Tag Archive: Toronto

A Park Under An Overpass?

Making use of space in the city

If you Google, ‘what is a park?’, you’d get this definition: a large public green area in a town, used for recreation. Well that’s far from the truth when you visit Underpass Park in Toronto, Ontario. It is the first park built under an overpass in the city and is considered to be one of the most extensive underpass parks in Canada.
Located beneath the overpasses of Adelaide Street, Eastern Avenue and Richmond Street, the park has transformed what was a derelict space into a multi-use area for the public to enjoy.
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Jouns Just Like Mama Made at Mamajoun!

Ingredients for the Perfect Joun

Made fresh, made fast and affordable. That’s what you can expect when you place an order at Mamajoun Armenian Pizzeria located in Scarborough, Ontario. The Lahmajoun, also known as an Armenian pizza, is made with a thin crust. The dough is made and baked fresh every day and is also used to make the various Jouns.
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Travel Pics #6: Light Up Your Night-Toronto Light Festival

Love Lock Benches-Artist: Matthew Rosenblatt (Canada)

When: January 27 – March 12
Time: Sunday – Wednesday: Sundown – 10pm, Thursday – Saturday: Sundown – 11pm
Where: The Distillery District
Admission: FREE

We know it. It’s like clock work. Every year when January and February roll around, so do the cold, dark winter days and even colder nights. The past few nights you probably noticed a welcoming glow emanating from the Distillery District–like a magical orb filled with warmth. If you want to witness it yourself, make sure you do as it will stay illuminated for a total of 45 days. What is causing such a sensation? It is the Toronto Light Festival.

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Travel Pics #3: St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

Fun Facts:
Vendors: More than 120 specialty vendors in the South Market
Farmer’s Market: The North Market is known for the Saturday Farmers’ Market
Long History: The Farmers’ Market began back in 1803

Fresh Baked Bread

Fresh Baked Bread

Let's Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Travel Pics is a new addition to Always Ashaw. They are snapshots from some interesting places I love to visit and want you to visit too. If you have any special places in your city or town that you enjoy spending your time at, let me know. This week I take you on a quick tour of the beautiful St. Lawrence Market

I love Farmers’ Markets. When I know I am going to visit the St. Lawrence Market, located on Front Street East in Toronto, I get up extra early in the morning. I like being among the first to arrive so I can witness the market fill up with visitors eager to get the first batch of hot baked goods or first choice of seafood from the many vendors at the market. The best part of the market is there is something for everyone. You can find fresh handmade pasta, pasta sauces, local fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, jam and jellies, caviar…and the list goes on and on. After taking in all of the sights and sounds and purchasing some unique non food items, you can sit back, put down your shopping bags and enjoy some good eats here too. One of my favorites is Buster’s Sea Cove. Just a heads up, there is always a lineup here, but the food is well worth the wait. Buster’s is known for its fish sandwiches and curly fries–this is one place where you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you can’t make it to the market but are craving Buster’s, they have a food truck!! Just follow them and they will tweet their location to you–it doesn’t get any better than that!!
There are a variety of events taking place throughout the year at the market so before visiting be sure to check out the website for some of the interesting events scheduled.
If you visit St. Lawrence Market, I’d like to know. Tell me about your experience and what you purchased. Happy shopping…and eating!!

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Always a Variety

Always a Variety

I'll Take That One

I’ll Take That One

Great Seafood Eats

Great Seafood Eats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours:
North Farmer’s Market
Saturday 5am-3pm

South Market
Tuesday-Thursday 8am-6pm
Friday 8am-7pm
Saturday 5am-5pm

Antiques Market
Sunday Dawn-5pm

Travel Pics #1: Distillery District, Toronto

The Distillery District

The Distillery District

1832: Worts and Gooderham partnership begins
1988: Site is designated a national historic site
1990: Gooderham and Worts Distillery shuts down
2003: Distillery District is open to the public

NOTE: I’m starting a new section of my blog called “Travel Pics.” They are snapshots from some interesting places I love to visit and want you to visit too. If you have any special places in your city or town that you enjoy spending your time at, let me know.

A walk back in time

A walk back in time

When you step into the Distillery Historic District in Toronto, you step back into time. The grand old Victorian style buildings that date back to 1800’s sit proudly alongside the cobblestone roads. The Gooderham and Worts Stone Mill and Distillery was opened in 1861 by James Worts and his brother-in-law William Gooderham. Here more than 2 million gallons of whiskey were produced per year. In 1923 the Gooderhams sold the business to Harry C. Hatch who, four years later, acquired Hiram Walker’s Sons. The last of the whiskey made here was back in 1957. The focus was shifted to rum made from molasses.

Combining the old with the new

Combining the old with the new

In 1987 Allied Vintners acquired Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts. The last drops of alcohol flowed here on June 4, 1990. Today you can still see a number of industrial artifacts that take you on a journey to the days that have long passed.
Now the Distillery District is alive with one-of-a-kind boutiques and top-notch restaurants and coffee houses. It is known throughout as a vibrant arts, entertainment and cultural area. There is no charge to visit the Distillery District or to discover all of the unique shops and artisans that are here. There is ample paid parking available in and around the area.

A new friend

A new friend

For the past six years, from the end of November to just before Christmas, this is also home to one of the top 10 holiday markets in the world–the Toronto Christmas Market. It ranks right up there with other markets that take place in France, Germany and Spain. You can take your time here and visit all of the booths to find that gift for that hard to shop for person in your life. Most of all, it’s the perfect place to take in all that the season has to offer by meeting new people and enjoying great food and beverages that are sure to warm you up. There are lots of festive music and dancing, as well as a beer garden. With so much fun and good cheer all around, The Christmas Market will get you into the holiday spirit.

54ft tall Christmas tree

54ft tall Christmas tree

You can’t help but get a little merry after seeing the 54ft tall Christmas tree adorned with over 18 thousand lights and ornaments. Speaking of lights, there is a wonderful Ferris Wheel which will take you and your special someone high up in the sky to observe the great views of the city. The festival is closed Mondays. Admission is free Tuesday to Friday. There is a small fee to enter on the weekend. Proceeds go towards helping grow the not for profit festival as well as to other charitable organizations.

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