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LOCAL FEATURE: The Blake House

Location: 449 Jarvis St  Toronto http://www.theblakehouse.ca Open only three months, one of the last standing heritage structures (built in 1891) in Toronto  has been converted into a restaurant called The Blake House (previously, The Red Lion). One of the three owners and brothers, Jim Vasilakakos sat down and chatted with us as well.  He described … Continue reading

Frugal Fare #6: The Banknote

Location: 663 King Street West, Toronto The Banknote is one of those work-lunch and after-work dinner/drinks places serving up burger & beer type meals in a bank setting.  Yes, aptly named The Banknote, as it used to a bank, they still have the ol’ vault in the back and teller booths.  If that ambiance doesn’t suit you, there’s always their cosy patio on … Continue reading

Grand Opening: Compass Lakeside Grill & Lounge

Location: 2340 Ontario Street, Oakville So I was invited to attend the VIP Grand Opening of the latest waterfront resto in Bronte’s Harbour:  Compass Lakeside Grill & Lounge. When we arrived just after 8pm, Compass was out of food so I can’t make any judgments on that however I can comment on the drinks and … Continue reading

Bar Volo

Location: 587 Yonge Street, Toronto There’s cosy, then there’s cramped! Granted, it’s not meant for large groups, but they certainly have a small bar considering 50% of its name is BAR.   I do love the variety of beers though, although it’s not too enjoyable drinking standing up crammed between the bar and a few stools. … Continue reading

Bar Wellington

Location: 520 Wellington St W, Toronto Oh, Bar Wellie, how you’ve changed. Okay, not to be quite so dramatic, but we really had some good times Bar Wellie and I. Once upon a time, when the service was nice and friendly, and I had my first taste of Leffe beer. Let me tell you, it … Continue reading

Moxie’s, Yorkdale Mall

Location: Yorkdale Mall, 1 Yorkdale Road, Toronto Moxie’s has the lowest lighting possible, which is really no excuse for bad photos, and these really are the worst pics ever, so I’ll just leave you to them whilst I turn away.

Harbour Sports Grille

Location: 10 Yonge St., Toronto http://www.harboursportsgrille.com Fish n’ Chips…………..check. Beer………………..check. TVs………………..check. Random pasta dish………….check. Can’t ask for more from Harbour Sports Grille.

TRAVEL: Banff: The Maple Leaf

Location: 137 Banff Avenue Banff, AB http://www.banffmapleleaf.com After a two hour trek across Lake Louise and back to the Chateau and by the time we reached Banff, we were riddled with cravings for salmon (or really, anything other than sandwiches and soups), so we headed straight to The Maple Leaf, number one on my list of Banff eateries. Also, … Continue reading

Red Room

Location: 444 Spadina Avenue, Toronto Cost: $7-10 for an entree Ah, the Red Room….takes me back to my university days…when “dining out” meant spending less than $5. An item on the eclectic menu will set you back about $7 – 10 and the portions are decent enough to split when you order a few items. … Continue reading

Hemmingways

Location: 140 Cumberland Street, Toronto Cost: Avg main is $13 http://www.hemingways.to In the heart of Yorkville there’s a cosy little people (or celeb) -watching pub that has the likeness of some Great-Grandfather’s study. Green walls, heavy bookcases laden with old books, equestrian oil paintings lit up with dimmed wall sconces, antique wooden furniture dusty with … Continue reading

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