June 2021 Archives

Images From the City: Sign of Love & Hope

In the middle of the miserable third wave of the pandemic in Ontario, this sign went up across from a retirement home just north of Steeles. It means "when spring arrives life will be warmer." For the residents inside that building, it was a reminder from their loved ones that things will get better, we just have to hang on. What joy to now feel beautiful sunshine, see the province slowly come back to life, and hear daily reports of Covid cases under 300. This sign reminds me we have to keep hanging on and holding close the ones we love most, through both the dark, cold seasons and the warm ones.

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Send your images from the city to rosie@mytorontoscoop.com or tweet them to @rosieferg. Rosie :)

Rocco's Plum Tomato - The Original (Take-Out) | Etobicoke

Restaurants come and go in the best of times and we've seen many not survive months and months of this pandemic. I'm relieved one of my favourites is still going strong. I first told you about Rocco's in 2015 (see post below) and that was after years of enjoying their amazing food (it's been around since 1990.) The photo below, taken a couple of weeks ago, shows that nothing has changed- their veal sandwiches are just as huge, delicious and perfect as they've always been. Pandemic-proof comfort food. Rosie :)

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Rocco's Plum Tomato- The Original (Take-Out) post written in November 2015:

In this entry I'm telling you about Rocco's take-out, which is located right beside the Rocco's Plum Tomato restaurant on the Queensway in south Etobicoke. There is a separate entrance right beside the main restaurant. This is one of the best lunch spots in the west end. For many, many years we have been buying enormous veal sandwiches from Rocco's. For under $10, this is a sandwich that cannot be beat for taste, size and value. It comes smothered with authentic sauce, mushrooms, onions and peppers.

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The meatball sandwich is also delicious. The ingredients are so fresh and everything is made to order. On a busy day you may wait a few minutes but it's so worth it.

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A popular combination you will see many ordering is a sandwich and a slice. The pizza slices are freshly made and do not sit around for long. The selection varies but they are all excellent.

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You can call ahead and pick up your order if you really don't want to wait but I find the line isn't too bad even at lunch hour; they really hustle in there. Pros. This Rocco's Plum Tomato is located at 164 The Queensway. Rosie :)

ICONIC London Debuts in Canada | John-Paul Ricchio on CTV News

in 2015, entrepreneur Jade Elliott sold her car to start a beauty brand from her bedroom. And ICONIC London was born. A favourite of Kim Kardashian, this sensational makeup line is now available in Canada and I couldn't be more excited to share the must-have products from this line, how to use them, and how to win them. Watch my appearance on CTV Morning Live Vancouver to learn how to create the ICONIC London Ombre look, and how to enter to win the ultimate ICONIC London prize pack valued at $400. JP xo

Opening Soon in Toronto... Rialto Patio in the Paradise Theatre

Last weekend people started to happily return to Toronto patios as Covid numbers continue to fall, hospitals close their Covid wards and more people get their second vaccine doses. Throughout the lockdown, the Paradise Theatre has been of course closed, but there were always comforting messages of hope on the iconic marquee. Seeing this message yesterday was truly the most hopeful of all that we are emerging from the darkness of lockdown.

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Yes the Rialto is back. Osteria Rialto is an Italian restaurant located inside the beautiful lobby of the Paradise Theatre, a 1937 Art Deco heritage venue that reopened in 2019 after being abandoned for 13 years. Rialto has been offering a takeout menu as well as a wine and bottle shop throughout the pandemic, but it's wonderful to see in-person dining return. The restaurant's Executive Chef Basilio Pesce and his team offer a delicious menu inspired by his family's Southern Italian heritage. It's located at 1006 Bloor St W. Rosie :)

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Images from the City: Tim Hortons KFC Bucket

One of my favourite things along the Lake Shore is the Tim Hortons KFC bucket. This Tims location at 3719 Lake Shore Boulevard West used to be a KFC. When the franchise owners took over the spot in 2018, they decided to keep the leftover KFC bucket and turn it into a giant cup.

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I love it. Send your images from the city to rosie@mytorontoscoop.com or tweet them to @rosieferg. Rosie :)