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 […]

The Olive Branch for Children's Intimate Downtown Gathering

Cynthia Cheng Over drinks and delicious hors d’ouevres, the Olive Branch for Children held an intimate cocktail event at the Empire Resto Lounge in Yorkville on Thursday evening.  There, founder Deborah McCracken updated the crowd with what has happened over the past year.  The news has been amazing.  One of the projects they are working on is building […]

Tanzania-Based NGO to Hold Two GTA Fundraisers in February

Cynthia Cheng The Olive Branch for Children, Deborah McCracken’s organization which helps people and communities in Tanzania affected by HIV/AIDS, will be holding two fundraising events this month.  The first, a small cocktail event in Yorkville, will be held this February 11 at the Empire Restaurant and Lounge on Cumberland and Bay from 7 pm to […]

Hong Kong Public Transportation

One of the best ways to get around Hong Kong is by its subway system, called the MTR.  It consists of seven rail lines, plus two express lines (one to the airport and the other to Hong Kong Disney) as well as one for light rail.  Lines are diffrentiated by the end stations, rather than […]

Summerlicious starts TODAY!

Foodies all over the city are excited for Summerlicious, which starts today at 150 restaurants across the city.  Like past _____liciouses (Toronto also has Winterlicious, held in February of each year), diners are able to choose from $15, $20 or $35 three-course lunches or $25, $35 or $45 three-course dinners.  Many of the regulars are […]

Fashionably Savvy Naturally Petite

Cynthia Cheng I recently had the opportunity to speak with Sharon (5’0″), Bonita (5’1″)and Cheryl-Anne (5’3″), three sisters who run Naturally Petite, a store in Richmond Hill, Ontario which specializes in the petite woman 5’4″ or shorter and between a size 0 and 18.  The sisters actually do not come from a fashion background – prior to opening the […]

Torontoist Shutting Down

I can’t believe I only found out about this today, but according to this Torontoist post, Gothamist LLC is closing its only Canadian blog, Torontoist, at the end of the month.  The site, which debuted four years ago, details a variety of Toronto-related posts, including transit, restaurants, events and so forth.  Its last posts will go […]