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Visiting Toronto, desperately seeking advice!

HaveSpoonWillCook | Mar 4, 200805:23 PM

My husband and I will be visiting Toronto for about 5 nights, this is our first visit to Toronto. I am a great foodie who's been starved of good restaurants for a year and have a lot of catching up to do. We'll be at the Marriott downtown on Yonge, so I need suggestions within a reasonable radius, as husband will be at meetings until pretty late. We are not looking for cool places, good food and ambience come first..

Please can you suggest somewhere not too pricey but with superb dimsum.
Ditto for really good portuguese alcatra, thai food, modern western food with clean flavours, and really fresh well-prepared seafood in a casual atmosphere.

I desperately need to hang out at european-style cafes with cosy ambience and good coffee, soft seats, and magazines. Husband needs somewhere with good beer/wine and ambience, not too much noise, to hang out in during evenings.

Good shopping spots where I can buy all those foodie bits and pieces to take back with me (spicy sausages, various spices and pastes, massa malagueta, the stuff to make the milk curdle so I can make my own fresh portuguese cheese, patés, maple syrup, chinese/SE asian ingredients, good coffees and teas sold by weight, great cheeses, etc. etc.

A friend suggested I ask for help from all you foodies, thanks in advance!

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