Archive | April, 2009

Good eats… at recession prices!

22 Apr

Boxing Day pricing seemed to kick in earlier and continue on later this past holiday season than in any other year in recent memory—retailers’ response, one can safely assume, to the economic downturn and to the threats it posed on consumer spending.

Now, six months or so into this “recession,” or “depression” — it’s hard to keep track of what they’re calling it these days — there are a number of signs, at least in our neighbourhood of Little Italy, that discounts aren’t just for retail anymore.

On College Street alone, there are a number of restaurants offering limited-time menu specials, giving all of us a little extra incentive to eat out instead of in.

  • Boom! Breakfast & Co. | 808 College Street | $3.99 Egg-O-Nomic Bailout Breakfast, Mondays through Wednesdays until May 31, 2009
  • Il Gusto Ristorante | 796 College Street | $15 prix fixe menu, includes house salad, any pasta on the menu, dessert (offered weeklong, until further notice)
  • Sorriso | 588 College Street | $21 Winter Feature prix fixe menu, includes soup or salad, main course and dessert, Sundays through Wednesdays

This is just to name the ones I happen to have noticed—there are likely other restaurants on the strip (and elsewhere in the city, for that matter) offering similar menu specials.

The cynical among us may identify the reference to the recession as a clever marketing trick, but in this case, I prefer to call the possibility of eating out for less: a win-win situation!

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Glimpses of TO

19 Apr

There is something exciting about catching sight onscreen, of a familiar Toronto intersection, or of a local fixture like the streetcar. This seems particularly so when you’re on vacation somewhere else and are going about your business watching a movie or MTV, and all of a sudden, Toronto shows up – unmistakeably Toronto.

I just returned from a week-long vacation in Panama where this happened, hence the inspiration for this post. Consider this Part Two of “A T.O. Mixtape”….

1. The TO subway, a streetcar, a GO Train, several bridges in the City (including the one on Bathurst street south of Front St.), Chinatown, the financial district, and even one of Mel Lastman’s mooses, are featured in this Juanes (Colombian artist) video:

2. The old Uptown Theatre shows up in this ’80s Lisa Lougheed video

3. Lie with Me (2005) – Yonge & Dundas Square is visible:

4. Keeping the Faith (2000) – Toronto cityscapes and the same bridge as above: