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The story of how Drake gave away two Acura’s for a music video

Drake went on an impressive $1M giveaway spree while putting together his recent chart-topping music video, God’s Plan. Call it kindness, call it good PR, call it whatever you want. One thing’s clear: it makes for an entertaining video.

Along with benevolent behavior like buying groceries for an entire store of shoppers, giving cash to families and scholarships to students, Drake also gifted not one but two Acura TLXs to unsuspecting members of the Miami community.

Now, usually when cars make appearances in mainstream music videos, it’s because the brand helped fund the video. But the reason Drake chose Acura wasn’t because the brand was a sponsor.

The truth is, the Southern Ontario native has something of a soft spot for the luxury Japanese cars because in his teens, he got around the GTA in a 2004 Acura TSX. So much so that, when the producers had planned for Honda Civics to be gifted, Drake changed the plans last minute to go with his old fav, which he’s been known to rap about.

Check out the video. The Acuras and their elated new owners make their appearance around the 4:30 mark.

On Wednesday evening, Peterson, one of the first patients Project Medishare medevaced from Haiti to South Florida after the 2010 earthquake, received the surprise of a lifetime when Grammy award winning hip hop artist Drake @champagnepapi presented him with a brand new car. Congratulations Peterson and thank you Drake for your generosity toward such an amazing young man! _____ After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, then 9-year-old Peterson spent four days trapped under a mountain of concrete blocks. When his mother heard him yelling for help, a group of men and women freed him from the rubble, block by block with their bare hands. Suffering from severe injuries, Peterson found his way to Project Medishare’s field hospital on the grounds of the Port-au-Prince airport after being turned away by three other hospitals. Soon after, he boarded a medical flight to Miami, and underwent 16 reconstructive surgeries at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. _____ Dr. Chad Perlyn, a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon, was volunteering with Project Medishare at the field hospital when he first met Peterson. He has maintained a bond with him ever since, and considers Peterson part of his family. He was there for Peterson’s special surprise from Drake. _____ For the last eight years, Peterson has been living in Little Haiti with his mom. They’re in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status program. Now a 17-year-old in high school, Peterson has adjusted well to his new life and has been thriving in his new home. He is a talented ballet dancer and dreams of attending The Juilliard School, though his future is uncertain due to the pending termination of TPS for Haitians. _____ #haiti #ayiti #haitian #philanthropy #giveback #drake #godsplan #projectmedishare

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A-Spec Beauty & Details

The 2019 Acura RDX arrives this month. Here’s everything you need to know

Remember when we told you about the all-new Acura RDX that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show? Well, the next generation of Acura’s best-selling SUV has arrived in Canada. Read on to discover previously unrevealed details about the 2019 Acura RDX.

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The RDX is the first Acura to be redesigned from the ground-up to include the brand’s latest styling cues. If you take a closer a look at the Jewel Eye LED headlights and the lower air dams of the front bumper, you’ll notice how well they flow with the creased body panels. Inside, both driver and passengers will appreciate the LED accents and the full-size moonroof, both standard equipment on the 2019 RDX.

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As for what’s sitting under the hood, you’ll be happy to know that Canadians are getting the good stuff. Regardless of the trim level, the 2019 RDX will feature a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that will send power to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This capable engine will generate 272 horsepower and an impressive torque rating of 280 lb-ft. And since our average weather includes significantly more snow than our southern cousins, you’ll be happy to know that every variant of the RDX will feature Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system. And if you need to tow, the RDX will accommodate trailers up to 1,500 lbs.

Despite all this, the 2019 RDX will be fuel-efficient, managing consumption numbers as low as 11 litres per 100 km in the city. On the highway, that number dips as low as 8.6 litres per 100 km.

The 2019 RDX will also feature an A-Spec version. This sportier SUV will feature exclusive A-SPEC front and rear fascia, dual oval exhaust finishers, 20-inch Shark Gray split 5-spoke wheels, and more.

If you are as hyped to see the all-new 2019 Acura RDX as we are, here is the last bit of good news: the SUV took centre-stage in our showroom on June 15. Book a test drive and witness the greatness for yourself.

