TIFF is back!

 

The Toronto International Film Festival began back in 1976 as the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Today, in it’s 42nd year, TIFF has evolved into one of the most prestigious and most publicly attended film festivals in the world. It attracts almost half a million people annually and has grown to include a year-round hub for film culture at its headquarters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.

 

Photo credit: @tiff_net

Photo credit: @tiff_net

 

 

Over the years, cinema has expanded and evolved in countless ways, but there is always one constant. The heart of every film is the story. TIFF provides engaging experiences for our patrons and guests through the diverse films we screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 365 days a year. – Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF

 

About The Festival

 

The actual film festival portion of TIFF takes place during ten action-packed days from September 7th to September 17th. It’s a whirlwind of world premieres, red carpet star-gazing and lots and lots of movies.


We’re now in our fifth decade and this is our 42nd festival. Each year we challenge ourselves to develop, to adapt, to build on our strengths. In 2017, we bring you a tighter, more focused selection of films and we hope you have the opportunity to experience as many of them as you can.  – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director TIFF

Get your tickets for the TIFF screenings of your choice while you can — they will sell out fast.


Special Presentations

TIFF now features an intriguing Special Presentation program:


Films billed in our Special Presentation program include highly anticipated features from critically acclaimed, international auteurs. Major statements on how we live now from some of the biggest names in film and includes also, 13 World Premieres.

– Piers Handling

Battle of the Sexes


Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Battle of the Sexes is the true story of the historic tennis match in 1973 that pitted the top of the game, number one in the world Billie Jean King against ex-champ Bobby Riggs.


120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute)


Directed by Robin Campillo, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois. Set in the early 90’s, almost ten years into the AIDS crisis. A group of young activists fight against the lingering indifference they perceive.


The Breadwinner


Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, and Shaista Latif. A strong willed young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy so that she can provide for her family in this animated feature from director Nora Twomey.


Downsizing

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in Alexander Payne’s latest film about a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves in order to live their dream life while consuming far fewer resources.


There is so much going on during the ten days of TIFF 2017. To make the most of your festival experience, browse the films and make plans. Ticket packages are on sale now. Don’t miss out on the memorable screenings and events for this year’s edition of the festival.


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with all that your city and your community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities throughout Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village(77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

The CNE is back!

 

The end of summer tradition that is the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) returns to Toronto from August 18th to September 4th, for 18 fun-filled days to help say ‘so long’ to summer. The CNE, or “The Ex” as it is affectionately known, attracts more than 1.5 million visitors every year with it’s wide array of live entertainment, rides and games, food and fun, shopping, and of course, exhibits.

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

The CNE has been entertaining the masses in Toronto since 1879. It’s the largest celebration of its kind in the country, and the fifth largest fair in the world! There is something for everyone at The Ex!

 

If you go to The Ex this summer, be sure to check out the Unity Pole by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang. The pole is carved into a 25-ft tall cedar tree and was created to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage. There is also a panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape. Some of the spectacular shows to see include the CNE waterfront show, and the Canadian-themed Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show called “Oh Canada” that stars Elvis Stojko.

 

If live music is more your cup of tea, there are great concerts every night at the Bandshell. This year you’ll have the chance to see legendary rocker Burton Cummings, blues great Colin James, and indie darlings The Sam Roberts Band. You can even see Kiefer Sutherland perform songs from his debut country album! Yes, you read that correctly.

 

Try your luck at the CNE Casino with games like Blackjack, Roulette or the private, air-conditioned Texas Hold ‘em room. The casino also boasts a beautiful outdoor patio to catch some rays, raise a glass, and enjoy a bite to eat.

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

A big part of the CNE is the food, and it’s famous for being completely over the top. Deep fried butter anyone? The Toronto Star Food Buildingdraws about a million hungry people per year to indulge in everything from churro cheeseburgers to halal, vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free delights. There is also the Food Truck Frenzy and the Craft Beer Fest to consider.

 

In addition to the traditional favourites, there is always something new to see at the CNE! Check out the 8 foot tall CNE sign, complete with illuminated maple leaf to celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Quilt of Belonging features 263 squares that represent 192 nationalities and 71 indigenous groups found in Canada. Gamers will love the Gaming Garage with developers, exhibitors as well as a place to play!

