May 2013 Archives

Roncy's Bean | Roncevalles Village: NOW CLOSED

**Update: Roncy's Bean closed in November 2019.**

After a lovely dinner at Lardon and a torrid rainstorm, there is no better place to get a coffee than Roncy's Bean.

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This wonderful independent coffee shop has homemade gelato, tasty pastries and amazing coffee. (If you like flavoured coffee, try the Tiramisu.) There is a wonderful little chocolate section that is perfect if you just want a bite of something delicious. Roncy's Bean is located at 385 Roncesvalles Avenue. You can follow them on Twitter @roncysbean. Rosie :)

Buster's Kitchen X Bar | Long Branch

**Update: Buster's Kitchen X Bar was formerly Buster's Fish House.**

You hear a lot about Buster's Sea Cove in the St. Lawrence Market (and their awesome food truck) but now I'm going to tell you about Buster's Fish House on the Lakeshore. It is also very delicious. This is what their Boston bluefish sandwich looks like:

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There is a great selection of fish sandwiches, (saw lots of people ordering the grilled salmon) the service is friendly and the menu is affordable. You can dine-in or take-out. Buster's Fish House is located in Long Branch, it's close to Woody's Burgers, Ice Cream Junction and Melt. Call 416-251-7777 for more info as they don't appear to have a website. Rosie :)

Doors Open Toronto: Mimico Baptist Church

Yesterday I walked through the wooden doors of Mimico Baptist Church, one of the many historic buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto. This year's Doors Open theme featured older buildings "that have been redesigned, re-invented and re-purposed into modern 21st century spaces that host collaborative teams of imaginative people who are creating new ways of thinking, making and doing." Pastor Jim Sanderson, who has been the church pastor for 20 years, explained some of the history of the building to me. It was built very quickly- the cornerstone was laid October 15, 1922, and on March 11, 1923 the first service was held.

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What a lovely church, in such a pretty, leafy neighbourhood. I was struck by the simple and beautiful altar, behind which the full-immersion baptism ceremonies are held.

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Mimico Baptist Church is home to a diverse and welcoming congregation, with a children's choir, a library and a Mandarin Bible Study held every Friday evening. It is located at 80 Hillside Avenue in the Mimico neighbourhood of Toronto. Rosie :)

Tartistry | South Etobicoke

If you have a thing for buttertarts, I insist you get yourself over to Tartistry on The Queensway. Their buttertarts are the best I've tasted in a really long time. I am going to go so far as to say they are the best buttertarts in Toronto.

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The plain buttertart is pretty much buttertart perfection. I went in for plain, but couldn't resist the chocolate peanut butter, and S'mores, and lemon curd. There are also maple walnut and pecan tarts that look amazing.

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Did I mention Roasted Almond and White Chocolate is also an option?

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I brought one home. Actually I brought six home.

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Tartistry is located at 1252 The Queensway just east of Kipling. If you buy six half-dozen tarts, you get the seventh free. I got mine to go, but it is also a really lovely place to sit down and have a coffee. Rosie :)

Fair Grounds Organic Cafe & Roastery | Long Branch

I am not a morning person. So every morning, my coffee needs to do this:

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I buy Wake the Dead (along with other blends such as Rich Bastard and Heart of Darkness) at Fair Grounds Organic on the Lakeshore. Their coffee is fair trade and absolutely some of the freshest and most delicious tasting you'll find in the city. And I have drank a lot of coffee in this city. Fairgrounds is open every day from 6am to 9pm and is located at Browns Line and 40th Street in south Etobicoke. Rosie :)

Beddington's Bed & Bath | Bloor West

**Update: The Beddington's location in Bloor West Village has closed.**

I don't need to buy sheets very often, but when I do, I go to Beddington's Bed & Bath in Bloor West Village. They have the best sheets.

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Beddington's was founded in Ottawa, Ontario in 1991. There are retail locations in Toronto, Brampton, Burlington, Kingston, Ottawa and Gatineau. You can also buy their cozy soft bedding online. Rosie :)

The Coffee Tree Roastery 25th Anniversary

The Coffee Tree Roastery is a wonderful independent coffee shop in Bloor West Village. They were selling ethically-sourced coffees and roasting beans onsite long before it was trendy... it's Toronto's oldest onsite roastery cafe. They are celebrating 25 years in business this Saturday May 11th with free americanos and some cake. Happy Silver Anniversary Coffee Tree! Rosie :)

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Porchetta & Co. | Dundas West: NOW CLOSED

**Update: The original location of Porchetta & Co. on Dundas at Palmerston closed in September 2019.**

One way to turn around a rough week is to have lunch at Porchetta & Co. Their sandwiches are an outstanding meal for two under $20. You can spend even less if you just do straight-up pork, but we could not resist today's special.

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The pork is perfectly done, the crackling is divine, and the Caldense buns are so moist and fresh.

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Impossible to not have a better day after eating here. Rosie :)