The best cafes near Village Green

 

There’s nothing quite like the neighbourhood cafe. It serves as a meeting place, an office, a sanctuary and more. It’s offers a micro-community and is an essential part of what makes your neighbourhood feel like home. Greenrock wants you to feel very much at home in your neighbourhood. Here are some of the best cafes near Village Green to discover. Let us know if we missed one that you love!

 

Black Bear Espresso

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Black Bear Espresso (5 Carlton Street) has a kind of country-modern vibe. It’s warm and inviting, with lots of light, knotty wood accents and soft colours. It’s cozy, peaceful and unpretentious. There isn’t a ton of seating, but their coffee (from local company Pilot Coffee Roasters) is exceptional. Pair it with their genuinely-friendly baristas and fresh pastries, including vegan and gluten-free options, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

 

Church Street Espresso

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What’s not to love about Church Street Espresso (585 Church Street)? It’s perfectly located, at Church and Isabella. It’s close enough to be super convenient, and just far enough from the intensity of the Village to provide a quiet oasis. Inside it’s cozy, clean and tastefully decorated – thanks to a relatively recent reno. Outside, the patio offers the perfect place to do some people watching, catch up with a pal, or just enjoy the weather and some alone time. If you’re not in the mood for coffee, their smoothies and pastries are fresh, and made on site.

 

Fabarnak

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Fabarnak, at 519 Church Street, is part of the 519 Community Centre. It’s bright and beautiful inside. They focus on fresh and healthy local food, as well as fine coffee and pastries. The daily menu offers quality food at fair prices, and it is a vegetarian friendly establishment. They offer great bento box deals, as well as daily pancake and omelette specials. Fabarnak is fully accessible for the mobility impaired.

 

Piedmont Coffee Bar

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Piedmont Coffee Bar (66 Isabella Street, Unit #4) is classic coffee shop. They even offer complimentary copies of the Toronto Star for a nice old-school touch. Grab a seat by the window and watch the world go by, while you take a well-deserved break. When you need to get some work done, their free Wi-Fi works well on both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies. It’s a great place to connect and chat with a friend over a cup of quality coffee, served by a friendly staff. Want more could you want?

 

Rooster Coffee House

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Wake up to Rooster Coffee House (568 Jarvis Street). This cozy coffee shop with soaring ceilings is the perfect spot for your morning pick-me-up, or an intimate afternoon coffee date. They have excellent muffins and cookies from local bakers, too! You’ve got to try their golden milk (turmeric) latte. Grab a perch by the widow for people watching, or curl up in the comfy chairs along the wall, with the coffee bar in the centre. Upstairs you’ll find even more comfy chairs and a couch. So kick back and relax while you get your caffeine fix.

 

With so many great options nearby, it’s clear that there’s plenty of good stuff brewing in your neighbourhood.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore your neighbourhood, and connect you to all that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Midtown bike shops we love

 

There’s almost nothing more fun than taking your bike out for the first ride of the season. It brings back happy childhood memories, and on a hot day there’s nothing like a cool breeze as you ride. If don’t have a bike, or if it’s gathering dust and in need of some TLC, don’t let the season pass you by. If you want to exert a little pedal power, here a a few midtown bike shops we love that will help you get back up and riding in no time.

 

Cyclepath Norco

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Cyclepath location, at 2106 Yonge Street, first opened its doors in 1991. In a later partnership with Live to Play Sports, it became the city’s premier Norco dealer, rebranding as Cyclepath Norco. In addition to new bikes, they carry a wide variety of parts, accessories and apparel. From flat tire repair, to complete rebuilds, their team of master bike mechanics have the skills and dedication to keep you rolling. They’ve even got you covered when the weather forces you indoors. They stock a variety of indoor equipment, including bicycle trainers and stationary bikes from Louis Garneau. Best of all, they’re open 7 days a week.

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards

 

Sporting Life Bikes & Boards, at 2454 Yonge Street, is part of the larger Sporting Life family. This boutique bike and board shop stocks a variety of bikes, clothing, and gear in a small, non-intimidating environment. They also offer great services such as Specialized Body Geometry bike fitting, done by four expert fitters.

