Cafe California: A Neighbourhood Gem

 

A fixture in the heart of the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, Cafe California (538 Church Street) has been serving the community with a variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes for over 20 years. Only an exceptional and special kind of place could last this long in an industry that seems to constantly crave the next new thing. Is it the food? The martini bar? The friendly staff? Maybe it’s the eclectic Mediterranean decor, or the sunny solarium that keeps people coming back for more. It’s hard to tell, but the restaurant is doing something right.

 

Photo courtesy of Cafe California

Photo courtesy of Cafe California

 

We spoke with General Manager, Bob Parsons, to see if he could put his finger on what sets Cafe California apart. We asked him about the vibe of the place.

 

It really depends on which seating we’re doing. We welcome all walks of life, it’s warm and inviting, kind of like a Cheers. We attract everyone from young people to seniors at different times of day.

 

The vibe fluctuates depending on the time of day and is influenced by the presence of the patrons. It’s truly a place for everyone because the customers create the atmosphere. The restaurant manages to stay ahead of new trends while remaining true to its Mediterranean roots. As Bob tells us:

 

Our food is definitely what brings people back year after year. Our menu has a very wide range and our customer service is excellent.

 

So, it is the food! Could it be that simple? Maybe. We asked Bob if there was a certain dish that a first time guest should try. Something that defines what Cafe California is.

 

It really depends on your food preferences, we have something for everyone though. Like for example, if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll love our salads. Our menu changes a lot and there’s really nothing on our menu that I could remove. People love the quality and the quantity of our menu items. People come for our salads in the summer season — the Capri is my favourite. Our California salad is massive — most people share the small size — and it’s a great salad to try because it’s got a bit of everything. Every seating draws a different crowd to the restaurant. We really serve the entire neighbourhood — they love the food and the service they get here.

 

It seems that the secret to Cafe California’s success is both simple and indefinable. The accessibility of the food seems to have a lot to do with it, as does the inviting atmosphere and the vibe of the place. We think it might be the restaurant’s authenticity that brings people back year after year. The feeling of people dedicated to doing what they do best, with as much enthusiasm as possible. Day in, day out. That authenticity has made Cafe California a neighbourhood gem, and a fixture of the Church and Wellesley community for over twenty years. If you haven’t had the pleasure, come in to see and taste it for yourself.


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Order like a pro at Kintaro Izakaya

 

One of the greatest things about living in Toronto is diversity. A great way to familiarize yourself with a different culture is through food. Trying new cuisines is always an exciting experience, but it can also be an intimidating one. If your knowledge of Japanese cuisine is limited to sushi, you need to pay a visit to Kintaro Izakaya in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.

 

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

“Kintaro Izakaya brings the authentic Japanese tapas experience to the door steps of downtown Toronto” says William Shin, Manager. We asked him to give us a crash course in Izakaya cuisine to help you order like a pro the next time you visit Kintaro Izakaya.

 

So William, what is izakaya cuisine?

 

“I” (to stay) + “sakaya” (sake house) = Izakaya

Our specialties include a wide range of yakitori dishes (charcoal grilled skewers), sushi, ramen and traditional Japanese appetizers that perfectly accompany our extensive drink selection. Stay at our sake house to be immersed in the atmosphere with great conversations, food and drinks!


For newbies, what menu items are most popular at your restaurant and what drinks go well with them?


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Our “must try” dish is Ebi Mayo. A delicious dish of deep fried prawns layered with spicy mayo, house-made tartar sauce, and crispy shallots. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi beers, Kikusui Sake (Junmao Ginjo), Ozeki Karatamba Sake (Honjozo), and Kubota Senju Sake (Honjozo).

 

Sounds delicious! What other menu items do you recommend?


Some of our other delicious menu items are:


photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Maguro tataki. This is a beautiful serving of seared Pacific Bluefin Tuna with a ponzu drizzle, garnished with scallions, served with a side house salad. It is best paired with: Tamano Hikari Sake (Junmai Daiginjo); Gekkeikan Black & Gold Sake (Blended); and Miyanoyuki Sake (Junmai Ginjo).


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Set A & Set B (Grilled Skewers). This menu item is a combination of 5 different skewer selections. It is perfect for first timers who would like to try a variety of grilled items. Sets include a combination of Chicken, Beef, Pork, Seafood, Bacon and Vegetable. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi Beers; Kubota Senju Sake (Honjozo); and Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Sake (Honjozo)

 

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Premium Sashimi Set. This dish is 15 pieces of assorted sashimi, including selections from our premium menu. It is best paired with: Nanbu Bijin Sake(Junmai Ginjo); Miyanoyuki Sake (Junami Ginjo); and Gekkeikan Black & Gold Sake (Blended).

 

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

Yuke. This dish features lightly seasoned raw beef tenderloin garnished with scallions and quail egg, served with a side house salad. It is best paired with: Sapporo/Asahi Beers and Otokoyama Tokubetsu Sake (Junmai).


That’s a lot of great menu options and drink pairings! Thank you, William. How would you describe the atmosphere at Kintaro?


Kintaro Izakaya is a cozy family owned japanese restaurant with an authentic japanese feel. A “sake house” to be immersed in the atmosphere with great conversations, food, music and drinks!


Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

Photo courtesy of Kintaro Izakaya

 

We hope this interview takes the guesswork out of your Kintaro Izakaya experience! Now that you know what to order and what each specialty item pairs well with, the work is done! Pay a visit to Kintaro Izakaya (459 Church Street) to experience the bold flavours of your culturally rich community.

 

Greenrock Property Management is proud to connect you with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

Village Green’s New Generator

 

The Village Green community is currently under construction and we want to thank our residents for their support and positive feedback while we improve your property. In case you are out of the loop, Greenrock is undertaking several exciting construction projects to improve our Toronto properties. At Village Green we currently have such projects underway, including installing a new power generator.

 

WHAT WE’RE DOING
A new Village Green generator is currently being installed inside a room in our underground parking garage. This location was chosen to ensure that the noise when running is kept to a minimum.. This massive green machine is designed to provide back up power to help ensure the comfort and safety of our residents during a power outage. Aside from the normal emergency lighting and fire pump back up, this generator will also provide power to Village Green’s elevators, domestic water pumps and heating circulation and boilers.

 

 

WHY WE’RE INSTALLING A GENERATOR

We have  installed the generator so we ca provide more comfort, safety and security to Village Green residents during power outages.

 

WHAT CAUSES POWER OUTAGES?

Extreme weather conditions can cause power outages year-round. Here are the different Toronto weather conditions that can lead to power outages:

 

  1. High winds can bring down trees and branches onto power lines.
  2. Lightning can strike equipment or cause trees to fall into power lines.
  3. Winter storms can create freezing rain and heavy snow that cause damage to electrical equipment.
  4. Heat waves can increase demand for electricity from air conditioning, which can overload the system.
  5. Rain and flooding can damage overhead and underground equipment.

As any Torontonian knows, these weather conditions are not uncommon and could easily result in power outages year round. Unpredictable weather is a major reason why Greenrock decided to invest in and install a backup generator at Village Green.

 

Bad weather isn’t the only thing that can lead to a power outage. Here are a few other potential causes:

 

  1. Toronto Hydro equipment failure can trigger an outage, even though Toronto Hydro regularly maintains and updates aging infrastructure.
  2. Vehicle or construction accidents can knock down hydro poles or bring down lines.
  3. Animals, like squirrels, birds and raccoons, can damage power lines and equipment.
  4. Cable dig-ins can cause outages when construction crews accidentally hit a buried line while excavating.
  5. Trees can come into contact with a power line if they are not trimmed properly.
  6. Planned Outages are occasionally scheduled to allow Toronto Hydro crews to safely do repair work, maintenance or upgrades on our equipment.

 

Greenrock is excited that the generator project is almost complete. We are confident that this generator will keep our residents safe, secure and comfortable at Village Green in the event of a power outage.

 

Love the Yonge and Wellesley area in downtown Toronto? Check out our website to learn more about Village Green, a vibrant purpose-built rental community. www.greenrockpm.ca

Don’t miss Bestival this weekend!

While Toronto is known for its incredible selection of music festivals, there’s nothing quite like Bestival. Exotic, imaginative and packed with great performances, this is an experience you won’t want to miss. Learn more about Bestival 2016, happening this weekend near Toronto apartments, in today’s post from Greenrock Property Management.

 

A wonderland

 

A self-acclaimed wonderland of art and music, Bestival runs this weekend, June 11th and 12th at Woodbine Park (1695 Queen Street East), a 15-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), or Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). Expect music from a variety of genres, colorful costumes and a fantastical lineup of over-the-top activities at this adult-only event.

 

This year’s musicians

 

There has been plenty of buzz about the big names Bestival is welcoming this Summer. This year’s two impressive headliners are the legendary The Cure and the Australian rock kings, Tame Impala. They will be joined by dozens of others, from The Wombats to The Twilight Sad, Jonathan Rosa and Odesza. The gate opens at noon both days of the festival.

 

An event all its own

 

Bestival provides great music in an unforgettable atmosphere. Start your Bestival adventure at the Bollywood-themed arena, complete with dancing, dressed animals, lights, lasers and live DJs. Next, participate in a Sound Healing Workshop and explore the renowned Bestival Inflatable Church. A complete list of all the wacky, wonderful and weird activities and events of Bestival can be found online.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management is sure you will have a memorable experience this weekend at Bestival 2016. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, simply visit our website today.

Toronto Pride is here!

The Toronto Pride Festival is almost here with another exciting year of entertainment, activities and celebrations in honour of Toronto’s diverse and thriving LGBT community. Today on the blog Greenrock Property Management has a brief rundown of the festival, including can’t-miss events and festival information. Our Village Green Community is located in the heart of the Toronto Pride Festival, within walking distance to most of the festivities.

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Date night in the Village

Church-Wellesley Village in Toronto’s downtown core is a cultural hub that is full of exciting things to do and see. Whether it’s your first date or 50th date, check out some of this area’s best date night (or day) spots. Greenrock’s Village Green community is located in the heart of Church-Wellesley Village close to great restaurants, entertainment, shopping and much more. 

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St Patrick’s Day in the Village

St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, and has now transformed into a global festival celebrating Irish culture. St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated across Toronto, and Greenrock has provided you with some suggestions for ways to celebrate around Village Green. Whether you are visiting an Irish pub, celebrating at the annual parade, or staying in and having an Irish-inspired dinner, Greenrock wishes you a happy St. Patty’s Day!

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