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Sam James/ Stüssy by Didier Young

In theory, the act of roasting coffee seems quite easy enough to accomplish: green coffee beans are poured into a roaster, where they are slowly roasted to the desired degree and they are then dumped from the roasting chamber and air cooled. While one could attempt the whole procedure simply by looking for a specific colouration to the beans, it takes an expert to understand the subtle calibrations in temperature, smell, colour and sound that result in the finished product that they are aiming to achieve. One such master roaster is the owner and namesake of Sam James Coffee Bars in Toronto and the creator of Cut Coffee.

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A Coffee at Safehouse by Didier Young

There is no denying the fact that Toronto has slowly, but surely, become a coffee metropolis of its own. Coffee shops in Toronto are often supplied by local roasters such as Sam James’ Cut Coffee, Pilot Coffee and Demello but they also do not shy away from ordering coffee beans from places such as The Barn in Germany.  With this array of coffee shops all showcasing fantastic beans, it is often hard to pick out your allegiance. Often it all comes down to location, instagrammability, latte art abilities and service. Today’s post is the new coffee shop and Instagram darling, Safehouse Coffee.

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One of a Kind Online Shop by Didier Young

Tis the season to be shopping. It is mid-November and it once again this time of the year when we all have to wave our magic wands and somehow conjure up the perfect present: One that is personal, unique, pretty, within a specific price range and that your special ones have not purchased for themselves yet. It is becoming increasingly hard in this highly consumption centric society to find such a rare gem. Sometimes it feels like it would be easier to find a needle in a hay stack. Thankfully we have wonderful shows like the One of a Kind Show and its online shop.

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Kitten and The Bear by Didier Young

The first time I ever ventured to Roncesvalles, it was in order to visit  Kitten and The Bear (KATB). The beautiful store kept popping up on my Instagram feed, showing promises of tea parties filled with house-made jams and freshly baked scones. I was not disappointed. Kitten and The Bear’s Sophie and Bobby, the happily married duo and one of the loveliest couple that I have come to meet, run a shop that is filled with products that are imbued with the apparent love and knowledge of preserve making. Today’s trip to the shop aims to acquire insight into their art.

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Saturday Dinette by Didier Young

If you are strolling along Gerrard Street in Chinatown East, there’s a great chance that you may have stumbled upon our next spotlight subject. Located on a street corner, the building itself exudes an understated charm to it; white wooden panels, large windows with a distinct yellow lamp right above the door. A favourite amongst bloggers, Saturday Dinette has become a regular watering hole for food lovers, especially after the implementation of their weekday brunches.

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Dînner En Blanc by Didier Young

Every summer in Toronto, you may happen upon groups of people dressed head to toe in white with their luggages in tow. While you may be lead to believe that this is the beginning of a spiritual movement, those people are most likely heading to a secret location to have a white themed dinner. Le Dinner En Blanc started in 1988 and is now a unique cultural phenomenon that occurs in over 40 cities around the World. Every year for the past 28 years, the exclusive event has had people purchasing tickets, dress in the purest of colours, pack up meals and cutlery and waiting at specific meet up spots until they are told the day of where the dinner will be held.

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Peach and Burrata Salad by Didier Young

If you were to ask people about their favourite season, the answer you would receive would most often be summer. Everyone loves being at the beach, sipping on sangrias on a patio or simply laying in the park with a good book and building some impressive tan lines. While I am too much of an outerwear lover to fully embrace summer, there is one thing that I do adore about the warm season; the abundance of local fruits and vegetables.

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Brennan Michael by Didier Young

Originally from Prince Edward Island, one of the three Maritime provinces of Canada, Brennan Michael moved to Toronto in search of new experiences and thrills. Following a trip to a lifestyle specialist store, he made the purchase of a candle that most of his friends thought was overpriced. When the wick was lit for the last time six months later, Brennan realized that the monetary value of his purchase was not the same as the emotional value he attributed to that specific scent. He forever has one scent to remind him of memories that lasted the length of two seasons. That is how his professional adventure began...

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