Tonic Blooms

Tonic Blooms is a Toronto-based online flower delivery service offering a curated selection of seasonal and affordable bouquets, delivered on-demand in as little as two hours. Tonic Blooms sources its flowers from local growers, ensuring they are of the highest quality and freshness to maximize longevity. Bouquets start at $39 and come packaged in Tonic Blooms’ signature denim wrapping, which includes a built-in hydration pack allowing the bouquet to stay fresh before making its way into a vase (great for sending to an office). The focused, online-only selection keeps both waste and expenses low, passing on savings to the customer.

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Hot List: Club D’Elite Spa

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We found our own private oasis just outside Toronto and it’s called Club D’Elite Spa. It sincerely feels like you’re on vacation – not too shabby for a 30 min drive outside the Toronto core. They proudly boast that they’re the biggest spa of its kind in Ontario, so you’re going to have to put aside a few hours to fully enjoy everything they’ve got to offer. They’ve got a massive co-ed whirlpool beside a freezing cold dip pool that refreshes you to near enlightenment. This place isn’t your typical spa either – they’re open until 2am and offer an awesome all-you-can-eat buffet with their treatment packages. Pro-tip: Snack on fruit plates, while getting your feet rubbed all while watching your favourite Netflix show on their big screen in the lounge area.

Hot list: Paese Ristorante

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Italian-inspired with distinctive made-in-Canada twist, Paese Ristorante, located on 3827 Bathurst Street, offers a wide range of Italian favourite eats including authentic appetizers, homemade pizza (with gluten-free and vegetarian options), and a variety of pasta dishes with homemade sauces. The space is dimly lit, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. 

I brought along my coworker, Jen Lee, to the tasting and we were able to try a variety of Paese favourites, which included the soup of the day – asparagus with garnished goat cheese, grilled octopus for appetizer,  grilled shrimp linguine and their daily special Ontario lamb chops for mains, and lastly, cioccolato for dessert.

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While waiting for our dishes to arrive, we started off with their homestyle bread and hummus, which had a nice taste with the right amount of spice that didn’t overpower.

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Asparagus with garnished goat cheese in veggie stock was the soup of the day. I’ll be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of goat cheese, but the cheese really mixed well with the asparagus soup. It added a rich creamier texture with the right consistency.

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The grilled octopus was the next dish we had. It was lightly grilled with a bedding of grilled capers, vegetables, and potatoes. I can tell you that not many people are a fan of overly “fishy” aftertastes when eating seafood; however, the minimal seasoning on the octopus, you can barely taste the “fishy” flavour, which is a definite plus.

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After our appetizers, came main course. Jen ordered the grilled shrimp linguine, and I ordered the daily special – Ontario lamb chops. Everything about the linguine tasted very fresh – the jumbo shrimp, pasta, and the sauce. Since the sauce was freshly made, you can taste the fresh basil in it with tomato chunks – a nice balance between rich and light.

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My lamb chops  came with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. It was perfectly cooked to medium rare, lightly sauced, and juicy. The mashed sweet potato evened out the taste of boiled brussels sprouts. It might not look a lot at first glance, but it was extremely filling,

img_7053 As if we haven’t eaten enough already, and have been experiencing a severe cause of good food coma, we couldn’t leave without trying their dessert. The cioccolato (dark chocolate terrine with white chocolate mousse, Nutella and hazelnut brittle) was not too sweet, with lightly whipped white chocolate mousse in between.

Our delicious tasting put us in a ‘food coma’, which is a sign that I truly enjoyed my time at Paese Ristorante. Make sure you try them out when you get the chance!

Phone

416.631.6585

Website

 paeseristorante.com

Facebook

www.facebook.com/PaeseRistorante

Instagram

@paeseristorante

Tom Jones Steakhouse

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The Tom Jones Steakhouse building has stood since the early 1800s and embodies such an old-world charm that you and your guest will forget the world at your intimately hidden away table for two. The candle light, the tuxedoed servers, and the live piano will make you feel like you strolled right into a romantic evening from the 1920s.

Location: 17 Leader Lane, Toronto

Website: www.tomjonessteakhouse.com

Artist Stephen Perry

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Stephen Perry, Fork. Oil on canvas.
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Stephen Perry, Toast. Oil on canvas, 16’x20′

 

Although his subject matter and themes are always evolving, Stephen has a recognizable style that carries through his work. His sense of light, colour and stylized composition are trademark. His background in commercial photography and design have a noticeable influence on his technique, composition and “design sensibility”. This is realism in a clean and fresh style.

Website: www.stephenperrystudio.com