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 […]

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 […]

The Market Now Open in Yorkville

Cynthia Cheng A new grocery store has opened on Bloor and Park.  Catering to the DINK/condo crowd, the The Market by Longo’s opened on Wednesday, March 3.  The Market is a concept which Longo’s started a few years ago, opening in more urban areas of the city.  The stores are smaller than regular Longo’s supermarkets and […]

Brunch at Breakfast Restaurants in Toronto

Cynthia Cheng My fiance and I have a tradition.  We always celebrate a long weekend with brunch on the extra day off.  There are several places which we’ve gone to, and we have a few favourites (and a few not-so-favourites).  Many of the restaurants we go to are places which are traditionally breakfast and lunch […]

Poll Results: Tims Should Do Well In Manhattan

  Last week, Prospere Magazine asked its readers whether they thought that Tim Hortons, which recently opened several stores in Manhattan, would do well there. Amazingly, over half of you (at 56.3%) believed that it would – after all, there Timmy’s is already in the US market.  6.3% of you said that it’ll take time […]

Tim Hortons in the Big Apple? Yea or Nay?

[poll id=”83″] Globe and Mail article

Starbucks: In Trouble, But Still a Way of Life

I was going to profile another company this week, but I recently heard that Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and a few other coffee joints are doing some sort of special this week (at least in Canada).  Starbucks, for example, is giving away free coffee on Earth Day (April 22) to anyone who brings his or her own […]

Tim Hortons: Coffee and Canadiana

For many Canadians, when it comes to affordable store-bought coffee, it’s all about the Tims (also known as Timmys).  Tim Hortons (TSX: THI.TO; NYSE: THI), that is.  Opened in 1964, the company was founded by late Toronto Maple Leaf player, Tim Horton, selling doughnuts, coffee and other treats.  Three years later, Horton’s investor, Ron Joyce took […]

Urbana Coffee in Toronto

Cynthia Cheng Starbucks, The Second Cup and Timothy’s World Coffee aren’t the only game in town anymore.  In 2007, Toronto saw a new game in town.  Urbana Coffee, which currently has two locations in the downtown area (near Bay and Wellesley and and at Yonge, just north of Bloor) offers coffee and other drinks for […]

Second Cup: Canada's Lifestyle Hangout?

Second Cup (TSX: SCU.UN-T) was founded in 1975 in Toronto. It is seen as the Canadian answer to Starbucks, especially in the east and central regions of Canada, although many people seem to prefer the latter. There are currently over 350 Second Cup cafes in Canada.  There are also cafes in international locations. Like its […]