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

 

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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

 

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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


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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


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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


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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.


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


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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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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


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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

 

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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.


Cheap summer eats in Toronto

 

Summer in the city is the perfect time to slow down and take it easy. Take a stroll through your neighbourhood and let someone else handle the cooking. Toronto has no shortage of great spots to dine in, but if you’re short on cash, we’ve got some great suggestions for the frugal foodie. Here are some of the best cheap summer eats in Toronto.

 

DOWNTOWN:

 

Tacos 101

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Tacos 101 (101 Dundas Street East) gets back to taco basics. Chef Julio Campos believes that tacos should be fast, fresh, inexpensive, and delicious. The street-style tacos at Tacos 101 are all under $5 each. Try the Al Pastor, with grilled pork, salsa, cilantro and pineapple. The Chicken Adobado features pico de gallo and salsa verde. The Baja pairs crispy battered cod with crisp cabbage, sweet mango salsa, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Their vegetarian option, the Nopal taco, is a combination of delicious Mexican cactus, refried beans, pico de gallo, cheese and salsa verde.


They also serve homemade chips, salsa and guacamole, as well as one of the best Horchatas in the city. Horchata is a sweet rice drink. It’s the perfect blend of creamy fresh rice milk and spicy-sweet cinnamon sugar. Seating is limited, with only a few spots along the window bar. They also offer fast takeout!


Tacos 101 is open Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 am until 9 pm, and Sundays, from 12 pm until 7 pm.


Salad King

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Since 1981, Salad King (340 Yonge Street) has been serving up fast, fresh, and affordable Thai cuisine in a comfortable, casual and friendly environment. Start your summer meal with a crisp and refreshing Green Mango Salad ($6.50). It’s a delicious mix of green mango, lettuce, carrots and shallots, garnished with basil, crushed peanuts and a delicious sweet and savoury dressing made from lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar. Try the Thai Islamic Noodle off of their “secret menu”. It looks like the secret is out — The Islamic Noodle was named NOW Toronto’s Best Summer Dish of 2018!


The service at Salad King is quick and friendly, and there is loads of seating at the restaurant’s communal tables. The restaurant is located on the second floor of 340 Yonge Street, with access via stairs or elevator. They are open Monday to Thursday, from 11 am to 10 pm, until 11 pm on Fridays, Saturday from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm until 9 pm.


Ginger

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Looking for some late night Pho in The Village? Look no further than Ginger (546 Church Street). This quick-serve, family-run Vietnamese spot is a neighbourhood favourite, and has been since 1998. They offer great noodles, rich and tasty Pho broth, and they’re fully licensed, too! There’s also an excellent condiment rack, complete with complimentary water which is perfect on hot summer days.

 

The restaurant offers an array of meat dishes. The Chicken and Beef Terriyaki Skewers with Udon noodles ($10.95) is one of the restaurant’s most popular choices for meat eaters.

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry, there are delicious menu options for you to enjoy as well. It’s easy to spot the vegan options at Ginger — just look for the ‘V’ next to the menu item. Our favourite plantbased option is the Curry Tofu and Grilled Eggplant on Rice ($8.50).

 

Ginger is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 12 pm.

 

Fran’s Restaurant and Bar

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Fran’s Restaurant and Bar is a legendary family-run diner with several locations across Toronto. Stop by their 20 College Street location, just down the street from Village Green. Fran’s is open 24 hours, so they’re ready whenever you are. They specialize in traditional diner breakfasts, lunch time stacked sandwiches, and great burgers. Fran Deck actually invented the banquet burger at the original location at Yonge and St. Clair. It’s a half-pound patty served with melted Canadian cheddar and Bourbon maple bacon. Just remember to save some room for their fabulous desserts, like homemade apple pie or rice pudding!

 

The upper deck patio area is perfect for hot summer days, or warm summer nights. Whenever you’re in the mood to eat, Fran’s is there to serve you! Just look for the neon sign, anytime.

 

MIDTOWN

 

Pi Co.

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Pi Co. (2177 Yonge Street) specializes in traditional, stone-oven-baked Neapolitan style pizza pies. They bake them fresh to order in only a few minutes! Indulge in a personal-size margherita pizza for only $10, or opt for unlimited toppings for only $14! There is plenty of seating inside, you can sit on the patio, or take your pie to go.

 

Pizza and beer is the perfect summer combo. If you’re dining in, pair your pie with their own house blonde ale for a refreshing and satisfying summer meal. Don’t forget to save room for their sweet pies for dessert!

 

Pi Co. is open Sunday to Wednesday, from 11 am to 10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday, from 11 am until 11 pm.

 

Sushi Supreme

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When you’re craving sushi, for an affordable price, head to Sushi Supreme. This informal and vibrant establishment is located on the second floor at 1995 Yonge Street. Try one of their daily lunch specials, or a perfectly balanced bento box. This cosy and casual spot features fresh fish-focused food, at fair prices, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff. What more could you want?


Start your summer feast with their Beef Short Ribs ($11) or Fried Calamari ($7). The Sushi Bronze combo ($13) –with five kinds of fish or seafood sushi, three salmon rolls, three cucumber rolls and a salmon hand roll– is an excellent value for the price, and it’s delicious! You can also try something a little out of the ordinary, like their Salmon Pizza (6pcs). It’s a crispy deep-fried rice cake loaded with salmon, flying fish eggs, onions and specialty sauce.

Sushi Supreme is open Monday to Saturday, from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, from 3 pm to 10:30 pm.


Banjara Eglinton

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Banjara Eglinton (164 Eglinton Ave East) offers some of the finest North and South Indian cuisine in the city. It may not look like much from the outside, but you will be impressed by the food. The interior is cosy, casual, and comfortable. Their biryanis and butter chicken are the best!


Vegetarians will love their affordable Veggie Lunch Combo ($10.95). It features rice, naan, daal curry, aloo gobi, pakora, rice pudding and your choice of veggie dish. For dinner, meat lovers will enjoy the Butter Chicken Combo ($15.95). Everything at Banjara is perfectly spiced and pretty spicy! It’s authentic Indian Cuisine at its best and most affordable.


They’re open Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3 pm, and 5 pm until 10:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday visit them from 12 pm to 3 pm, or 5 pm until 10:30 pm.

We hope these neighbourhood hotspots help you dig into summer in Toronto — without emptying your wallet!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all the wonderful places in your community . For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


The best Mexican food near Davisville Village

 

One of the best things about living in Davisville Village is that it’s a global village. Talk a walk around the block and you can experience culture and cuisine for all over the world. The only downside is that it can be hard to know where to start. To help you enjoy new tastes, we want to share some of the best Mexican food near Davisville Village.

 

 1. Chacho’s

 Chacho’s Mexican Restaurant

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Check out Chacho’s at 234 Merton Street for authentic Mexican cuisine, quality margaritas, and ice cold imported beer, in a fun and festive environment. It may be one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. The music is fun, but not too loud. You can actually hang out and have a conversation. You should be in the mood to hang out when you come because this isn’t fast food. They take the necessary time to prepare the food properly. All of it is made on site.

 

Their space has been recently renovated, but they aren’t trying to be fancy. They don’t seem interested in wowing you with opulent or romantic surroundings. They just want to impress you with the food, and they will.

 

2. Asada Mexican Grill

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Asada Mexican Grill  (809 St Clair Ave W) believes in creating an inviting environment, bringing authentic flavour, and doing it while supporting the community and a sustainable supply chain. They use hormone-free meats, and keep the produce as local as possible. At Asada, you get quality and you can customize it to create your personal favourite dish. Here’s how it works — pick your shell, pick your meat (choose from grilled steak, chicken, marinated pork, chorizo, pulled pork, Baja shrimp or vegetarian), then top it anyway you like. They offer a large selection of fresh toppings. Do it up your way.

 

3. Tio’s Urban Mexican

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Coming to Tio’s Urban Mexican (2584 Yonge St) is like going to see family. In fact, ‘tio’ means ‘uncle’. Let the avuncular urban flavour make your meal special. The urban-style is based on traditional Mexican street food that you would find in the cities. The atmosphere at Tio’s is relaxed, homey, and inviting, and the food is delicious. They want to make you happy. If sangria margaritas and tequila make you happy, they’ve got you covered. You can choose from their authentic Mexicano or Gringo (Tex Mex). Kick back, relax with friends or a date, and enjoy the good vibes.

 

4. La Carnita

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La Carnita  (130 Eglinton Ave E) has an undeniably cool atmosphere. It’s impressive, it’s unique. Some of the best street artists in Toronto came together to help design it, and it shows. The mission of La Carnita is to create a cool community vibe, and share the love of food, art and music. Chill out with some tacos, cold beer or cocktails, a churro or two, and groove to the mixtape soundtrack. Try the Tostada de Ceviche (tuna, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero, tomato, cucumber), or the In Cod We Trust fish tacos (cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple & cilantro).

 

5. Mariachi’s Restaurant

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Mariachi’s (2084 Yonge St) is a neighbourhood mainstay. Proprietor Alejandra Hernandez opened up her first restaurant in 1998. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere, inside or out on the patio. They have all your standard favourites — from sizzling fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, and enchiladas, to more specialized dishes like the Steak Pepino, or Seafood Platter for two, with giant shrimp, scallops, and mussels.

 

You will leave satisfied. The portions are not huge, but they are incredibly filling. All main dishes come with rice, salad, and refried beans. It’s like getting a home cooked meal from someone who cares about you — and really knows how to cook!

 

Take time to experience the flavour of your neighbourhood. There is so much to discover!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all the culture and flavour that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Sweet treats near Village Green

 

Life in Toronto can be pretty sweet. There is so much to see, do, and taste, that it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few neighbourhood highlights for when you’re looking for some sweet treats near Village Green.

 

Crepe it Up

 

Crepe It Up is the inspiration of owner and manager Chris Lee. It all began in the legendary St Lawrence Market (91 Front St. East). Their location at 507 Church Street means their sweet and savoury creations are even easier to get your hands on! Their most popular options are the Paris X, with chocolate hazelnut sauce, banana, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The *Chiquita Mix Fruit is another bestseller, with banana, strawberry, blueberry, pineapple, maple syrup or condensed milk, and a choice of ice cream or whipped cream.

 

Crepe It Up is all about you. Create your personal favourite by adding extra fillings or extra spreads. You can let them know if you want your crepe soft or crispy. However you choose to enjoy it, it’s made fresh, right before your eyes. No pre-made crepes or automated machines. This place is the real deal. Flat out.

 

Funnel Cake Express

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Funnel Cake Express (8 Wellesley St E Suite 105C) takes the best part of the amusement park experience, the food, and isolates it for an amazing taste experience. The food is the entertainment here. Once you smell that batter cooking, you know you’re in for something special. It was established in 2005 and folks have been funnelling in ever since. Choose your funnel cake in one of three signature flavours — Steam Engine, Locomotion, and Bullet. Each one begins with the classic funnel cake, deep fried to perfection with unlimited icing sugar. The Locomotion adds your choice of fresh fruit topping, and the Bullet is the deluxe model. It comes with your choice of 8 flavours of soft serve ice cream. Their special Pride Funnel Cake or Deep Fried Rainbow Cake is a super sweet way to celebrate Pride Month.

 

They also offer Funnel Fries, Deep Fried Mars Bars, Twinkies, and even Deep Fried Butter!

 

Sorelle and Co.

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Sorelle and Co. makes amazing desserts that everyone can enjoy. They are gluten-free, soy-free, sesame-free, vegan, nut-free, preservative-free, and flavour-full!

 

The concept was born by a mother whose 5 daughters all suffered from food allergies (“Sorelle” means sister in Italian). Their mother wanted to create a safe place where parents and families could celebrate special occasions, worry-free, with nothing off limits. Choose from their decadent selection of desserts without guilt or worry! They make cakes, cupcakes, brownies, macaroons and more, with a sophisticated take on healthier treats.