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The Most Memorable Acura Pop Culture Moments

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Sometimes the biggest stars in film aren’t human at all.

Though its cars have never had a speaking role, Acura has certainly held its fair share of on-screen moments. The next time someone tells you that Acura doesn’t make cars exciting enough for the silver screen, remind them that if they were good enough for Quentin Tarantino and Vin Diesel…

Here are five memorable Acura moments in pop culture. Which is your fav?

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Acura NSX made its Hollywood debut in Quentin Tarantino’s now iconic Pulp Fiction where Winston Wolf (played by Harvey Keitel) drives off in the silver sports car, leaving Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) in the dust. It was the first of many times this two-seater would show up on the big screen.

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

In the early aughts, the world was introduced to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’conner (Paul Walker) in a flick that made illegal street racing look oh-so cool. But it was Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) maneuvering a 1994 Acura Integra GS-R to impress Brian with her serious driving skills that was (and still is) one of the stand-out scenes.

Ludacris – Act A Fool (2003)

In the second installment of FATF, rapper Ludacris’ character, Tej Parker (a mechanic and former street racer), was brought back yet again, and this time Luda (an Acura admirer in real life) released an official music vid for the flick where a handful of sports car, including his beloved 1991 NSX are spotted.

Fast Five (2011)

Ten years after the initial film, in the fifth instalment of Fast and the Furious, Mia Toretto was back behind the wheel of an Acura, this time a badass black 2003 Acura NSX (though the car bore the Honda emblem back then). Even the trailer saw Mia pushing the limits of the NSX, racing alongside a transport truck.

The Avengers (2012)

Marvel’s The Avengers was a major box office success, not to mention a thrill to watch thanks to several Acura concept vehicles including Tony Stark’s Acura NSX roadster–one of the first times Iron Man drove anything but an Audi.

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Here’s what to do for Mother’s Day if you’re just thinking about it now

Last-minute gift and celebration ideas that will make it seem like you’ve been planning for ages.

Some holidays tend to sneak up on us. It happens. For example, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! If you’re prepared, great. If not, read on, because we’ve compiled a list of 10 last-minute gift/celebration ideas that dear old Mom is sure to love. From simple DIYs to fun outings to thoughtful projects, here are 9 last-minute Mother’s Day gift/celebration ideas, many of which don’t require you to buy anything at all.

Plan a movie night

A few snacks and a copy of her favourite old movie can be a thoughtful gift, especially if you plan to stick around to watch it with her. A bottle of wine might be nice, too, unless of course Mom prefers Scotch.

Bake something, anything

Even and especially if you’re not the baking type. Picture her face when you hand her a plate of poppyseed muffins and tell her you baked them yourself.

Poppy’s for days! Crumb shot for the win

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A brunch to remember

Brunch gets talked up a lot these days, so if you want to make a culinary statement between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM, you’re going to have to pull out all the stops. A trip to the grocery store may be in order. Here’s a list of sure-to-impress brunch ideas.

A bouquet of Mom’s favourites

You’re not going to score any points for originality, and you may be subjected to a tragically long lineup at the florist, but there’s a reason why flowers are one of the most popular gifts on Mother’s Day. They’re pretty, brighten up most any space, and affordable. What’s your mother’s favourite flower?

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Dinner date

Repay the countless meals she prepared for you over the years with an evening at a restaurant, like any of these GTA standards that offer valet parking. This is a simple gesture, but if you don’t get out for meals together often, it’s sure to be appreciated.

A walk (or drive) in the park

Mothers in the GTA have the good fortune of being able to celebrate Mother’s Day while the local cherry trees are in full bloom. Tell Ma to put on her walking shoes and take her to High Park for a stroll under the blossoms.

Get theatrical

If you’re in or near a large city like Toronto, which has the famed Mirvish Theatre downtown on King Street, take a look at the upcoming shows and see if there’s something fun that will get your mother’s toes tapping. Upcoming shows in Toronto include Wicked, Chicago, Mama Mia (perfect for the occasion) and more.

