The last time I saw The English Beat was several years ago somewhere way down south in Columbus, Ohio. I didn’t know the band then, but thought a road trip might be fun even if the show wasn’t. The English Beat was amazing! If you’re an 80s ska fan like me, you won’t want to miss these at the The Opera House on April 26. Tickets are $27.
At $6.95 for five they're probably a bit more expensive than you're standard BIC pens, but I have a feeling these guys won't leave me digging through the junk drawer anytime soon.
The Tiny Record shop is located at 804 Queen Street East in Toronto.
By Karen Lloyd
Unless you like lineups that smell like ketchup and make your belly snarl, don’t even try to go out for breakfast in Leslieville on the weekend.
Popular brunch spots like Lady Marmalade and Bonjour Brioche are perpetually at capacity on Saturdays and Sundays, but during the week you’re likely to find a table, that is, if you haven’t already found another diner. Jim’s Restaurant is a hidden gem located at 897 Queen Street East where you can order breakfast with view all day long for $8.
Although Jim’s Restaurant was busy at lunch hour, everyone had a place to eat and the single waitress didn’t lose her cool when I changed tables three times, asked for peanut butter and walked to the counter for a refill on my coffee. She was fast and friendly, but I didn’t feel rushed. Jim’s has WIFI, too, so instead I spent from noon to two nibbling on toast while I worked and watched people go in and out of this genuinely retro diner.
Since I’m not a fan of crowds, I like that Jim’s Restaurant is a place you can go to hide (especially after the brunch rush, possibly even on weekends). It’s not hip or fancy, but the food is good and greasy and cheap. At Jim’s you can also order classic sandwiches, burgers and Greek specialties. If you don’t expect to be catered to like a queen and like a mellow environment, try Jim’s the next time your belly begs for breakfast.
Doesn't this pink Depression Glass ashtray make you want to take up smoking? Me, too!
I discovered this cheap and cheery gem hiding in a cabinet at Elbers Furniture in Riverside (just west of Leslieville).
Not exactly sure, but I think the purpose of Depression Glass, beyond practicality, was to bring light (and hope) to Canadians and Americans who were mostly down and out during the Great Depression.
If you like this style of vintage decor, Elbers Furniture also has two translucent green candy dishes and a see through yellow teacup and saucer set. While it was mass produced and practically given away, Depression Glass is nearly 100-years-old now and more difficult to find.
My Labradoodle muppet turned three today, so on our way home from the bank, I let him walk me into The Bone House for a special birthday treat. Nothing unusual, really, except I was open to splurging on something other than his usual bully stick. While my dog took too long to choose his gift, more interested in cookies on the counter, the shop girl retrieved Tango by , and pointed out the uncanny resemblance between this motley beast and my dog. It's true!
We've been home from The Bone House five hours, and it's clear that Tango, although now missing one eye, is Ivan's new best friend and doppleganger. Not only is furry creature fun for toss and tug of war and showing off to visitors, but Tango looks so much nicer lounging in my living room than Ivan's collection of my old mittens and socks.
The Bone House on Queen Street East in Toronto stocks only the best quality organic food and eco-friendly (not to mention adorable) products for canines and their companions: moss and clary sage scented candles by Izola, gum rubber bones and even vintage inspired leather accessories (aka collars and leashes).
You can't miss this shop, especially not with your dog in tow.
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