Spring is here! A-spuh-ring is here! Life is skittles and life is beer!
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring!
‘Course you do!
So uh, as mentioned in the above song, Spring is finally here! And nothing gets us pumped for the warmer weather and the arrival of one of the most beautiful seasons than by gorging on chocolate for the Easter long weekend! I mean don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate the holiday, but come on, eating chocolate while surrounded by colourful eggs is pretty dang good!
Things may still be different for the holiday, but this isn’t our first rodeo er, or rather Easter with limitations, so Old Town Toronto has got your back when it comes to bringing you some Easter fun for the whole family!
Egg-septional Family Fun!
Sunrise Egg Farm – St. Lawrence Market, (519) 669-7648
What Easter would be complete without the traditional Easter Egg making? It’s a fun family activity, adds some brightness to the day and around the home, and if you’re lucky might just keep the little ones busy enough so you have a little peace. 😉
And it’s lucky for us that St. Lawrence Market has the best eggs in the city with Sunrise Egg Farm’s fresh supply every Saturday! Always affordable and always fresh, these eggs are the best way to start your day or to make some high quality Easter Eggs! Just don’t forget to hard-boil them!
As for making Easter Eggs, they’re beyond simple! Here’s a step-by-step guide!
- Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve whatever colour you’d like.
- Repeat for each colour you’d like to include.
- Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye mixture and leave for about 5 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove eggs from dye and.
- Repeat step 3 & 4 for any other colouring additions you’d like
- Let dry and enjoy!
Treats and Toys for Furry Friends!
Global Pet Foods – 125 Lower Jarvis Street, (416) 368-4222, lowerjarvis.globalpetfoods.com
If you happen to have a pet rabbit, you should spoil them on the holiday that celebrates our hoppy friends by getting some lovely special treats from Global Pet Foods on Lower Jarvis! The Vitakraft brand of treats, be they the slims with or without carrot or the nibble rings, are always a big hit with our floppy-eared familiars!
Have a non-rabbit friend that might want to get in on the Easter love too? Be on the lookout for seasonal dog or cat toys. You might just find a new friend for your best friend!
Chocolatey Treats to Eat!
Aren’t We Sweet – St. Lawrence Market, (416) 850-6132, arent-we-sweet.business.site
Now for the good stuff, the chocolates! We’re talking chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits, chocolate birds, marshmallow-filled, caramel-filled, nougat-filled or even on their own! There are many reasons for the season, but whatever your beliefs one thing is for certain, it’s always a good time for some chocolate.
But where to go? Well, as always we pay a visit to our friends over at Aren’t We Sweet in the St. Lawrence Market for all matters sugary and chocolatey. Their selection of Canadian, French, and Belgian chocolates are vast enough to appeal to all kinds of customers from kid to grown-up. And if chocolate isn’t your bag, they also have a great stash of local fudge and macarons in a variety of flavours! If visiting, don’t forget that they’re only open on Fridays and Saturdays in the market!
Decadent Desserts and Chocolatey Beers
C’est What – 67 Front St. East, (416) 867-9499, cestwhat.com
Let’s face it, we don’t all have kids and sometimes regular chocolates just don’t do it for us. When we’re in the mood for something divine and a bit more for adults, longtime favourite C’est What has us covered for our chocolate fix in a different kind of way.
Beers available include the likes of the Imperial Vanilla Bean Stout from Great Lakes Brewery with notes of chocolate, coffee, and rich vanilla, Kemuri Smoked Porter from Godspeed Brewery, that tastes like a divine mocha with hints of peaty smoke, and the Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard, which with its flavours of rich chocolate, coffee, and bourbon paired with an alcohol content of 11.9%, will provide a kick in more ways than one.
Want some dessert to make it an even more divine time? C’est What also offers desserts including a luscious hazelnut chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream (share it or don’t, you’re call) or four frozen chocolate butter tarts of chocolate pastry filled with maple bourbon filling that just need to be thawed.