Floral tea bags

Tea time takes a delightful (and super simple) twist with this super simple DIY project via The Kipi Blog.

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Fridge yourself

Even if you don’t have a frame, print off a photo of you (or you and her, or the family, or the dog, whatever) and tuck it inside a card with a thoughtful note.

DIY face masks

Take the spa to her with an easy and fun at-home face mask.


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Coming soon: the 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec

Not every new variant of vehicle is newsworthy, but Acura’s A-Spec on the MDX, the best-selling three-row luxury SUV ever, is definitely worth a headline. Here’s an oldie but a goodie: this sporty SUV is coming to a dealer near you!

The 2019 MDX A-Spec got a surprise debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show last month, joining the existing A-Spec models, the ILX A-Spec and TLX A-Spec, as well as the 2019 RDX A-Spec, which was also revealed at the New York show.

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The newest MDX comes exclusively with torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), and a pick between the 290 or 352-hp powertrains.

Naturally, you can’t have new threads without new shoes; the MDX A-Spec sits on exclusive 10-spoke, 20-inch Shark Grey allow wheels fitted with low profile tires. Forwarding the message of sportiness are other exterior changes like new front fascia, pronounced sills, wider exhaust tips, and gloss-black and dark chrome trim around the tailgate spoiler, grille and headlights.

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The interior gets sports seats in your choice of red or black leather with Alcantara leather detailing, red contrast stitching, a unique steering wheel with paddle shifters, faux carbon console trim, sport pedals and A-Spec gauges that light up in red.

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Beneath the A-Spec badge is the luxury SUV that drivers and critics alike have come to know and trust. The 2018 Acura MDX was recently voted Best Large Utility Vehicle in Canada by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. It’s quiet and comfortable, with useful trim options beyond the A-Spec—like the Elite package, which swaps the second-row bench seat for two captains chairs—and loads of standard safety features. The brand’s AcuraWatch suite comes standard, with Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The Acura MDX A-Spec will be available at Policaro Acura in the coming months. Contact us to pre-book a test drive.

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6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Small changes, big impact.

There are days when it feels like the world is tearing apart at the seams and all we can do is watch from the sidelines. As global temperatures rise, glaciers are melting and animals are fleeing their natural habitats. According to National Geographic, if we continue on this path of environmental destruction, our future generations will face a slew of unpleasantries–all of which sound like the main conflict in an apocalyptic thriller–including an increase in hurricanes and destructive storms, floods as well as droughts, and limited fresh water.

It’s scary stuff, but there are actions we can take in our daily lives that have a positive impact on this planet we call home. On April 22nd, the 48th annual Earth Day will take place, encouraging the world’s inhabitants–that’s you!–to “consume less, play more,” and we’ve got a handful of ways to make small changes in your day-to-day life that can have a big impact on your eco footprint.

Here are six simple ways to celebrate Earth Day 2018.

 

Join the ‘No Straw, Please’ movement.

The #nostrawplease movement encourages people to stop using plastic straws, and is a simple yet effective way to immediately cut down on waste. The movement gained popularity after a video of a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nostril went viral, and since then, both large chain eateries and independently-owned bars alike are saying so-long to straws. Still, if you end up somewhere that offers them, take it upon yourself to politely decline. (EarthDay.org has a handy plastic consumption calculator to figure out how much of the synthetic material you’re using.)

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And cut out the plastic water bottles, too.

Did you check out that aforementioned plastic consumption calculator yet? Because it has a spot to track your plastic water bottle waste, too. Instead, buy a reusable bottle that speaks to you, and get in the habit of packing it everywhere you go. You’ll feel good about limiting your plastic use, but not only that, some coffee shops offer a discount if you BYOB (Bringing Your Own Bottle), so it’s a win-win.

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Get outside and plant a tree. Seriously.

Reforestation does long-term good for the planet. “Trees filter the air and help reverse the impacts of climate change,” explains the EarthDay.org website. “In just one year, a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen as 10 people inhale.” Organize a tree planting day at your child’s school or gather some neighbours and plant new foliage at a local green space or in someone’s yard. If that sounds too labour intensive, you can always put your money where your mouth is–$1 equals one tree planted when you donate to the Canopy Project (a legit organization which is part of the Earth Day Network).

