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Top 10 Restaurants in Toronto, 2015

March 6, 2015

Top 10 Restaurants in TorontoWith Spring just around the corner, getting out on the town made us think of our favourite restaurants in Toronto. It’s a mix of those classics you might find on a list like Winterlicious mixed with newer restaurants and cafes. If you’re looking to get out of your furnished apartment in Toronto or try something new at one of Toronto’s many diverse and delicious restaurants, look no further to our comprehensive top 10 restaurants in Toronto. Our list is in no particular order.

1. Bar Isabel. It’s no surprise that this Spanish-inspired restaurant with a Black Hoof twist (owner Grant Van Gameren used to co-own the Black Hoof) is on many top ten lists. We love the chorizo, grilled octopus, and basque cake with sherry cream. Be on the lookout for Van Gameren’s anticipated opening, Bar Raval, this year. Reservations are recommended.

2. Canoe. Canoe remains one of the best restaurants in Canada and a homage to haute Canadian cuisine. It is the perennial place for a special occasion with views of the Toronto Islands and CN Tower to match from the 54th floor of the TD Tower. You’ll be lucky to sit at the chef’s table and interact with Chef John Horne. It is a treat! It is also one of our picks to drink with your fellow corporate executives.

3. Big Crow. Big Crow is the city’s answer to a backyard BBQ, complete with an Algonquin and Canadiana theme year-round (in winter they bring out the blankets and heaters). Chow down with your friends over ribs smothered in pesto sauce, steel-trout poke nachos, and s’more ice cream sandwiches in the summer.

4. Fat Pasha. Another extension of Anthony Rose’s empire (including Big Crow, above), Fat Pasha is your excuse to eat through the MiddleTop 10 Restaurants in Toronto Eastern trend. We love the dips (especially labneh and hummus) and the nutella babka cake. A must if you’re looking to venture out of your usual tastes.

5. The Black Hoof. Since 2008, The Black Hoof has set Toronto on the charcuterie trend and remains the best place for the boards. It has since expanded its menu so you can more adventurous parts of an animal (whether it’s offal or horse) and never fails to impress the tastebuds. We love the staples of charcuterie, bone marrow, and cheese but give the horse tartare a try. Try its intimate cocktail bar across the street, aptly named Cocktail Bar, pre or post meal.

6. Electric Mud BBQ. Owned by Black Hoof alum, Colin Tooke and Ian McGrenaghan, Electric Mud BBQ is their second outpost of the Electric empire (Grand Electric around the corner on Queen West slinging out tacos). Chow down on good ol’ BBQ, bourbon alongside a great soundtrack at picnic tables with your friends. The ribs are classic but we return for the chicken, crack rolls, and $2.50 pints of Great Lakes Beer on Monday nights. They also now deliver. We love a good deal!

7. Origin. Tapas has become one of Toronto’s biggest culinary trends and Origin executes it in an original fashion. The restaurant is so popular it has expanded from its original location at King and Church to Origin North at Bayview and Sheppard (a sophisticated option near our furnished apartments in North York). We love the deviled eggs, tostones and guacamole, hand rolls, miso glazed cod, and dulce de leche. Look for chef Claudio Aprile to expand his repertoire of fresh, global dishes to the Toronto PeTop 10 Restaurants in Torontoarson Airport soon.

8. Eastside Social. One of Leslieville’s newest additions to the neighbourhood, Eastside Social is casual enough to sit and chat with someone at the bar over a dark n stormy yet sophisticated enough for a date. Share their inventive fish charcuterie platter. Their oyster special is every Tuesday and Wednesday.

9. Campagnolo. Our pick for Italian cuisine, chef Craig Harding, continues to deliver the classics that make us feel like it’s okay we can’t hop on a plane at a moment’s notice to Italy. You’ll salivate over his burrata with roasted grapes, spaghetti all’matricana, rabbit saltimbocca, and his famous budino.

10. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen. For the brunch lovers, Mildred’s Temple is large enough to accommodate your group but popular enough for you to be waiting in line even 15 minutes after opening. It’s worth the trek to Liberty Village. If it’s one thing to order it’s those fluffy, blueberry pancakes.

