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Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival [September 18-20]

Formerly known as the Delicious Food Show, the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival will be taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works on September 18-20, 2015. During these three days, you’ll be able to experience dishes from the best culinary talents in Toronto and the amazing food scene. 130 stations of local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be highlighted at the Grand Tasting Pavilion, so remember to stop by! Read More »

Odin Cafe

Odin Café

The café is popular among Instagrammers (#igerstoronto) for its iconic waffle wall/wavy grid shelf. Odin sits near the intersection where King and Queen Street come together on the east side of the city. High ceiling and minimalistic décor attract all kinds of designers, creative, and hipsters to the new café.

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NaRoma Pizza Bar

NaRoma Pizzabar

Located on the quaint street of Locke Street, NaRoma Pizzabar fits-in well with the neighbourhood. Locke Street is known for local artisan shops and awesome crafted cuisines. NaRoma has a pretty spacious patio and a small dining area inside. To accommodate everyone’s needs, they also have a take-out counter for walk-in customers.

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Acclamation Restaurant

Acclamation

I’ve recently been dragging my friends to a few restaurants on James Street North in Hamilton including Saltlick, Charred, Jack & Lois, and Mulberry Street Café. Every time we wander around, we also discover other restaurants to check out. This time we stopped-in at Acclamation – across the street from Mulberry Street Café. The interiors and exteriors are elegant, neutral, and classy. Deep wooden fixtures and furniture sit in a romantic, cozy space. The staff are friendly, respectful, and patient. We had two gluten-intolerant diners in our party and they were able to find a few items to suit their needs.

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Sakai Restaurant

Sakai Japanese and Korean Cuisine

Situated on Fairview Road, the restaurant is fairly easy to find. Sakai faces the road at Fairview Gardens Plaza, decorated with Japanese-style doors and window covers. Inside, you’ll find traditional Japanese décor and art. A long sushi bar runs along the right side of the restaurant, while elevated private rooms line the left side. They also have a spacious patio for those beautiful summer days.Read More »

Saltlick Restaurant

Saltlick Smokehouse

After hearing about Saltlick’s opening on James Street North in Hamilton, I was on a mission to try it out. Why? Because it’s a smokehouse. I discovered my love for the smoky flavour when I sat in front of my first campfire. I instantly relax whenever I think about the comforting, warm aroma. My first encounter with smoked food was a slice of smoked salmon and since then I never stopped eating it. Years later, I tried my first block of smoked cheddar and decided that my life needed more of it.Read More »

Foodie Fight Round 1: Wings

#FoodieFight Round 1: Wings

We are on the hunt for Hamilton’s best restaurant! A group of local food bloggers and I are battling it out (double elimination style) to find the best food within the new City of Hamilton boundaries (Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, Dundas, Winona, and Flamborough). Follow #HamOnt #FoodieFights on Twitter for instant updates during a competition. We decided to hold our first match at the Dundurn Castle Pavillion. We quickly called dibs on restaurants and 5 Alarm, Right Wingers, and Buffalo Wild Wings were the first few to be taken.

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Charred

Charred

Charred is located on James Street North and is one of the many known local spots in Hamilton. I knew the space was small but I was hoping we wouldn’t have to wait too long. Luckily, there was one table available for us! The space only seats 20 people and the kitchen counter takes up about half of the interior space. Once inside, we were hit with the smell of chicken and charcoal, we were in the right place.Read More »

red bench restaurant

Red Bench

After filling up at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen for dinner, Sally and I headed to The Red Bench on Yonge Street for dessert. We pulled into a side street off Yonge to find parking and walked to the storefront with a red bench. They are known for their organic frozen yogurt, homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches. The bright and narrow space has seating at the front, along the right wall, and at the back. Chalkboard menus hang above the prep and coffee station. The frozen yogurt machines and toppings are in a nook at the back. The staff move as quickly as they can to accommodate the orders of their customers.

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Skin + Bones

Skin + Bones

Sally and I ventured east to Leslieville for brunch. We wanted to avoid the insane line-ups during this time of day and found Skin + Bones. With good reviews and no visible line outside the restaurant, we found street parking and got a table. The restaurant was brightly lit by the sunshine that was beaming through the windows. The white walls were a blank canvas for beautiful arrangements of industrial and wooden fixtures. The overall atmosphere was casual with a classy touch.

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