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The top 69 coffee shops in Toronto by TTC subway stop

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 22, 2014

ttc subway mapA cup of coffee can be the silver lining in any morning commute, and cafes along the subway line happen to make for ideal meeting spots and act as an oasis for wi-fi on the go. While the core boasts the highest concentration of indie cafes, as the map spreads out you'll find mostly the big chains.

Here are the best places to get your caffeine fix nearby all 69 TTC subway stops.

Get a large version of this map here. And don't forget to download our free iPhone app where you can always look up places nearby TTC subway stops.

See also:

The top 69 bars in Toronto by TTC subway stop
The top 69 cheap eats in Toronto by TTC subway stop

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Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: The Whippoorwill, Hogtown Smoke, Origin North, Oliver & Bonacini, Jerk King

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 22, 2014

dinesafeThis week on DineSafe, there are some unexpected heavy-hitters on the list, including cult-favourite barbecue and brunch spots and a couple of high-end operations you'd never expect would get downgraded to a conditional pass. (I'm looking at you, Origin North and Oliver & Bonacini.)

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Sports & Play

Your photos of beaches in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 21, 2014

Beaches TorontoSun, sand and surf, er, super calm and (for the most part), swimmable waters make Toronto beaches the perfect retreat from the sticky city just as summer temperatures spike. We challenged our readers to share their favourite beach-side moments for our latest photo contest. Congratulations to danthowe_ for the above photo, which has earned our prize of a Pure Leaf Real Brewed Kit for winning this instalment of our photo challenge series.

Check out all the submissions in our Toronto Beaches stream.

Everything on the menu is $5 at new Annex restaurant

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 21, 2014

el furniture warehouse torontoThe Annex has a new destination for cheap eats - and when I say cheap, I mean burgers with fries, or, big bowls of braised spaghetti for just five bucks. Banking on big purchasing power, high table turnover and sports-like sponsorships, the well-tested concept is the first of its kind in Toronto, but the 10th location in the cross-Canadian family of restaurants.

Read my profile of El Furniture Warehouse in the restaurants section.
Eat & Drink

The top 5 Middle Eastern brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 20, 2014

brunch torontoMiddle Eastern brunch in Toronto encompasses Persian and Levantine culinary traditions in a way that satisfies our westerners' brunch-lust. It's a broad category that shares a love of flat breads, soft cheeses, fresh herbs, olives, nuts and fresh fruits...oh, and strong, delicious coffee.

Honourable mentions go to Gilaneh, Anatolia, Darband, Red Rose Patisserie S. Lefkowitz, Tabule. None of them quite recognize the concept of "brunch" - though they serve mighty fine mid-day fare in a timeframe that falls into brunching territory.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants for Middle Eastern brunch in Toronto.

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Street foods abound at new Indonesian snack bar

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 19, 2014

Little Sister TorontoThis newly-opened spot for Indonesian street foods encourages diners to order in abundance. While a single order of curry or braised meat with rice could do as a meal, the best way to enjoy the snack bar's satay skewers, fried rice and lettuce wraps is to do as they do in the Dutch colonies and sample as much as possible.

Read my profile of Little Sister in the restaurants section.
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