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.

Nature near Village Green

 

Living at Village Green means that you’re right in the heart of the city, in the center of the action. Whatever you need is usually within easy reach. But sometimes what you need is a breather — an escape from the hustle and bustle in the concrete jungle. Fortunately, even beautiful natural escapes are conveniently located within easy reach. Here’s where to find nature near Village Green.

 

Riverdale Farm

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Head east from Village Green, along Carlton Street, until it ends at Riverdale Park West. Follow the path through the park and arrive at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St). It’s less than 10 minutes away by bike. At the historic farm, you can visit the farm animals, and the farmers as they tend to their chores. Tour the buildings, including the pig and poultry barn, and stroll the 7.5 acres of woods, paths, ponds and fields.

 

If you’d like to continue your journey and take in some more lovely and natural spots nearby, continue heading east through Riverdale Park West to the Broadview footbridge. The gate to access Riverdale Park and the footbridge is open from May 1st to November 1st, from 9:15 am to 4 pm daily.

 

Lower Don Trail

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You can cross the footbridge into Riverdale Park East. The crest of the hill on the east side of the park is the perfect place to watch the sun set. But if you’ve still got some daylight left, and the desire to enjoy the great outdoors a little more, you’ll want to stop halfway across the bridge. The staircase at the mid point of the bridge has a side rail — which makes getting bicycles up and down a little easier. The stairs will lead you to The Lower Don Trail.

 

If you choose to head north on the multi-use trail, you can enjoy many kilometres of paved paths along river and through the woods. Learn more in our recent article, Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village.

 

If you head south along the river trail, you can connect to other paths and bike lanes, and stop for a visit in the the city’s new park, The Corktown Common.

 

Corktown Common

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Corktown Common is a new 7 hectare (18 acre) park at the foot of Lower River Street and Bayview. The Don Trail south will lead you there. What was once underused industrial land and an undeveloped brownfield has been transformed into an amazing park and community meeting place. The landscape is lush, with sprawling lawns, a marsh, an outdoor fireplace, a permanent BBQ area, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and splash pad for kids.

 

Cherry Beach

 

Once you’ve rested a bit at Corktown Common, it’s time to get back on the trail. The Lower Don Trail continues, branching off to take you in whatever direction you’d like. To the west it joins with the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail. That route will take you across town, through the Harbour district. If you head east along the path, you’ll head along Lakeshore Road toward The Beaches. If you want to explore a little more, head south along the paved path on Cherry Street, all the way to the bottom.

 

Cherry Beach/Clarke Beach

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At the bottom of Cherry Street, the path becomes a nature trail again, at Cherry Beach. This clean and relatively uncrowded beach regularly achieves Blue Flag certification in the summer. This means it meets strict water quality and safety standards — so bring your swimsuit!  At the beach area, you’ll also find food trucks, restrooms, picnic areas and more. Are you craving even more nature? No problem, just continue along the trail. You’ll wind your way along the beach and past the tall grasses and trees. Eventually you’ll arrive at the base of Leslie Street. From there you can access the Leslie Spit and incredible Tommy Thompson Park.

 

Tommy Thompson Park

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Tommy Thompson Park is a beautiful and accidental wilderness. The park is located on completely man-made land that was created for “port-related facilities” decades ago. In the 1970’s, it was clear that “port-related facilities” were no longer required. But by that time nature had already begun to take the man-made land over. It is now an amazing wilderness and nature reserve. The flocks of birds, including big, black cormorants, is truly a sight to see. The park is over 250 hectares (618 acres) and extends about 5 kilometers into Lake Ontario. Follow the path that loops around the lighthouse before heading back. There are breathtaking views, wildlife, and lots more to enjoy in this “accidental wilderness”.

 

Public access to Tommy Thompson Park is restricted to weekends, holidays and weekdays from 4 pm to 9 pm.

 

Living in the heart of Toronto means it can be easy to forget that the beauty of nature is all around you. Pack some water or a picnic, apply some sunscreen, and explore the green areas of your city.

