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The Best Gelato in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 9, 2014

gelato torontoThe best gelato in Toronto is made by artisans with a reverence for tradition - and the creative good sense to go beyond the old school Italian standards like plain ol' bacio or nocciola. This list of gelaterias values quality and craftsmanship, but isn't afraid to have a little fun, especially if that means boozy spiked flavours, or hey, even bacon - excuse me, pancetta-studded variations.

Here is the list of the best gelato in Toronto.

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The Best Hummus in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 7, 2014

hummus torontoThe best hummus in Toronto is far superior than anything available from a grocery store, and while it's easy enough to whip up at home in a food processor, there is something inherently social about hummus - how it's swiped up with hand-torn pita and shared amongst a spread of mezze.

These aren't just ho-hum hummuses, either. The chickpea puree offered by these restaurants is shown a lot of love; a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of paprika, maybe a flourish of chopped parsley. It isn't just a condiment - you'll find it featured as a filling snack and could even do as a meal, especially when loaded up with warm olives, shawarma or chicken skin cracklings.

Here is the best hummus in Toronto.

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The Best Ice Cream in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 4, 2014

ice cream torontoThe best ice cream in Toronto is all about that alchemy of eggs, cream and sugar churned and chilled to perfection. This is crave-worthy stuff, be it scooped or soft serve, and it needs nothing more than a spoon to be enjoyed - meaning that even delicious extras like waffle cones or hot fudge are nothing more than the superfluous cherry on top.

Here is the best ice cream in Toronto.

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The Best Caesars in Toronto

Posted by Jen Hunter / July 2, 2014

best caesars torontoThe best Caesars in Toronto come in an astounding variety of styles. What, after all, really makes a Caesar great? Legend has it that this Canadian classic originated in 1969 at Marco's Italian restaurant at the Calgary Inn. Inspired by the dish Spaghetti Vongole (spaghetti with clams), the first drink consisted of tomato and clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, vodka and Tabasco. But over and above these basics, it seems that the sky's the limit.

Compared to its American cousin, the Bloody Mary, the Caesar is generally lighter and easier-drinking, thanks to the addition of clam broth to the tomato juice. Before the past couple of years, however, virtually every iteration had to be made with either Mott's Clamato cocktail, or some similar derivative. As such, what constituted the best had more to do with lavish garnishes and rimmers than much else. But with Toronto's bartenders taking more risks with additions and infusions (can you say bacon?), the times are changing, albeit slowly.

Here are the best Caesars in Toronto.

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The Best Juice Bars in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / June 30, 2014

juice bars torontoThe best juice bars in Toronto take nature's goodness and pummel the crap out of it, and somehow make it taste even better. Juice is having a rather adult 'moment' right now, consumed for its perceived health benefits, with the mere the sight of a bright-coloured liquid in a biodegradable cup signifying all that is best for the human body.

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The Best Jazz Bars in Toronto

Posted by Staff / June 27, 2014

jazz bars torontoThe best jazz bars in Toronto are home to some of the city's top musicians. While Toronto doesn't have its own distinct jazz sound, the city's venues are home to a plethora of talented emerging artists coming from institutions such as Humber College, York University and the University of Toronto. This new community of artists has reinvigorated jazz in a city where diehards still lament the loss of former staples like Montreal Jazz Bistro and Top O' The Senator. What Toronto lacks in distinctiveness, it gains in diversity; from classical, to funk, to fusion, you won`t be hard pressed to find the subgenre of your choosing in this city.

Here are the best jazz bars in Toronto.

See also: The best blues bars in Toronto

Writing by Jacob Thompson.
Other Cities: Montreal