 

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

Credit: Canadian National Exhibition

 

Other fun features to explore include a nightly Laser Illusion Experience, and East Coast Kitchen Party, and the unforgettable Trampo Wall (where performers walk on vertical walls, bounce off roofs and through windows). And of course, the unofficial grand finale comes with the 68th annualCanadian International Air Show. There is so much to see and do at the CNE this season! Let’s go to the Ex!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is excited to fill you in on the ins and outs of the largest community celebration in Canada! Purchase your tickets online at TheEx.com before August 17th at midnight and save!

 

For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto,  please visit our website.

 

Enjoy one of a kind burgers at Holy Chuck!

 

Have you noticed the gourmet burger trend in Toronto? It could almost be called a movement. Basically it’s a trend of making outstanding burgers readily available and has been pioneered by burger joints that promise unprocessed, real burgers that taste the way a burger should taste. One of the original establishments to lead the charge of burger brigade was Holy Chuck. They opened their first restaurant back in September of 2011 and have since opened two more locations. We spoke with the no-bull founder of Holy Chuck, Johnny Prassoulis, to find out what separates them from the herd.

 

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

Photo credit: Holy Chuck

 

So Johnny, what do you enjoy most about being a chef?

 

Watching other people eat my food and enjoy it. There’s no bigger pleasure than that.

 

What made you choose to specialize in gourmet burgers after coming up in high end restaurants?

 

I’ve always loved burgers. They’ve always been one of my favourite foods. And nobody — I shouldn’t say nobody — but almost nobody was doing them properly. Most commercially available burgers have been overcooked, processed and it’s been pretty much cr** for many, many years. And I think a burger is one of the most enjoyable things to eat. It’s also one of the most difficult things to make properly. And that’s why I did it.

 

So when you started, did you want to ensure your burgers were prepared following certain methods using certain ingredients?

 

I mean, for personal taste, yeah. I think burgers should be cooked no more than medium – at the most. But I think a good burger should have great flavour, nothing added to it, and be juicy. Definitely juicy. Because I think that’s one thing that lacks in most burgers, because burgers are over processed and there are so many additives, fillers… they’re frozen, not fresh. That whole juicy element and the flavour element has just gone out the window.

 

There is a lot of competition in the gourmet burger joint field these days. How do you separate yourself from the new brands that keep coming up?

 

Yeah, I’d definitely say that we were one of the pioneers in this whole burger trend, that’s for sure. I think one thing that we still do, that nobody else does, is we actually have our grinder right at the front and we grind our beef right in front of the customers pretty much hourly. So, it’s one thing to say that you have fresh beef, and it’s another thing for it to be seen.

 

Everything is homemade in our restaurant, pretty much — except for our onion rings. We do everything from scratch. And we still maintain the same quality and the same values as when we first started. I know a lot of places — they start of doing something, and then they get recognized and they kind of start changing things. Maybe doing things that are little bit more cost effective, which is not a bad thing but I think it’s a bad thing when it starts interfering with quality. So we’re pretty strict with how we serve our burgers and what goes on them, stuff like that. It’s what we’re proud of and we just don’t want to be like everyone else.

 

I know a lot of people get upset when they come in and they want to add certain things to certain burgers. Our Holy Duck Burger ($31.99), we don’t even allow it out of the restaurant. Because it will lose its… it will lose its taste. It’s foie gras. There are certain elements to that burger that have to be eaten right there, on the spot. I’ve gotten orders for like 30 foie gras burgers at one time, which is like a $900 order, but I turned it down because they wanted it to go.

 

Wow, that’s dedication! Is that the only burger on the menu that you can’t get ‘to go’?

 

Yes. The foie gras burger and the foie gras poutine and the foie gras pancakes are the only items that are not allowed ‘to go’.

 

Noted! Do you have a favourite burger on your menu?

 

My foie gras burger. Yeah.

 

What’s the most popular menu item or combo at Holy Chuck?

 

My Holy Chuck Burger ($10.49 with caramelized onions and bacon, please don’t ask for toppings) is right now my number one seller, at all three of my restaurants.

