Friday, 12 August 2011

One Night in Cabbagetown
Last week, we told you about our new tasting event that launches the Cabbagetown Festival on Thursday, September 8.
Here’s another restaurant to add to your list. Cranberries (601 Parliament) will be featuring a beer sample and wings. If you’ve ever had their wings, you’ll know that this is a real attraction. Definitely yummy.
Your ticket for the event is only $10 and it buys a tasting at four spots. Tickets, posters and flyers have been distributed to the participating restaurants. When you visit your favourite place, be sure to buy your tickets.
An important reminder - this isn’t an event for hermits. Don’t go out there all on your lonesome. Get a group. Ask your friends. Take your husband!
The tastings are sampling sizes. Somewhere along the way, you’ll get hungry. When that happens, pause and enjoy a full-sized meal.
For more info, call (416) 921-0857 or email

More good Festival news
This year, the area from Parliament to Ontario along Gerrard will be added to the Festival. You won’t want to miss their events. Hands On Exotic will be displaying their exotic birds and animals. Cabbagetown Pet Clinic will have supplies for you. Eclectisaurus, Kiden’s Thrifty and the Children’s Book Bank will be on display.
For those who get hungry and thirsty, Mylk Uncookies will have their great coffee and pastries available. The Underdown Pub has a great side patio and good entertainment.
We aren’t going to tell you about the outdoor garage sale or the special drum shows. These aren’t official yet.

Dogs are welcome
Last year, dog owners from Cabbagetown brought their pooch and strutted their stuff in the parade. We had special souvenirs and a neighbourhood dog show at Pet Valu (240 Carlton).
We’re doing it again this year.
Get your pals ready. Book the time – Saturday, September 10, 9:30 am – and come to Carlton and Berkeley to join the parade.

Favourites at Epicure
Patty has two summer time favourites for you this week at The Epicure Shop (473 Parliament). Buffalo mozzarella has just arrived, fresh off the plane from Italy. And her roast beef from Montreal (no preservatives) is on special at $2.49/100g

Cabbagetown artists at the Library
Catherine Tammaro, Inge Vanderneulen and Clayton Langstaff will be showing their art at the Parliament Street Library (269 Gerrard) throughout September. Their opening reception takes place on September 17 from 1 to 3 pm. Their works include photographs, paintings, drawings, mixed media and assemblage.

Dinners at The Flying Beaver
Every Wednesday is Lobsterpalooza – one and a quarter pound dinner for only $19.95. Thursdays are Wing Ding night (only $5.99 for a full pound) and Sundays are mussels specials. On Sundays, from 11 am, try out the super yummy and affordable brunch. 488 Parliament.

Congrats to four restaurants
Last Thursday, the Toronto Star highlighted four of our patios in their series about great spots for an outdoor experience.
The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament) has “an intimate feel…it’s a great place to relax away from the noise on the street”. You should “try the chocolate Guinness cake for dessert.”
The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) is “a cosy pub that makes you feel right at home” and “the pulled-pork sandwich is a must.”
Our new Underdown Pub makes you “feel like you’ve been to the Underdown before even if it’s your first time” and “the bar features local beers on tap.”
The Wing Machine (482 Parliament) offers “a casual dining experience” and “the wings are baked, not fried, so they’re healthier than your average chicken wing.”

Kendall & Co
As the summer winds down, enjoy every last hour of al fresco living with fragrant 3-wick candle vessels. Available in assorted colours. Each 10-oz candle burns for approx 65 hrs. And after the candles go out, pop the lid on and leave it out for another night of revelry. Check them out at 541 Parliament, Unit C.

Welcome to Cabbagetown

Ana Espinosa (left) teaches at the University of Alicante in Spain. She’s in Toronto to do a study of BIA’s here. Of course, Cabbagetown is on her list. At the end of an hour-long discussion, we gave her a small Cabbagetown flag as a souvenir of her visit. She and her husband Stefan then toured the neighbourhood before setting out to the Distillery area. Patty Junior (right) joined us for the photo op.