Absolute Bakery Good and Friendly

Contributed by John Rider   My new absolute favourite bakery in the city is Absolute Bakery and Cafe on Parliament just south of Wellesley on the east side. (And I should know good baked goods because my Mom used to bake and sell pies and tarts and other goods from our farm when I was […]

Curried Millet Stew

Contributed by Sharon Fuchs of Waningan Organic Fruit and vegetable store   Ingredients: 1 pound frozen, organic corn 8 cups vegetable broth, low sodium and no sugar added 1 cup dry millet 2 cups dry garbanzo beans (soaked overnight, min 4 hours and rinsed – discard soaking water) 1/2 cup kale finely chopped 2 stalks […]

Café Olya: delivering big taste from a small space

Contributed by Hilary Browning   It may be the smallest cafe on Parliament St, at less than 400 sq ft, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with quality product. Walk in the door and you’ll be met by friendly owners Mike Tasso and Olyana Zhuk, serving up delicious coffee and fresh […]

Gastropub: A pub, bar or tavern that offers meals and libations of high quality

Contributed By Kathy Flaxmann   The definition of gastropub sounds like the perfect place to enjoy a meal or get together. Fortunately, Cabbagetown has its own, House on Parliament, where excellent meals and fine beverages have been served for more than 15 years.  The owners offer friendly ambience too, as Beau Opperman lives out his […]

Epicure Shop – Loves the Cabbagetown Festival

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The Epicure Shop has been participating in the Cabbagetown Festival for the last 33 years. All of us at The Epicure are all looking forward to a fun filled weekend, and will be cooking all weekend long. As a matter of fact, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with us, as we serve up […]

Mushroom Meatloaf with Love for 120

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“Elaine is the best cook on Parliament Street!” said a regular visitor to The Yonge Street Mission. “Everything she cooks is so good. I live alone and don’t cook much; it’s special to have dinner with my friends here.” Here is Elaine’s mushroom meatloaf, made with love, to feed 120. 35 lb. ground beef 6 large […]

Cabbagetown Restaurants of Yesteryear

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By Duncan Fremlin, Real Estate Broker This isn’t exactly a history of food in Cabbagetown but we have had a few restaurants of note over the years, some great, some not so great. On the low end of the restaurant food chain circa 1972 would be the legendary Norm’s Open Kitchen on Dundas near Pembroke.  […]