Geraldine: Quirky New Parkdale Cocktail Bar

A new bar has emerged in the Parkdale neighbourhood, and it is nothing like your typical hang out spot! This bar has vintage paintings on the walls, classic white tiles and crown mouldings that gives it a very feminine touch. Hints of Paris and New Orleans can be seen throughout the bar, which is what makes it so appealing to Parkdale residents.


c/o The Grid, by Michelle Yee


The cocktail menu is defined as bold and beautiful, which is inspired from Maison Premiere, an oyster bar in Brooklyn. Michael Mooney, the bartender of Geraldine, is skilled at making any kind of suave drink your heart desires. Michael has much experience after working at Banu, a Persian restaurant on Queen and Euclid for three years now. If you want to wind down with a simpler drink, Geraldine also offers an array of beer and wine choices too. The wine menu was designed with help from Dundas West’s Midfield Wine Bar. If you’re looking for a place to show off your chic outfit and gossip with close friends, Geraldine is definitely the spot to try!


c/o The Grid, by Michelle Yee


Sismondo, Christine. “A Spirited Romance” The Grid September 13, 2013. October 24, 2013.

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Hotel Expansion at 1 King West


Currently underway and set to be completed in July is the addition of an Executive Centre and a Hospitality Suite for the hotel and residency at One King West.


According to, the Executive Centre (which is the first of its kind at One King West) will be situated on the 14th floor and can accommodate 30 to 40 guests. Its sole purpose is to be used to host product launches, business meetings, presentations, and conferences. Perhaps this new addition may appeal to the financial and law firms in the downtown King Street area, which will allow the hotel and condominium to profit greatly. 


The Hospitality Suite will be on the 15th floor and can be used to host, for example, a small modern wedding. The 2,500 sq. ft. of space can hold up to 60 people (very different from the huge historical wedding venue most opt for at One King West). The suite, according to, comes with a huge entertainment space featuring a kitchen, bar, fireplace, and an impressive audio/video system, not to mention an outside terrace that, depending on what angle you’re looking from, provides views of the Yonge Street corridor, or the St. Lawrence neighbourhood and waterfront. Another advantage of the suite is that it connects to a one-bedroom unit with its own private washroom, although the suite and bedroom may be rented separately, allowing the space to be used for a function outside of the typical hotel use. Typical hotel use being the three key words here.

So, if you find yourself looking for a small wedding venue or a place for your next work meeting, bookings can be made at One King West as of September 1st.


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Nejibee Izakaya


Nejibee Izakaya is an authentic Japanese tavern with dishes inspired by the Hida-Takayama village in Japan. This up-and-coming izakaya and teppanyaki bar is owned by head chef Atsushi Iwabuchi who has years of experience making izakaya and ramen dishes. Some of the signature dishes at Nejibee include keichan-yaki, okonomi-yaki, and garlic edamame.

The only bad thing about this restaurant is that it can be difficult to find. Nejibee Izakaya is located in the back of a condo located at 24 Wellesley Street. The main entrance can be reached off of Phipps Street. Despite the fact that this restaurant is hard to locate, it is definitely a must-try. With over 30 chains already established in Japan, you’re sure to experience delicious and traditional Japanese cuisine.


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The Hudson’s Bay on Queen & Yonge

Every major department store has a remarkable story, but none can compare to that of The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), which has been around since 1670. Located at 160 Yonge Street in close proximity to the Toronto Eaton Centre is the flagship store and the headquarters of the HBC. This sandstone building, where you can find within a variety of departments from men’s, women’s, shoes, handbags & jewellery, and beauty to children’s and home sections, was built in 1895 by the Toronto architectural firm of Burke and Horwood. It originally housed a Simpson’s Department Store before HBC took over in 1978.


HBC is perhaps one of the oldest corporations in North American history, dating back to the fur-trading era where it once, according to Wikipedia, “owned a swath of land larger than Europe.” It was originally Canadian owned until it was sold to the American firm, NRDC in 2008. However, according to back in 2009 it was announced that the ownership of Hudson’s Bay Co. could return to Canadian hands as soon as the first half of 2011 through a public stock offering. This website also stated that HBC once owned 10 per cent of the earth’s surface.

