Summer Grubbin’ Happened So Fast

Here’s Wee Urban’s comprehensive and thoroughly researched, top 5 list of places to eat this summer in Toronto.

So whether you’re travelling to the big city, or living in it, chances are… you’ll love the places we list.

*2 of the 5 are outdoor patios*

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Harvest Kitchen

Harvest Kitchen is graced with two patios, one awning-covered, street-level space with room for 8 out front and the other, a 35-seat deck on the second-floor that’s surrounded by lush tree canopies. Snag a spot at brunch and indulge in pancakes and morning mimosas while soaking up the sun.

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The Porch

The patio above the Rock ‘N’ Horse Saloon benefits from sweeping views of the city including unobstructed photo ops of the CN Tower. At night, the rooftop lounge feels like a street party, but by day, the place is a casual hangout with a snack bar menu to enjoy alongside beers.

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Pi Co. 

BRAND NEW! Yorkville is now home to a quick-service pizza parlour. Pi Co. serves Neapolitan style pizza and allows you to pick your own toppings. The pizza is made in a brick fire oven, with the stones imported all the way from Italy. Pi Co. also serves up Sweet Pis for dessert, and a breakfast pizza.

20090628-stockyardssignThe Stockyards

The Stockyards is the modern day interpretation of the family diner/ BBQ joint while embracing traditional methods of dry curing, aging, and smoking that require time and patience. They also have Chicken & Waffles. Who doesn’t love Chicken & Waffles?

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Vesuvio

Toronto was first introduced to New York style pizza when the Pugliese family founded Vesuvio in 1957. This is by far, without a doubt, the best pizza the “6” has to offer. So if you’re travelling West, it’s a must-stop. Grab a large pepperoni, walk down High Park Av. into the park and enjoy a pizza themed picnic with the fam.

Mmm… I’m hungry!

FTD – For The Dads – Devin’s Top 5 Beers for St. Paddy’s Day

st-patricks-daySt. Paddy’s is just one of those holidays that really needs to happen on a Friday or Saturday… Don’t ya agree! Well we’re all adults here, so let’s cut to the chase. There’s nothing like an ice cold beer, (or glass of wine, if you’re classy) after a long day with the kids. For me, considering I don’t have kids, let’s call it a long day with my dog, who whines and needs to go outside far too much, and is afraid of the rain, and snow, anyways.


Sometimes you just need a cold one to take the edge off and properly relax. So in the spirit of St. Paddy’s day. Here are my Top 5 Beer choices. We get a little classy, we get a little sassy, and we’re always tasty.

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Budweiser

Ahh, the old classic, the King, as they say. I once heard a comedian say that he doesn’t drink Heneiken, because when you’re at a bar and have had a few too many. “Heneiken” is just too difficult to articulate, so, that’s where Budweiser comes in. Whether you’ve had 2, or 20. You can always say, “Bud”. It’s perfect for St. Paddy’s as it couples a decent flavour at a great price point. But watch out, because Bud is brewed with rice, instead of wheat, the next day headaches are killer… Of course, a trade off most of us are always wiling to make.

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Sleeman Clear 2.0

Maybe not what you thought was coming, but definitely an option. I’m a fan of strong, crisp beers, but if you’re looking keep the pounds down and not feel bloated from a night of increased hydration, this is by far the best low-calorie option. It still maintains that crisp Sleeman taste, without making you feel like a hot air balloon. I’ve heard many guys say that they don’t want to touch these types of beers, but listen, it does the same job, and if you feel cleaner doing it, then jump right into it. After all, they all taste the same after a while anyways…

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Coors Banquet

I guess we can call this the College Beer. There’s just something about Coors Banquet that makes me feel nostalgic, and it is the only beer that I prefer in a can. Call me crazy but I’m not a fan of Coors Light, but the Banquet understands me. It’s golden can, and even more golden taste, make me feel like I’m in Los Angeles watching the Kings beat the Capitals (true story), or I’m back at home, in my childhood bedroom with my mini-fridge stacked with little golden babies. Plus, I personally think it tastes great, and a good can option is always better than a bottle when travelling.

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Miller Lite/MGD

Like I mentioned, I’m not a huge fan of light beer, thankfully, I am a fan of Lite beer, (see what I did there, spellcheck is saying it’s spelled wrong) Anyways, Miller Lite is finally in Canada, and that is great news for anyone who likes light beer with good taste. It goes down smooth and easy, and is incredibly affordable. You won’t know what hit you. An honourable mention must go out to it’s ancestor… MGD, those clear bottles, they are just beautiful. Aren’t they?

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Guiness

Well, it’s not St. Paddy’s without being genuinely Irish… and there is nothing more Irish, other than Potato’s, than Guiness. It is probably the only beer I’ve ever enjoyed that I cannot see through, and to honour its tradition, and to not hurt my pocket book, it is a St. Paddy’s only beverage. It doesn’t matter what you’re drinking on March 17th. You have to at least pour one of these out for ol’ St. Patrick!

This beerly beloved blog is brought to you by Wee Urban’s own, Devin Sarges. A constant supporter of the Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs – I know. I really do know.

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Spring into Spring! & don’t waste a minute!

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Hello Wee Urban World!

How has everyone’s Winter been? Horrible right!?

We are getting ready for Spring, and although the weather has been nothing if not unpredictable. We’ve been on the search for great things to do this Spring!

