Shawn Skeir’s self-titled Skeir Studio Gallery opened in 2007, around the same time I started working in Parkdale. I used to text my husband photos of Shawn’s artwork until we finally bought a couple of pieces.
When I came back to work (in Parkdale) after my maternity leave last summer, I was so happy to see a new baby store, with the sweetest name, This Little Piggy.
Faye opened her store for the very reasons that I was excited to have it, so that moms in the Parkdale and surrounding areas could get things that they would have before had to go online to find- hip clothing, new and interesting baby products, even a good nursing bra.
Dave and Ashley came together to form CEDAR Juice a little over a year ago. CEDAR is a local cold pressed juice company which can be found in many retailers around Toronto (West End Food Coop and Bolt Fresh Bar to name a few). They also sell cleanses and custom packs online. Dave and Ashley met through friends while working corporate jobs in the UK. Both tried cold pressed juice for the first time in New York City and loved it. Ashley would grab one on her commute into work and found she would get the same energy rush as if she’d had a coffee. Probably because you get 3-4lbs of fruit and veggies in each bottle.
When Contrast Living opened its doors in Parkdale in April 2015 I was ecstatic, finally a super fun (affordable) shop that I can rely on when I need something little for a family or friends’ birthday. When I first went into the store I noticed right away that it was so much more than a cute little gift shop. They also sell vintage/retro furniture and lighting as well as some very cool handmade one-of-a-kind stools.
In February 2014 I told one of my best friends that we were going to start trying for our second baby next month. For those who know me, if over the past year I have seemed weird, distant, or just off… this is why. For those who don’t know me, you’re about to get to on a pretty personal level.
There have been so many beautiful local vegetables (and flowers) at the farmers market over the past few weeks. I’ve started to cook some veggies that I’ve never made before, beets and cabbage to name a few. I ‘googled’ beets until I found a few recipes that sounded good, combined them, and added a few ingredients. I’ve made this a couple of times now and think it’s perfected and ready to share. Thankfully we made it to the market this morning before the rain started. Then as Morris and I were stuck inside all afternoon, it was a perfect time to make and enjoy this salad, which is, by the way, Morris approved!
4 Large beets
1 small purple onion (chopped)
2-3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons of feta cheese (crumbled)
freshly ground pepper
Fill medium pot with water, bring water to a boil. Cut off greens and roots from the beets. Cut into 8 pieces each (do not peel). Add beets and boil until soft to fork (about 45 minutes).
Meanwhile, heat olive olive in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Put the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate until cooled. Toss in crumbled feta cheese.
Once beets are soft to fork, strain and rinse them under cold water, then allow them to cool fully. Peels will easily rub off.
Arrange beets on a serving dish. Top with onion, garlic, and feta cheese mixture. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Season with freshly ground pepper. Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!