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A Snowy Ossington: Photos

A snowy Ossington looks very nice today. Shopfronts, signs, even chained bicycles are very photo friendly in the clean fresh snow. So, we took some snapshots of some of our favorite spots looking pretty in the snow. Plus, it looks like La Cubana is getting closer to opening. Enjoy the snow while it’s clean!

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Shop Ossington This Thursday Night

600x911xholiday-shopping-night-on-ossington-2014-674x1024.jpg.pagespeed.ic.CcIX5JEf1ZA number of local retailers are participating in a fun and festive shopping night this Thursday. On December 11th, from 6P-10P, many of the local shops will stay open late and offer special deals and holiday treats. There is an event page here for more info!

The number of small retailers in our neighborhood has grown a lot in recent years, so consider Thursday an opportunity to experience this variety while you buy your loved ones some unique quality gifts they can’t get at the mall.

Shop local, make a night of it and have dinner and drinks at one of our many lauded restaurants.
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Stylegarage Expands to Ossington

Ossington has a new furniture and design store. Queen West home furnishings and design store Stylegarage has moved to a much larger space at 78 Ossington Avenue from their prior location at Queen and Shaw. The impressive new store covers 2 floors previously housing AWOL Gallery, their artists’ lofts, and an elevator company warehouse. There are exposed brick walls, resanded and polished flooring, with paint markings and lines in the floor where the artists worked.

This is a welcome addition to the street, and the new condo dwellers will definitely be happy to have such a convenient store for all their modern home decor needs.

We took lots of photos, but be sure to visit yourself. This weekend they are offering discounts on dining tables, and there will be more sales leading up to Christmas.

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Borealia Opens at 59 Ossington

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Ossington has a new restaurant and we predict it’s going to get busy. Borealia served it’s first dinner service last night. We were there and we sampled a lot of delicious dishes.

The space, at 59 Ossington, has been transformed into a comfortable Canadian urban lodge. Cozy soft throws and pillows abound, hip light fixtures bring a modern touch and combined with the friendly staff and inventive food make this a place we will return to again and again.

Borealia’s menu is a sharing menu, and the dishes offer an inspired new take on Canadiana. The recipes are inspired by food from the natives, with venison, pigeon pie, and devilled eggs all getting a creative new touch. An example were the Devilled Chinese Tea Eggs. These are not your grandma’s devilled eggs: they’ve got Asian spices for a tastier twist! Some of the menu items had years listed next to them, which we assumed represented era that they were created or popular.

Don’t forget dessert, either. The chocolate beignets and apple crumble further exemplified the care the kitchen takes to elevate even the simplest dishes.

We took lots of photos to inspire you to visit Borealia yourself!

A distinctive design inside:

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A nice selection of cocktails:

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A Grilled Mushroom salad with watercress sauce and hazelnut corncakes:

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Bison “Pemmican” Bresaola with wild blueberry juniper vinaigrette and house-made lardo:

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Pan Roasted Venison with wild rice crusted egg.

 

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We ordered both desserts on the menu, and we weren’t disappointed!

Chocolate beignets! with gooey, melted chocolate inside.

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A delicious apple crumble dessert with meringue topping.

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We didn’t get to try everything on the menu, but we wanted to.

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LoversLand is Now Open

Ossington now has a very pretty new shop for brides! LoversLand opened a week ago at 215 Ossington Avenue, and it’s a beautiful boutique with clothing for the wedding, honeymoon and beyond. Brides-to-be can make appointments to try on the perfect gown for their big day, as the shop sources gowns from contemporary designers and offer customizable dresses for the entire party. Gifts for the wedding party and other beautifully curated accessories are also on sale.

LoversLand is a welcome addition to Ossington, adding to the growing list of fashionable shops, and making it a great time to be a stylish modern bride.

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Now Open: Veghed Bar

veghedlogoDundas West has a new vegetarian, mostly organic and vegan, take-out spot. Veghed Bar is now open at 1199 Dundas St West, between Ossington and Grove.

This cute little spot along the same strip as The Garrison and Get Well features cooking from Ren Mercer, former chef at The Spoke Club. Offerings include soups, salads and smoothies, so if you’re looking for some fresh and healthy food, stop in and check it out yourself. It’s also GMO free!

We visited yesterday after seeing their tweets, and took photos of a lot of their offerings, which also include organic hot chocolate and sweets.

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Restaurant Changes on Dundas West

dundaswestThe restaurant scene on Dundas Street west of Ossington is ever expanding, growing and changing. Yes, sadly, we are losing the great The Grove, but we are also gaining many new restaurants, some of which are already open and some are coming very soon.

The award-winning, top of many year end lists The Grove, at 1214 Dundas West, announced via their website that they will be closing on November 15. This is certainly a disappointment as they were serving some creative and delicious food and we were finally feeling like they were settling into the neighbourhood. Make a reservation for a last chance to try the excellent food and beverage they’ve been serving there since 2012.

