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100 things to love about Toronto

Torontonians are heeding our call to share their Toronto favourites with the world, inspired by complaints about the city from singer Rufus Wainwright (“The place drives me mad,” he said) and journalist/former Torontonian Tyler Brule (who said our city has “the comfies”). It seems in appropriate to start with another former local, Henry Argasinski of Michigan, who offers up to Things to Love — a sandwich and a pizza.

“For shame on those expatriates to talk down about the city everyone else loves. Afte living down in the United States for about 15 years, I miss Toronto and would come back in a heartbeat if given the right opportunity. Whenever I tell people I’m from Toronto, I’m always surprised by how many good things Americans have to say about the city. (Forget Montreal; for people in Michigan the BIG CITY means either Toronto or Chicago.)

“My old stompin’ grounds of Bloor West Village and the Kingsway, I’d pit those agains any other neighbourhood, anywhere.

“Nothing beats a California Sandwiches veal [locations around the GTA include 244 Claremount St.] And even my American wife admits a Vesuvio’s pizza [Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House, 3010 Dundas St. W.] is second to none. Ive smuggled back a couple of them into Michigan over the years.

“One heck of a beautiful city. Not boring either, but that’s another story.”

— Original post from the National Post

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