 

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

Photo Credit: Holy Chuck

 

If you’re looking for a real burger, ground fresh right before your eyes, you owe it to yourself to give Holy Chuck a try. Taste the difference the uncompromising commitment to quality makes — just don’t ask for the foie gras burger ‘to go’!

 

Greenrock Property Management loves to help you connect with your community and all that it has to offer. There are Holy Chuck locations near two Greenrock Communities. Their original location is at 1451 Yonge Street, by Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue). The newest location is at 586 Yonge Street, right near Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). There is also a third Holy Chuck location at 4421 Hwy 7 in Woodbridge. For more information on Greenrock Communities across Toronto, please visit our website.

 

 

Taste Toronto at Taste of the Danforth

 

Taste of the Danforth returns to Toronto’s Greek Town for its 24th year, from August 11th to 13th. The festival is a celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage and Toronto’s multicultural population.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s a Toronto tradition that has been satisfying those hungry for family-friendly fun and fabulous food from around the world. As spokesperson for the festival tells us:

 

What keeps people coming back each year is the fact that we offer free family-friendly fun as well as food, food and more food!  The great food remains the same. The low prices for the food in the tasting menus remains the same. The entertainment changes dramatically.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Live Performances

 

There are so many live performances from such a wide array of performers at this year’s festival that it takes three stages to contain them all. The Greek Stage is the place to find the finest Greek singers, dancers and musicians. The Celebrity Stage features music and dance performances from around the world. This year’s Showcase Stage is being programmed by the North-by-Northeast Festival!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s All Greek to Me

 

The ancient Greek tradition of breaking plates after a meal has been banned in Greece since 1969 but you can feel free to smash away at this year’s festival! Experience the simple, stress-relieving pleasure of plate smashing, in partnership with BattleSports’ Rage Room. Festival attendees can also participate in a dart of war Nerf battle with Ares’ Dart Challenge, in honour of the son of Zeus and the God of War.

 

Hollywood on the Danforth

 

Experience the thrills from some Hollywood films. Figure out who done it with the “Murder on the Orient Express” mystery challenge and win tickets to the film! See a professional stunt team on the Celebrity Stage and join them after for a photo!

 

Canada 150

 

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Taste of the Danforth celebrates Canadian Heroes. Take a virtual reality trip to visit some Canadian Heroes and meet the Heroes of the Future with superstar students who may change the world.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Food, Food & More Food!

 

There is so much to enjoy at Taste of the Danforth. From classic Greek favourites to Thai, Cuban, Indian and more. This is truly a multicultural festival. Best of all you don’t have to narrow your choices, “the model of the festival is to offer sting menus so that people don’t have to choose one vendor over another. They can taste of variety of items from a variety of vendors.” Try a little from here, a little from there. You can taste the world in one place.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Contests and Prizes

 

There are also contests and giveaways galore!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

There are trips to be won with Newstalk 1010, Metroland, Toronto Star and CP24. At the Festival this year, if people pick up one of our brochures there is a secret code on the back, or they just need to look at the Jumbo Screen next to the Celebrity Stage for the secret code.  All they have to do is go online and answer some questions for a chance to win a Trip for 2 to Portugal.

 

Over the years the Taste of the Danforth has grown and evolved. It is now much more than simply a Greek food festival. As their festival representative puts it:

 

We have changed much like the country, the city and the street to be reflective of Canada’s multicultural mosaic. We still respect the fact that the Festival is in the heart of GreekTown and we have both a Greek stage with continuous performances as well as an “It’s All Greek To Me” experience, which features the ancient tradition of breaking plates as well as an Ares’ God of War experience. While we have many mainstream activities, ranging from a Sports Zone with challenges from the Leafs, the Raptors, the Argos and the Toronto FC, and some amazing Hollywood on the Danforth activations, we also have lots of cultures reflected in the Festival. On our Celebrity Stage you can see everything from the city’s leading Bollywood dancers to the contestants in the Mr. & Miss Asia Toronto pageant. In our “Learn a Little” experience, we’ve got 7 different cultural dance troupes teaching our attendees a fun cultural dance. The list goes on.

 

The Taste of the Danforth has something to offer everyone. It’s truly multicultural festival for a truly multicultural city. It’s time to experience the diverse flavours of your community.

 

Greenrock Property Management is proud to fill you in on what’s happening in this great city that we’re proud to call home. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities throughout Toronto, please visit our website.

