In the few years I’ve been living in Toronto, I’ve come to realize that this city has a real affinity to dining out. The options are bountiful, and if you’ve spent any time on College St. over the last 10 years, you know they come and go in a flash. The number of restaurants in the downtown core alone is actually quite staggering, and if you’re not an adventurous diner, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Providing a solution to this predicament, is the Toronto Life Eating & Drinking Guide, a collection of the year’s best in all things food and beverage. Featuring reviews from over 1000 restaurants, bars and more – the annual has become a definitive advisor to many looking to navigate Toronto’s food scene. This year’s cover can be found all over the city – as selected businesses are given a window decal to proudly showcase their achievement – and it was captured by our girl Vicky Lam!
Here she is to tell ya more.
I’m always curious about finding good eats around the city, so it was a great pleasure to be asked to photograph the cover of this year’s Eating & Drinking Guide for Toronto Life. Director of Photography, Daniel Neuhaus, enlisted the help of Food Stylist Linsey Bell to help us create a wondrous pile of pancakes.
The day started off when the folks from Barque dropped by with some of their duck and blueberry pancakes. I have a soft spot for pancakes as they always remind me of the annual Stampede breakfasts back home in Calgary. However, much to my dismay, we didn’t get to eat a single pancake the entire day. Instead, we sorted through all of them, sacrificed a few, and narrowed it down to only the best looking ones worthy of a cover shot.
It took a few tries, and lots of maple syrup to get it right, but we remained focused and prevailed. Here’s our final shot, along with a close up so you can check out that glorious detail!
Photographer: Vicky Lam
Client: Toronto Life
Director of Photography: Daniel Neuhaus
Food stylist: Linsey Bell
Assistant: Alex Beetham
We went through a lot of pancakes by the end of the day, but it was definitely worthwhile.
The Eating & Drinking Guide is on newsstands now and available straight through ’till June. Pick up a copy and find out what the best of Toronto has to offer to meet all of your dining and drinking needs.
Special thanks again to Toronto Life for having me shoot yet another delectable cover!
And last but not least, here’s a shot that didn’t quite make the cut. However, it does make me wonder; you can never have too much syrup right? ~VL
Couple of big high fives to Vicky for sharing the sweetness of the day – and to pancakes for being delicious.
All Images © Vicky Lam