October 2012 Archives

Carrot Common On The Danforth

When I need any kind of natural medicine, I like to buy it from The Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary on the Danforth. This is basically a pharmacy just for natural health care products. What sets it apart for me is the fact it is staffed with naturopathic doctors, homeopaths and nutritionists. They can answer questions about any of the products on the shelves and advise you how to use them properly.

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The Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary is part of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, which was doing organically grown groceries long before Whole Foods was around and organic bananas and gluten-free breads were on the shelves at Loblaws. The Big Carrot opened in 1983.

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Both these stores, along with The Big Carrot Organic Juice Bar, make up what is known as Carrot Common. I feel healthy when I am in Carrot Common. When I shop in Carrot Common, I use agave syrup in my coffee instead of white sugar. It just feels right.

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The Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary, Natural Food Market and Organic Juice Bar are located in Carrot Common at 348 Danforth Avenue. Rosie :)

Personalized Canvases & Prints By Meringue: Special Offer for Toronto Scoop Readers

Friends of ours have this canvas hanging in their home. Not only is it beautiful, but it is personalized, which makes it extra-special.

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Here it is up close.

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There are many design styles available of these family name canvases, which are the creation of Toronto artist Helen Billett. Helen is the founder of Meringue Inc. which offers a stunning selection of giclée prints (fine art digital prints) on fine art paper. The kids personalized prints are an inspired room decoration. Check out this hockey themed print, available in blue, red and pink. The jersey name and number are customized:

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What a great Christmas gift idea. If you get your order in by December 2nd, delivery of your canvas or print is guaranteed for Christmas. There is a special offer just for My Toronto Scoop readers: enter the discount code "scoop10" at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. These also make really creative and different gifts for new parents: how special would it be to get something this lovely after your baby is born?

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Prints start from $40. They are inexpensive to frame as they are sized to fit IKEA frames. Visit the Meringue website to browse all the gorgeous designs. Rosie :)

Free Halloween Things To Do With Kids In Toronto

Free Halloween Things to Do in Toronto for Kids.jpgIf you need some ideas for fun and free things to do this Halloween weekend with your kids in Toronto, consider these events taking place at Wychwood Barns and in Bloor West Village:

BOO! at the Barns There are tons of games, crafts, Halloween movies, a costume contest and a dance party at this event, and all of the fun is free. Food and drinks require a ticket, although there is no charge for the pumpkin seed roasting. That's one of my favourite things about Halloween- roasting pumpkin seeds! BOO! at the Barns takes place on Saturday October 27 from 5pm to 9pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns, in Barn #2.

Pumpkinfest In The Village  Kids can get their faces painted, hunt for treasure and carve pumpkins at this Halloween festival in Bloor West Village which features lots of fun family entertainment like clowns, juggling and other wacky stuff. Pumpkinfest In The Village takes place on Saturday October 27 from 11am to 4pm. Click here to print out the form you need to participate in the Halloween Treasure Hunt.

Toronto West Halloween Fest supports a very good cause- St. Joseph's Health Centre. This event takes place on Sunday October 28 and features tons of music and food, a two-kilometre community parade and a party at the Palais Royale with a performance by Jaymz Bee's Royal Jelly Orchestra. Rosie :)

Spier & Mackay Shirts | Mississauga

Isn't this a nice shirt? It's made by Spier & Mackay, a family-run Canadian company. Their mission is to sell excellent quality shirts that are affordable.

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I discovered Spier & Mackay when Teambuy recently ran an offer for off-the-rack men's shirts (it was a great deal, three shirts for $99.) I do love group deal because of this; I had never heard of this Mississauga-based shirtmaker despite having worked (and shopped) in Mississauga for years. They ship all across Canada and to the U.S. (shipping is free for orders over $100.) The website is fantastic, there is such an amazing selection of shirts in a huge selection of colours and styles. My husband hates shopping for clothes so this site was great for him. I also liked that their showroom is not that far since he picked out shirts in a size slightly too big. You can return purchases easily by mail but since I was curious about their store, we went to check it out. The customer service is great. They are known for their made-to-measure shirts (suits too) and they quickly and accurately measured my husband. Now his shirts fit perfectly. Unfortunately they do not iron them. That would be too good to be true.

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Shop online at the Spier & MacKay website or visit their Mississauga showroom (it's not that far from the 416) at 1535 Meyerside Drive, Unit 20. Rosie :)

Prego | South Etobicoke: NOW CLOSED

I never ate at Angelo D's, which was for years one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the west end. It has closed down, but the very talented chef who ran it has popped back up on the Queensway with a new restaurant called Prego. I figured we would get around to trying it eventually but the urgency increased when I saw a huge sign advertising Coniglio Wednesday Nights. That would be rabbit night. That is awesome. Bunnies are delicious! We ended up going on a Saturday night hoping rabbit would still be worked into one of the specials and it was. In addition to a delicious rabbit ravioli in a rabbit ragu, the house-made goat cheese salad was incredible. This is my kind of salad- a huge hunk of perfect cheese with some greens making it look pretty.

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The mushroom salad was also very, very good.

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You don't have to love coniglio to enjoy dinner at Prego; the menu has a lovely selection of Italian favourites. Despite being of Italian descent I'm actually not a huge rabbit fan. I had the penne alla vodka. It's my Canadian husband with the Italian soul who loves rabbit. Rosie :)