Friday, 2 July 2010

Prospect Street garden is open

The planting in the community garden at Prospect and Parliament has started. Last week, local gardeners joined forces to plant the perennials that’ll be the backbone of the future garden. Next on the list is the installation of rain barrels and painting the building’s side wall. Many thanks to Nettleship Hardware (576 Parliament), Royal Home Hardware (485 Parliament) and the Cha family (owners of the next door building) who have been so helpful with the project.

World Cup viewing
Two places are offering regular World Cup coverage on their big HD screens – Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) and Samovar Room (51A Winchester). Samovar starts the day with the 10 am match
Ben Wicks starts with the afternoon game.

Clip your pets
Diggity Dog Grooming is back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) this weekend, Saturday July 3 from 11 am to 4 pm. Marilyn will clip your pet’s nails for only $10. Drop by and see why this is becoming a more and more popular service.

Updates on our flag
We’re waiting with great interest for photos from Scotland and from Normandy. Flag sales are brisk as tourists come through Cabbagetown while touring Toronto. We’ve been asking our visitors to send us back a picture and we’ll post those that we get here on our Newsletter. Here’s a reminder to local people: check your flags and get a new one if needed – call (416) 921-0857.

Big Momma’s Boy
NOW Magazine has just given one of its top ratings – NNNN – to Big Mamma’s Boy for their Sunday brunch. They comment that “co-owner/chef Michael Guenther has significantly upped his game, delivering a card that’s both locally sourced and unusually polished…” That’s high praise. For all the details, read the full review here:

Epicure's specials
Patty wants us to remind you about her famous Breakfast Bagels - available daily and, despite the name, it's available all day long. It's a bagel with cheese and a real egg - only $2.99. Also this week, she's got Cendre de Pres cheese from Quebec on special and she's still offering Feta Toppers on sale, buy one and get another one free. The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament)

A busy schedule at Plum 226
Plum 226 (226 Carlton) has ambitious plans for their summer entertainment schedule. On Thursdays, there’s Cinqasept, a gay social evening in the heart of Cabbagetown. It features evening cocktails and tapas specials and DJ Brian Medeiros. Every Thursday from 6 pm to midnight on the patio and in the Lounge.

Also on Thursdays, once a month, they’re holding their Cabbagetown Comedy Showcase with hosts Johnny Hastings and Andrew Mimey along with some of Toronto’s hottest and most talented comics. Thursday July 15, 8 pm, $10 cover includes a free drink.
Musical entertainment happens in the Lounge on Fridays. Canary Mine, a mixture of folk, rock, country and hip-hop will appear on Friday July 9, 9 pm. Jimmy Maze & Mim Adams are there on Friday July 23, 9 pm, no cover.
For more information and reservations, (647) 348-4226 or

Kendall + Co
At Kendall+Co (438 Parliament), they’re proud to be design friendly. To celebrate the 2010 Pride weekend, they’ve got a colourful assortment of brilliantly designed merchandise and accent d├ęcor. A portion of the sale proceeds from select items will be donated to benefit HIV/AIDS Research and Education.

Gary Larson would love this place
Cabbagetown has one very strange secret. For some unknown but serendipitous reason, it attracts Dougs. They live in every little corner, on every street, at every landmark location. Find a beautiful heritage building and there’ll be a Doug lurking nearby. Here’s a crowd of four Dougs (from the right, Worts, Rowlands, Hurlbut and Fisher) who all live near Wellesley Cottages. To break the tedium, that's Charlie in front.