Meet Shanea

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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May 25, 2023

Sunnys Chinese :: Toronto

Sunnys is a great addition to Toronto’s ever-flourishing dining scene showcasing some of the best Chinese cuisine around.
May 17, 2023

Antler Kitchen & Bar :: Toronto

I finally discovered a little gem called Antler that exceeded my expectations and was unique, creative, comforting, delicious, and insanely satisfying.
May 11, 2023

AP :: Toronto

The new panoramic restaurant AP (Antonio Park) with sweeping vistas recently opened, where Chef spotlights Japanese/Peruvian food.
May 9, 2023

Feature with SD Voyager :: Rising Stars: Meet Shanea Rakowski

See my interview with SD Voyager. Rising Stars: Meet Shanea Rakowski.
May 9, 2023

Sérêvène :: Miami

Sérêvène is a sophisticated and chic establishment, with a supper club feel. If I were to return, it might be for a drink and to listen to some live music.
April 13, 2023

Maty’s :: Miami

Maty’s Miami is about celebrating Peruvian cuisine, not rethinking it. Kudos to a female chef and business owner who has pursued and realized her dream.
April 6, 2023

Zeru :: Miami

Executive chef Gabriela Guitrón has done an exemplary job using simple preparations, detailed culinary techniques, and creativity of Basque traditions to bring Miami, Zeru Restaurant.
April 2, 2023

Queen :: Miami

Queen, Miami is a fully immersive experience and a total indulgence for your wallet. Over the top, showstopper, luxurious, excessive, dramatic, high end and glamorous are a few adjectives I would use.
March 26, 2023

Bellini, Coconut Grove :: Miami

Bellini enticed me with their attentive service, their breathtaking views, and a menu of enticing choices.
March 16, 2023

Jungsik :: New York

I was enamored by the entire meal, and I guarantee it will shift your perception of Korean food. Jungsik is one of the most refined and creative restaurants in New York.
March 9, 2023

Hav & Mar :: New York

Superstar chef and James Beard award winner Marcus Samuelson’s latest endeavor got a 3-star review in the New York Times, his first new restaurant in New York in almost a decade. It appears he has another success to add to his roster!
March 2, 2023

Branja Restaurant :: Miami

There has been a surge of Mediterranean and Israeli restaurants of late in Miami. However, Branja Restaurant stands out with global inspiration, bold flavours, and new interpretations.
February 26, 2023

Neya :: Miami

Neya, a new addition to Surfside is attractive, contemporary, and upscale. The Israeli non-kosher restaurant has flavourful ingredients and a modern approach to cooking.
February 15, 2023

Tambourine Room :: Miami

Miami constantly has new restaurants popping up all over town, but not all are memorable or worthy of a second visit. Until now! Tambourine Room exceeded my expectations.
February 2, 2023

Joliet :: Miami Beach

Joliet is a more sophisticated spot than the majority in South Beach, and their Southern-inspired menu and hospitality were delightful and fun.
January 29, 2023

Rancho Patel :: Miami

A visit to Rancho Patel is the embodiment of farm-to-table and is just a one- hour drive from Miami. A truly unique experience filled with excellent food, music, laughter, and lively chatter.
January 26, 2023

Eating House :: Coral Gables, Miami

The Eating House debuts its much anticipated new location in Coral Gables, it showcases a creative, tantalizing mix and interplay of brilliant dishes.
January 19, 2023

Vinya Table :: Coral Gables, Miami

Vinya Table in Coral Gables, is a restaurant and market. It has an impressive and diverse wine menu, with a large collection of rare and collectible wines, as well as creative, handcrafted cocktails. The food offers something for every palate.
January 12, 2023

Gaggan Anand :: Bangkok

Coming from a poor family in India and ending up as one of the greatest chefs in the world is no easy feat. This meal, although not inexpensive, was a once in a lifetime culinary experience, and I left with no regrets.
January 8, 2023

Walrus Rodeo :: Miami

If the name doesn’t grab you the food certainly will! This new concept restaurant Walrus Rodeo, from the same people who brought you Michelin Star Boia De should definitely be checked out if you're in town.
January 5, 2023

Dirty French :: Miami

Dirty French Steakhouse is a high energy, glamorous and “loud” steakhouse from the Major Food Group.
January 1, 2023

MaryGold’s Brasserie :: Miami

MaryGold’s is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants to open in Miami this year.
December 31, 2022

AVRA :: Miami

North Miami has been looking for a new crowd pleaser and they've certainly found one in AVRA...
December 29, 2022

TUR Kitchen :: Coral Gables, FL

TUR was voted the best new restaurant in 2020 in the Miami New Times. I beg to differ…
December 25, 2022

Klaw Restaurant :: Miami

This just might be Miami’s best surf and turf dinner if you can swallow the gut wrenching prices!