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From dives to fine dining, street art to private art exhibitions, boutique hotels to grand dames, farmer's markets to gastronomic food halls, join me on my adventures in finding the hottest to the hautest.

As a Canadian, I focus mainly on my hometown of Toronto and my second home in Miami, also journeying frequently to New York and Italy, but nothing is off-limits for me. My love for food has led me here, to share all things I savour – and I will continue to search out the best and most impresssive, highlight culinary excellence, with dishes that inspire me and regional specialties, feature art, hotels, and current trends, and offer my experience on where to roam, where to stay and where to dine all over the world.

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September 22, 2022

Curryish Tavern: Toronto

It was one of those rare meals in Toronto where truly every dish we ordered was creative and delicious.
September 10, 2022

Aburi Hana: Toronto

Chef appreciated the current season and expressed it through his creative artistry, his approach to harmony, balance and appealed to all the senses!
September 10, 2022

The Lion and the Ramble: Coral Gables, Florida

This restaurant was just named by Infatuation and Eater as one of the best new restaurants in Miami. You can add my name to that list as well.
September 10, 2022

Addison: Del Mar, San Diego

The chef uses luxe ingredients from Southern California or imports them from places like Haikodo Japan and using skillful technique and glorious presentations, along with genuine hospitality and gracious service, it was a memorable meal indeed. 
September 8, 2022

Restaurant Vrijmoed: Ghent, Belgium

It was a calm oasis after a morning of touring and we got to indulge and relax with a most impressive and inspiring lunch. Worth a detour!
September 8, 2022

Jua: New York

It has been a long time since I've been so excited about such a brilliant restaurant and I know I will be thinking about Jua for a long time to come
September 4, 2022

Barchef: Toronto

Nice to see that Toronto has some innovative, creative mixology going on, and this is under the tutelage of Frankie Solanik. He has created cutting edge mixology and Barchef is one of the best places for inventive cocktails in Toronto! 
September 1, 2022

Saison: San Francisco

San Francisco has more than its fair share of fine dining and delicious experiences, but you have to make an investment in hard earned dollars to attend one of these tasting extravaganzas. One place that just might be worth it, is Saison.
September 1, 2022

TRUSS: Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

I'm not a big fan of hotel restaurants but what made TRUSS stand out was the executive chef was in residence and cooking in the kitchen. 3 Michelin- starred chef Erik Anderson, formerly of Coi in San Francisco, has taken on an all day menu which is no easy task.
August 14, 2022

Four Seasons Resort and Residences: Napa Valley, California

Exciting news! Following much anticipation, the Four Seasons has finally opened their property in Calistoga at 400 Silverado Trail, Napa Valley. A stay here is a one of a kind experience: An inviting hideaway offering a superior level of comfort.
August 12, 2022

Restaurant De Jonkman : Bruges, Belgium

Another highly anticipated and much lauded restaurant we visited was De Jonkman, a two star Michelin and Greenstar Michelin. An 18/20 Gault Millau rated gem, located just on the outskirts of Bruges. Set in a pretty Flemish villa, where the chef and owner Filip Claeys and his wife Sandra treat you to inventive, seasonal cuisine.
August 11, 2022

The Jane :: Antwerp, Belgium

At the Jane, Antwerp there is a sense of entertainment and theatre; where fine dining meets rock and roll. It's subtle and not overdone. It was an outstanding dinner, with a perfect backdrop. Chef Bril is successfully setting new standards for gastronomy and The Jane, Antwerp is certainly one of the most glamorous and trendiest restaurants in Europe, but also a world class dining experience.
June 13, 2022

Crown Shy :: New York

At Crown Shy in New York the food was satisfying and the presentations were nice but nothing knocked it out of the park. It was pleasant and an excellent choice if you work or live in the area.
May 1, 2022

Asiatiko :: Aventura, Florida

Asiatiko in Aventura, Florida is a kosher game changer. Who knew, a cool, tasty, kosher spot is in Aventura. I guess you must expect the unexpected. Well done.
April 3, 2022

Interview with CanvasRebel Magazine – Meet Shanea Rakowski | Food enthusiast, restaurant reviewer, world traveler and art lover

"I can’t believe it has already been over 6 years of writing Shanea Savours. I’ve always been a food enthusiast, enjoyed traveling and cultural experiences. It also helps that I have had lots of encouragement and supporters. I write impartial and honest weekly reviews on restaurants from my home town of Toronto to my second home of Miami and everywhere I love to travel."
March 25, 2022

Sexy Fish :: Miami

I don't have enough adjectives to describe the reaction I had when walking into Sexy Fish, Miami's new import from London. Extravagant would be an understatement, but the one thing that impressed me the most was the staff.
March 7, 2022

Jia Restaurant :: Miami

The newly opened Jia Restaurant in Miami turns into a late-night entertainment venue on the weekends which might be nice to enjoy a drink from the bar. Personally, I would avoid eating here if you are looking to indulge in some standout Chinese food.
February 25, 2022

Quince Restaurant :: San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is one of the culinary epicenters of the Americas. Some would argue, including myself, that it is THE best food region in the United States. Quince Restaurant is a perfect example.
February 19, 2022

Sunny’s Steakhouse :: Little River, Miami

Run, don't walk to Sunny's Steakhouse in Little River, Miami before it closes at the end of April as it is too hot to be sitting outside. Let's hope they start this up again next year. Sometimes you just have to expect the unexpected.
February 17, 2022

Zitz Sum :: Coral Gables, Florida

Coral Gables seems to be getting some excellent restaurants of late, and you can add another one to my hit list. There is no better restaurant in Miami right now serving dim sum and Izakaya than Zitz Sum.
February 2, 2022

The Drexel :: Miami

There has been a lot of hype since the opening of a new South Beach restaurant called The Drexel in the Esme Hotel and overseen by the founders of Mandolin Aegean Bistro.
January 29, 2022

HaSalon Restaurant :: Miami

Backed by the Major Food Group of Carbone fame, Chef Eyal Shani's newly opened HaSalon Restaurant location in Miami is worth checking out for a fun, high-end, high-energy evening.
January 17, 2022

Orno Restaurant :: Coral Gables, Florida

Last year I reported that Mamey was my best meal in Miami. This year Chef Niven Patel, one of my personal favourite chefs, has opened a second restaurant called Orno, serving New American wood-fired dishes that are chef-driven and ingredient-focused.
January 6, 2022

El Carajo International Tapas and Wine :: Miami

El Carajo International Tapas and Wine in the Coconut Grove area of Miami feels like your own secret culinary discovery. Come for the gas, and stay for the tapas and wine.
December 27, 2021

Cotogna :: San Francisco, CA

Cotogna in San Francisco, California is not only known for their homemade pastas but also their spit-roasted meats and seafood roasted in the restaurant's wood-burning oven. But if I can give you some advice, order the pasta!