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New Work: A Taste for Style featuring Toronto’s Leading Culinary Talents

Bay St. Bull Lance Chung Food Network Cory VitielloFrom Bay St. Bull. Photography by Mauricio Calero.

In case you haven’t noticed, Toronto has become a hotbed of culinary talent, giving people ample reason to leave their kitchens and never worry about ruining a recipe again. Leading the charge are a group of individuals who are forcing diners to pause and give thought to what they are eating — experiencing the marriage of different ingredients, savouring flavours and just enjoying damn good food. Here, three of Toronto’s finest chefs and restaurateurs — and stars of Food Network Canada’s new show, Chef in Your Ear — show off some of the must-have wardrobe essentials you’ll need this season to take you from apèritif to ziti (and whatever else you decide to order in-between).

The Man: Cory Vitiello

The Restaurant: THR & Co

The Food: If Vitiello’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s one of the guys behind Toronto’s famed The Harbord Room*. Just a few doors down from the culinary establishment, THR & Co. offers its own takes on contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Try their squid ink linguine for a mouthful of flavour you won’t soon forget.

The Fashion: Fall is truly man’s best friend. At least when it comes to the plethora of options he has to work with in his wardrobe. A chalk-stripe suit is an easy way to balance the conservative sensibilities of the corporate office while still adding a little charm and bravado to your boardroom look. Throw in a beautiful knit tie and Chelsea boot for added effect.

Suit, $1,590, and shirt, $225, by Davido Afnani; tie by Tom Ford, $220, available at Davido Afnani; shoes by LodinG, $330. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Food and Drink, The Rounds

The Rounds: Hublot Invents A New Metal, Paul Smith Collaborates with Land Rover and Instagram’s Most Stylish Dogs

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– My Instagram feed is full of three things: food, fashion and dogs. Pretty sure this profile of Instagram’s most stylish dogs was made for me. (via Mr. Porter)

Mad Men co-producer and advertising vet, Josh Weltman, shares advice on how to seduce strangers – and sell stuff. (via Fast Company)

– Ever wondered what happens in a gay conversion camp? VICE takes a look inside with their three-part video series. (via VICE)

– Turns out, the origin of Nike’s iconic ‘Just Do It’ slogan is actually kind of dark. (via Four Pins)

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– Joe Mimran is out at Joe Fresh. As he steps in as a new judge for the Dragon’s Den, will he be able to create another successful fashion export down the road? (via Business of Fashion)

– Between 2012 and 2014, the number of men’s beauty products in the global marketplace increased by a whopping 70%. Needless to say, men are starting to see the same marketing tactics that women have been experiencing since the dawn of marketing itself. That is, via insecurity. Here’s an interesting look into the various standards of beauty for men around the world. (via Buzzfeed)

– FYI: Powdered alcohol is now legal in the States. File this under #shitshowwaitingtohappen. (via I Fucking Love Science)

Paul Smith Land Rover Defender

– I love anything that Paul Smith puts his hands on, including this bespoke Land Rover Defender.  (via The Telegraph)

Branding isn’t only about your logo. It extends past that and should include these five things to influence your customers. (via Inc.)

– If you’ve never heard of Texalium, that’s because it doesn’t exist. That is, until Hublot decided to invent a new metal for their new watch, the “Big Bang Unico”. (via Esquire)


– Architect Massimiliano Locatelli converted this 16th-century church into a super casual office, complete with original frescos, an alter and a crypt. I think it’s time for an upgrade. (via WSJ)

Fashion, Food and Drink, Style Journal, Travel

#travelwithLance: Beach Therapy in Mayakoba, Mexico

Mexico is probably the perfect place for North American travellers looking for a brief respite. A mere couple hours’ flight from any major airport, it’s close enough for a weekend getaway but also far enough to escape the clutches of winter. Needing a break before work would start to get crazy (and a serious replenishment of vitamin D), I found myself in Mexico’s Mayakoba at the end of January, relishing every moment before I would eventually have to surrender my swimming trunks and panama hat for overcoats and gloves. From scenic shorelines to amazing cocktails, take a look at a few pics from my trip below.
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MR. LANCE CHUNG x the Thompson Hotel Toronto

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A couple weeks ago, I was asked if I would be interested in being interviewed as an influencer for the Thompson Hotel‘s Upper Stories blog. Aside from the fact that their Toronto outpost is one of my favourite spots to hang out (their rooftop pool has, hands down, the best views of the city), I took a look at their previous features and found myself in incredibly good company: photographer Nick Hudson, Patrick Janelle of @AGuyNamedPatrick (who also won the CFDA’s first Instagrammer of the Year award), designer Kim Newport-Mimran (of Pink Tartan) and more.

