Hue’s Kitchen Brings Pan-Asian Delights

Cynthia Cheng Mintz Vietnamese Coffee If you like ordering food dim sum style (on slips rather than speaking with a server), but prefer pan-Asian cuisine rather than standard Hong Kong fare, look no further than Hue’s Kitchen.  A unique concept to the Yonge and Bloor area, this restaurant allows diners to pick and choose their […]

Organic, Vegan and FAST!

There’s a small restaurant on Hayden Street which serves organic vegan foods.  Open only during the work week, Camros is one of the few non-sitdown vegan-only restaurants in the city.  At my first ever visit there, I had their three item combo ($10.39 plus tax – can also choose from two or four items) which consisted […]

Bloor Street Market Opens!

The supermarket formerly known as Valu-Mart has reopened as the Bloor Street Market at the Manulife Centre.  Joining other grocery stores in the area such as Pusateri and Longo’s The Market, this new store, which is owned by Loblaws, is probably the largest in the area next to Whole Foods.  Like many other urban-focused grocery […]

Rosedale Diner: Not Your Typical Burger Joint

You know you’re in Rosedale when you see an item on the menu for $117.  At a diner.  OK, it’s not likely anyone has ever ordered the so-called Gourmet Package and the only reason why it’s that pricey is because of the Veuve Cliquot (the actual dish is $17).  Besides, the restaurant is closer to the Summerhill […]

Pleasant Outdoor Dining at Vaticano

You can spot Vaticano Restaurant in Toronto’s Yorkville area from far away – it’s the restaurant with a huge picture of the chef and owner!  The restaurant, which is a participant in the city’s annual Summerlicious and Winterlicious festivals also boasts an excellent “regular” menu.  At a recent visit, I tried their parpadelle Vaticano, a vegetarian pasta […]

True Restaurant’s Chicken Ballotinne

Prospere Magazine first came across True Restaurant in 2008 when it first opened in Yorkville.  This green and locovore-friendly restaurant has an amazing list of foods, ranging from pastas and pizzas to entrees like the chicken ballotine.  Stuffed with mixed nuts and dried fruit, the chicken is, in addition to the traditional potatoes and vegetables, […]

Scotch Whiskey: Still a ‘Man’ Drink

Cynthia Cheng At the Home for the Holidays event last week, I had my first experience of drinking scotch on the rocks.  Yeah.  Scotch Whiskey.  With Ice.  Nothing Else.  For a girl who usually sticks to wines and fruity cocktails, it was quite the experience.  It was really strong, for one and definitely an acquired […]

‘Guy’ Foods and ‘Girl’ Foods

Cynthia Cheng The Toronto Star published an article today which discusses the “gendering” of foods.  For example, guys are typically more interested in foods that are meat-concentrated (such as steak and potatoes or spaghetti and meatballs) while women prefer foods that are more veggie-centric.  Though women would likely eat spaghetti and meatballs, men are less likely […]

Summerlicious 2010: July 9 to July 25

Sixty-four restaurants are participating in this event, with three-course lunches priced at and dinners (also three courses) at the usual $15, $20 and $25 for lunch and $25, $35 and $45 for dinner.  This will take place for two weeks, starting next Friday, July 9 and ending on July 25.  Reservations have already started, and the […]

Go SevenEast!

Cynthia Cheng Thai chicken spring rolls Though menu choices at SevenEast aren’t too different from the typical fusion restaurant (Spring Rolls, Indochine, etc…), this has got to be one of the best fusion places Prospere Magazine has tried in a while.  From the ambiance of the restaurant (small and modern-looking) to the food, this restaurant […]