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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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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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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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Beauty and The Beast Filming on Ossington

beautyandthebeastOssington Avenue is being turned into New York City’s Greenwich Village today. The reason? Another TV show is filming on Ossington. This time it’s Showcase and CW TV’s Beauty and the Beast, which stars Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk.

According to the filming notice posted along Ossington last week, the romantic sci-fi series, which is going into its 3rd season, will be filming all day Monday, October 20, from 7am to 10pm.

In the meantime, Ossington has already been converted into a New York City set, with NYC subway signs and a non-government liquor store (oh wouldn’t that be nice!) in place of The Pedal Stop. The exact location of filming, is Ossington between Foxley and Humbert streets. Many of the exteriors of the businesses in between those streets are being converted into a variety of different New York City spots. Reposado is becoming a taco joint, La Cubana a pizza spot, and Venezia an Italian bakery.

To ensure authenticity, there are loads of New York parking signs, and we even saw some crew members removing the Ossington street sign at Ossington and Foxley.  We took a lot of photos – it’s fun to see familiar local spots made over for TV.

Filming should be all day tomorrow, so let us know what – and who – you see!

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Photoblog: Summer Weekend On Ossington

Early Canada Day celebrations, World Cup watching, restaurant renos and condo growth: All that and more happened this weekend on Ossington, and we took some photos. How are you spending your long weekend?

Tiger of Sweden hosted another great Tiger Loves Ossington event, with beers from Bellwoods Brewery and Big Rock, tunes from Humble Mike, and ice pops from Philips Ice pops:

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We haven’t seen Ardor Bistro open for a while, and this weekend was no exception. Thinking they are out of business, and wondering who’s going to take the space:

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We know Levack Block is being taken over by some Toronto food superstars, and it looks like they are already at work renovating:

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The facade is going up at Motif Condos at 41 Ossington:

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Lots of people were watching World Cup this weekend. The patio was hot at Reposado for Brazil and Colombia:

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And The Ossington continues to be busy for Netherlands games – and will continue to be as they advanced again:

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Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Ossington Stop Now Open at 1164 Dundas West

The Ossington Stop is soft opening tonight at 1164 Dundas West. We’ve been writing about it for a while, and after all the anticipation, this new comfort food joint is now open and will be open into the (late) night.

We just stopped in and met the staff, who were all very friendly, took some photos and tried some of the menu items. The dumplings were delicious and the beers were from Creemore and Granville Island and only $4!!

As we said, it’s a soft opening so expect more offerings in the days and weeks ahead. The plan is to officially launch next Tuesday, June 24th.  So “stop” in and say hi and try some of their offerings!

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Photos: Portugal Day Parade 2014

Coming on the heels of the successful Dundas West Fest, the Portuguese day parade came along Dundas early this afternoon. A celebration of Portuguese culture in the region, the parade showcases community groups and all ages of Portuguese in the city. We stopped by this morning and took some photos which we’ve posted here and in a Facebook album.

Some Parade walkers:

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A float with live sheep, goats and ducks:

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Patriotic onlookers watching:

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Some of the musicians:

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A decorated float:

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