A week in the life near Church and Wellesley


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


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

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


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



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



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


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


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



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

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

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website

Take a class at The Chef Upstairs


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


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


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

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

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Winter 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.




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.




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.




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.




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.


Dinner and a show at CAA Theatre


One of the major upsides of living at Village Green is being surrounded by fun, food and culture. The 2018/2019 season of Mirvish productions is heating up at Mirvish Theatres throughout Toronto and new subscription packages and lineup of shows will be announced very soon!


Dinner and a show, especially a world-class show like those performed at Mirvish Theatres,  is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening with friends, family or that special someone. Several neighbourhood restaurants have teamed up with Mirvish to offer special discounts to subscribers, as well as prix fixe menus for those of us without season tickets.


Brownstone Bistro

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Brownstone Bistro (603 Yonge Street) is a 2 minute, 2 block walk from CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly known as Panasonic Theatre). The restaurant offers great food in a great atmosphere. Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, Brownstone has been serving the neighbourhood fine Italian-inspired casual fare for over 20 years.


Brownstone Bistro offers 15% off for Mirvish subscribers. If you’re out for a special evening of dinner and a show, their 3 Course Prix Fixe ($32) dinner is the way to go. Start with your choice of Caprese Salad or Caesar Salad. There is an entree to suit your palate, no matter what mood you’re in. Their take on Chicken Marsala is a pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms and Marsala wine, served with roasted potato and sautéed vegetables. It’s a great choice, as is the Steak & Frites — a classic New York striploin served with Yukon Gold fries and chipotle mayo. It’s classic meat and potatoes, simple and perfect. The Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with sautéed vegetables, quinoa and kale salad, drizzled with balsamic reduction, is a delicious and healthy option. The homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with a light rosé sauce topped with lemon-dressed arugula, is a tasty and satisfying vegetarian option. Be sure to save room for dessert! Learn more about Brownstone Bistro in our feature article.


Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge

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Bumpkins Restaurant & Lounge (21 Gloucester Street) is an elegant, yet easy-going eatery. The food and the building itself is beautiful. The rich purple accents on the white table cloths is a nice touch that compliments the building’s almost ornate exterior. Mirvish subscribers always get 15% off here, but even if you’re not a subscriber and are just enjoying a one-off theatrical experience you can get a voucher with your ticket for their 3-course Mirvish Dinner Menu. Start with the soup du jour and your choice of house or caesar salad. Move on to the main course with your choice of Filet of Sole baked in lemon juice, butter and paprika, Chicken Parmesan with Chef’s Béchamel sauce, tomato sauce and cheese, or Penne Pasta with mixed fresh vegetables or diced chicken and your choice of Rosé, cream or tomato sauce. For dessert, a Créme Caramel Custard or Tartufo Ice Cream awaits you! Book your table today!



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In addition to the 15% discount offered to Mirvish subscribers, Focaccia (17 Hayden Street) also offers a 2-course ($18) prix fixe menu. Start with a house salad, Caesar salad or soup of the day, then choose an entree. Entree options include Spaghetti Marinara (with clams, shrimp and calamari in a spicy tomato sauce), Chicken Pizzaiola (a chicken breast topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, served with pasta and vegetables), Veal Parmigiana (a breaded veal cutlet with mozzarella, served with penne rose and vegetables), or the Basa Fillet (served with quinoa and vegetables). You’re sweet enough, who needs dessert.


Artful Dodger Pub

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If your Mirvish subscription has you feeling fancy enough and you’d like to keep dinner laid back and super casual, you can head to the The Artful Dodger Pub (10 Isabella Street). They offer a 15% discount for subscribers. This old fashioned and authentic British pub is the place to go if you want to enjoy a properly poured pint before the curtain goes up. There are also pool tables, dart boards and jukeboxes. Dig into classic pub fare like a Scotch Egg (a hard-boiled egg wrapped in hot Italian sausage, deep fried and served with mustard mayo), or a plate of Bangers and Mash, an order of Fish and Chips, or a 10 oz New York steak (served with peppercorn sauce, roasted red-skin spuds and Caesar salad). Whatever you choose it’s sure to stick to your ribs and keep you satisfied until curtain call and final bows at CAA Theatre. Learn more about the Artful Dodger in our article about the best pubs near Church and Wellesley and our other article about the best late night eats near Church and Wellesley — we’re big fans of the place!


