Category Archives: Eats

Local Live Music

From jazz bands to karaoke nights, our neighbourhood is home to some great live music events.

Here are some of the best spots in our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House neighbourhood to hang out, have a drink or a bite, and enjoy some live music.

 

Alley Catz

This restaurant serves Italian food with what it calls a “Mediterranean flair”. Every Wednesday at Alley Catz, Mark Stafford hosts an open mic blues night starting at 7pm. On weekends, a live band and a DJ play funk, soul, R&B and reggae. Other events include free dance lessons on Salsa Mondays and Bachata Tuesdays.

 

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown is a traditional, “rock n’ roll” pub that hosts live music every night of the week. The menu features the usual pub fare, along with an assortment of other dishes. Pool and dart tournaments are also on the events calendar and big screen TVs allow you to keep an eye on your favourite sports teams.

 

Kramer’s

Friendly and family-owned Kramer’s is a two-level pub and lounge. On the first floor, Friday and Saturday nights are packed with people singing karaoke. The fusion food menu consists of classic entrees and appetizers. Kramer’s also hosts meetup groups, other live music events, and trivia nights.

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Cozy café days

Bored of big brand coffee? When you live in one of our communities, you have so much to choose from.

 

 

Here are some of the best independent and less-known cafés in our neighbourhood.

 

Midtown

Close to our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House communities

 

La Bohème Café

French inspired pastries and sandwiches, free wifi, and plentiful seating make La Bohème a great place to spend time with others, or with your laptop.

 

de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters

De Mello is a cozy, rustic, hole-in-the-wall café that roasts its own coffee in-house.

 

Istanbul Café

Istanbul Café is all about the culture of Turkey. They have Turkish delight, Turkish coffee, a custom Istanbul blend espresso, and sweet and savory Turkish snacks.

 

Uptown

Close to our 105 Harrison and Oakburn communities

 

H Café

H Café specializes in both traditional and modern takes on Japanese baked goods and desserts.

 

Bake Code

This Taiwanese “boutique café” features a mashup of European and Asian baking traditions.

 

Dazzling Café

Pretty and pink is the theme of Dazzling café. Everything is dainty and cute from its food and drinks, to its decorations—the chairs even have little bunny ears on them!

 

 

Keeping your dates local

Here’s our list of the best places in the 305 Roehampton and Hampton House neighbourhood to take your date.

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Board Games

Snakes and Lattes makes coffee or drinks a little more exciting. The board game café has a library of games to play with your date and is only a seven-minute walk away.

 

Escape Room

Only a 15-minute drive away, Casa Loma has three different escape games to choose from. Go on an adventure and work together with your date to escape from Casa Loma.

 

Dinner

Our neighbourhood is full of romantic restaurants. Walk out to Yonge St. or Eglinton Ave. to find some of our favourites including Cibo, Grazie, La Carnita and Prohibition.

 

Desert

Walk eight minutes to get to Sweet Jesus and treat your date to something delicious and Instagram worthy. Don’t forget to tag us @KGBetterLiving!

 

From Tokyo to Toronto

With Kinton Ramen at Yonge and Empress, and Sansotei Ramen at Yonge and Byng, our 105 Harrison and Oakburn neighbourhood is already a great place to find delicious ramen. Now, the award-winning Konjiki Ramen is another one to choose from.

Chef Atsushi Yamamoto first opened Konjiki Hototogisu in Tokyo, Japan in 2006. Since then the restaurant has been recommended by Michelin in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Konjiki was also named the number one ramen in Japan in 2016 and number one in Tokyo in 2016 and 2017. Chef Yamamoto chose to open his Toronto location of Konjiki at Yonge and Sheppard, adding another reason to love our neighbourhood. Now, Tokyo’s best ramen is only a 20-minute walk or six-minute drive away.

Midtown Mystery

At Mysteriously Yours you can eat, laugh, and collect clues to solve the hilarious murder mystery that unfolds before you. Mimico Vice, a brand new story set in 1987 is now playing on Friday and Saturday nights in your neighbourhood.

