Six unique restaurants in Toronto

Toronto prides itself on being an extremely multicultural city, and with that assertion comes the effects: we are littered with amazing food options here. Now, I’m not going to talk about the standard cuisines of some countries – such as Italian, French and Lebanese –which are universally praised in every major city around the world. Instead, this list will showcase the six best restaurants from underrated cuisines.

Check these places out if you are looking to take advantage of the multiculturalism of this great city!

1. Tuk Tuk Canteen: Although somewhat similar to Thai food, this Cambodian joint will give lovers of Thai food great exposure to a plethora of new flavours.

2. African Palace: A great Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant, which showcases the many flavors and unique cuisine of the Horn of Africa.

3. Cookie Martinez: Although not massive in geography, this place is massive in personality, from the lovely owner to the beautiful and vibrant colors. This is a must-try for anyone who loves Latin-American cuisine – especially those who love arepas.

4. Vos Restaurante Argentino: Argentinian steak is something everybody should try. Period. Popular around the world – especially in parts of Europe and Latin America – this spot is a must for anyone looking to try something new in Toronto.

5. Royal Myanmar Restaurant: From the interior of the restaurant to the food itself, this place screams traditional and it is perfect just the way it is. Located in a very unassuming area, this restaurant will provide you with great traditional Burmese meals.

6. Borrel: Although a prominent nation, The Netherlands has never really been able to bring their cuisine to the forefront in outside markets. Borrel tries to change that as they provide great Dutch comfort food and creative cocktails.

The four types of cute guys in tutorial

Tutorial is the holy grail place to find attractive people at school because you’re forced to sit next to them and discuss stuff. Projecting way too much onto cute boys will solve all your problems. There are only four types of cute tutorial guys, but I swear you can fit all of them into one or more of these categories if you don’t look too deeply at their souls.

The Philosophy major with a capital ‘P’

Philosophy Guy’s hair is just a bit too long, bordering on shaggy but ending up artfully tousled instead. He’s also trying to grow out some facial hair with really mixed results. Every other class, he wears a patterned short-sleeve button-down, usually with one more button than necessary undone. You talked to him once and he mentioned his psychedelic funk band within the first minute. In class, he sits at the front with his Moleskine and fountain pen and really thinks hard about what the prof says, scrawling down random things but never taking notes when actually important stuff is on the slides. He wears scuffed Converse, or maybe Vans. If they’re absolutely falling apart, you know he’s actually a Philosophy specialist.

The human red flag

Red Flag is almost always late to tutorial. There’s only a 50 per cent chance he’ll even show up, but when he does, you melt a bit despite everything about him screaming ‘run far, far away’: his Supreme laptop sticker, his Chance hat with the ‘3’ on it, his white sneakers that are so white it’s actually suspicious. He leans back in his chair a lot in class and manspreads on occasion. The fuckboy vibes are strong with this one, but you can’t help it. Maybe it’s his messy (the hot kind of messy) hair. Maybe it’s his disturbingly large collection of nice hoodies that you can imagine yourself wearing. I’m sorry, but this is your life now. Seek help.

The walking J.Crew ad

This guy is like if you took an ad for J.Crew and then added even more hair pomade. If U of T had a rowing team for rich kids (dragon boating doesn’t count), he’d be on it. He might own more than one peacoat, and he’s generally well-groomed but still misses some stubble here or there. He’s a little bit too good with people and talks a lot, to the point where it’s truly shocking when the TA asks a question and he doesn’t immediately offer some crazy articulate answer. When other people answer a question or respond to what he says, he nods his head thoughtfully. He sticks mainly to button-ups and nice sweaters, but every now and then he breaks out that rowing blazer with confidence you wish you had. You really want to hate him but just can’t.

The quiet guy in the corner, but ohmygod his eYeS

Quiet Guy is really unassuming-looking in basically every way. He always goes straight for the back of the room and then just looks intensely at every person who speaks. He isn’t trying to stare or anything; his eyes are just that piercing. You can rarely find him in class because he sits by himself and blends into the crowd. When you speak up in tutorial, he looks at you and your actual identity shatters because he sees through everything you have ever said or done. His voice is probably super deep… but who’ll ever know?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claps back at U of T student

Yesterday, University of Toronto computer engineering student Harry Khachatrian recieved a clap back response from popular new U.S. Representative from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

After AOC was quoted as saying, “The vast majority of Americans know that income inequality is one of the biggest issues of our time” in an interview with The Hill. Mr. Khachatrian tweeted AOC by asking, “What, precisely, is the correct level of income inequality for you, @AOC? Is there a distribution you are shooting for? Should everyone be equal?”