Having so many choices for cuisine and culture right in your neighbourhood is something to celebrate. Enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and a show. Bon appetit and bravo!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with all that your neighbourhood 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 most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you’re looking to share a nice dinner with the one you love, there’s no shortage of establishments in and around the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood. If you want to make it a night to remember, here are some of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village.


Coquine Restaurant

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Coquine Restaurant (2075 Yonge St) is a charming bistro that serves modern takes on traditional French fare. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, without being overwhelming or pretentious. Their Soupe Gratinée å l’Oignon (French Onion Soup $14) is the perfect way to start your romantic meal. It is made with organic beef stock that is reduced slowly (without flour), and artisanal French baguettes made by Mark Thuet of Petite Thuet. You can make this soup part of Coquine’s prix fixe menu. For $50 per person plus taxes and gratuities you can dig into an appetizer, main course and their dessert du jour. The Beef Bourguignon is a great choice — red wine braised beef, pork lardons, mushrooms and root vegetables, served with potato puree. Contact them for reservations and learn more about Coquine in our feature article.


Cibo Wine Bar

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Cibo Wine Bar (2472 Yonge Street) is a big and bold Italian eatery with 10,000 square feet of modern, rustic space. The wine bar is equipped with a 2500 bottle, two-storey wine room and original artwork from street artist Mr. Brainwash.


The Black Tiger Shrimp with spicy wine garlic tomato sauce ($19) appetizer is a great way to begin. For your main, we recommend the Chianti Braised Short Ribs – 10 oz porcini crusted beef short ribs with gorgonzola polenta and crispy onions ($38). Make your reservations today!


Sake Bar Kushi

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Sake Bar Kushi (257 Eglinton Avenue W) is cozy, but not cramped. They specialize in sharable Japanese cuisine, or Izakaya. From the moment you are greeted (in Japanese) to the moment you leave, you know that you have chosen somewhere special. The space is dimly lit with a relaxed mood, and the music isn’t too loud for chatting. You’ll want to make reservations for Valentine’s Day, so you can be more comfortable in a cozy and romantic booth rather than sitting along the bar. Try their Yam Tempura ($3.95) appetizer to start, and then order several delicious dishes to devour together.


NORTH 44 Restaurant

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North 44 Restaurant (2537 Yonge Street) is an upscale, uncompromising restaurant opened by renowned Chef Mark McEwan. It has been a destination for celebrity visitors and locals alike for over 20 years. The atmosphere is elegant, warm and romantic. It’s a restaurant that was designed to impress on all levels – and it does not disappoint.


If you’re looking to go all out, start with the Pan Seared Quebec Foie Gras ($29) – with brioche, fig, endive relish, foie foam and praline. The Five Spice Bison Tenderloin ($46) is a little exotic and perfect for a romantic evening. It’s served with potato terrine, grilled sweet pepper puree, roasted brussel sprouts, sage and organic heirloom carrots. Be sure to save room to share the exquisite Red Velvet Cake ($16) for dessert – with sour cream panna cotta, cream cheese mousse, beet tuile and cream cheese ice cream. Be sure to book a table in advance.


There is no better time to celebrate with the one you love than Valentine’s Day. When you book your spot at one of the most romantic restaurants near Davisville Village, you’ll be setting the table for a night to remember.

Greenrock Property Management loves to connect you to 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.

Sip and Stroll this Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day packs a mixture of feelings — one of those feelings is stress! The pressure of finding something new and fun to do can be overwhelming. It can drain the joy of the day away. You can always go down the traditional, tried and true path of roses, chocolates, dinner and wine, but if you’re in the market for something a little different this year, there’s a fun way to sip and stroll your way through Valentine’s Day!


