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Trawna

A travel journal to Toronto by Slack

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Trawna

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Overview

Moose in the City Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto is a rich and diverse city that has the propensity to delight the personal or business traveller no matter how long the stay. Many things to see and do, active theatre and nightlife, a wonderful district diversity and funky or fine dining. Whatever you're looking for can be found in 'Toronto the Good'.Quick Tips: Toronto had good city planning engineers in that there's a little trick to figuring out which way you want to go (that some Torontonians don't even recognise). Numbering for all east/west streets in Toronto start at the point closest to Yonge Street (the longest street in the world) and move away, while the numbering for north/south streets start at the lake and move north. ...Read More

Rosewater Supper Club

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Restaurant | "The Rosewater"

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Located in the heart of the financial district, the Rosewater, open only six-and-a-half years, has been touted as Toronto's quitessential dining experience. The building at 19 Toronto Street is a designated historical building, that was built in the mid-1800s as a commercial bank. Most of the original architectural elements still remain--the 22-foot ceilings in the main dining room are adorned with extensive moldings that give a decadent feel to the room. Cleverly, contemporary elements, such as a three-story mosaic waterfall, iron curtains, rotating glass doors inset with stainless steel, and horn vases holding fresh-cut roses have been added to the space to give the history a modern twist. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2003

Rosewater Supper Club
19 Toronto Street
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2R1
(416) 214 5888

7 West

Restaurant

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An absolutely fabulous little place to go for an early evening light dinner, a late evening quiet drink, or a late night desert and coffee, 7 West has often been voted the best cafe in the city, partially because of it's lovely interior design and friendly staff, but it's patrons also cherish its late hours,(open Until 4 AM)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

7 West
7 West Charles Street
Toronto, Ontario

Squirrelly's

Restaurant | "Squirrely's"

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A trendy and fun, although little restaurant on Queen West, Squirrely's has a surprisingly diverse and yummy menu for it's size as well as about a dozen types of Draft on tap. The Funfur covered menus give just enough reminder of what neighbourhood you've found yourself in.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Squirrelly's
810 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario

Future Bakery & Cafe-annex

Restaurant | "Future's Bakery"

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Always packed to the gills in Toronto's boho neighborhood, Future's has an outdoor patio, part of which is heated in the winter and a large indoor seating area. Deserts and coffee are good, if pricey and an example of the gentrification of the neighbourhood. No Smoking permitted inside.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Future Bakery & Cafe-annex
483 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y2
(416) 922-5875

Queen Mother Cafe

Restaurant | "Queen Mother"

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A bustling little restaunt on Queen Street West and a Toronto institution. The Queen Mum's got an excellent menu and a good wine list.

It's casual and friendly and fun, seats about 100 and has a lovely enclosed patio out back which fills up fast during the summer months. The Ping Gai is (in my opinion) the best dish on the menu - best to avoid the dinner/pre theatre rush.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Queen Mother Cafe
208 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z2
(416) 598-4719

Oja

Restaurant

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One of my favorite places to catch dinner - especially when I'm under the weather, Oja is much less busy than the Spring Rolls Restauraunts it's sandwiched between, and a better deal to boot. They have a pan-Asian menu, modest prices, a friendly staff, and a Thai Noodle Soup that will get even the sniffliest Torontonian feeling better in no time. Edited in 2005:
In 2004, Oja revamped its menu and while it still provides a wide array of excellent Asian dishes (Korean, Thai, Chinese, Japanese) for absolutely excellent prices it has sadly discontinued its Thai Noodle Soup, much to the disappointment and despair of yours truly.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Oja
689 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 944-8371

Cafe Volo

Restaurant

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A great date spot, especially considering that it is a short walk to three movie theatres (Uptown, Varsity, Carlton) and has a funky, young atmosphere with good southern italian food, good wine, good specialty coffee and an outside patio for Yonge Street people-watching in the summer.