Here, I talk about style, Toronto and some of the best men’s stores in the city. Read: Thompson Hotels Toronto Influencers x Lance Chung

Culture, Food and Drink

Keepers of the Craft: Discovering Toronto’s Greenwood Studio with Pilsner Urquell

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Now, I’m not really someone that has very much experience in a wood workshop (and by experience, I mean the industrial arts class I took in grade eight), but I have always been in love with the idea of having a vision and creating something from it. With woodworking, especially, being able to create a tangible object with your bare hands gives such a deep feeling of satisfaction that it’s no wonder those who work in this profession are so passionate about what they do. There’s something very organic and therapeutic about the whole process.

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to make a charcuterie board (something that I have since managed to make great use of, given my intense love for cheese and cholesterol) at Toronto’s Greenwood Studio by Pilsner Urquell as a part of their Keepers of the Craft series.

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Dinner with Friends, Food and Drink

Dinner with Friends 01: Birthday Drinks

As I’ve grown older and progress through my youth, I’ve come to realize that nothing brings me more joy than spending time with my loved ones over a great meal. Fortunately, I’ve managed to get the nightclubs and watered down swill out of the way (thank you, university). Now, my idea of a good time is getting with a few close people and having a great talk. And what better a way of bringing people together than through food and drink? As such, I thought I would make a series based on three simple foundations:

Good Food. Good Drink. Good Company.


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 What: Low-key birthday celebrations with the people that I love.

Where: People’s Eatery

Who: Amanda Lew Kee, Amarsana Gendunova, Sharad Mohan, Marcus Kan, Tyler Kenny, Richard Kang Chu, Alexander Liang, Justine Iaboni, Anita Matte, Serge Kerbel, Joanne Jin, Nelson Gordon, Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski, Gina Mitchell

Recommended: Singapore Sling, General Tso Fu

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Fashion, Food and Drink

Things You’ll Want This Christmas

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Nowadays, I find it increasingly hard to find a beautiful product. Especially as the holidays draw near, we are inundated with items that tell no stories or have any sort of thought put into their creation. To save you some of the work, i’ve rounded out a few of the items that i’ve been told about or have experienced personally that prove that quality should always come first. From beautiful home bars to stationary with a ton of personality, here are a few of my recommendations. Take a look below! Continue Reading…

Food and Drink, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: How to Cook with Booze

How to Cook with Booze Sharp Magazine Lance Chung

With the holidays right around the corner and event season in full swing, chances are you may find yourself playing host to your equally booze-loving friends. Sure, having a well-stocked bar is crucial to the success of your gathering, but why not take things one step further and serve up a booze-inspired menu as well? Back when I was at Sharp, I met up with Nano Crespo, head chef over at Toronto’s Soho House, to gain some insight into cooking with the stuff. Head over to the website here to read the full story! Bon appétit!

Food and Drink, In Good Company, Portfolio

In Good Company: A Lesson in Drinking Vodka

Joe McCanta Grey Goose Vodka SharpIf it’s one thing that brings my friends and I together, it’s a good round of drinks. Fortunately, my taste in libations has drastically improved since the swill of my good ol’ university days – which is important because i’ve come to learn that what you order at a bar or restaurant makes a difference. In today’s modern society, a cultured man or woman should have a thorough knowledge of their booze. A repertoire, which I might add, that should never include Smirnoff coolers or Jägerbombs. Simply put, what you drink says a lot about you.

In my ongoing quest to learn more about the world of cocktails, spirits and booze in general, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Grey Goose’s official brand ambassador and master mixologist, Joe McCanta. From common misconceptions and myths to food pairings, we talked about everything a person should know when drinking – and buying- vodka. Head over to Sharp to read the full story!