 

If you’re in the market for a kid’s bike, take a look at their Jr. Bike Half Back program. Kids grow so fast. So, buy a new kid’s bike that your child can ride for a year, then bring it back and get in-store credit for half the purchase price!

 

Revelo

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When you step into Revelo (42 Industrial Street #108, East York) you’ll feel like you’re taking a step into the future. Revelo offers a state of the art folding bike that run on pedal power or electricity. The Lift uses their patented Z-fold, THINstem technology for lightweight and narrow folding width. It’s easy to carry or toss in the trunk of a car.  It folds up in 5 seconds flat! It’s the easiest, most portable folding bike on the market.The Revelo FLEX is the foldable, electric model. It folds in 10 seconds and travels up to 32 km on a single charge of its premium lithium battery. It has a top speed of 28 km/h. No drivers license or insurance is required. These bikes are ingeniously well designed, and are sure to turn a few heads.

 

Gears Bike Shop

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You can tell that the folks at Gears Bike Shop Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue) love bikes. This is definitely a live-to-ride kind of crew. Despite the passion of the staff, and the size of the shop, Gears doesn’t feel intimidating or pretentious. They are experts in their field, but they don’t expect you to be. No matter what your experience level is, Gears can get you on the right bike for you, or get your old bike running like new. They also offer a line of Electric bikes, if you want to save your energy.

 

When you purchase new from Gears, you get Lifetime Warranty Adjustments. That means, unlimited gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing (for wonky, slightly warped wheels), on the spot, in their full service repair shop. When the weather outside is frightful, Gears Leaside helps you pedal through. They’ve partnered with WattsUp Cycling, an indoor power-based cycling program, to cater to both competitive training riders and pleasure riders.

 

Enduro Sport

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Enduro Sport, 812 Eglinton Ave East, is a road bike and racing cyclist’s dream come true. You won’t find any mountain bikes or cruisers here. They offer high end bikes, full service and repairs, and expert Bike fitting. Let the pros help you find the most comfortable, aerodynamic, and biomechanically efficient ride for you. Their service and repair department stands by their work with guaranteed repairs. They get you back on the road ASAP, but during spring and summer they book up fast, so be sure to make an appointment.

 

Whether you’re a dedicated road warrior, or just like to go out for relaxing weekend rides, these midtown bike shops will make sure you keep rolling. If you’re looking for some great places to ride near Davisville Village, have a look at our recent post about great bike trails nearby.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all 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.

 

Where to eat vegan in Toronto

 

More and more people today are turning to plant-based diets. You don’t need to be an animal rights activist for it to be appealing – there are many health benefits associated with a plant-based diet. Going vegan can help you lose excess weight, protect against certain cancers, and has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Plant-based diets are also awesome for the health of the planet. It has been reported that reducing or eliminating meat consumption is the single most impactful choice an individual can make to help the environment.

 

Plant-based diets are more environmentally sustainable. A shift away from meat consumption could increase the global food supply without increasing land usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste products that contaminate water tables and oceans. In one year, the animal husbandry industry generates carbon emissions equal to the entire transportation sector. Going plant-based could reduce global water usage by as much a 50% – that’s how much fresh water the industry currently consumes.

 

Now that you know why plant-based is good. Where do you go to get good-tasting, plant-based food in Toronto? We’re glad you asked! Here’s where to eat vegan in Toronto.

 

Fresh

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Fresh was one of the early plant-based trail blazers in Toronto. They first opened their doors in 1999. Today there are four great locations to choose from – Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Avenue East), Fresh on Bloor (326 Bloor Street West), Fresh on Crawford (894 Queen Street West) and Fresh on Spadina (147 Spadina Avenue). No matter where you are in the city, Fresh is never far away. Stop by to peruse their full menu of fine vegan and vegetarian fare – from rice bowls and burgers, to kale and quinoa salads, and cold pressed juices that are made fresh daily. Take out is also available.

