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Working for the government – what a cool job.

Applying your labour for the good of the people, comfortable working conditions, decent pay… except not really.

The City of Toronto has recently began posting job openings for upcoming municipal election. These jobs basically entail picking up any of the admin tasks required to execute an orderly vote – picking up supplies, opening and closing booths, keeping records, things of that nature.

Three of the six jobs advertised pay $170 a day. Not a bad return, though again there’s an exception: given the number of hours required, this compensation falls below Ontario’s minimum wage.

As one redditor points out:

The Accessibility or Information Officer (AIO) job is advertised as having an hour long training session, and working on election day from approximately 9 a.m – 9 p.m for a total of 13 hours.

The Tabulator Deputy Returning Officer (TDRO) job is advertised as having an hour long training session, an approximately hour long system test (which may not be something they are legally mandated to pay you for), and working on election day from approximately 8:30 a.m to 9 p.m, for a total of either 13.5 or 14.5 hours.

The Voter Assist Terminal Officer (VATO) job is advertised as having an hour long training session, and working on election day from approximately 8:30 a.m – 9 p.m for a total of 13.5 hours.

Therefore, compensation for these roles would look something like this:

AIO: $13.08 (13 hours)
TDRO: $11.72 (14.5 hours) or $12.59 (13.5 hours)
VATO: $12.59 (13.5 hours)

This is the part we remind you that minimum wage in Ontario currently stands at $14 an hour.

The person who brought this to the attention of the Internet also points out that employees in these positions often work more than the hours advertised. This overtime is reportedly not compensated and the hours aren’t tracked. A screenshot of their correspondence with a City of Toronto official was included to expand on the matter:

City of Toronto plans to pay below minimum wage.

So the next time someone tells you they work for the government and you assign them an assumption of lavish living, consider that Tim Horton’s isn’t the only Canadian giant cutting corners.

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While I definitely appreciate a quality all-inclusive resort on occasion (i.e. when all I crave is lounging and recharging), these days, authentic experiences offered outside the confines of a sprawling, cookie-cutter hotel are the ones checked off my travel bucket list most often.

That’s why a decision to hit Guadalajara – an often-overlooked Mexico destination, and one not overrun with tourists – was an easy one.

Seemingly worlds away from Cancun’s all-inclusive resort buffets and crowded beaches, Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest city, offers no shortage of authenticity – from charming mom and pop shops and addictive taco stands worth posting about to colourful markets, murals, and heated lucha libre matches. Here, you can experience the best of Mexican culture in its raw, vibrant glory. If you like tequila, you’re in the right place. It’s one of the things the city is known for (that, and their top-notch mariachi culture). In fact, it was Herradura Tequila – the makers of the world’s first reposado tequila – who invited me down for a taste of both the city and spirits.

Where to Stay
The lobby at the new AC Marriott Guadalajara hotel is worthy of the pages of an interior design magazine, and sets the vibe for your stay in the sleek, modern spot. In addition to talking points like massive showers with views into your suite, plush bedding that may contribute to later-than-normal wakeup times (in combination with the tequila), and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer prime city views in many rooms, the star of the show at this hotel is definitely the photo-worthy 12th-floor infinity pool and bar. Here, you can unwind after a day of exploring with a quality mojito, beer, or glass of crisp white wine as you take in the 180-degree views of the city below.

What to Do
In Guadalajara, horse-drawn carriages, sprawling historic squares, photo-worthy fountains, and colonial buildings juxtapose urban restaurants, cafes, and bars, offering a mix of cosmopolitan vibes and rich culture and history. If you’re looking for art and impressive architecture, you’ll definitely find it in Guadalajara and the surrounding area. The city is home to some of the most vibrant historic mural art by world-renowned muralist Jose Clement Orozco. If you’re an art student or lover of general creative expression, checking out some of these impressive works should definitely be on your bucket list. Those found within the walls of the UNESCO-listed Cabanas Cultural Center are especially notable. Guadalajara is also full of storied buildings to transport you back in time, and the stunning 16th Century Catedral de Guadalajara – a truly breathtaking spot that features neoclassical, Baroque, and Gothic styles – should not be missed.

If you have the real estate in your suitcase, you may want to take full advantage of the open-air plazas, shops, and indoor markets that fill the city. Additionally, a stop in nearby Tlaquepaque – a quaint town 20 minutes from downtown Guadalajara that is renowned for its art and colourful pottery – is a must for shoppers. Here, within its streets and outdoor markets, you’ll find handmade art, jewellery, and unique souvenirs, in addition to brightly coloured buildings, historic squares, and small but lively bars and cafes. For a young, hipster-feeling vibe, Guadalajara’s Chapultepec neighbourhood features pedestrian streets, street art, gourmet coffeehouses, cafes, nightclubs, and restaurants.

