The best brunch near Village Green

 

When you live in Toronto, brunch isn’t just a meal – it’s an event! Finding the perfect local brunch spot is one of those things that makes a neighbourhood feel like home. The brunch lifestyle is alive and well in The Village. There are so many options, in fact, that finding the right place can feel a little overwhelming. It’s not just about the food, the atmosphere is also important. To take some of the burden of finding the perfect brunch spot off your shoulders, here are some of the best brunch spots near Village Green.

 

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

Credit: Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s Kitchen has been serving up an ever-evolving menu of classic comfort food since they first opened their doors in a repurposed Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street in 2009. They offer satisfying portion sizes and a variety of great brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. They also specialize in vegan and gluten-free options. Try Lola’s Two Egg Breakfast ($11) or their Curried Tofu Scramble ($13). It’s vegan and comes with gluten free flax toast and a choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries. Make sure you pair it with one of their famous fresh juices or a mimosa ($6) to make any brunch feel like a special occasion. Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article from earlier this year.

 

Credit: Hair of the Dog

Credit: Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog

 

Hair of the Dog at 425 Church Street is an unbeatable choice for a boozy weekend recovery brunch (Saturdays and Sundays 10:30am to 2:30pm). Kick things off with a Hair of the Dog Caesar ($8.75), or a Cranberry or Classic Mimosa ($9 each or $39 for a pitcher). Their Huevos Rancheros ($12) or Classic Eggs Benedict ($11) is sure to hit the spot and their complimentary carrot mini-muffins are a nice touch, too!

 

 

Crêpe It Up

 

Whether you are in a sweet or savoury kind of mood, you can’t go wrong when you chooseCrêpe It Up at507 Church Street. It’s comfortable and casual. Walk up to the counter, choose your crêpe and enjoy! The exposed brick walls and solid wood furniture will make you feel cozy and relaxed. Give the Paris Crêpe a try ($6.95). It’s loaded with banana and chocolate hazelnut sauce. You can add ice cream or whipped cream to any crêpe for $2 and add fruit for $3. There is also an assortment of waffles and smoothies to choose from.

 

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Smith

 

Smith at 553 Church Street is quirky, cozy and cool. There are three floors to choose from, each with a their own vibe. The third floor appears to be an old dance studio. The sunroom on the main floor is one of the prettiest and most pleasant places to eat a fine meal. The menus are printed like newspapers and no matter what you order, the portions are generous. The menu is seasonal and changes frequently, but there is always a lot to love. You can’t go wrong with the Huevos Rancheros ($17). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

 

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Wish

 

When you walk into Wish at 3 Charles Street East you will immediately feel at home. The warm, intimate vibe is infectious. There are comfy couches and cushy seats. It feels rustic and romantic. They have obviously put some time and effort into creating a nice ambiance. The food is a thing of beauty. The dishes are presented beautifully, the menu changes with the seasons and the portions are always plentiful. It’s an ‘instagram-worthy’ brunch. Try the Florentine ($16) – poached eggs over wilted spinach with leek and Parmesan fondue. Their crispy home fries are sure to hit the spot, too.

 

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Credit: www.ogradyschurch.com

 

O’Grady’s
 
We love O’Grady’s on Church (518 Church S.) for weekday breakfast and weekend brunch. In fact, we love this pub pretty much any time of day — lucky for us they’re open daily from 9am to late! They’ve got a great patio for people watching in the warmer months and their menu is epic. Weekend brunch is served from 9am to 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Expect classic options like the O’Gradylicious — two eggs with your choice of peameal bacon, ham or sausage with home fries and toast ($9). They also have great omelettes and bennies and even offer an omelette of the day option ($12) and a benny of the option ($14) where you can enjoy out of the box creations like a pulled pork Benny! Drinks are a must here — they start serving sangria ($6), fresh mojitos ($12), caesars ($7) and $5 mimosas at 11am! They also have a delicious array of mocktails for people who prefer to keep brunch dry ($4.50). Visit them!

 

The next time you’re in the mood for brunch you’ll know where to go! We hope this article helps you find your new favourite neighbourhood brunch spot.