It’s difficult to add our all of our top 10 Restaurants in Toronto (honorary mentions go to Lady Marmalade for brunch, Porchetta & Co. for lunch, and Chantecler for dinner).

What are your favourite restaurants in Toronto? What are the restaurant openings in Toronto you’re looking forward to?

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Things You Should Know About Working in Toronto

March 3, 2015

As Canada’s largest financial center and a population of 2.7 million (and 6 million in the Greater Toronto Area/GTA), Toronto is a vibrant city in which to work and live. This can be illustrated by the number of short term rentals DelSuites has, across the GTA, now currently ranked number one by TripAdvisor in specialty lodging in Toronto and fifth consecutive winner of the Consumer’s Choice Awards in the Furnished Condo Rental category. We have touched upon the quirks of living in the city but here are a few things you should know about working in Toronto.

1. Industries Working in Toronto
The main industries in Toronto are finance, technology, and construction. It is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) and to the third largest concentration of private IT companies after San Francisco and New York. Due to the 2015 Pan Am Games, construction has boomed in the metropolis for building of facilities and condominiums. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the surge in new jobs has been in health care, education, public administration, trades, finance, real estate, insurance, professional services, scientific and technical services, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food services, and information, culture and recreation.

2. Education
According to the World Atlas (2014), Canada is the most educated nation in the world. 51% of the population has tertiary education and most jobs require a post-secondary diploma or degree. Toronto has one of the most prestigious universities in the world, University in Toronto. However, education with co-operative education or practical work-terms are gaining in popularity and success to working in theWorking in Toronto city. Examples include: George Brown College (known for hospitality and culinary arts); Ryerson (known for its media and journalism program); Humber College (known for its Public Relations program) and Sheridan College (known for its animation arts program).

3. Unemployment Rates
As of December, 2014 the unemployment rate is 7.2 percent, according to Statistics Canada. The labour market is very competitive and should you move to the city, it is important to make sure you have savings in case your job hunt takes longer than usual (on average four to five months).

4. A Shift from Full-Time to Part-Time
As part of shifts in the economy, employers are increasingly hiring workers on a part-time or contract basis, according to this report in the Toronto Star.  This helps employers budgets by not paying for extensive benefits or pensions. As a result, many woWorking in Toronto rkers in Toronto have more than one job or are becoming entrepreneurs.

5. Networking
In an urban center like Toronto, where 40% of Canada’s jobs are situated, getting a job here is more about who you know rather than what you know with the competition of skills and education among its workforce. Networking is key, especially at trade conferences in your industry as well as informal meetups according to interest. LinkedIn and social media are also key tools for employers to find you.

To help you with your job search working in Toronto, do check out this section of job boards on the city of Toronto’s website in its Employment and Social Services category.

Etobicoke, Lifestyle talk, Relocation, Toronto Family Travel

Living in Etobicoke Toronto : Nuvo & Parc Nuvo

February 26, 2015

Living in EtobicokeIn the crux between downtown Toronto and Mississauga, not to mention just 15 minutes from the Toronto International Airport, our Etobicoke furnished rentals are conveniently located. Here are a few more reasons why living in Etobicoke Toronto are a great alternative to a hotel for a short-term stay.

1. Your ideal location for the Pan Am Games. The Etobicoke Olympium has recently upgraded its facilities as a training venue for the swimming and waterpolo sports at the games. Our furnished suites in Etobicoke provide close proximity to train. No need to travel more than a half hour from the athletes village near the Distillery District!Living in Etobicoke

2. Award Winning Suites. We don’t have to tell you we are known for our modern suites, and full-service furnished apartments with all of the bells and whistles (including 24 hour security and a satisfaction guarantee policy). People know us for our quality because we won the 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. See what people are saying here. At the Nuvo and Parc Nuvo buildings, you get your choice of one or two bedroom suites in 22 story (Nuvo) and 36 story buildings (Parc Nuvo).