To let loose like a true local, hit up a Tuesday night lucha libre match – a must-see pro wrestling event with a long history in Mexico. Whether you’re a wrestling fan or not, this high-energy affair will offer an adrenaline rush you didn’t know you were missing in your life (even if you only experience it once). Things get pretty heated between the colourfully masked wrestlers and guests, with both groups exchanging insults and animated mockery throughout the evening. From massive servings of beer to the rowdy crowd and lively entertainment, shaking off the day of sightseeing at a lucha libre match sets the stage for a big night out at nearby bars.

The Tequila
You’ll find some of the best tequila you’ll taste at Casa Herradura Distillery, the oldest distillery in Mexico, just an hour outside the bustle of Guadalajara in the small town of Amatitan. Sprawling gardens and rolling agave fields of Jalisc throughout the peaceful, mountain-surrounded property await. Making lives easier, the distillery offers shuttle buses from Guadalajara so that guests don’t have to worry about driving after a post-tour tequila tasting. During a tour on the breezy property, you’ll learn agave cultivation techniques (and how the world’s best tequila, including Herradura, is made with 100 per cent agave), the difference between tequila and mezcal, the history of the longtime brand, and how Herradura uses only natural airborne yeasts (rather than commercial yeasts) in the fermentation of its smooth tequila.

Where to Eat
If you have a soft spot for seriously delicious grilled octopus and braised short rib, you’ll find some of the best at Hueso restaurant. The modern spot is housed in an old mansion and offers a hip, urban vibe to accompany its comforting family-style dishes. The whitewashed walls here are covered in more than 10,000 carefully sourced animal bones (all painted white), and four long communal tables help the food-sharing cause. Word of advice: don’t wait to book a reservation here.

When visiting Tlaquepaque, the breezy Casa Fuerte, a cozy restaurant complete with a greenery-filled courtyard, is a solid option for lunch or dinner. Here you’ll find an assortment of incredible Mexican food, with crowd pleasers like fajitas, braised beef, tortilla soups, and a dreamy, sizzling, and gooey pot of cheese (the queso fundido con chorizo) meant to be shared among all those in attendance. To wash it all down, go for the smooth tamarind margarita with chilli (or any delicious margarita, really). It’s not uncommon for live music to accompany your outdoor meal, completing the memorable dining experience.

Of course, you can’t visit a place like Guadalajara and not try its incredible street food. One taco stand in particular, which occupies real estate on the corner of Manuel Acuna and Pedro Buzeta, is especially renowned among locals. Here, you can choose between a variety of meat for tacos or quesadillas, the latter of which are filled with some of the most memorable cheese you’ll try. To get up close and personal with Guadalajara’s food and drink scene – from local hidden gems to bustling bars – another option is booking a food tour to get the seasoned, expert culinary intel of a local.

Guadalajara makes for a fantastic mini-vacation (I would recommend taking four to five days to explore it) if you’re in the market for swapping the typical Mexico beach vacation for a city of memorable culinary offerings, rich history, interesting architecture, eclectic shopping, and, of course, tequila.

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You know your startup has reached massive success when the Prime Minister of Canada shows up at your annual conference.

Earlier this month, Shopify Inc. company partners and developers converged for a forward-thinking conference, Shopify Unite, which took over Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works on May 8 with a packed day of innovative programming. To end on a high note, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke sat down with tech expert Amber Mac for a discussion focused on supporting Canadian talent and innovation and creating more opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs – ever-important pillars of our economy.

When it comes down to it, Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada needs “more swagger” in promoting our homegrown innovations and “how awesome we are” to a global audience – something Shopify definitely doesn’t lack.

Canadian-born e-commerce giant Shopify Inc. was the country’s first Internet startup since the dot-com crash to reach a billion-dollar valuation. The platform now powers more than 600,000 stores globally, turning the dreams of new entrepreneurs into businesses. While Shopify is a Canadian success story, the sad reality is that it’s rare and we could definitely score more points as a country in generating more capital in our home and native land for our startups. Trudeau highlighted the appeal of Canadian innovations to overseas investors. “As soon as we come up with a really great idea, someone with really deep pockets comes up from the States or somewhere else in the world and says, ‘Oh great, I am going to incorporate that into my platform,”‘ said Trudeau. “How to get Canadians to scale up and how to get Canadians companies to become leaders that drive their own ecosystems like Shopify is a big challenge that we have.”