 

TABÜLÈ

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TABÜLÈ Midtown (2009 Yonge Street) is the original location that started it all. They specialize in fine Middle Eastern food, much of it vegetarian and vegan friendly. It’s a great place to sit and have a good meal, knowing there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Start with their signature TABÜLÈ Salad – with chopped parsley, whole wheat bulgur (or gluten-free quinoa), tomato, onion and mint, with a lemon and olive oil dressing. Their Homemade Lentil Soup is made without cream or butter. Their roasted Eggplant dish is drizzled with tahini on a bed of müjaddara with pomegranate seeds. It makes an excellent main course. When you are not so close to home, TABÜLÈ has locations all over town – each with their own unique feel and flavour. Their additional locations include TABULE RIVERSIDE (810 Queen Street East), TABULE BAYVIEW (2901 Bayview Avenue) and SOUK TABULE (494 Front Street East).

 

Planta and Planta Burger

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Planta, at 1221 Bay Street in Yorkville, is an elegant, high-ceilinged eatery dedicated to serving exceptional food that happens to be plant-based and environmentally sustainable. It is upscale in every way, so it’s great for those special occasions when you want to splurge a little. For more laid back, everyday plant-based fare, head to Planta Burger, at 4 Temperance Street. Planta makes a great vegan burger. Try the Classic, with mushroom bacon, pickles, tomato and plant-based queso ($10.50). Wash it down with a coconut ice cream milkshake in chocolate or salted caramel vanilla ($7.50).

 

You can learn more about Planta in our post about the best healthy restaurants in Toronto.

 

Grasshopper Restaurant

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Grasshopper Restaurant has two great locations – one at 310 College Street, and the other in the Junction, at 3080 Dundas St West. The food, as well as the decor at Grasshopper, feels fresh and crisp. There is lots of white exposed brick, and healthy green plants growing. Grasshopper specializes in Japanese-American fusion comfort food, with a plant-based twist. You can’t go wrong with their quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, salads, burgers and substantial rice bowls. Start your meal with their Chick-Un Nuggets ($8), a delicious dish served with creamy BBQ or peanut sauce. Then go for The Mushroom Bowl ($13), loaded with sautéed cremini and portobello mushrooms, onions and bean sprouts, served over steamed brown rice, and topped with a spicy house tahini sauce. If you still have room for dessert, the Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($4.50), or the Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake $8, will put you over the top.

 

The Hogtown Vegan

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The Hogtown Vegan  (1056 Bloor Street West) is your source for Southern-style vegan comfort food, local beer on tap, and a great weekend brunch. If you’re new to plant-based eating, their meat-like tofu and seitan meals will make the transition a cinch. The friendly servers are always happy to suggest something you may like if you’re unsure of what to order. You really can’t go wrong. From crispy fried soy wings with buffalo or BBQ sauce, to Phish ‘n Chips with beer battered tempeh, to fried tofu scrambles for brunch. There’s always something good cooking at the Hogtown Vegan – but absolutely no hogs are harmed!

 

Are you ready to dig into some fine vegan fare in Toronto? Let us know if we missed your favourite restaurant on this list. With so many great options for plant-based cuisine in the city, there has never been a better, tastier or easier time to go meatless.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover the best 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.

Great bike shops near Village Green

 

There may be no better feeling than getting on your bike on a beautiful day and going for a nice long ride. The feeling of freedom, the breeze on your face, exploring your city – what’s not to love? If your bike isn’t in the best condition, or you don’t currently have a bike, you’ll want to visit one of these great bike shops near Village Green before you hit the trail.

 

Cycle Solutions

Cycle Solutions Toronto

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Cycle Solutions (444 Parliament Street) sells new bikes, repairs existing bikes, and offers a great selection of parts, accessories, apparel and more. The Parliament location has been serving the community since 2003. Kale Powell opened the shop after years of being a consistent customer of the Beaches location. The staff are friendly and informative. They seem genuinely interested in helping you fix or find the right bike for you.

 

Ya Bikes!

Ya Bikes! Toronto

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Cruise over to Ya Bikes! (242 Queen St East) for quality, non-judgemental, bike repair. They are bike experts – but they don’t expect you to be. They offer great service and advice and their prices are very reasonable. Whether you need to fix a flat, or do a complete overhaul, they can help you out – without any high-pressure upselling or sales tactics. They just want you to have a safe and well maintained ride.

