Wonderful waffles at Starving Artist

There’s just something wonderful about waffles. What could be better than a fresh, fluffy, hot-off-the iron waffle? How about an Egg Benedict Waffle ($13)? Or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($15) — complete with jalapeno, salsa and sour cream on seasoned waffles? Have you tried Waffle Bacon ($7)? You read that right — waffle battered bacon cooked in a waffle iron! No, you’re not dreaming. There’s a borderline magical place in North Toronto where you can enjoy these weird and wonderful creations. It’s called Starving Artist and it’s everything you hope it will be and more.

 

Starving Artist is an all-day waffle restaurant. It serves all your breakfast favourites on waffles. And they go beyond breakfast — serving sweet waffles, savoury waffles, and waffle sandwiches. You can enjoy a B.L.T ($13), or a Monte Cristo ($17), or mini-waffle Grilled Cheese sandwiches ($6) –all made with waffles instead of bread. You may never eat a traditional sandwich again!

 

You may be wondering why it’s called Starving Artist. This place is part modern waffle house and part modern art gallery. The restaurant supports local artists year round. You can expect to find an array of artwork adorning the walls, and the collection changes frequently. They showcase a new artist every 6 weeks.

 

We caught up with the founder and Chef of Starving Artist, Bryan Jackson, to find out why he opened his amazing restaurant.

Waffle Benny – Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

Bryan, we love your concept! Why waffles?

 

Because everybody loves waffles! Actually, prior to opening Starving Artist, I was an interior designer/event producer, and I was planning on making espresso and waffles for my clients. The idea blossomed from there, and we ended up opening a waffle joint!

 

That’s amazing! We’ve got to know — what is your most popular savory waffle menu item? Same question for sweet menu item?

 

Our most popular savory waffles would be the Benny – 2 potato waffles, topped with caramelized bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise. Can’t go wrong.

Our most popular sweet waffles would definitely be our Waffle Bacon starter. It’s like bacon being hugged by a waffle. Served with icing sugar and maple syrup. It’s a crowd-pleaser.

Waffle Bacon – Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

You had us at bacon! What’s your busiest day of the week, and the slowest?

 

Weekends are always packed. We have a line-up out the door every weekend between 10am and 2pm. If you want to avoid a wait, visit us during the week. On Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday you won’t have to wait.

 

Good to know! Please tell us about the art mission of Starving Artist.

 

We look to provide a contemporary artistic atmosphere with the best of breakfast food all served on waffles. We support local artists by switching up the art on our walls every 6 weeks, and strive to serve reasonably priced food, with great service resulting in a fun experience for all of our customers.

 

Starving Artist opened it’s original location, back in June of 2009 at 584 Lansdowne. Next came, 1078 St. Clair Avenue West, then 810 College. The original location has since been shuttered, which is actually good news for those who call the Davisville neighbourhood home, as a third location was opened at 505 Mount Pleasant Road (close to Davisville Village greenrock). All locations are open daily from 9am to 6pm. Come on in and support your waffle habit and support your local art community at the same time. Bryan Jackson and Starving Artist have elevated the waffle game to an artform.

Courtesy of Starving Artist

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to your community so you can get a taste of all that your neighbourhood has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

 

Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

Desserts that won’t ruin your resolutions

A brand new year has just begun and that means making some resolutions. If you are like most people, eating healthy may be at the top of your list. Fortunately for you, eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to give up desserts. TheGreenrock Property Management blog team is here to bring a little sweetness into your new year with some dessert ideas that won’t ruin your resolutions. These are just a few ideas for delicious and nutritious treats that are easy to make at home at Wingreen Court.

 

Paleo Lemon Squares

 

The recipe refers to them as Paleo Lemon Brownies, but we think these delicious desserts are more like lemon squares. They are light, lemony and moist, rather than chocolatey and fudgey. When something is referred to as ‘Paleo’, it means that it is low in carbohydrates, free from refined sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free and usually high in protein and healthy fats. These squares, as well as the glorious lemon glaze on top, are made primarily from almond flour and coconut (oil, milk, and butter) and gently sweetened with honey.

 

Vegan Fudge Brownies

 

Do healthy fudge brownies sound too good to be true? There must be a secret! The ‘fudge’ in these Vegan Fudge Brownies is actually made from black beans. Try it before you pass judgement. Let your family and friends try them, without saying the word ‘beans’, and see if they notice. Instead of being a guilty pleasure, this dessert is actually a good source of protein.

