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The Top Vegan Restaurants Toronto

May 6, 2016

Vegan Restaurants TorontoSometimes vegans can find it difficult to discover a great place to eat, as their options are usually quite limited. However, in the city of Toronto animal-free living is becoming more popular and more and more excellent vegan restaurants Toronto are springing up. There are many great establishments that serve food so delicious that you won’t even notice anything missing. Here are a few of the best vegan restaurants that Toronto has to offer:

Howtown Vegan

If you miss those classic meaty comfort food staples, this is the best spot to enjoy satisfying dishes such as vegan chicken and waffles and mac and cheese. They taste just as good as the original but no animals were harmed in the making of these nostalgic and filling dishes.Vegan Restaurants Toronto

Khao San Road

One of the best Thai food restaurants in Toronto, this spot has a dedicated vegan menu that is complete with curries, garlic tofu, squash fritters and vegan pad Thai. The food is fresh, fragrant, spicy, flavourful and exciting, bringing you the authentic flavours of Thai cuisine.

The Urban Herbivore

This restaurant focuses on serving fresh, simple and delicious vegan fare. The portion sizes are huge and they always use high quality tasty ingredients. It’s also a great spot to grab a quick lunch in the city, as they offer a great selection of sandwiches and baked goods.

Live Organic Food Bar

Live is an all raw vegan restaurant that serves up food that is animal-product-free and totally fresh and uncooked. For example, one of the most popular dishes is the Live It Up Lasagne which is made with raw zucchini noodles, basil pesto, cashew ricotta cheese, garden veggies, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and marinara sauce. Check it out for meals that arVegan Restaurants Torontoe as healthy as they are delicious.

One Love Vegetarian

This colourful take-away offers vegan and vegetarian food with a Caribbean twist. It started off as a soup kiosk in the World Café at the Harbourfront Centre food court and its popularity has allowed it to grow into a restaurant of its own. Try the spicy Jamaican pumpkin and pea soup, the caramelized plantain or the basmati rice and lentils.

Bolt Fresh Bar

Vegan Restaurants Toronto

Vegan Restaurants Toronto

This restaurant offers a range of healthy options, including grain bowls, salads, smoothies and juices. Everything is juicy and prepared fresh

and all of the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. Try the delicious and filling tofu, avocado, kale, quinoa and carrot bowl. When you want a lunch that will leave you feeling nourished and energized – this is the perfect place to stop.

These are just a few examples of the best vegan restaurants Toronto, so you can enjoy a delicious meat free meal. With the vegan lifestyle becoming even more popular there is no doubt that Toronto will have even more great vegan and vegetarian food options available in the future.

Business Travel, Downtown Toronto, Lifestyle talk

The Best Cafes to Get Work Done in Toronto

April 20, 2016

Cafes to get work done in TorontoPerhaps you are visiting Toronto on business and want to get work done during your stay – or maybe you are looking for a cozy place where you can write on your blog or work on your novel. No matter what you are working on – a comfortable and welcoming café can be a great place to use as an office on the go. You’ll have an endless supply of coffee, a pleasant environment to work in and strong and steady Wi-Fi connection.

The great thing is that it offers a great selection of coffee shops and cafes to get work done in Toronto. Here are a few of the best options:

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

The interior of the Dark Horse Espresso Bar is sleek and modern and the long tables are ideal for group projects. The Wifi is strong, Cafes to get work done in Torontothe coffee is great and you can find a spot to settle all day long with your computer and a latte so that you can get plenty of work done.

Red Rocket

Working at Red Rocket feels like you are hanging out in the living room of your cool best friend. Awesome music is playing, the seats are comfy and the snacks are delicious. Try the Nutella sandwich cookie – which will keep you going through all of the work you need to do while you are staying in Toronto.

Early Bird Espresso

If you want to get some work done early in the morning, head to this welcoming café that serves up delicious brews while most people are still asleep. Early Bird Espresso is the perfect morning person’s retreat, with fast Wi-Fi and spacious and chic surroundings.

