An Old Fashioned Experience at Avenue Diner

Cynthia Cheng Most diners in the city don’t live up to the nostalgic, old fashioned goodness of the Avenue Diner on Davenport and Avenue Road.  A small shop with very few tables and a counter, the restaurant has been around since the 1940s.  Only open for breakfast and lunch, the menu choices are very much […]

Brunch at Le Pain Quotidien

Cynthia Cheng About a year ago, I wrote about breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, a European/French-inspired communal table restaurant chain which can be found all over the world.  Recently, my fiance and I revisited (actually, I revisited the place – it was the first time for my fiance) the downtown Toronto location for brunch.  Rather than ordering […]

Quince: Great for a Light Lunch or Tastey Dinner

It may have been around for a while, but Quince Restaurant on Yonge, south of Eglinton is a great place to relax for a nice delicious meal.  Just far south enough to be away from the buzz that is Yonge and Eglinton, dining at the restaurant will put you away from the crowd – a […]

Indigo Masala Room: Av and Dav’s Indian Restaurant

Cynthia Cheng It has been around for less than a year, but Indigo Masala Room, on Avenue Road just south of Davenport is perhaps one of the best Indian restaurants I’ve been to in the past little while.  Not only do they have good service (we were asked whether we wanted additional naan or rice), […]

Thai in the Annex

Cynthia Cheng Real Thailand Restasurant on Bloor, just west of Spadina has been a staple in the area for 10 years.  The restaurant offers a huge range of choices at affordable prices – entrees are often just under the $10 mark for dinner.  There is also a set lunch menu. The first dish we had was an appetizer.  The […]

Tim Hortons To Expand Internationally

Cynthia Cheng Now that Tim Hortons has set foot in Manhattan, it is looking to go elsewhere in the world, including Asia.  The question, of course, is will it do well there?  Doughnuts, or at least, the doughnut that we commonly associate with people in law enforcement, are not commonly found in Asia, not even […]

GTA’s Good Taste-ing Shanghainese Dim Sum

Cynthia Cheng The Greater Toronto Area has several Chinatowns, ranging from older ones in the downtown core to Agincourt to Mississauga and Markham/Richmond Hill.  The best ones, according to most Toronto-based Chinese are in Markham.  Not only are these restaurants clean (downtown Chinatown restaurants have a reputation of health code violations) and authentic, but the vast majority […]

Banana Squares: A Modified Recipe

Cynthia Cheng My soon-to-be mother-in-law recently gave me a copy of A Treasure for My Daughter, which is a Jewish recipe/holiday guide book that is more or less a combination of Emily Post’s Etiquette and a Junior League cookbook (A Treasure for My Daughter is published by Hadassah-WIZO, a Jewish women’s service organization that is […]

Great Places to Eat in NYC

Cynthia Cheng In a recent trip to New York, I had the chance to eat at several different restaurants including: SnAKS on 5:  Located on the fifth floor (contemporary ladies’ clothing) at Saks Fifth Avenue, this restaurant serves, well, more “snacky” type foods than the SFA Cafe on the eighth floor.  What’s interesting about the […]

Food: When Hick Becomes Trendy

Cynthia Cheng Is food really class-oriented?  Say, if someone from a small, remote town serves a plate of dandelion greens, would the world see it as “hick food,” while the same plate served at a high end restaurant in Manhattan would be seen as quite the opposite?  Many signs point to yes.  But why is this the case?  […]