Looking for the best pizza in Toronto? What about some interesting local art? Did you know regular sidewalk salt is actually bad for pets and the environment? Want to get involved with the community and attend the next Cabbagetown Talks? Read this edition to find out about all this and more!
THE BEST PIZZA IS IN CABBAGETOWN
What is round and often loaded with everything that makes you happy? PIZZA! blogTO recently released their list of Top 5 New Pizza Places in Toronto and our very own Salt and Tobacco made the list! Owner Gavin wants to thank Cabbagetown for the amazing support since opening late summer 2016! Click here to see what blogTO had to say!
WE GOT SNAPD IN CABBAGETOWN
The 2016 Cabbagetown Holiday Kick off was a fun time back in November and our friends at SNAPD recently published their January issue with a collection of images from the event. They have also shared the images on their website. Can you find yourself? Click here to see the full album.
CABBAGETOWN TALKS RETURNS
Cabbagetown Talks, presented by Cabbagetown Preservation Association, returns January 31st with a panel focused on TOcore: Planning Toronto’s Downtown.
With the great turnout for the November talk exceeding the capacity of the Meeting Room at the Farm they are moving the talk to St. Peter’s Church at 188 Carlton St., just east of Sherbourne. Watch the CPA website for details as they develop.
NOW SPOTLIGHTS SPRUCE IN CABBAGETOWN
Spruce Home Decor owner Kim was featured last month in NOW Magazine. Kim talked traditions, the Cabbagetown community feel and how thankful she is for the support received after last February’s devastating fire. Take a moment and click here to see the full article and learn where Kim get’s her favourite hot cinnamon buns.
The entire team at Spruce would also like to thank everyone who supported their gift wrap sales over the holiday season which raised $530 for Daily Bread!
FIND FOOD & ART IN CABBAGETOWN
Dine locally AND discover new art for your space. Elle Shay is a Toronto based photographer and mixed media artist. Currently Peartree Restaurant in Cabbagetown has a stunning collection of her work on display and for sale. The smaller sized photos on birch panel under resin start at only $35.
If you are headed to Peartree Restaurant on a Sunday for dinner, try the Prime Rib Dinner for $14.99.
FIND THE FEAST FOR YOUR BIG DAY IN CABBAGETOWN
Ready to walk down the aisle? You’ll need wedding attire, invitations, flowers, a location… oh and the food!
If you or someone you know are planning their big day, make sure to visit Cabbagetown’s Daniel et Daniel at the 2017 Wedluxe Show at The Carlu on January 15th from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. They will be at booth B26 with some delicious treats! (Unless we hijack their delivery van and eat them all. Hey, it’s possible…)
A NEW CREW IN CABBAGETOWN
Cabbagetown is known for our historical architecture and if you have not noticed yet from this newsletter, our awesome restaurants as well. Great food is key to a successful restaurant but so are the team of people who work there. Our members at Kanpai Snack Bar are excited to welcome their new management team Ronny, Trevor, and Sarah! Go say hello and while there, enjoy authentic Taiwanese night market food with $3 shots of Jameson, all night, every night.
BRITISH MEAT PIES NOW AT LONDON CALLING
This time of year we all reach for some warm comfort food and British meat pies are a perfect example of this! Want to make some yourself? We found this recipe courtesy of the Food Network! If, however, you are just about as talented in the kitchen as we are, (excuse us as we reach for the fire extinguisher) you might want to simplify things and head over to London Calling where shop owner Andrew has stocked up the store with British Meat Pies you can take home!
TUNE UP YOUR BIKE IN CABBAGETOWN
The team at Cycle Solutions know spring is coming (soon we hope) and for you die hard bikers who are peddling through the winter months, they salute you! Whether you are biking all winter or have parked your two wheeled friend for the season, you might want to consider booking a tune up to take advantage of their 20% off deal and get a full tune up before Feb. 28th for $55.95, reg. $69.99.