R- SquaredCafes to get work done in Toronto

Café R-Squared is located near Queen and Palmerston and it is one of many cafes to get work done in Toronto. The café is filled with natural light and it has plenty of seating. Also, they serve a number of excellent meals including soup and sandwiches if you get hungry while you are working.

Balzacs

This fantastic café was set up within the newly renovated Image Arts building on the campus of Ryerson University. It has an excellent view out onto Gould Street and it is fantastic for getting work done. It is a popular place for students to do their project meetings and emergency cramming for exams.

Seven Grams Espresso BarCafes to get work done in Toronto

This coffee shop has an excellent location in the heart of Yorkville, with several lovely comfortable couches and cushions. The cozy space is perfect for curling up by the fireplace with a latte and a good book or setting up your laptop and getting some work done. Try the tasty Pilot Coffee, a superb cup made with locally-roasted beans.

These are just a few of the best cafes to get work done in Toronto, so that you can type away on your laptop in peace and comfort and keep your brain energized with delicious coffee.

In addition, why not check out some of our other favorite top Coffee Shops in Toronto?

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Toronto Neighbourhood Guide: Distillery District

November 11, 2015
Distillery District

Photo Credit: Alonso Inostrosa Psijas

The Distillery District, a national historic site in Toronto, is a neighbourhood and village of its own, a distinctly unique area in the city, just east of Old Town (King East) and south of Corktown. It’s a great mini-escape from the hustle of downtown Toronto and outside of our downtown properties while still being in the downtown area. Though it’s much quieter during the weekdays instead of the weekends, it’s a lovely way to explore more of the city, get connected to its roots, and escape the hustle of downtown. Here are our favourite places and events to explore the Distillery District.

Distillery District

Photo Credit: Tasting Toronto

1. El Catrin
As one of our top patio picks in Toronto, El Catrin’s bright outdoor display is one you can’t miss in The Distillery. Sun yourself alongside a margarita amongst the bright yellow lamps on the heated patio or stay awhile under the large scale murals and comfy benches inside over Mexican inspired fare. It’s our pick for a date in the area.

2. SOMA Chocolate
SOMA has been known as the best chocolate maker in the city and it’s a treat to visit its original location in the distillery (just past El Catrin). Taste test a truffle (or ten), savour the gelato, or sip on SOMA’s famous drinking chocolate on the back wooden stairs. At this location, you can also watch the chocolate-making process through the glass windows. Of course, this is one of the best places to get a “Made in Toronto” gift. Closer to our downtown locations is SOMA’s second King Street location.

3. Events Year round, The Distillery District provides ambiance with its open area in the main square for performances among its cobblestones and unmarked green doors. Stroll for fresh produce and other made in Ontario products at the Sunday Summer Market; Lounge in the main square during the numerous festivals like the TD Jazz Fest; Art Fest is a more unique festival in September; and the most famous event–rounding out the end of the year– is the Toronto Christmas Market, ideal to find unique gifts and warm up under the fire with some mulled wine.

4. Pikto When is the last time you pDistillery Districtrinted a photo? Professional services still exist and Pikto is the place where photography enthusiasts and the pros get their prints and photobooks done. Peruse the photobooks, sign up or inquire about a photography workshop, or even print your instagram photos.

5. Soulpepper Theatre Though the Distillery is known for its art galleries, tucked in the back of the district on the east side, you’ll find this treasure trove of a theatre. Watch a new play or check out their concert series when in season. The theatre is a strong supporter of youth and has many free programs and initiatives in this area (great for your child who has a creative or dramatic streak).

There are so many other reasons to visit the Distillery District. Not too far from your furnished suite in Toronto, we hope that you check out the Distillery when you are in Toronto. What is your favourite thing in or about the Distillery District?

Business Travel, Downtown Toronto, Food & Recipes, Holiday Events, Lifestyle talk

Best Restaurants for Groups in Toronto

October 22, 2015

Group DinnerThough we think that the best place to have a group dinner is at your furnished apartment rental in Toronto, sometimes, it’s nice to take your friends out to a meal.  The trouble can be finding a restaurant that caters to large groups or groups, in general. Here are our top five restaurants for groups in Toronto. Also ideal for small work holiday dinner parties and team outings.

