This little Italian restaurant is tucked away on James Street South and is really easy to miss. I’ve driven by that area a bajillion times since I was a kid and I’ve never noticed the restaurant – it’s pretty much a hidden gem. Inside, seating is very limited with a few stools at the bar. The walls are painted red like tomato sauce. Decor is dated but it has a homey feel. Once you step in the door, you’re hit with the aroma of delicious pasta and pizza. If you scan the tables, you’ll find huge bowls overflowing with pasta, raised dishes of freshly baked pizza, baskets of chicken wings, and drinking glasses (if there’s room).Read More »


New Northern Dumplings

Whenever my family and I get stuck on deciding on a restaurant for dinner, we somehow end up at New Northing Dumplings on Silver Star Boulevard in Markham. We keep going back because their dishes are less greasy compared to the majority of Chinese restaurants. The dishes are cold (tossed together like a salad), steamed, cooked in broth or boiled. There are also fried items but the cooking methods are pretty balanced. It’s a family-friendly restaurant with minimal effort put into interior design. The restaurant runs efficiently where staff will waste no time in taking you order to clearing tables. Near the back of the restaurant you’ll find ladies preparing and making fresh dumplings all day.Read More »

Toronto Food & Wine Festival

Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival

My adventure to the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival started in Hamilton. Before I left, I checked the website for directions and parking. Since it was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks, parking was very limited. The festival offered free off-site parking and free shuttle to the venue! As someone who loves to drive everywhere, I really appreciated their shuttle service, props to the planning team. The rain came pouring down as I left Hamilton and it miraculously ended when I arrived at the parking lot. The weather just wanted to ruin my drive and delay me from getting to all the food! It took me more than 1.5 hours to get there.Read More »

Korea House

Korea House

I can’t count how many times I’ve been to this local joint because it’s just THAT fantastic. Korea House is located at Canon and Victoria in downtown Hamilton. They have very limited parking and sometimes you might be boxed-in in their square lot! Street parking is available or you can park across the street at Shoppers Drugmart. You’ll find Korea House signs at the front of the store but that’s actually their kitchen. The front door is accessible through the parking lot area (around the corner from the storefront).Read More »

The Lockhart

The Lockhart

Sitting on the corner of Dundas and Dufferin, The Lockhart has non-pretentious décor, chatty staff and a dark atmosphere. The cocktail menu and the furnishings will easily draw you in even if you don’t catch on to the little Easter eggs throughout the bar. Inside, you’ll find exposed brick walls, wood and metal furnishings, an assortment of chairs, simple murals, a beautiful bull skull, a neon sign saying “all was well”, and a glass bar lined with pennies. If you get a chance, take a seat at the bar. You’ll be able to see all the action and talk to the staff about the menus.
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Milestones Bar & Grill

The Hamilton location is super easy to find. Once you get off the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, turn left onto Paramount Drive and you’ll see it on the left at Paramount Drive and Upper Mt. Albion Road. I’ve been to this location a few times, mainly because my parents love it and it’s a trustworthy franchise. I’ve steered away from chain restaurants recently, but Milestones is an exception. The exterior is sophisticated and modern with a large patio area, complete with a bar and fireplace. Inside, you’ll find elegant black and white décor, a beautiful bar/lounge area, and a glass wall on the far side of the restaurant to watch all the action in the kitchen. In the main dining area, there are a mixture of booths and tables throughout. The atmosphere is casual yet classy and the mood varies. Sometimes it could be quiet, calm, and relaxing, other times when it’s busy, it’ll get lively.

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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


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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