Today, the HBC at Queen and Yonge has evolved with plans to open a 20,000 sq. ft. Kleinfeld boutique in April 2014 as reported by As well, there are plans to renovate and expand the new men’s floors and women’s shoe floors amongst the existing departments. Surely resulting in a worthy visit once completed.


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Easy Shrimp Pad Thai

It can be hard to make home-made meals on a weeknight, especially with your busy schedule.  Sometimes it’s far too tempting to throw that frozen pizza into the oven, or call your local Chinese delivery place.  You know- the one that (scarily) knows your name and order by heart.

We have comforting news, though: it doesn’t have to be that hard!  Making dinner at home is financially smarter as well as healthier than ordering take out or eating tasteless frozen dinners.  This week, challenge yourself to make dinner every night.  By the end of the week, I bet your stomach and wallet will be grateful.

To start you off, here’s a really simple recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai.  It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare (less than the time for that pizza to be delivered!) and it’s made with deliciously fresh ingredients!


Easy Shrimp Pad Thai

Yields 2-3 servings.


1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons ketchup (weird, right?)
2 teaspoons worcestershire
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/3 lb. home-style wide noodles (or you can use rice noodles if you’re feel more authentic)
1/2 lb. cooked shrimp (you can use uncooked if you prefer, just be sure to cook longer than I suggest below)
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/4 lb. brussels sprouts, sliced thin
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 lime for serving


Stir together the first seven ingredients (eight if you are using the red pepper flakes). Set aside. Cook the noodles according to your package directions. You want them a tiny bit under cooked. Next stir fry the bell peppers in a bit of oil until just softened. Now stir in the shrimp and sliced brussels sprouts and cook until the sprouts are bright green, 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Pour on the sauce over the stir fry noodles and cook an additional 5-6 minutes until the sauce has somewhat evaporated/cooked into the other ingredients.

In the last minute of cooking, stir in the peanuts.  Top the dish with cilantro.

Serve hot with a few wedges of lime. Don’t like shrimp? Replace with cooked chicken or baked tofu.



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DIY Gallery Wrapped Canvas Painting

Looking to spruce up a certain room or area within your condo? Then we recommend this large-scale art on a budget project that’ll only take up to 30 minutes of your time.


Whether it is the bathroom, bedroom or living room that needs some art love, simply purchase an exhisting craft store poster and a thrift store canvas, and voila, you have what your guests will think is an expensive piece of art.

To get started you’ll need the following:

  • A poster
  • A canvas (smaller than the poster)
  • Adhesive such as mod podge
  • A brush
  • A staple gun or stapler


1. Lay out your poster.

2. Place canvas on top to be sure you have enough room to fold the edges around.

3. Spread out your adhesive.

4. Starting at the bottom or top, carefully press your poster onto the gluey canvas, taking care to smooth out air bubbles.

5. Flip the whole thing over and smooth it out.

6. Flip back over and use your fingers, a dry towel, or a brayer to smooth out any extra wrinkles.

7. Flip back over, and carefully wrap the edges around to the back of the canvas. Secure in place with staples.

8. Fold corners neatly and secure with staples.

9. Finally, display completed canvas in the room of choice!

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One King West’s prime hotel facilities


The prestigious building at One King West has had a long history in Toronto. The building was first home to the original Michi & Co. Grocers & Wine Merchants in the mid-1800s. Afterwards, it became the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Today, One King West is a hotel and residence. Residents may not be fully aware of all the perks that come with residing in a hotel. Here is just an overview of some of the great facilities that residents can take advantage of.

Fitness centre:

The hotel features a rooftop fitness centre located on the 17th floor. It has a beautiful view of Lake Ontario. It features treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, free weights, yoga mats, a hot tub and resistance pool.

Fine dining establishments:

Bistro on King is located in the hotel lobby and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Henri’s Bar offers a large selection of wine, beer and fine spirits. The bar also offers freshly prepared appetizers.

Le Petite Thuet offers a large selection of sandwiches, salads, pastries and more.