1. Momofuku Daisho. It can be difficult to find fine dining for a large group and Daisho excels in that. One of the three restaurants at Momofuku in the Shangri-la Hotel (close to your short or long term rental apartment or suite), Daisho specializes in large format menus with a niche in one item. (You can also order off the a la carte menu for more variety). If you want to celebrate a special occasion with 10 people, this is the place. Reservations are required.Restaurants for Groups in Toronto

2. Bestellen. If you want a casual atmosphere but upscale dining experience, Bestellen is a good bet and known to serve menus for groups. You can get a whole roasted suckling pig with all of the fixings, for a minimum of 8 people (and you must give 72 hours notice); or you can choose between a 3 and 5 course tasting menu. A Sunday night chicken dinner is another option for $25 per person. A great option in the Dufferin Grove/College area.

3. Wvrst. Located in the heart of the King Street West district and a short walk from our downtown short and long term rental properties, the modern beer hall is a casual stop, whether it’s after a baseball game or if you want to socialize late into the night over long, picnic-style benches. Various types of sausage are on offer as is a curated selection of craft beers. Don’t forget those duck fat fries!

Restaurants for Groups in Toronto4. The Sultan’s Tent. Transport yourself to the souks of Marrakech at this Moroccan restaurant. One of many ideal restaurants for groups in Toronto, every table is inside a tent, and on weekends, you have a choice of a 3 course prix-fixe menu. The highlight of the meal will be to test out your dance moves with the belly dancers who dance for and with you in the evening! This is a popular choice for bachelorette parties on the weekend.

5. Far Niente. Located in the heart of the Financial District, this is a great choice for a business lunch or dinner. Choose from two different lunch menus or three dinner menus. Don’t overlook their extensive wine cellar if you want an accompaniment to your meal.

What is your favourite place or recommendation for a restaurant for a group in Toronto?

Family Vacations in Toronto, Lifestyle talk, Toronto Family Travel

After School Activities for Kids

September 18, 2015

After School Activities There is a window of time between when your children return from school and when dinner is served during which your little ones might find themselves a little bored and restless. You could hypnotise them with the television, but why not get them involved in some fun interactive activities instead? They can have some fun and blow off some steam before they start on their homework.

Here are some fun after school activities for your kids:

Recycle Objects
Try taking something from the recycle bin and challenging your child to turn it into something else. For example, a cardboard cereal box can turn into a mask or a paper towel roll can become a musical instrument. It’s a creative challenge that will really get their imagination going.

Drawing with Sidewalk Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is a lot of fun and it’s a great activity to do with your kids after work. You can draw pictures, write yoafter school activitiesur names or even practice homework math problems. Or, draw a hopscotch court and play a few rounds of this simple hopping game.

Playing Board Games
Board games can be a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy together and there are a range of different board games that you can play, from Monopoly to the Game of Life to Snakes and Ladders. Board games are great for kids because they are a way for children to develop their focus and attention. They also teach the value of rules and fair play so that your child can learn to be a good loser or a humble winner.

Do Something Nice for Someone
Why not make a Get Well card for an ill neighbour, bake cookies for a friend, help an elderly relative clean their driveway or volunteer somewhere? You could gather together old clothes or non-perishable foods and make a donation to your local charity shop or homeless shelter. Doing something kind for someone feels great and is a good way to teach your child the value of thinking of others and being nice.

After School Activities Play Dress Up
Get out all of the costumes, dresses, scarves and hats you can find and play dress up! Let your imaginations run wild and pretend that you are pirates, princesses, kings, queens and witches. You can even make up songs, dances and funny voices for the characters that you create.

Freeze Dance
This is a fun and energetic game that kids of all ages can play. Start by putting on a great song and letting everyone dance around for a while. When your young dancers are getting into it, pause the music. Everyone must stop dancing and freeze instantly – anyone who moves or falls over is out of the game. The winner is the last dancer to be eliminated.

These are just a few fun things that you can do after school with your kids which will not only keep them busy but will also educate, entertain and inspire them. What is your child’s favourite after school activity?