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1183 Dundas Street West · Toronto, ON

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Thursday April 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Led by Betty Ann Jordan, Art InSite + Helder Ramos, Director Little Portugal + DuWest Business Improvement Areas; Max. 50 RSVPs
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Little Portugal Business Improvement Area http://littleportugal.ca
Dundas West Business Improvement Area http://dundaswestbia.ca
Suzanne Manvell, Realtor, Royal LePage [masked]

5:45 to 6:00 PM/ MEET @ LE GALLERY 1183 Dundas St. West/ 6:00 – 6:15 VIEW Canadian artist Megan Ellen Macdonald’s Artificial Kingdom exhibition of lush paintings of felines, kitschy ceramics, and still lives, rendered in a beaux-arts style reminiscent of Gainsborough (Blue Boy). We’ll consider how and why she subverts the passivity, domesticity, and cosiness traditionally associated with these subjects. We’ll also MEET gallerist Wil Kucey, the eloquent, long-time chair and spokesperson for the Little Portugal Business Improvement Area, to learn more about the Portuguese connection + (TBC) MEET the artist.
[FYI] GET WELL 1181/ Voted #7 by Toronto Life in March 16 Best Toronto Bars list: “A trip to Get Well (a big influence on the Toronto games-bar scene) is like a night-long licence to be a kid again – except the pocket shrapnel you’re spending on pinball and video games aren’t pilfered from your parents’ wallets and your treat options have matured to craft beer and a fresh Margherita slice from in-house North of Brooklyn Pizza.” Also voted the best place to drink beer in Dundas West area by blogTO (April 2).
FIRST CHOICE 1116/ Cosy moderately priced, traditional Portuguese resto; patio; functions
SAUDADE, 1185/ Pronounced “sou-dade” (rhymes with “had”) is a Portuguese word that conveys a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament. This unique and lovely boutique is an exceptional source of Portuguese folk-art-inflected décor, textiles, lifestyle items; A riot of colour and pattern, it offers quality items including cork handbags and chairs and ceramics, handpicked by the Toronto owner on her frequent trips to the motherland
NOVA ERA BAKERY 1172/ This location was the first of the bakery’s seven Toronto locations; not only the custard tarts you crave, but also Portuguese-style cornbread for which the bakery is famous.
M & M FRUIT ‘N GROCERY 1263A/ Go all the way to the back, for hot table buffet with array of Portugese take-out items, all sold by the pound: pulled pork, stuffed mackerel, salad and rice “always cheap and delicious.”
NOSSO TALHO 1326/ Portuguese and Brazilian butcher and fish shop whose name in Portuguese means “our butcher shop”; Brazilian spices
SALSICHARIA PAVAO 1435/ family-owned, in area since1990; the first shop opened in the Azores more than 40 years ago. Outlets still exist in Terceira, Faial and São Miguel. The neon signs flashing in the windows—“chicken!” “beef!” “goat!”—are beacons to the area’s discerning carnivores who rely on this family-operated butcher’s huge selection of cold cuts, Portuguese sausages and fresh meat, such as rabbit, lamb and veal.
HELDER >SAMPLE or DESCRIBE black pig prosciutto

A LOTA SEAFOOD 1455/ Portuguese seafood purveyor

PORTUGUESE TRAVEL AGENTS/4 agents in Little Portugal + 8 travel agents in DuWest specialize in organizing annual August trips back home to Portugal, as well as many other world destinations, especially South American: HELDER to DISCUSS THIS TRADITION, based on his own Portuguese family’s annual odyssey
BIONIC 1476/ Travel and tour agency: Among Portuguese destinations are: The Algarve in the southernmost region of Portugal; the Azores is a group of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km west of continental Portugal; also in the North Atlantic, Madeira is sub-tropical archipelago west and slightly south of Portugal; lastly there’s Lisbon, the capital of continental Portugal. ALSO DUNDAS TRAVEL 1344 + BRITO TRAVEL 1510, among others
CULTURALLY DIVERSE BEAUTY SALONS + BARBERS: (Portuguese, Vietnamese, Caribbean)/ highest per capita concentration in downtown Toronto; among the more traditional places, is OS PATRICIA’s HAIRSTYLISTS @1346; LINA’s HAIR DESIGN@1463; SALAO LEAL Hair Salon @1683; trendier places include: 2nd Grateful Head location; Rebel + Crowe; Town Barber (higher-end, beside Lakeview, with lattes, massages, beard oil) + The Fitting Room (former Day + Night) + Jack Rabbit (beside Dock) + Grateful Head (beside CafeBarPasta) + Labelle + Crow (in front of Hogtown). Plus, CROSS-CULTURAL BIZ TREND: (Vietnamese salon owner with Portuguese barber on premises)
HELDER to DISCUSS: “Why so many hair places in this part of town?”
7:45- 7:50 PM/
COMPLIMENTARY FOOD SAMPLES* @ BRAZIL BAKERY + PASTRY 1554/ Portuguese actually; classics, 3 locations in Toronto including Erin Mills + Heartland, Mavis Rd. Pastel de Nata (Custard Tart)+ Pastel de Bacalhau (Codfish roll) A deep-fried potato and codfish combo + Pastel de Camarao (Shrimp patty) A half-moon-shaped fritter, filled with an oozing cream and baby shrimp+ Bolo Rei (King’s Cake) A Christmas tradition in Portugal, Bolo Rei is a sweet dough cake with a variety of crystallized fruit, and dried fruits + Broa de Milho (Corn Bread) made of corn flour, traditionally eaten with barbequed sardines
*COURTESY our wonderful sponsor, local Royal LePage realtor (and Dundas West area resident) Suzanne Manvell. 8:00 PM WALK OFFICIALLY ENDS
8:05 – 9:00PM/ [OPTIONAL] POST-TOUR FOOD + DRINK + DEBRIEF @ BAIRRADA CHURRASQUEIRA GRILLHOUSE 1560/ WALKERS invited to join us (at your own expense) for post-tour drinks + food. Famous for its barbecued chicken, Bairrada is part of a local chain of family-friendly eateries, established 1989; offers signature Portuguese dishes including Codfish "Gomes Sa" Style / Bacalhau a Gomes SaC asserole of codfish, onions and potatoes topped with olives and boiled egg slices. It is a speciality from the northern city of Porto, being today popular throughout Portugal, and is considered one of Portugal's greatest bacalhau recipes. Gomes de Sá was the son of a rich nineteenth century merchant (apparently he dealt in cod) in Porto. The family fortune dwindled and the son had to find a job at the famous restaurant Restaurante Lisbonense in downtown Porto. It was there that he created the now famous recipe.

SAVE THE DATE/ NEXT WALK in Little Portugal/ Dundas West> VEGETARIAN + HEALTHY FOOD WALK on SATURDAY MAY 21, 12 noon to 2 PM. RSVPs required
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