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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 10, 2020

Dova :: Toronto

Dova is Toronto's newest restaurant, located at 229 Carlton Street in Cabbagetown, near Carlton and Parliment St. Some of you may be very familiar with chef Marotta from his other established restaurant Ardo. The food here is similar to Ardo. They serve delicious artisanal pastas, woodfire pizzas, fresh caught fish and ethically sourced meats. The food is reflective of the chef's family Sicilian heritage. The chef has a deep connection to Sicilian and Mediterranean food, thanks to the influence of his mother's cooking.
September 3, 2020

Pompette :: Toronto

I never thought I would be writing about a new restaurant opening during the COVID-19 pandemic since so many establishments are struggling, but I'm thrilled to announce the opening of a brand-new gem called Pompette at 597 College Street. Combining classic with contemporary, along with warm hospitality and a charming vibe, this restaurant has all the elements that people desire.
August 27, 2020

The Butcher Chef :: Toronto

Does Toronto really need another steakhouse? When an establishment like The Butcher Chef at 8 Harbour St. offers quality meat to suit everyone's taste, along with an extensive global wine list and hospitable service, the answer is a resounding yes.
August 17, 2020

Le Pré, by Pearl Morissette :: Toronto

Pearl Morissette Restaurant and Winery at 3953 Jordan Road in Lincoln Ontario has opened an open air terrace. Their "wedding style" tent, open on three sides with views of the farm and vineyard, is romantic and charming. They now serve a smaller changing multi 6-course menu at $100 per person. Reservations are available for parties of 2-6, booked on the Tock app. They are currently open Thursday to Sunday for dinner and lunch on Saturday and Sundays as well.
August 10, 2020

Alo Midsummer :: Toronto

Chef Patrick Kriss has thrown Toronto foodies a lifeline, during Covid-19, by creating a temporary oasis at 485 Wellington Street West and calling it Alo Midsummer. He is offering a luxurious, and premium ten course blind tasting for 2-4 guests per well-spaced table. It opened on Friday, July 24th and is open till the end of September.
August 3, 2020

Toronto Food Boss :: Toronto

A new dessert/catering business was born in Toronto in January 2020, called Toronto Food Boss. Amanda and Rohan started out by making desserts for loved ones to create happiness during uncertain times, and later decided to open shop. Rohan has 15 years in the culinary arts and his partner Amanda has an eye for beauty and modern styles. I honestly have never seen such beautiful cupcakes.
July 23, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition No. 6

I have always longed for delivery from upscale and delicious purveyors. Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for eateries in Toronto to bring delivery and takeout to the masses. Here is my latest list of restaurants in Toronto offering takeout and or delivery.
July 16, 2020

Focaccia by Katia Bruno :: Toronto

I love discovering or being recommended to small family owned and small independent businesses and supporting our home-grown local talents. One such, is by gifted baker, […]
July 9, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition No. 5

I have always longed for delivery from upscale and delicious purveyors. Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for eateries in Toronto to bring delivery and takeout to the masses. Here is my latest list of restaurants in Toronto offering takeout and or delivery.
July 2, 2020

Lapinou Bistro :: Toronto

Lapinou Bistro is one of Toronto’s best French restaurants. everything we ordered had dynamic and vibrant flavours. I’m usually wary of restaurants in the entertainment district because honestly there are so few that are any good, but Lapinou is an exception.
June 25, 2020

Salon Alo :: Toronto

As the restaurant industry struggles to reopen, Toronto Chef Patrick Kriss serves Alo fans takeout pastries, desserts, wines and more from their beautiful popup cafe venue in the heart of Yorkville.
June 15, 2020

Shanea Savours :: How Covid-19 Will Affect Your Next Dining Experience

Do you adore dining out, but are afraid of what awaits us when restaurants finally open? Well, you are not alone. If you are prepared to adhere to the proper guidance and protocols you will be rewarded with a night out and someone other than yourself to prepare your food and clean up after you.
June 7, 2020

Shanea Travels :: How Covid-19 Will Affect Your Next Hotel Stay

While many businesses have been adversely impacted by the recent global pandemic, one group that has particularly been hit hard is the tourism industry. Here are some of the new policies and procedures you can expect now when visiting a hotel.
June 4, 2020

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel :: Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong provides you with a luxury level of facilities in the heart of the city. It sets new standards in Asia and abroad for ultra-chic accommodations and customer service that's unparalleled.
June 1, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition No. 4

I have always longed for delivery from upscale and delicious purveyors. Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for eateries in Toronto to bring delivery and takeout to the masses. Here is my latest list of restaurants in Toronto offering takeout and or delivery.
May 14, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition No. 3

More Toronto eateries are jumping on the takeout/delivery bandwagon offering first-rate meals and groceries direct to your home. Many of these places have very difficult reservations to snag, so now is your chance to sample their fare!
April 30, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition No. 2

In the hope people are continuing to support local eateries and caterers by ordering takeout or delivery from participating restaurants, I've created a second edition of my favourite spots in Toronto for takeout / delivery.
April 23, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for New York Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition

I have shared some of my favourite places in New York open for takeout or delivery during the Covid-19 social isolation quarantine. Many of these establishments need our support now more than ever.
April 18, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Miami Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition

I have shared some of my favourite places in Miami open for takeout or delivery during the Covid-19 social isolation quarantine. Many of these establishments need our support now more than ever.
April 2, 2020

Shanea’s Favourites for Toronto Takeout/Delivery :: Social Isolation Edition

I have shared some of my favourite places in Toronto open for takeout or delivery during the Covid-19 social isolation quarantine. Many of these establishments need our support now more than ever.
March 19, 2020

Rivertail Restaurant :: Fort Lauderdale

Chef Mendin’s menu at Rivertail Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is large, featuring a raw bar, snacks and such, on a bun, from the grill, chef’s specialties and sides. Would I recommend people driving from Miami? No.
March 14, 2020

Le Chick :: Miami

Le Chick is a unique addition to the Miami's Wynwood scene. They take their chicken seriously and source high-quality ingredients, you can tell in every bite you take. Chef Ernesto Tapia is cooking up a whole lotta love.
March 12, 2020

Cafe La Trova :: Miami

Cafe La Trova in Miami has a small but well-edited menu that raises the bar on Cuban food. Chef Michelle Bernstein pays attention to the history and flavours of the Islands, intertwined with Miami style and culture.
February 25, 2020

Chica Restaurant :: Miami

Chica Restaurant in Miami is the second location, the first residing in the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Both are under a Top Chef master alum, Lorena Garcia.
February 25, 2020

Hutong Restaurant :: Miami

Hutong Restaurant in Miami also has locations in Hong Kong, Beijing, London, and New York. It may be one of Miami’s top spots for Chinese food.