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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September 28, 2023

Dotty’s :: Toronto

Dotty’s is more than just a restaurant, it is a journey back in time, a culinary adventure, and a hidden gem waiting to be discovered
September 21, 2023

Maxime’s :: Toronto

From the moment you step inside Maxime's and walk down the corridor of arched lighting, you are transported into a world of theatrical ambiance.
September 14, 2023

Oiji Mi :: New York

Oiji Mi is a must-visit destination with exceptional cuisine and impeccable hospitality. You will be enchanted by their creativity, skill, and attention to detail.
September 7, 2023

Roscioli :: New York

Showcasing the finest produce and Roman delicacies, an authentic taste of Rome, and a must-visit if in New York.
August 31, 2023

Judaline :: Toronto

One of the best dining options on Danforth serving seasonal, elevated fare, in a cozy environment that embraces a diverse culinary style.
August 24, 2023

Lee Restaurant :: Toronto

Lee Restaurant is a place where innovation, tradition, and passion come together to create a memorable dining experience and a remarkable evening.
August 17, 2023

MSSM Yorkville :: Toronto

Toronto’s only two star Michelin chef is set to debut his new affordable Omakase restaurant in the heart of Yorkville.
August 11, 2023

Piccolo Piano Pizzeria :: Toronto

Piccolo Piano Pizzeria offer’s wood fire pizzas and shareable snacks.
August 3, 2023

Restaurant Lucie :: Toronto

Amidst the streets of downtown Toronto in the financial district is a recently opened, French culinary gem called Lucie.
July 27, 2023

53 Restaurant :: New York

53 Restaurant has a chic atmosphere, with a global clientele and an Asian-inspired menu.
July 20, 2023

Lodi :: New York

Lodi in New York does not compromise on quality ingredients, even when serving a simple dish, and draws inspiration from Italian aperitivo culture.
July 13, 2023

Lao Lao Bar :: Toronto

Lau Lau Bar; a good time, with warm service, bold flavours, fresh herbaceous cuisine, and lots of open-fire cooking.
July 6, 2023

Bernhardts :: Toronto

Bernhardt's Toronto, a real hidden gem, evokes feelings of comfort, warmth, and nostalgia.
June 29, 2023

Black and Blue :: Toronto

Black and Blue Steakhouse is another upscale steakhouse in Toronto showcasing premium steaks and a muti million-dollar renovation.
June 15, 2023

Cucina Buca :: Toronto

Italian-focused, Cucina Buca brings its unique style of hospitality and tempting food to Midtown Toronto.
June 8, 2023
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Aska :: New York

Aska provides a delightful evening and brilliant and distinctive dining experience that stands apart from so many other fine dining experiences in New York.
June 1, 2023

Casa Paco :: Toronto

Casa Paco, a charming and intimate Spanish restaurant with Italian influences, is in Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood. It was an absolute delight and exceeded our expectations. This spot is a labour of love and a place I can’t wait to return to.
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.