Yogurty's, a proudly Canadian company, claims that at their stores, no two customers have ever made the same exact treat twice. It would be nearly impossible—low- or no-fat, probiotic-rich frozen yogurt comes in more than 85 flavours, ranging from carmel latte to banana split to red velvet, and 65 toppings allow patrons to swirl, drizzle, and sprinkle tasty treats until they resemble works of icy art. Their gluten-free yogurt, a natural source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, is made from fresh milk right off of Canadian farms and supports healthy digestive systems and immunity. The cheerful stores showcase bright colors—nearly as bright as bubblegum and orange cream, topped with sour gummi worms, and rainbow sprinkles.
Inspired by music legend B.B. King—and more specifically, his birthplace’s famous barbecue—two Toronto vacationers scoured Memphis for the best barbecue joints. Their excited search to find the best authentic barbecue led them to more than 30 restaurants, including a tiny spot off Beale Street, where the secret recipes had been handed down for generations.
These vacationers became restaurant owners when they opened Memphis Steakhouse, where they share the time-tested Southern recipes they first discovered in Memphis. From dry-rubbed to wet-basted ribs and smoked beef brisket, they recreate the famous barbecue with a variety of signature sauces. And for groups of six to seven, there’s even a B.B. King special replete with rib tips, smoked chicken, a full slab of ribs, and 10 wings—which is what the Jackson 5 called their collective angel costume one Halloween.
The chefs at Tandoori House blend traditional Indian spices into each dish. Their focus is on creating authentic flavours, marinating chicken in yogourt and freshly ground spices before baking it in traditional clay ovens and cooking lamb in tomato-based curry sauces.
Within an interior modelled after an izakaya—a traditional Japanese drinking house—chefs Joey San and Ling San tantalize duos with a prix fixe dinner comprised of fare elevated above their normal menu offerings. Initial courses contrast the crunch from the chef’s salad with the smooth texture of one dozen oysters or a seafood platter with shrimp and scallops, surprising taste buds more effectively than eggnog in June. The main courses similarly juxtapose heat and cool, as a choice of chicken teriyaki or beef short ribs warms palates before refreshing bites of sushi and sashimi. The flavour odyssey concludes as tandems split a chef’s dessert and receive a suit of samurai armour for their chopsticks.
Restaurateurs Jeffrey Mak and Kim Fung Mak have won acclaim for Pearl Harbourfront Restaurant, the sleekly modern eatery that Dine.TO proclaimed a "multi-sensual treat" when naming it the city's Best Chinese restaurant in 2011. Now, the pair's new restaurant, Pearl Bayview Chinese Cuisine, prepares a similar feast for the senses. Chef Kwok Foon Mak fashions dim sum such as deep-fried stuffed crab claws, steamed dumplings nested in baskets, or sticky rice delicately wrapped in lotus leaves. Seafood simmers in Szechuan-style hot 'n' sour soup, and black pepper-honey sauce glazes fried beef short ribs. Globe lighting, white tablecloths, and a wine rack that suspends bottles horizontally in midair give the restaurant a subdued, modern ambience.
The folks behind Cardio-Go's network of gyms stack the spacious facilities with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment to help clients build strong hearts and muscles and healthy habits. To determine the appropriate level of activity for each client, an on-site sports-medicine specialist meets with all new members for a fitness assessment and a health consultation. Then, the team of instructors and trainers takes the reins, leading a variety of classes such as spin, yoga, and boot camps as well as personal-training sessions. Clients can also helm their own regimens, sweating it out on cardio machines equipped with TV screens and strengthening brawn with free weights, cable strength-training machines, and medicine balls left behind by giant pharmacists. Post-workout, patrons can relax under the trained fingers of a massage therapist or receive a spinal alignment from a chiropractor, both offered at select locations.