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 […]

TTC Apologizes, but it's NOT ENOUGH!

Cynthia Cheng According to the Toronto Star, the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is apologizing for the so-called “missteps” of the past little while.  They are apparently going to increase the number of fare machines, improve customer service, install better microphones at fare booths among other things (including overhauling and retraining staff – training is definitely […]

Toronto's Transit is OLD SCHOOL!

We all know it.  The 416’s transit system is way behind the times, even of the surrounding 905 suburbs.  Yet, right now, all we can do is sit around and complain – because the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) people are doing nothing about it.  Instead, all they say is that they “don’t have the money.” […]

Best Dragon Seafood Cuisine

Cynthia Cheng Just north of the 416 border is perhaps one of York Region’s hidden gems.  Best Dragon Seafood Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant located in a mall on 100 Steeles Avenue West, serves traditional Cantonese fare in a unique fashion.  Some of their banquet/set dinner dishes aren’t found anywhere else, and a lot of thought […]

Fire & Ice: Great Stir-Frys but Icy Salads and Desserts

Cynthia Cheng When one thinks of a stir-fry bar, one generally sees fast food. However, nothing can be further than the truth at Fire & Ice. Located off of Highway 404 and Highway 7 in Markham, this restaurant is different. It marries the typical stir-fry bar with traditional sit-down service. Like a regular restaurant, customers […]