 

Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples

 

These delicious and nutritious Crustless Apple Pie Baked Apples are a perfect treat, not only for fall, but for anytime of year. They taste amazing, and smell even better! You will love filling your Wingreen Court apartment with the aroma of apple and cinnamon on a chilly winter afternoon. And filling your mouth with the flavours of apple and cinnamon, especially when topped with a little ice cream, is the recipe for a perfect day.

 

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

These Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches taste incredibly good, while still being good for you. They are so delicious, you’ll be happy eating “ice cream” in the dead of winter! The banana cream is made by combining frozen bananas with soaked, raw cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup and few other wholesome ingredients. The cookie sandwich layers are made from almond butter, coconut oil, honey and sea salt. To top it all off – they are sprinkled with crumbled cacao nibs, nuts and toasted coconut.

 
Don’t deny your sweet tooth to keep your new year’s resolutions! The Greenrock blog team is here to make healthy living fun and accessible. We hope these dessert ideas help make 2017 a healthier and happier year. If you would like more information on Greenrock, including the quiet cul-de-sac location of our Wingreen Court Apartments, click here.

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

Delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017

It’s a brand new year — have you made your resolutions yet? If you’re like most people, eating healthier is at the top of your list. Diet is the single most important factor for taking control of your health and weight. Even more important than exercise! No one wants to sacrifice flavour, however, so the Greenrock Property Management blog team has some suggestions for delicious dinner recipes for a healthy 2017. They are all easy to make in about a half an hour or less, at home, at 166 Eastbourne.

 

Salmon with Pesto Veggies

 

This Salmon with Pesto Dressed Veggies is a super easy, super healthy and most importantly — super tasty, dinner idea. It looks fancy and elegant, but all you need is 30 to prepare this amazing meal at 166 Eastbourne. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fats, which are great for your heart, and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth. It is especially important to have a good source of vitamin D during the cold and sun-starved Canadian winter. The pesto veggies and potatoes make it a comforting and satisfying dinner, while still being less than 500 calories.

 

Burger with Mushrooms and Radicchio

 

Sometimes, nothing but a burger will do. Rather that rolling through the drive-through on the way home, give thisBurger with Mushrooms and Radicchio a try. It provides half of your daily protein requirements, is rich in iron and the mushrooms are high in antioxidants and help to reduce cholesterol. All this and it’s still under 500 calories. Serve it with a side salad, or oven baked fries, they’ll only add about another 150 calories.

 

Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce

 

Treat yourself to a healthy gourmet meal that is ready to eat in less than an hour, with only 20 minutes of hands on prep time! This Stuffed Chicken Divan with Sherry Dijon Sauce is full of flavour from the juicy chicken, stuffed with gooey Gruyere cheese, and fresh garlic and broccoli, topped with a creamy homemade sauce made from evaporated milk, dry sherry, dijon and parmesan. You won’t believe it’s less than 400 calories per serving!

 

Eggplant Pomodoro Pasta

 

What is more satisfying on a chilly winter evening than a hot bowl of pasta? This Eggplant Pomodoro will hit the spot, without expanding your waistline. Tender eggplant, sautéed in garlic and olive oil with fresh plum tomatoes, olives and capers and your choice of pasta — including gluten-free options. It’s also vegan, high fibre and low calorie, coming in at less than 300 calories per serving.

 
The Greenrock blog team wishes you a happy, healthy and delicious 2017! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience of life in the heart of midtown at 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

The holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings is a tradition that is tough to beat, it can also be a tradition that is tough to make — but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and the right attitude, anyone can tackle this sometimes-intimidating task. If you are hosting the holiday at your Wingreen Court apartment, or helping out at someone else’s, the Greenrock blog team is here to help relieve your stress with our guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings!

 

Planning

 

As with most things in life, putting a plan into place will help you to complete the task with as little stress as possible. Do not try to do everything all at once, break the task down into bite-sized pieces. You can prepare the stuffing several days ahead of the big day and keep it in the freezer. Move it to the fridge the day before to let it thaw. Making the stuffing outside of the bird, in advance, will save you time on the day and the turkey will cook faster without stuffing. Remember to begin thawing the bird in the fridge the day before as well.

