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Shared workspace and cafe opens in Little India

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 16, 2014

social gardenerSomething new is happening in Little India. A coffee shop and shared workspace has opened next to a centre for immigrant women. Inside there's a training centre that teaches women skills in food prep and cooking, office facilities and even a yoga room. All of the proceeds from the cafe support the centre, meaning your caffeine budget is going to a good cause.

Read my review of The Social Gardener in the cafes section.
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10 fun ways to be a tourist this summer in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 14, 2014

tourist torontoPlaying tourist in Toronto can actually be a whole lot of fun, even if you happen to live the city. There are so many activities and resources that cater to tourists that locals can also reap the benefits from, whether it be history tours or afternoon tea at one of the city's posh hotels. Naturally, the trick is to avoid some of the garbage-y tourist activities (but do try a sightseeing tour) in favour of those that retain a bit of novelty. Toronto's big hotels are like miniature cities, and it'd be a shame not to take advantage of their spa and pool facilities, restaurants and other amenities just because there will be a few tourists present. Embrace the wide-eyed look that visitors tend to wear and discover a Toronto that's hidden in plain sight.

Here are 10 fun ways to be a tourist this summer in Toronto.

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10 great ideas for corporate events and after-work social functions in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 14, 2014

corporate events torontoCorporate events and after-work social functions can be awkward. There's always that one co-worker who gets belligerently hammered, you have to pretend to like your boss more than you usually do because they're buying you dinner, and you have to behave (and wear pants) during what would normally be your free hours. No one can possibly relish this kind of extended work life culture, which is not exactly mandatory except for the fact that you'll never be promoted if you don't show.

What I'm getting at is that in Toronto, there are plenty of actually fun options for after-work social functions and corporate events. Here are my top picks.

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Impending closure of Weston Bakery worries Leslieville

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 13, 2014

Weston bakeryWeston Bakery has known it would eventually have to leave Leslieville for a couple of years now. A proposal for a condo has overshadowed the discount bakery and dry goods shop, and now, some families in the area are wondering where they'll go to shop for the basics.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Backyard Patios in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 11, 2014

backyard patios torontoThe best backyard patios in Toronto will keep you out of sight of the lineups of hostile would-be diners waiting for a spot inside. It's no secret that they're fantasizing about reaching over and snatching that plate of eggs benny right out from under your nose - but backyard patios give a semblance of privacy.

For rooftop (and other) patio ideas, check out our Toronto Patio Guide or download our Patio Guide app for iPhone or Android.

Here, in no particular order, are the best backyard patios in Toronto.

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The top 10 romantic patios in Toronto

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / July 5, 2014

romantic patios torontoRomantic patios are a thing that exists in Toronto. I promise. It may not seem like it, and don't be deluded that you'll have the whole thing to yourself. But with a little candlelight, Toronto's teeny back patios can make for lovely date spots. And if you're an exhibitionist, by chance, they'll be even better. Just exactly what's constitutes "romantic" is rather subjective, but the general criteria at work here is that these patios satisfy two or more of the following: they're 1) secluded, 2) picturesque, 3) dark, 4) quiet.

Here are my picks for the most romantic patios in Toronto.

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