The best pubs near Church and Wellesley

 

It’s summer in Toronto and that means it’s a great time to grab a pint at your favourite local pub. Whether you are looking to make the most of patio season, play some pool, or just hang out with friends and enjoy some good food, Greenrock wants to help make things easier. Here are some of the best pubs near Church and Wellesley (in no particular order).

 

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

Photo credit: The Artful Dodger Pub

 

Artful Dodger Pub

 

If you’re looking for a comfy tavern with a small town feel in the heart of the big city, you have to visit the Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They have a great selection of beer and pub fare. Enjoy your pint with some fried pickles ($5.50), potato skins ($6.00) or a Scotch Egg – a deep fried, hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage($6.50). The Artful Dodger is like two pubs in one. You can raise a glass to summer on the quiet back patio, or people watch on the busy front patio. When winter comes, cozy up inside by either of their 2 fireplaces. The downstairs bar is quiet and relaxing, while the bar upstairs in a little more lively. There are also 2 jukeboxes, 2 pool tables and 2 dartboards. It’s almost too much fun!

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

Photo credit: TorontoPubs

 

Duke Of Gloucester

 

Sometimes nothing but a delightful dive-bar will do. The Duke Of Gloucester (649A Yonge Street, between Church and Isabella) has a solid beer selection at reasonable prices — which can be as refreshing as the suds themselves when you’re surrounded by more expensive options. Maybe it’s not the spot to bring your mom for a Sunday brunch, but you can catch a soccer game on TV — from MLS to Premiership. Kick back on the hidden-gem that is The Duke of Gloucester’s rooftop patio. There’s a pool table and dart boards to make it even more fun, plus Pubstumpers trivia on Thursdays, and karaoke nights too!

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

Photo Credit: The Churchmouse

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub

 

The Churchmouse: A Firkin Pub (475 Church St) is a part of the Firkin chain, but this 2 storey pub feels like a local spot. They’re known for their friendly staff and great service. They have a good selection of local and international beers including their own Butler’s Pale Ale and they always impress in the pub fare department. Try one of their daily specials or go for one of their classic meals like the Chicken Curry (Small $11 / Large $17), Steak and Chips ($22) or their Cheesy Spinach and Mushroom Baked Penne ($16). There’s also a great people-watching patio.

 

We hope you make the most of patio season at one of these amazing pubs near Church and Wellesley. Cheers!

 

Greenrock Property Management is proud to help you connect with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the quiet oasis in the heart of the city at Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Save big at Hone Fitness!

 

Fitness is a booming business. There seems to be no limit to what you can spend on workout wear, supplements and expensive gym memberships. Getting fit and staying in shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you prefer to keep it simple and affordable, you have to check out Hone Fitness (7 Isabella Street) near our Village Green rental community. The gym chain is a pioneer in the low-cost gym movement that is now gaining momentum in Toronto. We spoke with Jim, the manager of Hone Fitness, to find out how they do it.

 

Our gym offers memberships for just $10 and $20 per month. We’re able to offer memberships for such a low price point because we keep it simple — our gym has no towels and no classes.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Hone Fitness already has a few gym locations located across Toronto, with plans to open even more locations as soon as possible.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

Housed in the former home of The Yonge Street Fitness Club, the Isabella location of Hone Fitness is impressive. When you step inside, the first level features a welcoming reception area, massage chairs, tanning beds and a juice bar. On the second level you’ll find clean change rooms with lots of lockers and the gym’s cardio equipment. There are about 170 machines, all in good condition. The space itself is open and welcoming. There’s lots of natural light from the large windows overlooking Yonge Street, and charming exposed brick walls.

 

All of our equipment is brand new, and our space is gorgeous and remodeled. It’s a $100/month style gym that you can get for just $10 a month. Its not a low end gym, its beautiful.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

The third floor is filled with strength training equipment. There are weight machines, benches, squat racks and plenty of free weights to use. The gym attracts trained athletes and younger people who know what they’re doing, as well as those who are still learning.

 

We get a very diverse crowd here, but the area is young, our gym reflects the neighbourhood. We offer personal training for an additional cost, but you get a one hour free chat with a trainer when you join.