 

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

How to reduce your plastic consumption

 

The world is waking up to the realization that plastic is not so fantastic. It’s definitely versatile and convenient, but plastics are accumulating in the environment and in our bodies. We are generating more plastic than ever before, and most of it does not get recycled. This means that plastic, and its byproducts, end up in our city streets, landfills, as well as the oceans and waterways of our world. Huge environmental issues have a way of making us feel helpless and hopeless. When you feel this way, it’s important to remember that you’re never helpless — as long as you fight back. And you’re never hopeless — as long as you don’t give up. Here are a few ideas for how to reduce your plastic consumption.

 

Carry a reusable water bottle/coffee cup

 

 

Out of three ‘Rs’ of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, reducing what we consume and purchase, and reusing it several times, tends to have more of an impact than recycling. Every minute, more than a million single-use plastic water bottles are purchased around the globe, and less than half of them are ever recycled. Choosing a reusable, and stylish, water bottle is a much better solution.

 

While we’re on the subject of reusing, remember to bring a thermos or reusable coffee cup for your morning cup of joe. Disposable coffee cups may be made of paper, but they are often lined with polyethylene plastic resin, making them difficult to recycle.

 

Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags

 

In general, recycling cardboard is easier and more efficient than plastic. Paper products also biodegrade much faster than plastic, so any cardboard that isn’t recycled and winds up in landfill won’t wait around as long as its plastic counterparts. Opt for products packaged in paper or cardboard over plastic. At stores that still ask the “paper or plastic” question at checkout, choose paper — or better yet…

 

Carry a bag for shopping

 

 

An estimated five billion to one trillion plastic shopping bags are used each year, globally.

These cheap, often one-time use bags may be free or low cost for shoppers, but the environmental cost is sky high. Reusable bags are a good idea, if they are actually reused often enough. Another idea is to reuse the plastic bags you have already acquired and are doubtlessly accumulating under the sink or in a drawer somewhere.

 

Re-think Leftovers

 

Wrapping up leftover food in plastic wrap or storing it in plastic containers is worth a re-think.

Why not opt for sturdy, re-sealable glass containers, or repurpose the glass jar your spaghetti sauce came in. These can also serve as reusable take-out containers when you’re picking up dinner. You may get a few looks, or have to explain it to your local restaurant, but who cares? Carry your virtuous reusable vessel with pride!

Shop in bulk

Now that you are used to bringing  reusable containers with you, carry these glass jars, containers, and bags with you, and shop for anything you can in bulk. This will help keep the plastic packaging problem to a minimum. Bulk stores are perfect for dry goods like grains, flour, cereal, nuts, as well as candy and even laundry detergents and soap.

 

Environmental issues can feel so overwhelming that some people simply tune it all out. Try to do your part everyday for the health of the planet, and your own personal health. You may even want to treat it like a game and figure out how many ways you can avoid plastics throughout your week. With a game like that, everyone wins.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you help your community, city and planet stay cleaner and greener. 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

Check out the Green Living Show

 

From food and fitness classes, to fashion and travel ideas, many of us are looking for healthier, cleaner and greener options for all aspects of our lives. The 12th annual Green Living Show returns to the Metro Convention Centre April 6th, 7th and 8th. It’s the largest eco and healthy living show in Canada! It features a huge array of products, speakers, food and more to help us all live more optimally, efficiently and sustainably.

 

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Health and well being is what the Green Living show is all about. Both our own personal health, and the health of the planet we all share. Over the three days of the show, visitors will have the opportunity to learn from speakers and their talks, get advice on food, nutrition and fitness, or shop for the latest products in order to lead a more balanced lifestyle. Come and get a taste of all there is to discover at this year’s event.

 

Delicious Delicacies

 

The Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavilion celebrates the wealth of diversity and health-conscious cultural traditions that make the Canadian food landscape so unique. Using local and sustainably sourced ingredients, over 20 chefs, breweries, and wineries from Canada and around the world will showcase recipes, dishes and drinks that reflect their heritage. Choosing what to enjoy is the hardest part, so sniff out the finest fare from the aromas that surround you. Food tickets are available at the Green Living Show Box Office or upstairs at the Delicious Local Food & Drink Pavillion.