Drive an eco-friendly vehicle.

Opting for an eco-conscious vehicle that uses electricity or electricity and hydrogen-based fuel as your daily driver can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Acura has a couple of outstanding hybrid options–the performance sedan RLX and the midsize SUV MDX–that drastically reduce fuel consumption. For example, the non-hybrid 2018 RLX is rated at 11.8/8.1/10.2 L/100km city/highway/combined while the RLX Sport Hybrid is rated at 8.4/8.1/8.4 L/100km).  2018 Acura RLX

Go paperless wherever possible.

Paper bills feel incredibly dated and so wasteful. Switch all of your services–think hydro, water, internet and television, banking–to paperless bills. According to the Financial Post, in 2014 Bell Canada said the company was saving around 30,000 trees a year because of its customers going paperless.

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Install a Smart Home System.

A tech device like a smart home system will make you feel like James Bond, as you secretly control all of the electronic devices in your house from some exotic Caribbean beach (or, in reality, your office). Smart home systems allow you to lower your electricity consumption by dimming or turning off unnecessary lights that may have been forgotten, or even setting the temperature a few degrees lower to conserve energy. Not only will you be happy about a lower hydro bill, but the planet will be smiling, too.

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How to get your car ready for spring

Spring is a great time to press the reset button and clean things up. Nature does it, homeowners do it, and so should car owners. From changing tires to cleaning the undercarriage, here’s how to get your car ready for spring.

Change your winter tires back to your all-season tires

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Ah the Ontario winter. So generous it is that it sometimes continues to give its frozen gifts well into spring. Just when think you’re safe to change your tires, Ontario gets hit with an April blizzard. If you want to play it safe, wait until you get a few days in a row at 10 degrees Celsius or higher — usually mid-March or later —  before you make the switch.

Check your tire pressure

Once you get your all-season tires back on, it’s time to check their pressure as compared to the recommended pressure settings in your manual. If you don’t own one already, buy a tire gauge – we recommend a digital gauge for greater accuracy – and make sure your tires are ready to take on snow-free roadways.

Have your dealership check your tire alignment

Winter driving can take a toll on your alignment since that’s the worst time of year for overall road conditions. If there’s a statistic for “average potholes driven over per month”, the winter months would surely be in the lead. If you haven’t had your tires rotated in a while, this might be a good time to do it.

Thoroughly clean your car inside and out

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Simple, right? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you live in areas where roadways get salted, it’s imperative that you take your car through a car wash that features undercarriage cleaning so you can protect it from rust damage. That takes care of the exterior, and then you can shake out your floor mats, vacuum out the seats and carpet, and remove any garbage or clutter. If you really take pride in your car, consider taking it to a professional detailer so you can truly get it looking and smelling like new again.

Don’t forget about the small stuff

You don’t want to learn the hard way, during that first spring rain shower, that your wipers are shot, so make sure to address the small stuff. What state are the floor mats in? Should you order some new ones? Or how about the mud flaps?

Following these spring-specific tips and making sure you continue to follow your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for oil changes, air filters, cooling system, etc. will ensure you’re as ready as you can be for the spring driving season.

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The Acura NSX: Then and Now

How Acura redefined the supercar.

What Acura accomplished when they launched themselves on the North American market was nothing short of miraculous: by concentrating an impressive amount of technologies into all-new vehicles, Honda’s top engineers managed to create a brand that could stand on the merit of its own products.

However, while the Legend and the Integra scored well against their competitors, Acura needed something to make themselves known. And what better way to make people talk than to create a supercar?

