Any time is bubbly time

What tickles your nose, dances on your palate and makes magic every time you sip it? That would be bubbly of course. Sparkling wine is made several different ways. The Champagne method involves a second fermentation in the same bottle. In the Charmat, tank or cuvée close method (all the same), the second fermentation takes […]

Easy, tasty, versatile meals

With Halloween just around the corner, and numerous other evening events scheduled for fall, some quick and simple menus are always welcome. This is especially true, if the recipes, like these, can do double duty and provide leftovers to pack in lunches for the next day. Chicken ‘Meatloaf’ This mixture is the ultimate in versatility. […]

Plan your selling strategy well

As far as Thanksgiving weekend weather goes, this past long weekend has to rank up there as one of the best we’ve been given in a long time. It was like summertime all over again. Really quite spectacular, wasn’t it? And now that the last of the turkey leftovers are gone, or unless you celebrate […]

Swan song in the Beach

Can you guess what creature is elegant, has an elongated neck, long white feathers, and is very beautiful?  Why swans, of course. There are two species of swans in the Beach area. Mute Swans Down at the Leslie Street Spit and Ashbridges Bay you will find a pair of Mute Swans.  Watching them reminds me […]

Beach boys memories of the great Babe

People in the City of Toronto have always been sports fans, especially baseball. We had many teams that played in many leagues and had different names, but the two most well known were the Toronto Maple Leafs – and later – the Toronto Blue Jays. The Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball team was located at one […]

Even old houses can turn green

Renovating an old house is bad enough. Renovating an old house to be as environmentally-friendly as possible – well, that’s a giant job. But that’s what Beacher Keely Kemp decided to do when she bought a 1917 fixer-upper some three years ago. The house had been vacant for several years, and had been in the […]

Where’s the coolest place on earth?

Perhaps mid-summer you paused outside the former Bellefair United Church on your Saturday morning stroll along Queen. What was missing? Oh, yeah, that artsy sign welcoming campers to “the coolest place on Earth: Theatricks”. Do not be disheartened: Theatricks, the theatre company for kids, has not met its demise; indeed it is now thriving at […]

Queen Street E. closed on Oct. 16 for Waterfront Marathon

For the last two years, Beach residents and businesses have hosted the turnaround of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This year is no exception. Along with hosting this part of the run includes our making our stretch of Queen Street East available to the runners, but it also means we’ve got a world-class sporting event […]