 

Fitness

 

The Sweat Equity and Fitness Pavilion will show how to take action toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether you wish to take part in a free yoga class, or just chat and connect with a guest lecturer, this is the place to stretch your body and expand your healthy horizons.

 

Eco Travel

 

Take an eco-tour of the world, without adding to your carbon footprint. The Eco Traveller Pavilion features booths representing over 60 exciting countries. Get a taste of the culture as well as the cuisine. Access special travel packages and information on some of the best eco-friendly beach trips, eco-lodges, historical cities, and more.

 

Fashion and Beauty

 

These days, being fashion conscious is a whole lot deeper than simply keeping up with the latest trends. The impact of our fashion choices on the environment and the workers who make our clothes are at the forefront of eco-fashion and cosmetics. Lean how to naturally look and feel your best.

 

Urban Forests

 

There are forests hidden all around us. Modern Canadian cities are home to around 7 billion trees, and growing! The interactive Urban Forests exhibit explores the importance of our forests, how trees fight climate change, and how to use urban fallen wood and portable sawmills to create quality wood products.

 

Wood Artisans

 

Discover the quality and variety of local Ontario wood, with a 2,000 square foot exhibit featuring 14 Ontario wood artisans and the glorious gallery of locally hand-carved creations.

 

Eco Kids

 

Kids 12 and under get into the Green Living Show for free! Once inside there are interactive exhibits to enjoy while getting a bit of an education on the natural world that connects us all. Kids will give a green thumbs up when they get their hands dirty and learn about gardening with the Midgard Insect Farm booth. Children of all ages can choose to transplant the seedling of their choice, and take it home to see it grow!

 

The 12th annual Green Living Show offers the opportunity to take meaningful steps toward a more sustainable world, while reducing our carbon footprint. Learn how to embrace a healthier, more vibrant way of being in both the local and global community. Show tickets are available now.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you explore a healthy and green lifestyle within 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.

Celebrate Family Day, nearby

 

Is there anything better than a long weekend? How about the Family Day long weekend?! Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario, designed to give families, big or small, the opportunity to spend some quality time together. There is a lot to see and do in Toronto. Family Day is for everyone to enjoy, so whether you’re a parent or not, it’s time to make the most of the Family Day long weekend, nearby.

 

Evergreen Brickworks

 

There is a lot going on during the Family Day long weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

(550 Bayview Avenue). The long weekend begins for many families on Friday, February 16th due to the PA Day at many Toronto schools. Evergreen Adventure PA Day Camp will allow campers from 6 to 12 years of age to take on an adventure of discovery of the city’s urban wilderness. There will be animal tracking, fort building and storytelling sessions! Registration is required.

 

Celebrate Family Day at Evergreen Brick Works (Monday, February 19th). The Children’s Garden provides fun outdoor and indoor activities for kids, including free play in the Garden, and the opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. Kids can construct themed shelters, learn about worker bee stewardship, and get their hands dirty with land-based handwork from 1 to 2 pm. Indoor activities include access to the clay table, greenhouse, urban agriculture activities, and more! Bring your own vegetables and contribute to the Stone Soup Prep and storytelling, from 11am until 12pm.

 

The Brewer’s Backyard is back on Family Day with the kickoff Winter Warmers event. Local craft Breweries will be represented and you can pair your beverage with a bite from great local food vendors. Admission is free for all ages and no tickets are required.


Vikings

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Set sail for a new adventure at the ROM (100 Queen’s Park) this Family Day long weekend. Vikings is a thrilling and informative exhibition that sifts through the myths and stereotypes of this ancient, artistic, seafaring culture. This unique window into their world explores the lifestyle and daily life as a Viking. Take a trip over 1000 years back in time, to when Vikings set foot on the east coast of Canada. Track their journey across the Atlantic, see rare Viking artifacts and enjoy interactive and immersive experiences that provide a greater understanding of these legendary and mysterious people. Tickets are available now.