 

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

Photo credit: Hone Fitness

 

That free training session is included in the basic $10/month membership plan (plus an enrollment fee and a yearly maintenance fee). The basic membership gives you access to strength and cardio equipment, and the locker rooms. The $20 premium membership gets you all that plus use of all locations, access to the Functional Training Room, tanning beds and massage chairs. There are also more flexible plans to accommodate those with commitment issues.

 

If you’re looking for short term membership options we are very flexible. You can buy a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 month package, or a one year membership. We offer very reasonable prices for the shorter stays to accommodate students and travelers.

 

So if you want to get fit without breaking the bank in downtown Toronto, Hone Fitness is worth every penny.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you with your community. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including Village Green (located at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street),  please visit our website.

 

 

Check out Northern Passages at Harbourfront Centre!

 

The 2017 summer season at Habourfront Centre is a celebration of Canada’s cultural heritage. Northern Passages (July 21st to 23rd) brings together artists from the 49th parallel and beyond to celebrate the music and culture of the north. Northern Passages is part of Harbourfront’s Sounds of Home series — four distinct weekend festivals that run throughout July at Habourfront Centre.

 

As one of Canada’s leading international centres for contemporary arts and culture, Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront campus will continue to be a meeting place for artists and cultural enthusiasts seeking relevant artistic, cultural, educational, and recreational experiences. Our summer festivals bring together artists from across Canada reminding us of the multitude of voices that create our Sounds of Home.
Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre

 

Northern Passages serves as a platform for artists to share their stories through a variety of musical genres and dance — from folk to throat singing. Join the journey of this arctic-bound adventure for 3 magical days this July.

 

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Le Vent du Nord

 

Join Le Vent du Nord on Friday, July 21st from 9:30pm to 11pm. Let this “northern wind” blow your mind with their progressive Québécois folk music revival sound. This award-winning roots band consists of Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano, accordion), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki) and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass, piano, jaw harp). They perform traditional Québec folk  music and original compositions. From rousing songs that focus on political issues and satire, to soft acapella melodies and love stories, there is something for everyone to love.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Sarah MacDougall

 

Yukon-based Sarah MacDougall takes the stage on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Sarah is known for her passionate performance presence, unique voice and honest and poetic folk-roots style. Spend the evening with her on the concert stage at Harbourfront centre and experience it for yourself.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

The Jerry Cans

 

It’s hard to describe the unique sound of The Jerry Cans. A blend of Inukitut alt-country mixed with reggae and throat singing. It must be experienced. You can do just that on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00pm to 10:15pm. The music is infused with the spirit of the contemporary North and the people who call it home. They perform many of their songs in Inukitut, the language they are passionate about preserving as the North and their community of Iqaluit evolve. Come out and feel the energy and don’t miss their interactive, all-ages Inuk language workshop earlier in the day!

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Iva

 

Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt, known by her stage name Iva, closes out the festival on Sunday July 23rd from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Iva manages to mix Inuit throat-singing with Celtic-influenced folk music and poetry. How does she do it? Beautifully.

 

Arctic After Party

 

If you want the party to continue after the free shows on Saturday, get your tickets for the Arctic After Party and experience the electric, after-hours energy of the North. Featuring performances by Juno-nominated Silla + Rise, who mix throat singing with dance floor beats and DJ Classic Roots. The Thunder Bay native brings his original sound by blending electronica with First Nations songs.

 

Don’t miss Northern Passages and the Sounds of Home series at Harbourfront Centre. The words of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, sum up the experience well:

 

We have a unique opportunity to celebrate our country’s linguistic, cultural and regional diversity. I invite Torontonians and visitors to join family and friends and celebrate in this cosmopolitan city that is open to the world. Let’s all make 2017 a year to remember!

Greenrock Property Management is proud to help you connect with your community. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, please visit our website.

Make your brunch dreams come true at Brownstone Bistro

 

Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street), on the corner of Yonge and Gloucester, has been a fixture of the Yonge and Wellesley neighbourhood for over 20 years. The brownstone building the restaurant is housed in is a designated heritage building that dates back to 1888. The architecture gives Brownstone Bistro a ton of character and a major advantage over the other establishments in the area in terms of ambiance. If you haven’t been, you should go.

 

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

We asked owner and manager Kai Yu about the secret to the restaurant’s longevity and success.

