Monday, January 24, 2011

Baldwin Street Village

On Sunday, in total denial of the -27C wind chill, John and I decided to brunch at  John's Italian Caffe in Baldwin Street Village. We caught a streetcar to Baldwin and Spadina and walked across Baldwin Street with its fun architecture. I love the working class cottages above.
Prefer mansions? How about George Brown's 2nd Empire Victorian version? Senator Brown was one of the Fathers of Confederation, you know. It apparently has some nice original details remaining ...chandeliers and such.
Crossing Beverley Street we enter the Village. It's Arctic out here so we duck quickly into our destination, John's Italian Caffe. Our friends, Harriet and Nellie introduced it to us a week ago. Can't wait for summer so we can sit on the patio.
Upon entering you are greeted with the funky bar which promises cafe lattes.
We were the first fools to brave the cold to come eat so we had our pick of window tables.
We both ordered frittatas; a Porcetta for me, a Verdure for John. Tasty with nice roasted potatoes, a salad, fruit and crostini. Thats my bowl of cafe latte and John's beer. Very satisfying and not badly priced.
After brunch we cut up Henry St and passed the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, crossing onto Cecil St. Soon we were up on College St headed towards our fave 2nd-hand bookstores -- a Sunday ritual.

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