AOC responded stating the following: “Somewhere between ‘teachers shouldn’t have to sell their own blood to make rent’ & ‘billionaires with helipads and full-time workers on food stamps shouldn’t exist in the same society.”

via GIPHY

Khachatrian is a regular contributor for right-wing media publications The Rebel and The Daily Wire.

Disclosure: Harry Khachatrian has contributed to The Varsity in the past. 

I left my phone in the back of a taxi, so I’m a fucking idiot

Dear iPhone 6 I’ve had for five months,

I really, really, miss you.

One freezing Friday morning (literally just the other day), you were in my jacket pocket. I had just finished an overnight shift, so I was drowsy and exhausted. I had an important interview in less than an hour, and in an attempt to get there faster, I decided to take a taxi.

That was mistake number one.

Once my colleague took over from me at work, I rushed downstairs and didn’t bother to put in my headphones. I wanted to keep my head clear, not filled with Nicki Minaj lyrics.

That was mistake number two.

As I ran to the lone orange cab on the curb, I held onto my phone cradled in my pocket, trying desperately to keep it inside. I didn’t want to put it in my jeans pocket because the denim darkens the phone case.

The was mistake number three.

Inside the cab, it was a still and awkward silence. I wasn’t in the mood to talk — I was tired after such a long shift, and I had been working since midnight. The driver didn’t seem all too eager, either.

I paid no attention to my surroundings and attempted to take a small nap. Before I knew it, however, I was at my location. I fumbled for the fare, tipped generously, and ran out of the cab without looking back.

The was mistake number four.

You know how this ends.

Since losing my phone, I’ve had exactly six people ask why I don’t take an Uber, five people wonder why I didn’t have Find My iPhone turned on, and a mere four people console my spiralling self.

My answer to all those questions?

Yeah, I’m really stupid.

Four upcoming career fairs to keep your eye on

1. Get Experience Fair!

A bunch of U of T organizations and offices are partnering to host the Get Experience Fair next Wednesday at Hart House. The fair promises to equip students with skills necessary to gain experience for the workplace. According to the Facebook event, the fair will provide “a relaxed environment” to explore various job opportunities.

When: Wednesday, January 16, 11am-3pm.

Where: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Cir.

2. Get Hired: Summer and Full Time Job Fair

UTM’s annual job fair is one of the largest career fairs at U of T. With over 80 organizations participating, the Get Hired fair is solid place to being job-searching. Come to this fair with an updated resume in hand and a professional outfit. Have questions? UTM’s Career Centre has put together a video with tips to prep:

When: Wednesday, January 16, 10am-2pm.

Where:  RAWC, 1825 Outer Circle.

3. UTSC: Summer and Full-Time Job Fair 

UTSC’s career fair boasts over 70 organizations with both summer and full-time positions available. Starting this year, the job fair will also have an “Entrepreneur Alley” to help students learn skills needed to start a business. UTSC has created a tip sheet to help students prepare for the fair.

When: Thursday, January 24, 11am-2pm.

Where: Highland Halls Events Centre, 1265 Military Trail.

4. New Grad Career Fair 

U of T has partnered with Ryerson University to host a career fair specifically designed for recent grads. This fair provides current students and recent grads with the opportunity to chat with recruiters and learn about the requirements for a variety of jobs. Ryerson has created a guide for fair attendees to ensure you’re ready for the day. According to the event page, you might even score an interview at the fair – so be prepared for anything!

When: Thursday, February 7, 11am-3:30pm.

Where: Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St.

Things to do on campus this weekend

Here’s your list of to-do’s for this chilly January weekend on campus.

Saturday 

1. Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey vs. Brock Badgers 

Come out and cheer on our Varsity Blues men’s hockey team this Saturday at 6pm. Students get in free with their TCard and the first 100 guests will get a complementary Varsity Blues toque!

When: Saturday, January 12, 6pm.

Where: Varsity Arena, 299 Bloor St. W.

