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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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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!
December 15, 2021

Shanea’s 2021 Restaurant Hit List :: Miami

I'm back recommending my favourite new and notable Miami restaurants along with my tried and true choices for ShaneaSavours 2021 Hit List. 
December 4, 2021

Osteria Giulia :: Toronto

Toronto's newest Italian restaurant, Osteria Giulia, could become a new perennial favourite, I am thrilled to see another great dining experience in the Yorkville area of Toronto. Keep them coming.
November 27, 2021

Mimi Chinese :: Toronto

Bold, dynamic, exhilarating and complex, are some of the words to describe the tantalizing flavours of the dishes we savoured at Toronto's new hot spot, Mimi Chinese.
November 10, 2021

Shook Kitchen :: Toronto

After many trials, the recently opened Shook Kitchen in Toronto is going gangbusters and is destined to be extremely pleasing, especially to vegetarians.
November 5, 2021

SingleThread Farms :: Sonoma

I encourage all my fellow foodies to make the pilgrimage to SingleThread Farms in Sonoma for a truly unforgettable experience in one of the most talked-about restaurants in America.
October 31, 2021

Crosley’s :: Toronto

Crosley’s in Toronto is a farm-to-table, seasonal dining experience that had us humming. They serve palate-pleasing food, and are a welcome new addition to the local
October 26, 2021

Little Mad :: New York

The food at Little Mad in New York has a flavourful mix of cultures, with influences of Italian, French, American, and Korean all intertwining into interesting and wonderful creations. This is definitely on my must-return list.
October 15, 2021

Il Gatto Nero :: Cernobbio, Como

I've visited Lake Como on at least five different occasions and my favourite restaurant was always Il Gato Nero, "The Black Cat". It still is a popular restaurant with visiting celebrities and tourists, the panoramic views of Lake Como are truly breathtaking.
October 12, 2021

Restaurant Reale :: Abruzzo, Italy

Chef Niko Romito is something of a legend in Italy. He has been awarded three Michelin stars for his restaurant Reale in Abruzzo in a former 16th-century monastery.
October 8, 2021

Rezdôra :: New York

One of New York's best-rated Italian restaurants is Rezdôra at 27 East 20th Street. It got three stars in the New York Times and received a Michelin star. It is authentic, and the chef cooks his pasta to perfection, with inventive variations, so for that reason, I am recommending it.