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Things To Do In The T.O This Summer: Toronto Centre Island

We love to make the MOST of what the city has to offer during these hot sunny days!

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Toronto has the best of city living and  when we’re looking for a retreat we don’t have to go too far, the islands are just a short ride away! Some of us have childhood memories of riding the ferry over to the island and seeing a new part of our amazing city. And for those of you yet to discover the gem across the harbor here is what you need to know!

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With over 30 rides and more than a dozen fabulous food options, the iconic Centreville Theme Park is a fantastic family getaway. Bumper boats, bumper cars, an antique carousel, and a farm where you can interact with mini- potbelly pigs, horses, mini ponies, sheep more! There is plenty to do for the whole family which makes it a great one stop destination for summer fun.

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The island itself has over 600 acres of parkland with stunning views of the Toronto harbor, great for a picnic lunch, play mini golf around or give frisbee golf a try! You can even hit up one of the many beaches around the island and take a dip if you can brave the cold Lake Ontario waters!

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Take advantage of the last few weeks of summer and soak up some island sun in the T.O!

Best Food Trucks to Check out This Summer in T.O!

Summertime in Toronto is the best time to check out the city’s great selection of food trucks! Scrumptious, savory and sweet hotspots are springing up everywhere this summer giving us a chance to grab a bite and hang out under a shaded tree for the perfect picnic!

Here’s our list of some of the BEST Food Trucks you must try this summer!

Gorilla Cheese

These are no ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches! This food truck takes a spin off the most classic comfort food and creates gourmet perfection! You can find a variety of grilled cheese choices such as ‘The Lumberjack’, with cheese bacon apple and maple syrup, or ‘The Neopolitan’, which combines unlikely but tasty ingredients such as strawberries and Nutella, cheese on cinnamon raisin bread! Yum!!!!

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Buster’s Sea Cove

We had to include this one; Buster’s Sea Cove is the only seafood Food Truck offered in Toronto! Although it is run by the same owners of the St. Lawrence Market and Long Branch establishment, the truck menu is unique and always changing! You can find one-of-a-kind items such as ‘shrimp po’boys, calamari sandwiches, octopus, fish tacos and lobster rolls that are made with Nova Scotia Lobster! We bet your mouth is watering now!

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Gourmet Gringos

Gourmet Gringos set out to fulfil their mission of serving fresh, authentic, Latin cuisine to Torontonians! With delights such as low-braised pork shoulder tacos, fish tacos, and hand-pressed Argentinean Empanadas, it’s no wonder a huge crowd gathers anywhere this truck makes its entrance! Apart from their delicious menu, Gourmet Gringos sources from local farms and all their meat and produce are 100% local. What’s more? Fresh guacamole is prepared every single morning from only the best avocados! What a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon; lunch is served!

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Caplansky’s Food Truck!

Caplansky’s is one of the most well-established and loved restaurant in the City, so it is no surprise that they took their mouth watering sandwiches on the road for more people to enjoy! Smoked meat sandwiches are of course the staple here, but don’t underestimate their famous and exclusive latkes poutine! Although they claim to be a ‘deli’ truck, there are far more options such as daily soup, grilled cheese, spring rolls and even donuts with flavors such as maple beef-bacon! This will surely hit the spot!

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Eva’s Original Chimneys

Lastly, we thought we would leave you off with something sweet! If you haven’t already tried a ‘chimney’, you’ll want to soon! This Hungarian cake is a freshly baked, bread-like pastry, in a cylindrical shape with a crunchy outer layer, and soft and fluffy dough on the inside! Chimney’s cakes and cones are made with only premium quality ingredients, from scratch, by hand and baked on an open gas rotisserie grill! There are lots of flavors to choose from, whether you want an ‘Original’ which is a delicious pastry cone filled with real ice cream, ‘Eva’s Apple Pie’, homemade apple preserves with cinnamon and ice-cream, or an ultimate experience such as the ‘Dream Cone’, made with Nutella , butter toffee bits, organic cocoa drizzle topped with homemade salted caramel Brownie! On second thought, you may want to do dessert BEFORE lunch! YUMMY!

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With the warm breeze in the air, and longer days ahead, our palates are only getting bigger, hungrier, and more adventurous! Come out and enjoy one, or some of these meals on wheels today and skip the everyday restaurant experience for one that will have you enjoying the outdoors even more!

Check out more food trucks at the Food Trucks Toronto website.

Things To Do in the City Before Summer Ends

The days might be getting shorter and the weather a bit cooler, but there are still a few weeks left of summer! With Labour Day this weekend, there’s a lot to do before you kiss your summer goodbye. Here are our top suggestions for things to do before the summer officially ends.

