As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah approaches at sundown on November 27, 2013, there will be people — both Jewish and not — suddenly finding themselves with a craving for latkes. Those fried potato pancakes, often found on breakfast menus throughout the year, are a traditional dish served on this holiday, and fortunately, there are plenty of Toronto restaurants willing to oblige.

But that's not the only thing Hanukkah requires in the way of celebration. Adding to the fried list are sufganiyots, deep-fried round jelly doughtnuts that, in recent years, have been given modern flavours like apple-vanilla with brandy, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

And then, of course, there are the dreidels (the four-sided spinning tops) and the gelt (the chocolate coins), which work together in a children's betting game that few understand, but all enjoy. (For actual rules, check out My Jewish Learning.)

With eight days of Hanukkah ahead, there's plenty of time to get your grease (and spin) on. Check out where to find Hanukkah goodies throughout Toronto, and feel free to suggest your own finds in the comments below:

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  • Grodzinski Bakery

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Grodzinski Bakery</a>, 3437 Bathurst St.; 1118 Centre St., Unit 3 <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Sufganiyot (beloved across the city)

  • Regina's Kitchen

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Regina's Kitchen</a>, 844 Sheppard Ave. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes

  • Aleph Bet Judaica

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Aleph Bet Judaica</a>, 3453 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Menorahs and Hanukkah candles

  • Amazing Donuts

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Amazing Donuts</a>, 3772 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Sufganiyot with jam, custard, chocolate, caramel, blueberry or lemon fillings, as well as dreidel cookies

  • Amber European Restaurant

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Amber European Restaurant</a>, 2372 Bloor St. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Thanks to latkes' European origins, many restaurants, like Amber, serve up these fried potato pancakes all year round

  • Caplansky's

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Caplansky's</a>, 356 College St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes (and matzah ball soup, if you happen to be in the mood)

  • Cardinal Rule

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cardinal Rule</a>, 5 Roncesvalles Ave. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes served all year round, made with potato, leek and roasted garlic

  • Daiter's

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Daiter's</a>, 3535 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Mini or regular sized potato latkes

  • Ely's Fine Foods

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Ely's Fine Foods</a>, 3537 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Mini potato or mini vegetable latkes are available to order

  • Free Times Cafe

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Free Times Cafe</a>, 320 College St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: "The best latkes in town," according to the owners

  • Jacob's Deli

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Jacob's Deli</a>, 1470 Centre St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes in the restaurant or ready to order (plus gefilte fish if you're so inclined)

  • Judaica Maven

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Judaica Maven</a> <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Menorahs, Hanukkah candles, and dreidels

  • Kiva's Bagel

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Kiva's</a>, 1027 Steeles Ave. W.; 15 St. Clair W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes and sufganiyot (though they advise ordering ahead, as both sell out quickly)

  • leat catering

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">L-eat Catering</a>, 3829 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes through their catering outlet, as well as special Hanukkah dishes made to order

  • Matana Judaica

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Matana Judaica</a>, 180 Steeles Ave. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Menorahs and candles

  • Israel's

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Israel's The Judaica Centre</a>, 875 Eglinton Ave. W., 441 Clark St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Gelt, dreidels, menorahs, candles, and many other Hanukkah-themed items

  • Switzer's Deli City

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Switzer's Deli City</a>, 7310 Torbram Rd. (just north of Pearson aiport) <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes, served all year round

  • Toronto Kosher

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Toronto Kosher</a>, 3459 Bathurst St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Potato latkes (and you can pick up some kugel and kishka here too)

  • United Bakers

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">United Bakers</a>, 506 Lawrence Ave. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes as a single order or full dinner, as well as dreidel cookies (and maybe, just for fun, a chocolate bubka)

  • Wolfie's

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Wolfie's</a>, 670 Sheppard Ave. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Giant potato latkes served all year round

  • Yitz's Deli

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Yitz's Deli</a>, 346 Eglinton Ave. W. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes served all year round

  • What A Bagel

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">What A Bagel</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">multiple locations</a> <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes made to order, so call ahead for your crew

  • Harbord Bakery

    <b>Where</b>: <a href="" target="_blank">Harbord Bakery</a>, 115 Harbord St. <b>Hanukkah goodies</b>: Latkes, sufganiyot, dreidels, gelt and candles — it's a one-stop shop!

  • Wondering how to decorate your home for Hanukkah? Check out these ideas that can last through the whole holiday season.

