Friday, 7 May 2010

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Mother’s Day in Cabbagetown
It’s a weekend for flowers, candy, chocolates and a memorable meal.

Simmons Flowers
Merion and Tina will be open for the weekend with fresh flowers ready and available for your own special Mother. They report that it’s already been busy with orders for both home and away and they’re looking forward to lots of local orders on Saturday and Sunday. 540 Parliament.

Carnations at St Jamestown
Mark has a free carnation for every mother who visits St Jamestown Steak and Chops (516 Parliament) over the weekend. It’s his traditional Mother’s Day thank-you. He also has plenty of this year’s fresh crop of fiddleheads in store for you.

Stonegrill has a Mother’s Day brunch
A special weekend is planned for Mother’s Day at Stonegrill (51B Winchester). Brunch is available from 10 am to 3 pm. From 5 to 10:30 pm, there’s a three-course gourmet dinner as well as a special kids’ menu. Guests can enter a special raffle with a $100 gift certificate. For reservations, call (416) 967-6565.

Another success at JAMcafe
The Butterfield wine tasting set for next Wednesday at JAMcafe (195 Carlton) has been fully sold out. Congratulations to everyone and best wishes for a great evening.
On Sunday, enjoy Mother’s Day brunch at JAM. Your menu choices run from smoked salmon to eggs Natasha to steak and eggs. Check out the full menu here, Fotr reservations, call (416) 921-1255

Cabbagetown Organics
A visit to Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) always brings a surprise. We’ve never before heard of Almond Milk – but they’ve got it and it’s on sale two for $5. It’s really good and it comes in various flavours “original”, “vanilla” and “chocolate”. And while you’re there, get some Kicking Horse Coffee on sale at $14.99.

Kendall has a ring cup
Slip a Swarovski crystal ring on her finger for Mother’s Day. It comes attached to a fun little mug. It’s a perfect gift for both single and married Moms. This is just one of many good gifts for Mom available this weekend at Kendall & Co Interior Design and Décor. (438 Parliament)

The Epicure Shop
Patty’s celebrating Mother’s Day in a big way this year. Her latest delicacy is duck rillette from Quebec, a wonderful treat for brunch. Then for desserts, she has cupcakes, gingerbread, brownies and nanaimo bars – buy one and get a second at half price. Patty also plans a Mother’s Day gift basket contest and you can enter at any time over the weekend to win. 473 Parliament

Cooking with Elie
There’s a small change in the cooking schedule this week. Classes will be held on Wednesday instead of Monday. Elie is conducting small, hands-on lessons for up to eight people each week. A different topic is covered each week through May. Full details can be seen here: 12 Amelia St.

Fundraiser for Green Thumbs Growing Kids
GTGK is a registered charity that works with urban kids to teach them about growing food and healthy ecosystems. They operate school gardens, after-school and summer programs. On Sunday May 16, they’re holding a fundraising dinner at Allan Gardens in the Children’s Conservatory. There’ll be good food, a silent auction, a seed sale and mocktails and music. Adults $50 and kids are free. For more information, call (647) 348-5437 or go to

Frappuccino Happy Hour
Get to Starbucks every day from Friday May 7 to Sunday May 16 from 3 to 5 pm for a new-however-way-you-want-it frappuccino. Have it with soy, or lactose-free milk or extra coffee. You decide and your drink will be custom made for you. 492 Parliament

Construction groans
Yes, Parliament Street south of Gerrard is a mess. They’re repairing water mains under the roadway. The good news – the work will be done in July. Bad news – after that, the street car tracks will be dug up. Only one lane northbound will be open while the work is underway from July to December.