 

Eat your heart out at the CNE

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With bacon wrapped grilled cheese and poutine balls this year, as well as classics like funnel cakes and Tiny Toms doughnuts, there are enough greasy gourmet treats to keep you busy at the CNE. If the food is too much for you there are always the rides and games for you to try your luck on! The CNE runs from August 21st to September 7th in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

Jump on the Jay’s Bandwagon

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Since the Jays are one of the favourites to win the World Series this year, now’s a better time than ever to jump on the bandwagon. The regular season goes until the end of September, but tickets are already sold out. That doesn’t mean you can’t catch a game on TV at home or at a sports bar and become a baseball pro just in time for the playoffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Buy some art outdoors at the Queen West Art Crawl

queen west art crawlIf you love art and outdoor markets, then the Queen West Art Crawl is definitely for you. The three day long festival from September 11th -13th is centred in Trinity Bellwoods and spills out along Queen Street. Check out local artists, as well as a New Music Stage, Kids Zone, multiple food vendors and a Craft Beer Garden.  Plus come by and visit us at our Minto Westside Tent!

 

 

 

 

 

Wander along the waterfront

Toronto---PROWalk, run, bike or roller blade along Toronto’s waterfront and take in spectacular lake views while the weather is still warm. From Etobicoke to Scarborough you can stroll across the waterfront trails. Check out trail maps here.

 

 

 

 

Catch a movie under the stars at the Minto Westside TIFF Outdoor Movie

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If you can’t get tickets to catch a flick at TIFF, head over to Minto Westside to watch a movie outdoors in the Westside Market at 25 Bathurst Street on September 17th. We’ll be screening Nicolas Cage’s Valley Girl at 7:30pm. Follow Minto Westside on Facebook for more details!

 

 

 

 

 

Your Ultimate Summer Patio and Backyard guide

 As the summer days are heating up, there’s no better way to enjoy the weather than being outside. If you’re tired of always being indoors or stuck in AC, transform your patio, balcony or backyard space into a new living space. Make your home the spot for entertaining or relaxation by turning your patio or balcony into a fun and comfortable oasis. Here are a few quick and easy patio and backyard décor tips that will bring your outdoor space to life this summer.

 

Transform your backyard into an outdoor dining oasis

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If your home has a large and beautiful backyard, transform that into a fun, cozy outdoor dining space. Instead of using a conventional dining table and chair set, use colourful and comfortable wooden patio chairs to compliment a vintage wooden table. If you already have a wooden bench lying around, add that to the dining table. The wooden furniture will blend right in with the nature around it. Place a colourful runner across the table and add pillows and blankets for those cooler summer nights.

 

Spice up your small balcony

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Living in a condo or apartment means you may not have a backyard, but your balcony is a great spot for your own private outdoor retreat. Extend your indoor living space by adding a few decorative touches and furniture to your balcony. Add a small outdoor dining set, or small outdoor chairs and tables on top of a vibrant rug. To make your balcony cozy, place pillow and blankets over the chairs and add some decorative plants and vases to the space. For more of a warm feeling, add soft outdoor lighting to really set the mood at night.

 

Plan a party with the right décor

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If you enjoy hosting dinner parties or social gatherings at your home, the summer time is the perfect time to entertain. And what makes entertaining outdoors even better is the type décor pieces and themes you can choose from. Depending on your style, use colourful but elegant tableware for a festive vibe. Add warm lanterns or a string of lights to compliment your decorative dining table. Serve fun colourful drinks to add a splash of colour to your spread.

 

Add some art to your outdoor walls

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Simple but elegant wall art can go along way when you add it outdoors. Make your own wall art by incorporating geometric shapes, unique art pieces or plants to your wall. Adding plants to any wall will instantly transform your outdoor space, making it feel like an outdoor oasis. Purchase a wall planter and use your own DIY style to fill it with a beautiful arrangement. You can also spray paint different geometric shapes onto small wooden panels for an artistic feel.

 

Get creative and make your outdoor space your own. Share your own backyard and patio décor photos with us by tweeting us at @MintoCondos.

 

 

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Our Favourite Yorkville Patios

On hot summer days, enjoying a refreshing drink on a patio is the perfect cool down. And in a neighbourhood like Yorkville, there are so many fantastic patios to choose from, all steps away from Minto Yorkville Park. From amazing food to yummy sangrias, here is a list of some of our favourite patios in Yorkville.

 

Hemingway’s

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Right at the corner of Bay and Cumberland, Hemingway’s has become a historic hotspot in Yorkville. With some of the best sangrias in the city, Hemingway’s is the perfect place to grab summer drinks. It’s also known for their large selection of beer, offering 24 beers on tap. They have 3 bars and 4 different patios, including a rooftop. Hemingway’s is more of a casual vibe than other Yorkville spots. And what makes this pub so great is the year-round heated patio. No need to worry about a dress code here; this laid-back spot is great for hanging out with friends and having a good time.

