Toronto’s Best Patios & Delicious Eats

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Summer isn’t over yet! With warm weather still in the forecast, our thoughts remain on sunsets, light jackets and of course…the endless search for the city’s best patios. Whether you’re grabbing drinks after work, enjoying a Sunday brunch or planning dinner with friends, the perfect restaurant always sets the scene.

Here are NKPR’s favourite city hot spots, that will make you feel like the ultimate foodie.

Montecito

The Beach Boys said it best, “I wish they all could be California girls”. Montecito bridges the divide between casual Cali-cool and fine dining with premium quality ingredients.  Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Montecito puts you in the centre of the action featuring farm-to-table Southern Californian cuisine. Not to mention the garden patio’s foliage and canopy umbrellas to keep you cool during hot summer days. Stop by for their signature kale salad and mouthwatering JW Chicken, perhaps paired with a wine selection provided by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier.

Cibo Wine Bar

Get a (delicious) taste of Italy at Cibo Wine Bar – located in the stylish King West neighbourhood with a recently opened second location at Yonge & Eglinton. The menu offers authentic Italian cuisine with modern staples, and classic fresh in-house pasta (is your mouth watering yet?). The trendy feel and inviting atmosphere means Cibo Wine Bar is sure to top your favourites list…and make it onto your Instagram feed!

 

Gusto

The two words that make our summer hearts flutter? Rooftop patio. Gusto blends the perfect mix of comfy and industrial décor, serving up international flavours with Italian classics. Treat your taste buds to the margherita pizza and Tuscan grilled Bistecca striploin, plus wine on tap for $1.00 an ounce…oh yes, you read that correctly.

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Thompson Toronto

The Thompson Toronto is a chic summer escape right above the city. The rooftop lounge offers a breathtaking 360° view of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario amidst a lounge atmosphere and the city’s best looking clientele. Guests can dip in the infinity pool by day and linger on the patio by night, enjoying creative seasonal cocktails (toast to the champagne cocktail or James Bond inspired Vesper) and inventive cuisine far above the fray.

DAVIDsTEA

Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, Beyoncé and Jay Z, cold drinks and hot summer days. DAVIDsTEA offers an extensive collection of their signature teas served over ice; perfect to grab when strolling through fellow Queen West stores. Enjoy $1.00 iced tea all summer long when you purchase one of the brightly coloured travel mugs…talk about fulfilling your cravings to a “tea”. We at NKPR LOVE the sweet and refreshing Strawberry Colada ice tea (talk about an afternoon pick-me-up).

 

What are your favourite summer hotspots? Tweets us @NatashaNKPR!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner Guide

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It’s no secret that the way to anyone’s heart (male or female, let’s be honest…) is through their stomach. And what better reason to enjoy a delicious, mind-blowing feast than on Valentine’s Day?

This year, treat that special someone to one of Toronto’s best restaurants for a meal that will be as unforgettable as the time you spend together.

We’ve rounded up the best dishes from our favourite restaurants for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day…

Montecito – 299 Adelaide St. West

Our Pick: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s JW Chicken

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Cibo Wine Bar – 522 King St West

Our Pick: Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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Ciao Wine Bar – 133 Yorkville Avenue

Our Pick: Chianti Braised Short Ribs

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Thompson Toronto Rooftop Lounge – 550 Wellington Street West

Our Pick: Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos

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Share your Valentine’s Day plans…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

Holiday Gift Guide: Keeping Warm This Winter

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Here at NKPR we’re huge fans of winter, but we know that adjusting to the cold weather can be a daunting task. Thankfully, there are many things that we absolutely LOVE getting cozy with to keep us warm all season long!