 

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The best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

We love sitting down to a family meal at a great restaurant. It gives us time to catch up, tell stories and share some delicious food! There are a lot of amazing family-friendly restaurant options in and around the Davisville Village neighbourhood. You can enjoy food from all over the world here. To help you plan your next night out with the family, here are some of the best family-friendly restaurants near Davisville Village

 

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Grazie Ristorante

 

A beautiful interior, comfortable seats and exceptional Italian fare make Grazie Ristorante (2373 Yonge Street) a great choice for your next family meal on the town. There are plenty of vegetarian options at this restaurant too – our favourite is the Tasca ($18.50). It’s a dish of fresh pasta filled with ricotta, spinach, mushrooms and brie, then baked in creamy tomato porcini sauce. Don’t forget to ask for a chili oil drizzle for a bit of extra flavour! The Bruschetta appetizer ($7) is a great way to start a meal, while the Tiramisu ($8) (with mascarpone cheese, fresh cream and ladyfingers dipped in espresso and liqueurs) is the perfect way to finish a memorable meal. Kids will love the Chocolate Chip Banana Cake ($8).

 

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Mariachi’s

 

When your family is in the mood for authentic Mexican food at very fair prices, make sure you payMariachi’s  Restaurant (2084 Yonge Street) a visit. This cozy, family run establishment has been a staple in the neighbourhood for years. The food is simple and incredible. Start with an order of warm tortilla chips and guacamole ($8.95), then move on to the Mole Chicken ($15.95). It has a complex, rich flavour, but it’s not spicy. The Mole (pronounced Mole-eh) contains over 40 ingredients – including chocolate!

 

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Granite Brewery

 

Granite Brewery & Restaurant (245 Eglinton Avenue East) was a pioneer in the craft brewing scene when they opened their doors in 1991. They brew a wide array of their own beers on-site. During the warmer weather, their front and rear patios are the place to be — whether it’s for a quick drink or a full meal. The menu is classic pub fare. To start, you can’t go wrong with the Butter Chicken Pizza ($10). The Walnut Crusted Baked Salmon Fillet ($18) is a great main course, and their burgers and sandwiches will please everyone. If you haven’t already, read our feature article on Granite Brewery from earlier this year.

 

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Pi Co

 

Attention all pizza lovers, Pi Co (2177 Yonge Street) has some of the best pizzas in town! Forget about trying to get the entire family to agree to the same toppings, at Pi Co you can get personal sized pizzas with unlimited toppings for just $13 each. Margherita pizzas are just $9. They bake their pies in an 800 degree oven for just 90 seconds! They know how much you love pizza, so they have them for dessert, too! Try a Sweet Pi with unlimited toppings for only $6.

 

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Copacabana Brazilian Steak House

 

When you visit the Copacabana Brazilian Steak House  (150 Eglinton Avenue East) be sure to come hungry. This all-you-can-eat Brazilian Steak House offers a fun family experience and great food — especially if you like grilled meat. There is also a buffet full of salads and cheese, but the real focus is the meat. Your server will give you a pair of tongs and a paper button. Flip the button to one side and the meat carvers will come with more fine cuts of meat. There is a lot of meat to sample — from top sirloin, to Parmesan filet mignon and picanha (a Brazilian specialty). There are over 16 cuts to choose from. Save some room for dessert – they specialize in cinnamon roasted pineapples that are out of this world!

 

We hope that you and your family dine at one of these local restaurants. We know that having a few favourite spots for family meals in your neighbourhood makes it feel like home.

 

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

 

 

Don’t miss the Pancakes & Booze Art Show!

 

If you were to make a list of some of your favourite things, would pancakes, booze and art make it onto that list? We thought so. Prepare to have your hunger sated, your thirst quenched, and your appetite for art satisfied – all at the same time! It’s not magic, it’s the Pancakes and Booze Art Show! The show is making a stop in Toronto during its North American tour. It all happens on October 14th at the Opera House (735 Queen Street East).

 

What is it?

 

The name says it all, kind of. It’s an art show, but it’s not your typical gallery experience. Some art galleries serve wine, but we don’t know of any that serve free pancakes! Since 2009 the show has filled venues in cities across North America. Every show features between 50 and 150 local artisans and live performances from bands, DJs, live painting, body painting and more. It’s a celebration and showcase of local artists of all kinds – as well as a great excuse to eat pancakes! We spoke to Tom from thePancakes & Booze Art Show to get a clearer picture.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

So Tom, what are some highlights of the Toronto edition of this event?