 

Winter at Ontario Place

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If you haven’t been to Ontario Place this winter, you’re missing out! During Winter at Ontario Place you can skate on the outdoor polymer rink, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to warm up by the bonfire and check out the Winter Light Exhibition. The twinkling fairy lights light the way to even more lights! A dozen exhibitions using light as art are on display and admission is free!

 

If things get too chilly, you can step inside the newly re-opened Cinesphere theatre and catch the Best of Hollywood 2017 – catch all the great movies you may have missed this year!

 

Learn more about the Winter Light Exhibition in our recent feature article.


Toronto Light Fest

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Come out and bask in the warm glow of the Toronto Light Festival during the chilly Family Day long weekend. It’s on now, from sundown until 11pm (Thursday to Saturday) until March 4th at the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street). Experience the art of light as well as IT Laser Shows, the Magic Dance Mirror show, Fire show and more. Admission is free, but bring some money to enjoy the fabulous food and drink vendors that line the cobblestone streets.

 

Listening to Art, Seeing Music

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The Aga Khan Museum (77 Wynford Drive) transforms into a world of immersive musical soundscapes and video installations that mesmerizes and celebrates the traditions of the Muslim during Listening to Art, Seeing Music. It’s on now until April 22nd. This multi-sensory experience takes visitors on a journey that explores the interconnectedness of the arts and the world itself. Visitors will have the opportunity to translate musical patterns and rhythms into visual art, as well as take in live music, storytelling and share a cup of tea in the Mongolian yurt in the courtyard and much more! Get your tickets today!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help improve the quality of your quality time this Family Day long weekend and connect you to 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.


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.


Freshii

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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!


Fuel+


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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.


 

 

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)

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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)

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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.

Cumbrae’s: Great Local Butcher

 

No matter how much you love meat, it’s hard to love the factory farm system. Growing as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, for as low a cost as possible, can’t be ideal for the quality of the meat, or the quality of life of the animal. When we buy meat in a supermarket, we don’t like to think of where it comes from. We like to picture the animals being raised naturally on small family farms. The labels on the packaging may even play into this idyllic image of happy animals on sunny farms. The reality is usually much different, unless that label says Cumbrae’s.

 

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

 

Cumbrae’s is a big city butcher that actually sources its meat from small old-fashioned farms. Cumbrae’s tells us:

 

In an age where local and artisanal are the buzzwords that huge brands are built on, it can be virtually impossible to find the real thing. That’s where Cumbrae’s is completely unique. What Cumbrae’s has done is connect all the farmers who are doing things right – the old-fashioned way – and brought them into the fold and given them a place where they can farm without the enormous pressure, constraints and quotas of the factory system.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

The factory farm system is interested in producing maximum product at minimum cost. This puts farmers who sign on with big agriculture companies into what can be a stressful situation for themselves and the animals. In order to meet quotas within the constraints of the factory system, farms and farmers are forced to change they way they operate. Quality must take a back seat to efficiency.

 

The way the Cumbrae’s operation works means that everyone in the equation needs to be treated well in order for everyone involved to stay involved. It’s simple. Take care of the farmers who want to take care of the animals, and the result is meat that is unsurpassed in quality and taste.

 

As strange as it may seem, a big city butcher shop with its own farms and a network of small family farms working with them is almost unheard of. Its what sets Cumbrae’s apart. Their animals are raised well, fed well and expertly butchered and processed in small abattoirs. Happy animals lead to high quality meat. But you don’t need to take Cumbrae’s word for it. In addition to their stores, Cumbrae’s also supplies over 50 of the region’s best restaurants. Listen to what the chefs like Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and Flock have to say:

 

The beef has a unique smell and flavour that no other beef I’ve tried has. That is, in fact, why I buy Cumbrae’s beef. I like the 45 day aged bone-in ribeye côte de boeuf, for me it is the best example of their beef. I just roast it in a cast iron pan with lots of butter, garlic and salt. Maybe throw in a little thyme and rosemary, then I carve it up tableside. It will change the way you think about beef.