 

Classic Roast Turkey with Gravy

 

Cooking a turkey is actually pretty straightforward as long as you give yourself enough time to thaw and cook it. It’s going to take at least 3 to 4 hours to roast, so remember to baste it every 30 minutes or so. It’s all done when your meat thermometer reads 170F or the juices run clear when the turkey is pierced. Remove the turkey from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil for 30 minutes before carving.

 

Saucy Brussel Sprouts

 

Save even more time on the big day by preparing these Saucy Brussel Sprouts in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 

These classic Mashed Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, garlic and butter and topped with Parmesan. Best of all, they only take about 20 minutes to prepare, so you can make them when the turkey comes out of the oven. They are a classic holiday side dish that are sure to please. They go exceptionally well with the gravy you’ve prepared with the turkey recipe.

 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

 

You can’t go wrong when you serve this Old Fashioned Apple Pie for the holidays. Tart Granny Smith apples, tucked into a flaky, buttery crust. Perhaps best of all, is the aroma that will fill your Wingreen Court kitchen with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s hard to top this dessert, except with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 
The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes this guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings helps to make your holiday a delicious day to be remembered. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfortable, quiet cul-de-sac location of Wingreen Court (2,4,6,8,9,10 & 11 Wingreen Court, North York) – please visit our website.

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

The busy holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and eat great food. The cool, wintery taste of peppermint fits perfectly with the holidays. It may be our favourite holiday flavour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to share some of our favourite peppermint recipes for you to enjoy this holiday at yourVillage Green apartment.

 

Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Peppermint Pesto

 

This Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Mint Pesto is a great, savoury way to use peppermint this winter. This easy to make, one pot wonder is perfect for winter or summer when the extreme temperatures may lead you toward more hands off cooking that makes a lot of food, so you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner tomorrow night. This dish is great during the busy holidays for easy and informal meals.

 

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

 

Add an extra layer of flavour to regular red velvet cake with this Peppermint Red Velvet Cake. The red and white colour of the cake, combined with the cool, wintery flavour of peppermint and the rich, smooth, luxurious chocolate taste of red velvet make this perhaps the perfect winter dessert. This time of year can be busy and stressful, the good news is that this impressive cake requires only 20 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking. You can also prepare the cake layers in advance, when you have a moment, and keep them in the freezer for up to a month.

 

Peppermint Brownie Tarts

 

The cool, wintery taste of peppermint perfectly enhances the rich, fudgy flavour of these Peppermint Brownie Tarts. To top it off, this tart is garnished with red and white striped candy canes for a festive dessert that you’ll want to share with those you love – and keep all to yourself. Don’t worry, this recipe makes two tarts, so you can have your tart (to share or give) and eat one too.

 

Candy Cane Marshmallows

 

These cool and colourful Candy Cane Marshmallows, with their pretty white and red marble swirl, make a perfect gift. They are amazing in hot chocolate, or all on their own and they are very easy to make with only a few ingredients: sugar, light corn syrup, eggs, gelatin, peppermint extract and some red colouring to make the marble swirl.

 

Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! We hope these recipes make this season a little cooler and a little sweeter. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience in the downtown core of Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street)- please visit our website.

Chicken, five ways

Chicken, five ways

Tired of the chicken recipes you make for dinner all the time? If you’re looking to shake up your recipe repertoire atWingreen Court, the Greenrock Property Management blog team has five new chicken recipes you’re going to love.

 

Ginger Teriyaki Chicken

 

This chicken recipe features a Ginger Teriyaki sauce for spicy and exotic flavour. Infused with ginger, garlic and a hint of bourbon, this sauce is great for chicken, pork chops, ribs, and steak. You may want to make some extra sauce since it will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Best of all, it’s super easy to whip up.

 

Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

 

This Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken is the perfect Sunday dinner. A whole roasted chicken is stuffed with lots of garlic, lemon and fresh thyme.You can feed a crowd with this recipe or enjoy it solo all week long. It requires only about 20 minutes of hands-on preparation time and it’s ready in an hour and fifteen minutes.

 

Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken

 

Roasting isn’t the only way to prepare a whole chicken. Before you give up grilling for the season, make this Butterflied Grilled Whole Chicken. Its seasoned with your favourite herbs and spices and is ready in far less time than a traditional roasted chicken. This recipe requires about 10 minutes of prep time and only 40 minutes of cooking time.

