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Patria – Toronto, Canada

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Patria Restaurant

(1) 416 367 0505
478 King St W, Toronto,
ON M5V 1L7, Canada

www.patriatoronto.com

OPEN HOURS:
17:30 – 22:30   Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 14:30   Sunday

Wandering by an alley on Toronto’s busy King St. West, we were surprise to glimpse a glow and lively vibe emanating from its depths.   Upon entry,  you are impressed with the striking decor and full-on art-piece by Laura Carwardine.  Laid over a two-story mural designed by Marlo Onilla, the installation of 17,000 knitted cross stitches.

 

Patria is another part of Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment.  Charles Khabouth is really an impressive figure … cutting a swath across Toronto’s scene.  The dining is medium formal and reservations are recommended … although they take walk-ins at the bar, and we think that is a much more entertaining place to dine!

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The strong Spanish menu by Australian chef Swart Cammeron holds up against the visuals.  During one of our visits he personally prepared the tapas at the bar for us.

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A good note is that if you are at the bar, you can ask for crystal  glasses which from the side cabinet – while being much prettier, we thought our drinks did taste better!

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Our advice is to stay away from the paella and stick with the classical tapas.  The manchego croquettes with aioli are perfect.   Follow that up with the pan con tomatae (home made sour dough), Almendras asadas (Salted Marcona Almonds),  pimientos de padron,  garbanzo con espinacas, pulpo montaditos over romesco sauce, Patatas Bravas with spicy tomato sauce and a fried egg on top (break the yolk and mix it with the potatoes), etc, etc …..   Just have fun!

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Weslodge – Toronto, Canada

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Weslodge Saloon

(1) 647 660 0999
480 King St W, Toronto,
ON M5V 1L7, Canada

www.weslodge.com

OPEN HOURS:
LUNCH/BRUNCH
11:30 – 14:30   Monday – Friday
11:00 – 15:30   Sunday
DINNER
17:30 – 22:30   Monday – Sunday

Striking would be the word for this wild game meets urban dandy brunch Den.  The hunting theme decor sets the tone to another trendy spot by Toronto’s night life mogul Charles Khabouth.

Quite obviously, the menu is heavy on the meat side – but there are good options all around.  The decor pulled us in for brunch regardless.  The limited menu was countered by  good service from holster-wearing weight staff.

Our plate of scrambled eggs on puff pastry, filled with ricotta and asparagus was quite scrumptious.  While the Benny Trout with its well poached eggs on English muffin sided with hollandaise sauce was a tasty take on the standard.

All-in-all Weslodge’s culinary edge cuts through the heavy handed – yet inspiring – design to hold interest and make it a good-go.

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TA-ZE – Toronto, Canada

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TA-ZE Olive Oil

(1) 416 626 6553
120 Adelaide Street West, West R3
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1, Canada

www.ta-ze.ca

OPEN HOURS:
9:00 – 17:00    Monday – Friday

One of the benefits of the modern globalized world is increased trade and specialization.  The apex of this may be TA-ZE.  This olive-oil boutique – yes you read that correctly -is not very easy to find, but worth the search.

Buried on an underground path, one finds a plethora of premium Turkish olive oils from the Aegean provinces.  A dazzling array produced by 33 union affiliated co-operatives equaling 28,000 distinct olive producers.

The beautful store concept by Toronto-based interior design firm Burdifilek, is a lovely and tasty visit.

To answer your question .. yes, of course they have flavored balsamic vinegars as well!

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Sense Appeal – Toronto Canada

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Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters

(1) 416 203 0023
6 Spadina Ave,
Toronto, Canada

www.senseappeal.ca

OPEN HOURS:
7:30  – 18:00      Mon – Fri
9:00  – 17:00      Sat – Sun
Bar far the best coffee we found in Toronto – happily complimented with amazing pastries and a perfect baklava.  The croissants are perfect due to obvious top-notch baking skills combined with high-end (mostly organic) ingredients.  A winning combination every time.
Delicious daily planed lunch menus round out a lovely location.  These tasty lunches sell out early in the afternoon – so don’t dawdle!
Note that the the entrance is not obvious as you go through the lobby of an office building.  Keep an eye out for the window display.
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Type Books – Toronto, Canada

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Type Books

(1) 416 487 8973
883 Queen Street West
Toronto, Canada

www.typebooks.ca

OPEN HOURS:
10:00  –  18:00  Monday -Saturday
11:00  –  18:00  Sunday

This lovely little bookstore has a great selection, with a specialty on international design magazines.

What really stands out is there amazing window installations of paper.  Type also hosts a basement gallery with word and letter based art-pieces.

 

They have a second location on Spadina, which we did not visit.

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