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Farah Mohamed is the CEO and founder of G(irls)20, a global organization that invests in women’s economic empowerment. The social entrepreneur and off-hours foodie shares her top spots in the city.

Farah Mohamed

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01 Mamakas
I holidayed in Greece and fell in love with the cuisine. Mamakas is like being in a nice taverna in Santorini; it’s clean, bright and bustling. The last time I was here was with my old boss, the former deputy prime minister of Canada.
80 Ossington Ave., 416-519-5996, mamakas.ca


02 Harbourfront Centre
I’m on the board. I sought out the position because I love the centre so much. You can go skating in winter and kayaking in summer. There’s a bench facing the water with my name on it. It’s the first place I go when I’m back in town, no matter the weather.
235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com


03 Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine
I’m Indian and when I crave good Indian, I go here. I love the butter chicken and the Tandoori prawns. It’s not as good as my mom’s cooking, but it’s a close second. In fact, I chose Aroma to cater my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary.
287 King St. W., 416-971-7242, aromafineindian.com


04 Byblos
Byblos serves superflavourful Mediterranean food. I ­always have the yogurt-baked fluke when I’m there; it’s a shared dish. You sit four to a round table, and share everything family-style. It’s very communal: I love that about it.
11 Duncan St., 647-660-0909, byblostoronto.com


05 Trattoria Nervosa
The kale salad is the best in the city. If I’m there for dinner, though, I always order the same thing: the ­rigatoni pomodoro. It’s just a red sauce, but it’s so good and authentic. You’d think somebody’s Italian grandmother is in the kitchen making it.
75 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-4642, eatnervosa.com


06 The Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Trail
The beltline is wooded, beautiful and peaceful. While there are always people strolling along, it’s not too well known. It’s easy to imagine you’re in a very quiet city. It’s my go-to place for walking and thinking – I don’t spend a lot of time indoors – and it’s where I taught myself to run.
378 Mount Pleasant Rd., 311, toronto.ca/parks

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