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.

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

Thobors bakery Toronto

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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.

Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

One of the best parts about living in Davisville Village is that you can be in the heart of the city and still be close to nature. There are many kilometres of paved paths through wooded ravines, along rivers and through parks. With a fresh new spring just beginning in Toronto, it’s time to dust off the old bike and hit the trails. Here are some great bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

Beltline Trail

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The quickest and easiest way to get rolling from Davisville Village is along the Beltline Trail. This 9 km cycling trail can be broken down into three sections. The first is the York Beltline Trail. It begins west of Allen Road and connects to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. If you pedal over to 378 Mount Pleasant Road you can connect to the Kay Gardner Trail. You can ride through Mount Pleasant Cemetery, follow the trail down to Moore Park Ravine, and connect to the Ravine Beltline Trail. This heavily treed ravine trail will lead you along the stream, under bridges and bring you down near The Evergreen Brickworks, where you can stop and relax, or explore the Brickworks Park.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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The Don Valley Brick Works Park (550 Bayview Ave) is an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located behind the main buildings of the Evergreen Brickworks. There are trails meandering along the ponds and the Brickworks also has a great weekend farmers market and an ever-changing lineup of activities to enjoy.

 

Lower Don Valley Trail

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If you’ve still got some ride left in you, from the Brickworks you can connect to the Lower Don Valley Trail on the other side of Bayview Avenue, near Todmorden Mills. If you head south you can continue along to Cherry Beach and Tommy Thompson Park. For more information about these trails see our recent post. If you head north, you can follow along the Don River and choose to connect to E.T Seton Park, or Taylor Creek Park.

 

E.T. Seton Park

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If you headed to the left at the fork of the Lower Don Trail, you’re on your way to E.T. Seton Park. This path offers many opportunities to stop and rest, play a little Ultimate Frisbee, practice your archery at the range, or have a picnic. If you keep on pedaling past the bridges and along the stream, you’ll wind up at Sunnybrook Stables (1132 Leslie St, North York).

 

Taylor Creek Park

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If you stay to the right at the fork along the Lower Don Trail, you’ll ride east, along lovely Massey Creek. It feels like another world as you pass the rough hewn post fences and listen to the river roll along beside you. If you keep on going through Taylor Creek Park, you’ll come out at Victoria Park Avenue, between St. Clair and Danforth.

 

There is nothing like the simple freedom you feel when going for a bike ride in a beautiful setting. The hardest part about living at Davisville Village is deciding which trail to explore first!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you to all that your community has to offer, and help you find the right path to explore  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. 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.

Fine pastry and sweet lessons at Thobor’s Cafe Gourmand

 

One of the best things about of living in Davisville Village is that you’re surrounded by many gourmet guilty pleasures. Thobor’s Café Gourmand, at 627 Mount Pleasant Road, is an authentic Parisian-style boulangerie and pâtisserie. If your French is a little rusty, that means this café specializes in both traditional French bread and pastry. The café also features a great selection of artisanal handmade chocolates and homemade jams. It’s also a perfectly cozy spot to sip a cappuccino and enjoy a great lunch.

 

Thobor’s Café Gourmand is the real deal. Everything is made fresh, in house, from scratch. It’s run with passion and love by a dream team; Marc and Sylvie Thobor.

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Marc has been baking bread since he was 16. He honed his craft at several Parisian boulangeries after graduating from an accredited three-year bread-baking training and apprenticeship institute. He has a deep understanding of bread chemistry, technique and the essential importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.

 

Sylvie Thobor is an award-winning pastry maker and chocolatier. She trained at Cacao-Barry Chocolate Academy in Paris, and also earned her pastry chef’s diploma in Paris.

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The Thobor’s location on Mount Pleasant is the original, but the demand for quality baked goods and chocolates led to them opening a second location at 1116 Eglinton Avenue West, and then a third in the city’s east end at 479b Danforth Ave.

 

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Meeting the high demand for their acclaimed traditional baguettes ($2.85 / $5.70), specialty breads, pastries, and chocolates, requires a tireless and passionate effort from Marc, Sylvie and their team. Simply stepping inside Thobor’s is a feast for the senses, even before you’ve tasted a single morsel. The aroma and the enticing treats on display are incredible. Try a simple and perfect Chocolat Bonbon ($2.20), a traditional Éclair ($5.00), or one their Cake Maison, including Vanilla Almond ($9.00).