 

Ya Bikes provides a home for a not-for-profit program called Charlie’s FreeWheels. It teaches free bicycle mechanics to youth. At the end of program, the kids get to keep the refurbished bike they have built, and get the skills to safely maintain it.

 

Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery

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Switchback Cyclery (651 Queen Street East) is a retail and service-focused bike shop. They first opened their doors in 2013. They focus on bike repair over replacement, whenever possible. They can often do minor repairs on the spot, and get you going in minutes. More extensive service and repairs require that you drop the bike off, or book an appointment.

 

Switchback supports a nonprofit social enterprise with Sanctuary Toronto. They call it “propelling community”. It offers those who have experienced abuse and adversity a path to dignity and joy, through a meaningful occupation.

 

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist Toronto

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Urbane Cyclist (280 College St) is a super hip co-op and worker-owned bike shop. They have been offering full service repairs and sales since 1997. Stop by if you’re in the market for a road bike, mountain bike, hybrid, folding bike, commuter, cruiser – or even one of those laidback recumbent bikes! They also offer a huge selection of accessories, parts and apparel.

 

Gears Bike Shop

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Gears Bike Shop was founded in 1988 by 18-year-old Kevin Wallace. Their story of personal tragedy, perseverance and triumph is inspiring and fascinating. Cycling is simply in his soul. That passion and dedication is on display in every Gears location. What began in a 400 square foot shack has grown to cover four locations, including one in Mississauga, and one in Oakville. The Toronto chapters can be found at Gears Canary District (500 Front Street East) and Gears Leaside (109 Vanderhoof Avenue).

 

If you’re in the market for a new bike, they offer outdoor test rides, unlimited lifetime gear adjustments, brake adjustments and minor wheel truing, plus complimentary bike sizing, price matching and more! Bring your existing bike by for a free safety check, as well as unparalleled mechanic and repair service.

 

Don’t waste a moment of the warm weather. Get your bike tuned up, repaired and ready to ride. It’s a great way to explore your community. Check out our feature article for some great places to ride near Village Green.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you discover all that your city and community have 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 coffee shops near Davisville Village

 

Your favourite neighbourhood cafe. It’s the place you stop by during your busy work-week for a morning pick-me-up. The place you hang out with friends on weekends while you enjoy a light breakfast or lunch. The place you go to grab a few minutes of precious “me-time”, and catch up on your people-watching. It’s a sanctuary, a stimulant source, and a social hub – all rolled into one. That special coffee shop is one of the things that makes your neighbourhood feel like your neighbourhood. To help you find your own steamy home away from home, here are some of the best coffee shops near Davisville Village.

 

Thobors Cafe Gourmand

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Thobors Cafe Gourmand (627 Mount Pleasant Rd) is an authentic French cafe. Husband and wife team Marc and Sylvie Thobor have built a special spot and the quality of their drinks and food cannot be beat. This is their original location but there are now two other locations – one in the Upper Village (at 1116 Eglinton Ave West) and one in Danforth Village (at 479b Danforth Ave.). They serve lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and more. Their expertly crafted beverages perfectly compliment their extraordinary selection of fresh, handmade baked goods and quality chocolates. If you like to eat lunch at a cafe, you have to try Le Parisien sandwich. It’s loaded with butter, swiss cheese, ham, and gherkins. It’s pretty much perfection because it’s served on the best baguettes in the city. If you prefer something sweet when you visit a cafe, you can’t beat Thobors’ pastries. Their Pain au Chocolat is a piece of Parisian heaven. People watching hits new heights here. The open kitchen at the back lets you watch their busy staff as they bake. The only downside about this fabulous little spot is that it may be too popular with the locals. Seating is limited and it can be tough to find a spot to sit during peak hours. Learn more about what Thobors has to offer in our recent feature article.

 

Jules Cafè Patisserie

Jules cafe toronto

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Life in Davisville Village is pretty special. The neighbourhood boasts authentic French cafes that love to compete for your attention. If the lineup at Thobors (above) is more than you’re willing to endure, cross the street and enjoy the atmosphere, fine fare, and quality coffee of Jules Cafe Patisserie (617 Mount Pleasant Road). Marc Tournayre opened the warm and cozy cafe 11 years ago. Their baked goods are better than good – they’re great! Their team of professional bakers and pastry chefs make sure of that. Drop by for a fresh brewed cup of coffee, a latte, cappuccino or tea. Their Petit Fours are some of the best in town. If you’re hungry for a delicious savoury meal, their croque-monsieur sandwich, quiches, salads and other sandwich creations can’t be beat.

 

Rachel’s Coffeehouse

Rachel's Coffehouse Toronto

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Maria and Jack Chan ran a Second Cup franchise in the Eaton Centre for 13 years prior to striking out on their own. Their new spot, Rachel’s Coffeehouse (2011 Yonge Street), opened in 2012. It’s the place they always dreamed of opening. The idea was to serve the best cafe fare made with the finest quality ingredients. They didn’t want to sell anything that they wouldn’t serve to their daughter, Rachel – the cafe’s namesake. They serve exceptional, organic, locally roasted, fair trade coffee as well as organic, fair trade teas, and baked goods with little or no preservatives. Try their incredible Almond Latte or Macadamia Latte, with a fresh baked croissant. For something more substantial, the Smoked Salmon, Mango and Avocado Sandwich is amazing! The seating in this cafe is limited, but cozy and comfy. There is also a seasonal patio that’s now open.

 

Palate Cafe

Palate cafe toronto

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The Palate Cafe at 250 Merton Street is a warm and friendly spot to grab a cup of joe, a fresh pastry, or a sandwich. It’s a Mom and Pop cafe run by Uma and Ben, the proud owners. They making mouthwatering meals from scratch for their customers, and bake up freshness every hour in their open-hearth ovens. They offer a wide variety of lunch items – from jerk chicken to quiche.

 

Starbucks

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What more can you say about the ubiquitous coffee chain champion? Quite a bit, actually. Starbucks is huge because they are great at what they do. Whether you want a quality cup of fresh brewed coffee, or a crazy S’mores Frappuccino, they’ve got you covered. Your local Starbucks, at 1909 Yonge Street by Davisville Station, is busy, but convenient. They also seem to have the friendliest baristas in the city. This location is especially well suited to working or studying. There is a large seating area upstairs, overlooking Yonge Street.  It’s not well marked, but it’s behind the main counter. Curl up on the sofa and settle in. Seating on the main floor is sparse, so this upper oasis comes in handy. There is also outdoor seating. If you’re out for a short stroll and suddenly need your Starbucks fix, there are more nearby locations at 694 Mt Pleasant Road and 2193 Yonge Street. Starbucks has you surrounded. Why not surrender?

 

As a company, Starbucks is committed to buying and serving responsibly-grown, ethically-traded coffee. They believe in serving the community in which the coffee is grown, as well as local community service.

 

There’s good stuff brewing all over your community. We hope this posts helps you enjoy it!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited is committed to connecting you to all 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.

The best ice cream shops in Toronto

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Now that spring is in bloom in Toronto, it’s time to welcome the sweetness of ice cream season. In an ice-cream-loving city like Toronto, the only obstacle is choosing where to go and what to order. There’s no shortage of superb ice cream shops in town, and each one boasts a robust array of flavours and styles. To help you in your quest, we’ve rounded up some of the best ice cream shops in Toronto.

 

Punto Gelato

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Punto Gelato (2076 Yonge Street) is a European-style gelato shop that serves the finest authentic Italian gelato this side of Rome. There are over 160 flavours to choose from – and they’re always coming up with more. If you find an abundance of options overwhelming, their friendly staff are more than happy to help you navigate and choose great flavour combinations. They even offer fruit sorbets that contain up to 50% fruit pulp, gelato on a stick, and mini gelato sandwiches. They’ve been serving up sweet smiles to the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood since 1995. Come and enjoy your treat while you catch up on your people watching on Yonge Street.

