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The Best Fitness Clubs in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 22, 2014

fitness clubs torontoThe best fitness clubs in Toronto are the city's most beloved places to break a sweat. And that's saying something: Toronto has hundreds of gyms and clubs representing countless activities and workout styles, meaning those who want to stay active have a huge range of options. (Parkour? Yep. Spin classes soundtracked by a DJ? Check. Martial arts of every concievable type? Uh huh.)

What sets these gyms apart from the pack, however, boils down to a few things: Beautiful, well-kept facilities, ample workout equipment and class offerings, convenient hours and locations, and friendly staff. Everything you need to go from couch potato to gym rat is right here.

Here are the best fitness clubs in Toronto.

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The best specialty fitness clubs in Toronto
The best crossfit gyms in Toronto
The best spinning classes in Toronto
The best yoga studios in Toronto
The best martial arts in Toronto
The best boxing gym in Toronto
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The best personal trainers in Toronto
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The Best Kosher Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 20, 2014

Kosher Restaurants TorontoThe best kosher restaurants in Toronto strictly adhere to Jewish dietary laws while also dishing out some seriously tasty grub. Whether you're observant or otherwise these restaurants achieves gastronomic feats all in accordance with Jewish dietary law. You might even find yourself wishing they're open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Here are the best kosher restaurants in Toronto.

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The top 10 Jewish bakeries in Toronto
Where to buy kosher food in Toronto
The best delis in Toronto
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The Best Pho in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 17, 2014

Pho TorontoThe best pho in Toronto will fill you up and warm you from the inside out. Whether topped with rosy, paper-thin sliced meats, luscious tripe and tendons, or floating meatballs, these steaming bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup can incite divisive allegiances and fierce debates amongst pho enthusiasts.

For me, what sets one bowl apart from another comes down to the quality of the broth. It should be almost clear - not murky - and imparted with complex flavours developed through hours-long simmering, then perked up with a little fish sauce at the end. The finishing touch: A selection of DIY additions including vibrant herbs, sprouts and chilis.

Here are the best bowls of pho in Toronto.

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The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Banh Mi in Toronto
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The Best Thai Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 15, 2014

best thai torontoThe best Thai restaurants in Toronto are a contentious topic - with rivalries between restaurants and rapid expansions turning up the heat on Thai dining options citywide. Worth noting is the influence of Chef Nuit Regular (widely regarded as putting Khao San Road on the map) who, since parting ways with KSR, has opened a number of popular family-run eateries that embrace regional styles and street food specialties.

Even those not directly caught in the crossfire of competition between these downtown restaurants have been prompted to step up their game, resulting in destination-worthy Thai restaurants where status-quo pad thai is hardly the main attraction.

Here are the best Thai restaurants in Toronto.

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The Best Chocolate in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 8, 2014

chocolate torontoThe best chocolate in Toronto begins with one thing - theobroma cacao seeds, fermented, roasted and ground. The removal of the shell reveals the nib from which all pure chocolate is produced. Just writing that sentence gets my mouth watering and the cravings flaring. One bite into any one of Toronto's best chocolate products, and you're apt to feel the same.

All of these chocolatiers take a slightly different approach, and may connect with the ancient Mesoamerican or old European traditions. Raw, dark, unsweetened, milk or even white chocolate (which, importantly, contains no chocolate solids) decorate the shelves and lure in chocolate fanatics who consider a taste of the potent elixir better than sex.

Here is the best chocolate in Toronto.

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The Best Candy Stores in Toronto
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The Best Florists in Toronto
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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

Photo via Churrasqueira Martins.
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