 

Personally, I’m excited to have Ryan Mcgee (IG @ryan.mcgee.design). I really love what he’s doing right now. Sara McIntyre (@sarassoapsandcandles) is coming out with some great candles for the Halloween season.  Also a HUGE fan of Braeden Arnold’s prints and patches (braedenarnold.com). We’ve also got some great DJs lined up which we’ll be announcing as the week progresses.  

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What makes your event unique?

 

Where else can you get art, libations and free pancakes?! Pancakes are a fantastic gateway to get people interested in supporting local artists. Who knew?

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

What keeps the event going strong year after year?

 

It’s an experience most people have never thought about combining so the name always gets a reaction of “wait…what?” Once someone’s inside they’re usually hooked. The art is all local to Toronto area artists and most of it is financially attainable for the average Joe.

 

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Courtesy of Pancakes & Booze Art Show

 

Don’t miss this unique art show, cocktail party and pancake dinner on October 14th. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show seeks to connect the art community with the community at large. It’s an environment where artists, patrons and pancakes come together to create something beautiful. Dig in!

 

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Do brunch right at Church Bistro 555

 

Brunch is a way of life in Toronto. For many people, that perfect local spot for brunch is a big part of what makes their neighbourhood feel like their neighbourhood. There is no shortage of great restaurant options doing great brunches in or around The Village. If you are looking for something special, unique and out of the ordinary, your options get a little more limited. This is where Church Bistro 555 (555 Church Street) comes in. Since opening their doors in 2012, Church Bistro has earned a loyal following of locals and visitors seeking their unique organic, Halal gourmet fusion of East meets West. We caught up with Marcus, Owner and Manager of Church Bistro to get the inside story!

 

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Marcus, what would you say is your most popular brunch item?

 

We have a few things! The Sweet Patootie is basically a sweet brunch, either you have Malpua (Indian egg pancake with creamy sauce $16) or Spicy French Toast ($16) you can also get Milk Bread French Toast – ($14 and Fruit or Cheese Stuffed French Toast for $18). We have pancakes or waffles with saffron chicken ($20). We make great Benedicts, including one of our signature dishes, The Tandoori Chicken Benedict ($18), then we have a Royal Bengal Benny(ground beef Benedict ($18). We even have a Venison Benny ($22)! We a have a lot of vegetarian options and it’s all organic and Halal.

 

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We couldn’t help notice all those Bennys! What’s the most popular of those? Is it the Tandoori one you mentioned?

 

Pretty much all them! But the Tandoori Chicken is one of the signatures, that and the Royal Bengal. That is a signature dish too.

 

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Do you have a personal favourite?

 

My favourite is the Venison Benedict. I love it. I love deer meat. The Tandoori Chicken is very good too, you can spice it up, also!

 

Spice it up with curries? A chili sauce?

 

We actually don’t use any curries. We let you add organic green chilis brought from India.

 

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We love the East meets West approach to your menu. What inspired the Indian component of your menu?

 

Basically we try to create unique food that is Halal and organic, with Western and South Asian flare. [We draw from] French, Italian, Canadian, Jamaican – mixed cuisine, basically. Also, for dinner we have Lamb Shanks, Butter Chicken and we have the best fish and chips you can have in town!

 

Is there something unique about your Fish and Chips?

 

Yes, we can make them gluten-free, we can make them spicy. It’s totally unique.

 

Totally unique. That’s a good way to sum up Church Bistro 555. It’s a good way to describe the whole neighbourhood. That’s why Church Bistro is such a perfect fit for The Village. Fit them into your brunch or dinner plans and you’ll see what we mean.

 

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You gotta eat at Five Doors North

 

You gotta eat at Five Doors North! Not that we’re telling you what to do – but you really have to! This restaurant was a neighbourhood mainstay long before being featured on The Food Network’s, You Gotta Eat Here! In fact, many of the regulars view Five Doors North as the heart of the neighbourhood!  We spoke with Manager; Kara Anderson to find out what makes this place so special.

 

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Kara, what is your most popular menu item and what makes it special?

 

Our Gnocchi is definitely one of our most popular menu items. It’s a house made Gnocchi. And Gnocchi is very simple – but hard to do right. So, we have kind of mastered the technique of Gnocchi here. It’s always consistent. It’s always the same. And it’s always really tasty. We smother it in a Gorgonzola cream sauce, so it’s something that’s pretty strong in flavour, but a lotof people like it. Even kids are surprised to enjoy it!

