Tour De Parkdale – Bike Riders Can Stop, But They Won’t Stop

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You noticed I called them “bike riders”. They are not cyclists in my eyes. To me a cyclist rides for exercise, sport and the love of having a fine tuned machine as their mode of transport. I also bet they follow the rules of the road.

Since the summer began, the amount of “bike riders” in our area has increased dramatically. Duh. It’s nice out. It’s better than being stuck on a streetcar and it’s great to get that breeze in your face. But….

It’s also a time for more annoying and somewhat dangerous experiences when walking.

The cross walk at the end of our street is a 3-way intersection with our street being a one-way. There is a bike lane of the main street we connect with. It’s just houses really.

So what happens is, bike riders like to cruise through the intersection without ever stopping. Honest. I watch and actually make a point of noting when a bike rider stops. It has not happened in many weeks. Hell I will take a slow roll or yield.

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New Cuban Place in #Parkdale – Mojito Cubano

New place to eat in Parkdale alert. Mojito Cubano. No need to go up to Roncy or over to Ossington anymore.

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I love a good mojito, so I am sure once the summer arrives, we will be checking it out. Try the food, see if it’s kid friendly and if it will make our regular Parkdale rotation.

The menu looks tasty. Honestly as long as they have a Cuban sandwich and a minty mojito, I’m down. Interesting the kid menu offers spaghetti. Anyways. My boys like spaghetti.

Where are you eating in Parkdale? Love to hear new places to try.

#Parkdale Life: Fall Day at the Parkdale Flea Market

Starting a new series today, called #Parkdale Life. Seems appropriate as this is where we live now and I really enjoy walking the streets and exploring everything the neighbourhood has to offer. I am also becoming more conscious about supporting local business and showing our kids that everything does not come from Walmart.

We have been to numerous Parkdale places so I have some catching up to do. I figured I would start the series off with our first visit to the Parkdale Flea. I have seen the signs many times but we have never gone. Seems silly as we live around the corner.

It was also a good place to visit with the boys as we were getting some exercise on a lovely Sunday morning. I had no idea what to expect.

For those not familiar with the Parkdale Flea, it’s where local artists and businesses promote their goods in this old building just off of Queen Street. It’s free and there is something new every time.

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Go Mudding in #Parkdale At Electric Mud BBQ

Since we moved into our new neighbourhood (Parkdale), one restaurant has been taunting us to go with its smokey smells and vibrant wall art. I am talking about Electric Mud BBQ located at Queen and Brock in Toronto.

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Not only do we walk by it every day, we keep hearing great things about the BBQ food they put out. My interest was piqued at BBQ. We used to live up near Barque on Roncy and after finally eating at Electric Mud recently, we have definitely found our new close-to-home BBQ place.

I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so we can experience the patio, while again, being within stumbling┬ádistance to home.

Before I get started on sharing our first dining experience there, my one piece of advice would be to reserve a table. We tried to drop in before and were greeted by a 45 minute wait. Also, based on how scarce parking becomes on our street at night, I know Electric Mud is doing just fine.

What We Had Heard

Before we even moved into Parkdale there was buzz about this place. I had heard the name and that they did great BBQ. We were told it was very “hipster” and “trendy” and online reviews commented on the high prices despite it being a little on the grungy side. I figured it was just off Queen Street and was popular, so of course prices would be a little high. But also, good BBQ is not cheap. When you smoke meat for several hours or more, you can’t just give it away.

So going in, we had an idea in our head and since I do a lot of backyard smoking myself, I do have high expectations for BBQ.

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