No Fuss Fish and Chips

Reliable Halibut and Chips on Queen Street East in Toronto has been a staple fish dish and diner in Leslieville since the 1940s. Known by local folk for its delicious super-sized portions and the smell of malt vinegar that permeates through its walls onto the street, this hidden gem is the go-to restaurant when you’re…

Don’t Fear the Black Irish

The pub’s name was the first thing to grab my attention, but I’ve always been amused by its sketchy location on one of the grittiest intersections in Toronto. I’d passed the Black Irish a dozen times on my way downtown from the east end and always wondered what it would be like to go in and what…

Hot Dog Hunting

Lately I’ve had overwhelming cravings for the good old fashioned hot dog. Almost every day my belly and brain conspire to feed my body with a juicy bbq’d wiener smothered in mustard and ketchup and onions, wrapped in a squishy white bun. Once I was forced to walk to Nathan Phillips Square for the savoury…

Breakfast with a View

Unless you like lineups that smell like ketchup and make your belly snarl, don’t even try to go out for brunch 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,…

Is Star Wars the New Religion

You may have seen his artwork in the windows of Atomic Toybot and The Tiny Record Shop in Leslieville and wondered, WTF?! I was also curious about what inspires Toronto artist, Robert Farmer. “What I choose to be influenced by is not usually found within the context of what is popular or acceptable,” explains Robert who will unveil his…

Dollarama strikes Queen Street East, Toronto: Part I

Me: What do you think about the new Dollarama going in where Carbon Computers use to be? Rahat Alam: What??? Queen Street???? Me: Yeah, right near you. Rahat: The train of bad changes coming. Me: You wouldn’t shop at Dollarama? Rahat: Never. Why should I? Controlling global economy by China? Me: It’s cheap! I used…

BOOM BOOM

Change your outlook on life with a pair of these heart-shaped sunnies from my favourite store in Riverside: Common Sort. Bad moods everywhere will improve when you wear these $10 shades, with possible consequences of global happiness. I haven’t stopped smiling since January and everyone around me smiles (laughs?), too. Frames come in a rainbow…

Art deco at Elbers

Doesn’t this pink Depression Glass ashtray make you want to take up smoking? Me, too! I discovered this cheap and cheerful 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…

Retro Pens on Queen

Ink is hard to come by (pretty much anywhere), so when I found these stylin’ Retro Pens by Kikkerland at The TIny Record Shop in Leslieville, I had to buy them. 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 high and dry…

Tango at the Bone House

Ever since we’ve been going to The Bone House in Leslieville, I’ve had my eye on Tango, a plush dog toy that looks like Ivan. 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 out of the ordinary, really,…