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The Best Maternity Stores in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 21, 2014

best maternity stores torontoThe best maternity stores in Toronto are proof that moms-to-be don't need to sacrifice their personal style. It's easy to think of maternity stores as a lot of tunics and elasticized pants - and, yep, those are there, but Toronto's best maternity stores also mix in bright, fun dresses, surprisingly cute swimwear and lingerie, and piles of designer denim.

On the whole, maternity boutiques are not terribly cheap places to shop, though at least one consignment store is addressing the need for maternitywear on a tight budget). And the maternity boutique shopping experience can be a huge bonus - many of these stores were founded by moms frustrated by a lack of high-style options during their own pregnancies. Head to these stores, and you'll find staff knowledgeable enough to understand what pieces you should be picking up - and when.

Here are the best maternity stores in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Baby Stores in Toronto

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The Best Huevos Rancheros in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 18, 2014

huevos rancheros torontoThe best huevos rancheros in Toronto is an alternative to the pancake and benny-saturated menu options that dominate the city's brunch landscape. The Mexican breakfast standard has a number of merits: not only will it satisfy hunger pangs with its hearty base of eggs and refried beans, but it also has this power to simultaneously wake-up taste buds and tame hangovers thanks the delicious combination of spicy salsa, creamy guacamole and salty queso.

Here are the best huevos rancheros in Toronto.

See also:

The top 50 brunch restaurants in Toronto
The Best Brunch in Toronto
The Best All Day Breakfast in Toronto
The Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto
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The Best BBQ Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 16, 2014

best BBQ torontoThe best BBQ restaurants in Toronto embrace the time-honoured cooking traditions of the Southern states. What was once a catch-all category for anything covered in mesquite sauce is yielding some serious smoke-infused fare: bark-encrusted ribs, briskets ribboned with fat, and spoon-torn pork shoulders.

In Toronto, traditionalists who take great pride in emulating regional styles are increasingly being joined by a new wave that's taking creative license when it comes to skewing flavours toward other global locations, or taking advantage of rare and interesting proteins - say, duck or offal. While in most cases good BBQ needs nothing more than a side of wet naps (white bread works too), on this list you'll even find smoked meats making their way into tacos, poutine and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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The Best Milkshakes in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / July 14, 2014

milkshakes torontoThe best milkshakes in Toronto are trigger of memory, of salivation, of salvation, and always, eventually, of brain freeze. The simple ingredients of ice cream and a glug of milk are transformed when blended into a thick, creamy, nostalgic concoction.

Makers of modern milkshakes take it up a notch, spiking them with booze, making crazy combinations like bacon, fudge and sea salt, topping them with cookies and marshmallows and piles of whipped cream, or introducing elements like foie gras that just sound plain wrong - but on the tongue, do something rather wild and wonderful. The old diner classics, saddled beside a juicy hamburger for maximum impact, will do just fine as well. (And, yes, the best milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, but must we trot out that one-liner again?)

Here are the best milkshakes in Toronto.

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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 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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