The West End Wine Discovery walking tour from Drink Toronto is a fun and active way to celebrate V-Day! As Erin Henderson, Co Founder of Drink Toronto puts it;


There’s nothing wrong with taking your partner out for dinner and staying in one spot and doing the traditional thing — but I think this gives it a certain energy and excitement… it’s not the same old same old. – Erin Henderson

Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


If you and your sweetheart love wine, food and romantic walks, this tour was made for you! You don’t have to worry about looking like a tourist on this tour, either. The group is kept small, 10 people or less, so it just looks like a group of friends hanging out. You may not have met these friends yet, but we bet that’s what you’ll be by the end of the evening.


Some of the most fun and funky bars and restaurants in the West End are doing some very cool and creative wine and food pairings — why would you want to miss out? The tour kicks off at a great little wine bar (the exact meeting point will be sent to you along with your booking confirmation) where you’ll sip and nibble to get things started. Then it’s time to stroll along Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods, to the outskirts of Parkdale. The two and half hour tour finishes off in an area that’s chock full of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants – should you still be in the mood for more fun. The total distance strolled is about 3 km.


Courtesy Drink Toronto and the West End Wine Discovery


Let your fun and fully-informed guide deal with the details as you relax and enjoy the experience. You’ll get to meet sommeliers, chefs and business owners along the way, and hear them tell their tales as you indulge in generous samplings and food pairings.


It makes things fun! We make 5 stops at the coolest bars and restaurants in the West End. There’s something to eat and drink at every stop, and you get a really nice sample. So, it’s fresh and different and fun and new! – Erin Henderson



At each of the 5 stops along the tour, you’ll be treated to inventive and interesting food and a 2 to 4 ounce wine sample. The wines come from Ontario and around the world. You’ll learn about the wine, how it’s best enjoyed, and get more information about the neighbourhood hotspots as well.


You can dress however you like — the tour is pretty casual. Comfortable footwear is a very good idea. The tour organizers will do their best to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have, pbut lease make these requests at the time of booking. Vegan options may not be available at every stop. In the case of severe allergies, note that no guarantees can be made concerning cross contamination. And of course, this being a wine tour, it is open only to those 19 years of age and older.


If you want to mix it up and move around and drink it all in this Valentine’s Day, be sure to book your West End Wine Discovery Tour, today!


Greenrock Property Management loves to help you explore and connect with all that your city, community and neighbourhood have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to celebrate Valentine’s day near Village Green


Another Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Valentine’s Day can stir up not only feelings of love, but also feelings of stress and pressure as you struggle to come up with a fun and romantic plan for the evening. Every couple is different, so whatever the two of you want to do is up to you. If you’re looking for some ideas, here a few suggestions for where to celebrate Valentine’s Day near Village Green this year.


ElmSpa: Couples Massage

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Tension is no fun, especially on a romantic V-Day date night! Let the talented massage therapists at elmspa (557 Church Street, 3rd Floor) melt away your stress with a relaxing Couples Massage — so you and your sweetheart can start the night on a mellow note. Consider a side-by-side Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, Bamboo Massage, Hot Stone Massage or Deep Tissue Massage in a room designed for two!


Learn more about your friendly, neighbourhood boutique oasis at elmspa and the deluxe Elmwood Spa (18 Elm Street) in our feature article.


AGO Bistro

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Practice the art of love at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West and the AGO Bistro. They are offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at AGO Bistro. For $70 per person (plus taxes and gratuities) you get a sumptuous 4-course meal from this top rated restaurant.


Start with Oysters Rockefeller with spinach, béchamel, Gruyère cheese and Pernod. Next, choose between Goat Cheese Brûlée with plum, ginger, heirloom carrot, beet, passion fruit and tapioca OR Romaine and Treviso, with pickled fennel, oven-dried cherry tomato, sourdough, basil-pine nut pesto. Your entrée is a choice of Duck Breast with leek, roasted carrot, sautéed escarole and cherry jus OR Black Cod with bay scallop, potato, green onion, soy, balsamic and yuzu. It’s followed by dessert for two. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Book your table, today!


Scavenger Hunt


If you’re an adventurous and fun-loving couple, try this Scavenger Hunt from Narcity. The two of you will have to work as a team to see how many of the items you can find, or have a Valentine’s Day double date where you pair off against another couple to see who wins!