 

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Sounds delicious! What has been the outcome for your restaurant since being featured on You Gotta Eat Here?

 

We definitely saw a few new faces! But we’ve always been a pretty ‘regular’ place. We have a lot of people in the area that have been regulars since way before that show. But it was nice to have [You Gotta Eat Here] come in and showcase some of our best stuff!

 

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What is the atmosphere of your restaurant like and what kind of demographic do you usually serve?

 

We are across the board. We’re a local shop. So, basically we serve a lot of people who live in the area. For families, it’s definitely a very good ‘safe spot’. We get a lot of dinner parties in as well for birthday parties, or family dinners, things like that. The vibe is casual fine dining. The food is top notch, while the service is more casual and laid back.

 

Would you describe the food as ‘traditional Italian’? Or do you take some artistic license with it?

 

We take a little liberty. We have a lot of traditional Italian items, but then we also do some more contemporary Canadian stuff. Take our ribs, for example. While not traditionally Italian, they are one of the most popular items. That’s because we co-own the butcher shop across the street. It’s called The Butcher’s Son. All of our meats are ethically sourced, including the ribs which are braised in an incredible house made BBQ sauce. That’s not traditional Italian, but it is very popular.

 

Take a stroll over to Five Doors North and experience the magic that makes them so popular. Find them at 2088 Yonge Street, just north of Davisville. Five Doors North is a great example of a local neighbourhood shop that is doing something special. Their relationship with the butcher across the street adds to this real feeling of community. It’s like a slice of small town life in the heart of the biggest city in the country. It’s just the sort of thing that makes life in Davisville Village unique.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your Davisville Village community and showing you what makes this great Toronto neighbourhood unique. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

 

Shop St. Lawrence Market this fall

 

The St. Lawrence Market is quite simply one of the World’s Greatest (and oldest) markets. It was named The World’s Best Food Market by National Geographic in 2012.

 

The Market is comprised of a three building complex. Each building serves a different purpose. The North Market is known for it’s Saturday Farmers’ Market, and for good reason — it’s been on since 1803! On Sundays, the North Market and surrounding plaza is home to over 80 antique dealers peddling their wares. The South Market accommodates over 120 specialty vendors who have made the Market their life’s work. Finally, St. Lawrence Hall, built in 1850, houses retail business on the ground floor, city offices on the second and the third floor can be rented out for special events. We talked to Amanda Diep, Program Development Officer for the St. Lawrence Market Complex, to see how they keep things fresh after so many years!

 

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Amanda, what produce and products are in season this Fall at the Market?

 

Fall harvest in Ontario allows for delicious produce such as flavourful Brussels sprouts, beets and a wide variety of squashes, perfect for homemade soups (one of Fall’s best comfort foods).

 

When does the outdoor market close its doors for the season?

 

Farmers with outdoor stalls generally come inside at the end of October. However, one of the great things about our Farmers Market is that the indoor farmers are open all year round so that our customers always have access to in-season, fresh and locally grown products.

 

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Are there any fall events at the Market that our readers will want to know about?

 

Readers will be excited to know that “Evening at the Market” is happening again next month onThursday, November 9th. The entire South Market will come alive after hours with cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and chef-inspired dishes from each of our 64 vendors. Proceeds will go to our charity partner Second Harvest. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stlawrencemarket.com.

 

Which vendors in the South Market are the most popular?

 

I think what makes the Market so special is that each vendor is popular for its own special set of products, and locals know it. From Cotton Candy grapes to crocodile steaks and raw vegan to peameal bacon, our customers know that they can always find what they’re looking for at the Market.

 

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When’s the best time to visit the Market (in your opinion)?

 

Not a lot of people know that we open at 5 a.m. every Saturday morning. That’s when a lot of dedicated customers come to purchase products that sell out quick, such as fiddleheads during springtime. At 5 a.m., the Market is still calm, almost magical, and you can notice a lot of details that you might miss during a busy Saturday afternoon such as the original archways at the Front St. entrance when the space once served as Toronto’s City Hall.

 

That’s so early we might have to take your word for it! St. Lawrence Market has been around for a very long time. Is there anything different about the Market in recent years? What keeps the Market fresh?

