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places to go, people to see: union station holiday market

Calling all commuters. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through Toronto’s Union Station, you’re in luck. The busy train station’s picturesque great hall will house a holiday market all through next week (December 1 through 7). Hosted by Toronto Market Co., the event will showcase artisanal pieces from 22 vendors. Grab the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on my holiday shopping list on my way to the office? Don’t mind if I do! Here are a few favourites that I’m coveting.

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.

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places to go, people to see: montreal restaurant week

Now in its third year, MTL à Table (a.k.a. Montreal Restaurant Week), returns on October 30. Running through November 9, the event offers prix fix menus in 140 restaurants throughout the city. Priced at $19, $29 and $39 the set three-course meals allow patrons to hit up their go-to spot for less or try a new place at an affordable price point. It’s the perfect excuse to plan a date night or to catch up with friends. Check out a few mouth-watering dishes from a couple of choice restos below.

chez victoire filet de cochon Vadim Daniel places to go, people to see: montreal restaurant week

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places to go, people to see: delicious food show

If your mouth is watering just looking at the image below, chances are you’re a foodie. If you like to eat as much as I do, the Delicious Food Show is for you. Yummy treats will be available for the tasting from more that 200 exhibitors, and over 50 live demonstrations will have you walking away a culinary pro. Well, almost. But some of the nation’s most renowned chefs – including Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes and Roger Mooking, among others – will give workshops of their own recipes, revealing their tips and tricks. So your cooking game is bound to improve. What else can a food lover ask for? Hosted by Food Network Canada, the show runs from October 17 to 19 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Check out the event website for more info and to buy tickets at a discounted rate. Children under 12 get in free, so make it a family affair!

DeliciousFoodShow places to go, people to see: delicious food show Photo courtesy of the Delicious Food Show. 

 

places to go, people to see: 3d parti festival

With a high concentration of quality designer showrooms – from Kiosk to Klaus, UpCountry to Studio b – King Street East has long been a destination for interior designers and decor enthusiasts alike. The tastemakers of the district have come together to create King East Design District (KEDD), and the collective plans to announce itself with a bang: A neighboughrhood-wide contemporary design festival called 3d parti. The one-day event will be held this Saturday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and span from Church to Parliament along King and Adelaide streets, transforming the area into a life-sized public art gallery. Patrons can expect to be wowed by 15 art and design installations, including work by Toronto’s own Thrush Holmes. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity.

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places to go, people to see: gladstone celebrates 125 years

It might not be on your Facebook feed, but there’s a big birthday coming up. That’s right, one of the landmarks of Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhoods, the Gladstone Hotel turns 125 this year. Built in 1889 by local architect G. M. Miller, the iconic Romanesque Revival building is the city’s oldest continually operational hotel, and to honour this milestone, it’s putting on an exhibit called THEN | NOW | NEXT. On now through October 5, the exhibition celebrates the arts and culture hub’s lengthy history as well as its promising future through sensational stories and rare photographs. Make a plan to check it out this weekend, or put it in plan to attend next Thursday to catch the unveiling of a heritage plaque.

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places to go, people to see: the cure apothecary

Got a dinner party to attend this weekend? Stop by The Cure Apothecary, Queen West’s brand new organic skincare hotspot, for a unique hostess gift. It’s hard to decide which is more appealing, the curated product lineup – including brands like John Masters, One Love, FarmHouse Fresh and L’Aromatica, among others – or the country chic interior. The good news is you can have it all: Choose a winning token for the host while touring the adorable shop, which opened its doors just last week. Check out a few images of the store and what it’s got to offer below.

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places to go, people to see: canadian national exhibition

With grey days and cool temperatures – and the fact that the whole Style at Home office is busily working on our November “Holiday Decorating” issue – it’s hard to feel like it’s summer. But I’ve got just the ticket for getting into a summertime mood: the Canadian National Exhibition is on in Toronto! Running through the first of September, this year’s festivities include a preview of the 2015 Pam Am Games (which will be hitting the city on July 10), an art exhibit of can sculptures of our mayoral candidates, an old-fashioned saloon, a fleet of food trucks and much more. I’m looking forward to checking out what’s new this year, but my all-time favourite thing to do at the CNE (not counting eating funnel cake, of course) is play the carnival games. The only problem is, living in a tiny condo, I don’t have the space to house the stuffed prizes. (The days of my bed being lined with plush toys are far, far gone.) So, my best advice for the ring toss and Whack-a-Mole aficionados out there is to scout out your desired loot before you play. Check out this beauty I won last year in a game of darts. This darling vintage-inspired metal plaque has held pride of place in my kitchen since last August and I have no intention of taking it down. After all, it does speak to my cooking style!

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take me back to brooklyn

Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Brooklyn with some media friends to check out the west elm Holiday 2014 preview. First off, for all you west elm fans, get ready for some fabulous new items this coming holiday season. I can’t post anything too detailed just yet, but stay tuned in the next few months. I fell in love with pretty much everything they showed me! Here are some pictures I snapped from the whole trip – a whirlwind 24hrs. It was my first real venture into Brooklyn…and I’m dying to go back and explore some more.

Bridge take me back to brooklyn View of the Manhattan Bridge just down the street from the west elm head office. There was actually a giant TV screen playing the US world cup soccer match set up under the bridge!

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places to go, people to see: bacardi festival libre

Take advantage of patio weather before it’s gone. Sure, you love your local bar, but the city’s largest licensed outdoor patio is worth checking out. Paying homage to its boozy heritage, starting today at 2 p.m., Toronto’s Distillery District is playing host to a three-day festival celebrating the rum cocktail and the rich Cuban culture that bred it. Organized by rum authority Bacardi, the Festival Libre will populate the cobblestone streets of the historic Canadian site with music, dance, art and food you’d more often find on the streets of Havana. Here’s a glance at what you can expect. (Not a Torontonian? Don’t worry. The festival will touch base in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal before summer’s over.)

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