Five things to check out at The Bump to Baby Show

Five things to check out at The Bump to Baby Show

The Bump to Baby Show, an event devoted entirely to clean family living, is coming to Toronto's east end for the first time on Oct. 21 at The Riverdale Hub

Moms and dads with little kiddos and soon-to-be parents are invited to a fun-filled day for the whole family that introduces small steps and simple solutions to inspire health-conscious living with baby. 

Here are five things you can expect to discover and experience at The Bump to Baby Show:

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Jules Bistro opens Leslieville outpost on Queen East in former address of Edward Levesque

Photo: Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

Jules Bistro has taken over the space formerly occupied by longtime brunch stalwart Edward Levesque on Queen East in Leslieville. 

The incoming restaurant is the third outpost of the French bistro which already has popular locations in the Fashion District at Spadina and Richmond, and on Queen St. W near Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The formula at Jules Bistro is French cuisine without the haute. The restaurant is known for its affordability and value whether it's a date night or a small group get-together. 

The bistro also offers prix-fixe menus as well as a la carte classics like magret de canard, salmon tartare, nicoise salad, quiches and crepes. 

The cote de boeuf for two — 24 oz. rib-eye, frites, mixed greens, ratatouille and spiced mayo — and a selection of larger sharing items like rack of lamb make it an easy choice for couples.

Jules Bistro is now open everyday from 5:30 p.m. - late at 1290 Queen St. E. Visit bistro-jules.com for more info.

Succuterra, a shop for succulents and air plants in Toronto's east end

Succuterra, a shop for succulents and air plants in Toronto's east end

Succulents and air plants are the darlings of the botanical world at the moment, and now there's a shop specializing in the trendy greenery on Queen St. E.

Succuterra, which started out as an online venture, has become a full-fledged brick-and-mortar boutique stocking succulents, terrariums, cacti and more stylish, Instagram-ready plants. 

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Muddy York Brewing Co. unveils its new taproom

Photo: Muddy York

Photo: Muddy York

 

Muddy York Brewing Co. has unveiled a new taproom at its brewery in East York. 

Constructed mainly from salvaged materials, the vintage-industrial space was conceived by brewery co-owners Jeff Manol and Susan Michalek. Yhe taproom’s main attraction is an 11-foot-high tap tower, made from mid-century hydraulic pipes with 12 taps from which a rotating roster of beers will flow.

“Opening a taproom has been a dream since I established Muddy York Brewing Co. in 2013,” says brewer and proprietor Jeff Manol.

“It’s the perfect way to showcase the many varieties of beers that we brew here, and it allows us to interact directly with the community.” Michalek adds, “We believe that this will become a destination for fans of craft beer and their families to sample our product line as well as a place for events, corporate gatherings, and private parties.”

Customer favourites Gaslight Helles Lager and Storm Glass IPA will be pouring alongside seasonals like Haberdasher Hefeweizen and Brick Maker Common.

In addition to the selection of bottles for sale, you can choose 12 oz. tap pours or sample beers in a flight of four 5 oz. glasses.

The brewery promises a few surprises as well; beers that aren’t often available in the Muddy York Bottle Shop as well as cask varieties.

Muddy York is located at 22 Cranfield Rd. Visit muddyyorkbrewing.com for more info.

Coming soon: Polly Anna

Photo: Dean Seguin

Photo: Dean Seguin

The restaurant scene on Gerrard St. E is heating up with another impending arrival.

Polly Anna will soon make its debut in the space previously occupied by Cucina Aprile Bambina. The new spot is from the same team behind East Side Social and Thirsty Duck on Queen St. E. 

Along with welcoming new arrivals over the summer, that stretch of Gerrard — from Marjory to Jones — is lined with a handful of other incoming spots that will soon jockey for position in the east end dining scene. 

Polly Anna is located at 1054 Gerrard St. E.

Top five kid-approved playgrounds on the east side

Top five kid-approved playgrounds on the east side

Playgrounds are a city kid’s backyard, and Toronto has enough outdoor play space to satisfy even the most rambunctious of rugrats. From twisty slides and splash pads to jungle gyms and sandboxes, we've rounded up five favourite east end playgrounds to banish boredom and get kids jumping, climbing and swinging. 

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