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The Best Portuguese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 6, 2014

best portuguese restaurants torontoThe best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto mine the unique flavour territory of Iberian cuisine - touchstones that include their rich history of sea exploration in grilled fish and seafood, small tapas plates of pork and charcuterie, and the fiery piri piri sauce, which takes its blend of spices from the Portuguese connection to North Africa and the Mediterranean. While each restaurant offers its own particular take on the delightful Portuguese cuisine, they all in some way celebrate the culinary history of one of Toronto's landmark cultures.

Here are the best Portuguese restaurants in Toronto.

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The best BBQ Chicken (Churrasqueiras) in Toronto
The Best Portuguese Bakeries in Toronto
The best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto

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The Best Mussels in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 3, 2014

Mussels TorontoThe best mussels in Toronto entice diners to dive right in. Gently coaxed into opening up by booze-spiked broths, these plump shellfish will arrive at your table in deep steaming bowls that seduce your senses of sight and smell - before you even have the chance to pluck the first morsel from its shell. When it comes to mussels, Toronto bistros, beer halls and oyster houses happily adhere to tradition, supplying frites and/or fresh bread to sop up the broth - and all its decadent flavours.

Here are the best mussels in Toronto.

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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Oysters in Toronto
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The Best Perogies in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 1, 2014

perogies torontoThe best perogies in Toronto are far superior to the mass-produced versions found in your local freezer aisle. Made from scratch, the Polish/Ukrainian staple is best had when fresh, filled with love, and pinched by hand.

At Toronto restaurants and deli counters, you'll find classic versions (potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushrooms, or minced meat) in abundance, as well as some gourmet approaches that upgrade the humble comfort food with addition of truffles, smoked cheeses or pork belly.

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The Best Spa to get a Facial in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 29, 2014

facial torontoThe best spa to get a facial in Toronto are largely focused on luxury. After all, folks tend to see facials in a different, more rarefied way than other personal beauty treatments. Hairdos, manicures, waxing, spray tans - the effects of all of those are immediately visible to the naked eye, while the visceral, obvious benefits of a massage tend to win over those looking to spend their spa bucks on something relaxing.

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The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 26, 2014

seafood torontoThe best seafood restaurants in Toronto stand out through their close connections to suppliers, netting them a steady supply of freshly-caught seafare flown in directly from the dock. On the plate, that translates to succulent shellfish, sublimely fresh fish and seasonal specialties - all of which live up to the impressive hype.

Here are the best seafood restaurants in Toronto.

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The Best Oysters in Toronto
The Best Lobster Roll in Toronto
The Best Fish & Chips in Toronto
The Best Fish Stores in Toronto
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The Best Baklava in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 24, 2014

Baklava TorontoThe best baklava in Toronto is available in an abundance of regional variations. While the Greeks might favour walnuts, honey and spices, you'll also find excellent examples of rose and orange-blossom-infused versions steeped in simple syrup from the Middle East.

Found at specialty grocers, cafes and patisseries citywide, the one thing all these excellent baklavas do have in common is nuts - generally walnuts, pistachios, cashews, or some combination of the three. Sold in a dizzying variety of shapes, delicate folds or hand-rolled presentations, these sweets are typically sold by the pound, though sometimes you'll find them priced per piece.

Here is the best baklava in Toronto.

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The Best Greek Restaurants in Toronto
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