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Exploring Southwest Toronto - Saturday, June 18 @ 2:30 p.m.

POLISHED FOOD: Different types of tasty perogies. Polish cuisine is known for more than just sausages.


This weekend is going to be the Roncy Rocks, an arts and music festival showcasing the talent of the local community. This will be the opportunity to explore the neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, enjoy the day at nearby Sunnyside Beach and try out Polish food at Cafe Polonez.

First, we'll be relaxing on Sunnyside Beach, playing board games together. I'll be bringing other sport gear as well (e.g. frisbee, soccer ball). Next, we'll be walking around Roncesvalles Village, taking in the arts festival and exploring the renovated (but still under construction) street area. And finally, we'll be having lunch/dinner at Cafe Polonez, one of the more popular Polish restaurants in the area, known for their perogies.

Feel free to explore Roncesvalles Village and Sunnyside Beach at your own pace (i.e. you can leave the main group and come back as often as you like, during the event). But be sure to have lunch/dinner with us at Cafe Polonez.

We're heading to Café Polonez in Roncesvalles Village, a family run restaurant with a clean look and Warsaw maps around the restaurant. They don't have a website but here's what they have to offer:

-Specialized, handmade perogies (at least six different types, including cheddar cheese, sauerkraut and mushroom and blueberry-flavoured ones)

-Schnitzel (breaded chicken, usually served with mashed potatoes and salad)

-Different kinds of soups (e.g. goulash)

-Potato pancakes


Where to Meet and how to get to Roncesvalles:


By TTC: Getting there by TTC is a bit of an onerous task because of the construction. There's no southbound service on Roncesvalles Avenue, so you'll have to go in a "loop" to get there. Here's how:

1) Head to Dundas West subway station.

2) Hop on the 504 King REPLACEMENT BUS (not a streetcar).

3) The bus will go southeast on Dundas street, south on Lansdowne, west on Queen Street West to Roncesvalles. Then the bus will stay at the intersection for 5-10 minutes, then finally head north on Roncesvalles back to Dundas West station. Once it heads north, get off at Fermanagh Avenue.

What normally would take 5 minutes from the station, the whole bus ride will probably take 20-30 minutes, so that's why you should give yourself extra time to get there. If you're showing up later, just give me a call.

By Car:

There's free side street parking around Roncesvalles Avenue. Just be aware that you cannot go southbound on Roncesvalles because of construction, so if you're coming from the north, you'll have to use alternate streets to navigate around the village.

Café Polonez is located at 195 Roncesvalles Ave.

Gate 403 is located at 403 Roncesvalles Ave. It's the same directions as Cafe Polonez, except further north.

Where we'll meet: We will meet at Dundas West subway station at 2:15 p.m. After 15 minutes, we'll be taking the 504 King replacement bus to Roncesvalles and Queen, taking the large pedestrian bridge towards Lake Shore and Sunnyside Beach.

N EW: If you get lost or need directions, you can give me a call at[masked]-9218.,+ON&cid=0,0,16131868549358722692&ll=43.646184,-79.448447&spn=0.006568,0.013797&z=16&iwloc=A

Schedule of Events:

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Waiting at Dundas West subway station, where the collector booth is

4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. - Checking out Roncesvalles Village during Roncy Rocks

5:00 p.m. - Cafe Polonez


Cafe Polonez is a mid-range price restaurant. Unfortunately they don't have a website, they're family-run. But when I looked at their menu, they have a combo (meat, salad and perogies, perhaps a drink included) for $14.  If you bring $20-$30, that should be enough to cover your meal.


Type of Meetup:

Trying New Restaurants

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  • Roger

    Sunnyside Beach was beautiful, and Polish food tastes quite exotic. Fun Meetup!

    June 20, 2011

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