Private events:

One King West also offers private halls for business meetings, weddings or parties. The venue spaces are beautiful and historic.

The Grand Banking Hall offers a beautiful venue with Corinthian columns and towering cathedral windows showcasing views over Yonge and King.

The King Gallery was originally part of the mezzanine overlooking the Grand Banking Hall. Today, it is its own private space enclosed with glass walls, perfect for ceremonies and cocktail parties.

The Austin Gallery is another wedding venue and offers close to 2,000 square feet of space. The space once housed the executive offices of the bank. It now offers private room and a large balcony above which overlooks the space.

For more information regarding One King West, please feel free to contact us!


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Mio Ristobar

Mio Ristobar is a sophisticated and elegant Italian restobar located in the PATH, in ScotiaPlaza. It offers great fine dining as well as take-out options for the busy Bay street crowd and uses the finest ingredients (like tomatoes shipped directly from Italy).

Chef Ivan Zuniga has created a mouth-watering menu featuring great dining options. Mio is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It caters to everyone’s needs.

Dishes include:

Ravioli 18

With wild mushroom, sage butter sauce, pine nuts, pecorino

Veal Milanese 19

With tomato basil salad, arugula & wild mushrooms

Seared Halibut 23

With wild rice & cranberry salad, grilled asparagus and roasted tomato vinaigrette

Accompany your meal with any of their red or white wine options.

For all those Bay Street companies, Mio Ristobar also caters for corporate parties! Call or email the manager for more details.

Mio Ristobar, Scotiabank Plaza, 416-364-9740, Monday to Friday 7am – 10pm,


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One King West’s Amazing Views

View from the penthouse. Image c/o Urban Toronto.

One King West Hotel and Residences was developed by Stinson Properties and designed by Stanford Downey Architects. The project was completed in 2005. The 51 storey, 578 foot building offers stunning views of the city. The elegant suites at 1 King West were all designed with 19th century apartment hotels in mind. Residents also have the added perk of waking up to amazing views. We thought we would share some impressive images!

Image c/o Urban Toronto.


Image c/o Urban Toronto.

In the image above, we have a view of the downtown core from 1 King West. A number of recent condominium projects are visible: M5V Condos and Festival Tower, among many others.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us!


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Maximizing your living space in your condo

Image c/o House & Home

These days, it seems that new condominium projects are featuring smaller and smaller average unit sizes. But, this doesn’t mean one cannot live comfortably in a smaller space. In fact, knowing how to de-clutter your space is a hot topic these days, as de-cluttering your space will make you feel more at ease in your home.

Where to begin?

First, think multi-tasking. Always try to use furniture that incorporates more than one function. This means purchasing beds, chairs, and kitchen appliances that have extra storage areas hidden inside. You could also try a table that expands, which means you have the capability to accommodate larger dinner parties, while saving space in everyday life.

Next, think about how you can maximize the potential of the pieces and spaces you already have. If you’re entertaining friends for example, you can move large furniture pieces like the dining table to areas that won’t be used for entertaining, such as the den or spare bedroom. This will allow you to free up space to create a huge living room for guests to mix and mingle.

Another rule of thumb: less is more. Aim for fewer and larger pieces of furniture. The living room, for example, only really needs two pieces of furniture: a decently sized sofa and an armchair. Do not overcomplicate your living space with too many extra things; it’s not worth the trouble!

Finally, colours and fabrics are an important part of brining some of that feng shui to your condo. Often, having a single colour throughout the whole space will give it a harmonious and continuous feel. When it comes to fabrics too, you should aim for a balance. Incorporate both larger and smaller prints to create an aesthetically pleasing environment, without one overpowering the other.

Wish you had your very own condo to decorate? Now is the time to buy! For more information on 1 King West, or any other project in Toronto, please feel free to contact us at (416) 929-1660 or email us at We will be happy to help you find that perfect condo!


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About The Building

detail photo of the entrance at One King West Hotel and Residence

Neighbourhood | Financial District

Developer | Stinson Properties, Projectcore

Number of Units | 242

Number of Floors | 51

Completed | 2006


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