3. Full Service Amenities In addition to fully furnished suites (including ensuite laundry and a fully stocked kitchen), our Nuvo and Parc Nuvo location offer a 24-hour security desk, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, billiards room and state of the art fitness facilities with aerobics programs. Our Nuvo property offers a Billiards Room & Virtual Golf Center, a Card Room with Library, a Party Room with FireLiving in Etobicokeplace, Kitchen & Bar, a Theatre Room, and underground, secured, assigned Parking. Our Parc Nuvo property offers an entertainment lounge with kitchen facilities, a party room with stylish bar, seating lounges, kitchen and private dining room; a boardroom, a billiards & cards room, a theatre room with large screen TV and surround sound; a rooftop terrace with BBQ’s, seating lounge and dining tables, and underground, secured, assigned parking. Both properties are your one-stop shop for entertaining or meetings.

4. Proximity The Nuvo buildings are within walking distance to the Kipling, Go Bus and Train Station (TTC). If you have a family, the suites are close to many schools in the neighbourhood. Major department stores and shopping malls like IKEA, Home Outfitters, Canadian Tire, Sherway Ghttp://www.delsuites.com/suites/parcnuvo-furnished-rental/detail.phpardens, and the Cloverdale Mall are nearby, as are entertainment options like the Cineplex Odeon movie theatre. Don’t forget to check out the variety of activities in diverse Etobicoke here.

5. Pets Allowed! Don’t want to travel without Fido? No problem! By living in Etobicoke in these furnished rentals, you are permitted one pet in your suite. In Phase Two of our Nuvo building you are allowed one cat. A reminder that all pets are to be leashed and carried through the Common Areas of the building at all times.

No matter the reason you are in Etobicoke, our Nuvo and Parc Nuvo properties offer the full-service living experience in the heart of the city. Enjoy your stay!

Fitness and Health, Lifestyle talk, Toronto Family Travel, Vacation Travel

Five New Trends in Travel, 2015

February 20, 2015

TravelIn the past five years, travel has made significant changes. We’re going farther to more adventurous and closed-off destinations; we depend on technology for our travel decisions; we’re focused on making healthier decisions to extend into those when we travel (and airports are taking notice); and we want more for less – when we fly and where we stay. Here are the some new trends in travel that you may see pop-up as the industry continues to change, evolve and make the process easier and more convenient for you, hopefully while keeping the price affordable.

1. Closed-off Countries are Opening Up One of the biggest news items of 2014 was that Cuba and the United States were restoring their relations with each other since the Cold war era. This means that travel restrictions could soon be loosened for Americans on a country that is one of the most popular travel destinations for Canadians. There is no prediction on how this will affect Canadian travel patterns to Cuba but here’s hoping it will be positive (if anything, hopefully, the food options will improve once the embargo is lifted).

Similarly, travelers are flocking to Myanmar since government reforms and the election of Aung San Suu Kyi (an activist of democracy and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient). An untrodden country is now open up to capitalism, so it will be interesting how Myanmar will evolve from these changes. Other countries that were feared by travelers from either politics, religion, or disaster like Iran and Haiti are getting a boost from tour operators like G Adventures as safer and textured places to travel.

2. Airports are getting healthier. Being healthy on the road has been an increasing trend over the past 5 years. Just look to SFO where you can take a yoga new trends in travelclass; and the introduction of a Goodlife fitness location at the Toronto Pearson International Airport (Pearson). At Pearson, healthier and more varied eating options are now available to improve your experience via some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city.

Roger Mooking just opened Twist, which features a comprehensive breakfast menu, a step up from that sausage on an english muffin you were getting from Starbucks for the same price. Freshii is a great grab & go option, which will help you hit the mark for your 5-a-day. For heartier meals -or at the very least, fresh meals try Corso for its pizza (from famed Libretto chef, Rocco Agostino) and Boccone Trattoria Veloce for great Italian food (from Mistura’s Massimo Capra). Also look out for new restaurants coming soon from Chefs Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watch Co.), Susur Lee (Lee, Luckee), and Claudio Aprile (Origin), where you will likely see hearty and healthy fare, global flavours and twists on airport food.

That said, if you want to chow down on a smoked meat sandwich from one of Toronto’s most popular restaurants, there is now a Caplanksy’s in both Terminals 1 and 3. Rejoice!