 

There are two locations to choose from, one at Saks Food Hall, at 176 Yonge Street (lower level), and their Yorkville boutique at 161 Yorkville Avenue. Note that no reservations are accepted at the Yorkville boutique, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Guschlbauer

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The super rich cream puffs and sensational cheese buns at Guschlbauer (690 Yonge St) are not for the faint of heart. These buns are big, substantial creations, stuffed full of sweet, creamy goodness. A soft, fluffy milk bun is stuffed with cream cheese and your choice of sweet fillings. Choose from original, chocolate, strawberry, mango, lychee and more!

 

Dessert Lady

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Dessert Lady (12 Cumberland Street) was created by a talented young pastry chef with a passion for making exceptional desserts. It has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of Toronto’s ultimate sweet shops. Everything is made from scratch using quality ingredients.

 

With more than 350 options on the menu, they’re sure to keep you smiling. Choose from Gourmet Cakes, including gluten-free options made from rice flour and almond flour, cupcakes, mousse cakes, macarons and much more.

 

Life near Village Green just got even sweeter! We hope this post gives you plenty to sink your sweet tooth into!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help connect you with the sweet things in life, and the sweetest things in your community. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Dig into Taiwanese fried chicken at Monga

 

Fried chicken is delicious. There are few statements in life that can be made with absolute certainty, but that is one of them. Fried chicken is enjoyed the world over, with each culture putting their own spin on things. If you’re ready to expand your fried chicken horizon, you need to pay a visit to Monga Fried Chicken at 692 Yonge Street.

 

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This is the first location in Canada for the Taiwanese chicken chain – making those who live in the neighbourhood some of the luckiest and most well located people in the country! Fried chicken is an extremely popular street snack in Taiwan. The chain gets its name from the Monga District in Taiwan, also known as Wanhua District, the birthplace of Taiwanese culture. Monga is also the name of a famous temple in Taipei.

 

The chicken served at Monga comes from local Ontario farms. They use only premium fresh chicken – never frozen. Monga’s fried chicken is made in-house, marinated with honey and over 30 other authentic ingredients for 8 hours. This creates tender and juicy fried chicken perfection.

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Choose from different styles of their signature fried chicken. The King is their original black pepper and salt recipe. It’s more mild and made for the fried chicken purest. The Hot Chick is seasoned with hot pepper powder and really packs some power. It’s a mixture of over 20 kinds of peppers, including Anaheim. It’s got real heat, without being overwhelming. The Taiker is the third signature option. It’s seasoned with seaweed imported from Okinawa.The umami flavour adds an impressive and bold layer to the crisp, juicy meat.

 

Premium chicken and other good quality ingredients don’t come cheap. A combo meal will set you back about $18, but the chicken pieces are huge, thick and incredibly tasty. Each breast is butterflied, so one side is thick, tender boneless breast meat and the other side is delicious dark meat. Just watch out for little bones when digging into the dark side.

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In addition to their signature fried chicken, Monga offers exceptional chicken wings, chicken nuggets and authentic, velvety soft bao (steamed buns) imported from Taiwan. The classic bao is stuffed with braised pork, pickled cabbage, cucumber, crushed peanuts and a hint of cilantro. If you want to stuff even more chicken into your experience, the fried chicken bao is for you. It’s stuffed with the original black pepper recipe chicken, crisp pickled radish, pickled cabbage, crushed peanuts and cilantro.

 

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At Monga, they don’t start frying your chicken or steaming your bao until you order. This makes for fresh and delicious food, but be prepared for a bit of a wait. The open kitchen allows you to observe the process of making each individual order and seeing the fresh ingredients being used.

 

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Another edge that Monga has over other fried chicken joints is their beverage selection. Spicy fried chicken and wings go great with beer. At Monga, they’re happy to serve you a Sapporo to wash it all down, (assuming you’re of age and aren’t ordering to-go). The ambience at Monga is pleasant, and sort of industrial-elegant. The restaurant is a bit narrow and the limited seating fills up quickly, so don’t go if you’re not prepared to wait. Monga also offers unique and tasty alcohol-free Asian juices and drinks. Choose from Coconut Orange, Kiwi Yogurt, Milk Papaya, or the most refreshing and picnic-like of the bunch – Fresh Watermelon!

 

Elevate your fried chicken experience at Monga, you won’t regret it. Best of all, it’s located very close to Village Green!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience the true flavour of your neighbourhood, and 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.

