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New takeout joint puts a healthy spin on Caribbean eats

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 30, 2014

1 Love Kitchen TorontoThere's a new Caribbean takeout joint on Queen West offering coconut curries, roti and jerk chicken. Not to be confused with the vegetarian cafe on Bathurst, this place distinguishes itself through a menu that puts a health-conscious twist on classic island dishes.

Read my profile of 1 Love Kitchen in the restaurant section.

New late night snack bar is the talk of Chinatown

Posted by Joshua Chong / August 28, 2014

peoples eatery torontoA Chinatown establishment once known for dishing out the (self-proclaimed) best Peking duck in Toronto received a complete makeover earlier this year from the folks behind 416 Snack Bar. It's been a hotbed of activity ever since with line-ups the norm most weekends.

Read my review of People's Eatery in the restaurants section.

Yorkville gets a modern old-school barber shop

Posted by Ryan Bolton / August 27, 2014

axe and hatchet$50 per haircut might not seem like much to those who frequent a decent hair salon, but for men who've grown accustomed to a much cheaper rate at an old-school barber shop it's sticker shock. But perhaps if there's anywhere in Toronto this price will fly its Yorkville and and at this brand new lower level barber shop that eventually wants to offer memberships and scotch tastings.

Read my profile of Axe & Hatchet in the fashion section.

Vintage decor shop opens near East Chinatown

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 26, 2014

goodfolk torontoTucked away into a sleepy stretch of Broadview just steps from East Chinatown is a brand-new trove of unusual vintage home goods from all around the world. From folk-art sculptures to hand-woven blankets to quirky old signs, they'll have just the thing to give your place a dash of personality (for less cash than you'd drop in one of the city's design districts).

Read my profile of Goodfolk in the design section.

Etsy designer opens handbag shop on College St.

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 25, 2014

opelle torontoFor the past five years, Toronto designer Amy Malcolm has been growing her handbag line through word of mouth and some steady online sales. Now, she's taken the label one step further with a brand-new showroom and shop on College St. The tiny storefront is a one-stop shop for thrifty fashion lovers looking for their next big handbag splurge - her leather pieces are made with durability and wearability in mind.

Read my profile of Opelle in the fashion section.

Old-school College St. diner gets a brand-new menu

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 24, 2014

Mars Food TorontoLike many of Toronto's retro diners, the quality of food at this College Street greasy spoon had been diminishing in recent years (or maybe just unable to keep up with the city's increasingly sophisticated tastes). Proving that it's not stuck in the past, the neighbourhood institution has given its menu an update. There are hits and misses at breakfast, and a few major improvements to the sandwich menu - all still served in a nostalgic environment, priced reasonably and readily accompanied by bottomless coffee.

Read my profile of Mars Food in the restaurants section.
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