A Bloor & Better Way To Take Out

As part of the President’s Choice family, bloorstreet market on the concourse level sells most of what you’d expect to find at a regular Loblaws. But given the number of people who work in the area, along with the influx of young professionals moving into the neighbourhood, it was important that they go above and beyond at the prepared foods counter. They’ve gone much further than that, both in quality and breadth.

 

Picnic time
Earlier, we looked at a few places in the area to set up shop with a blanket and a bite. As for what to pack, sandwiches at the bloorstreet market don’t disappoint. Meat and veggie options are made daily, as are the fresh salads behind the counter. This creamy broccoli creation pairs fantastically with a bloorstreet curry chicken sandwich.

BroccoliSalad

 

Last-minute hosting
bloorstreet market’s takeout counter has been a lifesaver for many of the residents in 44 Charles Street, the apartments above Manulife Centre, with a full selection of entrées like BBQ ribs, sweet & sour chicken and others. Gorgeous sides like roasted potatoes and asparagus are always available as well, and the dessert counter is exactly what you’d expect from a President’s Choice experience  we’re big fans of the butter tarts.

Ribs

 

The little details
Any table looks better with fresh flowers on it, and you can pick up a bouquet to match your meal at bloorstreet market. A full arrangement will look great on a dining room table while a single flower in a cup adds all kinds of charm to a picnic table.

Flowers

And as for drinks, the LCBO is four doors down from bloorstreet market, and houses one of the best vintages sections in the city.


Bites in the sun: Top picnicking spots in the area

Down at the corner of Bloor & Better on a nice afternoon? Grab a tasty takeout lunch from L’Express, Scaccia or bloorstreet market and make your way to one of these perfect picnicking spots:

 

Queen’s Park
Walk south on Bay and west along St. Joseph and you’ll come upon the backside of Ontario’s provincial parliament building  and one of the nicest parks in downtown Toronto.

There are plenty of benches and shady spots to grab a seat and enjoy the day. Alternatively, you can sit under the impressive statue of King Edward VII perched atop his horse. You’ll get a great view of the park from the north side of the statue’s base, and you’ll learn where it stood before it came here. Eddie came a long way.

Photograph of Queen's Park

 

Front Campus
Just west of Queen’s Park is the University of Toronto, and this gorgeous patch of green grass is the campus’s emerald.

It’s where the annual graduation ceremony happens (Convocation Hall sits on the south end), where many of the school’s intramural sports take place, and where you can find students from all over the world hanging out. Be mindful of the flying Frisbees.

Photograph of Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto

 

The Cumberland Street Rock
Probably Yorkville’s most iconic landmark, this stylized structure sits just outside the Bay Street subway station. It’s the perfect people-watching perch, especially if you like watching the highly styled strut their stuff. Space on the rock fills up quickly, so we recommend going toward the beginning or end of the lunch rush. You can sit on the benches around the rock, but it’s not the same.

Photograph of the Cumberland Street Rock

 

The Indigo Courtyard
If time is of the essence and you can’t walk that far, you can find a spot in our gorgeously manicured mini-square just outside Indigo’s main doors. Eating alone? The magazine section of the store is just inside the doors. We’re not sure if they planned it that way, but it’s certainly convenient.

Photograph of the Indigo Courtyard at Manulife Centre

Great food & a great spot to enjoy it: that’s Bloor & Better.