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5 places to dine in Toronto this winter

Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the fun has to end. A friend of mine said that her favourite thing to do is dress up and go out for dinner, a casual lunch or even an early morning breakfast. So here are five recommended spots by Women’s Post to dine this winter in Toronto.

Copacabana Brazilian Rodizio

You don’t have to go all they way to Brazil to experience an authentic way of cooking grilled Brazilian foods. Copacabana has four locations in Canada and two are based in downtown Toronto. This unique style of serving food is similar to many rodizio’s around the world. Rodizio refers to an all you can eat style Brazilian steakhouse, where servers bring large skewers of meats and grilled vegetables ( but mostly meat) around to your table and they carve off slices. The servers keep coming until you over indicate with a card you wish not to be served. Copacabana Toronto also adds lively Brazilian flair to their atmosphere by having samba dancers performing on Fridays and Saturdays as well as an aerial silk performer.

Blu Ristorante

As the name may suggest, this restaurant is self-proclaimed as the number one Italian restaurant in Toronto. It has actually been the recipient of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice for the past seven years in a row. This Yorkville-based restaurant offers an intimate and formal dining space with the ambiance of live music. Expect menu choices such as braised octopus with black kale pesto and fettuccine with Nova Scotia lobster tail, calamari and tiger prawn. Blu is the place to enjoy great Italian food and a wide selection of wine in a warm and inviting space.

Cactus Club Cafe

This trendy Adelaide West restaurant,located in the heart of the financial district is a personal favourite, no matter the season, Cactus Club Cafe will give you a lively and upbeat atmosphere even on a dreary Monday night. There are three levels to choose from, and a heated rooftop for those milder winter nights featuring a live DJ. With prompt and friendly service, you will certainly enjoy this restaurant as you dine on the creations of culinary masters and specially crafted cocktails for each season. This winter, bar operations manager Kris Jensen introduced two new seasonal creations, the Whiskey Ginger Smash and the LateHarvest Daiquiri with hints of Saskatoon berry and elderflower.

La Banane

Voted as one of the best new restaurants of 2017 by Toronto Life, La Banane offers eclectic french cuisine to the streets of Toronto. Located on Ossington Avenue, this stunning spot offers a fresh raw bar with mussels, oysters, shrimp, crab, lobster, and scallops. Obviously, all that seafood pairs will the abundance of wine that this french bistro has to offer. La Banane is led by Chef Brandon Olsen, who has curated the menu consisting of his personal french inspired food passions.

Cacao 70

One of the key points of going out to eat in the winter is that you want to feel comfortable and cozy. Cacao 70 is located in the Distillery District and offers a Queen W. location as well. This popular chocolate drinking bar, originated in Montreal, but has slowly spread all over Canada. It is not just all about their speciality of Chocolate, but the restaurant offers the experience of using Chocolate in different flavour adventures. Enjoy drinks like Black Sesame hot cocoa and Champurrado, which features  hot chocolate with spicy cinnamon and whipped cream.

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“To-die-for” Newfoundland fish chowder

In Toronto, it’s cloudy, rainy, and cold. It’s the type of weather that makes you hide under the blankets and dream of summer. The cure? A warm bowl of fish chowder.

Newfoundlanders are used to this type of weather. In fact, they probably make fun of the rest of the country when we complain about a drizzle or a light snowfall. What’s even more amazing is that the government itself provided the recipe below. They understand that even the most native Newfoundlander craves the warmth of this dish. It’s everything you could want in a single bowl: seafood, cream, and wine. The perfect combination of comfort foods.

Enjoy and stay warm!

Serves 6 – 8

  • 2 oz. butter
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 stick celery, finely diced
  • 12 mussels
  • 12 oysters
  • 8 oz. white fish
  • 8 oz. shrimp
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) brandy

SAUCE:

  • 4 oz. butter
  • ½ cup (125 ml) flour
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) salt
  • 4 cups (1 L) milk
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) tomato puree
  • ½ cup (125 ml) white wine
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) prepared mustard
  • 9 oz. cream
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) chopped parsley
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

Melt butter in a deep pan. Add vegetables and brown. Chop seafood and add to pan. Add brandy and flambé. Make white sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan on low heat, stirring in the flour and salt and gradually whisking in the milk. Add the tomato puree, wine, mustard and white sauce to the seafood and vegetables. Bring to a boil. Add cream and parsley, garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne. Salt, pepper and lemon juice may be added to taste.

Repost from Tourism New Brunswick:   http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/See/FoodAndDrink/Recipes/To-Die-ForFishChowder.aspx?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=tnb%20social