Trudeau says changing this starts by recognizing the “extraordinary advantages” we have in Canada with things like the great quality of life and great vibe (which many of us can easily take for granted). “There is a diversity and an openness here that means if you come up different and have a different approach on things, you can be valued and drawn on to a greater degree than organizations that look for homogeneity and don’t end up getting that spark of juxtaposition that ends up generating things,” said Trudeau. Diversity, like that which characterizes Canada, helps fuel innovation. As Lutke highlighted, the multiculturalism offered at Shopify – which is Ottawa-based – gives the company better decision-making abilities and is something that has lead to their success

In terms of stepping up our game, Trudeau stressed how Canada is well positioned to excel on a global playing field. “We are a country that has always had far too many resources than we have had an internal market to be able to support them,” said Trudeau. “We have always – from the time of fish and furs – needed to trade with the world and that has left us global in our thinking about trade. We are the country that has the largest number of trade deals in terms of percentage of global GDP around the world. That means that we are naturally well connected to draw on and play in a global economy.”

Dynamic chat this afternoon with @tobi of @Shopify and @ambermac at #ShopifyUnite in Toronto, focused on supporting Canadian talent & innovation to create more jobs & opportunities for small businesses & entrepreneurs. You can watch it here: https://t.co/lP2TwwgijT pic.twitter.com/S8hCXBxYIS

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 8, 2018

Small businesses, said Trudeau, need to come up with solutions to plug into that world in a natural way because we don’t have the huge audience here in Canada compared to countries like the United States. Speaking of our friends south of the border, Trudeau also stressed the importance of collective success across the country and contrasted the stereotypical American dream with the Canadian dream. “The American dream is ‘I’m going to succeed; I’m going to be a millionaire; I’m going to be a billionaire.’ In Canada, with our ‘peace, order, and good government;’ with our earnest, good neighbour approach, sometimes we really lock in that, if we do well and our neighbours do well, then we will all do well together and our own success comes from everyone having the opportunity to succeed.”

We do, however, need to do more to ensure that both our talent and our innovative ideas can flourish in Canada. The good news? “We are doing a better job at having the confidence (confidence we have every right to have) on the world stage right now,” said Trudeau – believing we have the chops to play on the world stage is the first step in making major moves.

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Last we checked, Canadians voted Tim Horton’s the 50th-most admirable brand in the country.

It was an astonishing fall from grace – Tim’s placed 4th overall in the same poll the year before – that started, oh, around the time bread bowls were discontinued. Or when one franchise of the $3-billion-in-annual-revenue corporation slashed paid breaks and other benefits following Ontario’s new minimum wage boost.

Anyway, the slide continues. According to different reputation ranking that was recently released, Tim Horton’s has fallen outside the top 50. Tim Horton’s is recognized among the five fastest fallers, a list that includes Novo Nordisk, Pirelli, Bayer, and fellow Canadian Agropur.

Tim Horton’s fall from grace can be attributed to three factors, according to the report: its merger with Burger King in 2014 (shedding its Canadian angle), public dispute and legal action against its franchisees, and reducing wages and benefits for employees across multiple locations (see above).

On a more positive note, Canadian’s consider Google to be the world’s most reputable company. This is followed by Lego in second place, with Rolex rounding out the top three. Nintendo and MEC finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Canadian companies tended to score well overall, with nine in the top 50. Here are the 10 most reputable Canadian companies:

As for the industry rankings…


Happy shopping!

More than 7,000 companies across 55 countries, and 20 different industries, were evaluated. Canada RepTrak 50 is considered “the largest normative database on corporate reputation in Canada.”

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As a Canadian, travelling around the world is about as stress-free as it gets.

That’s because we’re fortunate to hold one of the most powerful passports in the world. Meaning, we have visa-free access to almost every country on the planet.

According to the Henley Passport Index, Canadians are privy to travel visa-free to 185 countries. That ranks the power of the Canadian passport fifth overall, tied with Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and Ireland.

Somewhat surprisingly, our neighbours to the South have visa-free access to 186 countries, placing them fourth internationally.

The most powerful passport in the world, meanwhile, belongs to the Japanese. Holders of a Japanese passport can travel to 189 countries without requiring a visa. Germany and Singapore’s passports rank second (188 countries), while Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden round out the top three (187 countries).