The best sushi in Davisville

 

Davisville Village and nearby Yonge and Eglinton are two neighbourhoods with just about everything you could want. There is great entertainment, nightlife, shopping and lots of world class food. When it comes to choosing sushi in this neighbourhood, there are almost as many options as there are fish in the sea! Here are a few neighbourhood hotspots, and a few well kept secret places, that are rolling the best sushi in Davisville.

 

Lola Sushi

 

Lola Sushi (2070 Yonge Street) is a clean and cozy spot to sit and enjoy some quality sushi. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is casual and the food is fantastic. The Salmon Hand Roll and tempura vegetables really stand out.

 

Sushi Supreme

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Sushi Supreme (1995 Yonge Street) is not a particularly fancy place to eat. They are not trying to wow you with the decor, but rather with the food. They offer great sushi at fair prices, with plenty of vegetarian options, too! Since you’re not eating here for the ambiance, you may opt to enjoy your meal in the comfort of your own home, at Davisville Village. Sushi Supreme offers delivery on orders of $20 or more (before taxes), from 12 noon to 3pm, and from 5:30pm to 10pm. If you’d rather place your order and pick it up yourself, they offer a 10% discount.

 

Fukui Sushi

 

As soon as you step into Fukui Sushi (1612 Bayview Avenue), you feel welcome. That’s because you’re usually greeted by the entire staff. The restaurant itself is small and cozy (it can get crowded on weekends). All the seating is close to the sushi bar, so you can see it all being made and served fresh. This place definitely has a devoted bunch of regular customers, but new friends or repeat customers are all treated warmly. Fukui Sushi takes pride in providing an excellent customer experience with a soothing atmosphere, as well as incredible food. Try the sushi omakase, or the unique foie gras sushi, and add other pieces as you like.

 

Bikkuri Japanese Restaurant

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Bikkuri Japanese Restaurant (1835 Yonge Street) serves classic Japanese cuisine, including great sushi, curry, rice and teppanyaki dishes. Their minimalist setting allows you to focus on the fantastic food. The sushi is fresh and tasty, with a good rice to fish ratio. The service is friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. The Maguro (tuna), at $2.40 for one piece or $6.99 for four pieces, is a good option, as is the Ika (squid) at $2.20 per piece or $6.00 for 4 pieces. Their sushi and sashimi combos are the best way to go, though. The Take Sushi Combo ($21.99) comes with Tuna, Salmon, White Fish, Ebi, Tako, Hokkigai, Kani, Yellow Tail, Eel, Ikura, and your choice of California, Salmon or Tuna roll. Take out is available, too!

 

Sake Bar Kushi

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Sake Bar Kushi is an intimate and romantic Sushi and Sake Bar at 257 Eglinton Ave West.

They offer a la carte sushi, sashimi, maki and much more. This is a great place for a weekend night or date night. The prices are reasonable, the food is exceptional, and their selection of fine Sake and Sapporo pair brilliantly. If you’re lucky, they may even bring over a few complimentary side dishes to enjoy with your sushi!

 

Rolltation

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Rolltation (2291 Yonge Street) is proving that it doesn’t have to be traditional to be delicious. Rolltation specializes in sushi burritos. Picture a giant burrito-sized sushi roll, made just the way you like it. You can build your own custom sushi burrito, or Poke bowl, or choose a fixed menu option. Choose from loads of fantastic fillings like teri or wasabi mayo, tamago (sweet egg), purple potato, asparagus, edamame, mango, tobiko, avocado and more! The staff are friendly and helpful. They seem genuinely interested in helping you build your best burrito, and will provide helpful suggestions if you feel overwhelmed by your options. This place is more geared toward the grab and go crowd, but there are a few seats available, if you just can’t wait to get it home. This fusion food seems perfectly suited to the diversity of Toronto and the Davisville neighbourhood.

 

There so many sushi options in the Davisville neighbourhood — making a choice can be the hardest part. Now that you know where to go, what are you waiting for?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited hopes this post helps you keep your meal choices fresh and gives you a little taste of all that your neighbourhood 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), please visit our website.

A week in the life near Church and Wellesley

 

There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!