Rhubarb Festival


The 39th annual Rhubarb Festival runs from February 14th to 25th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kick off of Canada’s longest running new works festival? Watch as boundaries bust and envelopes get pushed. It’s an exciting and unique evening of dance, music, performance art and more! Your ticket always gets you more than one show in a night – often 3 or 4! Get your tickets today to avoiding being disappointed on V-Day.


Ontario Place

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You may not think of Ontario Place as a Valentine’s Day destination, but you should! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, sip hot chocolate by a bonfire, and explore the magic of the Winter Lights Exhibition. Bask in the glow of 12 illuminated exhibits from local artists as you wind your way along the path of twinkling fairy lights. Best of all, it’s all free! If it gets too chilly, remember that the IMAX Cinesphere is open again!


You can learn more about the Winter Lights Exhibition in our recent feature article.


No matter what you and your sweetheart are into, there is something that you will love happening this Valentine’s Day near Village Green.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to spread the love and connect you with all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley


Many of us make a New Year’s Resolution to eat better. Many of us even stick to it — for a little while. If you’ve already broken your vow to eat healthier this year, don’t let it get you down. Eating healthy is hard enough to do when you’re at home and able to control each and every ingredient. When real life gets in the way and you find yourself eating out, what’s a food lover to do? Fortunately, you have options — healthy options. Here are a few great healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley.


The Good Press


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Start your day the healthy way with a visit to The Good Press at 87 Yorkville Avenue. Their  menu consists of fresh, 100% organic cold pressed juices and raw, organic acai breakfast bowls. Grab a juice from their pre-made selection, like Beets Limes and Life – with beet, acai puree and filtered alkaline water ($8.50 for 250ml or $12 for 500ml). Or opt for a made-to-order juice or smoothie. The Omega Berry Smoothie – with strawberries, banana, orange, flax oil for omega fats and your choice of protein, is the perfect way to put a healthy smile on your face. For those mornings when you feel like something a little more substantial, their Acai bowls are sure to hit the spot. The Classic ($8.50) comes with acai puree, blended with banana and topped with organic superfood granola and fresh seasonal fruit.


Lola’s Kitchen


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Lolas Kitchen (634 Church Street) has been serving up fresh and healthy comfort food in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood since 2009. Nestled in a cozy and inviting classic Victorian Mansion, Lolas is a safe bet for a healthy business lunch, date night dinner, or relaxing brunch.

The Curried Tofu Scramble ($13.50) is a great vegan and gluten free brunch choice. It features organic curried tofu, caramelized onions, spinach, herbs, spiced black beans, gluten free flax toast and your choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries.

Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article.


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It’s nice to have a healthy chain restaurant you can trust nearby. Freshii at 77 Wellesley Street East is just one of many Freshii locations across Toronto. It’s the perfect place to stop when you’re on the go and trying to eat well. The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fast, fresh, healthy food, for when you’re hungry and in a hurry. They’ve got a great selection of fresh salads, soups, wraps, bowls and burritos.

Give the Smokehouse Burrito a go! It’s loaded with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and drizzled with a creamy spicy yogurt sauce. Give yourself a protein boost by adding falafel, tofu, chicken or steak to it. Perfect!


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Fuel+ (471 Church Street) is your go-to place when you want to fuel up on healthy food and fantastic coffee. They specialize in Butter Coffee which contains healthy fat from grass fed butter. It will help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in your body. It also contains MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) which aids in absorption of the good fats.

The Fuel+ juice bar offers healthy, plant based, gluten free shakes and smoothies. If you’re ready to commit and get serious, why not give their 7 Day Cleansea try and see how it makes you feel!

They also offer fresh salads, vegan wraps and house-made FUEL Balls, made with plant based and gluten free ingredients like Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Sunflower Butter with Cinnamon!

Urban Herbivore

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Urban Herbivore is plant based cafe that takes pride in what they do. They make everything from scratch and practice the art of “root to stalk” cooking – using the whole vegetable. They eschew food factories and commercial bakeries, so you know that you’re getting real food, the whole food, and nothing but the food. They offer as much local and organic fare as possible, depending on the season. Much of the menu is gluten free, and it’s all 100% peanut free.

