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Eat & Drink

How to celebrate Chinese New Year 2014 in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / January 24, 2014

Chinese New Year TorontoChinese New Year (CNY) is upon us once more. Despite the seemingly high degree of publicity it gets here in our beloved Greater Toronto Area, it still pales in comparison to some of the other larger metropolitan areas around the world, like Singapore, where you better hope that you stocked up on groceries before the event hits, lest you end up staring at closed signs throughout the city. Then again, this isn't Asia. I get it. But I still want to be able to get my BBQ pork at T&T during the new year period.

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The top 5 hotels in Scarborough and Markham

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / December 28, 2013

hotels markham scarboroughThe top hotels in Markham and Scarborough are decidedly more modest than their downtown Toronto counterparts. Instead of names like The Drake or Ritz-Carlton, you instead get simpler names like Hilton and the Monte Carlo Inn. Think less Beyonce, more Ginnifer Goodwin. Despite this unmistakable drop in glitz, however, both areas feature quite a few hotels that feature comfortable rooms, reasonable rates, excellent service and gasp even a touch of luxury (in some of them).

Here are the top 5 hotels in Markham and Scarborough.

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The top 10 restaurants open Christmas Day in Markham and Scarborough

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / December 24, 2013

Christmas restaurants MarkhamMarkham and Scarborough restaurants do brisk business on Christmas Day. From dim sum to dinner or something in between, here are some of the best bets for eating out on December 25th 2013.

Gourmet Malaysia
If there's an Asian restaurant that gets points for effort in trying to liven up the Christmas Day experience, Gourmet Malaysia would be it. Not only are they open from 11am, they also offer an impressive Christmas menu for 10 people ($368) featuring ginger onion lobster and crispy shredded garlic beef. Don't forget to wash it down with a comforting hot teh tarik ($1.50), a sweet milky tea that beats the stuffing out of eggnog any day.

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Authentic Indonesian eats arrive on Eglinton Ave.

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / November 27, 2013

Indonesian restaurant torontoAuthentic Indonesian cuisine is hard to find in our fair city outside of home kitchens, but this newcomer is a welcome exception to the rule. Well, mostly. It's still kind of hard to find, located, as it is, in a non-descript JD's Supermarket, but once you make your way to the food counter, deliciousness awaits.

Read my review of Warung Kampung in the restaurants section.
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Is this the most diverse grocery store in Toronto?

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / November 23, 2013

Ethnic grocery store torontoThis multifaceted grocery store is a one-stop destination for Asian eats. In addition to the stuff you would normally find in a grocery store that caters to more mainstream tastes, here you'll find various other items that cater to the East Asian (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Korean), Southeast Asian (e.g. Malaysian, Thai, Filipino) and South Asian (e.g. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) diaspora.

Read my review of Al Premium in the grocery section.
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Hidden gems at New Kennedy Square in Markham

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / October 11, 2013

Chinese Mall TorontoNew Kennedy Square is, quite possibly, the ugliest mall I've ever laid eyes on. A squat unimaginative blocky relic of (presumably) the 1980's, this shopping centre occupies a large lot at the southwest corner of Kennedy and Highway 7, sharing it with the adjacent Peachtree Centre plaza, which also shares its less than stellar look and feel. Together they achieve the rare feat of looking so awful it makes Splendid China Tower look like a half-decent piece of architecture. Even its outdated website looks like it would be optimized for Netscape Navigator.

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