The five least powerful passports, meanwhile, are Afghanistan and Iraq, whose citizens can only travel to 30 countries without a visa.

The top 10 below:

1. Japan 2. Germany, Singapore 3. Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden 4. Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, UK, USA 5. Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland 6. Greece, Australia 7. Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand 8. Iceland 9. Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia 10. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia

Vacation time aside, and domestic flight prices be damned, you should have no excuse to go out there and see the world. Allow us to point you in the right direction.

The index and its contents are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and supplemented, enhanced, and updated using extensive in-house research and open-source online data. The index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations.

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I vividly remember watching the 2017 Women’s March on Washington months after Trump’s inauguration.

Instead of feeling inspired by the hundreds of thousands of women pouring into the streets carrying comically poignant signs, I remember cynically thinking that all of their marching would be for nothing. I believed the people who really needed to hear their calls for change could simply turn off the TV and think about something else. It takes more than marching to enact change. It takes sitting at the table with people who hold the power to make decisions. And unfortunately the majority of those currently wielding global power to make lasting change happen to be men. Canada is sadly a prime example: women only account for 26% of seats in the House of Commons, placing Canada in 50th place in international ranking of women in parliament.

In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, organizations like Times Up Now are mobilizing real change (see #MuteRKelly) and long time media magnates like Bill Cosby are finally getting the condmenation they deserve (in Cosby’s case, potentially up to 30 years in prison). Gloria Allred, the women’s rights attorney who represented Cosby’s victims summed up the proceedings nicely when she said, “The jury finally believed women.” While we celebrate these victories today, it’s not without the sting of countless past cases, reported or not, where men were protected by the institutional structures that are supposed to represent both sexes. If a woman’s testimony wasn’t enough to hold someone accountable in extremely carnal situations of human interaction like rape, what hope could we have that their voices would be respected in sterilized conversations like those regarding trade agreements?

The current momentous times were a central topic of conversation for over 700 women who attended the Women’s Forum in Toronto earlier this month. Leaders in industries spanning business and politics convened at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto Canada with discussions around issues that, although they have not always been properly represented by women, have had vast and wide reaching effects on them. Speakers at the Forum included Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Karla Martinez (Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Mexico and Latin America), and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank. “It is so important right now when the truth is at risk to [take] decisions that affect the greater good and base them on facts and data so we can protect the vulnerable,” said Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

The Forum provided an important arena for women to deliberate how socioeconomic and trade policies affect people down the line, especially those in vulnerable economic situations (most often women). Panelists did not hold back. While discussing protectionist policies in trade, Jean Charest, the former premier of Quebec and Former Deputy Prime Minister, was applauded for his work over a 10-year period in putting together the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). French Ambassador to Canada Kareen Rispal was quick to point out that the CETA is a document that contains over 1000 pages but only mentions the word “women” six times. “Free trade is being abused by protectionism, which increases prices by lowering competition. Who is that good for? Only the very rich. We have to be vigilant when negotiating a trade agreement because for years we never took into account this gender reality”.

The Women’s Forum took place a month before leaders will meet at the G7 convention in La Malbaie, Quebec. That was not by accident. Organizers of the Women’s Forum are collecting key insights discussed over the two days into a manifesto to be presented to the G7 Heads of State and to the Gender Equality Advisory Council of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The hope is that the manifesto will influence some of the key themes the G7 leaders are deliberating.  

2018 has been dubbed, “The Year of Women” and as a result of gaining momentum, women’s voices are finally crescendoing into real change. But there is still a long way to go. Case in point: the current U.S. President has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 15 women and has an abhorrent track record of statements he’s made regarding women. I do not intend to minimize the importance of peaceful protests and marches. It takes women in all industries and levels of government to stand up and take action. In my eyes last week’s Forum was another important step forward on the long road that will lead women to finally shatter the glass ceiling in global governance.

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If you had to guess Canada’s national bird, which would you choose?

The loon? The blue jay? The Canada goose? The resourceful Toronto pavement pigeon?

Actually, it’s the gray jay. Never heard of it? It’s not that you’ve been living in a nest – the gray jay was only named Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in late 2016.

And with such a forgettable name, it’s no wonder the gray jay has struggled to draw recognition worthy of its title. Well, that’s about to change, because a committed crew of Canadian birders have ruffled together a proposal that would see the Gray Jay revert back to its original name: the Canada Jay. The name change will go into effect this July.

“What could be a more perfect bird for Canada, besides all the other reasons why it makes a great choice, than having it named after our country? ” said the fantastically named Professor David Bird, the B.C. ornithologist who lobbied for the bird’s status as a national symbol a few years ago.