Also suitable for lunch or the single diner, Cafe Volo seems pretty amenable to lingering customers outside of peak dining hours. I'd heartily recommend their bruschetta and Pollo Limone.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Cafe Volo
Yonge and Irwin
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 928-0008

Canoe

Restaurant

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With a view second only to the 360 Restaurant on the top of the CN Tower, Canoe is located on the 54th (top) floor of the Toronto Dominion Building in the heart of the Business District. On a clear night, such as the one we were fortunate enough to visit on, the city is a blanket of lights and movement; the dining experience is deliciously enhanced by the feeling of being a breathing, noshing part of the vibrant Toronto skyline. My group of six capitalized on the Summerlicious '03 festivities to celebrate a birthday among us. Summerlicious was a Toronto-wide dining promotion that offered prix fixe menus for $30 pp in some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Canoe did not disappoint. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2003

Canoe
66 Wellington Street West, 54th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 364-0054

Tundra

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Restaurant

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Also as part of our 2003 Summerlicious foray into some of Toronto's best dining offerings, we headed out on a rainy July night to Tundra, located on Richmond Street, as part of the Toronto Hilton. Touting itself as a quintessentially Canadian dining experience, we were probably anticipating the restaurant itself even more than the food as we had heard and read much about the II by IV decor, which claimed to take its design cues from the Canadian wilderness. This turned out to be a little disappointing. Although it has interesting lines and a good use of light (for the most part), the emphasis seemed to be on the sometimes unforgiving nature of the Canadian landscape and not on the expanse, the w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2003

Tundra
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 860-6800

Boba

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Restaurant

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A Yorkville institution since 1978, Boba is a charming and stylish restaurant housed in a historical brick house two blocks north of Bloor on Avenue Road. My family and I were fortunate enough to snatch up reservations during the 2005 Winterlicious celebration, in which Toronto restaurants offer prix-fixe menus at a reduced rate to stimulate tourism and celebrate the diverse nature of the city. Going to Boba during Winterlicious lends a hint to the kind of restaurant that Boba is. Whereas many participating venues offer a tight host's table, Boba offered a diverse selection, as well as daily additions and variations to expand the value and enjoyment of the experience, making it clear that the re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Boba
90 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 961-2622

Sage Cafe & Catering

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Restaurant | "Sage"

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Although Sage has a slick modern design, a very good menu, and a beautiful patio for summertime dining, its location seems to limit its success. Located at 1033 Bay St., it’s too far south to draw the Yorkville crowd and too far north to draw the financial crowd. This makes it a good place to eat on a very busy night (i.e. during the film festival), especially for those staying at the Sutton Place Hotel, which is just a block south. It may never compete with the sheer Hollywood-ish hype of Bistro 990, but it does offer some intriguing prix-fixe, four-course menus in the range of $40 and a solid wine list. A group of friends and I had the pleasure of trying Sage during Winterlicious 2005. The foo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Sage Cafe & Catering
166 McCaul St
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W4
+1 416 340 7345

Gypsy Co-op & The Hooch

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Attraction | "Gypsy Co-op & The Hooch"

Gypsy Co-op & The Hooch Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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In a word? Ecclectic. The Gypsys Co-Op is a restaurant and tea house Downtown Food is excellent, though the dining area tends to get and stay busy after around six o'clock. The tea room comes with a menu of house blends and international tea made properly, loose with a strainer. A full candy counter allows the candy connoisseur a full selection of hard to find things. Tarot card readers and in-house psychics are often available. Perhaps the best feature of the Co-op is it's upstairs dance hall upstairs. The Hooch, as it is called features swing dance/Lindy Hop lessons. Call 416-703-5069 for details. Quite the experience. See the Gypsy's menu at: http://www.themenud...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2000

Gypsy Co-op & The Hooch
815 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 703-5069

