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YUM! 029: All-day brekkie better than ever at renovated retro Donlands Diner

Posted by on May 2, 2017

Yum! Restaurant profile by George Spelvin \ I love it when a Yum! food review actually lives up to its name!

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #029: A hidden gem in Leaside

Posted by on May 1, 2017

When Toronto thinks of craft beer, inevitably Amsterdam Brewery comes to mind.  Most people know it as a large brewery on the shore of Lake Ontario, but there is a pleasant surprise in store for residents of East York. Nestled in the heart of the large industrial area east of Laird Drive is a hidden gem.  Amsterdam has a second location at 45 Esandar Drive and it is definitely worth a look. Amsterdam started as a brew pub in 1986 down on John Street.  This new location continues that tradition, although they only brew a partial, ever-changing cross section.  Amsterdam brews 63 different beers, but this new location only has 10 taps.  Other products are available in cans however. There is lots that says “welcome” when you walk in: a foosball table dominates the middle of the floor and...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 029: Will the bubble burst?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Answers to some questions you may have about East York’s real estate market With spring in the air not only is home renovation season is underway, it’s also a time of year many people consider looking for a new house while others are looking to sell.  There are several questions you may have about what is happening with the East York real estate market. What’s happening here in East York? We live in BOOM town.  There is plenty of room for price improvement.  The gentrification of shops and restaurants that is happening along the Danforth and on some of the interior streets is very exciting.  The transit, roadways, great schools, parks, the Taylor Creek Ravine, the hospital, it’s all here ready and waiting.  Subject of course to bylaws and codes, many East York homes hold potential for the addition...

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EY seniors support worker wins Canada-wide company award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

A seniors’ support care worker with an East York company that helps seniors to continue living at home has won recognition as top Canadian employee of the firm. Verna Edwards, who provides a variety of in-home services for seniors through the local East York-based franchise Home Instead Senior Care, was chosen as “CAREgiver of the Year” for Canada last month, the company recently announced. The nine-year veteran of the local firm, located on Woodbine Ave., now becomes one of seven regional finalists for the “Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year” award, the network’s top caregiving honour, which will be presented at its annual international convention in Omaha, Nebraska from April 26-28, a company press release adds. The company’s owner, Colin Macdonald, said he was proud to see Edwards recognized for her “compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” to...

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CRAFTY TIPPLER #027: Godspeed the new brewery

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

Luc “Bim” Lafontaine may not be a household name, but among brewmasters he is a celebrity. He created and ran Dieu du Ciel, one of the best known breweries in Quebec. Not content with that achievement, he went to Japan and created Kyoto Brewing Company, a very successful brewery there. Now it’s our turn and I, for one, am very excited. Those familiar with Coxwell and Gerrard will remember a dollar store called Bargain Harold’s that was located at 242 Coxwell Avenue and which has been closed for some time. There may not be any bargains coming out of there any more, but soon there will be some of the world’s best beers. Like Radical Road, which we introduced last issue, the new Godspeed Brewery going into the space will be a brew pub with a small kitchen, a...

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EY MOMENTS 026: Keep your fitness resolution and give yourself some love

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

The New Year is here and 2017 can be your best year ever —whatever kind of promises you made to improve your health and wellbeing.  I’m lucky, because I had already started attending Main Fitness at the end of 2016, taking part in yoga teacher training. Main Fitness is located on Main Street just below Gerrard St. E., and has been in operation for over 12 years, previously known as Main Street Cardio. Charlene Sullivan was the original founder of the studio and has a nation-wide following as a nutritional advisor and rehab expert.  Gudrun Hardes, who heads up the yoga teacher training program, joined Charlene as partner 10 years ago. Gudrun is certified in many disciplines, but yoga’s where her passion lies.  In fact, she loves it so much she also runs WSUP Toronto during the summer months...

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