The April edition of Cabbagetown Living brings you an easy ceviche recipe, a look at a new baby at Riverdale Farm and ends with a special inclusion on how to take stellar photos with your smart phone or iPad our readers who enjoy photography are sure to find helpful and interesting. Read on to discover more about Cabbagetown and why we say we are #MoreThanCabbage.
NEW BABY AT RIVERDALE FARM
Have you been to Riverdale Farm recently? On March 27th the farm celebrated the birth of a Border Leicester Lamb (male). According to Wikipedia, “The Border Leicester is a British breed of sheep. It is a polled, long-wool sheep and is considered a dual-purpose breed as it is reared both for meat and for wool. The sheep are large but docile. They have been exported to other sheep-producing regions, including Australia and the United States.”
Both the ewe and lamb are doing well and are available for viewing. The Farm is open everyday, including holidays, 9am – 5pm.
CEVICHE MADE EASY
Have you ever tried to make the Peruvian classic? Kat, the fish cutter at M.W.M Fish Co. recently put together this recipe one day at work as a mid shift snack and it was so good shop owner Mark wanted to share the recipe with Cabbagetown.
-2 fillets Sea Bream or European Sea Bass (1cm diced)
-1/2 of 1 shallot (thinly sliced)
-2 Thai Chilli
-1/2 tbsp chopped Cilantro
Dice fish fillet and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Once mixed, add fish to bowl and continue mixing. Put in the fridge to set for 5 mins.
Kat and Mark had it with tortilla chips and it only took 10 mins to make! If you want to hear about other recipes and find the ingredients, stop in and see them today!
SPRING FOOD DRIVE
To welcome spring, as before, HomeLife/Realty One Ltd. organized a food collection. Their representatives got together and brought in lots of food items, and basic necessities. They want to thank everyone who donated and helped make the food drive a success!
Through this event, HomeLife/Realty One Ltd. representatives and staff have renewed their commitment to contribute to the communities where they live and work through organizations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank. These Cabbagetown BIA members are committed in helping build peer knowledge and continuing to have a positive impact on Toronto’s communities. (And we think that is awesome!)
P.S. HomeLife/Realty One Ltd. will have a food bin all year round at 501 Parliament Street for anyone in the community who would also like to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar, 298 Gerrard offer a wide selection of fresh, cold pressed, all-natural fruit and vegetable juices as well as smoothies, salads, soups, healthy snacks, tea and coffee. We have many gluten free and vegan options.
Our specials for April include:
The Lunch Combo – Salad and Freshed snack with any snack size smoothie or small juice for $11.99
A large banana and strawberry smoothie regular $6.99 on special for $5.99
Both specials run from 11am to 3pm daily. Check us out on the Feedback app for more specials.
CABBAGETOWN BUNNY HOP EVENT PHOTOS ARE ON FACEBOOK
The annual Cabbagetown Bunny Hop was a big success thanks to our event partners at at St James Town Steak and Chops, Staij & Co, The Sumach By Chartwell, The Children’s Book Bank, Meridian and Buds & Blossoms. The event was held in Cabbagetown on Saturday March 24th and included complimentary treats and beverages, a kids craft station, live music, balloons and books. Find photos from the festivities on our facebook page now.
NEW FACE AT KENDALL & CO
Kendall and Kevin are thrilled to welcome Mr. Jay Brown to their décor team. With years of experience at the famed Ridpath’s Fine Furniture, Jay will lead their Window Treatment department in assisting customers with designing and installations of their custom drapes, roman blinds, valances, drapery hardware & window shades – all made in Toronto. Jay demonstrates his creativity with the shop’s latest spring window, dressing it in true KENDALL & Co colours and whimsy. (Have you seen it yet?) Outside of work, he is also a new father to Dublin gray esquire, an Irish Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier.
3 Ps TO FOLLOW WHEN PLANNING A CHILDREN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Even though birthdays come around only once a year, they can still be stressful when it comes to planning the party. Don’t worry though, our member friends at Buds And Blossoms – Happy Parents Happy Kids have been there, done that and this month are sharing their Three Ps for organizing and executing the perfect themed children’s birthday party!
1) Pick a theme and build.
