Archive for the ‘Chinatown’ Category

The NY Times Does Toronto

2009 May 18

In yesterday’s Sunday edition of the New York Times, an article appeared fawning over the city of Toronto.

The featured journalist, Danny Lee, makes a few suspect claims (streetcars trolleys run like clockwork??), and he seems to be so enamoured with the West End (West Queen West/College/Ossington) that almost all his recommendations take you there.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty glowing review of our beloved city.  The only thing is, who is reading this?  I might guess that most people reading the Sunday NY Times would be more interested in cocktails in Yorkville than at Sweaty Betty’s.  But I digress.

What it all comes down to is that TZero is actually a great, interesting, diverse city that can be an attractive destination for people even from one of the greatest, most interesting and most diverse cities in the whole world.

PR-type by Day, Passionate Home Cook by Night

2009 January 27

My friend Amanda has a (relatively) new blog, mise en place, about cooking and eating in Toronto.

On a related note, Amanda and I share the passion for going out for breakfast.  Recently we discussed our favourite breakfast spots in the city, and her list was full of places I’d never been to.  Her #1 place was simply called B and was located in the Roncesvalles area.  B has sadly closed down.  Her other recommendations are still around, however.  I’ve already checked out the French bakery Le Gourmand (Queen/Spadina), and she also suggests Zoë’s Bakery Cafe (King West),and The Epicure Cafe (Queen West).

Happy eating!

A Crystal Ship Drifting Through The City

2008 November 24

I read an article this morning in the Toronto Star’s Opinion section about culture growth in the city, and more specifically praising the transformed Art Gallery of Ontario.

Also, for its re-opening last weekend, a glowing architecture review of the AGO appeared on the front page of the Arts section of the NY Times.  Nicolai Ouroussoff calls it “a masterful example of how to breathe emotional life into a staid old structure,” and continues that “as you watch the figures jostling outside and then turn to the sculptures, urban life and art seem in perfect balance.”

Everyone seems to love the new AGO!

The above photo is from the NY Times website.

Unnecessary Construction

2007 September 19

What the hell is going on at Dundas & McCaul?  They just finished laying the new streetcar tracks and they’re already tearing the whole damn thing up again!  Why can’t Toronto just have a regular subway system like the other metropolises of the world?

Random Choice For A Human Restaurant

2007 August 23


Is there something about the name of this restaurant that makes anybody else put off? (Is that actually an expression, or did I just make it up?)

Chinatown P.D.

2007 August 10

Just the other day, my roommate and I were talking about how great an idea this would be for a pilot project for CTV or the CBC!  Think about it: exploring the urban cultural significance of some Asian-Canadian cops on the beat!

8:00 pm – Corner Gas
8:30 pm – Little Mosque on the Prairie
9:00 pm – Chinatown P.D. (must be at 9, due to adult themes)


Any suggestions for alternate titles for this show?

Art Gallery of Ontario Reno

2007 July 18


Much has been said recently about the “cultural revolution” sweeping through Toronto these days.  Basically what it comes down to is the fact that both the ROM and the AGO were being renovated this summer.  I’m not sure if that qualifies as a revolution, but they are two pretty prominent cultural landmarks in the city.  The new Michael Lee Chin Crystal at the ROM is pretty outstanding, at least from the outside.  The usefulness of the space within is another story.  They should have just made the whole thing an open space and had a really lavish entryway like Pei’s Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris.  Regarding the Art Gallery of Ontario, the design is being done by none other than Toronto native and international architectural legend, Frank Gehry – best known for designing the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and other weird important buildings around the world.  Apparently, Gehry’s original idea was much more lavish and expansive, but was scaled down because of complaints from people in the surrounding neighbourhood.  Personally, I think it looks like a new Costco is going up with a skeleton-like structure slapped on the front.  The good thing about this project, however, (as well as what makes it distinct from the ROM) is that Gehry’s design process begins with a building program, which is a list of the functional requirements of a building.  At least this space will be useful.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the glass + wood sculpture gallery and the box-like contemporary arts gallery clad in blue titanium will be “revolutionary.”  Check out some pictures I took while snooping around the construction site: