The best places to shop for Fall in Midtown

 

It’s a brand new season, and that means you may be in the market for some fresh new clothes from quality brands. You can find everything you need and more nearDavisville Village. To help you make your fall fashion dreams come true, here are some of the best places to shop for fall in Midtown.


Reitmans

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Reitmans has been dedicated to providing affordable fashion with great customer service since they were founded in 1926 by Herman and Sarah Reitman. The brand has come a long way since those days. What started as a small women’s clothing store on Boulevard St. Laurent in Montréal has become a publicly owned company. Despite scaling up significantly, it’s still a family-controlled business. It has 642 stores across the country operating under six different banners: Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity, RW&CO and Hyba Activewear. Visit their location in the Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) for the latest fall fashions and essentials at prices you can afford. Walk in on weekdays from 10 am until 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm — you’ll walk out with something you’ll love!


Moores Clothing for Men

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They say that clothes make the man. For more than 30 years, Moores has been helping men look their best. They know that the right clothes do more than improve your appearance, they can improve your confidence. The staff at Moores Clothing for Men are dedicated to improving men’s lives — one suit, shirt or sports coat at a time.


From suits to casual wear, choose from top brands including Kenneth Cole, Joseph Abboud and Ralph Lauren. They carry hard-to-find sizes, too. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, their team of master tailors and expert stylists can create custom clothing to suit you perfectly. In addition to on-site tailoring, free pressing is available for suits, sports coats and pants, so what they sell is truly ready to wear the moment you leave the store.


Pay them a visit weekdays from 9:30 am to 9 pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.


Carter’s

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You can count on Carter’s in the Yonge Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) to keep your kids looking their best. Carter’s is the leading brand for children’s apparel in Canada. From infants and toddlers to big kids up to 14 years of age, you’ll find clothes they’re happy with at prices you’re happy with. They are open weekdays from 10 am until 9.pm, Saturdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon until 5 pm.


Carbon

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Carbon (2591 Yonge Street) first opened its doors in 2009. Since then they have become a staple of the neighbourhood. When you want the latest seasonal styles in a small, personal setting, you’ll want to visit Carbon. Alex and Sharon Mazelow are the owners and they travel the world in search of the best for their store and their customers. They also believe in selling top-quality fashion from some of the world’s most relevant brands, at a reasonable price.


Pop by and browse the shop, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Or you can book a Personal Shopping experience. These appointments can take place before, during or after normal store hours. It starts with a short discussion about your style and goals. If you don’t know what those are, Carbon Personal Shoppers will provide you with an overview of current trends and classic styles. They will teach you how to blend classic and current looks to create whatever look you desire.


They will even book In-Home Wardrobe Consultations. An experienced stylist will come to your home at an appointed time and review what pieces you should keep, and what should be replaced, based on your needs, lifestyle and budget.


Hatley Boutique Toronto

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Hatley Boutique Toronto (2648 Yonge St) is an excellent resource for quality clothes, sleepwear and rain gear for women and children. It all began as a small cottage business in the small lakeside town of North Hatley, Ontario. Alice and John Oldland began selling cow and pig aprons. It caught on and grew from there. When the couple wanted to retire, their three sons took over and grew the business into what it is today, with stores throughout North America, New Zealand and the UK. They managed to keep the small town feel of the store, too. Stop by Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.


We hope these shopping hotspots near Davisville help you look and feel your best this fall!

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to all the fashionable resources available in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Explore Riverdale Farm

 

After the sweltering summer heat subsides, and before the bitter cold of winter arrives, there is the colourful, magical, sweet-spot season of fall. The air is crisp and cool, and the trees seem to show off with a brilliant display of gold, orange and red. These are the sweet and simple days where you feel like putting on a cozy sweater and heading out for a seasonal stroll.

 

Make your fall experience even more wholesome, quaint and beautiful by heading over to Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street), located within Riverdale Park West in Cabbagetown. You can walk there from Village Green in about 25 minutes, or ride your bike there in about 10 minutes. Be sure to park your ride in the bike racks as bicycles are not allowed on the farm. Or jump on the eastbound 504 streetcar from College subway station, get off at Parliament Street and walk north to Winchester Street.

 

Get a Feel for Farm Life

 Riverdale Farm Toronto

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Riverdale Farm is a working farm owned and operated by the City of Toronto. It is open 365 days a year, from 9 am to 5 pm and admission is always free! If you’d like to support the farm, a donation box can be found outside the entrance. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $10 or more.

 

The 7.5-acre property features vegetable, flower and herb gardens, and is home to a variety of pioneer breeds of farm animals that are rarely found on commercial farms today, including cows, pigs, sheep and goats. There are also horses, donkeys and chickens and waterfowl. Come and get a glimpse of farm life under the glorious, colourful backdrop of the fall foliage. Pack a picnic and enjoy the feeling of a peaceful and beautiful afternoon in the country, without leaving the city.

 

History of Riverdale Farm

 

The land was originally owned by John Scadding, an early settler and clerk to the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. The property was purchased by the City of Toronto in 1856. Between 1888 and 1974, it was the site of the city’s first zoo, the Riverdale Zoo. The farm was built as a tribute to small, family farm heritage. The barn doors were opened to the public in 1978.

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Daily Events

 

Riverdale Farm Toronto

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Every day, at 11:30 am, the farmer presents an animal for visitors to see and ask questions about in the Lower Francey Barn. There is a chalkboard posted at the barn entrance that will inform you which animal will be appearing that day. Riverdale Farm is a working farm and not a petting zoo. Direct contact with any of the livestock must be supervised by farm staff. Feeding of the animals is not permitted.

 

The Barns:

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The Francey Barn is located just inside the main gates. When the animals aren’t out roaming in their paddocks, this barn is their home. The barn is designed in a rare architectural style known as a Pennsylvania bank barn. The barn is built into a hill (or river bank) which provides an upper and lower floor. The animals are housed below, and the supplies are stored on the upper floor.

 

The Animals:

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In addition to The Francey Barn, visitors can tour the Pig and Poultry Barn. Home to chickens, turkeys, domesticated waterfowl and pigs. During the day, the waterfowl can be found walking the grounds on their way to and from the duck pond where they swim and forage for food

 

Simpson House:

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The Simpson House is named after the architect who built it, Napier Simpson Jr. It is a reproduction of the original Francey farmhouse. Today, renovations are underway within Simpson House to create a new Welcome Centre and discovery hub. Construction is due to be completed this fall. Check in with Riverdale Farm’s facebook page for updates.

 

In the meantime, public washrooms are available in The Meeting House.

 

The Meeting House:

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The Meeting House is a three-storey building located on the east side of the farm, near the Duck Pond. This building serves as a hub for programs including pottery and weaving, as well as the lost and found.

 

The Residence:

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Built in 1902, by prisoners from the Don Jail, The Residence has seen many occupants over the years. It was the zookeeper’s residence, a zoo hospital, and even a temporary morgue for the adjacent Necropolis Cemetery. Today it is used for community-based programs.

 

Explore the Trails:

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There are over 3 kilometres of trails and paths to explore on the farm’s grounds. The Farm map highlights all of the key features waiting for you to discover.

 

Riverdale Park is also your gateway to Toronto’s ravine and trail system. You can learn more about that in our recent post.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There will be construction on the paths and trails on the east side of the farm.

 

Special Events

 

Saturday, September 29th, is the 40th Anniversary celebration at Riverdale Farm, from 10 am until 4 pm, with fun family-friendly activities, demonstrations, food and activities throughout the day. Admission is free, as always!

 

For a more adult celebration, get your tickets for the Fundraising Barn BBQ on Friday, September 28th. There will be great food, music and a cash bar.

 

Kids will love exploring the Boo Barn on October 21st. There will be Halloween arts and crafts, face painting, a pumpkin patch to explore and pumpkin carving (all tools provided). Take home your very own jack-o-lantern and pumpkin seeds for roasting. A $5 donation is suggested to support the farm and visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

 

A visit to Riverdale Farm is a fun, free and beautiful way to spend an autumn afternoon. Check it out!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all the wholesome beauty that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things that surround you. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

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Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

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Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

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Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

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Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

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For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

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Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the valuable resources and hotspots that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best places to grab lunch near Village Green

 

For many of us, the word ‘lunchtime’ is like music to our ears. We’ve been watching the clock tick and listening to our stomach rumble, and when lunchtime finally rolls around we are starving. You may be short on time, but you’re never short on options when you live in The Village. Here are some of the best places to grab lunch near Village Green.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

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Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up fresh and healthy cuisine in the heart of The Village since 2009. Pay a visit to this elegant and inviting establishment, housed in a classic Victorian Mansion, at 634 Church Street.

 

Their vegan and gluten-free Sante Fe Bowl ($17) is loaded with brown rice, organic black beans, guacamole, corn, romaine, pico de gallo, diced sweet potato, green onion, and crisp tortillas from La Tortilleria. It’s topped with a delicious yogurt lime drizzle.

 

If a sandwich is your go-to lunch, the Portobello and Brie Sandwich (with caramelized onions, arugula and maple Dijon on multigrain) is a good choice. If vegetarian isn’t your vibe, how about a Lamb Burger ($19)? Doesn’t fresh Ontario lamb from Forsyth Farms, with roasted red peppers, arugula, feta and minted yogurt on a butter bun sound amazing?

 

All sandwiches are served with their house salad or homemade frites. You can upgrade to a specialty salad for $3.50, or poutine for $4. Add bacon ($2.50), cheese ($3) or guacamole ($3), and even make it gluten-free for $1.75.

 

Upgrade your lunch experience with a visit to Lola’s Kitchen. They are open and ready to welcome you, Mondays from 11 am until 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, and again from 4 pm until 10 pm. Sunday is Brunch Day from 10 am until 3 pm.

 

Freshii

 

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Freshii (77 Wellesley St E) is a health-conscious chain that gets it right. They offer fast, fresh, healthy food, at fair prices.

 

Looking for a light but well balanced lunch? The Fiesta Salad (with field greens, avocado, aged cheddar, black beans, corn, salsa fresca and dressed with a cilantro lime vinaigrette) is a great choice.

 

Add comfort to your meal with a bowl of Superfood Soup. It’s full of quinoa, kale, cabbage, carrots, celery and red onions.

 

Make your meal super substantial by adding a Smokehouse Burrito to your soup and salad combo. It’s packed with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and spicy yogurt sauce.

 

Add a protein punch to any meal by adding tofu, falafel, chicken or steak.

 

The new Freshii app lets you order online, so you can skip the lunch line. Stroll in like a VIP and pick up your fresh and ready-to-eat lunch. You’ll also earn points towards free meals for every dollar you spend. Their location in The Village is open weekdays from 11 am until 10 pm, and Sundays from 11 am until 7:30 pm.

 

Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar

 

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If you want to try something different, Sabai Sabai (81 Bloor Street East) is a hip Northern Thai and Laotian restaurant with a fresh and funky vibe.

 

Some lunch favourites are the Street-Style Rice Noodles (with ground chicken, peanut, and tamarind sauce, $14), or the amazing Massaman Curry (with braised beef, star anise, cinnamon cloves, peanut, potato, and coconut milk that’s served with rice, $15).

 

They also offer a separate vegan menu for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu includes a delicious version of Massaman Curry (with tofu instead of beef, $15) as well as a rotating chef’s special dessert of the week ($6).

 

The food here is fantastic, and the word has spread. That means if you’re going for lunch, make sure you have a reservation for any size table. Online reservations make it simple. Last-minute seating is often available at the bar. Or, you can order online and pick it up.

 

They’re open Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays from 4 pm until 10 pm.

 

Katsuya

 

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Katsuya is an authentic Japanese Cutlet House (Katsu means ‘cutlet’, and Ya means ‘house’). Your favourite meats are well seasoned, then dredged in flour and egg, and finally coated in panko bread crumbs that are freshly toasted daily. The Katsu is then covered in your choice of signature sauces.

 

The Katsuya Original house sauce is made with seasonal fruits and vegetables (the flavour can change with the seasons) and organic herbs. It starts at $14.25 for Pork Loin, or $15.75 for chicken or fish. Or you can go all out and get a Double Cheese verison of the Pork Loin with Mozzarella and Cream Cheese ($16.95).

 

The restaurant concept is simple. Basically you choose your meat and a signature sauce. Sauces include Carbonara Katsu, Sweet Chili Katsu and Garlic Spicy Katsu (they come out with new sauces regularly). The result is an almost endless variety of meal options.

 

At their downtown location only (66 Gerrard Street East) you can try the amazing Katsu Burger. This is the first of its kind in Canada! Available in Pork ($10.75) or Chicken ($11.25), it’s topped with teriyaki and/or tartar sauce and cheese. Make it a combo (addinh fries and a pop) for $4.50.

 

The Chicken Katsu Salad ($14.75) is another great lunch option. It’s topped with Chicken Katsu strips, sliced egg, roasted almonds and homemade thousand island sauce made with apple, pineapple and vegetables.

 

Katsuya is open to serve you, Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11:30 am to 10 pm. Call 416-591-7756 for reservations.

 

Fresh Burger

 

Fresh Burger Toronto

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The folks at Fresh Burger know what a real burger should taste like, and so should you! The ingredients for a great burger are simple. It should consist of fresh meat of the highest quality available on the market, fresh veggies and be served on a fresh bun. One thing you won’t find at any Fresh Burger location, including the one at 542 Church Street, is a freezer.

 

Fresh Burger’s goal is to make the best burger for the lowest possible price. Their original 4 oz Fresh Burger is only $5.89, and only $9.75 with fries and a drink. Make it a Double Fresh Burger (two 4 oz patties) for $8.89, or $12.39 for a combo. Get a 6 oz Prime Fresh Burger for $7.85 or $11.65 for a combo, or try to tackle the big one, the whopping 12 oz Double Prime Fresh Burger for $11.85, or $15.55 for a combo.

 

They’ve also got some of the best poutine this side of Montréal.

 

Order online to skip the line. They are open daily, Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 3 am, and Sunday from noon until 10 pm.

 

We hope these tasty lunch spot suggestions help you dig in and let loose when lunchtime rolls around!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to taste the full flavour of your neighbourhood. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The best BBQ in Toronto

 

Most people argue that summer is BBQ season. But why should something as delicious as BBQ have a season? We think any time of year is a good time to dig in. Toronto is a great town for this sweet and smokey delicacy. If you’re into it, visit these local restaurants for the best BBQ in the city.

 

Barque

 

Barque Smokehouse Toronto

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Barque (287 Roncesvalles Avenue) makes some of the best low n’ slow smoked BBQ in the city and serves it to hungry patrons in a relaxed and comfy atmosphere. Note that the low temperature of their smoker (between 150°F and 325°F) means that the meat is served warm, not piping hot. Also, their slow cooking method means that once they’re out of meat for the day, they’re out!

 

The Meet Meat Platter ($99) is perfect for a group of four. It offers a good selection of their best meats. The platter consists of 12-hour beef brisket, Pommery pulled pork, smoked lamb shoulder, southern fried chicken, BBQ chicken and baby back ribs.

 

The Sampler for Two is $59 and includes your choice of appetizer or salad, three choices of meats, and two sides. You can add dessert for $5 per person.

 

If you want to enjoy the ultimate Barque BBQ experience, you’ll want to order The Smoker’s Choice. It’s a large, shareable platter big enough for the whole table. It includes Caesar salad, smoked chicken wings, cajun mac n’ cheese, hush puppies and all their BBQ meats. Dig into beef brisket, BBQ chicken, and baby back ribs. If also includes Tableside S’mores for dessert. This incredible meal goes for just $39 per adult or $21 per teen.

 

They also serve diners free popcorn which is a nice touch!


Carbon Bar


Carbon Bar Toronto

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Carbon Bar, at 99 Queen St East in the Old City TV building, is a world-class BBQ joint with a full-service bar that serves excellent cocktails. Even if someone in your party isn’t into BBQ, there is a lot to love about this place. Their Hot Smoked Trout and Seafood Boil dishes are amazing. There are great sides including Jalapeno Cornbread ($8) or Mac & Cheese ($13) made with vintage cheddar, gruyere and chipotle. It’s perfectly crisp on the outside and creamy inside. But the real star is, of course, the BBQ.

