Friday, 21 January 2011

Rediscovered rare varietals
On Wednesday January 26 at 6:30 pm, JAMCafe is again holding an evening of wine tasting and matching hors d’oeuvres. Seven rare varietal wines (one Spanish, two French and four Italian) are being poured. Some date back to the 15th century and are rediscovered treasures. These tastings often are sell-outs, so reservations are recommended, (416) 921-1255. $40/each. 195 Carlton.

Get your tickets now
Cabbagetown Square Dance. Enjoy a family friendly evening on Saturday, February 26, 6 to 10 pm in the parish hall at St Simon The Apostle Church (525 Bloor). Reaching Out Through Music sponsors musical and social opportunities for kids aged 6 to 14 living in St James Town. Learn more about this program at
The dance features Duncan Fremlin and Whiskey Jack with Al Calhoun. Tickets are only $10 and they’re on sale now at the Cabbagetown BIA Office, 237 Carlton.

Mi Casa’s big sale
Alex at Mi Casa (238 Carlton) has chairs, lamps, mirrors, pillows and lots of other furnishings on sale for 50 to 70% off. It’s always a pleasure to drop in here – the store is always full of beautiful furnishings and decorations. Their sale will go on to the end of January.

Winter Sale at Kendall & Co
Kendall & Co Design & Decor has a 50% off sale going on, featuring lamps, serving ware, wine and bar accessories, candles, home fragrances, bath accessories and lots of other accent décor. They’ve got an idea to warm our hearts – just mention the secret code word, “BIA”, and you’ll get another 10% discount – your savings will be up to 60% off the original sticker price. Up a few steps at 438 Parliament, just across from Spruce Street.

Leslie at Eclectisaurus still has her promotion underway with her new neighbour. Buy a delightful coffee at Mylk Uncookies (253 Gerrard) and save at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard). Leslie is offering a 20% discount on any item in her amazing store when you show your receipt from Mylk Uncookies. It’s a great idea.

Customer Appreciation Week at The Epicure Shop
Patty is holding her Customer Appreciation Week. She has something new for you every day. On Monday, buy a breakfast sandwich and get your medium tea or coffee free. On Tuesday, Reunion Island coffee is only $9.99 a pound (save $3). When you buy a lunch special on Wednesday, dessert is free. For Thursday, buy a prepared salad and you’ll get one free. On Friday, you’ll get DeCecco pasta at half price when you buy Epicure’s homemade tomato sauce. Your breakfast melt is only $1.99 on Saturday. And on Sunday, buy a brownie or a square and get another at half price. 473 Parliament.

Don’t forget our three Winterlicious restaurants.
It starts next Friday and everyone is taking reservations now. JAMCafe (195 Carlton) , Provences Delices (12 Amelia) and Stonegrill (51B Winchester). You'll find links and details in the Newsletter column on the upper right.

Early French Immersion
Learn more about the benefits of a French immersion education (SK – Grade 8) for non-francophones. Your child can be enrolled now. The information evening happens at Winchester Jr Public School, 15 Prospect St, on Thursday January 27 at 7 pm.

Thanks, Luciano
Luciano is moving from his Parliament Street No Frills to a new assignment. His neighbours along Spruce have found him a very helpful friend and they held a small party to wish him well. Eric tells us that Luciano “civilized the truck situation” to ensure both safe passage and orderly, quieter deliveries so the nearby residents wouldn’t be bothered. He also, as we know, continued to upgrade the store’s offerings and he supervised a fresh facade renovation. From everyone in Cabbagetown, thanks and best wishes, Luciano.

Travelling Tee’s
Joan and Lu, together with three grandchildren, traveled to the Dominican Republic over Christmas. Weather, food, hospitality, beaches – all of it made for a great holiday. The T-shirts didn’t hurt either. Many thanks, folks, for taking our souvenirs along with you.