 

 

Located on Yonge St just a few blocks south of Eglinton, Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre is walking distance from our Roehampton community. Enjoy a three course meal beforehand or just come for the show. Solve the mystery by keeping track of the clues and the cast of characters that mix and mingle with the audience. A detective leads the investigation but you can jump right in and do the questioning yourself or just sit back and watch the show.

Check out their website for details:

MysteriouslyYours.ca

Alleycatz hosts their second cooking event!

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Explore your taste buds and delve into some of the world’s most flavorful dishes as Chef Matan Volach hosts his second cooking event at Alleycatz! Chef Volach will prepare a 3-course international meal while exploring and teaching new techniques, tips, and tricks to food enthusiasts in a class setting. The exciting menu includes Mediterrean spiced lentil soup, a roasted beet almond arugula salad in a strawberry basil vinaigrette and Indian chickpeas.

Chef Matan has over 10 years of experience in the food industry, teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods and Fortinos while educating audiences on healthy cooking practices.

Don’t miss this fun event that will be sure to educate and broaden your food experience!

When: December 3, 2017

Where: Alleycatz 2409 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2E7

Price: $50

Time: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/made-for-jew-tos-second-hands-on-cooking-event-tickets-38988325130?aff=ebapi

 

 

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Brunch Highlight: Uncle Betty’s Diner

Uncle Betty’s Diner, a staple eatery at the heart of Yonge and Eglinton, has been serving up delicious premium diner fare since 2011. Owned by husband and wife duo Robert Lewocz and Samara Melanson, this fun casual eatery offers an assortment of non-traditional breakfast and brunch options, so popular that Host John Catucci featured the diner’s egg’s benny infused doughnut concoction on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here.

In addition to the mouthwatering and daring brunch options, there is also plenty of desserts that will satiate your sweet tooth needs, including homemade chocolate twinkies, an assortment of 16 ice cream flavors and the Diner’s famous donut ice-cream sandwich, which was voted best by the Toronto Post.

Interested to watch how John Catucci handles Uncle Betty’s signature eggs benny? Watch this episode of You Gotta Eat Here below!

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/shows/you-gotta-eat-here/video/episode/uncle-bettys-diner-the-armview-diner-pagliaccis/video.html?v=64705603799

Uncle Betty’s Diner

2590 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON M4P 2J3

http://unclebettys.com/

 

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The Return of Tasty Fall Treats!

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Fall is upon us and nothing beats the autumn aesthetic quite like apple and pumpkin flavored treats! Much like busting out your coat and hat and taking a stroll through the fall leaves, the enticing aromas of apples and pumpkin spice will leave a lasting impression on your tastebuds!

Here are just a few of the places in the Yonge and Eglinton area that offer some delicious eats and drinks that will get you in the Fall mood!

Phipps Bakery Cafe

420 Eglinton Avenue West

This Eglinton Avenue bakery serves a variety of cakes, pies, cookies and sweets! With 31 years of baking experience, Phipps has been a staple for regulars with their award winning butter tarts and Chocolate Layer Cake. But don’t let those options fool you, Phipps offers some delectable apple infused treats including an apple divine cake tossed in cinnamon and brown sugar, and a choice of apple infused coffee cake or cheesecake!

Follow phippsbakery on instagram to browse their tasty selection of baked goods and desserts!

http://www.phippsbakerycafe.ca/

Short & Sweet Bakeshop 

2025 Yonge Street

This Yonge Street bakeshop offers cupcakes, shakes, ice cream and cookie sandwiches. For pumpkin enthusiasts, the bakeshop now features a pumpkin spiced flavored shake which is layered with a dollop of whip cream and a donut!

