COVID-19 Pandemic in Toronto

Tom's Dairy Freeze Reopens With Window Service

Life is far from being back to normal, but seeing a very long (physically distanced) line on a beautiful warm evening at Tom's Dairy Freeze in Etobicoke certainly feels familiar and comforting. Tom's walk up window is open from 11am to 10pm every day, and they are also offering curbside pick up and delivery through their website and Uber Eats. Rosie :)

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Pulcinella "Tough Times" Takeout Menu

It's tough that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant restaurants have had to come up with "tough times" menus, but supporting them means we can help our neighbourhood eateries stay in business until things aren't quite so tough. Pulcinella is a wonderful Italian restaurant on the Lake Shore in the Long Branch area of south Etobicoke. You can phone in your order and pick it up between 3pm and 8pm. Click here for the menu; pizzas are $10! Rosie :)

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Double D's | South Etobicoke

If you are looking to try some real Chicago-style deep dish pizza right here in Toronto, Double D's delivers the best in the city. There are two locations, one on Leslieville and the one we ordered from in the west end, in the Long Branch area of Etobicoke on the Lake Shore. Double D's is one of the Toronto restaurants offering takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you are looking for a great local restaurant to support and are craving a classic deep dish with pepperoni and Italian sausage, give this spot a try. You can order directly from their website for pick-up or through Uber Eats. Rosie :)

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Openish... Some Shops Reopen for Curbside Pickup in Toronto

On Monday, shops that have a street entrance were allowed to open up again in Toronto. Coco, a wonderful chocolate shop on Jane, south of Annette, has just been offering delivery, but has now declared itself "openish."

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Like it says on their website... "Chocolate is not a necessity of life, but it sure does make things a little better." If you are wondering what businesses are open(ish) in Toronto and what remains closed, click here for an updated list. Rosie :)

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Aqcua Fine Foods | Home Delivery Service of Ready-Made Meals

If you are looking for a home delivery meal service in the Toronto area, check out Aqcua Fine Foods on the Queensway. They are a catering company now offering a huge selection of ready-to-reheat meals delivered right to your door, as well as produce, meat and seafood from Toronto's best suppliers. They are donating five percent of all profits to the Canadian Nurses Foundation and Second Harvest.

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The menu has a huge variety of items from curried udon noodle soup to Korean fried chicken to eggplant Parmigiana to classic mac and cheese. You can also get vegetable and chicken broths, whole chickens or chicken breasts and prime rib burgers. The entire list of everything available is here. Delivery is free if you live in Etobicoke, Toronto and Mississauga, and $10 for Oakville, Burlington, Brampton, Vaughan and Markham. There is a $50 minimum order. Rosie :)

Grocery Store Wait Times in Toronto During COVID-19

Most of us have given up on Costco, but you still need to get groceries somewhere and these days there are line-ups to get into most supermarkets, LCBOs and Dollaramas. It would be nice to know in advance what you are in for... and thanks to Florence-based developer Miki Lombardi, now you can get a sense of the estimated wait times at grocery stores in Toronto with this interactive map. . The map is global and covers many stores in the Greater Toronto Area, using data from Google similar to the way it gathers traffic information. The colour-coded pins (green to red) show you how long a wait you are in for, from five to 60 minutes.

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This Dollarama has a wait time of 25 minutes at 4:20pm.

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The map updates every five minutes. Are you waiting in a massive line somewhere right now? Get started here and help other shoppers head somewhere else. The less we congregate, the safer we will be. Rosie :)