• Smoothies and Juices

    May 30, 2013

    Are you constantly on the go? If you’re looking for a low-fuss way to get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables,  homemade smoothies and juices can be a great option.  To get started, here are some recipes that we think you’ll enjoy.

    Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
    For a full feeling that lasts until lunch, simply blend the following ingredients:

    • 2 cups of cold milk (or milk alternatives such as soy or almond)
    • 1 banana, cut into chunks (this is also a great way to use those frozen brown bananas from your freezer)
    • 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
    • 1 teaspoon of honey
    • 2 teaspoon old quick oats

    Full recipe: joythebaker.com

    Green Smoothies
    Kick your favourite smoothies up a notch with the addition of large handful of greens – both spinach and kale work well and blend easily. With the addition of leafy greens, you’ll boost your fibre and iron intake while the other fruits and veggies mask or compliment the flavour of the greens.  We suggest adding the greens to the bottom of the blender for better mixing.

    This raspberry coconut smoothie will make you feel as though you’re eating dessert for breakfast:

    • 1 cup raspberries
    • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
    • 2 large handfuls of spinach
    • 4 ice cubes
    • 1 cup of liquid – use coconut water, vanilla soy milk or a splash of apple cider

    Supercharged Peach Smoothie
    Peach smoothies are a great sweet treat, and adding leafy greens and quick oats to this recipe really takes it to the next level:

    • 2 cups of sliced peaches
    • 2 handfuls of a leafy green of your choice
    • 1 tablespoon of honey
    • ¼ cup of quick oats
    • 1 cup of liquid (milk, juice or water)
    • 4 ice cubes

    Full recipes: abeautifulmess.com  - this site has a great series on making a variety of green smoothies

    Mango Smoothies
    We love this recipe from the Heart and Stroke Foundation; the addition of ginger really compliments the flavour of the mango. What a way to start your day!

    • Flesh of 1 large ripe (or frozen) mango, chopped
    • 2 mL (1/2 tsp) fresh ginger, grated
    • 80 mL (1/3 cup) frozen orange juice concentrate
    • 375 mL (1-1/2 cups) 1% milk, chilled
    • 250 mL (1 cup) ice

    Full recipe: heartandstroke.com

    Looking for locally grown fruit can be a challenge in the spring but you can still find ways to incorporate local ingredients. The following products have options that are both grown and produced in Quebec and Canada.

    • Plain or vanilla yogurt
    • Frozen berries
    • Preserves or canned fruits from a store or a Montreal farmer’s market
    • Apple juice or cider
    • Quebec maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness

    In April, seasonal locally grown fruits and veggies include: beets, cabbage, carrots, apples, cucumber and rhubarb. These all have subtle flavours that won’t overpower any of your fruit and veggie combinations. Try them out in one of these combinations:

    For a home that compliments your healthy lifestyle, Timbercreek offers a wide variety of rental apartments in Montreal, including some of the most dynamic areas of the city like the trendy Plateau District and the heart of historic and bustling downtown.

  • The Metropolitan Pubs

    May 29, 2013

    It may be set back from the hustle and bustle of the city, but there are plenty of places to go out around Metropolitan Apartments (2837 Yonge Street). This Toronto rental apartment building is tucked in the midst of the Yonge and Lawrence neighbourhood within walking distance of the TTC and the best of Toronto. Here are some nearby picks for pubs and lounges that are guaranteed to provide you with a cold pint and an enjoyable evening out.

    Cam’s Place
    Cam’s Place is a casual local option for comfort food and a cozy atmosphere. Mid-week specials include $5 pints for premium local draughts like Mill Street Organic. This is a fun spot with a great neighbourhood feel, so head over on the weekend for brunch Caesar specials or live comedy. Cam’s Place is a six-minute walk south on Yonge from Metropolitan Apartments.

    2655 Yonge Street
    (416) 488-3976
    http://www.camsplace.net

    Vita Sociale
    Looking for a spot for a date night or special occasion? Vita Sociale (formerly Centro) is a fine dining lounge with an accessible, warm and friendly atmosphere.  The open kitchen concept sets the tone for a lively evening. For a swanky evening out, stroll due south on Yonge for ten minutes to Vita Sociale or simply take the 97 bus route a few stops.