 

The Pit Master Platter ($34 per person, minimum 2 people) from their Bar Menu is a must. It includes St. Louis cut pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, fries with chipotle mayo and dill pickles.

 

Eat at the bar, or get comfy in one of their plush leather booths, and get ready to enjoy some upscale, yet unpretentious eats!

 

Reservations are recommended.


The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder


The Stockyards, at 699 St Clair Ave West at Christie Street, serves up wood-smoked BBQ at their small diner counter. They may be a small place, but their food is outstanding and they offer a full take-out menu. Take your meal home or have a picnic two blocks down Christie Street on the Wychwood Barns grounds (76 Wychwood Ave). Remember to grab plenty of napkins – it gets pretty sticky!


Their wood-smoked BBQ is amazing, but their Buttermilk Fried Chicken is out of this world. Most meals come with fries which are perfectly crisp and well seasoned.


Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ


Gyu Kaku BBQ Toronto

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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (81 Church Street) offers authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue). Japanese BBQ is all about large plates of shared food. There is a personal charcoal grill installed at every table, so you can cook your meats just the way you like them. This is not an All-You-Can-Eat establishment. This restaurant is all about quality, not quantity. There are set prices for set meals, and the portions are more than filling. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are very friendly. If you’re new to Japanese BBQ, the staff are happy to offer meal suggestions and guide you through the menu. You can’t go wrong with their 21-Day Aged Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade, or their Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib with a Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.

 

With over 700 Gyu-Kaku restaurants worldwide, we’d say they’re doing something right! The Church Street location is not an overly large space, so it’s usually pretty busy. Make reservations to avoid long wait times.


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que


Cherry Street Bar-B-Que Toronto

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Cherry Street Bar-B-Que has two locations to choose from in Toronto. Their flagship, namesake location is located in the Port Lands, at 275 Cherry Street. They also have a stand at Assembly Chefs Hall, at 111 Richmond Street West. The Cherry Street location may be a little out of the way, but it’s housed in a historic former bank building with a great atmosphere and an enormous patio that offers exceptional views of the city. It’s worth heading down for some of their classic Southern pit-smoked meats, including brisket, baby back ribs, turkey and pulled pork. They’ve got some great sides like BBQ beans, mac n’ cheese, and even quinoa salad. They also offer a good selection of craft cocktails, local beers and a carefully curated selection of bourbon. Everything on their menu is market priced.

 

This is a casual, laid back restaurant. After you’ve been shown to your table, you order what you want at the counter, get a drink from the bar and enjoy. Go ahead, get saucy – nobody will care!

 

We hope this post inspires you to take a fabulous BBQ tour of Toronto!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to share the amazing flavours and experiences that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Cheap date ideas near Village Green

 

Living in Toronto means there is always an endless amount of things to see and do. Since most of us do not have unlimited funds to spend, it helps when you can find fun, fascinating and affordable activities around the city. It’s even better when they’re near where you live! Check out these cheap date ideas near Village Green.

 

Allan Gardens

 

 Allan Gardens Conservatory Toronto

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Why pay top dollar for a romantic date when you’ve got beautiful Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Avenue) right in your neighbourhood? Admission is free, from 10 am to 5 pm, 365 days a year. If you haven’t been to this hidden gem in Toronto, you’ve been missing out!

 

Why save date night for the night? Plan a cheap and romantic day date! Visit Allan Gardens in the late morning, around 10:30 am, after the plants have had their morning watering. You will love the smell of freshly watered plants in the morning and there are few things more beautiful than the way the sunlight shines into the greenhouse and reflects off the fresh water droplets. It kind of looks like the brightly coloured plants are dripping with diamonds.

 

There are six greenhouses in total that take up over 16,000 square feet. The well-maintained gardens are a mixture of permanent displays and seasonal features. The tropical oasis (including banana trees) is especially warm, welcoming, and romantic on a chilly fall or winter day. Enjoy the array of flowers, plants and trees that change with the seasons. There is always something new to see, so you can keep coming back for more!


Free Astro Tours at U of T



Looking for an out-of-this-world experience that is super affordable? Take an AstroTour!


These free Astronomy Public Tours, from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, take place on the first Thursday of the month. They are hosted at 9:10 pm (from May to September) and 8:10 pm (from October to April) at the Astronomy Building (50 St. George Street).


The experience lasts for about two hours, and is broken into three parts. It begins with an hour-long talk by a doctoral, postdoctoral, fellow, or faculty member. These talks are meant to be accessible and understandable to the layperson. Occasionally there will be special AstroTours with world-famous speakers or special engagements marking amazing astronomical events. Seats for the lectures are on a first-come, first-served basis.


The other two parts of the tour consist of free planetarium shows and telescope observation. Telescope observation is walk-in. Tickets for the planetarium shows are handed out before the lecture. Set a heavenly tone for your next date, for free!


Bike through the Don Valley Trail



What’s more fun, or more affordable, than strapping on your helmet and hitting the trail for a beautiful bike ride together? Dodging traffic may not be on your list of romantic activities, so head to a paved bike path, preferably with some natural beauty surrounding you. The Don River Trail is perfect! You can head north towards the Taylor Creek Trail, or south towards the Corktown Common.


If you’d like to learn more about all the amazing bicycle and walking trails near your, check out our recent article.


Coffee in Yorkville



The coffee date. It might just be the perfect first date. It’s casual, it’s cheap, and if there’s no connection you can both blow it off before your coffee has cooled. It you hit it off, there is nothing better than whiling away a few hours with interesting company over a cup (or several) of your favourite fresh brew. You’ve got lots of options nearby. Yorkville is a nice place to stroll around, peek inside a few coffee shop windows, and find a vibe that fits. Here are a few places you may want to grab a cup:


Cafe Moi ( 1200 Bay St). This colourful, cozy and casual cafe is a great place to hang out and bond over great coffee. The smooth creme and mild espresso make for a world class Cappuccino.


Coco Espresso Bar (29 Bellair Street), in the heart of Yorkville, serves up strong coffee in a cozy, yet vibrant atmosphere. Warm wood-panelled walls and bare Edison bulbs set a relaxed mood. There are tasty sandwiches, delicious desserts, and exceptional gelato flavours to enjoy, if you’re in the mood to settle in.


Strike gold on your next coffee date at Goldstruck Coffee (130 Cumberland Street). This industrial-chic hangout is home to great organic coffee, sandwiches, and delicate pastries. They’ve got good smoothies, too — if that’s more your speed. The atmosphere is a bit jazzy. It’s not too loud to talk, but loud enough to groove through otherwise awkward silences in the conversation.


Okonomi House


Don’t let the date fall flat just because you’re looking to save a few bucks. Okonomi House (23 Charles Street West) takes affordable date night to the next level with their fine Japanese cuisine and famous savoury pancakes. If you’ve never had savoury pancakes before, welcome to the rest of your life! If you’ve both never had savoury pancakes before, experiencing new things together is a great way to make sweet memories that you’ll both be able to savour!


Everyone loves fun dates, and everyone loves saving money. These cheap date ideas near Village Green can help you do both at once. Have a great time!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


Where to eat Thai food near Davisville Village

 

There are a ton of great restaurants in the Davisville Village neighbourhood. Because of the area’s diversity you can dig into authentic dishes from across the globe, just around the corner from home, at Davisville Village. If you’re hungry for something exotic, there are some excellent Thai restaurants to try nearby. Here are our favourite places to eat Thai food in the area:


Bolan Thai Cuisine


Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road) is not your average ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant. It’s small, but it feels cute, cozy and contemporary. The atmosphere and the attention to detail in the presentation of the food here is a cut above other places in the same price range.