 

Our Market Kitchen, which has remained somewhat of a hidden gem over the years, is gaining a large following with the rising popularity of home cooking and baking. The Market Kitchen has a wide variety of classes from Knife Skills to Taste of Tuscany. More details about these courses can be found at http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/events.

Courtesy St Lawrence Market Complex/ Toronto Archives

 

There really is nothing else quite like the St. Lawrence Market. It has stood the test of time and remains a major Toronto landmark and community hub to this day. It connects us to our food and those who provide it, to our community and to our past. It’s life as it was centuries ago, evolved and adapted to suit our needs and wants today. It is an icon of our city.

 

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

 

Spice it up at Marigold Indian Restaurant

 

There are several options in the Davisville neighbourhood when you are in the mood for authentic Indian cuisine. They all offer their own version of flavourful classic Indian dishes, heavy on spices and seasoning, that warm up the body and the soul. Most options also go heavy on the oil, butter and cream. It can be delicious, but it may not be very nutritious to eat on a regular basis. Marigold Indian Bistro (552 Mt Pleasant Road) is changing all that. We spoke with owner, Ritu Khadri to find out how they do it differently at Marigold.

 

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Tell us Ritu, what motivated you to incorporate both traditional and more modern takes on Indian cuisine in your menu?

 

Authentic Indian food calls for lots of oil, or butter, in pretty much everything. It’s a lot of variety, it’s so many spices and herbs from various states of India.  We have blended different combinations and tried to make it more like a healthier version of Indian food. Most of our sauces that we prepare are really healthy. We don’t use lots of oil in everything and not [too many] spices. So it’s like, authentic Indian – still the Indian taste, but considering the healthy aspect of it. So, the quality is better – I would say.

 

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That sounds like a dream! What are your most popular menu items?

 

Our Butter Chicken ($15.95) is really popular. Our Palak Paneer ($12.95) is really popular. We have some vegan specialty items on the menu that people come for, like our tofu. Our seafood is popular, in particular the Calamari appetizer ($13.95). Aloo tikki is really popular.

 

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Who doesn’t like butter chicken! Is your butter chicken made in the healthier way that you were talking about?

 

Yes, yes, yes. Most of the Indian restaurants use a lot of cream to prepare butter chicken. We actually cook it with milk. It’s a very healthy version.

 

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Do you take inspiration for your meals from all over India, or certain regions?

 

It’s actually from all around the country. Some of our dishes are inspired from the North side like Aloo Tikki ($9.95), Dahl Puri ($9.95), you know, more of the yogurt options and more of the street food options are inspired by the North part of India – like, samosas, pakoras and everything, so Punjab and Haryana. Then we have some sauces, like our Goan Seafood Curry ($21.95), it’s a specialty from a region in India – Goa. We have Kerala Fish, which is inspired from the state Kerala which is the South side – so yeah, it’s actually from all over.

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

Is there anything else that sets Marigold apart from other Indian restaurants in Toronto?

 

As our name suggests it’s a bistro. In terms of what we serve, it’s a fusion of Indian spice with a Canadian taste. So, it’s good for the diversified Canadian crowd as well as the Ayurvedic crowd, so it’s good for both. Every dish of ours has a unique flavour. We use many different types of sauces, and each sauce is extremely different from the others. Most of the other Indian Restaurants, they have a few basic sauces that they are using in all the dishes. Ours is not so. We use many different types of spice. Our pakoras are made of mixed seasonal vegetables, so we keep changing the menu according to [the season]. That’s what makes us different.

 

Courtesy Marigold Indian Bistro

 

What would say is the atmosphere at Marigold Indian Bistro?

 

Considering the ambiance of the place, it’s good for couples as well as for families. We have crowds of all different kinds. Business lunches, family gatherings, big groups coming in for dinner. It’s good for parties. People can book [the entire restaurant] and we close for [private] parties. I think it suits everybody.

 

If you love the flavour of authentic Indian food, and love the idea of a healthier alternative, you owe it to yourself to give Marigold Indian Bistro a try. Their unique take on traditional cuisine is part of what makes this neighbourhood special.
Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your community and show you what makes it unique. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Enjoy Coffee and Cats at Meow Cat Cafe

 

Picture this: you’re sitting down at a lovely neighbourhood cafe, enjoying a hot beverage. Suddenly something warm and furry brushes up against your leg! Usually, this would be cause for alarm, but it’s all par for the course at Meow Cat Cafe  (556 Mt Pleasant Road). This cute cafe near Greenrock at Davisville Village combines coffee and cats, so you can get a dose of caffeine and cuteness all at once.

