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

4 weeknight dinner recipes that will wow you

You don’t need a whole lot of money, fancy ingredients or expertise to make a great dinner. A Generous Meal shows you how to elevate weekdays into something special.

From under-the-radar to Michelin-recommended, Ardo is a Toronto treasure

Ardo gives diners a taste of the Sicilian coast with thoughtful seafood dishes and lots of feel-good, old-school hospitality. Mediterranean vacay, who?

Affinity Fish, the Little Portugal fishmonger with big ideas

Disappointed with the irresponsible commodification of seafood, Affinity Fish's co-founders set out to disrupt the system, shorten the chain and change the way people think about local fish.

8 kitchen essentials that Toronto chefs can't live without

Upgrade your culinary capabilities with the kitchen essentials Toronto chefs love, from utensils and tools to the latest gadgets.

Little Italy's Casa Paco feels like one big dinner party

We check out the new Clinton Street casa for Italian flavours, Spanish flair and a whole lot of homey hospitality. Plus, Paella Sundays never hurt.

Why your natural wine tastes like a wet barn

We get to the bottom of the "barnyard funk" that sometimes overpowers natural wine. Plus, where to sip and shop for natural wine in Toronto.

Every Toronto foodie needs to try these Scarborough restaurants

We take you on a food tour of the best Scarborough restaurants to find delicious eats, underrated gems and a whole lot of secrets.

James Harden is entering his wine label era — we chat with the NBA All-Star

We chat to NBA all-star James Harden about shaking up the wine industry with his new label, plus where he likes to eat in Toronto.

Parquet: Toronto's dreamy, new French-ish bistro we can't stop thinking about

This Harbord Village restaurant reinvents the classic French bistro with innovative dishes, swoon-worthy design moments and an approachable atmosphere.

Where to score 100 oysters for $100 in Toronto, plus buck-a-shuck and daily deals

Oyster lovers are in luck with our list of Toronto's best bivalves and oyster deals — one for each day of the week.

19 of Toronto’s most romantic restaurants

Date night can be with yourself, your friends, anyone. Make your next reso at one of Toronto's most romantic restaurants and fall in love with amazing food and immaculate vibes.

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.