Friday, 9 July 2010

Lunch with the Queen
Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton) provided lunch for Queen Elizabeth and 500 of her friends when she visited Toronto’s Pinewood film studios on Monday July 5. The group enjoyed ballotine of chicken with leeks, apricot and thyme bread pudding, fresh asparagus with apricot marmeletta and dessert of minted Ontario berries with cream. They washed it all down with Inniskillin pinot noir and Henry of Pelham chardonnay. Very yummy. Earlier that day, the Queen received a personalized Blackberry during her visit at RIM. She can use it – after that lunch, she’ll want to go to D+D’s Facebook Page to keep up with their latest menu changes.

Sunday in the Park
It’ll be a busy day at Lord Dufferin School (350 Parliament) on Sunday. Regent Park’s annual festival, Sunday in the Park, offers games, bbq, raffles and entertainment. For football fans, the World Cup Finals will be playing in the Roger’s viewing tent.

Congratulations Gunnar
Gunnar Ostby from Church Street Winery (420 Parliament) has just won two silver medals from the International Wine Maker Competition. Over 4500 entries from eight countries participated. Gunnar’s two awards came for his personal Red Vinifera Blends – a cabernet sauvignan/carmenera and a rosso fortissimo in a super Tuscan style. He’s almost as proud of the awards won by several of his major suppliers whose grapes build the kits that Church Street Winery has on sale.
Throughout July, Church Street Winery is continuing to feature premium Chilean wine kits. Five wines are highlighted: carmenera, chardonnay, sauvignan blanc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. If you buy two kits (30 bottles each), you’ll save $10.

Camp CNH
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) has opened its 2010 Summer day camp. Camp runs daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. There’ll be an adventure trip every week to Wild Water World, Christie Lake, Toronto Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Place and more. $75/week includes lunch and snacks. For more information and registration, call Amanda at (416) 925-4363 or email

It’s too hot to cook
So Patty has a full line of prepared foods that you can take home for an instant (and delightful) meal. This weekend, she has a chicken cutlet with any small prepared salad for only $4.99. She also has goat beemster and fresh buffalo mozzarella back in stock. The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament)

Summerlicious at Provence Delices
Elie always joins Summerlicious (July 9 to 25) and produces a great menu for the event. For lunch, his prix fixe is $20 and for dinner, it’s $35. He has, as usual, an amazing choice of wines by the glass and bottle. For menu details, click here:

More Summerlicious at Stonegrill
Here’s a chance to enjoy Stonegrill’s menu at Summerlicious prices – a three course prix fixe at $35. They’re open for dinner (5 pm to midnight). Your dinner choices are available from their stones or from the kitchen. For a full menu, click here:
51B Winchester, (416) 967-6565

World Cup Finals
Both The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) and the Samovar Room (51A Winchester) are open for soccer fans who want to gather together for good company while their team thrashes the enemy. Games start at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cheering and commiseration continue well into the night.
Sunday brunch at Big Mamma’s Boy
Everyone is still buzzing at BMB (554 Parliament) over the NNNN rating that their Sunday brunch has received from NOW magazine. Brunch is usually served from 11 am to 3 pm but on Sunday July 11, the hours will be shorter (open only to 1 pm) to allow for a private function throughout the afternoon.

Beautiful aromas from Kendall
At Kendall + Co (438 Parliament), things are smelling likes roses – and narcissus and peonies. Choose from three exquisite floral essences and Kendall’s porcelain fragrance diffusers. Each one dispenses a fabulous scent into your home. They also have an assortment of organic home sprays in a mixture of lavender water, sweet orange, lemongrass, mandarin, pink grapefruit, sage, rosemary, juniper berry, vanilla and ylang, ylang.