 

We asked owner Erica Yun what inspired her to open such an adorable business in the heart of Mt. Pleasant Village:

 

My mom and I love coffee. We were always thinking of opening a small cafe but we didn’t want our cats to stay at home, lonely, without anyone who could care of them during the daytime. So the cat cafe was the solution.

 

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If you’re as curious as a cat about this business concept, you’re not alone! It’s trend that is cropping up all over North America, after becoming popular in Asia. The first cat cafe opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. It became something of a tourist destination. The idea slowly spread and cat cafes began to pop up across South East Asia. A cat cafe is essentially a place where customers can find coffee, companionship and comfort.

 

The kitties that roam Meow Cat Cafe all belong to Erica and her mother. They are six well-loved and friendly felines who spend most of each day playing with toys and taking catnaps within the cafe. There is a placard on the wall where patrons can learn the name, age and breed of each cat.

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

It’s not all smooth sailing — customers are expected to follow ground rules to avoid stressing out the cats during their visit.

 

The most basic rule is that ‘each visitor purchases a drink to stay at our cafe.’

And because this is a cat cafe, the’ happiness and safety of our cats is a priority.

‘Respect the cat’s mood while staying at the cafe.’ Remember this and keep good manners to[ward] my cats, that is all.

Some cat cafes charge a cover, but at Meow, all they ask is that you purchase a drink and respect the animals. There is a more detailed list of rules to observe on the corkboard as you come in. Common sense applies here — don’t disturb sleeping cats, don’t feed them people food, and don’t use flash photography. Visitors are encouraged to read the posted list before they enter. Families are more than welcome, as long as your children can respect the rules.

Courtesy of Meow Cat Cafe

 

The atmosphere at Meow Cat Cafe is clean and bright. There are seating arrangements at the front and back. The place is full of cats, but it doesn’t smell like a place that is full of cats! They also carry a variety of cat toys and supplies to bring back to your own cat – but they do ask that you keep your kitty at home. Cats are territorial and introducing new four legged friends can cause stress – and Meow Cat Cafe is all about reducing stress. If the idea of chilling out with a coffee or tea, while petting a cat or two, appeals to you, then you need pay a visit to Meow!

 

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

Nuit Blanche is back!

 

Take a nap, Toronto. You’ll need your rest because you are going to be up all night! The 12th annual Nuit Blanche art festival is back on September 30th from sunset to sunrise. If you’re unfamiliar with Nuit Blanche, it’s a free, city-wide celebration of contemporary art. It is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with the city’s arts community. Put your regular routine aside and stay up to see what you can see as the city transforms overnight and becomes a series of art experiences and adventures. We spoke with Jeanne Holmes (Programming Supervisor for City Cultural Events/Arts & Culture Services/Economic Development & Culture) to get a clearer picture of what unexpected experiences we can expect at this year’s event.

 

Credit: Nuit Blanche Toronto

 

So Jeanne, how will this year’s event differ from past years?

 

2017 will be the 12th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto and like many of the programming activities that have been presented by the City of Toronto throughout the year, the event will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. For the first time in our 12-year history Nuit Blanche will have an overarching curatorial theme: “Many Possible Futures” which invites participants to reflect on this major milestone in Canada’s collective history. Curators, artists, and cultural producers have been encouraged to look forward to the many possible futures of Canada in the development of their projects, bringing challenge, reflection, resilience and change to the forefront of the works created for this year’s event. The contributors to the 2017 edition of Nuit Blanche are placing both our differences and our solidarities at the very heart of their artistic discourse.

 

The curatorial focus of each of the four exhibitions this year reflect on timely and relevant ideas: protest and social change; revolution and resistance; difference and the unseen; and cultural endurance and visibility.

Director X | Death of the Sun – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

 

Wow!  “Many Possible Futures” certainly seems full of potential! How many artists are you expecting to participate this year?

 

Nuit Blanche 2017 features 90 projects which have been created by more than 350 local, national and international artists. We are excited about the incredible range of artistic practice represented featuring projects from a range of disciplines and mediums including large-scale sculpture and installation, video, film, sound, new media, social interventions and performance art to name just a few.

