Monthly Media Round-Up: November Edition

For most, the beginning of December marks the start of holiday madness. Before we get wrapped up in Christmas wrapping, let’s take a moment to look back on all that happened in November:

We started this month with the announcement that Streetcar Developments won Best Condo Developers in Toronto via NOW Magazine’s Best of T.O. Readers Poll! Having previously been runners-up, we’re beyond proud to take this award home this year, and we want to thank every single person who voted for us.

November also kicked off with The Broadview Hotel being listed as a travel destination by The Telegraph, and receiving particular praise for the hotel’s style and character. About The Broadview Hotel, travel writer Doug Wallace says:

The Broadview is a hit with creative travellers who want to be close to downtown but still enjoy a local experience in a cool part of town. The history of the building is cleverly incorporated into the design and construction, with the décor a mix of time periods. Each space has a different feel – modern but reflective of the 125-year story without focusing on any particular era.

This month also saw the opening of The Civic at The Broadview Hotel. Acting as the main restaurant and dining hub, The Civic is the final piece of the hotel to be completed during its soft opening phase. Both NOW Magazine and Toronto Life stopped by the restaurant to review the new menu. Renée Suen of Toronto Life wrote:

Modern takes on Victorian-era dishes that [Chef] Sinopoli found listed on vintage Toronto menus: red-deer tartare, braised rabbit leg and even an elk chop. Desserts by Sarah Battye (Spoke Club) include brandy snaps filled with cognac-spiked chantilly cream, and an Eton mess.

While Toronto Life’s review was focused on the menu and space, NOW Magazine’s article featured an interview with our executive chef. Talking about what influenced the curation of the menu, John Sinopoli said,

The menu’s rooted in the history of the building – a Victorian, British Empire diaspora sort of era. […] We wanted to create a menu that was really only of Toronto, something you wouldn’t necessarily see in other places. It’s the kind of dishes that were served 80, 90, 100 years ago, but obviously, through the lens of modern taste and execution.

Accompanying both articles are new images of The Civic’s menu and space. Thank you, NOW Magazine and Toronto Life for the wonderful features!

Finally, as we turn our attention to the holidays, the Huffington Post featured The Broadview Hotel’s head bartender, Tony Da Silva, in their article “‘Tis The Season For Toronto’s Top Holiday Cocktails.” The hotel’s holiday cocktail, the Leaping Lord of Listowel, will be available throughout December in the Café + Bar. Here’s what Da Silva had to say about the festive drink:

This cocktail is meant to be enjoyed after a busy day. It’s full of holiday-spiced scents like allspice and clove, which play well with the lemon juice, and citrus notes in Averna and Cognac. Punches have always been communal and have traditionally had a very communal feel, encouraging people to interact with each other and make new friends. This drink can be batched into larger quantities for get-togethers during the holidays. Drinks like this have the added bonus of being very easy to play around with. At home, try swapping out the cognac for aged rum, or the lemon juice for lime and see what it tastes like and to make it your own.

Riverside Square was also featured in Urban Toronto’s Photo of the day. The aerial shot shows the new project taking shape near Queen Street East and the Don Valley Parkway.

Thank you for all the love both Streetcar and The Broadview Hotel received this November!

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