Palais Royale Ballroom

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Attraction

Palais Royale Ballroom Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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The legendary Palais Royale opened in 1922. It is Canada's only remaining original ballroom with a cantilever - sprung hardwood dance floor. During the 30's and 40's, 1000 young people danced at the Palais Royale, six nights a week - dancing was not permitted on Sundays. In 1932, admission was 10 cents (worth $2.50 today), and each dance cost 5 cents. A dance lasted about 3 minutes. In 1933, 3000 people danced to Eddie Duchin's Park Central Orchestra from New York. There was continuous dance music. When the big band took a break, a small band would play at the opposite end of the ballroom. At first, authentic swing jazz dancing -- breakaways, trucking, the jitterbug, and the lindy hop,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2000

Palais Royale Ballroom
1601 Lakeshore Boulevard W., 532-6210
Toronto, Ontario

CN Tower

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Attraction

CN Tower Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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No Toronto travel journal is complete without mention of the C.N. Tower. As the tallest freestanding structure in the world, you have to be amazed when it can be viewed from any vantage point in Toronto. Some see it as quite phallic in shape--it is quite a piece of work. 1,815 feet high, it was built in 1976 by Canadian national railways and its initial purpose was to be a carrier for television and radio signals. Very recently redeveloped, the C.N. tower now boasts many new attractions than just the flight to the skypod. But it is worth the trip up. Overlooking the entire city, the sky pod features a glass floor 180 meters off the ground and of course, the infamous glass sided elevat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2000

CN Tower
301 Front St West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
(416) 868-6937

James Joyce Irish Pub

Attraction | "James Joyce Pub"

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A good little Irish pub, the James Joyce can get a little over crowded at times, and the reason for it's overcrowding will make or break your night. When overflowing as a pub/sports watching night from the local university it's to be avoided, however the nights where live Celtic music is being played are a blast. The Joyce serves up traditional pub fare like fish and chips or Guinness stew with a wide selection of imported draughts. Play pool while listening to Irish and Celtic Canadian live music nightly at 10.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

James Joyce Irish Pub
386 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 324-9400

High Park

Attraction

High Park Photo, Toronto, Ontario
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A huge and sprawling park (164 hectares/398.5 acres) containing three life zones (Carolinian forest, Tall-Grass Savannah and Boreal Mixed), High Park is a beautiful place to walk, wildlife spot or bike ride. It is also home in summer to the Canadian Stage Company's Dream in High Park. Although the reviews for the plays have been less exhuberent in recent years, the Canadian Stage earned a reputation for its early renditions of Shakespeare in the open air. Funny enough, land of the park, and the historical state home, Colborne Lodge, which are now considered to be part of Downtown West, was originally purchased in the mid 1800's by John George Howard, a Toronto Architect, who intended to build a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

High Park
1873 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
+1 416 392 1111

Rex Jazz and Blues Bar

Attraction | "T Rex"

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T Rex, which used to be called the Rex Hotel and was a favorite spot for the downtown liquid lunch crowd, has grown over the last twenty years into one of Toronto's most ecclectic and popular jazz venues.

A launching spot for local artists and a visiting stage for international ones, the T Rex never has a dark night, usually averaging two sets on weekdays, three on weekends. Although their drinks can get a mite expensive, they're well worth the funky atmosphere and auditory pleasures. There's a heck of a lot of variety on tap.

Get there early; the place is brimming by 9:00.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Rex Jazz and Blues Bar
194 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1Z1
+1 416 598 2475

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Every year, more than 100 restaurants in Toronto participate in Winterlicious and Summerlicious. In these two 14-day festivals, mid- and upscale restaurants in Toronto offer special prix-fixe menus for lunch ($10 or $20) and dinner ($20 or $30). Some restaurants also offer VQA-selection wine lists at special prices to encourage sampling and expand the experience. With a growing participation rate year after year, on behalf of both the restaurants and the diners, this festival gets better every time it comes around. However, some of the more in-demand establishments (ex. Truffles, Rosewater, all of the Oliver Bonacini locations) become very difficult to book after the first date (or in the Americ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Summerlicious and Winterlicious
All over the city
Toronto, Ontario