#941 - Fresh Food Fest at the Ontario Food Terminal
If you’ve ever shopped for food that wasn’t from a farmer’s market, the likelihood it was purchased at the Ontario Food Terminal by whoever you bought it from - is very high. The Ontario Food Terminal is a 42 acre property in Toronto’s west end where most of Toronto’s food goes to first, then is purchased in wholesale by other business that sell it to people like you.
Food Fest is a special event allowing ontario growers to feature local items. I love it. I understand and try to eat 100 mile if possible. Knowing what is grown around you means you can get it fresher, and with positive environmental effects (i.e. the carrot you’re eating doesn’t have to be shipped by truck from California, or mexico, etc.)
The event is Sept 22. 11am to 3pm (VERY NARROW WINDOW).
I’ll be there!
(*note: photo is from Aaron Harris for the Toronto Star)
#942 - The New Mural at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
This new mural was unveiled today - September 9, 2012 by the Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY). I just think it’s awesome. Massive props for the 18 youth artists: Mataya Borden, Dayna Browne, Adrion Charles, Chen Cao, Fitzroy Facey, Andrenne Finnikin, Halema Francis-Ali, Yasmin Hassan, Kate Jarencio, Shashann Meguel-Tash, Mellissa Morgan, Anton Pantig, Karlton Ramrick-John, Ashley Savini, Jenelle Scott, Hanna Sebhatu, Alice Thompson, and Kevin Ye. Well done! You should be proud. For more info, go here: http://www.afcy.ca/news/press-releases/revitalization-of-toronto-jack-layton-ferry-terminal/
#943 - Hannah’s Kitchen
You know a restaurant does well when it only serves one type of meal a day. Hannah’s Kitchen on Yonge st just south of Eglinton does one thing and does it better then any other place in the neighborhood: Lunch. They don’t do dinner, and I’ve never been there for breakfast. I love this place. Really good, simple, delicious, healthy food - at very reasonable prices. Today I had a warm, moist, and fresh Moroccan Chicken with a chick pea salad for under $10. If you’re in the neighbourhood, you have to stop by. It’s one of my favourite lunch restaurants in the city. Love it!
#944 - The Old Spaghetti Factory
I know, I know … I’ve been blogging a lot about food. But, I could be amiss if I didn’t put the Old Spaghetti Factory on the list.
Formally an old blacksmith’s shop, the Old Spaghetti factory has been around since 1971. It’s a wacky place with lots of stained glass chandeliers, old relics that should be in museums, old wooden horses from carousels, and an entire old streetcar. The place is visually loud. The food itself is ok, but more than anything else, the environment is simply fun. The last time we were there, I think we heard the wait staff sing happy birthday 9 times. It’s that kind of place.
I love it!
#945 - The Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF
I love movies. I remember being very young when my dad brought me to see my first movie in a theatre, and since then, I’ve been hooked. Over the past few years, I’ve become a huge fan of TIFF, having attended a long list of movies. I don’t go to the big block busters, because there are going to be lots of opportunities to see those. I see the ones that are hard to find: the documentaries that mean something, the foreign language dramas that have greater emotional impact then Hollywood but will never have the marketing money to promote them, and the comedies that proves that laughter is a part of humanity no matter what part of the world you’re from. The fact that TIFF is a truly international event, which brings the worlds are to the city, I love it. I just wish they would join the 21st century and would not only let me print out the tickets at home, but also let me know if/when films release so I can share them with my friends that didn’t have the opportunity to see them with me. Yes, you should go too!
#946 - Toronto Food Trucks
Yes, they’re finally here. They’re hard to find if you don’t know where to look, and I know we’re not the first city to get them, but now that we do have them, I have to tell you I love’em. The food is great and though a little expensive, is worth the food you do get. The trick as I understand from the vendors is that they can’t get permits from the city to sell their food. Thus, the only places they can go are private properties that invite them there. Hey City Hall, wake up! These guys are great for the city! If you want to find out where they are, just sign up for their daily email ( http://torontofoodtrucks.ca/ ), like them on facebook (www.facebook.com/torontofoodtrucks), follow their twitter account ( https://twitter.com/foodtrucksTO), or their pinterest (http://pinterest.com/foodtrucksto/). I love this city!
#947 - Beast Restaurant - Nose to tail cooking at it’s best
I love food. I love all kinds of food. Nose to tail menus are rare, even in Toronto. Beast Restaurant is based in Toronto (96 Niagara) and features a fantastic menu. You have to try their “poutine” - fried gnocchi, water buffalo brisket, cheese curds, creme fraiche for $12. As a side note, they sell the most insanely good donuts out of their back door 8am Thursdays. They go fast. for more info, go here: http://thebeastrestaurant.com
#948 - Toronto’s Green Roof Initiative
The Green Roof Initiative is a bylaw in Toronto that enables commercial, intitutional and residential properties to grow a green roof which is not only very eco freindly, but also great to keep houses and building’s cool on the inside. A green roof is an extension of an above grade roof, built on top of a human-made structure, that allows vegetation to grow in a growing medium and which is designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the Toronto Green Roof Construction Standard. The picture above is the rooftop of the Centre for Social Innovation on Spadina. This is very forward thinking stuff, of which I’m proud to say exists in Toronto. For more information, go here: http://www.toronto.ca/greenroofs/
#949 - Bacchus Roti - the Best Roti shop in Toronto
I love Roti. Roti, as I’ve learned is the name of the type of flat bread. It comes in a number of different ways, but in this city is known as a wrap around a stew. I’ve had a large number of these over the years: Indian, Jamaican, Guyanese, Barbadian, etc. But the one shop that consistently delivers the most amazing Roti’s in Toronto. Bacchus Roti is by my measure, the Best Roti in the GTA. I love this city!
#951 - The Kay Gardner Belt Line - One Long and Skinny Park
In the 1890’s, there was a private rail line set up so that commuters could get to the downtown core easier. The property they bought was eventually sold to the Canadian National Railway in 1934. In 1972, the property was purchased by the city of Toronto and was transformed into a park. The 4.5km park stretches across the core of midtown from Allen road to Mt.Pleasant. It’s a stunning walk or bike ride lined with tall trees, and wide enough for a few bicycles to ride side by side. For a stretch of land that just seems to go on, and through a very busy section of Toronto, it’s a fabulous thing to have. I love it.