How we skipped the line at Raku’s Toronto location

Raku is a New York based udon shop with locations in SOHO, the East Village and as of 3 weeks ago, a Toronto location just steps away from Queen W & Spadina. Since we were in the area last Friday evening, Eden and I decided to visit Raku and here is how we were able to skip the line on…

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Saturday mornings at Yaya

A couple of Saturdays ago, Eden and I were looking for brunch spots  in the East End and randomly passed by YAYA. The restaurant looked busy from the outside but had enough space to accommodate the two of us so we walked right in to give it a try! Since our first visit, we’ve been back at Yaya’s a few…

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Food with a Twist – STK Toronto

This post was done in collaboration with STK Toronto but gracelisamay.com remains unbiased in our content. – Located in the heart of Yorkville, STK has been around since 2016 and is known for their hip and lively backdrop with the menu of a modern steakhouse. The ambiance and decor is sleek and ultramodern, and despite having a chic lounge, STK…

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A Valentine’s Day Cake he/she should bring home!

Go big or go home is what I say quite often and if we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year then let’s go all out! I don’t often have a sweet tooth (minus Japanese Souffle pancakes as of lately) but this Shiroi Valentine Souffle Cheesecake by Cheese Garden totally hits the spot! This cheesecake is shrouded with delectable handmade…

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Blogmas // Entertaining guests with a holiday hummus board

Tis the season for holiday inspirations on my blog and I’m incredibly excited to share with you my very first blogmast post! We’ve used different hummus’ from Sabra Canada to showcase our over the top holiday hummus board. Go big or go home right? I have a 0 or 100 personality and I wanted to go 100 on my holiday…

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ANIQ – Your Ultimate Asian Feast (SSAM)

Newly opened in the Roncesvalles area is ANIQ – a restaurant sharing East Asian cuisine with modern culinary techniques. Owner and chef Eric Oh wanted to highlight his culinary inspirations of Korean, China and Japan and combine it with western cooking techniques. The menu at ANIQ offers a wide variation of all 3 East Asian cuisine throughout the entire menu.…

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Byblos – My go to spot for special occasions

I’ve been to Byblos on several occasions – whether it’s date night or a corporate event, this place does not disappoint when it comes to food and service! I usually save this place for a special occasion because I do admit it is on the pricier side of the scale so I leave it to occasions where it feels right…

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Dressing up our Turkey Burgers for Thanksgiving

I love burgers. One of the best burgers I’ve ever had was at a random restaurant that Eden & I stumbled upon while we were aimlessly wandering around the South Coast of France. The burger looked simple but tasted like nothing we ever had before. This burger was made with the freshest ingredients and so ever since that experience, we’ve…

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Ramen Misoya

About 2 months ago, I was planning a trip to Montreal and doing extensive research about possible ramen places to visit in the french city. Ramen Misoya came up a couple of times during my research and at that time Misoya didn’t exist in Toronto. Fast forward 1 month later, Misoya suddenly popped up on the hustle & bustle streets…

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Harvest Dinner with Durham College

Last Thursday, a group of 100 foodies gathered at Durham College for their 4th annual Harvest Dinner. Besides gathering together for a community celebration, this dinner recognizes the amazing work being done at W. Galen Weston Centre for Food by students. Their exclusive menu featured fresh food grown and harvested by students in the college’s food and farming programs, cooked…

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Bar Altura: New Restaurant over on Queen West

Queen West’s latest Italian addition has definitely made quite the impression with its  beautifully plated dishes and clean & modern look. While I am normally more focused on the food, I couldn’t help but notice the aesthetics at Bar Altura’s  – which created a nice stand out & sophisticated look compared to its fellow neighbours on  Queen West. Several weeks…

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Saturday mornings at REDS (Square One)

As I’m sitting at my desk drafting this post, I’ve realized in a blink of an eye, come September is my 5 years working downtown Toronto. Time seriously flies. One of the restaurants that I frequent after work in the downtown core is REDS Wine Tavern inside First Canadian Place (due to its convenient location). While I can totally rave about…

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What You Can Expect At The CNE This Year #2018

Hey friends! It’s that time of the year again where the Canadian National Exhibition opens to the public for the last 2 and half weeks before summer ends. Starting today until September 3rd, visitors will get to experience all new and diverse programming than ever before. In celebration of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, the CNE will “come to…

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