 

Sweet Jesus

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If you’re offended by the name of Sweet Jesus, it’s founders would like you to know that the  name was created from the popular phrase that people use as an expression of enjoyment, surprise or disbelief. Their aim is not to offer commentary on anyone’s religion or belief systems, and their own organization is made up of amazing people that represent a wide range of cultural and religious beliefs. Now that that’s out of the way, you’ve got to visit them to get your hands on their amazing soft serve. They load it up with sweet and creative toppings. This Toronto based chain boasts several locations throughout the city, including 130 Eglinton Ave East, 416 Bloor Street West and 220 Yonge Street in the Eaton Centre.

Fans of intense sweetness, as well as The Simpsons, will appreciate the look and taste of Krusty The Cone – a delightful combination of vanilla soft serve, cotton candy, cotton candy sauce, and rainbow sprinkles. They also offer shakes, frappes and hot chocolate.

 

Dutch Dreams

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Beloved by residents of St. Clair West, Dutch Dreams is a neighbourhood landmark. Originally located at St. Clair and Vaughan Rd., the veteran parlour has moved to 36 Vaughan Road. If you saw Half Baked, you will remember the original Dutch Dreams location. They’ve been serving up scoops, sundaes and shakes since the Aben family first opened their doors in the 80’s. They offer a large selection of flavours, including kosher ice cream flavours like Gold Medal Ribbon, Moose Droppings and hard-to-find Grapenut. Top off your ice cream of choice with lots of little extras like whipped cream, cotton candy and fresh fruit pieces. The shop itself is quirky, eclectic, and fun, and there is a cute little seating area upstairs. It’s a childhood fantasy of an ice cream parlour.

 

Greg’s Ice Cream

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Greg’s Ice Cream (750 Spadina Ave) has been serving up scoops of handmade ice cream to happy customers since 1981! They are known as Toronto’s original premium natural ice cream parlour. They offer traditional flavours and fun specialty flavours. Some favourites include roasted marshmallow, cinnamon and the incredible coffee toffee!

 

Summer’s Ice Cream

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No summer would feel complete without a visit to Summer’s Ice Cream (101 Yorkville Ave). The tradition began back in 1984, when the Tokey family starting scooping up homemade ice cream from a small storefront on Cumberland Street. Summer’s has been serving some of the finest and best tasting homemade ice cream, made without compromise, ever since. Come taste the difference tradition can make. You’ve got to try the Sour Cherry!

 

Grinning Face Gelato

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While most of us scream for traditional ice cream, lactose intolerant people and vegans are screaming for options. Avoiding dairy doesn’t mean you have to avoid the joy of great gelato. Grinning Face Gelato (540 Parliament Street) makes amazing non-dairy gelato from scratch. They crack their own coconuts and churn and turn fresh coconut milk into rich, creamy gelato. And they do it one small batch at a time. Since they make it themselves, you can be assured it contains no dairy, no nuts, not gluten and no soy. They are constantly coming up with amazing new flavours, too! So you’ll never get bored! If diet restrictions have left you gelato-free lately, get ready to put a grin on your face.

 

Now that you know where to go, treat yourself to a scoop (or two) of the good stuff, today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the sweet things in your community.  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.

Don’t miss Artfest Toronto!

 

It’s time to celebrate art, craft and creativity in Toronto at the Distillery Historic District. This month, Artfest Toronto, and the Spring Art & Craft Show, returns for its 12th year! There’s no better spot in the city to engage with art than along the Distillery’s picturesque cobblestone streets. The setting itself is simply beautiful.

 

Save the date

 

This Victoria Day Weekend, from May 19th to 21st, join Canada’s top artists to celebrate. Expect incredible paintings, photography, sculpture, fine crafts, live music and more. Admission is free!

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About Artfest

 

Artfest Toronto is held just twice a year. It includes the Spring Art & Craft Show and the Fall Fine Art & Craft Show over the Labour Day Weekend, from Aug 31st to Sept 3rd, 2018. The pieces featured at the event are one of kind and must be seen to be fully appreciated. Browse this list of exhibitors for the show, to get a sense of what you can expect.

 

The event will feature live music daily from 12pm until 6pm. The music will be low-key, not too loud, and is designed to elevate your experience without being too overwhelming – so you can take in all the art on display without distraction. Here are some of the musicians that will perform this year:

 

Tim Bovaconti

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Tim Bovaconti is best known as lead guitarist for Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith. Tim will be joined by some of his most talented musician friends to perform classic tunes, and provide the perfect soundtrack to your Artfest experience. Learn more and listen at timbovaconti.com.

