Friday, 12 March 2010

Another hot ticket
Join your friends and neighbours for a three-course dinner and an entertaining and humorous talk by gardening expert, Toronto Star columnist and author Sonia Day.
Sonia has a new book which will launch this week and autographed copies will be available. Dinner is being prepared at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament). Sponsored by the Cabbagetown South Association and Aberdeen Ave Residents. Wednesday, March 24 (dinner at 6, talk at 7:30 pm). $45. To reserve your tickets, click here:

Oh Oh ...they're doing it again
It must be Spring. As soon as warm sunshine arrives, people find the benches in front of Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) and they soak up the sunshine. Grabbing a sandwich and a coffee at the Food Shop seems to be a good idea too. I'm told that this strange behaviour is happening all across Cabbagetown - Sweet Creamery is putting out its tables, the HOP patio is starting to attract a hopeful crowd, the good people who frequent the Wicks are lounging outside. It all looks good to me.

St Patrick’s Day
At The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament), you can enjoy a special Irish menu and the music of The Fractured Rovers from 7:45 to 10:30 pm.
House on Parliament (456 Parliament) is celebrating with an evening of traditional Irish fare – organic Irish salmon, corned beef and cabbage and Guinness Ale.
Green beer, Irish food and a great St Paddy’s Day party happens at Brass Taps (221 Carlton).

At Big Mamma's Boy (554 Parliament), you'll have a special Irish treat - an evening under the supervision of celebrity guest chef Caroline Murphy, complete with Irish stew, green beer and all the other fun trimmings.

Eclectisaurus sale
This weekend marks the 5th Anniversary Sale for Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard East). It runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 pm. 30% off. Discover why this is “the jewel of Gerrard Street”.

Guernsey Girl is here
Patty at The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) now has this exciting new cheese in stock. It’s the third cheese coming from Niagara’s Upper Canada Cheese Company. Pale lemon in colour, it’s modelled on a Scandinavian bread cheese and it turns a beautiful caramelized brown when grilled over medium heat for a minute or two per side. The Toronto Star recently wrote about Guernsey Girl – you can read the article here:
For your after-dinner treat, enjoy a Nanaimo bar – buy one and get another one free.

Prestige office space available
Kentridge Johnston have very attractive offices available with shared amenities in their beautifully restored heritage building. Bright sunny space with two separate offices – it can be subdivided into smaller offices of 500 and 600 square feet. Boardroom, kitchen, fax and copy facilities available. 185 Carlton Street. June 1. Contact (416) 323-1444 or

Our neighbours’ comments about The Stonegrill
Here’s an informal review of an excellent evening at The Stonegrill – it’s well worth repeating: “We went to dinner there last night with some friends. We had an 8 pm sitting. We arrived early and sat at the bar. Place was almost 100% full. Dinner for all of us was excellent (highly recommend rib appetizer!) We left around 10:30 pm and it was still very busy. This restaurant is doing well.... Highly recommend it.” Mukul says that their popular $35 prix fixe three-course dinner (from 5 to 7 pm) is still going strong and will continue to the end of the month. 51B Winchester

Peartree has March specials
Every night throughout March, you can enjoy special dinners at Peartree at remarkably low prices. Turkey dinner, roast beef, T-bone steak, salmon, fisherman’s fettucini and New York steak are among the evening specials. A different special is offered each night of the week at prices from $11.99 to $13.99. And, of course, Peartree’s ever-popular brunch is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. 507 Parliament.

JAM (195 Carlton) continues to offer its amazing prix fixe dinners for us: 3 courses for $22. You can also ask for steak & frites with a glass of Les Calades merlot for only $19.95. If you prefer to dig into your own cellar for your evening’s wine choice, there’s no corkage charge for Sunday dinner. You can look at their web site for details about their menus:

Prudential Properties Plus
One of our most valued BIA members has closed and its agents have gone to different brokerages around town. We want to wish them all well in their future careers. The staff at Prudential Properties always had time for our events and activities. They supported the community and helped out whenever asked. We’re sorry to see them go.

Tee shirt in Mexico
Louise is horsing around here in Ajicic, Mexico. Of course, she’s got our Tee shirt along for the ride. She says that she’s not a natural horse rider, but we don’t agree – the horse looks very happy. Thanks for taking our Tee with you Louise.