 

Thobor’s is a traditional Parisian Café that uses dairy and eggs, so you won’t find any vegan items on the menu, but there are several gluten-free options including all macarons ($2.60 each or a box of 8 for $20.80), and the Casse Noisette which is a delightful treat of Hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate ganache, praline mousse, covered with a 41% milk chocolate and hazelnut glaze (starting at $7.40).

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If you’ve come to Thobor’s with a big appetite, you will not be disappointed. Choose from their signature sandwiches served on their famous and fresh baguettes, salads, the soup du jour ($5.50), quiches ($5.50), omelettes, or even a fabulous French Burger made with seasoned beef, swiss cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, and ketchup on a soft sesame seed bun ($8.10).

 

It is entirely possible that after enjoying the exceptional pâtisseries at Thobor’s, that you will want to learn how to make them yourself. That is why Sylvie created L’Atelier Gourmand – a series of hands-on pastry workshops, instructed by the master, herself. The workshops take place twice per month, on Sundays from 1pm until 4pm, at their 1116 Eglinton Avenue West location. Free parking is available on Glenarden Road and Wembley Road. To ensure a true hands-on experience, each class is limited to only 6 participants, at a cost of $140 + HST.

 

The upcoming workshops will be:

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND – ROULÉ FRAISE PISTACHE /SPONGE ROLL

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH – LEMON MERINGUE TART

SUNDAY, MAY 27TH – MILLE FEUILLE

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH – OPÉRA CAKE

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH – ÉCLAIRS AND CHOUX

 

To register for a workshop, email info@thobors.ca.

 

Thobor’s Café Gourmand offers those in the Davisville community the true flavour of Paris, without having to leave the neighbourhood!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to give you a taste of all the flavours of your community. 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 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 of fun near Davisville Village

 

We could all use a little more fun in our lives. Living in the heart of Davisville Village means you’re never far away from the action and adventure. But because most of us live such busy lives, finding the time to find fun things to do and make plans can seem like a full time job. To help make things easier and way more enjoyable, we’ve planned out a week of fun activities in Davisville Village for you to try. Mark your calendars and get excited!

 

Monday


Start the week on the right foot. A Monday meetup with a few friends at your neighbourhood watering hole is just the ticket. Kramer’s Bar and Grill (1915 Yonge Street) is a great local pub. A visit there will put a smile on your face thanks to their friendly staff, diverse beer options, and excellent and eclectic menu. When the weather warms up, there are two patios to soak up the sun on. If you’re looking for that comfy spot where everybody knows your name, you don’t have to look very far.


Tuesday


Tuesday is the perfect day to take in a movie. The crowds are thinner than on the weekends, and the tickets are cheaper! Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Eglinton and VIP (formerly SilverCity) is located at 2300 Yonge Street. It’s a great spot to catch the latest blockbusters – there are even reclining seats in the VIP theatres! This theatre features the latest screen tech, from 3D to Ultra AVX and D Box, all the way up to D Box Ultra AVX 3D (whatever that is!). Regular admission on Tuesdays is only $8.99, with special prices for their fancy options too.


If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, just across the street (at 2190 Yonge Street) you’ll find Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas. They offer the latest first-run films, but it’s also a great theatre to see some smaller, hidden gems that you may have missed. Tuesday tickets are just $8.25 for general admission and $11.25 for 3D features.


Wednesday


Beat the Hump Day blues and work out some midweek tension by treating yourself to a spa day! You have several nearby options for spas to suit your needs in the Davisville Village area. Alma Natural Spa is a great one if you’re looking to avoid harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. They offer an authentically natural atmosphere, using only non-toxic, eco-friendly ingredients in their handmade scrubs, lotions and oils. You can learn more about Alma in our recent feature article.


Thursday


We could all use more laughter in our lives. When you’re looking for laugh-out-loud fun and the absolute best in local and international stand up comedy, look no further than Absolute Comedy (2335 Yonge Street). Checking out some comedy is the perfect date night activity or group get-together, and a great way to get into an early, upbeat headspace for the upcoming weekend! Tickets are just $12 on Thursdays!