We found the most AMAZING checklist of 50 Fun Spring Activities! Right here.

Our favourite’s are:

  • See the cherry blossoms
  • Walk on a deserted beach
  • Pick strawberries…
  • … and of course… Mix up a pitcher of margaritas

 

But if you really want to know what we have planned this Spring, all we can say right now is that it rhymes with blue peak leg.

But it’s not blue… or is it?

 

Stay tuned!

 

~ WU – DS ~

6 Specialty Field Experts Every Family Should Have on their Contact List When Needed

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Another great guest blog from our friend Rachelle Wilber!

 

Life happens, and you want your family to be prepared. When unexpected problems arise, it is nice to know exactly who to call to help you. It’s important to build good relationships with people who will assist you with short term notice. But exactly what kind of experts do you need? Here is a list of six experts to get on your contact list before you need them.
Lawyer
You just never know when you might need legal representation from an attorney, like St. Louis criminal defense lawyer Richard Lzano. Lawyers can handle everything from creating a will to defending you if wrongly accused of a crime and just about anything in between. Go ahead and get a good lawyer on your contact list. Let them assist you with creating legal documents for your family and create a good rapport with them when you really need help.
Financial Planner
When you have an income, you may need help managing it. A financial planner will help you make the most of your money by helping you save for large expenditures, your children’s education, and even retirement. As your income grows, a financial planner will help you get the most out of your investments. They might even be willing to help you out come tax season. You might think that you could do all this yourself, but the US News advises a financial planner because they can see your situation in an objective and unemotional way, which will help them advise you accurately.
Party Planner
You may not be in the habit of throwing lavish gatherings, but most people will put together the occasional bridal shower or graduation party. Having a party planner on your contacts list will help you make sure these events go off without a hitch. You don’t have to spend a fortune hiring a party planner if you have one that you use every time. They’re likely to offer discounts.
Computer Expert
Just about everyone owns a computer these days, but not everyone knows how to run every program they need to or how to fix the system if it malfunctions. Keep a computer expert on your speed dial for when you have a presentation due, and your printer just won’t communicate with your printer.
Babysitter
If you have kids, then there will be times that you need a little help. You might not think a qualified babysitter is important, but it does happen that you will need care unexpectedly when your usual caregivers – mom, neighbor, etc. – just aren’t available. When this happens, you need someone you can trust to call and know your kids are in good hands. Same concept applies for animal care.
Handy Man
If you own your own home, then a reliable handy man (or woman) is a must have. Windows will break, appliances can stop working, and drains do clog. Your family needs someone they can call to take care of problems like this. You will be less worried about who is in your home if it is the same person every time. A good handy man, much like a maintenance person at an apartment complex, will be knowledgeable about large appliance repair, electrical wiring, plumbing, and some carpentry.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber

Fostering Independence in Kids

teaching independenceWe can’t help our kids grow by solving all of their problems and making all of their choices for them. It would be great if they lived in a perfect environment where nothing harmed them, but that isn’t how the real world operates. It’s important that we instill strong senses of independence in our kids so they learn to care for themselves. These tips will help.

1. Teach social and language skills.

One of the best tools we have to solve our own problems is our ability to communicate with one another. If I have a question, I ask someone who knows the answer (which is often Google, but the ability to search is just another way of using language to solve the problem). Socialize your kids around other kids and adults so they have experience with a broad range of people. Encourage questions and give truthful answers.

2. Teach problem solving.

After years of mommy and daddy solving all their problems, some kids prefer to simply defer to their parents when a problem comes up, and many parents have a hard time breaking the cycle. When your child asks you a question that isn’t out of their capacity to figure out, prompt them to solve it themselves. Ask, “What do you think the answer is?” or “How would you do it if I wasn’t here?” You’ll be surprised how often they solve it themselves, but of course, teach them if they don’t know how.

3. Create routines that foster independence.

When you give a kid a routine to follow, they feel independent once they can accomplish it on their own. This breeds confidence, which in turn creates further independence. Teachers label coat hooks and cubbies so kids can manage their own belongings. Eventually they learn to stow their personal items even without the labels. Take this a step further by creating organizational systems at home so your child can learn how to manage his own affairs.

4. Encourage the creation of lists.

Lists are one of the most empowering tools when it comes to organizing one’s life and responsibilities. They break down complex tasks that seem unmanageable in our heads and give us that satisfying feeling as a reward when we cross things off.

5. Give them a chance to solve conflicts.

Sometimes the best teacher of anything is experience. You can talk until you’re blue in the face about resolving personal conflicts, but they won’t understand until they’re apart of one. If you see your child arguing with his friend or playdate over something, give them a minute to sort it out before you jump in and save the day. The day might not need to be saved. You’ll teach a valuable lesson that you child has control to fix his own disputes.

6. Find the right balance.

I can’t give you any specifics here because every child is different, but you’ll have to find the right balance of freedom to give your children. If you offer too much, they might abuse it. Too little, and you won’t teach them anything. For example: don’t brush your son’s teeth for him, but watch nearby. Just like a muscle, push independence a little, but not so much to cause trauma.

custom designed playroomsGuest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms

Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home.

Smart Playrooms works to encourage kids to get back to the basics of play, using their creative side for art projects and imaginary play. Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Some moms ask them to help organize their home, but Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers setting up your playroom – what could be better!

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