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Earlier this fall, the crew behind Quinta converted the menu from a nouveau Portuguese restaurant into a modern take on Jewish cuisine. The newly named Essen at 1282 Dundas West serves up brisket, schnitzel and a variety of family-style favorites in a relaxed setting. They are open for dinner and brunch.

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Mr. Flamingo is a brand new spot at 1265 Dundas West, taking over former Portuguese restaurant O Lagar (the sign is still there so don’t let it confuse you) at the corner of Dovercourt. A bright, small space with a big bar and 10 or 12 tables, Mr. Flamingo’s menu offers a mix of seafood and meat dishes. We tried a few last weekend and all of them were delicious, including the tuna with movie theatre popcorn sauce. Yum. Tasted like popcorn.

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All of Dundas is blowing up these days, with tons of restaurants opening east of us close to Bathurst, and this section of the strip is holding up nicely. We’ve still got Enoteca Sociale at 1288 Dundas W, and The Atlantic near Dufferin is getting a lot of good press. There are more to come including a southern Italian restaurant food shop called Solita – South of Little Italy – that has already redone the front of the southeast corner of Beaconsfield and Dundas.

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We’ve already discussed Han Moto, the snack spot from the team behind Oddseoul, which will be opening soon on Lakeview next to Churchill.

Also coming soon is a takeout place next to the 7-11 at Dundas and Dovercourt. Called Junked, this may be the snack spot once rumored to be taking over Levack Block on Ossington.

And, of course, we’ve just written about The Contender, our new sports bar just west of Ossington on the north side.

 

The neighbourhood has a new sports bar – The Contender

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 11.15.40 AMLast night marked the grand opening of a new and anticipated neighbourhood sports bar called The Contender, located at 1166 Dundas West, just to the west of Ossington. It couldn’t have been a better night for sports with two important games, Game 7 of the World Series and opening night for the Toronto Raptors.

The location takes over an old clothing shop that never seemed to have customers. Our first impression was the impressive size of the location, and the sheer number of TVs. We assume the capacity may be over 150 or so, and there are TVs on almost every wall, an assortment of sports memorabilia, and a selection of bar games such as shuffleboard and an old coin-slot baseball pinball game. They have 8 separate receivers to show games on the TVs, so on a Sunday afternoon you are quite likely to watch pretty much any NFL game.

 

The business was put together by an assortment of people familiar with the area, including servers or owners from a bunch of local bars and restaurants including Reposado, Camp 4, Unlovable, Get Well and The Garrison. You can follow and find out what’s happening from their Facebook page here.

The menu is simple bar food, almost what you would find if you actually went to a game – some sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and pretzels. Simple, but very sports-y. They have about 12 bar taps and their beer selection is far more sophisticated than what you’d find at Rogers or Air Canada Centre – with local selections from Lake of Bays and Mill Steet, while also covering the standards with Heineken and Coors Banquet.

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Lots of tables for lots of friends.

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A simple, sports bar menu:

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And the winners in our area were….

As I’m sure most of you know already, John Tory has won the position of Mayor of Toronto. Locals in our area also voted for city councilor and Toronto District School Board (Ward 10) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (Ward 9).

The local winners were:

For City Councillor, Mike Layton won with an overwhelming 83.6% of the votes.

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Mike Layton 21014 83.664%
Scott Bowman 2490 9.914%
Albina Burello 964 3.838%
George Sawision 649 2.584%

For Ward 10 in the Toronto District School Board, Mike Layton’s pick, Ausma Malik, made it with just over 40%:

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Ausma Malik 16197 40.016%
Colleen Kennedy 7454 18.416%
Kenneth Chan 4399 10.868%
Michael Sims 3813 9.42%
Sabrina Zuniga 3499 8.645%
Tony Aires 2178 5.381%
Ybia Anderson 1302 3.217%
Richard Klagsbrun 1099 2.715%
Hans Bathija 535 1.322%km

Finally in the Catholic School board race Jo-ann Davis, the incumbent, took that race:

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Jo-Ann Davis 8505 60.607%
David Shaw 3654 26.039%
Manuel Ching 1874 13.354%

We look forward to having these candidates represent us in the neighbourhood and help build a city for everyone.

Coming Soon: LoversLand

Instagram and Twitter are abuzz today with the announcement that Ossington will soon have a bridal shop, LoversLand.

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LoversLand will be taking over the vacant space at 215 Ossington, just south of Fishbar and north of Dinardo Kitchen.

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This space has been undergoing renovations for some time, and their Instagram comment said they’ll be open in less than a month. This is fantastic news to brides-to-be, naturally, and locals, who will appreciate a daytime business to increase foot traffic on Ossington.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this new local business.

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