Philip Beesley: Ocean – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

Sounds like an incredible night of spectacles and experiences! Why do you think it’s important to make art more accessible?

 

Nuit Blanche has a long history of presenting artworks with challenging themes, bringing important ideas expressed in beautiful and moving ways to the public at large. We have provided a platform for artists, partners and collaborators to address some of the most pressing issues currently facing our society through contemporary art, demonstrating the diversity and complexities of the world today.

 

Lowering barriers to art is an essential part of these activities.  Our efforts to bring work – created by some of the world’s most sought after artists – to the streets and sidewalks and parks of Toronto means we are taking projects directly to audiences rather than waiting for them to come to us. The democratic nature of the event allows audiences to engage with the work as they choose, to immerse themselves in the experience, inviting them to see their city in a whole new way. Additionally, many of our institutional partners like the AGO, the ROM, the Aga Khan Museum and others, open their doors free to the public during the all-night event. Bringing patrons through their doors, many for the first time.

 

We strive to bring new perspectives to the projects — both inside of galleries and museum and outside in the streets of the city — by working with hundreds of volunteers, who in addition to helping to manage projects also act as art guides for the public, offering insight and building understanding with folks who might be experiencing contemporary visual art for the first time.

Floria Sigismondi | PNEUMA – Photo Courtesy Nuit Blanche Toronto (2016)

 

 

Sounds like an incredibly accessible yet out of the ordinary experience! We can’t wait for it, thanks for speaking with us, Jeanne.

 

Let the everyday slip away and engage with your city as you’ve never seen it before with the 12th annual Nuit Blanche.

 

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The Best Pizza Shops Near the Village

 

There is no shortage of pizza joints in downtown Toronto, but not all pizzas are created equal. To help you find the best pizza shops near the Village, without all the trial and error, we’ve rounded up our favourites places to get a slice.

 

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

 

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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (10 Dundas Street East #124) is a hip pizza chain that dishes up crispy, thin-crust pizza with creative toppings like applewood smoked bacon, arugula and vegan cheese. You can create your own pie and choose any toppings you like, all for one price. Your pizza will be ready in just 180 seconds! If gluten-free crust is a must for you, they’ve got you covered. If you’re not into the thin-crust scene, you can build a “high-rise” crust with additional house-made dough for an additional charge. A little more dough, for just a little more dough!

 

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

 

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Stop by North of Brooklyn Pizzeria (469 Church Street) for a crisp, thin crust slice featuring hip combinations like Bacon and Kale, and killer toppings like the Killer Bee (Mozzarella, Calabrese Sausage, Serrano Peppers, Pickled Red Onions, Honey).

 

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Full size pies are also available starting a $20 for a Margherita. If you want them to come to you, delivery is available for $4 on a $20 minimum order.

 

Pi Co

 

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Pi Co (1200 Bay Street #4) fits somewhere in between fast food and fine dining. It’s easy to fit them into your schedule as they feature “quality, made-to-order, Neapolitan-style pizzas in a unique quick-serve experience”. Whether you choose their classic thin-crust pizza (starting at $9), their twice baked Neapolitan pizza pockets, or treat yourself to a Nutella Marshmallow Graham Crumb Pi (starting a $6), the dough is always house made, the toppings are always fresh and it’s always fast.

 

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Gluten-free dough is available, though the restaurant is not a gluten-free environment

 

Olympic 76 Pizza

 

Credit: Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe

Olympic 76 Pizza Cafe (8 Gloucester Street) has earned its place in the neighbourhood. It opened in 1976 during Canada’s Olympic fever. This cozy and comfortable cafe has the quiet confidence that comes with being a neighbourhood institution. Olympic 76 is not trying to be the hippest spot in town — they just do what they do, and they do it well. Their pizza is simple and straightforward with a focus on quality ingredients. The dough is homemade and they use 100% mozzarella cheese. The pizza is the real deal here. From build-your-own pies (starting at $8.50 for a small to $23.00 for a large basic with cheese) to House Specialties, like Smoked Salmon and Hawaiian. They also offer pasta, hot sandwiches and salads. They are also fully licensed. The patio is perfect for summer pizza indulgences and it’s a popular spot to hang out in during Pride.

 

We hope these restaurants make your list for the best pizza places near the Village! If you can’t decide which spot to try first, invite a few friends over and try them all!

 

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