 

Poached Whole Chicken

 

Poached Chicken goes a long way. It makes a tasty chicken dinner and a delicious broth at the same time. You can use that broth for many other recipes. All you need to do is place the chicken in a pot, cover it with water and add whatever seasonal vegetables and herbs that you have on hand. Bring it all to a boil and simmer for about an hour an and twenty minutes.

 

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

 

What could be better than coming home after a long day to the delicious smell of chicken that is ready to eat?! This Slow Cooker Whole Chicken makes that dream a reality and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. You can season it anyway you like before placing the whole bird in your slow cooker. If you want a crispier skin, simply pop the cooked chicken in a pot under the broiler in your oven for a 3 to 5 minutes until crispy.

 

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes these chicken recipes make dinner time a little more interesting this winter. For more information on Greenrock’s rental communities, including Wingreen Court (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) – please visit our website.

Fall for these fall cakes

Fall for these fall cakes

Fall is baking season. There is something so satisfying about baking a cake on a cool fall day. There is something even more satisfying about eating one! The Greenrock blog team wants to help you fill your kitchen at Village Green with the aromas of fall. We know you’ll fall for these fall cakes.

 

Pumpkin Torte

 

This Pumpkin Torte is a delicious layer cake with a creamy, mild pumpkin flavour and just the perfect amount of spice. It’s topped with chopped pecans and caramel. It’s an elegant dessert that looks impressively complicated, but it’s actually simple to make with only about 30 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes in the oven.

 

Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake

 

This Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake is perfectly sweetened with brown sugar and perfectly spiced with ginger and cinnamon. It’s called ‘upside down cake’ because of the way it’s baked. The fruit is added first and the batter for the crust is poured over top. It can be prepared in about 20 minutes, and then baked for 35 to 40 minutes before inverting the cake while it’s still warm.

 

White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake

 

What’s not to love about a lightly spiced White Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake?! This fabulous fall layer cake is loaded with white chocolate mousse and toasted macadamia nuts on top, plus a hint of brandy to warm you down to your toes.

 

Apple Pecan Spice Cake

 

Apple season is in full swing right now, so make the most of it with this Apple Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – even the name sounds delicious! The spice cake itself is tender and moist with chunks of baked apples, but the brown sugar cream cheese frosting is what really puts this cake over the top.

 

Pumpkin Cake Roll

 

All your favourite fall flavours are rolled into one in this Pumpkin Cake Roll. This rolled cake recipe looks elegant, but it’s also easy! All you need is 25 minutes of prep time to make a layer of pumpkin cake perfection with a sweet cream cheese and butter filling. Let the good times roll this fall.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you’ll fall for these fall cakes. For more information onGreenrock rental communities, like the quiet oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

Savour fall with these delicious pies

Savour fall with these delicious pies

Autumn is pie season. There are so many kinds of pies to try — what a delicious way to spend a day! With the weather getting cooler, spending a little time at home in your 166 Eastbourne apartment baking sweet or savoury pies seems like a great idea. The Greenrock blog team has put together a roundup of pie recipes to get you started, so you have more time for baking. Enjoy!

 

Cock-a-Leekie Pie

 

Not only is this Cock-a-Leekie pie delicious, but it maybe the most fun name of a pie to say. The chicken and leeks meld together beautifully while cooking to create a savoury pie that you will love. We suggest this pie for dinner, followed by a sweet pie for dessert. What’s not to love?

 

Rosemary Caramel Apple

 

This Rosemary Caramel Apple pie is a sophisticated take on the classic apple pie. It features a subtle, rosemary-infused caramel sauce that is mixed in with the apple filling and then drizzled on top, for a double dose of gooey caramel. The no-fail crust recipe is flavoured with butter and also uses lard for flakiness. It’s a hard combination to beat

 

Hazelnut Pie

 

This super-sweet hazelnut pie is basically a traditional pecan pie using hazelnuts. It’s perfect for anyone who has either an aversion to pecans, or wants to try something a little different – but not too different.

 

Amaretti Cherry Cheesecake Pie

 

If you love a creamy cherry cheesecake, this Amaretti Cherry Cheesecake Pie adds a little crunch with it’s three ingredient cookie crust and sliced, toasted almonds. The pie is topped with cherry juice and amaretto drizzle to give it even more of a punch.