  • Hanukkah Crackers

    Christmas crackers are a tradition for many families, but crackers are a fun addition to the Hanukkah table as well. You can fill these DIY crackers with treats of your choosing. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Minie Co</a>.

  • Tulle Lights

    This craft's dramatic effect belies its simple instructions: cut strips of tulle, tie around white lights. They add a great wintery touch to your decor that will fit in perfectly with the Festival of Lights. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Hayseed Homemakin'</a>.

  • Gelt Garland

    Plastic gelt is inexpensive and a great way to add some shine to your Hanukkah decor. If you also celebrate Christmas, you can repurpose it as a tree garland in December. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Design Megillah</a>.

  • Branch Menorah

    Leave it to Martha to come up with this rustic DIY menorah. It's perfect for your Hanukkah celebrations, but can also be a great centrepiece all through the winter months. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Martha Stewart</a>.

  • Mirror Garland

    Why not use mirrors to make your Festival of Lights even more impressive? This dramatic decor could actually work all year round. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Apartment Therapy</a>.

  • Light Orbs

    You can customize these light orbs with strands in your favourite colours — we'd suggest white and blue for Hanukkah. If you want to repurpose them for Christmas, consider adding a red bow on top. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Prudent Baby</a>.

  • Wax Paper Luminaries

    These simple and minimalist luminaries could be used to make an inexpensive DIY menorah, but they'd be beautiful on the table for any evening meal on a chilly night. Learn how to create them at <a href="" target="_blank">DesignSponge</a>.

  • Snowflake And Dreidel Wreath

    This silver and gold wreath is a beautiful way to decorate for winter generally, but also fits right in with the traditional Hanukkah colour scheme (and makes great use of extra dreidels). Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Today's Parent</a>.

  • Handmade Candles

    It's surprisingly simple to make your own beeswax candles to use in your menorah. After you make the 44 you'll need for Hanukkah, put together a few more to add some warmth to your home when the weather gets cold. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Martha Stewart</a>.

  • Luminaries

    These luminaries are perfect for Hanukkah, but there's no reason why they couldn't be part of a centrepiece on your table all through the winter — and then make their way to your patio for summer nights. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Chai and Home</a>.

  • Gold Branches

    Take a can of gold spray paint to some branches, and use them as a decorative touch that fits in perfectly with Hanukkah but is subtle enough to keep out all through the winter. Learn how to create these at <a href="" target="_blank">Casasugar</a>.

  • Metallic Candles

    How stylish are these candles? They'd be perfect in a modern menorah, and in a million other places as well. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">P.S. I Made This</a>.

  • Twig Snowflakes

    These lighted snowflakes would look great hung in your window during Hanukkah, and then could stay up all winter long. Learn how to create these from <a href="" target="_blank">Seaside Inspired</a>.

  • Snow Candles

    You can put these candles out as soon as it snows (whether you're excited about it or not), but we think they'd be perfect along a Hanukkah-themed mantle. Learn how to create them at <a href="" target="_blank">Apartment Therapy</a>.

  • Ice Lanterns

    These lanterns are a great way to light up your pathway during the winter — but wouldn't they also make a very cool outdoor menorah during Hanukkah? Look how to create these at <a href="" target="_blank">Willowday</a>.

  • Gathered Bulbs

    Here's an idea if you're having trouble finding Hanukkah-specific decorations in store. These gathered bulbs in blue and silver are a great way to repurpose a decoration that's traditionally for Christmas. If you celebrate that holiday as well, just leave them up! Learn how to create these at <a href="" target="_blank">Modern Parents Messy Kids</a>.

  • Pipe-Cleaner Stars

    These decorations are fun to make with kids, and hang from your window to celebrate Hanukkah. If you put up a Christmas tree, they can then be used to decorate that as well. Learn how to create these at <a href="" target="_blank">Spoonful</a>.

  • Metallic Acorns

    These gorgeous metallic acorns make a simple but striking display in a clear glass bowl, and can be used in different ways throughout the holiday season and the winter months. Learn how to create these at <a href="" target="_blank">17 Apart</a>.

  • Silver And Gold Squares

    This is designed to be an advent calendar for Christmas, but the colours fit in perfectly with Hanukkah decor. Hang it early and then find a way to enjoy it some more in December! Learn to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Sanaeishida</a>.

  • Felt Wreath

    This gorgeous wreath can be put on your door now, enjoyed all through Hanukkah, and then left up to greet visitors until spring. Learn how to create this at <a href="" target="_blank">Felt So Cute</a>.

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