2. Making the Dead Talk 

The Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Student Union is hosting their annual symposium this Saturday exploring a variety of topics in forensic science.  The conference will include a career panel, a poster fair, multiple speakers, and a demonstration of live forensic techniques. As an added bonus, food is provided!

When: Saturday, January 12, 6pm.

Where: Macleod Auditorium, 1 King’s College Circle.

3. Tommy Thompson Park Winter Outing

Okay, it’s technically not on campus but the U of T Ornithological Club is hosting a hike at Tommy Thomas Park this Saturday and it’s definitely worth checking out. The club plans to walk a few kilometers hoping to spot ducks, raptors, and owls. Even if you’re not a birder, it’s still worth tagging along; a winter afternoon hike is the perfect opportunity to clear your mind. If birds are your thing, make sure to bring binoculars!

When: Saturday, January 12, 11am.

Where: The group is meeting in the parking lot at Unwin Ave. and Leslie St.

Sunday

4. Day of Percussion 2019 

U of T’s Faculty of Music has teamed up with the Ontario Percussive Arts Society to host a day in celebration of percussion instruments. The event will include clinics by drummer Sarah Thawer, mallet players Frozen Earth Duo, and the percussion section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a afternoon and evening concert for your listening pleasure.

When: Sunday, January 13, 10am-9pm.

Where: University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park Cres.

5. Drop-In Basketball 

Keep up that new years exercise resolution with drop-in basketball this Sunday. Shoot some hoops or participate in a low-stakes scrimmage.

When: Sunday, January 13, 12pm-4:50pm.

Where: AC Field House 1 and AC Field House 4.

6. Copy Editing  

Come copy edit for The Varsity! No experience is required – we’ll show you the ropes.

When: Sunday, January 13, 11am-2pm.

Where: The Varsity‘s second floor office, 21 Sussex Ave.

 

 

Best first date spots in Toronto

Let’s be real, Toronto is a great city for romantic time with that someone special. But on a first date, don’t settle for the cliché wine and dine. Open your mind to some unique possibilities you didn’t know existed.

To get started, I have compiled a list of exclusive dating categories to choose from based on your taste. Make the first date one you truly won’t forget.

Are you the adventurous type?

If you are, you should check out Scarborough Bluffs Park.

Located east of Toronto’s downtown core, this beautiful park will offers a spectacular glimpse of Lake Ontario. At the same time, you can enjoy a hike or walk along its many trails. The view is definitely Instagram-worthy!

If physical activity is not ideal, why not try one of Toronto’s Escape Rooms. Lock yourself in a room with hidden clues to achieve answers and escape the room you’re in! It’s the perfect get-to-know-you activity.

Try one out at: Escape Casa Loma, The Great Escape, or Riddle Room.

Do you love the great outdoors?

Why not stroll across Toronto’s Harbourfront? I assure you it is budget friendly!

In an instant, you’ll be on the docks, surrounded by yachts on Lake Ontario. There are also beautiful lights at night.

Do you have expensive taste?

Think big. Now think extravagant! Toronto has you covered. Why not make a romantic first impression up the CN Tower?

Not only can you grab spectacular views of the city, but also grab a bite at the 360 Restaurant.

Better yet, how about being whisked away on a helicopter provided by Toronto Heli Tours over our beautiful city? It’s sure to wow your date.

Whatever you fancy, this list should make your first date memorable and unique — you might even get asked on a second date!

Five dead giveaways someone is not from Toronto

 

1. They don’t complain about the weather

There are two variations for these anomalies. One is the sweet, sweet summer child hailing from some nicer, warmer place. They’re wearing board shorts or leggings in December, adamantly insisting they are completely fine surviving the five-minute walk to class, and really, who needs a hat anyways? All while you can physically see their fingers turning a dangerous shade of purple.

The other group is the overprepared, hardened northerners. Spot them rocking two pairs of socks, fleece pants, and a jacket that is probably better suited for alpine mountain-climbing than for a walk over to Con Hall. Don’t even think about mentioning that the -30ºC is a bit chilly – you will be in for a lecture about how ‘there is no such thing as too cold, only underdressed!’, and that your shivering, your midterm marks, and probably world hunger can all be solved by adding an insulation layer.

2. They make eye contact

Hold on, did that stranger you just passed on your way to Robarts — did they look you in the eye? Did they actually turn up their lips — into a smile? You haven’t seen one of those in years. Sure, we Torontonians pride ourselves in being polite — we’ll give you streetcar directions or chat about the best places to eat without a hitch, but actually acknowledging other people we don’t know? That would be a very different question.

