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House of the week: 6A Brockton Avenue

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

6a Brockton TorontoThis super-modern home at 6A Brockton Avenue is back on the market after making the rounds roughly four years ago. Noteworthy as the residence of well-known interior designer Elaine Cecconi, the house has now been re-listed at the same asking price as it was before -- $2,250,000 -- after initially being posted at $2,400,000. Given the rise of Brockton Village, the flat-lined asking price is probably worth a raised eyebrow.

It's surprising because there's not much to dislike here. While the house is listed well above what neighbouring properties go for, it's obviously unique to the neighbourhood and a contemporary design lover's wet dream. Perhaps the whole all-white thing bothers some people, but it's not without a touch of class.

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Eat & Drink

Table 17 owners tapped for Broadview Hotel restaurant

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

Table 17 Broadview HotelIt sounds like Streetcar Developments is keeping things local when it comes to the redevelopment of the Broadview Hotel. With major plans in place to renovate and rebrand the historical structure into an east side entertainment destination, a huge component is the restaurant that will eventually occupy the former home of Jilly's.

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Toronto film critics pick the best of 2014

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

Toronto film critics best 2014It's end of year list time, and the Toronto Film Critics Association has chipped in with its picks for the best movies of 2014. As its wont to do, the TFCA heaped the accolades on a particular film, which cleaned up in a number of the most important categories. Richard Linklater's Boyhood took home both the Best Picture and Best Director awards, along with a Best Supporting Actress win for Patricia Arquette.

In addition to the big-name Hollywood nominees, the TFCA's yearly picks also include a summing up of Canadian Content highlighted by the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film award, which will be announced at the Gala celebration on January 6, 2015.

Without further ado, here are the winners as announced and the remaining nominees.

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Sports & Play

10 fun things to do in the snow this winter in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

snow fun things do torontoSnow in Toronto doesn't necessarily spell a need to get cosy and/or hibernate. On the contrary, our big snowfalls are typically accompanied by relatively mild temperatures (all things considered) and an often necessary dose of beauty in the midst of a sun-deprived winter.

Fortunately, folks around these parts long ago figured out how to have fun in the midst of weather that makes day-to-day tasks like commuting a bit of a nightmare. Whether its tobogganing or exploring an abandoned ravine, there's no shortage of activities to make the snow a welcome occurence in this city.

Here are my picks for the top things to do in the snow in Toronto.

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Photo of the Day

High rises

Posted by Derek Flack / December 16, 2014

Best of Toronto

The Best Steak Frites in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / December 15, 2014

steak frites torontoThe best steak frites in Toronto is all about simplicity. Meat and potatoes and nothing else, save for the occasional aioli. The bistro staple is done with a variety of steak cuts in Toronto, though flank and flat irons are the most popular. You can blow lots of money on beef in this city at any one of our better steakhouses, but the more casual steak frites can still be completely satisfying if well prepared. In fact, the lesser cuts commonly used in these under $30 dishes are chock-full of meaty flavour, easily coaxed out by a capable chef.

Here are the best steak frites in Toronto.

See also:
The best steakhouses in Toronto
The best steak tartare in Toronto
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