A little history: The soon-to-be-Canada-jay became the gray jay in 1957. It had been called the Canada jay since its classification in the early 1800s. A 2015 contest by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society saw it beat out the common loon, the snowy owl, the black-capped chickadee, and the Canada goose to be recognized as Canada’s national bird.

Canada’s bird community is aflutter over the news.

“I just feel that this bird so embodies Canadian personality and psyche,” said Bird. “It’s so friendly, it’s intelligent, it’s hearty. And that, to me, epitomizes the Canadian spirit.” (It’s apparently one of the smartest birds in the world).

With the gray jay getting a name befitting of its excellence and the potential legalization of marijuana lined up for July, this might be the biggest Canada Day since, well, last year.

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After a week fuelled by family drama and last-minute changes, we finally saw the Royal Wedding come together on Saturday morning. It went off without a hitch and it was apparent that the The Firm was not interested in addressing any previous missteps of the week before.

If it’s in good taste to err on the side of caution, the Royal Wedding dove right in, resulting in what could only be described as, underwhelming. And that my friends, is exactly what they were going for.

Amazing Artwork by @maelleigh 👏👏👏💖💖💖🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyalworld) on May 21, 2018 at 11:17pm PDT

If the wedding was meant to be Meghan’s fairytale moment, the week prior played out in typical style with her family of stepmonsters doing everything in their power to keep her from being with her true love. From her father hosting TMZ on speed dial (while in the hospital no less) to her half-sister and nephew trying to secure TV spots, this family scrambled to capture any last-minute attention they could leading up to Saturday.

Because of this PR mess there was no room for shock, pomp, and pageantry. I honestly felt for Meghan as I can only imagine how difficult these final days must have been. Beyond the stress of a wedding with the world watching, you then added her father’s health conditions and her family’s incessant need to make it about them. You can start see why her dresses didn’t fit.

The only word that comes to mind when you think about this family is disappointment. Thank goodness Doria Ragland was there, and has always been there, because this glimpse into Meghan’s “family” life was enough to make you appreciate the worst of relatives. Based on what we saw play out in public and can only assume what the Royal communications team went through to juggle the narrative, an understated, easy flowing wedding day was just what needed to happen.

Now let’s break down that dress. Because I know the internet did not love the dress. It was the most underwhelming piece of the wedding day puzzle. There was no gasp when she emerged from her car, and people wanted the gasp. And when you consider how Kate came out in 2011 for her nuptials, we were expecting much more here. But you know what? I need to highlight that this dress was completely appropriate for what Meghan represents, so I believe she hit the mark on what she was going for.

Let’s recap: Meghan is a 36 year-old divorcée. She is not going to be the future Queen of England and she is an American commoner entering into the British Monarchy. To put it lightly, she has enough attention on her and work to do, both from inside the Royal Family and in the eyes of the outside media. Any attempt at glamour or a Wow factor would likely have been frowned upon. She just couldn’t win here. I know the dress was less than exciting, but I think she achieved what she needed to by letting her tiara, borrowed from the Queen herself, literally shine. She forced the media to focus on that gorgeous veil with an important nod to the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. The dress needed to be understated and was appropriately conservative to allow for the rest of the service to be front and centre.

And that’s what we got in the end, isn’t it? A ceremony that wasn’t actually about Harry and Meghan at all, but was a sneak peek into what their partnership moving forward will represent. It was about the speakers, the choirs, and the words and music being played. It was a showcase for how this modern union will navigate their way, kicking things off with a service that screamed, THINGS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE AROUND HERE.

For me, the day was perfectly executed and left us forgetting all about the mess leading up to it. And if you watched Harry and Meghan interact for any 0.02 seconds during the ceremony, you know that it did not matter what dress she wore, which family members were invited, or who was or wasn’t paying attention during the vows: they only had eyes for each other. What we witnessed was the beginning of a true partnership forming. One that’s built on strategy, love, and, as Reverend Michael Currey put it best, “Fire”.

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One of Toronto’s biggest and best food festivals is back and better than ever. Toronto Taste returns to Corus Quay on Sunday, June 3rd for a night of amazing food and fun.

What better way to sample Toronto’s finest foods than lakeside with your favourite craft beer or local wine with friends and chefs galore? Enjoy exclusive plates and drinks from title holders on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, including local favourites like Brandon Olson’s La Banané, Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud, and Mitchell Bates’ Grey Gardens.