 

The secret to Brownstone Bistro’s success is our continuous focus and improvement on food quality, customers satisfaction and dining environment. We love the neighborhood. It is our customers that keep on inspiring us in this industry. We love being a part of their lives and memories.

 

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

As soon as you step into the bistro’s elegant interior — with its exposed brick walls, black tabletops and soft lighting — you know that you are somewhere special. The restaurant is known for its Italian-inspired casual fine dining and their popular weekend brunch.

 

If you like to drink while you dine, you’ll love that Brownstone Bistro’s drink menu features a nice selection of domestic and imported beers on tap, plus cool cocktails, and wines by the glass or bottle. Make the most of the warm weather on their sunny corner patio overlooking Yonge Street. It’s a fantastic spot for people watching.

 

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict - Photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict – Photo courtesy of Brownstone Bistro

 

You can’t go wrong with any items on Brownstone Bistro’s brunch menu. If you want decadence, try their Eggs Benedict with Norwegian Smoked Salmon, goat cheese & capers ($14) or for something really over the top, try their Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon with peppercorn hollandaise ($17). If you’re more of a traditional breakfast lover you’ll be happy to know that the menu features many staples like their New York Steak & Eggs which comes with sautéed mushrooms, 2 large eggs any style and toast ($16.95) or The Big Brownstone Breakfast with 3 large eggs any style with toast, ham, bacon and Italian sausage ($13.95). If you’re after a brunch item you can’t easily make for yourself, there are amazing omelettes, frittatas, and crêpes to choose from — including their delicious Shrimp and Béchamel Crepe ($15.95) and much more.

 

Pay a visit to the Brownstone Bistro this summer — it’s about time you let them make your brunch dreams come true!

 

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

 

 

Enjoy the finer things at Smoked and Cracked

 

If you’re searching for an outstanding meal, you can’t go wrong with Smoked and Cracked (516 Mount Pleasant Rd.) in Toronto! Located minutes away from our Davisville Village rental community, this incredible restaurant is all about the finer things, primarily lobster and other delectable seafood favourites, served in a comfortable and casual setting.

 

Manhattan Chowder, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

Manhattan Chowder, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

 

The concept for Smoked and Cracked was created in 2012 by Michael Kash and Ron Raymer, a dynamic duo with a huge number of years of experience in the Toronto restaurant and hospitality industry. The restaurant is all about simple yet fabulous food. Their focus is on great ingredients presented in simple and classic preparations. Everything is fresh and delicious, with live lobsters delivered daily to the restaurant from the East Coast. Smoked and Cracked also uses fresh local produce, herbs, local cheeses, and meats whenever possible.

 

The backstory of Smoked and Cracked is pretty serendipitous. Michael, an actor and chef, had opened his own catering company called Live Edge Catering. He met his business partner Ron Raymer on the job. Ron is a Classical French-trained chef with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He transitioned from working under notable chefs in well known restaurants (like Marie Lacroix from Church Restaurant, now called Revival House, in Stratford, William “Ben” Merritt from the Benmiller Inn in Goderich, and Toronto chef Dinah Koo) to working in catering in 1995. He met and partnered with Kash in 2012. The pair dreamed up the business over drinks after a catering gig. It all started with one deceptively simple question — ‘what do you think about lobsters?’ That night they decided to create Smoked and Cracked and are now aiming to expand the business with new franchise locations for the restaurant in other areas of Toronto.

 

The restaurant is inviting and features an open kitchen. Despite the fact that a luxurious ingredient like lobster finds its way into almost everything on the menu, the decor is understated with tables from Kash’s home, and furniture and decor pieces that were donated by family, friends and customers.

 

The restaurant is known for its smoked dishes. ‘We smoke our own foods using both hot and cold smokers, and use a variety of fruit wood chips to create a range of different smoked flavours,” says Chef/Co-owner Ron Raymer. In fact, they smoke everything from rainbow trout and wild sturgeon to duck and ribs at Smoked and Cracked. The locals love it. “When we started, we had seating for eight, but since the place took off, we now have 27 seats,” says Ron. You don’t have to eat in though, Smoked and Cracked caters! They run a successful catering business on the side, serving up everything from clambakes to lobster boils to their happy customers. They also work with customers to create their dream menu.