    2472 Yonge Street
    (416) 483-2211
    http://vitasociale.ca/ (website coming soon)

    Rockie Raccoons
    Rockie’s boasts a formidable back patio and laidback vibe. The welcoming staff puts this place in the running for a regular neighbourhood hangout. Named for a Beatles song, Rockie’s has an affinity for music and regularly hosts open mic nights along with concerts from local bands.

    2579 Yonge Street
    (416) 484-6464
    http://www.rockieraccoons.com/

    Spacco Restaurant & Bar
    Are you on the hunt for a lively summer patio? Spacco is the spot for beautiful Italian dishes and an accessible drink menu. This is a great weekend venue with DJs playing Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The vibe here is upscale and energetic, and Spacco also recently started offering a great weekend brunch.

    2415 Yonge Street
    (416) 489-4163
    http://www.spacco.ca/

    Right Wing Sports Bar
    As the name implies, this is where you go for wings done right. Pick from 38 flavours and customize your own favourite basket of wings. This large restaurant has twenty screens where you can watch the Jays games this summer. Downstairs, the bar also features a game room with pool, ping pong tables, soccer tables and darts. Monday nights are half-price wings and Thursdays feature a pint and a pound.

    2497 Yonge Street
    (647) 352-7825
    http://therightwing.ca

    Whether you want to watch the game or enjoy an evening of live music, you can find just about everything around Yonge and Lawrence. Let Timbercreek Communities help you make this great midtown neighbourhood your home with renovated and redesigned suites at Metropolitan Apartments.

  • Unwinding around the Metropolitan

    May 28, 2013

    It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city.  Balance things out by slowing down for a weekend. Here are some great places near Metropolitan Apartments to release your stress and relax in the Yonge and Lawrence neighbourhood.

    Alexander Muir Memorial Garden (2901 Yonge Street)
    These beautiful gardens lead to a walking trail and ravine system. The outdoor facility is open year round but it’s especially lovely now that spring has started and summer is just around the corner. Take a picnic and relax for the afternoon in this beautiful setting where you’ll find trees, flowers and fresh herbs. The gardens are also connected to a trail leading to Sunnybrook Park.

    Iyengar Yoga School(3300 Yonge Street, Suite 205)
    When things get stressful, take time for yourself to relax and exercise with yoga. It’s an excellent and low-impact way to get a workout. The Iyengar Yoga School is close to the Metropolitan and offers a number of 90-minute classes at different skill levels. Whether you’re looking for a full workout, weight loss or increased flexibility, yoga is a perfect way to relax and unwind. 

    Phone: 416 483 5800

    Another nearby Yoga studio is the Ashtanga Yoga centre of Toronto (3215A Yonge Street, Toronto). The centre offers new students a great deal of $40 for a month. It’s easier to relax and get a great workout when you know the class is already covered. 

    Nailsense (2712 Yonge Street)
    What’s better than a mani-pedi to wind down on the weekend? Nailsense is known as a local favourite for an affordable and accessible atmosphere. A short three-minute walk from the Metropolitan, you won’t have to worry about travelling far and messing up your nails. Just remember to bring the flip-flops!

    Phone: 416 485 8686

    Jedd’s Frozen Custard (2470 Yonge Street)
    Frozen custard is the perfect addition to a warm and leisurely summer day. This unusual offering combines the best parts of gelato and ice cream into an amazing dish. Jedd’s Frozen Custard isn’t just a take out custard spot, there’s also a café space that is an excellent spot to spend time with friends for an afternoon. Ask nicely and they’ll even combine your coffee and your frozen custard.

    Phone: 647 349 2121

    Relax in your new home at Metropolitan Apartments near Yonge and Lawrence. Just steps away from a wide selection of shopping, amenities and recreation, midtown living has a lot to offer. Enjoy the balance of busy city life with these nearby options to help you unwind.

  • Cambridge Riverfest

    May 23, 2013

    The Grand River is an integral part of Cambridge, so it’s only natural that there’s an event dedicated to all things Grand. Now in its 33rd year, The Cambridge Riverfest is a fun celebration for the whole family to get out on the river. Held at Riverbluffs Park, the 2013 event will be one to remember. Riverfest is held over two nights with the Fish Fry Night on Friday, May 31 and Riverfest Family Day held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    The annual Fish Fry is held at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club. Along with a delicious meal, the event features a live magician and a comedian. There’s also a band, so dance the night away to the sounds of Ties That Band. Tickets are $20 and are available at all City Of Cambridge facilities.

