One day in Toronto: Cityline food expert and author Claire Tansey

Author Claire Tansey runs us through her favourite Toronto hangouts

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With her new book Uncomplicated hitting the shelves earlier this fall, culinary expert and Cityline regular Claire Tansey is on a quest to show folks just how simple cooking at home can be without sacrificing quality or deliciousness.

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As she mentions in her book, Tansey loves to cook at home, but also loves to explore the great restaurants that her home base of Toronto has to offer. From quality eggs Benedict to her favourite place for a pint of beer, here's where Tansey loves to dine around Ontario's capital city.


I'm staunchly anti-brunch (don't get me started), but we sometimes get up early on a Saturday and have breakfast at Queen and Beaver. They have a full English breakfast, but they also have the most delicate and perfect eggs Benedict in town.


When I'm out and about during a weekday, I try to manage my schedule to get me close to Banh Mi Boys for lunch. I could eat their crispy tofu bao every day for the rest of my life!


Le Paradis is our date spot. My partner, Michael and I went often while we were dating, and now, whenever we get a rare night out together. It's a perfectly French bistro: busy, noisy, welcoming and cozy; and the food is simple, rustic French food like choucroute garnie (my fave), bouillabaisse and boeuf bourguignon. Plus, the wine list is amazing and so affordable!



THE ISLE OF MERINGUE Scotch Calvados Madagascar Vanilla Liqueur Lemon Lavender Syrup Egg White

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I love a proper English pub, so The Oxley if I'm downtown or The Feathers if I'm closer to home. Both carry my favourite pint, London Pride, and both are happy, cozy places to sit in for a relaxing afternoon.