The gluten free Possum Bowl ($10) is packed with watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, vegan ‘cheeze sauce’, roasted Yukon and sweet potato, red onion, coconut vegan ‘bacon’ and tahini dressing.

You can find them at 64 Oxford Street in Kensington Market as well as the Eaton Centre Food Court.

With so many healthy options in your neighbourhood, it’s never been easier to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle. So go ahead, go out for a meal, and feel great about it!

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and live better. We love to connect you to all your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.



The best date night spots in Davisville


You’ve got your date night booked, now you need to find something to do. Whether it’s a first date, or a much deserved night out with your spouse or partner, you want the night to feel special. There are many great options for fun and romantic evenings in the Yonge and Davisville area. Here are few of the best date night spots in Davisville.




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Alleycatz (2409 Yonge Street) is a one stop date night destination. Enjoy a romantic meal in the warm and inviting space, complete with red oak accents and exposed brick. The Giant Wild Mushroom Ravioli ($18) (with ricotta cheese and a tomato cream sauce drizzled in truffle oil) makes a great meal. The Surf & Turf ($26) (with 6oz beef tenderloin, tiger shrimp, smashed sweet potato and seasonal vegetables) is perfect for special occasions. Just be sure to save room to share a dessert with your date. Their Molten Lava Cake ($7) is an indulgent option (warm chocolate cake with a flowing white chocolate center, topped with whipped cream).


After dinner, it’s time for some music and dancing! Every Thursday through Saturday night, a live band or DJ brings the funk, soul, R&B and reggae vibes to Alleycatz. There are also free Salsa lessons on Mondays, free Bachata lessons on Tuesdays, and Wednesday brings the Blues open mic. Maybe you’ll want to take the stage and impress your date?


Absolute Comedy


“Is this thing on?”


Everybody loves to laugh. What better way is there to spend a date night than seeing some of the best stand up comedy in North America?! Absolute Comedy(2335 Yonge Street) has it all. The best local and international talent, a great space, and great prices. The website makes it easy to buy tickets for a show. Arrive early, have a drink at the bar and you can choose your seat from the map. If you want to go all out with reserved seats and dinner, they offer greatpackage deals that include an all you can eat buffet, or on less busy nights a prix fixe that lets you choose any entree on the menu, plus salad, dessert and coffee or tea


Snakes & Lattes Midtown


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Snakes & Lattes Midtown (45 Eglinton Ave East) was made for date night. The fun is built right in. Pay and $8 admission fee and play all you want! Playing games together gives your date a point of focus, fodder for conversation, and it’s a great way to get to know someone better. They offer a good selection of food and drinks, so you can really settle in for an evening of fun, but still feel like you’re having a night on the town! They are open until 3am on Friday andSaturday nights. There are thousands of games to choose from and a friendly and knowledgeable staff of ‘game gurus’ who will teach you how to play, or make game suggestions for you. Learn more about Snakes & Lattes Midtown in our recent feature article.


Shey Wellness Clinic


Shey Wellness Clinic



Treat yourselves to a relaxing Swedish Massage at Shey Wellness Clinic (25 Imperial Street, Suite 310A). Let their Registered Massage Therapists work out the tension you’re carrying, and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Choose from 30 minute ($65), 60 minute ($95) or 90 minute massages ($145).


Date night can be anything that you want it to be! There are so many great options to choose from in the Yonge and Davisville neighbourhood, you may have to have date nights more often to try them all!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all that your neighbourhood and community have to offer. For information onGreenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Eat healthy near Davisville Village!


New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but are notoriously difficult to keep. Making a resolution to eat well is meant to improve your quality of life, but too often, it seems to have the opposite effect. If you find yourself eating the same boring, tasteless meals, day after day, you’re never going to keep to your resolution. If you’ve made a promise to yourself to eat healthier this year, you’re in luck! It’s never been easier to find healthy options for eating out near Davisville Village.


Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road)

Roadside Chaat – Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro


You’re trying to cut back on calories and fat, not flavour. Marigold Indian Bistro is proof that healthy eating need not be bland or uninspired. At Marigold, they take classic Indian dishes, from all regions of the country and add their own healthy twist. The owners spent years working in several restaurants in New Delhi, where they learned to prepare classic Indian dishes, as well as modern variations. As Owner Ritu Khadri puts it:

Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything…We have blended different combinations to make a healthier version of Indian food.


