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Curvaceous Consignments | Thornhill

Shopping for resale clothing as a curvy woman can be challenging, because in typical consignments shops there is usually far less of a variety of fashions in sizes over 12. Curvaceous Consignments on Yonge Street in Thornhill is the only consignment store in the GTA that caters to the full figured woman. Owner Kathryn McCallum Pipes is a plus-size specialist that curates a beautiful selection of pieces in her warm and welcoming store. There is a beautiful and always changing variety of clothing and accessories in this lovely boutique.

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Tripl3 Baked | Markham

When I saw that blogTO had given a big shout-out to Markham bakery Tripl3 Baked for their French Toast cupcakes, off I went. I love finding new places near my work that make amazing treats. This is a lovely little shop with a wonderful selection of delicious fresh-baked goods.

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The Earl of Whitchurch | Stouffville

For many of us, the point of going to a pub is to have a cold delicious pint. Now, there is certainly no shortage of excellent local beers to choose from at the Earl of Whitchurch, but we were there for the food. This is a pub for people who like to eat, and eat WELL. The mac 'n cheese burger is huge and juicy and really quite beautiful to behold.

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Dragon Legend | Markham

Bian Lian or face changing is an ancient Chinese dramatic art. The masks are brightly painted and represent characters from Sichuan opera. Each colour represents a different character and the faces are highly differentiated. The performer wears an elaborate and vivid traditional costume moving quickly to fast paced music alternating movement with poses. With a swipe of the fan or a movement of their head their entire face changes before the eyes of an astonished audience. The secret of the face change has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. Traditionally only males were permitted to learn Bian Lian, the theory being that women do not stay within the family and would marry out passing the secret to another family. It is truly something to behold and is part of the rich cultural experience a guest at Dragon Legend can expect. Performances take place every Wednesday evening starting at 6:45 p.m.

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Oyaji Sushi | Richmond Hill

Tucked in a little strip mall on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill is Oyaji Sushi. The family who runs this Korean Japanese restaurant has been in the biz for awhile and it shows. The fish is fresh and packed with flavour. The complimentary starters arrived quickly and were hot and tasty; the tempura broth soup with noodles was a table favourite and the miso soup was delicious. Presentation was also quite lovely.

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Fancy Chinese Cuisine | Markham

If you are looking for the best dim sum in Toronto, I recommend heading over to Markham. Fancy Chinese Cuisine at Kennedy and 14th was one of the tastiest culinary experiences I have ever had, at the most reasonable price.

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Extreme Pita | Vellore Village | Vaughan

March Break is wrapping up and after a week of hitting a lot of drive-thrus, we decided we needed a quick and healthy early dinner to fuel our busy Saturday of errands. I really could not look at one more nugget. It's Nutrition Month and I wanted some vegetables. The Extreme Pita in the Vellore Village shopping centre has the new Extreme Entrees which are more filling than a pita, super-nutritious and so, so tasty. Here's the Chimichurri Beef entree.

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Richmond Hill Curling Club | Richmond Hill

Last Saturday my gang at the radio station had the best time curling at the Richmond Hill Curling Club. With the exception of Rob and Debra, we are all curling neophytes so Marlene and Dawn who are members of the club were kind enough to show us the basics. We had so much fun it was ridiculous. The club is awesome and there is a very comfortable lounge with a very lovely bar that was a great spot to hang out after for a drink. Curling is a really fun way to bond with your work peeps and it feels very good to say you took part in Canada's national pastime! Rosie :)

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Federick Restaurant | Markham

Welcome to Federick in Markham. This is where me and my work peeps eat lunch when we are in a happy mood and want to take our joy to the next level. Jordan is waiting patiently for our usual order of mixed vegetables, Hakka noodles, Manchurian fried rice and General Tso beef and chicken.

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Le Bistro Lounge - Courtyard & TownePlace by Marriott | Markham

I love going out to lunch. It makes a regular workday a little more special. I'm always looking for new places to eat near our studios that serve great food and are easy to meet up with your friends at. Le Bistro Lounge, located at the Courtyard Marriott Markham (right on Woodbine just north of Steeles) is lovely. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding.

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Marca on Main | Markham

Tucked right in that lovely stretch of historic Main Street Markham is a beautiful restaurant with seriously authentic Italian food. Marca on Main is open for lunch on Friday afternoons and on a warm July day it felt like a little escape to a trattoria in Rome. No one wants to make tough decisions in the summer so we ordered most of the appetizers and lots of white wine. The calamari fritti were light and tasty, served with fresh horseradish, garlic and lemon aioli.

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Shadowpath Theatre Presents Hotel Solstice

The third annual Hotel Solstice took place at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Vaughan on June 18th. Presented by Shadowpath Theatre Productions, Hotel Solstice is a wild night of art, music and dance all under one roof. The lobby is transformed into a creative space for artists. The hotel rooms become venues for performance art. The ballroom hosted dancers of every style from tap to contemporary to belly dancing. From clairvoyants to flair bartenders to roaming musicians, the hotel for one late spring night becomes an artistic adventure. The lobby artists were amazing to see in action.

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King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

It was a beautiful day for this delicious event in King City's Memorial Park with a great selection of gourmet food trucks, local breweries and an amazing schedule of live music. $15 gets you entry into the event with access to food, beer and live music plus three drink tokens. If you aren't a drinker and just want to go and enjoy the music, $5 gets you access to the event grounds. Kids under 12 are free. We started with pulled pork from Smokinstein Food Truck.

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Ding Tai Fung | Markham

We wrapped up Chopstick Walk 2015 with Shanghai-style dim sum at Ding Tai Fung on Highway 7. Located in the busy and huge First Markham Place strip mall, this restaurant is popular for its xiaolongbao (steamed buns prepared in bamboo steaming baskets.) The chefs make everything fresh to order. It's very cool to watch them do their dim sum thing behind a glass wall.

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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant | Richmond Hill

If you love watching highly skilled chefs creatively prepare delicious food as much as you love eating it, then you have to try the teppanyaki experience. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an hot iron griddle to prepare meat, fish and vegetables. The meal is cooked in the center of a table with diners surrounding the chef. Akasaka Steak House is located at 280 West Beaver Creeks minutes from the 404 even in rush hour. Its humble outside does not hint at the comfortable and traditional interior, the excellent service and the truly scrumptious food.

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Vendemmia Wine Festival | Woodbridge

"La vendemmia" is a very special time of year in Italy. It refers to the fall grape harvest. This is a time of year that is difficult to predict because it can't really be scheduled. It happens with the grapes are at the peak of their ripeness, and ready to be picked for wine. The Vendemmia Wine Festival in Woodbridge is a wonderful celebration in August at the Veneto Centre. Delicious food and the best "uva per vino" are available for purchase- the grapes for making wine.

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Covernotes Coffee Shop | Richmond Hill

I am a huge fan of this cozy Richmond Hill coffee shop. The coffee and treats are excellent (I ate my huge delicious mocha brownie so fast I forgot to take a picture) but what really caught my attention was this:

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