3. They like the TTC

A genuine TTC compliment is the closest thing you can get to a cardinal sin in Toronto. If the subway gets to your station on time every day of the semester, you wouldn’t hear a peep. But god forbid if repairs (that coincidentally keep the same trains that we are riding from crashing into each other) close the subway for the weekend. You won’t hear the end of it.

Yes, we know that it’s technically one of the best transit systems in North America, but you don’t get your Toronto licence unless you bash the TTC at any given opportunity.

4. They suggest swimming in the lake

Ah, Lake Ontario. Every Torontonian knows that the mix of sewage, bacteria, weird plastic bits, and, more likely than not, a wide assortment of eldritch horrors is a swim you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

So, when you hear your new friend ask if they should bring a swimsuit to your trip to Scarborough Bluffs, be sure to chastise them.

5. They don’t drop the ‘T’

Do you remember that scene from Argo, where Ben Affleck corrects the Americans’ perfectly pronounced ‘To-ro-n-to’ into Toronto’s real name? That scene is 100% accurate.

Taranah is the one and only way to say our city’s name, preferably accompanied with a Tim Horton’s double-double in one hand and a Blue Jays shirt. If your friend actually pronounces Toronto how it should ‘technically’ be pronounced, you can bet that they also call the Skydome the Rogers Centre.

Top five Insta-worthy Toronto bars

Do you ever scroll through your Instagram feed and see people posing in front of signs at bars or clubs and say to yourself: ‘how basic! I’ve seen that background like 100 times!’

But secretly you are dying inside because you totally want a picture there, you just have too much pride to ask that person where the picture was taken?

Don’t worry. Below is a list of the top five bars to snap a great Instagram picture.

Sooner or later, everyone will think you are really cool and are down to totally go out clubbing all the time. Even though, let’s be real, it’s obvious you do not because otherwise you would just know about these places.

1. Convenience: This bar has an area with a pink background and rotary phones under an illuminated sign that reads “Party Line.” If that does not scream – I need attention, I don’t know what will.

2. REBEL Nightclub: A wall painted with bushels of flowers and a red illuminated sign that reads, “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” This is a great place to snap a pic and or pretend you are a jungle animal. Either or works.

3. Wallen: This place just has great wall designs. Not much else has to be said. The club isn’t that great but remember this list is purely to take a picture and impress others.

4. Pravda Vodka Bar:  A bunch of red drapes and soviet flags. Big gold heads of Vladimir Lenin. This place is amazing.

5. Mahjong Bar: This place is rather hidden behind the guise of a small storefront but with its brightly illuminated red interior, anywhere in the bar will make for a great picture.

Dishes are for nerds

You’ve got a pile of dishes in the sink. Three plates on your desk, two cups on the dresser, and a pan on the nightstand. Cutlery litters your living space. All of it’s dirty, unusable, and you’re damn hungry. Not to mention, your roommate’s hookup is eating breakfast in the kitchen, and you’ve been really great so far about not making eye-contact, so let’s try to minimize our time in the kitchen as much as possible, alright?

Now all of this could have been prevented you know how?

One plate. One cup. One bowl. One fork, one knife, one spoon, and BOOM.

No dishes.

No cleaning, scrubbing, brushing, soaking, crying, none of it. Just rinse and reuse. Use hot water. Use your hands as the damn sponge if you need to. And, no kitchen necessary use the bathroom! Revolutionary.

You’re never gonna need more than two bowls at once. What are you, the Queen of England, eating a soup and salad before the meal? Yah alright, bud. Put the salad in a cup. Or eat the soup first, rinse it, then eat the salad after. Use the same fork for your pasta and your salad. The universe gave us lips and a tongue simply for this purpose.

Your dishes start to look kind of stained after a while, but if water alone doesn’t rinse it off, then it’s not contaminating your food, either. That’s science. I’ve done my research.

Hot date comes over? Okay, yeah, maybe you clean them. Or, or, or… you just hide them somewhere.

Nobody’s looking at you. Nobody cares. It’s cheaper. It’s better for the environment. Saves time. It’s brave, it’s bold. Do it.

Doing your dishes is for chumps; you’re not a chump, are you?