• Carl's Choice: Brunch Restaurants

    Carl's Choice: Brunch Restaurants

    Brunch is a celebrated past-time of mine. Done correctly, it's an especially comforting weekend treat that can start your day off right. Here is a list of 4 restaurants that I think do brunch right in Toronto. If you ever see me, feel free to pull up a chair and say hello!

    • Le Select Bistro - 432 Wellington Street West

      Le Select has this great blend of atmosphere, good food, and fair prices, that makes it one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city. The cosy French atmosphere, and the simple but delicious food, make for one of the best places to dine with family and friends on the weekend. If you're in the neighborhood, I strongly suggest you stop by and try the Braised Brisket on Brioche!
    • The Old Mill - 21 Old Mill Road

      Atmosphere is something The Old Mill has an abundance of; as soon as you step through the doors, you feel transported into another era. While the pricing might be prohibit The Old Mill from being a weekly ritual, it's definitely perfect for a special Mother's Day brunch.
    • Spring Villa - 7301 Woodbine Ave

      Now, I know what you're thinking, but Spring Villa 100% deserves to be amongst these other, more traditional brunch establishments. I've been all around the world and I guarantee that nobody does Dim Sum quite like Toronto. Spring Villa is one of my favorite Dim Sum restaurants; it's clean, fair priced, and certainly delicious. Why not change your brunch routine up every once in a while a try out Spring Villa for size? Also, they offer an early bird discount if you get there before 11!

    • Saving Grace - 907 Dundas Street West

      A nice hidden gem in Little Portugal, Saving Grace is bright, airy, and perfect for when you want something a little "lighter" than your traditional brunch. The food seems to be fresher and crisper, and their is a definite focus on organic here. The small room may fit 20 people at most, so be prepared to wait. Saving Grace is a mixed bag for a lot of people; you either love it or hate it. I'm definitely in the first group.

    Have any other great brunch suggestions? I'd love to hear them! email me at carldandrade@gmail.com

  • Why It's More Important Than Ever to Use an Experienced Realtor When Buying a Condo

    Recently, there’s been a lot of conjecture, concern and confusion about Toronto’s Condo Market — one only needs to turn on the TV or read the news to see a swath of “experts” debate its stability. Often, it's difficult to cut through all the speculation and find fact.

    A few days ago, I stumbled across an article from The Globe and Mail which perfectly summed up my opinion of the current housing market in general. In an interview with CMHC, The Globe and Mail determines that overall condo market is “stable, but there are risks”. I strongly suggest you read this article — I personally found it enlightening and valuable.

    Now, more than ever, its important that condo buyers have all the resources and expertise required to navigate this market. With over 35 years of Real Estate Experience, I certainly believe that I can demystify the buying process and help you find the home of your dreams.