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The Best Falafel in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 21, 2014

best falafel torontoThe best falafel in Toronto is more than the sum of its parts, though each of those parts had better be on point. From crispy fried-to order chickpea balls with steaming centres, to freshly-baked pita or laffa, and condiments like silky hummus, pickles (turnips are a must!) and fiery hot sauce - this list of falafel shops will satisfy all the essentials.

Here is the best falafel in Toronto.

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The top 25 falafel in Toronto by neighbourhood
The Best Late Night Falafel and Shawarma in Toronto
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The Best Lasagna in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 19, 2014

best lasagna torontoThe best lasagna in Toronto makes newly delicious what is possibly one of the oldest types of pasta in history. The name of the pasta is synonymous with the traditional Italian dish, alternating the sheets of pasta with tomato sauce, ground meat (or a ragu), béchamel sauce and Parmesan. Modern twists include ricotta or cottage cheese, spinach or other vegetables.

If you don't have the option of going out to sample all of these restaurant lasagnas, you could take home lasagna from Bologno Pastificio, Queen's Pasta and Pastissima to cook yourself. They all have great take-home lasagna sure to impress the family or dinner guests.

Here is the best lasagna in Toronto.

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The Best Poutine in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 17, 2014

best poutine torontoThe best poutine in Toronto has elevated the common Canadian dish from its early casse-croûtes origins in Quebec, adding all manner of combinations and far-out toppings. But, a truly fine poutine still begins with three simple ingredients. There's fresh cut fries using a (usually local) potato variety, homemade gravy (beef, chicken, gluten-free, vegan - it's debatable) and those toothsome squeaky cheese curds - sometimes straight from Quebec, sometimes closer to home.

Once a restaurant has these mastered they can go hog-wild on the upgrades (foie gras and truffles, anyone?) but nothing beats that diner classic.

Here is the best poutine in Toronto.

See also: The Best Fries in Toronto
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The Best Cannoli in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 14, 2014

best cannoli torontoThe best cannoli in Toronto are the domain of old-school bakeries and a few new, but always-reverential Italian chefs. Whether you like ricotta or custard, the GTA's best examples have one thing in common: The bakers pipe the filling into the sugar-dusted shell fresh for that perfect contrast of creaminess and crispness.

Here are the best cannoli in Toronto.

See also: The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto
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The Best Contemporary Art Galleries in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / November 7, 2014

contemporary art galleries torontoThe best contemporary art galleries in Toronto are divided between public and commercial spaces with both contributing equally to the city's art scene. Much has changed for Toronto galleries over the last decade. Most notably, there's been an exodus away from former artistic hotbeds like West Queen West, where the influx of condos have priced them out of the area. When Mercer Union moved to Bloor and Lansdowne back in 2009, it helped to put the wheels in motion for a new gallery scene, one that's clustered in the former industrial area in and around Sterling Road.

This is probably a good thing. Toronto galleries have never had the cachet to create a district like you have, say, in Chelsea where galleries like Matthew Marks, Gagosian and Luhring Augustine have managed to create a must-visit neighbourhood for tourists and locals alike. In Toronto, galleries are busy during opening nights, and rarely otherwise, so the move to larger spaces in industrial areas allows for more ambitious programming and the cultural revitalization of the neighbourhoods in which they're located.

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The Best Fashion Designers in Toronto

Posted by Alex Brown / November 3, 2014

fashion designers torontoThe best fashion designers in Toronto have one thing in common: staying power. It takes a special kind of stamina and drive to maintain an attentive audience in an industry that's forever changing its preferences. Each of these designers have uncovered lasting examples of what's beautiful in the art of design and matched that with a vision that changes with the times.

Luckily, they're not the only ones - the city has plenty of talent to choose from. Younger designers like Sid Neigum, Beaufille, Mikhael Kale and Caitlin Power are part of a growing list of Toronto fan favourites. Together, they're all part of dressing the future.

Here are the best fashion designers in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Clothing Stores For Local Design in Toronto
The top 10 independent jewelry designers in Toronto
The top 10 handbag designers in Toronto

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