If you’re in the mood for seafood, start with their Peppercorn Prawns – king prawns cooked in a sauce of bell peppers, curry leaf and mustard seeds ($15.95). You can’t go wrong with their Butter Chicken – made with milk, rather than cream, and their boneless tandoori chicken in a creamy tomato and fenugreek sauce ($15.95). Read more about Marigold Indian Bistro in our feature article.


Bolan Thai Cuisine (709 Mt Pleasant Road)


Stir Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken and Shrimp – Courtesy @ThaiBolan


Bolan Thai Cuisine is an elegant and understated Thai restaurant located at 709 Mount Pleasant Road. They serve fresh and tasty classics, like mango salad, spring rolls, pad thai and curries. They are committed to healthy cooking:


At Bolan Thai Cuisine, we cook with nutritious and healthy herbs along with flavourful spices to provide the dazzling array of delicious and exotic tastes that make the history of Thai cuisine so unique.


Start with the Bolan Rolls ($6.95) – soft brown rice paper rolls filled with rice vermicelli noodles, tofu, mango, egg, carrot, coriander and lettuce. The main dishes at Bolan are served with delicious jasmine rice, which can be swapped for brown rice for $2.


We recommend that you try the Thai Basil — with Thai basil leaves, onion, green beans, carrot, bell peppers and fresh chili and then add more vegetables ($10.95) or choose a protein like Chicken ($11.95), Beef ($12.95), Shrimp ($13.95), Fish ($14.95) or Salmon ($15.95).


Bolan Thai isn’t licensed, which may also help with your resolution to get healthy. Treat yourself to a delicious Mango Lassi or Banana Monkey Smoothie instead.


Tabülè (2009 Yonge Street)

Photo Courtesy @Tabule.Middle.Eastern.Cuisine. Photo by @Linder_surprise


Tabülè features fresh, flavourful and amazing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Founded in 2005 by Chef Rony Goriachy and Diana Sideris, Tabule Midtown was the original, but the restaurant is just too good to be contained to one location. There are currently a total of four Tabülès throughout Toronto; Tabülè Riverside (810 Queen Street East), Tabülè Bayview (2901 Bayview Avenue) and Souk Tabülè (494 Front Street East). So even when you’re not close to home, you’ve got great options.


Start things off with a hot bowl of their Homemade Lentil Soup – made with pureed red lentils and no cream or butter (Cup $3.95/Bowl $5.95). You can’t go wrong with their namesake dish — Tabülè (hand chopped parsley salad with whole wheat bulgur, tomatoes, onions and a hint of mint tossed in a light lemon and olive oil dressing) for just $6.95. You can make order gluten free Tabülè made with organic quinoa for only 50 cents more! The Falafel Entree – made with gluten free falafel balls and served with müjaddara and vegetables ($13.95) is a hearty and healthy vegetarian meal that is sure to satisfy.


Fresh on Eglinton (90 Eglinton Ave E)

Courtesy @FreshRestaurants


Fresh restaurant first appeared on the scene back in 1999 in The Annex neighborhood. They were a pioneer in the healthy, vegan food scene. Even before that, they began as a travelling juice bar called Juice for Life. Flash forward a few decades and Fresh is still fresh! There are now a total of four locations and Fresh has established themselves as the go to choice in Toronto for flavourful vegan cuisine, even boasting gluten free options. The best thing about their menu is that just about everything on it is delicious and good for you! So go ahead, go wild!


Freshii (2300 Yonge Street)

Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese Grilled Egg Pocket – Courtesy of @Freshii


The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fresh, fast, healthy food. When you’re hungry and in a hurry, they are a trusted go-to, for good reason. The food is tasty, healthy, convenient and consistent. Choose from salads, soups and wraps, bowls, burritos and more. If you’re feeling the need for a bit of a boost, energize your options with extra protein — falafel, tofu, chicken or steak, and make kale or quinoa the base. Freshii is also a great choice to grab a healthy breakfast on the go. Their Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Grilled Egg Pocket with

scrambled egg, goat cheese, spinach, roasted red peppers, and mushrooms — is sure to open your eyes in the morning and keep you energized until lunch!


