TOP SPOTS: Anita Clarke

Photograph courtesy of Tanja Tiziana.

A self-professed “geek girl,” Anita Clarke is also a dedicated follower of fashion who doesn’t shy away from speaking her mind. Her popular blog, I Want I Got, has made her a star in the blogosphere and beyond. Recent accolades include being chosen as one of Shinan Govani’s Worthy 30, and acting as inspiration—with fellow style documentarians like Scott Schuman and Garance Doré—for a window display at Holt Renfrew.

Anita shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Top brunch spot

“I’m not an active bruncher, so I have a limited view. The best meal I had for brunch was at Oddfellows. I love going with a friend and getting the breakfast for two. Andrew Sardone talked about it in a previous installment, and I think that I first saw this wondrous dish with him. I get cravings for it and one has just been set off.”

Place to work out

“I play squash at the Adelaide Club.”

Place to buy shoes

“This cannot be answered with one store. The places I troll for shoes regularly are Holt RenfrewChasse GardéeSpecchio and Nine West.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)

“Pho, for sure, but I eat more Korean than dim sum. I love the pho at Pho Hung on Bloor (416-963-5080). Large Pho Tai is my order. Sometimes I get a Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk too. I’m not particularly loyal to any dim sum place but Pearl has a nice setting for for dim sum brunch. My Korean haunt is Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu (416-537-0972).  Kimchi Soon Tofu is my default meal.”

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and drink of choice)

“I like beer, but it’s more likely I’d be drinking champagne or Prosecco because of the events I attend during the week.”

To go for a drink on the weekend

“I try to lay low on the weekends, it’s not always successful. I’d most likely be at a friend’s place.”

Place to buy books or magazines

“I end up at Indigo a lot of the time, to be honest.  Is it my favourite? No. I think Type Books is a fun place for both.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“It’s always a good bet to check Teatro Verde.”

Favourite overall retail experience

“I’ve had some fun times at Holt Renfrew  and shopping at Fawn (647-334-4703)  has been nothing but delightful.”

Top date spot

Reposado is pretty cute, and the back patio is cute.”

Top vintage shop

“Stella Luna (416-536-7300).”

Place to check out art

“I want to say the streets of the city but the AGO is good too.”

Neighbourhood to go for a walk in

“I like the High Park area. It has nice-looking properties and the park is right there.”

Place to meet a friend for coffee

“Dark Horse on Spadina (416-979-1200).”

Place in the city where you feel most at home

“At home, cuddling a cat.”

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