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Toronto Video

MADE IN CANADA: EP. 3 Peace Collective

Peace Collective COVER
Only when you live abroad, do you realize how great Toronto is. While I was away for a few years, the first wave of sweatshirts from Peace Collective with the “Toronto VS Everybody” slogan kept popping up on all my feeds and my friend’s bodies. I had to get one. (Okay, I have two!)

We did this interview at the Peace Collective store on Ossington and bounced over to Pho Tien for lunch after, duh.

Producer: Amy Chyan

Videographer: Rosa Park

Editor: Amy Chyan

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Toronto Video

MADE IN CANADA: EP 2. Carousel Bakery

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I’ve always loved browsing the St. Lawrence Market–the ice wine jelly in the lower level is a great gift to grab on your way out!

In this episode, I wanted to find a place inside the market that screamed Toronto. And the “Carousel Bakery” is just the place with their iconic peameal bacon sandwiches.

PRODUCER: Amy Chyan

Videographer: Rosa Park

Editor: Amy Chyan

 

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Asian Diaspora Toronto

Two optometrists marry each other: The Future Is 20/20

Two optometrists marry each other. #FutureIs20/20

(Photo by: Amy Chyan.)

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Reviews Toronto

Smith

Smith
Smith

Smith
553 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2E2
http://www.553church.com

Whenever people ask me to go to brunch, I’d like to think it’s more for the idea of brunch, rather than the food. I try to have healthy breakfasts because it makes me feel like my life is on track. Something about waking up, putting on a pot of water and making oatmeal come to life erases the previous day’s gluttony.

My friends had asked me out repeatedly the past week, but I decided to be good, stay home and unpack my new box in the sky. That’s until the weekend, when I felt like a bad friend and debated whether to send an apology e-card filled with cats.

We decided on a 9:00 a.m brunch time – far earlier than I had expected, but I know how to be a good friend. After we ran under our umbrellas into the entrance like a BFF anti-acne face wash commercial,  we chose an L-shape seating by the bar for the three of us. 

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From The Kitchen Toronto

From The Kitchen: Slaw and Salsa

Red Cabbage Slaw
Red Cabbage Slaw

Cooking and cleaning (and bringing feminism back 50 years) are things that put my mind on autopilot and help me focus on the task at hand. The dirtier the stove, the more enjoyment I get out of conquering that grease stain. Type As, ya get me?

Trying to catch the tail end of summer, I decided to make two simple dishes that just scream warm weather. You can have these alone or on the side. That night we had them with fish tacos. 

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Reviews Toronto

Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel
Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel
797 College Street, Toronto, ON 1C6 M6G
http://www.barisabel.com

Bar Isabel is the place I had my first dinner out-out in Toronto since I moved back. We ended up choosing the place because it was highly praised by so many – bloggers, journalists and Yelpers alike. Since the opening of The Black Hoof, an explosion of chefs from there have ventured into their own successful restaurants. (Grand Electric, Electric Mud, Bar Isabel etc.)

Chef Grant Van Gameren definitely started the “Broken Social Scene” of the young, innovative and passionate Toronto chefs, but this welcome home dinner only made me want to fly to NY, wait in line for two hours and have a bowl of ramen from Totto – extra mushrooms.