Here are a couple NKPR favourites that keep us looking forward to winter each and every snowfall…

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DAVIDs TEA Egg Nog Tea

A hot drink is the best way to keep your mittens warm, and this season we’re crazy for DAVIDs TEA’s holiday special Egg Nog tea. This caffeine-free tea features ingredients like white chocolate, meringue and green rooibos. Without needing to leave the house, steep for 4-7 minutes at 205°F and drink on its own OR add frothed milk, sugar and voila! a homemade Egg Nog Latte! This delicious treat will keep you toasty and get you right into the holiday spirit.

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Rudsak Anouk Parka

Rudsak’s Anouk Parka will do more than keep you looking stylish this season; it’ll keep you ridiculously warm in even the coldest snowstorms (and what’s more important than looking good in a snowstorm?). Decorated with edgy leather accents and a genuine raccoon fur hood, the Anouk Parka will have you looking forward to getting bundled and heading out into the cold!

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Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw

Snowed in? You’ll be thanking Mother Nature in no time as you snuggle up to the fire with a good book, some hot cocoa and a Sears Whole Homestyle Factory Essential Plush Throw. Softer than a brand new puppy, this throw is the perfect thing to cuddle up to, keeping you cozy all winter long.

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Hi-Tec Thomas Boots

Don’t let any amount of snow keep you from enjoying the outdoors this winter. Hi-Tec’s Thomas Boot is perfect for all snow lovers, offering warm but stylish comfort. Lined with a thick insulated layer that retains body heat while still allowing moisture to escape, the Thomas boots are made for the snowy, Canadian winters that we know and love. Forecast calling for 15 feet of snow? Bring it on!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Bars

Filling yourself up with healthy, protein filled snacks is the best and simplest way to prepare your body for a long winter. Eat Nakd Wholefood Bars are packed with healthy, natural ingredients that provide you with all of the nutrients that you need to keep warm and energized when out-and-about this winter. Take a couple onto the ski slopes or out for a winter picnic – no amount of fun-filled winter activities will tire you out!

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Racinne – Lady S At-Home Spa Device

Keeping warm in the winter is essential not only for you, but also for your skin. The Lady S by Racinne is an at-home spa device that uses heat to rejuvenate your skin, brighten your complexion and reduce signs of aging. While winter’s dryness and harsh winds are in effect, your Lady S will keep you, and your skin, glowing all season.

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If staying indoors is more your style, enjoy a view of the snowfall while sipping on a festive cocktail from Montecito. Up The Stairs is a seasonal favorite, made with brandy, pear liqueur, mint, lime and house-made apple cider, combined to create a pleasantly homey winter feeling. Montecito’s warm, inviting interiors paired with a couple ounces of brandy will keep you feeling cozy while embracing the season!

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What’s your favourite way to keep warm this season? Tweet us at @natashankpr!

NKPR’s Top Film Festival Cocktails

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Although we near the end of Film Festival, the city is still bustling with movie screenings, classy after-parties and high-profile events. One of our favourite parts of Film Festival is the specially curated menus and cocktail lists made specifically for sophisticated, celeb-inspired taste buds.

From the highest rooftop to the heart of of the Entertainment District, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Film Festival cocktails (plus a non-alcoholic option!)…

The Toronto Sunset

(an original cocktail created by Robin Kaufman, Toronto Temperance Society)
1oz bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial
1.5oz Tequila Tromba Blanco
0.5oz fresh lime juice
0.25oz fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit zest

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Thompson Toronto’s Strawberry Fields

1oz Gin
1/2oz Maraschino Liquer
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne
Mix in a chilled shaker, pour into a champagne flute, and garnish with strawberries.

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Montecito’s The Beekeeper

1.5 oz Irish Pot Whiskey
.75 oz Rosewood Honey syrup
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
House Floral Bitters

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Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

bottlegreen Sparkling Pressés

Elderflower: The fresh, clear taste of hand-picked elderflowers blended with pure, sparkling spring water. Serve over ice.

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Elderflower & Pomegranate: Hand-picked elderflowers are combined with fruity pomegranate for a refreshingly exotic fusion of east meets west. Serve over ice.

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