 

Farrucas Latin Duo

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As you browse the paintings on Saturday, Latin duo Farracus will set a whimsical mood. The couple’s music fuses two styles together – Mediterranean and Ecuadorian. Their music also incorporates elements and influences from Rumba Flamenco, Salsa, Rock and beyond, to create a truly unique sound.


Melody Fair

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Melody Fair, also known as Hazel Wipper and David Wipper – another on and offstage couple – will share their beautiful guitar rhythms and mellifluous melodies, as they perform a range of rock and folk classics on Sunday, May 20th. The pair pack a powerful musical one-two punch, thanks to David’s wizardry on guitar and Hazel’s unforgettable voice.


Andy Griffiths

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Don’t miss the energetic passion of Andy Griffiths on Monday, May 21st. He will perform his classic rootsy folk-rock tunes.

 

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The Venue

If you’ve never visited the Distillery Historic District before, the location itself is worth a look. Around the turn of the millenium, a group of developers with a vision took a collection of derelict Victorian Industrial buildings and created something for the 21st century. It’s now a great destination and location that excites and inspires the senses. This is no dull and drab ‘historic district’, it’s a place where inspiring ideas and design blend seamlessly with old world charm. Today the Distillery Historic District is an internationally acclaimed village of unique shops, galleries, theatres and events. It’s a setting that feels tailor-made for Artfest Toronto.


Greenrock Property Management Limited hopes you will connect with the art and artisans of your community at this great local event. 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.



 

 

The best car sharing services in Toronto

 

The sharing economy is changing the way we live. It’s transforming the way we think about transportation and car ownership. No one would argue that having a car when you need one is convenient, and even necessary, at times. What may not be necessary is owning and maintaining a very expensive machine, around the clock — especially if you live in a city like Toronto. A walkable city with good public transportation means that you can get around without owning a vehicle. For those times when you need or want a car to carry home groceries, move a dresser, get to a meeting in the burbs, go on a date, or anything else — car sharing may make much more sense. Here are some of the best car sharing services in Toronto.

 

Car2Go

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Car2Go is perhaps the most simple way to access a car when you need it. You literally take one of their cars from anywhere and everywhere they are available, including designated parking lots and street parking spots, then drop it off anywhere within the operating area when you’re done. You don’t have to return the vehicle to the same spot you picked it up from, or worry about finding a parking space. If you missed your bus, just jump in a car and go!

 

Choose from Smart For Two vehicles,  Mercedes-Benz GLA SUVs (when you need more room and/or all-wheel-drive), and Mercedes-Benz CLA sedans (when you’re looking for a little luxury and style). No reservation is required, no refueling, no hassles. You can use cars by the minute, hour or day. Their Trip Packages make longer rentals affordable, too. Perfect for spontaneous trips and people who aren’t into making plans. To make it even more attractive to spontaneous commitment-phobes, you can try Car2Go with no commitment, and no monthly fees or membership costs. Become a member and you’re a member for life. Get the app, and get on your way.

 

Zip Car

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Zipcar can save you hundreds of dollars when compared to car ownership. Zipcar members can drive cars by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included. You are covered for up to 200 km per day. When you need fuel, fill up using gas card they provide and get on you way. You can choose from different plans that suit you the best. Choose from a wide selection of vehicles including sedans, hybrids, vans and more. Memberships start at just $7 per month. You can join zipcar online or just download the app. Book a car for a minimum of 1 hour, up to a maximum of 7 days. Reserve a car online and use your Zipcard to unlock the vehicle when you pick it up. When you’re done, simply return it to a reserved space and lock it up with your Zipcard.