 

The Pilot 

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The Pilot “Flight Deck” rooftop patio is a Yorkville staple. With a casual atmosphere, The Pilot is a great spot for after work drinks, or grabbing lunch with a few friends. Their menu is moderately priced, offering traditional pub food. The patio also features heaters and retractable awnings, so you can stay cool or warm during the summer season. Stop by The Pilot on the weekend for live jazz music.

 

One Restaurant

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Owned by celebrity chef Mark McEwan, One Restaurant is located in the Hazelton Hotel. Their sidewalk patio is a great spot for people watching while you sip on one of their signature cocktails. One Restaurant’s intimate patio is also a great place to have a romantic dinner date during the summer. If you’re a lover of fine dining and elevated cuisine, then One Restaurant is one place you have to try this summer.

 

Kasa Moto

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Kasa Moto by the Chase Hospitality Group is the newest addition to the Yorkville scene. Serving contemporary Japanese dishes and an assortment of small plates, this is a spot not to be missed. Their spectacular roof top terrace is the perfect location for after work drinks and dining with friends. Their cocktails are one of a kind, infused and inspired by Japanese flavours. Kasa Moto is the perfect spot in Yorkville to dine while drinking a cold sake.

 

Skylounge

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Skylounge is part of Proof Vodka Bar, located in the Intercontinental hotel. It is one of the more unique patios you will find in Yorkville, with a mix of chaise lounges and tables, silk pillows and greenery all around the grounds to compliment the oasis feel. Guests can enjoy food from a tapas-style menu or drinks from a long cocktail list, offering some great summer cocktails. The chic and elegant oasis at Skylounge lets you escape from all the noise and chaos on Bloor Street. Be sure to wear your best pair of sunglasses.

 

Want to live surrounded by these great patio hot-spots? Minto Yorkville Park is situated right in the heart of Yorkville! With 1,2, and 3 Bedroom suites still available, don’t miss your chance at #24karatliving. Register today and visit us at our brand new Sales Centre to find out more.

 

 

Kenya Bruce

 

 

10 things to do before Summer ends

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With Labour Day upon us, we’re sad to say that the end of summer is near. Fortunately, you still have a few days left to take advantage of all that summer has to offer.

1. Go to the Ex:

There’s lots of fun to be had at the Exhibition Place (the Ex), a Toronto summer must. From the large variety of deep-fried goodies, like Oreos, Mars Bars and butter, to the current Zip Line attraction – you definitely don’t want to miss this summer veteran, so hit it up before it leaves for the year on Labour Day

2. Have lunch on a patio:

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Of course this can be enjoyed during fall or spring, but patios are truly reserved for the warm summer months. There are so many patios to hit up in the City, but our favourites are the Oasis Rooftop PatioCopacabana Brazilian Steak House and the Duke of Kent, located down the street from Minto30Roe at Yonge and Eglinton.

3. Speaking of lunch, hit up a food truck:

Toronto’s food truck scene is growing to include a wide variety of fun choices like Fidel Gastros and Gourmet Gringos! If you’re looking for desserts, Pretty Sweet is a cupcakery on wheels!

4. Catch a Jays game:

There’s plenty of games to catch before the end of the season, so grab a few friends and make an outing of it. You can kill two birds with one stone and pair up lunch or drinks on the patio before the game.

5. Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market:

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On the last Sunday of each month between May and October, the streets of Kensington Market are closed off to cars, and it becomes a completely pedestrian-friendly zone.  It’s a street party and everyone is welcome.

6. Indulge at the Magnum Pleasure Store:

The pop-up store was only supposed to be in town until the end of July, but due to popular demand, they extended their stay for just one more month until August 30th. We love the variety of toppings, ranging from maple fudge to culinary rose petals.

7. What is summer without a visit to the beach?

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A trip to the beach is the epitome of summer – it’s fun, it’s warm and it’s filled with good memories. Toronto may not be Miami, but we still have plenty of options for the beach-goer, like Woodbine Beach or Canada’s Sugar Beach.

8. Go to the Islands and rent bikes:

This is a summer must! Hop on the ferry and head over to Warr’s Island where miles of beaches, beautiful scenery, gorgeous views and bicycles await! Sounds like the perfect way to get some exercise in before the end of the summer!

9. Go to Shakespeare in the Park at High Park

If you’re a Shakespeare fan and you haven’t yet attended Shakespeare in the Park, you better hurry fast as this summer treasure comes to an end September 1st. This summer, for the first time, the theatre is alternating between two shows: Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew.

10. Ice cream sandwich from Bakerbots:

Best ice cream sandwiches in the city. You pick your cookie and then you pick the ice cream. It’s a simple concept but oh-so-good! The ice cream comes from Ed’s Real Scoop and you have a wonderful variety to choose from!

Did we miss any fun things to do in the summer?