Friday, 12 February 2010

Valentines in Cabbagetown
Last week, we introduced you to oysters, beef tenderloin, roses, chocolates, cookies, cakes and fine dining, all located right here in our neighbourhood.
For news about the Ben Wicks, Big Mamma’s Boy, Cranberries, Peartree and Stonegrill, click here: Valentines restaurant news and then scroll down the page.
This week, we’ve got more for you…

JAMCafe’s Valentines special (available on both Saturday and Sunday) is a three-course, sumptuous meal. For starters, there’s roasted parsnip and apple soup, or duck two-ways or a composed salad. Main courses offer you a choice of squid ink fettucini with scallops, or seared elk loin or pan roasted supreme of guinea hen. For dessert, you can dig into flourless chocolate torte, crème brulee and crepes suzettes. $100/couple. Seatings at 5:30 and 8 pm. Call for reservations. 195 Carlton, (416) 921-1255.
Plum 226 is one of our newest restaurants. The rooms are beautifully renovated and early feedback about their menu is very positive. For Valentines, Plum 226 has a three-course, prix fixe menu at $45 per person and it’s being served from Friday to Sunday. Start with a glass of sparkling wine and for an appetizer choose anti pasto di mare, grilled vegetable anti-pasto or the daily soup. For entrees, there’s zoupe di piesce, or filet mignon or smoked chicken risotto. At dessert, there’s gelato, zeppoli fritters or tiramisu. 226 Carlton. (647) 348-4226.
Provence Delices has a three-course prix fixe for $45 per person and as usual, it’s full of delightful suggestions. They’re offering their special dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Start with soup of the day, house pate, roasted beet and orange salad or oysters on the half-shell. For your main course, choose pan roasted Mediterranean dorade, cassoulet, duck confit, coq au vin or flank steak. And finish with tarte tatin, marquise au chocolat or crème brulee. 12 Amelia St, (416) 924-9901.
Thanks to Metro News for this photo.
It’s prime rib Sunday at House on Parliament. This highly popular event will round out your Valentines weekend in one of our most landmark eateries. 456 Parliament Street.
And, as usual, it’s party time at Brass Taps. You can take the stress out of your Valentines Day with dinner specials and open mic with Porter. 221 Carlton.

Toronto Dance Theatre
From February 16 to 20, TDT is staging Christopher House’s new production, Pteros Tactics. The theatre is offering its Cabbagetown neighbours a special 30% discount. Just call the box office at (416) 973-4000 and ask for the “family and friends discount” to get your savings. The production takes place at Harbourfront’s Fleck Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay West.

Open on Valentines Day for your convenience
We used this photo last week and Tina got a lot of favourable comments. So here it is again.
We’ve been asked to remind you that both Simmon’s Flowers (540 Parliament) and The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) are open on Sunday from 9 to 5 pm. That’s good news for last minute needs – especially roses, chocolates, cookies and other goodies for your sweetie.

Valentines at The Epicure Shop
Franca and Patty - both of them like this picture, so we're using it again.
Cupcakes, shortbread heart cookies and gingerbread heart cookies are this week’s Epicure highlights. At the BIA, we served the gingerbread cookies to a solemn luncheon gathering and they were snapped up and munched down in an amazing rush – people really liked them. You can top all of this off with a serving of Chocolate Clare’s valentines treats. (473 Parliament).

Great recognition for our community
For the past week, Metro has run three enthusiastic articles about Cabbagetown. Click here for these stories.
Metro News first story
Metro News second story
Metro News third story

Hairlift gets two new staff
Kiki is pleased to tell us that she’s been joined by two new stylists at Hairlift (503B Parliament). Mark Anthony (left in the picture) says that he’s a “super-curling technician” and John Judge says that he does “just about everything”, especially colours and cuts. Welcome to Cabbagetown and best wishes, guys.

CPA Night
Once again, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association is holding one of their fascinating evenings with a featured speaker. On Tuesday February 23, Daniele Caloz will talk about the Francophone presence in Cabbagetown from the 1860s. 6:30 pm, the Filipino Centre, 597 Parliament Street.

Road repairs
Yes - they’re back. This time, we’re going to experience three waves of road work throughout the rest of 2010.
The first takes place from Winchester north to Wellesley. The gas company continues to place their new pipes on our sidewalks. This will take three weeks starting on February 16.
New water mains will be put under Parliament across from Anniversary Park north of Gerrard and south on Parliament from Gerrard to King. This will create a major disruption for traffic using Parliament from February 15 to June 18.
Street track repairs will then be made south of Gerrard along Parliament to King (after the water work). When the dates are clearly known, we’ll publish them.
If you normally use Parliament for north or south route, we suggest that you get ready to use alternate plans for the rest of 2010.

Our flag – the saga continues…
Everyone knows that whenever the Queen or the Governor General visits a place, then a special flag goes up the pole to announce her presence. It’s not, however, as widely known that when the Chair of the BIA travels, he’s accorded the same honour. Our flag recently flew proudly above the Caracol Hotel in Camaguey, Cuba while Paul and Gina enjoyed a personal holiday there.
This flag of ours is really getting around – Norway, Cuba, and a bunch of new surprises soon. It’s a busy year!

By the way, there won’t be a Newsletter next week. We’ll be back in two weeks with a whole new batch of stories (true and false – but all Cabbagetown).