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Photo credit: Cumbrae’s

Chef’s not only serve it in their restaurants, but Cumbrae’s products are also what they serve to their families. Anthony Rose of Wilder & Rose Restaurant Group says;

 

I bring home the butterflied chicken and brine it for 48 hours, then sear it in a cast iron pan and go low and slow in the oven, skin side down, until it’s done. Then just kiss the perfectly roasted bird with salsa verde. It’s my son’s favourite meal.

In today’s world, where commerce too often comes before quality and common sense, isn’t it nice to know that there’s a local butcher doing it the right way? A business built on local and artisanal food practices.

 

We bring the country to the city and to do that well we cultivate great relationships on each end – with the farmers and the animals in the country, and the educated and informed customers in the city.

Visit your local Cumbrae’s butcher today for the best meat the city has to offer.

Cumbrae’s, at 481 Church Street, serves the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood including the Greenrock Village Green Community (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street). For more information onGreenrock Property Management and our Communities throughout the city.

 

Eat Green at Urban Herbivore

 

Urban Herbivore changed the Toronto landscape for plantbased fast food when it first opened its doors 12 years ago with a tiny café in Kensington Market. The café has since expanded, as has the Urban Herbivore concept. There are now three locations including 64 Oxford Street (Kensington Market), and The Eaton Centre Food Court, with a brand new location opening soon in Union Station. The man behind it all is chef, food pioneer and restaurant veteran, Stephen Gardner. We spoke with Stephen to catch up on where the concept is at today, and where it’s heading.

 

What was the original concept/inspiration for Urban Herbivore?

 

I opened the first Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market with the intention of hosting a community space where I would offer cooking classes and seminars. I wanted to play off of the theme of Kensington Market and all that it had to offer. But I quickly learned I couldn’t fit all of my dreams under one roof. I was able to follow through with installing a green roof, produce a plantbased menu, source produce directly from local farmers, use organic ingredients wherever possible, use no refined sugar or processed ingredients, and provide 100% biodegradable take-out packaging.

 

 

Has that original concept evolved/grown as the business has grown?

 

The original UH was a café with limited seating and menu options. Over the last 12 years, we have expanded not only the square footage of the Kensington Market location, but also into new arenas with greater foot traffic. We have had to slightly tailor some of the menu items to be more efficient to serve. With the addition of a few fun rotating menu items, our food and concept is the same as it was from day one: plantbased whole food for herbivores in a hurry.

 

 

What is your restaurant’s specialty/best selling item(s)?

 

These can be grouped into seasonal preferences. Winter: Sweet Potato Club Sandwich with “Cheeze” and a Berry Blue Smoothie (blueberries, banana, apple, oats, lemon, cinnamon). Summer: Possum Bowl (watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, “cheeze sauce”, roasted Yukon & sweet potato, red onion, coconut “bacon”, tahini dressing) with a glass of our house made Pineapple Lemonade.

 

What has the growth process in the city been like? When/How did you know when it was time to expand and how do you choose the next location/neighborhood?

 

For a plantbased restaurant, foot traffic is important. You need to be accessible, either along the TTC route or at a major destination like Kensington Market. But to be honest, expansion, like any real-estate, is all a gamble. When I find myself with a little more free time on my hands, it’s time to start looking for new projects.

 

 

Who is your clientele? (Is it mostly dedicated vegetarians? The veggie curious?)

 

You know, 12 years ago, we were definitely a gold mine for vegans simply because veggie options weren’t so available. But now, I think the driving force is environmental foodies. Toronto is a food mecca. We love to eat out. And for all of us that participate in this “fast-food” lifestyle, Urban Herbivore lends a quick, whole food option that isn’t destructive to the environment.

 

What do you enjoy most about what you are doing?

