A bar specialising in gin (jenever) - weaker and sweeter than British gin but watch out for the pepper-flavoured stuff! Belgium's 70 jenever distilleries produce some 270 varieties. You can buy gin in stone bottles in shops in the city (notably on Kraanlei).
Groentenmarkt 12, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
+32(0)9 224 21 20
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Just off the route of the #2 tram lie a number of interesting restaurants, notably, Le 4 Stagioni, a former butcher's shop, with antique tiles portraying the four seasons - le 4 stagioni.
- Palma, Johannes Verhulststraat 104, www.restaurant-palma.nl/do.php?lg=eng
- Oud-Zuid, Johannes Verhulststraat 64, www.restaurantoudzuid.nl
- Le 4 Stagioni, Johannes Verhulststraat 32, www.le4stagioni.nl
- Pulpo, Willemsparkweg 87, www.restaurant-pulpo.nl/index.php?pag=diner
A great film by Judy Irving, a Sundance and Emmy Award winning filmmaker. It's about, well, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill. They are cherry-headed conures, also known as red-masked parakeets, an indigenous species from Peru. They have been also spotted farther east on Embarcadero Plaza.
A beautiful grade II listed pub with much of its original interior - a sloping mosaic floor and glazed tile ceiling. What's more, the Marble Brewery is entirely vegan and organic and brews five of its own beers.
73 Rochdale Road, Ancoats, M4 4HY; www.marblebeers.co.uk
Mill Street is a micro-brewery in the Distillery District. The former site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery is the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America. Mill Street won awards in 2005 for their Tankhouse Pale Ale and Coffee Porter.
millstreetbrewery.com/; Take the King 504 streetcar to Parliament, walk two streets south to the Distillery District
Salad King out-Wagamamas Wagamama. It's one of Toronto's best Thai restaurants with ultra-quick service and cheek-by-jowl seating. Main courses are only $7.50.
www.saladking.com; one street north of Dundas and Yonge, slightly east on the south side of Gould
A collectively owned and operated progressive bookstore in the Mission District. It has a great selection of books on politics, media, anti-racism, globalisation, and Latina/o history and culture, as well as constant lectures, readings and courses.
888 Valencia Street (between 19th and 20th), BART: 16th Street or 24th Street;
tel: 415 282 9246;
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