Meredith Hardie

Meredith Hardie

Staff Writer

Lover of smash burgers and dirty martinis — not at the same time, but also not opposed to the idea. Meredith started at Elle Canada as an editorial intern but prefers food over fashion. And although she is dairy-free (not by choice), she will never, ever order the fruit sorbet for dessert.

Meredith Hardie's articles

Ace Hotel Toronto is the city's sexiest hotel

Toronto's Ace Hotel may have taken seven years to build, but you'll fall in love with its stunning design and homey hospitality in a second.

17 hot new Toronto restaurants and bars to try this winter

The air may hurt our face, but that's not stopping us from indulging in Toronto's best new restaurants and bars this season. Bundle up for this epic new list.

Why I'm over "wellness" food fads and will be choosing joy (and chocolate) in 2023

Sick of limiting new year's resolutions, staff writer Meredith Hardie vows to do one thing only this year: eat more chocolate.

How to make the perfect charcuterie board with Afrim Pristine

Cured meat and cheese are celebration essentials. Afrim Pristine of the Cheese Boutique tells us how to make the ultimate charcuterie board.

Where to get Toronto's best latkes

Latkes – the classic Jewish dish of crispy potato pancakes are a treat for the holidays and for every day. We weigh up Toronto's best.

Is white chocolate really chocolate? And all your burning cacao questions answered

Chocolate is the holiday hero we all need. But what exactly goes into the sweet treat? We chat with a chocolatier to discover how chocolate is made, its fascinating history and more.

What's the deal with Toronto's Michelin Guide?

It was big news when Toronto's Michelin Guide arrived. But was it all good? We chat with the insiders and outsiders to find out.

Cakes made out of cheese and more dreamy, creamy goodness at Good Cheese

We can't get enough of East Chinatown's Good Cheese — a gourmet grocer with cheese from all over the world, charcuterie boards to-go and all the vino.

Gusto 101 has the most famous pasta in Toronto

Janet Zuccarini, the CEO and owner of Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, walks us through the dishes that have made Gusto 101 a Toronto staple to this day.

Toronto's best bagels to get your nosh on

No matter how you like 'em — doughy, light, crisp or toasted — Toronto is a bagel city. Here's where to get T.O.'s best bagels.

You need to put Sunnys Chinese on your list

A night at the newly opened Sunnys Chinese in Kensington Market is funky, fun and spicy — and we're not just talking about the Sichuan.

14 hot new Toronto restaurants you have to try this fall

Forget pumpkins, we've got a better list of things you should be excited about this season: Toronto's best new restaurants for fall.

Russell's is the friendly neighbourhood butcher of my dreams

A family-owned butcher shop in Roncy, Russell's Butcher & Deli strives to meat customer expectations — and then some.

When you taste a dish at PAI, you are tasting food etched in time

PAI executive chef and co-owner Nuit Regular walks us through the dishes she cooks that take her back to her home in northern Thailand.

No offence Toronto, but we prefer the views at Cambridge Mill

 We trade Toronto's concrete and construction for waterside dining and a mammoth-sized bone-in ribeye at the Cambridge Mill.

"I was willing to risk it all for the 13-layer King Cake"

We had the feast to end all feasts at Louix Louis in Toronto's spectacular St. Regis Hotel. We came, we saw, we ate the damn King Cake.

What is vermouth? And everything else you should know about the fortified wine

Not just a supporting role in classic cocktails like the manhattan and negroni, Vermouth gives major main character energy — and we tell you all about it.

We find out what Hong Shing's secret sauce really is

Twenty-five years, one devastating fire, countless orders of General Tao Chicken — Hong Shing owner Colin Li tells us all about this epochal Toronto restaurant.

Spirits with soul at Toronto's Nickel 9 Distillery

Nickel 9 Distillery in Toronto’s funky Junction neighbourhood is a small but mighty maker of spirits, syrups and bitters.

Bar Chica — you had me at tapas

Sultry Spanish wines, bite-sized beauties, a really good looking mosaic wall — I will not stop talking about Bar Chica (or that one time I went to Barcelona).