Include your child in the planning process and ask them what their ideas are. Most kids will usually choose their favourite character, toy or book. This may very likely be obscure, but don’t fret! Once they’re in bed, have a brain dump and think of everything associated with the idea they’ve chosen and make a list— colours, shapes, finishes, textures, etc. That way instead of stressing over trying to find Captain America-shaped balloons on Amazon Prime at 3 am the night before, you have a selection of other options that will still make sense (like red, white and blue balloons!)
2. Prepare for mess.
In case anyone didn’t tell you at the start of your parenthood journey that your little darling will have an invisible mess fairy following them around for the next 10 years… surprise! Now multiply that by the amount of guests your child has invited. Yikes. Although you may be inclined to save your physical (and mental) energy for the party, a deep clean before the event will make clean-up afterwards a lot less scary. Keep the dishwasher empty, buy a fresh box of garbage and recycling bags and have your best all-purpose cleaner and sponge ready for emergencies.
3. Plan a plan B… and C……..and D.
Have you heard of the theory that if things could go wrong, they will? With a children’s birthday party, those chances are increased tenfold. What if they finish the activity early? What if they run out of food? What if it’s too cold to go outside? Instead of tearing your hair out and camping out in the bathroom, take time to make alternate plans before the party and keep them written down and easily accessible. If they finish the activity early, you’ll have colouring sheets! If they run out of food, you’ll order a pizza! And if it’s too cold to go outside, you’ll build an obstacle course inside! You got this.
And of course if this seems all too daunting, we are birthday bonanza experts! We’ve got three different packages and tons of different themes for you to choose from. Contact us via email, phone or by dropping by and we’ll help you get the party started!
CELEBRATING 5 YEARS
Our member friends at Spruce Home Decor are celebrating 5 years with us in the grand cabbage patch. We congratulate them on this milestone and look forward to having them with us for years to come.
To celebrate, Spruce will be offering monthly events and contests leading up a big anniversary party in June. (Get out your party hats!) They also have some fun changes planned for the look and feel of the store. Follow the progress and get invites and info about special events by clicking here to sign up for their newsletter or get social with them using @SpruceToronto on insta, twitter and facebook.
POETRY MONTH AT THE CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK CANADA
April is Poetry Month, and the Book Bank is having a month-long celebration! Come to an event every Saturday at 1pm throughout April to listen, write and celebrate poetry. Submit to our poetry contest and you could become a published poet! (More details in the flyer, just click the button below!)
SPRING FORWARD WITH KENDALL & CO.
As you can see from the fabulous window of this award-winning local shop, fresh for the picking are faux florals & greenery, whimsical planters, unique birdhouses, colourful umbrellas, rain chains and garden partyware! Spring for their new designs in home accessories, outdoor decor, furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, drapery, blinds, bedding and wallpaper. Your One-Stop-Shop at 514 Parliament St. 10-6 Weekday & 11-5 Saturdays. http://kendallandco.ca/fyi
EYE EXAMS AND YOU
Our member friends at Parliament Optical want to make sure you are seeing your eye care options clearly and remind us all that OHIP can cover your eye exams once a year if you are under 20 years or over 65 years of age. OHIP can cover your eye exams every 2 years if you have an *ODSP vision program or an *OW vision program. Finally, if you are not insured but are registered with a First Nations status, OHIP covers you for eye exams and eyeglasses every 24 months. For more advice, stop in and ask the team at Parliament Optical.
Every May, Cabbagetown residents gather at Wellesley Park to celebrate the official welcoming of Spring at the Forsythia Festival, sponsored and run by volunteers from the Cabbagetown Residents Association. Mark your calendars for Sunday May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They also need volunteers: shifts are kept short to allow you enough time to enjoy some of the festival with your own family.
More than 100 individuals are needed to do everything from face paint, to assist at the food and beverage area, to tie doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) They need people to help set up and take down all the tents and activity stations. They even need people to help as marshalls for their Festival-opening neighbourhood parade. If you would like to volunteer, they’d love to have you! Please contact Cabbagetown Residents Association at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
WE ARE BLUSHING
It was an honour for us to win this award for our ongoing support and collaboration to help make St. James Town “A Neighbourhood of choice to call home” at the #SpringGathering2018 organized by St James Town Community Corner and the Service Providers Network. They do such incredible work in our community and we feel privileged to connect and help with their initiatives.