 

Fall is just beginning, that means you have lots of time left for baking pie. Don’t waste a moment of pie season, it always seems to fly by. The Greenrock blog team hopes this week’s post gets the season rolling for you. For more information on Greenrock Communities for rent, including 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

These no-cook recipes will keep you cool in a heat wave

Summer is in full swing and that means a heat wave can roll in at anytime. When temperatures start to rise, the last thing you may want to do is turn on the stove and add more heat to the kitchen. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some no-cook recipe ideas for you to try, while letting your stove at your Eastbourne apartment (166 Eastbourne Ave) take a vacation.

 

Smoked Salmon Tostadas

 

These salmon tostadas with zucchini-radish slaw are simple to prepare, but taste like they took a lot of time and energy. Top and serve these tostadas with sliced avocado and you’ve got a substantial and flavourful meal, without ever turning the oven on.

 

Zucchini Pesto “Pasta”

 

You don’t want to turn on the stove and you’re trying to eat lighter and healthier — but you have a craving for pasta that won’t go away. What do you do? Try this no-cook recipe that uses zucchini noodles or “zoodles” rather that pasta noodles. It’s ready in about 15 minutes without adding any heat to the kitchen of your Eastbourne apartment. It will really hit the spot in a heat wave, when nothing but pasta will do.

 

Italian Panzanella

 

If you think a summer salad isn’t a satisfying meal, think again. This panzanella uses cubes of bread that soak up a zesty dressing. The salad also features white beans and provolone cheese which add a hearty amount of protein to this substantial salad that keeps the stove off.

 

Ploughman’s Platter

 

This simple but substantial Ploughman’s Platter lunch or dinner will fill you up without heating up your kitchen. You can substitute the sliced ham for any other cold cuts you may prefer. It’s basically a satisfying sandwich, laid out and arranged into component parts and enjoyed Mediterranean-style.
The Greenrock blog team hopes these no-cook recipes satisfy your hunger, without heating up your kitchen. For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

Our favourite Spring ingredients and how to use them

Spring is in full swing. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and food is sprouting up from the earth. Your friends at The Greenrock Property Management blog want to help you make the most of the seasonal ingredients available right now. Here are some recipes that highlight the best of the season’s bounty and are easy to prepare at home at Village Green.

Strawberries

Strawberries just make everything better. The colour, the aroma, the juicy sweetness. They’re great on their own or in a pie, but here’s a couple of ideas you may not have tried.

Fragola Pazzo (Crazy Strawberry)

As the name suggests, Fragola Pazzo is an Italian dessert may seem like a crazy combination — until you taste it. The balsamic vinegar, the chocolate and a the pepper come together in perfect harmony and bring out a flavour that is crazy delicious.

Strawberry Champagne Soup

This Strawberry Champagne Soup recipe is really more of a deliciously refreshing beverage. You can substitute the champagne with sparkling apple juice if you prefer. Try adding a sprig of fresh mint and lime juice if you want a bit of a flavour kick.

Spinach

Known as a “superfood” because it packs such a nutritional punch. Spinach is chock full of vitamins K, A, B6 and C, as well as minerals like magnesium and folate. This dark, leafy green is a must have in spring time recipes. It’s available year round, but Springtime brings the brightest and most tender leaves.

Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing

This Wilted Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing recipe is easy to prepare and simply delicious, this warm, creamy feta dressing will make you forget you’re eating healthy.

Spinach Quiche

The weather is beautiful and warm, but sometimes you still need some comfort food. After a long day this easy-to-make Spinach Quiche really hits the spot. Try substituting ricotta or feta instead of cottage cheese, for a creamy and satisfying meal.

Asparagus

The celebrated asparagus stalk signals the arrival of Spring. It can be enjoyed grilled, roasted, stir-fried, in salads, and in primavera (which means “Spring”) pasta. You really can’t go wrong with asparagus. Here a few ways to use it that are sure to please.

Asparagus Tempura

Tempura is the classic Japanese appetizer — lightly breaded, fun to prepare. Serve this Asparagus Tempura with a spiced dipping sauce or teriyaki.

Asparagus Ravioli Pie

Making a meal to impress friends or family? Or maybe you just want to impress yourself? Try this Asparagus Ravioli Pie — what more do you need? The recipe calls for chicken stuffed ravioli, but pumpkin would be a sublime vegetarian substitute.

The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes that these recipes add to the spring in your step this season. All the springtime ingredients you require are available just steps from your Village Green Apartment. The Loblaws flagship store at Maple Leaf Gardens (60 Carlton St.) is just a 5 minute walk away. It offers everything you could ever need, and more. Bon appetite!