Archive for the ‘Queen West’ Category

The NY Times Does Toronto

2009 May 18

In yesterday’s Sunday edition of the New York Times, an article appeared fawning over the city of Toronto.

The featured journalist, Danny Lee, makes a few suspect claims (streetcars trolleys run like clockwork??), and he seems to be so enamoured with the West End (West Queen West/College/Ossington) that almost all his recommendations take you there.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty glowing review of our beloved city.  The only thing is, who is reading this?  I might guess that most people reading the Sunday NY Times would be more interested in cocktails in Yorkville than at Sweaty Betty’s.  But I digress.

What it all comes down to is that TZero is actually a great, interesting, diverse city that can be an attractive destination for people even from one of the greatest, most interesting and most diverse cities in the whole world.

Getting Head From Barbie

2009 February 26

Why use a regular mannequin, when you could have one topped off with a dozen Barbie heads?!  Obviously, that’s what somebody at the clothing store Delphic/Toronto was thinking.

Delphic is located at 706 Queen Street West if you want to do some shopping or just check out the interesting artwork.

PR-type by Day, Passionate Home Cook by Night

2009 January 27

My friend Amanda has a (relatively) new blog, mise en place, about cooking and eating in Toronto.

On a related note, Amanda and I share the passion for going out for breakfast.  Recently we discussed our favourite breakfast spots in the city, and her list was full of places I’d never been to.  Her #1 place was simply called B and was located in the Roncesvalles area.  B has sadly closed down.  Her other recommendations are still around, however.  I’ve already checked out the French bakery Le Gourmand (Queen/Spadina), and she also suggests Zoë’s Bakery Cafe (King West),and The Epicure Cafe (Queen West).

Happy eating!

Cut ‘n Paste Toronto

2009 January 26

I just came across a flyer from Toronto Tourism’s 2007 Holiday Campaign.  I think the collaged images are really fresh and interesting, and certainly depict what it’s actually like in some of TO’s most iconic areas (Bloor-Yorkville, Queen West, Old Town Toronto, and Downtown Yonge).

The entire ad campaign can be viewed at;  also, here’s a link to Warren Brown Blog – he being the guy who created these images that I like so much.

One Way To Say iLove You

2009 January 22

I forgot I had this photo saved on my camera.  I saw this sign in the window of the adult shop Miss Behav’n on Queen Street West during the holiday shopping season.  What more could you (or your girlfriend) want than a pair of iPod panties?

iPod Panty

Resist This!

2008 November 25

This amazing 2-story poster for the new video game Resistance 2 (for PS3) is currently hanging above Foot Locker on Queen Street West.  The trailer, below, is also pretty sick.

A Croc of Shit

2008 November 24

I’m not quite sure how I missed it up until this point in my life, but there is an ENTIRE CROCS STORE located near Queen and Spadina.  Although I’ve never owned a pair of Crocs, they are to shoes what Texas is to travel for me: that which I need not experience to know that I never need to.

I found this hilarious review of the store (by Connie T.) and I couldn’t have said it better myself:

“Uh, what sane person on Queen West would walk into this store and take a beating to their boutique cred? Like that Facebook group states, ‘I Don’t care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look Like A Dumbass.’

I stepped in, more out of curiosity than anything else, and was bowled over by how many ugly shoes and colours were packed into one location. It blew my mind.

But I think more than anything else, I don’t get why this store is where it is. It would seem more appropriate in the Eaton Centre or Dufferin Mall. In fact, I’ve passed by a number of times throughout the day and no one is ever inside. Big surprise.”

The Crocs store is located at 356 Queen Street West.

Gimme Morba

2008 November 5

Have you ever been to the amazing store Morba, on Queen West?


It would be difficult to put this place into a category like, say, ‘furniture store’ or ‘antiques and collectibles.’   Others have described it as a “vintage furniture and accessories wonderland,” featuring “all-encompassing mid-century modern classic design [and] kitch,” and “a design lover’s fantasy realm of retro goodness, new and old.”

Some interesting things I saw there this afternoon included (but were not limited to): a phrenological bust, a taxidermied shark (among other animals), trays that make ice-cube shot glasses, vintage Playboy postcards, and a lot of cool ($$$) furniture.

It’s kind of like a really expensive flea market or an art gallery with a pack-rat of a curator.

Check it out if you’re in the area.  Morba is located at 667 Queen Street West (near Bathurst).  It is open Monday through Saturday 11 – 6, and 12 – 5 on Sundays.  You can reach them at (416) 364-5144.

BTW their website is not currently functioning, but the clerk told me it should be up and running within a couple of weeks.

Attention All Mods

2008 May 13

What’s the deal with these things? They’re obviously advertisements for Vespa, but they’re strangely only found on the windows of out-of-business stores. I’ve noticed them along Queen Street West and College Street.

Interesting advertising technique.

The Wet’s Driving Me Wild

2007 October 23

Why is the street at Queen + McCaul ALWAYS wet?  Is there a fire hydrant near here with a leak?  A business with illegal plumbing?  Runoff from the toilets at a nearby pub?  Can anybody tell me??