 

Lobster Roll, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

Lobster Roll, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

 

If you do decide to pay them a visit at the restaurant, be sure to try one of their classic lobster rolls. Their menu features a cold East Coast-style roll ($13.25), and a hot Newport-style roll ($15.25).

 

New England Lobster Chowder, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

New England Lobster Chowder, photo courtesy of Smoked and Cracked

 

The menu also features seafood soup classics to pair with your roll, like New England Lobster Chowder (bowl $13, cup $9) and Lobster Bisque (bowl $15, cup $10). For a seafood-focused restaurant, the menu also features some fish-hater friendly fare like Caesar Salad ($10.95) and house-smoked Duck Magret ($20). Be sure to wash it all down with a craft beer or a glass of fine wine for the ultimate Smoked and Cracked experience.

 

Basically you can’t go wrong at Smoked and Cracked! Best of all, the restaurant is located just a 10 minute walk from our Davisville Village rental community.

 

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Share an exotic meal at Ethiopian House

 

The Yonge and Wellesley neighbourhood in downtown Toronto is a vibrant and diverse area where there is always something new to discover. It’s a truly walkable neighbourhood full of bars, interesting shops and exotic restaurants.Ethiopian House is shining example of the diverse food available in the area. It’s a family business that has been a fixture in the neighbourhood for over 20 years! Ethiopian cuisine traditionally consists of a lot of vegetable curries, from mild to spicy, and very spicy meat dishes, served in dollops on top of a spongy sourdough flatbread called injera which is made from fermented teff flour. The flatbread is torn by hand and used to scoop up the curries. It’s incredibly delicious and very healthy! If you’re tempted to try Ethiopian fare but don’t know where to start, we are here to help! Trying a new-to-you cuisine can feel intimidating, so we spoke with Mohammed Haddis owner of Ethiopian House, for his best advice to help you add a little spice and variety to your life.

 

So Mohammed, how long have you been in business in the Yonge and Wellesley neighbourhood?

 

Since 1996. It was my brother in law’s idea. We wanted to be in the center of town to introduce Ethiopian cooking to more people, to be more inclusive.

 

It certainly worked! What keeps your customers coming back for more after all these years?

 

The ambiance, the food definitely. We take care of our customers. We’re on the reasonable side for pricing, but we are also consistent and the food is good here. The ambiance has to be great for people to keep coming back.

 

Some of our readers may be new to Ethiopian food. What dishes do you recommend for first-timers?

 

It all depends, really. There are vegetarian options and meat options. If you are vegetarian, we suggest the Vegetarian Combo. My favourite curry is Shiro Wat, a chickpea curry.

If you are a meat eater we hope you’ll try the Meat Combo. We serve 8 curries in the Vegetarian Combo, and the Meat Combo features both vegetarian and meat dishes.

photo credit: Ethiopian House

photo credit: Ethiopian House

 

Ethiopian food is great to share, what shareable menu options do you recommend for couples and groups?

 

The Sharing Platter on our menu can be shared easily. We also have a delicious chicken stew which is great for sharing, it’s great paired with a veggie combo to share.

 

photo credit: Ethiopian House

photo credit: Ethiopian House

 

That all sounds delicious! Please tell us about the Ethiopian coffee ceremony that you offer.

 

We offer a great coffee ceremony, if you have the time and the company to enjoy it it is a very nice ceremony.

 

Is there a proper technique for eating Ethiopian food?

 

Yes and no, if you are looking at traditional culture we use the right hand to eat for religious and hygienic reasons but if you’re a lefty, you’re a lefty. The most important thing is that you enjoy the food. It’s fun to eat with your hands, but we do have cutlery if you need it. Injera is traditionally eaten for every meal. We offer takeout for large and small groups. We do catering as well for parties and events. We’re here to offer a bit of our culture in Toronto.


The Yonge and Wellesley community is fueled by its diverse and inclusive culture. The variety of flavours available here is hard to match. If you’re looking to spice up your life and engage in all that this neighbourhood has to offer, pay a visit a to the Ethiopian House at 4 Irwin Avenue. Their comfortable, welcoming  and unassuming atmosphere will make you feel right at home and offer you an exotic experience at the same time.


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