 

Enterprise Car Share

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Enterprise CarShare has expanded its services to include carsharing. It’s an automated way to rent a car by the hour, day, or overnight. Their rates start at under $7 an hour, with daily rates from $65, and overnight from $29. Vehicles are available 24/7. Choose the car that’s right for you, right now. The fleet includes pickup trucks, hybrids, sedans and electric vehicles. Fuel is included in the price, but you are expected to fill up the car when it hits ¼ of a tank, using the prepaid fuel card located in vehicle. Insurance coverage for damages and liability, as well as roadside assistance, are included. Additional coverage is available. To become a member, you must be 21 or over, and have a valid driver’s license and major credit card in your name.

 

Turo

 

Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that pairs car owners with people looking to rent a car for the day, week, month or more. It’s like Airbnb for cars. You bypass the rental company and rent cars online from locals in your city or the city you are visiting. Choose from affordable standard options, to rare and exotic specialty cars. You can pick up the vehicle, or have it delivered wherever you need it, at rates up to 35% less than the traditional rental agencies.

 

On the flip side, if you own a car that you don’t require every day, you can use Turo to help out with your ownership costs. On average Turo hosts can cover their car payments in less than 10 rental days per month. Owners are covered by Turo’s $2 million insurance policy.

 

To a rent a vehicle, or list your vehicle to rent, click here.

 

Car sharing is a great way to have a car when you want one — without worrying about hidden fees or responsibilities.

 

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Last Chance to Get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the AGO

 

Sometimes, even infinity can’t last forever. The Art Gallery of Ontario is currently hosting a critically acclaimed exhibit called Infinity Mirrors. It’s the first North American tour in 20 years for celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, and the AGO is the only Canadian venue to host it. The exhibit will officially close its doors on Sunday, May 27th, making this month your last chance to get lost in Infinity Mirrors at the the AGO.

 

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away Credit: David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

 

The Tour

 

The exhibit debuted at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on February 23rd, 2017. It moved on to major US museums, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30 to Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (October 2017 to January 2018), and is now at the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3 to May 27 2018). It’s last stop will be the Cleveland Museum of Art (July to October 2018).

 

About the Exhibit

Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama, Photo by Tomoaki Makino

 

Don’t miss the final days of this unique exhibit. It’s your last chance to experience six of Kusama’s iconic, kaleidoscopic and sensory-bending installations. Also included in the show are over 60 sculptures, paintings and works on paper from the artist, dating from the early 1950’s to today. The exhibit includes many new works from the octogenarian artist, who continues to create from her Tokyo studio.

 

Small groups of two to three visitors at a time are given access to each Infinity Room of the exhibit. Due to high demand, each group will be limited to 20 to 30 seconds within each room. Expect wait times of approximately 20 minutes per room.

 

The Rooms

 

Phalli’s Field

Enter a dizzying and dense field of red-spotted phallic tubers in a mirror-lined room. Prepare for a transcendent hallucinatory experience.

Love Forever, photo by Kathy Carver

 

Love Forever

Peer into the hexagonal chamber and see yourself and flashing coloured lights reflected into infinity.

 

Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots

Surround yourself with polka dot balloons, hanging from a domed ceiling in a mirrored room. Squint through a peephole to catch a glimpse of infinity.

 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity

Reflect on the experience of death, and the possibility of an afterlife, as flickering golden lanterns reflect a shimmering pattern of light, contrasted by the infinite void of mirrored black space.

 

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

LED lights hang and flicker like galaxies, in a rhythmic pattern that makes viewers feel as though time and space are suspended and you are vanishing into infinity.

 

All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a repeated motif in Kusama’s work. This pumpkin filled room feels like a fairytale fantasy that transports participants to an infinite realm.

 

The Obliteration Room

In the last of the Infinity Rooms you will find Kusama’s iconic participatory installation. Enter a stark white room full of everyday, domestic objects and furniture. Participants are invited to place polka dot stickers on any and all surfaces to gradually transform the room from pure white to an explosion of colour.

 

All advance tickets for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors are booked, but you can still catch this once-in-a-lifetime installation. A limited number of same-day, timed tickets will be released each day at 10 am at the AGO. Visitors can purchase up to two tickets, and AGO Members can receive up to two free tickets – subject to availability. The line for same day tickets forms outside the AGO, so dress for the weather. Tickets include access to the AGO collection galleries.

 

Don’t wait! Now’s your chance to experience infinity and time is running out!

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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!

 

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