Friday


Choosing exciting Friday plans can be tricky. Are you in the mood to go out for dinner? Maybe see a show? Getting tickets for Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre (2026 Yonge Street)kills those two birds with one stone. Enjoy a great meal and immerse yourself in a live murder mystery performance! Their fun, funny, interactive and entertaining shows have been wowing crowds since 1987. Come see what all the mystery is about! Find out more about Mysteriously Yours in our feature article and interview.


Saturday


It’s Saturday! Easily the most fun day of the week for most of us. The rules of the work week no longer apply and we are free to escape the everyday. If you’re looking for a true escape, check out Escape Casa Loma. Escape rooms are popping up all over the place these days. But there is no other venue in Toronto that compares to Casa Loma. The epic castle setting lends itself perfectly to the dramatic escape series storyline. There are also live performers and full theatrical production sets to enhance your experience. Choose the story and room that’s right for you, and plan your escape with the help of your friends!


Sunday

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Sundays are perfect for chilling out at home. After the jam packed week of fun you’ve had, you deserve a little downtime. Get reacquainted with your couch and catch up on your favourite shows or movies. To avoid cabin fever, we recommend stepping out for a bit a brunch in the middle of day. Boom Breakfast & Co (174 Eglinton West) is home to some of the best Eggs Benny in the city, and their Chocolate Monkey Waffles are worship-worthy. If you want to really stretch your legs after brunch, take an urban hike along the Beltline Trail and see what’s up at Evergreen Brickworks. There is a TTC stop at Evergreen and the #28 bus will return you to Davisville Station, if walking all the way back is not on your to-do list.

 

We hope this post motivates you to get out there and enjoy this fabulous neighbourhood you call home, every day of the week!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you have 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.


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.

 

Check out Outbreak Escape Games

 

It can be challenging to find new, exciting and challenging ways to spend your leisure time. Spending time with friends is fun, but do you really want to go to another movie and not talk? If you are looking to escape the bonds of your usual entertainment options, you and your crew may want to look into getting locked up – in an Escape Room! It’s time to check out Outbreak Escape Games.

 

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Of course, it’s all very safe. The door to an escape room is not really locked. Even claustrophobics could be comfortable. Escape rooms are themed rooms, with a given back story and an objective. Using your collective wits and reason, you and your team have to figure out the puzzles and move beyond the obstacles, in order to break “free” within the allotted time. If you get stuck, the helpful staff is always within reach to provide hints and point you in the right direction.

 

The entire vibe of Outbreak Escape Rooms is a little mysterious. They are located down an alleyway on the left side of the building at 152 Avenue Road, Toronto. A sandwich board marks the spot by the sidewalk. Once you enter the side alley door, you descend a narrow staircase, to the underground lair. NOTE: Outbreak Escape Rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

 

Participants are quickly briefed on their room, it’s back story and their objective. It’s best to arrive about 10 minutes before your booked appointment time. There are no walk-ins. All experiences are by appointment only. The rooms are private, you never play with strangers. The rooms are designed for 4 to 8 players, but adjustments can be made. The experience is modular, meaning 2 to 3 can play or, more puzzles can be added to accommodate larger groups – as long as the room doesn’t get overcrowded. 2-3 player games can be booked for Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

 

Some Escape Rooms can be downright scary, but that is not the case at Outbreak. These games are designed to be fun. They have two games available right now; Beneath the Surface and Animal Hackers.


BENEATH THE SURFACE

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Set behind the concrete walls of a 1950’s style bomb shelter, this room has a creepy, but not frightening, vibe and is restricted to those 16 years of age and older. Your team will have to work well together to figure it out. It is a one hour room and very challenging, with a 30% success rate (all puzzles solved within the time limit without hints or assistance). Are you ready to discover what lies Beneath the Surface? You can book your appointment  now!



 

ANIMAL HACKERS

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Animal Hackers transports you and your team to a world ruled by cats and dogs. It takes place in a shopping plaza that sells the rarest items in the known universe. The infamous hacker “Sniffer” has escaped from the pound! The upbeat vibe of this game is great for ages 10+.  Book your appointment today!


Full refunds are provided within at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. For cancellation after that point, a $50 fee will apply. Standard admission fees are $28 per player. It makes the perfect birthday party destination, team building exercise, or just a fun way to spend some time engaging with friends. Are you ready to escape the everyday?

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you escape the everyday and connect you with all that your neighbourhood and 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.