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?  […]

Dessert Trends Prix Fixe Dinner

Cynthia Cheng I last reviewed Dessert Trends Bistro as a brunch/lunch place last month and skipped over the dessert.  I recently returned to the restaurant for dinner to try their prix fixe menu.  The meal, which costs either $25 or $35, depending on the main course one orders, actually has a much larger selection than any similar […]

It’s Not Just Sweets at Dessert Trends’ DT Bistro

Cynthia Cheng Located on Harbord Street, between Spadina and Bathurst is the DT Bistro, the restaurant that sweets shop, Dessert Trends operates.  Offering much more than just desserts, this restaurant is an ideal place for a nice, weekend brunch.  At my last visit, I ordered a lemon dill egg scramble with cheddar cheese served over […]

Chimichanga Yorkville Now Open

Cynthia Cheng   Chimichanga Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar has opened its second Toronto location in Yorkville recently.  Though the location can be hard to find (it’s located at the lower level and can be easily missed without a sandwich board on the sidewalk).  My fiance and I went to the restaurant to test it […]

Macanese Cuisine: A Blend of East and West

Cynthia Cheng “Portuguese” Chicken Macanese Fried Rice Macanese food, like Macau itself, is a mix of east and west.  During trip to Hong Kong, we were able to escape over to what many people consider the “Vegas of the East” on a day trip.  Though actual gambling in the casinos was not part of the […]

Almost Time For Winterlicious 2010!

Cynthia Cheng Winterlicious (January 29 to February 11) is almost upon us.  Menus and participating restuarants have been available online for about two weeks, and now and will be taking reservations from the general public starting on January 14.  Prices are $15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $25, $35 or $45 for dinner.  Many old […]

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 […]

The Peak: A Gorgeous View High Up in Hong Kong

 Home to Hong Kong’s old society, complete with a gorgeous, high-up view of the region, The Peak (more formally known as Victoria Peak or Mount Austin), until the middle of the twentieth century, restricted only to the expat communities from Britain.  Things, of course, have since changed, and today, not only are home owners locals, […]

Culture Shock? Nope, Not Really!

  Many first timers to Hong Kong come here to expect a huge culture shock.  These people, especially ones from more larger, urban centres are often pleasantly surprised to find out that this isn’t really the case.   Hong Kong’s culture in 2009 is quite westernized, likely due to habit, modernization and its colonial past (i.e. the exotic, […]

Majestic Mountains: Red Mountain Resort & Spa

Lynn Burshtein If happiness were a colour, it would be the colour of Red Mountain – more specifically the russet-hued rocks located in St. George, Utah on the northeastern tip of the Mojave Desert. Its epic scenery surely makes this one of the more picturesque places on earth. Indeed, it is as if the area […]