Toronto Life

Winterlicious is an annual Toronto culinary celebration. It allows people the opportunity to try prix fixe menus from a variety of restaurants across the city and offers unique culinary events. During Winterlicious I always take the chance to try a place I’ve never been to, allowing me to taste some of the best dishes on their menu at a (usually) discounted price!

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This weekend I decided to try Piola’s $15 Prix Fixe Lunch Menu. As their sign says, they are “Famosi Per La Pizza”, and they didn’t disappoint!!! They’re located at 1165 Queen St W, and they offer classic italian dishes like thin crust pizza & pasta.

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I started with a strong, delicious, Italian coffee (….and ordered a couple more after that)!

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Bruschetta
Homemade bread sliced, oven toasted and topped with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil

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Aristotele Salad
Mixed greens, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, black pitted olives and cucumbers in a vinaigrette dressing

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Fusilli al Pesto Pasta
Pesto sauce made with fresh basil, virgin olive oil, pine nuts, Grana Padano cheese and garlic

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Ortomisto Pizza
Mozzarella, goat cheese, grilled vegetables and cherry tomatoes

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Margherita Pizza
The classic pizza topped with mozzarella and fresh basil
(It smelled so good, I couldn’t wait to take a bite!)

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Gelato al Limone & Gelato alla Vaniglia

My favourite was the Margherita Pizza and the Aristotele Salad! The Fusilli Pasta was particularly good the next day and I would DEFINITELY go back for a coffee!!

Happy Eating!

Anna

This Is Not A Toy Exhibit @ Design Exchange (guest curated by Pharrell Williams)

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This Is Not A Toy: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Collectible Design is currently on at the Toronto Design Exchange. The exhibit was guest curated by Pharrell Williams who put the collection together to display ‘ the design and art toy as a unique medium for artistic expression’. The collection includes pieces from a variety of designers like, KAWS, Takashi Murakami, A Bathing Ape, and FriendsWithYou, varying in prices from a few dollars to thousands.

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The title of the exhibit was inspired by the ‘THIS IS NOT A TOY’ disclaimer often found on product packaging, and Rene Margritte’s ‘Ceci N’est Pas Un Pipe’.

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The exhibit is on through till May 19 and I definitely recommend checking it out while its here! Below you can see some of my favourite pieces found inside of the bright,bold, ‘dream world’ that is This Is Not A Toy.

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COMPANION
KAWS, 2009, vinyl, 48″
Collection of Lev (Toy Tokyo); The artist; Jonathan Elias

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BOUNTY HUNTER SKULL KUN
BxH, MediCom Toy, 2007, vinyl 48″, release: 100
Collection of Lev (Toy Tokyo)

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GODLY
FriendsWithYou, 2010, inflatable, 36″x 36″, unique
Collection of the artists

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THE SIMPLE THINGS
Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams, 2008- 2009, glass fiber, steel, acrylic, wood, LED and 7 objects made of gold (white, yellow, and pink) set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, 74″ x 43 1/4″ x 39 3/4″
Collection of Adriana Abascal and Cathy Vedovi

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UP & UP
FriendsWithYou, 2011, laser cut MDF, car paint, acrylic, mechanical parts, 96″ x 54″
Collection of the artists

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BETTER KNOWING
KAWS, 2013, afromosia wood, 71″ x 49.5″ x 66.5″
Collection of Kaoru Katsuragi

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KAWSBOB 3
KAWS, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 72″ x 96″
Collection of Pharrell Williams

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KURFS (CROWD)
KAWS, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 68″ x 86″
Collection of Pharrell Williams

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RAINBOW VORTEX
FriendsWithYou, 2012, PVC inflatable, 12′ diameter, unique
Collection of the artists

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FULL 3″ PRODUCTION DUNNY COLLECTION
Kidrobot x Artists, 2004-2014, vinyl, 3″
Collection of Nicholas Caldas

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Make sure to check out the gift shop downstairs on your way out. There are lots of little goodies from a variety of the designers!
-Anna

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