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Portuguese Day Parade in Photos

This year the rain didn’t stop the Portuguese Day Parade from coming along Dundas and celebrating our local Portuguese culture. As always there were plenty of colourful costumes, floats by many Portuguese-run companies, community groups and music by bands and DJs.

We’ve posted most of our pictures here on Facebook, but here’s a few as a sample of the participants and onlookers who tolerated the June rain to celebrate.

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Dundas West Fest 2015 in Photos

SignA gorgeous sunny day, patios and entertainment for blocks and blocks: what more could we have asked for yesterday with the 3rd annual Dundas West Fest? The turn-out was very large, with people from all over the city enjoying everything the local (and not-so-local) businesses were offering.

We have photos of the crowds, the bars, the entertainers, and more, but we’d love to see your photos too! Share with us on Twitter and Facebook.

A Samba Squad Salsa Parade to start the day off:

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Lots of good, local and regional food on patios:

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Local bands:

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Hanging on patios with large beers:

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Lots of refreshments and sweets:

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A beer garden, in a garden centre:

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Great international music at the LulaWorld stage:

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Rogue TV Series Shoots on Ossington

Rogue_(TV)_logoToday Ossington fills in for another location as the setting of another TV shoot: this time, it’s Northern California, the set for DirectTV series Rogue.

While we didn’t get to see series stars Thandie Newton, Cole Hauser or Andrea Roth, the production did take advantage of some of the unoccupied spaces on Ossington. 88 Ossington, which may soon be a boutique hotel, was mocked up to be a tavern or restaurant named T. Edison’s, and the space next to LOT at 100 Ossington was cleared out for use, whether for filming or storage, we don’t know.

Did you see any of the action of this police drama today? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ossingtonvil

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109 Oz Demolition Begins

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 9.59.01 PMThe people who purchased homes at 109 Oz can be happy, as they have finally started demolishing the building which previously occupied the space. Yes, the storage facility (which showcased the heritage of Ossington, (sic)) is being knocked down for a condo.

There are fences up, probably to prevent people getting too close and hurting themselves, so it’s not easy to get photos, but we took some and they are posted below:

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Here’s what it is supposed to look like when it’s done:

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La Cubana opens on Ossington

IMG_20150214_124403After much anticipation, La Cubana is finally open! Yes, as of this weekend, we now have a Cuban joint on Ossington. The owners of one of the early restaurants that made the strip famous, DeLux, have converted 92 Ossington into a snack bar style restaurant – similar to their successful location on Roncesvalles.

 

We already stopped in for lunch today. The space is bright and cheery, and the Cuban jazz playing on the stereo enhanced the party mood. It is a snack bar, so when you arrive, you must go to the counter to place your order. They are new, but we didn’t have to wait long for anything.

The menu is small and focuses on a few Cuban specialties including medianoche sandwiches and larger plates of ribs and roasted chicken. You can complement these with authentic side dishes of tostones, conch fritters and yuca frita.

They have a beer specially made for them, La Cubana beer, make by the Junction Brewing Company, vintage sodas, and red and white wine, as well as a selection of mixed cocktails including Cuban favorites mohitos and Cuba Libres.

For this opening weekend they are open from noon until 10pm today and tomorrow, and closed Monday, while reserving the right to change those hours while they are learning the ropes and training.

The snack bar:

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Traditional Medianoche

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Hawker Bar Adds 2nd Floor Dining Room

If you’ve ever tried to get into Ossington’s Singapore street food restaurant Hawker Bar on a weekend night, it could be a challenge. But that’s now going to change. Hawker Bar has finally opened their second floor dining room to expand their seating area, and serve more hungry customers.

In early 2013, the team at Hawker applied to the city for a back patio to add to their small space, but unfortunately their application was denied. The plans then changed to renovate and redevelop the second floor. For about a year they’ve been gutting and rebuilding and the last couple of nights they’ve offered a sneak peek with a soft opening. They’ve also added some new menu items, including the “”Fry””-nanese and a Black Angus Strip Loin, pictured below.

Expect a public opening this coming Sunday, February 15. For more updates, follow their hashtag #HawkerUpstairs

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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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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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