Bellwoods Brewery

Posted on May 14th, 2013

As a relatively new transplant to Toronto from the West Coast, one of the things that I miss is beer. I mean real beer, like the I.P.A’s that are almost as easy to find as water in Vancouver from beer capitals like Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco. Going to a LCBO store here can … (More →)


Fall Beer, West Coast

Posted on November 13th, 2012

No longer limited to tailgate parties, keggers and backyard barbeques, beer has undergone a renaissance of late with craft breweries, specialty stores and bars devoted to celebrating the beverage in its myriad forms seemingly popping up everywhere. With tasting notes, limited edition releases and extensive discussions devoted to IBU (international bitterness units) preferences, craft breweries … (More →)


An Olympic Alternative

Posted on July 24th, 2012

Smiths of Smithfield | Gordon’s Wine Bar | The Cube by Electrolux

View from The Cube by Electrolux

The London 2012 Games are just around the corner and everyone is trying to get a piece of the Olympic pie. With the flurry over everything from tickets, to mascots, to the possibility of catching a glimpse … (More →)


The Monkey Bar, New York

Posted on February 21st, 2012

Their simple and refined calling card says it all. The Monkey Bar is an elegant and old world watering hole and restaurant which is, simply put, all grown up. Tucked in the Hotel Elysée, this midtown canteen opened in 1932 and the room reflects the weight of this history; no glass or stainless steel here, … (More →)


The Library, Chicago

Posted on November 22nd, 2011

Anthony Bourdain, a man of many loud opinions, asserted on one episode of No Reservations, that there are only two real cities in the United States – New York and Chicago. We have to agree. Recently, in search of skyscrapers, culture and crowds, we ventured to the Manhattan of the Midwest and stayed at … (More →)