Toronto Tips: Indie Coffee Passport, Dishcrawl, iYellow Wine Tours

I’m constantly reviewing and referring cool companies and brands that suit the lifestyles of Torontonians like me so I thought I’d start a new blog series to let you know about them. Today I’m going to share my Toronto Tips for the Indie Coffee Passport, Dishcrawl, and iYellow Wine Tours.

Indie Coffee Passport

The Toronto Indie Coffee Passport is the most affordable way to experience Toronto’s independent coffee shops. For only $25, visit the 30 participating independent coffee shops in Toronto and choose from 1 of 6 featured drinks at each coffee shop in neighbourhoods from Roncesvalles Village to the Beaches. You’ll try a coffee at a new coffee shop and get your passport stamped for that location. The passports are valid from September 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 which gives you plenty of time to stamp your whole passport and since drink prices range from $3-6 on a regular menu, your passport pays for itself after only 5-8 coffees!

Now that I’m working from home, I’m always looking for excuses to leave the house during the day but also be productive. I think the employees at the coffee shops near my house are getting sick of me so I’m excited to meet new baristas in new “temp offices”/coffee shops around the city!

Click here for a list of participating coffee shops and their featured drinks.

Passports can be purchased online or at the various coffee shops listed here.



Last November I posted my review of my Dishcrawl Toronto experience and have been recommending the food crawls ever since. Dishcrawl launched in Toronto with sell-out tours of King West, Queen West, and Queen East neighbourhoods and takes crawlers on a guided tour of restaurants in a specific neighbourhood. The tours attract foodies and non-foodies alike, and provide a social eating experience for Torontonians and tourists.

On the Dishcrawl I attended, we visited indie coffee shop Thor, sushi restaurant Wabora, bier hall and sausage perfection Wvrst, and grilled-cheese gods Cheesewerks, and not only did I love every stop, but I’ve returned to each one of the restaurants with my friends since.

Crawls currently on sale include a crawl in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood and a Gangnam style crawl of Cabbagetown. Click here to buy tickets to a Dishcrawl or sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know when new tours are announced!


iYellow Wine Tours and Wine School

Last month I wrote about my first tour of Niagara wine country, including stops at Vinelands, Chateau des Charmes, and Southbrook Estates as part of an iYellow Wine Tour. We had a great time and have been toying with the idea of going on another tour with some more friends. The tour taught me which kinds of wine I like and why, and Jordan has become very passionate about wine since the tour, even talking about going for sommelier training!

The tours are fun and relaxed and for wine lovers of all backgrounds and experiences with wines. I’m a beginner in terms of wine knowledge, but learned a lot from more experienced wine lovers on the tour.

Special discount for JamieLeighTO readers:

Get 15% fall wine tours in September and October with discount code “jamie15” at the e-checkout! 

Fall iYellow wine tour details:

Wine Tour Dates: September 22, September 29, October 13, and October 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Transportation included: pick up at Starbucks in Liberty Village (85 Hanna Ave)
Wineries we will visit: 3 different wineries each tour – check out the website for exact schedule
Boxed lunch & travel wine bag included
Opportunity to win iYellow prizes

The fall tours feature tours of three wineries, but you also get to learn a lot more about the fall harvest as it happens and enjoy wine country in beautiful fall colours!


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  1. Angela aiello
    September 18, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the post Jamie! It was great seeing you at The Beer Experience!