 

Bolan Thai Toronto

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Bolan does amazing things with sticky rice. Their Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce ($5.95) is an out-of-this-world appetizer, and their Mango Sticky Rice ($7.95) dessert is almost too beautiful to eat. For a main course, you can’t go wrong with their Golden Curry Chicken ($13.95). If you’re trying to make healthy choices when you eat out, you can upgrade from jasmine to brown rice for an additional $2.50. Their Pad-Kee-Mao is simple, yet tasty. It is a filling dish of stir fried flat rice noodles, basil sauce, basil leaves, bell peppers, onions and garlic. The vegetarian version is only $11.95, and you can add chicken, beef or shrimp for an extra $1, $2 or $3.


Pay them a visit to eat-in, or pick up some take-out. You can also skip the queue and order online for home delivery.


Thai Spicy House


Thai Spicy House is an unassuming little shop at 517 Mt Pleasant Road. Their food is full of authentic Thai flavour, is well spiced, and prepared with good quality ingredients. Everything comes in large portions, which is a bonus. Start with their Deep Fried Tofu with Peanut Sauce ($6.99) or their Green Mango Salad ($8.99). Their aptly named Authentic Pad Thai is a delicious main course to try. It’s just $10.99 for the vegetarian version, $11.99 for the chicken version, $12.99 for the shrimp version, and $12.49 for a chicken and shrimp version. If you’re in the mood for beef, their Beef Malaysian Curry with rice is a house specialty that will set you back just $13.99.


Dine in or order online for pickup or delivery.


Siam Square Hut

 

Siam Square Hut Toronto

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Siam Square Hut is a hidden gem tucked away in Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton Ave E #120). This modest establishment is cozy and inviting. They don’t try too hard to impress you with their decor, they just let the food speak for itself.

 

Siam Square Hut Toronto

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Begin with a fragrant Tom Ka Soup (Coconut Lemongrass) for just $5. Their decadent Cream Cheese Crab Rangoon ($8) is a great starter to share. It’s 5 pieces of Thai pastry stuffed with imitation crab meat, cream cheese and sweet chili sauce.


For your main course, try the Green Curry. It comes with bamboo shoots, squash, bell peppers, carrot, basil and lime leaves, starting at $13. It’s available with chicken, beef, shrimp, seafood or fish (deep fried or steamed fillet). Wash it all down with a refreshing Thai Ice Tea ($3).


They’re open daily from 11:30 am (noon on Sunday) until 12 am. You can eat in, or order food online for delivery or pickup.


Thai Mango


Thai Mango Toronto

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Thai Mango (641 Dupont Street) is a comfy and contemporary spot for great Thai cuisine. If you like shellfish, start your meal the Shrimp Satay ($6.99) and a bowl of Hot & Sour Soup with tofu, bamboo shoots, black mushroom and egg ($7.99).


Their Gai Phad Med Ma Muang (Cashew Chicken) is a must-try. It’s a robust dish of sauteed chicken with roasted cashew nuts, sweet peppers and chilis ($15.49).


If you’re feeding a few folks, make sure to opt in for the free food you’re entitled to at this restaurant. You’ll get free Spring Rolls if your order exceeds $40 before tax, and Mango Chicken or Chicken Pad Thai for orders over $60! To claim your freebies when you order online for pickup or delivery, simply write your free item of choice in the comment section on the checkout page.


They’re open daily from 11 am until 11 pm.


Riz on Bayview

 

Riz on Bayview Toronto

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Riz on Bayview (1677 Bayview Ave) serves up amazing Thai cuisine. They offer a standard menu and a separate certified gluten-free menu. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, with elegant and understated modern decor, as well as comfy booths and chairs. There is also a patio for warm weather dining.


Can’t decide on what to order? No problem. Go for the All-You-Can-Taste Menu, available from 4 pm until 10 pm from the regular menu ($32.99 per person) or thegluten-free menu ($34.99 per person)! If you order from the gluten free menu, you’ll get BBQ Korean Beef Ribs, Drunken Garlic Tiger Shrimp, Ginger & Green Onion Lobster, Drunken Garlic Lobster, and Thai Black Bean Lobster. These dishes would cost around $60 if ordered separately, so it’s a great deal!


Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open daily from 11 am until 10 pm.


We hope this post inspires you to take a Thai inspired tour of your neighbourhood!


Greenrock Property Management loves to share the best that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, includingGreenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.