    On Saturday’s Family Day, connect with the river through a combination of activities including raft and war canoe rides, a children’s play area, entertainment for all ages, local vendors and beer gardens. Entertainment includes: local magician Ray Xu, a bubble Machine, and a show by the doggie superstars The UltraMutts.

    There are activities for kids and adults alike with a free supervised climbing wall. The kids will love the chance to build a birdhouse to take home. There are 150 available for the first kids who arrive at Riverfest. Learn more about local reptiles and amphibians at the Sciensational Sssnakess, an interactive show that lets participants interact with, touch and hold the animals. 

    Riverfest is a great chance to volunteer and get to know the Cambridge community. Positions include: raft rides assistants to load and unload the boats, information booth attendants, as well as beer tent and fish fry attendants. For more information on the variety of positions available, visit the Cambridge Riverfest Volunteer Page or fill out a Volunteer Application

    Getting to Riverfest: From Cambridge, Riverbluffs Park is located on George Street across the street from Dickson Park. Take Highway 24 South to Parkhill - cross the river - and turn right on George Street. Only Riverfest traffic will be allowed to proceed at this point to park in Dickson Park.

    For more information on the event, visit the Cambridge Riverfest website or the City of Cambridge’s News & Events Page.

    Timbercreek Communities is proud to be a part of the Cambridge community. Riverfest is just one example of the many community events that take place in Cambridge and the Tri-Cities area.  Timbercreek offers rental apartments situated in the heart of Cambridge.  Timbercreek’s Cambridge apartment rentals are the perfect place to call home in this great community.

  • Metropolitan Apartments - Getting Around in Style

    May 21, 2013

    Classic on the inside and out, Metropolitan Apartments has been thoughtfully redesigned to reflect our residents’ lifestyle needs. The designer lobby with fashionable finishes and furniture is a great first impression for you and your guests. Keep up appearances and get around Toronto in style even when you’re not the one doing the driving. Here are some suggestions for convenient and affordable transportation options around Toronto.

    Uber Toronto
    With the Uber Toronto app, you can forget about flagging a taxi down yourself. Instead, Uber connects you with the closest nearby taxi driver. For an extra sophisticated ride, there’s also the option for a classic black car. Users get to select between a high-end sedan and an SUV that seats up to four people. For larger groups, there is an SUV option for half a dozen people. Uber automatically adds 20% gratuity for the driver and payments are completed with a credit card associated with your account. Base fares begin at $8.00 with $2.50 per km and the minimum fare is $15.  Flat rates are available by request to Pearson International Airport. Follow @UberTO on Twitter to find promotions and incentives for customers.

    For more information visit: uber.com/cities/Toronto or download the app for your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry. 

    Hailo Toronto
    Similar to Uber, Hailo lets you use your smartphone to hail a taxi to wherever you are at any time of the day. Download the app and you’re set. For your comfort, all of Hailo’s taxis are licensed Toronto taxi drivers and each driver is approved individually. With Hailo, there’s a credit card associated with your account that allows you to pay directly without even getting out your wallet.

    For more information visit: hailocab.com/Toronto or download the app for your iPhone or Android. 

    Two Wheels
    Ditch the cabs and hit the streets on two wheels. Sporting Life is an excellent resource for a new bike and the retailer offers a personal bike fitting service. This ensures you have a comfortable ride whether you’re looking for a road, mountain or fitness bike. Getting around on two wheels in Toronto during the spring and summer makes the city feel relatively small and connected. If you aren’t confident to tackle the Toronto streets yet, learn more about designated bike lanes and cycle-only trails. Download a Toronto Cycling Map; printed maps are free and available at Civic Centres, libraries, community centres and Toronto bicycle specialty shops.

    For a bike fitting visit: sportinglife.ca or stop by the store at 2265 Yonge Street, Toronto

    The TTC
    If you don’t want to spring for a cab, the TTC is an easy and nearby option to access most points of the city. From Metropolitan Apartments at Yonge and Lawrence, it’s a quick walk to the TTC at Lawrence Station.

    Metropolitan Apartments is located in the established neighbourhood of Yonge and Lawrence. Steps away from a wide selection of shopping, amenities and recreation, you will enjoy uptown living. Metropolitan Apartments are within walking distance of the TTC, and only a short drive to Sunnybrook Hospital, York University’s Glendon Campus and the Yonge-Eglinton Centre.

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