Interested in seeing a photo? Follow the bakeshop’s instagram page at shortandsweetcupcakes to view a plethora of mouthwatering treat photos, including their featured pumpkin spice flavored shake!

http://shortandsweetcupcakes.ca/

David’s Tea

2839 Yonge Street

Looking for a hot beverage to pair with a tasty pastry? David’s Tea offers a robust selection of loose leaf tea including autumn inspired flavors honeycrisp apple, pumpkin chai and spiced apple tea leaves! Conveniently located at the corner of Yonge and Montgomery, David’s Tea is the perfect destination for tea lovers.

https://www.davidstea.com/

Starbucks

The introduction of Fall would not be complete without mentioning Starbucks signature Pumpkin Spiced Latte. With multiple Starbucks locations to choose from, the PSL has been a signature staple for the return of the Autumn season!

https://www.starbucks.ca/

Bar Bativia 

2031 Yonge Street

Interested in an apple infused cocktail? Bar Bativia features an apple pie inspired drink, combining Calvados Apple Brandy, Bénédictine, Fernet Branca Honey, Lemon Juice, Egg Whites and Lemon zest.

Follow barbativiato on instagram to see their tasty selection of food and cocktails!

http://www.barbataviato.com/

 

 

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Restaurant Spotlight – Kūkŭm Kitchen

With an overwhelming selection of restaurants available in the Yonge and Eglinton area, it can be a daunting task to narrow down just one restaurant that will satisfy your palate.

Ku-kum Kitchen: Now Open

Photo by Sarena Johnson/Muskrat Magazine 

Kūkŭm Kitchen, a recent and welcomed addition to the Mount Pleasant and Davisville neighborhood, has been garnering positive reviews as Toronto’s latest Indigenous food venture. Chef Joseph Shawana, a former partner in the Snakes and Lattes success, transforms this culinary space into a rich blend of Indigenous ingredients inspired by his Manitoulin island upbringing. Using French culinary techniques and sticking to 10 ingredients or less, the dishes featured on Shawana’s menu include pan seared halibut, farmed elk chops, braised venison and foraged pine needle and citrus sorbet.

Touches of First Nations decor and art are scattered throughout the restaurant, including Cree marked bathroom doors, handwoven table runners by Indigo Arrows, and a beautiful colorful mural displayed on the back wall of the restaurant.

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Photo by Vince Talotta/The Toronto Star 

Chef Shawana spoke with the Daily Hive about his personal connection with Indigenous cuisine.

“Growing up my mother would make something out of nothing. She’d teach me how to take one ingredient and make multiple things with it. I’m doing that on this menu.” Jason Finestone, The Daily Hive http://dailyhive.com/toronto/ku-kum-kitchen-toronto-2017

Interested to read more? Check out food blogger Stephanie Dickson’s review of what makes Kūkŭm Kitchen stand out!

http://www.stephaniedickison.com/articles/2017/8/23/kkm-kitchen-celebrating-canadian-indigenous-cuisines

Have you checked out this restaurant? Leave a comment and photo below to let us know what you think!

 

 

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The Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe

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It’s the best time of the year to bring out the baker in you and make delicious sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious treat and they are super easy to make. Try this sugar cookie recipe and enjoy your treats plain Jane or decorate them with icing to make them festive.

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies, sprinkles or coloured sugars for decorating (optional)

 

The Fun Part

Step 1 – In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.

Step 2 – With an electric mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture from step 1 and beat until combined.

Step 3 – Divide the dough into half and flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic and freeze until firm – up to 20 minutes.

Step 4 – Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 5 – Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment and cut shapes with your cookie cutters.

Step 6 – Use a spatula to transfer your cookies onto your baking sheets. Reroll scraps and repeat with remaining dough.

Step 7 – Bake until edges are golden – 10 to 18 minutes depending on the size.

Step 8 – Cool cookies for 5 minutes and decorate as desired.

Step 9 – ENJOY!


There are so many sugar cookie recipes out there but this one seems to be the best. Do you make sugar cookies? What recipe’s do you follow and how do you decorate them?

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