3. Premium Economy and Better Boarding Practices.
Getting those perks of business class – like more leg room, better meals, privacy dividers, and lounge access – for a price less than business class but slightly higher than economy class, is something travelers are willing to pay for, as reported by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. This is especially true for airlines that offer longer haul flights like Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, Japan Airlines, and New Zealand Air (search for their Skycouch). Just make sure to read the terms and conditions for refund policies (which are much more lenient in business and first class).

Boeing has recognized the increased need for better bins for carry-on luggage and has created Space Bins for its 737s. They feature more room for carry-ons (up to 174 bags, almost a 50% increase from its current capacity) and are now lower so it’s easier to hoist your bag up into the bin. Hopefully, it will be this trend and not “Carryon Shame” that people will discuss this year (which has its own twitter account).

new trends in travel4. The Accommodations Rental. Alternatives to hotels are getting more popular as travelers want to be situated in local areas but have the amenities and decor of a hotel room. With DelSuites, you’re in luck! Not only are our furnished apartments and suites situated across the GTA in central locations to get the best of a local experience but they are also have modern interiors and extras like stocked kitchens (plates, cutlery, cleaning supplies) and laundry facilities. Many of our properties also have state-of-the-art fitness facilities and some will have a pool (like our rooftop pool at 300 Front Street East across from the CBC. A full review is here). If you are in Toronto, it’s the ideal solution for a short-term or a long-term stay.

5. Giving back and back to nature.
According to the Deloitte Hospitality 2015 report (source: Responsible Travel) 95% of business travelers surveyed believe the hotel industry should be undertaking ‘green’ initiatives.

Awareness of sustainability is also influencing trip decisions to destinations where you can volunteer like Haiti or New Orleans. Travelers now want to unplug to new trends in traveldestinations where they can’t acess their wifi. National and State parks are a big trend in North America. Instead of big cities (where half of the world’s population lives), think of that road trip to the Redwoods National Forest in California, Oregon’s coast, hiking Machu Pichu, or walking along the Trans Canada trail in our home and native land. Closer to home, we have one of the most majestic parks, Algonquin Park.

Companies like Pack for a Purpose encourages guests to bring essential items to local communities who have development goals in their partnership with hotels. As a business traveler, this is a simple and small thing you can do to help developing cities and nations.

What are the biggest new trends in travel you think will happen for 2015?

Lifestyle talk, Markham

Welcome to Circa’s Furnished Rentals in Markham

February 18, 2015

Furnished Rentals in MarkhamLocated right along Highways 7, 407, and 404, Markham is a spacious city which is a great place to reside and a great place to raise a family. If you are looking to reside in Markham, whether it’s a short term rental, or for a long-term stay in Toronto’s GTA, here are a few of the amenities our Circa property offers.

1. Close proximity in the City of Markham. In addition to being close to Toronto’s major highways, the Circa furnished rentals in Markham are also in close distance to the GO station and York regioFurnished Rentals In Markhamn transit. For those who have families, babysitting services, local parks (like the Too Good Pond) are right across the street, and community centres are nearby. We have previously discussed a number of great things to do in Markham, including the array of Chinese food options in the city, shopping at both Markville Mall and Pacific Mall, and historic Unionville.

2. Award Winning Apartments for Rent in Markham. We don’t have to tell you we are known for our modern suites, and full-service furnished apartments with all of the bells and whistles (including 24 hour security and a satisfaction guarantee policy). People know us for our quality because we won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

3. A FantastiFurnished Rentals in Markhamc Fitness Centre. When you stay at the Circa, you’ll save on expensive gym fees in the city. In addition to a modern gym, there is an indoor pool and whirlpool as well as a sauna and change rooms. Each member of a registered suite can bring two guests to the pool. This amenity will save you time and money. It’s all right here!

4. Pets Allowed! Don’t want to travel without Fido? No problem! You are permitted one pet in your furnished rentalsFurnished Rentals in Markham in markham. A reminder that all pets are to be leashed and carried through the Common Areas of the building at all times.

5. Parking. Save the fee and hassle of street parking, as it is included in your suite rate! As per our policy, additional parking is available upon request and additional charges may apply. Please note that the clearance of the parking garage is 6 feet.

No matter the reason you are in Markham, our Circa property offers the full-service experience in the heart of the city. Enjoy your stay!