 

I think my satisfaction comes most from knowing that the food that Urban Herbivore provides is one of the healthiest food options in Toronto. Besides seeing regular guests and the relationships that we have created it is great being able to put legs to my ethics and see them in action. I value a sense of environmental sensibilities and an awareness of social responsibility. We practice stalk to root cooking and are vigilant in our composting efforts. All of our packaging is compostable except for two lids and we don’t sell bottled water for that same reason even though we get many requests for it. We donate some of our baked goods to a local charity organization and try to care for our family of employees as well. We have quite possibly the most liberal food policy in the industry, our employees can enjoy a meal in one of our stores at anytime as long as the store is open regardless if they are working that day. I have deeply held convictions and these guide all of our practices.

Fast-food is not what is used to be. Thanks to Urban Herbivore, it’s possible to get nutritious and delicious food – fast. Health conscious food that is also socially conscious and sustainable. Urban Herbivore and Stephen Gardner are expanding your options for fast, fresh, plantbased food as they evolve and expand their menu and locations. Urban Herbivore made our list of the Best Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options. Look for their new location in Union Station and exercise your option to eat well on the go – it will make your body and mind feel good.

 

Urban Herbivore and Greenrock are proud to be members of your community. For information on our Village Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street – please visit our website.

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola's Kitchen!

Discover amazing dishes at Lola’s Kitchen!

 

Tucked away in the heart of Old Toronto, only steps away from Yorkville and Church and Wellesley Village, you’ll find Lola’s Kitchen. The hidden gem is housed in a classic Victorian Mansion at 634 Church Street.  Lola’s has been serving high quality comfort food in a casual and relaxed atmosphere since 2009. We spoke with General Manager, Spencer Reynolds to find out what makes Lola’s Kitchen work so well.

 

At Lola’s Kitchen, they pride themselves on a fresh, from-scratch menu. “With the exception of bread and desserts, we make everything in house! We even make our own ketchup”, Spencer says. Lola’s features naturally raised, local meats, fresh organic produce and serve only local craft beers. They also offer a great selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and even made our list of The Best Restaurants with Gluten Free Options. As Spencer tells us:


Lola’s has evolved over time into the restaurant we know and love today. Established in 2009, Lola’s has always made a point of keeping things fresh and changing our menu to suit the trends. We try to stay current!

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Even though Lola’s Kitchen is constantly evolving and changing to stay current and cater to the tastes of their clientele, they manage to stay true to themselves and the spirit of neighbourhood.


 

The Church St. corridor has always informed the ethos at Lola’s Kitchen and has definitely become our home. The community that surrounds us, especially throughout the summer months in which the Pride parade goes right past our door, is an integral part of what we do.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

Lola’s patio is the perfect place to watch the parade go by, or simply to settle in and enjoy the all-too-short summer season with a friend or two and a drink or two. When the weather isn’t cooperating, don’t let it rain on your parade – the interior atmosphere at Lola’s is relaxed, comfortable and inviting. It’s no wonder Lola’s attracts a wide spectrum clientele from all walks of life.

 

We have a great mix of clients. Many people love the menu for being accommodating, while others love the proximity to work and the quick service. The brunch crowd is usually younger and more diverse, while the lunch and dinner crowd are the regulars: our die hard fans.

photo courtesy of Lola's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Lola’s Kitchen

 

And those die hard fans keep growing. Lola’s doesn’t need to be flashy or loud to attract your attention. If you go there once, chances are you’ll be back. The food, the friendly service and the easy-going vibe make Lola’s easy to come back to. If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating at Lola’s, Spencer recommends the California Bowl ($15.50) – black and purple kale, organic quinoa or brown rice, avocado, sundried tomatoes, toasted organic nuts and seeds, sweet cider vinaigrette and grilled organic tofu (or substitute chicken breast for $2). “The California Bowl is by far our most popular item; healthful, simple, delicious.”

 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed weekend brunch, a quick workday lunch or a delicious dinner, Lola’s Kitchen is truly your friendly, neighbourhood hangout and a proud member of the community. Come home to Lola’s kitchen, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Greenrock is also a proud member of the Church and Wellesley community. For information on ourVillage Green Community at 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.