Monday


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!



Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


Tuesday

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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.

 

Wednesday

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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.

 

Thursday

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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


Friday


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


Saturday

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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.

 

Sunday


It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.


There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what 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

Take a class at The Chef Upstairs

 

The Chef Upstairs is more than just a restaurant. It’s a private dining venue. Good there is kind of having a great restaurant all to yourself. You choose the chef, menu, wine and even the decor for your group of 10 to 25 people. It’s perfect for families, team building and larger get togethers.

 

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But it’s even more than that. It’s also a top notch cooking school that offers interactive cooking classes. A group of 6 to 8 people work together, within a larger group of up to 14 people. A professional chef leads the class and provides all the guidance and instruction you will require. The classes focus on all aspects of cooking — from knife skills, to food preparation and seasoning — and of course, eating. At the end of the class, the group sits down together and enjoys the meal they have prepared. Classes typically include 3 recipes and provide a full meal. Best of all, you will take these new skills (and any leftovers) home with you.

 

Classes are offered at their Mount Pleasant Road location ((516 Mt Pleasant Road) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 6:45 pm. Each class is approximately 3 hours long and costs $99 for a single class, or $175 for two classes (or one couple in one class).

Check out their winter schedule. The Chef Upstairs is allergy aware and always 100% peanut and nut free.

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WINTER IN ITALY II

 

Winter may be coming to a close for this year, but anytime is a good time for comfort food. Especially Italian comfort food! Start with a classic winter soup, Ribollita –  a Tuscan white bean soup with simple Crostini. Next, make pasta from scratch and create butternut squash and goat cheese ravioli with a brown butter and sage sauce. Finish things off with a deconstructed take on Cannoli.

 

MOROCCAN DELIGHTS

 

In this class you will pick up some basic knife skills, and learn how to layer flavourings like a pro to create your own North African meal. The lesson will begin with a mixed green salad with figs, apricots, olives and feta, served with a sensational sherry honey vinaigrette. The main course consists of a chicken breast stuffed with more apricots, figs, dates and raisins, topped with a dried fruit compote and served with a root vegetable tagine with couscous. A delicious Meskouta lemon cake completes the meal.

 

SPANISH TAPAS III

 

This is always a popular class. Classic Tapas recipes are simple enough to prepare but most boast a complex flavour profile. These dishes are relatively easy to recreate at home, so you’ll be able to show off what you learned with ease. Tapas is a shareable meal, composed of several “small plates”. In this course you will make delicious bites including Tomato Bread and Olives, Patatas Bravas with Chorizo, Berenjenas Parrillas (Grilled Eggplant with Melted Manchego, Capers, and Saffron Honey), Grilled calamari stuffed with ratatouille and Catalan Crema for dessert.

 

STREET FOODS OF THE FAR EAST III

 

Get a real hands on experience in this super-popular class. Make rice paper rolls and vegetarian dumplings from scratch! Then move on to Pho Bo — a perfectly satisfying soup for chilly evenings that is a meal in itself. For dessert, you will prepare an avocado ice cream parfait called Kem Bo.

 

MARCH BREAK AND PD DAY CAMPS

 

In addition to their regular classes, The Chef Upstairs offers classes for special occasions. Their March Break Cooking Camps are full day (9am to 4pm) group sessions for kids ages 7 to 16. They are designed to bring out the inner chef in your child, while improving self-confidence and encouraging them to work with others to achieve a delicious goal. They’ll start the day by making their own breakfast. They’ll spend the rest of the day cooking, baking, taking supervised breaks in the local park, or walking to the Mount Pleasant library to browse cookbooks, or go shopping together for fresh and local ingredients.

 

PD Day Cooking Camps at The Chef Upstairs teach children, ages 6 to 13, the basics of food prep, cooking techniques and healthy eating. The next one takes place on Easter Monday (April 2nd).

 

Make this the year you learn to cook, meet some new people, or plan a fun couples night out. When you go out for dinner, you feed yourself for the night. When you learn to cook with the Chef Upstairs, you feed your mind and body for a lifetime!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you cook up some fun and connect you with all that your neighbourhood 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), please visit our website.