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Monday, March 12, 2012

50 NEW Reasons to Love Danforth East

A few years ago, Pioneer compiled a list of reasons why everyone should love Danforth East. Take a look at this old list, and you'll sadly see that many of the gems I listed as my favourites have bitten the dust. I thought it was time to write a new list for 2012.

So here we are, 50 NEW Reasons To Love Danforth East:

1. The people
2. Easy transit access
3. We're STILL Starbucks free
4. East Lynn Park
5. It's only 4km to the Beach
6. DECA (Danforth East Community Association)
7. S. Walter Stewart Library
8. Bread from Celina's bakery
9. The Tandoori Wrap at Melanie's Bistro
10. Carter's Ice Cream
11. The Monarch Park Outdoor Pool
12. East Lynn Farmers Market
13. Beef Kebabs from Jerry's Supermarket
14. The amazing staff at Toronto East General
15. Cappuccino at Seb's
16. The trails at Taylor Creek Park
17. Eating with your hands at Lalibela
18. Houses with character
19. We have a Red Rocket Coffee
20. Spring tuneups from the helpful staff at Cyclepath
21. Post-hangover eggs at the Bus Terminal
22. 2 for 1 Mussels and microbrew pints at Sarah's
23. Getting waxed at Sugarmoon
24. The Value Village kids section
25. The Foam Store - a valuable resource for DIYers
26. The Pumpkin Parade
27. Waffles with strawberries, raspberries and whipped cream at the Sunset Grill
28. Sharing tapas with friends at Relish
29. Strider classes at BOMB Fitness and Wellness
30. Great elementary schools like Earl Beatty
31. Peak Freans Cookie Outlet on O'Connor
32. Pegasus Studio for Pilates and Kindermusik
33. Kimbourne Drop-in centre for moms and kids
34. Sushi in a hurry from Happy Sushi
35. Custom picture frames at Ciraco
36. Tasty old-school pizzas from Gerrard Spaghetti
37. The lush greenery and peacefulness of Merrill Bridge Park Ravine
38. The Danforth East Arts Fair
39. Peaceful, endless streets for long, dog walks
40. $3 sandwiches at Plank Road Market
41. Front porch socializing
42. Bob the Sweet Potato Guy at East York Farmer's Market
43. Quality cuts from Royal Beef
44. The deals at Ages & Stages
45. Comic geniuses at Comics & More
46. The cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity
47. Andy at Legacy Spinning Studio
48. We're within walking distance of 'the Carrot'
49. Wash your own dog at WAG on Danforth
50. Last but not least - The warm smiles from Paula and Marie at Last Drop Cafe


  1. Here are some of my favorites which would be on my personal list (in no particular order)

    + Retro burger
    + We have a kick ass McDonald's
    + Awesome dog park at Monarch Park

  2. + the scones at caketown cafe - best in the city!
    + the fireworks display on july 1 at stan wadlow park

  3. Well, if u r taking edits... the editor in me would love to c "parents" replace "moms" in #33 :)

  4. ++ the scones at Caketown (they deserve two entries, I swear...)

    + wings at TKOs
    + sandwiches from Colombo's
    + the bend and dip of East Lynn (a bit biased, we're right at the bottom)

  5. Alas, I have never tried the scones at Caketown, but now my interest has been piqued. Particularly since I was sitting next to a friend while she was eating one recently, and it did look mouth-watering!

  6. Better Bulk = way cooler than the Carrot

  7. Great city councillor Paula Fletcher
    Phinn Park movies
    Exciting new park coming this summer to Felstead park