If you are looking to buy a new bike, do so before February 28th and get a free helmet plus 2 years of basic service and 10% off all parts and accessories! (Select helmut styles.) This way you will be ready to hit the road as soon as you get the itch to bike to work, school or just for fun!
PROTECT THEIR PAWS IN CABBAGETOWN
Do you salt your sidewalk? Consider what you are using as most salts can be harmful to the environment and especially your pets. When it comes to pets, salt can get lodged in their foot pads where it can heat up to around 170 degrees and cause burns!
TIP: If the packaging says KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN, it is likely not safe for your dog either.
One product you can order locally is Safe-T-Pet Ice Melter which states it was developed with veterinarians and free of salt and other chemicals that can irritate pet’s paws and stomachs.
SMOKED CHEESE IN CABBAGETOWN
You likely have heard of smoking meats but what about smoked cheese? One way is on a BBQ and we found this cool post explaining how to do it. That said, if you’d rather avoid standing outside in the middle of January scraping frozen melted cheese off your prized BBQ, we suggest heading over to see the team at 420 Smokehouse in Cabbagetown who offer a range of smoked cheeses, (and save your grill for burgers.)
They will be adding the price list to their website soon and inform us they can smoke any cheese as long as they have 24 hours notice! Want to learn more? Ask if Smoking Virginia is around. She’s the Queen Bee of smoking just about everything there and while she may not give all her secrets away, she loves talking about the world of smoked foods!
HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN CABBAGETOWN
The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) held their 2nd Annual Holiday Lights Contest in December. After a see-saw battle between Wellesley and Aberdeen in the final days with Geneva threatening to pull into the lead, the winning photograph was of a home on Wellesley Street East!
Congratulations to the photographers and the homeowners – this was a fun contest that showcased the neighbourhood in a good (ahem) light. To see the winners and all of the entrants, visit the Cabbagetown Residents Association website by clicking here.
The CRA encourages people wanting to get a head start on next year’s contest to visit local Cabbagetown businesses for help with lighting, decoration and other planning needs. (And the BIA bashfully thanks the CRA for plugging our businesses.)
PARLIAMENT EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
If you placed your job search on hold for the holidays, the Centre for Education & Training Employment Services has tips for job hunting for the New Year and the rest of 2017.
Things may have been quiet over past month on the job market, however employers traditionally step up their hiring over the next few weeks. For the month of January, the centre is launching a “Refer-a-Friend” raffle campaign. If you or someone you know is looking for job search assistance, visit the career centre and work with employment service professionals who will be happy to assist you with your search.
A gift card will be given to the winner of the raffle – but remember the gift card is not the only incentive for using Parliament Employment Services… finding your new career is even better!
HAPPY NEW SALE
Have you packed up the tree and taken down your stockings? January is the month we all say goodbye to our festive decorations. While you are saying goodbye, consider saying HELLO to some new ones with Kendall & Co.’s 50% OFF Christmas merchandise SALE!
While you are there also take advantage of their 25% OFF Gifts, Home Accessories and Accent Pillows promotion and other special deals in store at up to 50% OFF! Limited time only!
GET YOUR BRUNCH ON IN CABBAGETOWN
This time of year is all about comfort food and we found this awesome brunch item recipe you have to try at home! That said, if you rather someone else do the cooking, head over to F’Amelia for their weekend brunch menu. Try their feature Egg POPO: Poached eggs cooked in a Pomodoro sauce, covered with Tuscan bread and Fresh Fior di Latte cheese. MMmmmmm!
Additionally they have extended their food drive for the Daily Bread Food Bank for both in-kind and cash donations. Food banks in general experience a slowdown in donations this time of year so they thought it appropriate to keep on collecting!
Don’t forget to ask them about Winterlicious running January 27th to February 9th. They are accepting reservations for Winterlicious starting on January 12 and the menu will be published shortly on famelia.com.