DazzlingCafeInterior2

Originally from Taiwan, Dazzling Café North York, also known as Dazzling Café Pearl, is the second Dazzling Café to open in Canada. The Toronto location follows the Vancouver location opening just by one week. The restaurant has recently extended their hours to serve lunch from 11:30am.   Each Dazzling Café around the world has its own colour theme, while staying true to the brand’s key elements such as the bunny ear chairs and other featured furniture and décor. The color theme for the North York location is pink and grey, chosen by the Shini, the owner. This location also boasts a large space, with aRead More →

Han Ba Tang Interior

Han Ba Tang is known for Korean fusion tapas, and this year they are offering a multi-course Valentine’s menu once again! Couples will be served a 4-course menu with choice of entrée, and since last year was such a success, they are offering the Valentine’s menu from Feb 12-15 instead of only on the 14th for $35/person. We had the pleasure of trying this menu in advance and also meeting Chae, the owner, and her head chef JJ Shin to learn more about the concept. JJ had just returned from an internship in Korea at a 2 Michelin star restaurant before putting together this menu, soRead More →

Shoko Chocolate Heart

In preparation for Valentine’s day, we were invited by Good Food Toronto to participate in a chocolate decorating event to make our own Valentine’s (or un-Valentine’s) chocolate hearts. The event was hosted by Goûter Patisserie, Boulangerie & Chocolaterie and Shoko Chocolates. We were greeted by Rodney Alleguede, owner of Gouter and Royce Li, owner of Shoko Chocolates.  All the pastries, breads, ice cream and chocolates are made in house at Gouter and are beautifully displayed in their small storefront. Shoko has partnered with Gouter and sells many of their chocolate products in the Gouter location. Rodney and Royce led us downstairs through two floors of kitchens –Read More →

Via Cibo Exterior

Clean, modern decor and an open kitchen. We walked into Via Cibo smelling Italian food wafting in the air. Via Cibo is about authentic Italian food, and their open kitchen invites you to share in the experience. We were invited by Good Food Toronto for a tasting to find out what Via Cibo is about. We were seated at their high marble table in the center of the restaurant and was greeted by the general manager, David. He highlighted some of the seasonal specials with us, and we proceeded to put in our order at the cashier. Via Cibo is a fast casual restaurant, which meansRead More →

Korean fusion is all the hype these days and Han Ba Tang is one place that does it well. Han Ba Tang, meaning “one full round” in Korean, seems like a small and inconspicuous restaurant from the outside, but is full of character on the inside. The restaurant decor is unique and has a relaxed feel, where you can sit and enjoy drinks and snacks for hours. We were introduced to Chae, the owner of the restaurant who was super sweet and welcoming. Chae had a vision to open a restaurant that showcases authentic Korean food with beautiful presentation, especially to those who haven’t triedRead More →