince Edward County’s latest architectural gem/boutique inn, Mirazule.
The Toronto Beach Club Brings the Mediterranean to the Great Lakes
It’s a summer evening; beauty sweeps across the sky. The waterfront breeze whispers past us on a stylish, palm-lined patio.
A Dreamy Boutique Hotel and Winery In a Former Spanish Abbey
At this historic Spanish winery, distilling the essence of the surrounding landscape into remarkable wines is of paramount importance.
MARKED: Toronto’s Newest Latin American Food Journey
Step into the Pan-Am Lounge at Toronto’s new MARKED restaurant on John Street and get transported to a modern version of the quintessential 1950s Pan American airport lounge/bar.
Lapinou: Toronto’s Newest Neo-Bistro
Step into the brick-and-beam historic building with its sleek, central bar, black industrial-looking exposed pipes, and sky-high windows—and you’d swear you were in London or Paris.
Quebec’s Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Community Turns the Industry Inside-Out by Thinking Fresh & Local
White-walled, breezy and minimalist, État de Choc, on Montreal’s St. Laurent Boulevard, is a “metaphorical adoptive country for everyone who loves chocolate.”
Craft Gin in Quebec: Relaxed Laws Spark Flavour Moment
Quebec’s province-wide gin boom has been spurred on by significant changes to laws that now allow distilleries to give samples and sell bottles at their own on-site boutiques.
Dining Under the Dome
A pop-up dining experience including geodesic domes and a kaleidoscopic light show lands in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and San Diego.
Inside the Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel is considered by most Torontonians to be iconic, and it is successful because it hasn’t strayed from its core mission.
Assembly Chef’s Hall, Toronto
An 18,000-square-foot food hall comes to the city’s Financial District.
Canada’s Best Chocolate Makers
Canadian chocolate is finally getting its just desserts at the International Chocolate Awards.
Where to Find The Best Gelato in New York
Three of the best places for gelato in New York City.
Spending the Day in Zagreb, Croatia
A warm welcome is to be had in “the city with a million hearts.”
A Visitor’s Guide to Prince Edward County
A year-round destination for city-dwellers, Prince Edward County’s pastoral bounty offers over 800 kilometres of shoreline and the region’s freshest, seasonal fare.
A colourful roster of carts, selling everything from churros to fresh flowers, will grace the square daily to ensure that there’s something for everyone—whether you’re staying to watch live cultural performances, or simply picking up goodies to take home.
France’s Foie Gras Crise
In late 2015, a virulent strain of the H5N1 virus was detected on a farm in the southwest of France—the heart of the foie gras industry. As a result, the French government has temporarily halted foie gras production, and Canadian farms are now in the spotlight.
Enter the Re-Enactment Capital of the World
It sounds like the set up to a well-worn joke, but what you get when a Spanish soldier, a colonial cook, and pirate walk into a bar, is pretty much every day fare in the historic town of St. Augustine, Florida.