 

1984: Genesis of an idea

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via Honda.com

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via Honda.com

In 1984, Honda dreamed big, internally launching the HP-X project, which aimed at creating a V6-powered mid-engine coupe that could beat the V8 Ferraris of the era while being more reliable and cheaper to buy for the consumer. The lead engineer for the project was Shigeru Uehara, who would go on to create the Integra Type R and the S2000. During development, no expenses were spared: the car was designed by taking cues from F-16 fighter jet’s canopies and their excellent visibility, and a completely new factory was built for the future vehicle. The Honda NSX (marketed in North America as the Acura NSX) would end up being the first mass-produced car to be built completely out of aluminum and would feature futuristic technologies like electric power steering (on some versions) and a 3.0-litre V6 that could reliably rev up to 8,300 rpm. During the final stages of development, Honda even enlisted the help of one of their biggest drivers–Top Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna drove the car on some of the world’s most renowned tracks and offered inputs on suspension settings and handling tweaks.

1989: First public unveiling

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via honda.com.

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via honda.com.

At the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the public caught the first glimpse of what would become the NSX. Thanks to very favourable comments from the press, the NSX was quickly put into production and was sold in North America in November 1990.

The Acura NSX immediately garnered a cult following. Here is what some of the era’s prominent publications had to say back in those days:

“Its fresh, clean-sheet design is about to offer other exotic cars a lesson in civility.” — Road & Track

”The NSX is the most precise and attuned mid-engined machine we’ve ever driven.” — Car & Driver

The original NSX was not only an amazing car in its own right, it did more than just wow critics; it forced the industry to take notice. From that point, nobody could simply build an unreliable supercar and call it a day. They had to make their exotic thoroughbred more useable on a daily basis. After all, if Acura could do it, they had to, too, right?

The NSX got various updates through the years, but it always stayed close to its roots. Finally, in 2005, after having been in production for almost 15 years, the mid-engined Japanese supercar was retired.

2007: Rumors of a successor

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The first rumours of a new NSX came as early as 2007. Back then, the whispers were about a V10-powered supercar. Following the 2008 market crash, however, Acura chose to can this project and instead focus on an environmental variant.

The first concept of what would become the NSX we know today was unveiled in 2012. After many changes in design (like a complete redesign of the engine bay), the production version was finally shown in 2015.

2015: The new kid

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The new NSX was radically different compared to the previous iteration. Instead of minimizing weight, the car now played the high-tech card. It now packed an advanced four-wheel drive system as well as a hybrid powerplant. Its twin-turbo V6 produces 500 horsepower alone; with the help of the electric motors, a total of 573 horsepower are available under the car’s right pedal. The new NSX can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, and will eventually hit 307 km/h.

The Acura NSX has evolved from a simplistic driving machine to the marvel of modern technologies it is today. However, despite its changes, its reputation for disrupting the supercar industry hasn’t waned.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Acura

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”…

Mind. Blown.

Acura has enjoyed tremendous success on the luxury market, but compared to much of the competition, it’s relatively young. Let’s explore the history of the intriguing and innovative Japanese brand.

Here are 6 things you may not have known about the Japanese automaker.

The word “Acura” doesn’t mean anything in Japanese.

Unlike Honda, which gets its name from its founder Soichiro Honda, Acura doesn’t have a deeper definition in Japanese. Acura is a slight modification of the Latin word for “done with precision.” This theme is echoed in the brand slogan: Precision Crafted Performance.

Acura was the first Japanese luxury automotive brand to arrive in North America.

Acura was launched in 1986 in Canada and the US, making it the first Japanese luxury automaker to stake a claim on the crucial market. The early success of the Integra and Legend spurred the competition along and soon Toyota and Nissan both arrived on the scene with their luxury offshoots. Acura, however, was the first.

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”

The Acura logo sticks to the theme of precision or accuracy with a clever logo that some interpret as a capital A or H. The truth: it’s actually an outside caliper, a precision tool used to measure thickness.

Look familiar?

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Acura has an impressive motorsport pedigree.

Testing new technologies in a racing environment is a great way to ensure their reliability and help spread awareness for the brand’s credibility. If a car can drive at full throttle on a racetrack for 24 hours straight, it will certainly last much longer in the hands of customers. Acura gets this.

Since the brand’s inception, they have been involved in SCCA and IMSA GT Championship, two prominent series in the US. They won the SCCA World Championship in 1997 using the NSX and Integra, proving the cars’ performance chops. In the 2000s, the brand even developed its own LMP1 car, which raced admirably in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. More recently, an ILX raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, won in its class, and came in 8th place overall.