Photo by Gusto 101Apart from being a night of culinary greatness, Toronto Taste also acts as a charity event by donating money to Second Harvest – Canada’s largest food rescue charity – with every ticket sold. Last year, Taste Toronto was able to raise a record-breaking $925,000 to supply 1.8 million meals for children, adults, and seniors acorss Toronto.

Each ticket provides guests with access to over 100 of Toronto’s most sought-after dishes and drinks, including new additions to the festival like Cafe Can Can and Bar Buca.

Tickets run for $260 and include a $150 tax credit. Your ticket not only includes entry to the event, delicious food and drink, and a charitable donation, but also access to a raffle draw, fine wine auction, live auction, and silent auction.

Here are some of our favourite restaurants that we’ll definitely line up for come June 3rd…

1. La Banane

A notable and honourable addition to the Ossington strip, La Banane has been the talk of Toronto in 2018. Whether it’s their famous chocolate ‘Disco Eggs’ or plates from their rich new raw bar (we’re talking fresh crab legs and oysters), Chef and owner Brandon Olsen is sure to be serving up some incredibly unique and tasty plates. We’re crossing our fingers he whips out the fried chicken.

2. Bar Buca

Everyone’s favourite Italian resto will most definitely be a hot spot for Taste Toronto, as Buca has a great reputation for melt-in-your-mouth pastas, thick paninis, and decadent pastries.

Our Spice Ash Crusted Bruce County Deer with parsnip purée and braised neck ragout is back!

A post shared by Antler (@antlerkitchenbar) on Apr 17, 2018 at 10:30am PDT

3. Antler

Vegans, beware. Controversial Antler restaurant will be shining the spotlight on their game-based dishes. Expect venison, duck, trout, bison, boar… basically anything but salads. The heat recent media has put on this Toronto restaurant hasn’t slowed down their creativity, presentation, or taste – which is why it makes our list.

Lunch dreams!! 😘 Gorgeous capture by @getawei #frenchbistro

A post shared by Café Cancan (@cafecancanto) on Jan 10, 2018 at 1:11pm PST

4. Café Cancan

It’s no surprise this pretty and pink spot has been the star of Instagram since its opening in early 2017. But don’t be fooled – this restaurant is far more than just Instagram fodder. Cancan wins when it comes to French dining and beautiful plates like steak au poivre or their practically perfect frites.

5. Grey Gardens

A restaurant that truly cannot be ignored. Not only have they hit the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada list, but they’ve done so with gorgeous plates, divine textures, and tantalizing flavour combinations. Despite its grungy Kensington roots, Grey Gardens delivers contemporary dishes with all the pizzazz of a seasoned, well-travelled palette.

To check out all of these restaurants andtheir incredible dishes, make sure to grab your ticket for Toronto Taste 2018 here.

And don’t forget, it’s not just a food festival, it’s one that gives back – which makes it all the more delicious.

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One could say that Kristen and Shadi – the couple behind Vacation Couple – didn’t choose the luxury travel lifestyle, it chose them.

For this special mini series we’ve partnered with Aaron Parker of “The Lucky Few” podcast and Aguamiel Tequila to speak with courageous individuals who’ve cast off their traditional 9-5 jobs and have instead boldly pursued what can only be defined as dream jobs. These people often exercise skills in photography, blogging, graphic design, and digital marketing – often all within the span of a day.

Feeling stuck in their careers, Kristen and Shadi went on a trip in 2014 and decided to create a video recap to show their friends and family. Within 24 hours of posting their video online, the hotel they had stayed at during their trip reached out to the couple to create more paid content. In the four years since, Vacation Couple have quit their full time jobs to become full time travel reviewers, specializing in the all-inclusive luxury niche. While it might look like all they do is lounge around luxury resorts all day, Kristen and Shadi work extremely hard to capture and edit all of their own content. Their hustle is paying off, they’ve recently hitting 1 million views on a recent Youtube video they posted. Check it out:

Top 3 Adults Only Resorts in Mexico 2017 - YouTube

Listen to them discuss what elements they believe are responsible for their success and how they differentiate themselves from other content producers. They also divulge the clearest sign you should look for to figure out if this isn’t the path for you.

Be sure to check out the first episode in the Free Spirits mini series featuring The Planet D. And don’t miss the second episode, featuring Darlene Anderson from The New Girl.

Follow Aaron Parker and The Lucky Few Podcast on iTunes here.

The post Free Spirits Podcast Episode 3: Vacation Couple appeared first on Notable Life.

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