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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Trio Ristorante - REVIEW

Trio Ristorante may not be one of those much talked about downtown Toronto restaurants, but Midtowners in the know have been singing its praises for years. The romantically lit two-story restaurant on Yonge Street has been serving up a tantalizing mix of traditional Italiano for nearly 8 years.

Owner Eduardo Beccati hails from Calabria in Southern Italy and describes his fourth restaurant as a family oriented place for great pizza and handmade pasta. The mix of tables reflects his statement, though don’t cross Trio off your date night list.

The sweet aroma of roasted garlic from their wood oven-baked bread is the first thing to hit my nose when I walk in. It’s a perfect compliment to the windowed wine cellar, the flickering candlelight and the Italian love songs. It makes me feel like I’m back in the “old country”.

READ more about my gut-busting Italian feast at Trio Ristorante in my full article at View the Vibe

Friday, 25 April 2014

A Guide to Toronto's Farmers' Markets

It’s going to be a late growing season in 2014, but soon enough the rain showers, sunny hours and sweltering days will be upon us. Whenever that decides to happen – hopefully sooner than later – Toronto’s many, marvelous farmers’ markets will be in full swing (even though lots run year round). Here are a few of the best farmers’ markets by area to enjoy the (eventual) abundance of Ontario’s produce, preserves, poultry, prosciutto and the plethora of goods from our hard working local farmers…

Photo courtesy of Danielle Scott on Flickr
The North (Anywhere North of Bloor)

Located in the Canada Post building at Yonge St. and Montgommery Ave. the original incarnation of the AppreTree markets sells... [READ MORE]
Thursday, May to October from 11am to 7pm 

Another year-round installment at Wychwood Barns, this praised haven for locavores features over 40 vendors a week... [READ MORE]
Saturday from 8am to 12pm, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.

Downtown (East of Bathurst, West of Jarvis, South of Bloor)

Downtown office dwellers can get their local fix on their lunch break at the David Pecaut Square near King and John... [READ MORE]
Thursday, May to October from 8am to 2:30pm, 55 John St.

The year round market plays host to a slew of the city’s top producers, who doll out artisan cheeses, organic coffee, grass fed meats, foraged mushrooms and holistic health products.
Saturday from 5am to 3pm, St. Lawrence Market, 92 Front St. E.

West Side (West of Bathurst, South of Bloor)

Part of the West End Food Co-Op, this organic and sustainable food market near Landsdowne and Dundas has been dishing out... [READ MORE]

Monday from 3 to 7pm, Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash Ave.

One of fourlocations, MyMarket is Canada’s first certified local farmers’ market, started in 2007... [READ MORE]

Sunday, June 1 to November 27 from 10am to 2pm, Green P Hanna St.

East End (East of Jarvis, South of Bloor)

Now in its fourth year, this east end market boasts a myriad of fresh local goodies, like foraged edibles from Forbes Wild Foods... [READ MORE]

Sunday, May 25 to October 26 from 9am to 2pm, Jonathan Ashbridge Park

A project of the Centre for LocalFood Initiatives, they first kicked off in 2006. A true non-profit community venture... [READ MORE]
Saturday, late May to late October from 9am to 1pm, Withrow Park

Of course, there are MANY more fantastic farmers’ markets in Toronto to visit. If you’re looking for one in your area, tweet me @j_finestone and I'll let you know where to find one that's convenient for you.