Images From the City: Practice Physical Distancing

After a day where Toronto confirmed 457 cases of COVID-19, you would think everyone would be getting the importance of not gathering closely in groups, but it's not sinking in. Playgrounds across Toronto now have signs reminding everyone to keep their distance from each other, but people are still congregating and chatting at neighbourhood parks. It's really hard to be isolated, especially during such a scary time... but we have to do better. Stay home, stay apart... and with hope soon we can play and work safely again.

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

Shop Canadian at Well.ca

Many of us are online shopping right now more than ever, trying to get the groceries and cleaning supplies and soaps and everything else we need to keep going while we wait out this awful COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon is the go-to for many, but I want to remind you about another online store that is Canadian (based in Guelph) that also delivers right to your door. I've been shopping at Well.ca since 2013, when I was searching for my son's liquid melatonin and it was the only place I could find it. Many items that I need but haven't been able to find easily right now, including flour and liquid hand soap, are available to order. The increased demand for many products due to us isolating at home has certainly overwhelmed them and they are limiting the number of orders they take every day, but if you order first thing in the morning you should be okay.

What I have always liked about Well.ca is that they offer many high quality, eco-friendly products that you may not see in your local Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, like this shampoo bar which replaces two to three bottles of shampoo:

Bottle None be YOU Shampoo Bar

We make a lot of smoothies and I really like the Vega protein mixes. Well.ca often puts them on sale and there is a large variety of flavours available.

Vega Chocolate Protein Smoothie

The customer service is great and it always feels good to support a Canadian business. Take care of yourselves and your families, Rosie :)

Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Korea

If you enjoy tofu, especially tofu that is made fresh daily on site, you have to pay a visit to Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke. They make their creamy silky smooth tofu fresh on site every morning. The menu is traditional Korean and the tofu stews come with lots of tasty savoury sides including fried fish, bean sprouts, kimchi and cold tofu.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu sides

An amazing way to start is with the tofu yaki... lightly grilled in a delicious sweet sesame sauce...

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Their specialty, the silken tofu, differs from the regular tofu because it is strained through silk instead of cheesecloth, making the consistency like a creamy custard.

Cho Dang Soon silken tofu

The soft tofu stew comes with a raw egg that you break into the stew to thicken it. There is a selection of flavours to choose from including beef, pork, oyster and mushroom. We had mushroom and beef.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu stew

The stew comes with a bowl of whole grain rice which is prepared in a separate stone pot. Hot tea then poured into the stone pot to loosen the rice. You are meant to eat this soaked rice (it's called 'burnt rice soup') after your meal to aid your digestion.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu rice

Cho Dang Soon Tofu is delicious, authentic and incredibly affordable. Two people can dine heartily, and quite healthily, for under $25. You can also get takeout and purchase their fresh tofu separately to eat later. Rosie :)

Cho Dang Soon Tofu

Cho Dang Soon Tofu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Trini Gardens in South Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Antigua & Barbuda

For many years there was a wonderful West Indian restaurant on the Queensway in South Etobicoke called Trini Gardens. The roti were absolutely perfect. They weighed about five pounds each but somehow were so light, perfectly seasoned, juicy and delicious. An explosion of condo developments along this area meant that Trini Gardens closed down and boarded up... but, it moved south to the Lakeshore 🙏 reopened and the roti are just as perfect as ever.

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Trini Gardens is now located on 3266 Lake Shore Boulevard West in South Etobicoke. Rosie :)

Trini's Gardens Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato