Irish Design House – ‘Good in the Hood’ Series

‘Good in the Hood’ Series

Irish Design House 

The Irish Design House (IDH) is a store created by Sinéad Clarke, a fashion designer and her partner Benny Corrigan who is a Graphic Designer. Sinéad and Benny said that their “Passion for design and quality handmade products drove us to bring Irish design to Toronto. We showcase handmade crafts and fashion from various areas of Ireland.”

Visit Irish Design House at 756 Queen St. East or shop online to purchase products hand-crafted by over 65 Irish designer-makers from various areas of Ireland and all walks of life. The store is open 7 days a week (Mon: 12pm-7pm, Tues-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat: 10am-6pm, and Sun: 12pm-5pm).

Thank you to the  J & C Toronto Real Estate Team for creating ‘Good in the Hood,’ a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. They are a dynamic local husband and wife real estate team that live and work in Toronto’s East End who wanted to put a spotlight on the Riverside/Leslieville businesses they know and love.

LAN Restaurant – Riverside Business Profile Series

Walking into LAN Vietnamese Restaurant is like taking a trip to Hanoi City

Here, you’re invited to sit down and savour the Vietnamese culture as well as the cuisine.“All our products and ingredients are brought in from back home,” says Lan Nguyen who has wanted for a long time to introduce her first home in Vietnam to her second home in Toronto. In 2016, she and her husband open LAN Vietnamese Restaurant on Queen Street East, choosing Riverside over a much busier location on Queen Street West.

“It just felt like the right place and the perfect location for our concept,” Lan says of the neighbourhood.

Riverside is a small neighbourhood but growing. As a business, Lan says, “You have to be able to survive with just the local community right now. If you can do that then things are going to be great because the future is going to be booming.”

By far, she says her favourite thing about Riverside has been the community and the many loyal customers, whom she now calls friends. While Lan gives back to the community by donating money and gift certificates to local fundraisers, she also makes a habit of giving any food left in her kitchen at the end of the day to those in need.

In addition to dine-in and take-out options, LAN Vietnamese Restaurant now also offers catering services.

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

Thank You & Photos – Riverside Craft Pub Walk

Riverside Walks, free guided walking tours series of Riverside neighbourhood had another successful and sunny walk this past weekend at the Riverside Craft Pub Walk! Attendees had the chance to learn more about flavours, smells and production methods of craft beers and ciders.

If you missed it and want to attend a future walk, make sure you check out our Riverside Walks page!

We wanted to give a special thank you to…

Eastbound Brewing Co for walking us through all the flavours, components, malts and hops. Thanks for guidance through the various tasting.

Brickworks Ciderhouse for welcoming us into its production area and showing all the flavours that apples – and pears! – can bring to ciders.

Saulter St Brewery for its detailed tour through the production facility. From milling the grain to mash conversion, boiling and fermentation without forgetting to mention their different approach to various styles.

Now, to the photos…

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Saulter Street Brewery – ‘Good in the Hood’ Series

‘Good in the Hood’ Series

Saulter Street Brewery 

Saulter Street Brewery was founded by John Sterling and opened in August 2017 with the goal of making great beer and creating a space that inspires people to come together and live in the moment.

John was drawn to the community and the timeless charm of Riverside and knew it would be the perfect spot for the brewery. The brewery, taproom and bottle shop is located at 31 Saulter St. in a barn-like building at the end of the street that gives it its name.  They are open 7 days a week from 12pm-9pm!

Thank you to the  J & C Toronto Real Estate Team for creating ‘Good in the Hood,’ a short video series featuring local businesses and owners and their stories. They are a dynamic local husband and wife real estate team that live and work in Toronto’s East End who wanted to put a spotlight on the Riverside/Leslieville businesses they know and love.

Animal Liberation Kitchen – Riverside Business Profile Series

Animal Liberation Kitchen, a new family restaurant in Riverside, is proving meat is not synonymous with a rich and satisfying meal.

“I’m not vegan because I don’t like the taste of meat,” says ALK chef and founder Tanya Spasic. “We are Serbian. We ate meat three times a day.” She’s vegan because her daughter helped her to finally see where meat comes from.

“We’ve always been animal lovers in our family, I was rescuing animals since I was a little kid,” but that connection between eating the meat and loving the animals was kind of a disconnect,” says Tanya. “A huge disconnect.”

Immediately she began creating vegan versions of her family’s favourite dishes. Then her son raved about a particular stew, telling Tanya she should sell it. That was six years ago. Dozens of wildly successful festivals and sold out markets were followed by phone calls for catering. For years, ALK was the only vegan vendor in Toronto.

“We always wanted to open in the east end,” she says. “The west end has its own vegan neighbourhood but there are not a lot of vegan options here.”

The tiny take-out restaurant features a variety of savoury dishes including BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sliders, Smoke Mac and Cheese as well as healthy desserts and smoothies. And Riverside is eating it up.

“Enthusiasm of the people who live here is what keeps us going,” says Tanya. That, and the desire to educate more people on the benefits of going vegan.

“We are selling and making and eating vegan food because of animals as well as the health benefits,” she says. “It’s amazing how much lighter and more energetic you feel after a period of not eating dairy and meat.”

Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series Riverside Business Profile. Read other blogs from her: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.