October 6 , 2016 / Novella /

Atlas Espresso Bar

Two eclectic, small town brothers are continuing a dream first established by Sandrine Kwan in 2014. Atlas Espresso Bar is a cozy little corner of the world where you are among friends. Featuring a custom bean by local roaster Trebilcock. Serving up daily specials, tasty treats and great coffee. Come …

September 30 , 2016 / Joyce Li /

Hotlist: Pumpernickel’s

Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand-new look and menu, local culinary family-owned gem, Pumpernickel’s reinvents themselves while keeping their core values. With eleven locations across the city and GTA, they are best known for their stellar lunch and breakfast catering. From days long ago of being a mom-and-pop deli …

August 19 , 2016 / Joyce Li /

Hot List: Maman

    I recently had the opportunity to experience a lovely prix-fixe menu at Parisian cafe restaurant, Maman. Maman is located in the heart of the Financial District in downtown Toronto. The prix-fixe menu is served out on their patio, overlooking the buildings around the area. To name a few dishes, …

July 9 , 2016 / Joyce Li /

Taste of Toronto 2016 Recap

In case you missed it, the third annual Taste Of Toronto showcased the best of the city’s culinary scene at Garrison Common on June 23-26. With more than 70 exhibits in the marketplace, there were still some returning favourites.   The opening night began with the ceremonial ribbon cutting along …

June 30 , 2016 / Joyce Li /

Hot List: Nügateau Review

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting Nügateau, tasting their new spring/summer menu. Nügateau is Toronto’s first éclair-only bakery and café located on 717 Queen Street West, and their recently opened second location at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale. The spring/summer menu includes 12 all-new luxurious flavours. The new menu features innovative …

May 30 , 2016 / Joyce Li /

Hot List: Cresta Toronto

Often restaurants first create their menus and then select wines that are complimentary. How does this Italian-inspired restaurant differ? Cresta’s executive chef Tri Tran switched it around by building a menu around the complex palette of Thomas George Estates world class wines. Named after the iconic California vineyard Cresta Ridge vineyard of …

May 10 , 2016 / Jeff Low /

Hot List Profile: JessGo

JessGo is a Toronto-based pop artist and performer whose work falls slightly outside of pop culture’s gravitational pull. And she’s always conscious of that fact. She’s toured with Cirque du Soleil and collaborated with Google, Coca Cola and a handful of other corporations — all significant players within today’s pop …

May 3 , 2016 / Jeff Low /

Hot List Profile: Mötem

Motëm is a musical artist and new age romantic from Hamilton. Figuring him out isn’t an easy process, but it’s entertaining and strangely poetic. His twitter, like a moleskin for the thoughts of a meandering visionary, is as good a place to start as any: “i’m just a vampire spending …

April 28 , 2016 / Novella /


Bar RAVAL, located at 505 College Street in Toronto, is a neighbourhood café, bar, restaurant and meeting place open from 8 AM till 2 AM seven days a week. With an impressive cocktail and wine list, Bar Raval expertly­ match local and ­imported products from Spain to execute their Spainish inspired …

April 9 , 2016 / Jeff Low /

Artist Profile: Andrew Peycha

Searching for patterns of colour, light and shape. With the Northern wind as his muse, Collingwood resident and painter, Andrew Peycha revels in the beauty of the Canadian landscape. “To describe the North and the Arctic you need a magnifying glass … to really see what’s actually there … and you pull back …

April 8 , 2016 / Novella /

UNTITLED by Flaunt Boutique

Flaunt Boutique expanded their hair salon culture with the launch of their new salon located at 792 Queen Street East. UNTITLED by Flaunt Boutique is committed to working one­-on­-one to beautify the community in a environmentally sustainable manner while designing personal looks to make guests feel and look their best. For more information or …

April 8 , 2016 / Novella /


A taste of Italy has settled into Toronto’s Little Portugal. UFFICIO, simply translated to “office” in Italian, has made the commitment to create flavourful, pescatarian Italian inspired dishes that are responsibly sourced. The menu offers Italian fare with a strong focus on seasonal, sustainable and local ingredients, meant for sharing. A knowledgeable and passionate staff …