Archive for the ‘Bakeries’ Category

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!

Fish Specialized

2007 July 31

For lunch yesterday I visited The Fish Store & Sandwiches.  I’ve been meaning to grab a sandwich from this place forever, but actually got around to it while I was waiting for my laundry to finish at Splish Splash, just down the street.

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I really intended to get my sandwich for takeout, but when I put my order in and she asked if it was “for here or to go” I reconsidered and sat myself down on their quaint patio.  They have newspapers and magazines for patrons to read and it was hard to resist. 

Regarding my order, this place is what-you-see-is-what-you-get.  The whole place is only about as big as my mother’s walk-in closet, so it’s quite accessible.  You have the choice of about a dozen different kinds of fish for your sandwich.  This was a surprise as I thought it would just be a “fish” sandwich, kind of like a filet-o-fish.  Actually, you can have wild Atlantic salmon, lobster, halibut, cod or shrimp, among others.  I got grouper and, wow, was it ever excellent.  Served on a fresh bun (that I think comes from the Golden Wheat Bakery across the street) and garnished with what looks like lettuce but tastes like cilantro.  Mmmmmmm. 

I’m probably having one of these sandwiches at least once a week.

The Fish Store & Sandwiches is located at 657 College Street (at Beatrice) 416.533.2822

Toronto Parks Series: Trinity Bellwoods Park

2007 July 16

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Trinity Bellwoods is right at the end of my street, so I thought it would be a good place to begin my quest to discover all the green space that Toronto has to offer. TBP is one of downtown’s larger parks and it has a lot to offer someone looking for some respite from the urbanity of the GTA.  Facilities include a pool & fitness centre (131 Crawford Street), ice/ball hockey rink, soccer field, softball diamonds, and tennis courts.  Apparently a 6 month membership to rec centre and pool is only $90.  On top of all that great stuff, if you just want to relax, the park is 15 hectares large, a significant portion of which is a designated leash-free area for dog owners, known as the pit (or bowl.)

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A group called Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park helps to manage this space for its users.  They are continually looking for new members to join, and to take on tasks in a number of different committees including:
Green Space – contact Anna, greenspace@trinitybellwoods.ca
Recreation Centre – contact Scott, sykes.chandler@sympatico.ca
Outdoor Activities – contact Patricia, tribellplayground@yahoo.ca
Outreach and Events – contact Jenna, jennahofbauer@yahoo.ca
Farmer’s Market – contact Carolyn, carolyn_w@primus.ca

The weekly farmer’s market, operating in the northwest corner (Shaw/Dundas), is a recent addition to the park. The market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday from June to October, rain or shine.  

Toronto Life magazine shares some local secrets about the park and it’s surrounding neighbourhood.  I’ll definitely be checking out the following:
(a) croissanterie Clafouti, 915 Queen Street West, offers some of the most delectable pastries around;
(b) urban organic garden market Matchbox Garden Seed Company, on Farr’s Lane, off Walnut Avenue, grows veggies, herbs and seedlings which are picked fresh each morning. Open Thursday to Sunday.  

See you at the park.