With so many nutritious and delicious options in your neighbourhood, living at Davisville Village makes it easy to keep your resolutions intact and satisfy your appetite!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you reach your goals this year 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.

Dig into Winterlicious!


It’s a brand new year full of opportunity and promise — but it’s hard to get excited when it’s so cold outside. Don’t let the winter doldrums set in just yet. You still have something to jump up and down about — great food. Winterlicious is back!


From January 26th to February 8th, experience the diversity and world-class quality of Toronto’s food scene. Indulge in amazing three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus from over 200 of the best restaurants in the city.


If you’re still hungry for more, there are some exclusive Culinary Events to dig into as well. Featuring dining experiences from some of the top chefs and venues in Toronto, including High Tea at Casa Loma, and a food tour of St. Lawrence Market with Chef Scott Savoie of Toronto Food Tours Inc. Tickets for these exclusive events are going fast, get yours!


There are far too many incredible establishments participating in this year’s Winterlicious to cover them all, but here a few of the stand-outs near you. Book your table directly with the restaurant of your choice.


Credit: Five Doors North


Five Doors North


Five Doors North (2088 Yonge Street) is a mainstay of the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood, serving up contemporary Italian cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Chef Vito Rizzuto and David Brace use their vast experience to elevate simplicity to an artform.  Five Doors North is offering a $33 three-course dinner menu. Make a reservation today. Learn more about Five Doors North in our recent interview with Manager, Kara Anderson.

Credit: Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar


Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar


Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar (2409 Yonge Street) is the spot for the coolest cats in town. Even if you’re not so cool, their hip vibe is bound to rub off on you! The exposed brick and red oak interior is warm and inviting, cool and cozy. After a delicious dinner, you can get your groove on. Expect live music and dancing, Thursday through Saturday, with free dance lessons on Salsa Mondays and Bachata Tuesdays. Alleycatz is offering a $33 three-course Winterlicious dinner menu. Make your reservations now!

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Schnitzel Hub European Bistro


The Schnitzel Hub European Bistro (1415 Yonge Street) is schnitzel central in midtown. This cozy bistro and artisan vodka bar features a warm and casual feel, with friendly and informative service. They feature authentic made-from-scratch Central and Eastern European fare. For their Winterlicious 2018, Schnitzel Hub is offering a $28 lunch menu and a $43 dinner menu. Make your reservations online, or call 647-351-5558.



Credit: Adega Restaurante

Adega Restaurante

Adega Restaurante (33 Elm Street) is offering a $28 lunch and $43 dinner menu. Adega means ‘wine cellar’. They specialize in primarily Portuguese style seafood with Spanish influences. For some dishes, Adega takes old recipes and cooking techniques and fuses them with modern flavour and complimentary contemporary cuisine styles. Other dishes are best left alone, and remain as authentic as possible. The rustic bronze walls, cozy vibe and white table cloths, create a fine yet casual atmosphere. Book a cozy booth, today!

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AGO Bistro

Treat yourself to culture and cuisine at AGO Bistro at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St W). This award-winning restaurant is located in a distinct space, designed by Frank Gehry. It is simultaneously chic and casual. Modern Danish furnishings combined with vibrantly coloured acrylic tabletops, and a contemporary art installation by Frank Stella, provide the perfect setting for their $28 lunch or $43 dinner Winterlicious menus. Make your reservations today.

Courtesy: Cafe California


Café California


Café California (538 Church Street) has been a favourite fixture of the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood for over twenty five years. Their newly renovated interior is bright and airy, featuring eclectic decor, an antique baby grand piano, martini bar and much more. Café California’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and friendly service should be near the top of your Winterlicious wish list. They are offering a $23 lunch and $33 dinner menus. Learn more about Café California in our feature article. Book your table online or by calling 416-960-6161.


There is so much flavour to savour during Winterlicious 2018. Even if you’re spending most of the winter in hibernation, you’ll still need to go out to eat. Winterlicious makes going out to eat easier and more affordable than ever! It’s perhaps the perfect way to explore your city, community and neighbourhood. Bon appetit!


Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with 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.