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!

 

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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.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

It’s that time of year. January is stretching on and it’s easy to curl up with Netflix and a bottle of wine.

But why hide indoors when there are so many fun things to do in our neighbourhood?

Beat the winter blues by laughing out loud to hilarious stand-up performances at Absolute Comedy. Located on Yonge St, just north of Roehampton, Absolute Comedy is just down the street from our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House communities. Tickets range in price from $8 to $20 depending on whether you’re seeing amateurs, pros, or a mix. Each week has a different host and a different headliner to keep you coming back for new jokes and more laughs. Your night of fun-filled entertainment is just an eleven-minute walk away.

 

For more information, check out Absolute Comedy’s website here:

https://www.absolutecomedy.ca/toronto

Delicious Winterlicious

Calling all foodies! Toronto’s Winterlicious is back! The food event starts next weekend and features some of our favourite local spots. From January 26 to February 8 various restaurants in your neighbourhood will be offering three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Don’t forget to call ahead and book your reservation.

 

photo of sea bass from Ricarda's restaurant

Midtown

Close to our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House Communities

 

North 44

$53 Dinner

Cuisine: French, Contemporary, International

A favourite for both Torontonians and visitors, North 44 describes its atmosphere as sophisticated but relaxed.

 

Tabule

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Tabule is run by a husband and wife so it’s no surprise that the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. They offer plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

 

 

Prohibition

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

Cuisine: Contemporary, Gastro Pub

Relatively new to the midtown area, Prohibition is a trendy place with a party atmosphere.

 

Uptown

Close to our Harrison and Oakburn Communities

 

Wildfire Steakhouse

$28 Lunch $43 Dinner

Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Wildfire has a relaxed and friendly environment, and boasts great service for all of their guests.

 

Auberge du Pomier

$33 Lunch $53 dinner

Cuisine: French

Auberge du Pomier is the perfect blend of rustic and modern, with wood burning fireplaces and a 500 label wine list.

 

Oliver & Bonacini

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

With a large airy dining room and an open kitchen, Oliver & Bonacini provides an urban and downtown atmosphere in uptown Toronto.

 

 

 

Check out the full list of participating restaurants here:

https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/winterlicious/

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

How to have a happy New Year

Here are our tips for having a safe and fun night out and avoiding a New Year’s nightmare.

Check your event

Due to the extreme cold, outdoor events might be shortened or cancelled. At Nathan Phillips Square the New Year’s Eve festivities have been adjusted to start right before midnight. A DJ set and countdown will still take place, followed by a fireworks display to ring in the New Year.

 

Bundle up

Forecasts for New Year’s Eve predict a high of -15C and a low of -20C which will feel more like -26C with the wind chill. The City of Toronto is encouraging anyone attending outdoor festivities to dress warmly, cover all extremities, stay active and be on the lookout for signs of cold stress.

 

Plan your ride

On New Year’s Eve, the busiest time for Uber is between midnight and 3am. Be prepared for higher prices and longer wait times. On their website uber suggests using uberPOOL to share your ride and your fare with other people going in the same direction.

Between 7pm on Sunday night and 7am on Monday morning, travelling on the TTC will be free. Train service on all TTC lines has also been extended until at least 3am.

GO Transit will also be free after 7pm and running on their

Ice, ice, baby! Skating in your area

Unplug, unwind and head outside! Grab your skates, your friends and family, and head to your neighbourhood skating rink.

Uptown

Mel Lastman Square

On Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Sheppard Avenue, Mel Lastman Square holds an outdoor rink that’s open daily for public leisure skating.

Coffee shops nearby, including Starbucks and Second Cup, offer a place to cozy up indoors for some hot chocolate after your time on the ice.

Check the Mel Lastman Square outdoor rink schedule here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/956/index.html

 

Midtown

Eglinton Park

One of the best tobogganing spots in the city can be found at Eglinton Park, situated on Eglinton Avenue West, just east of Avenue Rd.

The park’s outdoor rink is open for leisure skate six days a week and also holds drop-in shinny games for children, youth, and adults.

Check the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre outdoor rink schedule here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/189/index.html

 

 

For a full list of Toronto city rinks check here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/outdoor-rinks/index.html

Snakes and Lattes Midtown has arrived!

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Set aside your piece of technology and hop on over to the new location of Snakes and Lattes where patrons will be treated to a huge selection of good old fashion board games to peruse and play!

The popular and expanding chain of cafes boasts an incredible library of board games, from classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble to the strategic favourites Settlers of Catan and Dominion, providing an impressive library of games for everyone to enjoy.

This new two-storey Yonge and Eglinton location houses over 200 seats, two bars, a take-out window and a retail section.

For more information and to view the list of games available at this new midtown location, please visit https://www.snakesandlattes.com/location/midtown/

Snakes and Lattes

45 Eglinton Avenue East

Toronto, ON M4P 1G6

 

 

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Holiday Movie Screenings have arrived!

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The holiday season is upon us and several Toronto cinemas will be screening some seasonal film favourites across the city for those looking to relish in some holiday winter classics!  From an adventurous boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole in The Polar Express to the charming interconnecting stories in Love Actually, there will be no shortage of holiday films to choose from!

Here is a look at what is playing at Cineplex Yonge and Eglinton.

The Polar Express – Saturday December 9th

Ballshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker – Sunday December 10th

Love Actually – Monday December 11th

For a full list of screenings available in the Toronto area, please go to http://www.toronto.com/things-to-do/holiday-movie-screenings-in-toronto/

 

 

 

 

 

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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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