SAVE $ AND SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD PROGRAMS
Supporting local food programs is important to our friends at Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar so they were on hand at Dixonlicious on March 1st. At the event they were providing healthy snacks and cold pressed juice to guests who came out in support of Dixon Hall’s food programs in the downtown East.
Now, in the interest of both giving you great value and supporting local food programs Freshed Right has signed up with Feedback, a relatively new Toronto based food app. The Feedback app isn’t for delivery but rather, it applies dynamic pricing to menus, giving you access to low prices on your favourite foods at specific times, but it gets better…
When you use Feedback you’ll be helping to combat food insecurity, reduce food waste and give back to the local community. Partnered with Second Harvest, Feedback matches meals purchased through the app with monetary donations to Second Harvest equivalent to the amount needed for them to rescue and provide one meal to someone in need.
There are other local businesses onboard with Feedback, and the numbers are growing all the time. So why not download the app today or check them out at feedbackapp.ca and start saving at Freshed Right and other local participants while you help provide a nutritious meal for someone in need.
RED CABBAGE 2 For $20
Right now in the Cabbagetown BIA Office Swag Shop our “Red Cabbage” Cabbagetown T-shirts are $20 each OR 2 for $20… no that’s not a typo, you read that right, 2 for $20. Offer available on red T-shirts only.
*Limited time offer. Offer not valid on past purchases or in conjunction with any other discount.
FRAMING TIP: ENHANCE THE ART
Our member friends at Akasha Art Projects who are moving into Cabbagetown very soon provide this framing tip, “With so many beautifully designed frames available on the market today it can be tempting to choose a frame just because of its beauty and style. However, if it’s not suited to the artwork it may become the main attraction. Choose a frame that complements, but doesn’t overshadow, your art!”
We love searching instagram to find what you are posting using #Cabbagetown. Our community mural often pops up and this image posted by @jennaleighdelanuit made us smile when we found it. We invite you to share your love of Cabbagetown and post photos using #Cabbagetown.
Special thanks once again to our mural artists Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh and their support team for putting the cabbage back in Cabbagetown 😉
You can find the mural on the side of the LCBO at 512 Parliament Street.
3 Pro-Tips for Taking Gorgeous Product Pics with Your Phone
This month our member friends at The Social Smiths are helping you up your social media photography game. Read on and take notes!
Hi I’m Jaimy! I run a digital agency called The Social Smiths, and we work with brands and businesses to create awesome social media content and websites. I have a team of professional photographers and videographers who are amazing at creating content for social, but our clients don’t always have the budget to call in the big guns. So as a small biz, what can you do to make your social look sweller when all you have is a camera phone? Check out these three ways to make your snaps stand out: (FYI – all pics in this article were taken by me! A non-photographer with an iPad… and a step-ladder.)
1) Go for a flat lay
Creating a flat lay photo is exactly what it sounds like: lay some items flat on a table, and take a snap from a birds-eye angle above the tableau. This modern framing style is simple to create, easy to master, and makes any everyday object look cool af. If you’re having trouble getting all the items in frame, hop up on a step-stool!
2. Use a textured background
Shooting on a plain black or white tablecloth is good enough for government work, sure, but unless you’re using professional quality backdrop paper you’re probably not going to get the clean, evenly lit look you’re going for. Take the time to identify a surface in your home or office that can provide a little bit of texture like natural wood, vinyl, or faux fur to create a luxe look on the cheap.
3. Shoot when it’s raining
Working with natural light is always the #1 choice for any photographer, pro or amateur, but when shooting indoors it’s the pros who go gaga for grey light. Overcast days provide consistent, soft lighting that will help make your snaps look effortlessly chic. Prop a table up by your shop window the next time the forecast calls for rain and play around with products, textures, light and framing to create fab snaps your customers will believe were created by a professional photographer.
For a limited time, The Social Smiths are offering social media and graphic design launch packages. No long-term contracts, just the blast of awesome you need to launch social for your shop or service. AND they have packages available at 3 levels to match any budget from $499 and up.
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