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New owner plans Sept. 15 “Grand Reopening” for Remarks

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

Longtime regulars and staff at Remarks Bar & Grill on Coxwell Avenue in the heart of “Olde East York Village” are excited about some changes that have been gradually taking place…

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 033: How to achieve top dollar quick sales in a buyer-friendly market

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

If you’re thinking of selling your home, I’m afraid you might think I’m the Devil in authoring from what you’re about to read.  So grab a cool one and brace yourself accordingly. I’m of the opinion that we are headed for a more balanced, buyer-friendly market this fall.  There.  I said it.  You OK?  I’m just trying to be realistic and honest. For years now, Toronto has had a seller’s market in which vicious, quick, multiple-offer bidding wars were commonplace, with properties lasting mere days on the market and final sale prices vastly over asking price. For many sellers, the disappointment with a more buyer-friendly market will be that their neighbour, two, six, or twelve months ago, got more than they might be able to get now.  Ego often gets in the way when we’re trying to sell our...

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THE CRAFTY TIPPLER 033: Louis Cifer is a craft beer delight

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017

Talk about six degrees of separation!  I knew Erin Gamelin when she was a bartender/waitress at Murphy’s Law.  Then she formed a consortium of investors and created Stout Irish Pub, a thriving bar/restaurant on Carlton Street in Cabbagetown.  Now that same consortium has expanded and the Louis Cifer Brew Works gastropub is the result.  And what a great result! Louis Cifer is at 417 Danforth Avenue just steps east of Chester and it is inviting right from the moment you walk in.  A friendly greeter (usually Erin) will seat you and then the pleasure begins.  In addition to their own unique brews, they feature products from several breweries turning out taste sensations, with a rotating stock of about 13 beers that cross the entire spectrum.  While I was there I had a beer brewed in the European style, with...

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The Tastes of East York & area 2017

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017

From fresh produce & meats to special dishes in cozy diners, east end TO has it all!

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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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THE CRAFTY TIPPLER 031: I liked looking at this Rorschach!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Gawd I love my job.  I get to sit at the bar of some great brew pubs and sample their wares.  Such was the case recently with Rorschach Brewing.  They make a great product and it’s a gorgeous location at 1001 Eastern Avenue in a building that used to be Papillon Restaurant.  Next door is a free city parking lot and the rest of the block, all the way to Coxwell, is park. This all started in 2006 when three of the four owners met at University of Toronto while studying chemical engineering.  They started brewing in their basement (didn’t everyone?). In early 2015 the three, (Matthew Reiner, Chris Ristevski and Mohan Pandit) met at the now defunct An Sibin and decided to create a craft brewery.  Later that year they met Ben Ragan, who had been active in...

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