And the NSX was the world’s first supercar you could use daily.

The first car to be classified as a supercar was the Lamborghini Miura, in 1966. From that point, there have been many supercars, and most of them Italian. While they were all undoubtedly very fast, beautiful and exotic, you couldn’t really use them as a daily-driver. They had poor reliability, running costs were exorbitant and they weren’t practical.

And then in 1990, the Acura NSX arrived.

Just like the Italian stallions, it was mid-engined and aerodynamic. It could reach speeds greater than 300 km per hour and rev to 8,300 rpm. However, unlike its Italian competitors, it was reliable, easy to use, had good visibility and didn’t require a second mortgage to maintain.

The NSX ushered in a new era in the supercar world, forcing the industry to rethink their way of building cars.

The Policaro Group ran the first Acura dealership in the country!

As part of Policaro Group, Policaro Acura is proud to have been a part of Acura’s history since day one! In 1987, following years of working with the Honda brand, the Policaro Group’s founding members were awarded the first Acura dealership in Canada. Learn more about the Policaro Group’s fascinating family story here.

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7 Cozy Southern Ontario Restaurants That Are Perfect For Valentine’s Day

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February in Ontario can be…dreary. There are a lot of words we could’ve used there, but “dreary” will have to do as this is a family-oriented blog.

Luckily, there is an event right smack dab in the middle of it that gives us adults an opportunity to get a little extra (ahem) cozy. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day, the day dedicated to lovers, chocolate, and cheesy Halmark Cards.

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It is, if nothing else, the perfect opportunity to book a table at one of these seven cozy restaurants in the GTA. Hole up at an ultra cozy eatery with your lover and fill your bellies with a warm, hearty meal.

KB Food, Whitby

KB Food is an eclectic restaurant by chef Kevin Brown in the heart of Whitby on Brock Street. The atmosphere inside is snug and comfortable, perfect for ordering several dishes to share, like a charcuterie or cheese board, before going on the entrees.

East & Main Bistro, Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has become a summertime hotspot for its wineries and beaches, but the region is just as awesome when the temperature drops. Try East & Main Bistro which serves up locally-sourced dishes at long farm tables, so plates can be shared and conversation can flow.

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Sonny’s Drive-In, Brampton

Order some classic North American comfort food over the counter at the Brampton institution, Sonny’s Drive-In, and scarf it in the cozy confines of your vehicle. Save the cute, picnic table seating area outside for a warmer season. Charcoal broiled burgers, however, are a good idea year round.

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The Cornerhouse, Stouffville

Sitting pretty on Main Street in Stouffville is The Cornerhouse, a three-storey restaurant with a whole lot of charm. Candle lit tables create an intimate vibe, perfect for indulging in a melt-in-your-mouth steak–this spot’s speciality. Order the eggplant fries to start.

Langdon Hall, Cambridge

Whether you want to treat yourself or impress someone special, Langdon Hall will leave you feeling like an A-list celebrity. The five-star Relais & Châteaux property is set in a stunning heritage building, and after a fresh dusting of snow feels just like stepping onto a movie set. Inside the dining room, regal decor with velvet couches and large chandeliers set the mood for a memorable meal by Chef Jason Bangerter.

La Vecchia, Toronto

La Vecchia is one of the coziest spaces in Toronto’s midtown. The Italian eatery is known for its fresh pasta dishes like tagliatelle bianchi and ricotta tortelloni, while its impressive wine list makes it hard to have just one glass. Have two and call an Uber.

The Olde Angel Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Some call it haunted; others call it a delightful little locale in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Olde Angel Inn is the coziest of cozy pubs dishing out English staples like bangers and mash, chicken pot pie, liver and onions and more. The dark wood finishes and low ceilings add to the snug feel, as does the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

C’est What, Toronto

Tucked below street level in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is C’est What, a hidden gem that’s easy to lose a few hours in. The pub has an extensive beer list, fireplaces, live music, pool tables, and a lamb burger that’s one of the best in town.

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