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Introducing: Come and Get It, the Queen West pop-up’s new permanent digs

Introducing: Come and Get It

Name: Come And Get It
Neighbourhood: Queen West
Contact Info: 676 Queen St. W., 647-344-3416, comeandgetit.ca, @ComeAndGetIt416
Owners: Jon Polubiec (Mistura, Windsor Arms and Prego)
Chef: Adam Brown, who trained under Libretto chef Rocco Agostino at the Silver Spoon on Roncey

The Food: Fans of the pop-up will be happy to know their favourite full-size meals are still available for lunch. Like before, customers choose a flavour profile (e.g. mango jerk chicken, chipotle short rib) and then order it as a sandwich, a poutine, a salad or a naan wrap. At night, the restaurant transforms into a cocktail bar, and the same flavours are translated into snack-size skewers, sliders and mini-poutines.

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The Informer

Real Estate

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Condo of the Week: $2.4 million for a sprawling Queen West unit with a peek-a-boo master bathroom

Condo of the Week: 18 Beverley Street, Unit 717

Address: 18 Beverley Street, Unit 717
Neighbourhood: Kensington-Chinatown
Agent: Kerri-Ann Brownlee, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $ 2,395,000

The Place: A two-bedroom suite in a building with a landscaped central garden, located just down the street from Grange Park and the AGO.

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TIFF Star Spotting

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SPOTTED: Julia Roberts making one Queen West shopkeeper very happy

(Image: Christopher Drost)

August: Osage County star Julia Roberts stopped by Magic Pony on Queen West yesterday to buy Christmas presents for her three kids. Starstruck owner Steve Cober reported via Facebook that the actress “was super cool and had great taste,” but he stayed mum on what she bought. We don’t blame him: no one wants to be the guy who ruins Julia Roberts’s Christmas morning.

 Find this story on our Star Spotting Map, where we plot the locations of celebrities spotted around Toronto. Seen a celebrity? Let us know at tips@torontolife.com

The Goods

Stores

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Store Guide: Floorplay, a new Queen West store devoted entirely to socks

Store Guide: Floorplay, a socks-only store on Queen West Name: Floorplay Socks
Sells: Socks for men, women and kids, plus pantyhose, leggings and underwear
Contact info: 762 Queen St. W., 416-504-7325, floorplaysocks.com
Hours: Mon–Sat 11–7, Su 12–5
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The look-at-me sock trend has become so ubiquitous that Queen West now has a shop solely for the intermediary between foot and shoe. Floorplay has socks of every stripe, colour, and pattern, including hard-to-find label Richer Poorer’s suit-appropriate pairs, Pook’s colourful twists on the reliable work sock ($12 for 2 pairs) and Sock It To Me’s knee-highs printed with sock monkeys or moustaches ($10).

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The Informer

Culture

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Spotlight: an adventurous opera company brings a Mozart classic to Queen West

Spotlight: The Marriage Plot

Joel Ivany, artistic director, and Christopher Mokrzewski, music director (Image: Jess Baumung)

Weddings never go out of style—not even Figaro’s. Mozart’s comedy of manners and erotic power-brokering is more than two centuries old, but the pleasures and perils of getting hitched are exactly the same in 2013. Or so believes Against the Grain, a group of restless young opera pros who have reimagined The Marriage of Figaro as the tale of a contemporary hipster couple fending off a lecherous best man (who also happens to be the groom’s boss). Figaro’s Wedding, with its new English translation by founder and artistic director Joel Ivany, will feel nothing like a conventional opera, which is exactly what the group wants. (Their first hit was a 2011 production of La bohème that was staged in a bar, with many of the performers posing as patrons.) The new show comes complete with ushers, a string quartet and all the usual vows, tears and recriminations. The excitement of putting on these shows, Ivany says, lies in taking chances. And what’s a wedding without the potential for catastrophe?

OPERA
Figaro’s Wedding
The Burroughes Building
To June 2

The Goods

Stores

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Store Guide: North Standard Trading Post, a new Canadiana-themed boutique in Parkdale

Store Guide: North Standard Trading Post, a Canadiana-themed boutique in Parkdale Name: North Standard Trading Post 
Sells: Clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and kids; items for the home; grooming products
Contact info: 1662 Queen St. W., 647-348-7060, northstandard.com
Hours: T–Sa 11–7, Su 12–5
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North Standard Trading Post, which opened in Parkdale last week, is banking that the current enthusiasm for all things rustic and Canadian won’t run out. Co-owners Pamela Hopson and Francesco Fiore tried to select a mix of home goods and apparel that caters both to the area’s stylish young families and the hipster spillover from Queen West. The result is part heritage, part urban, with Hudson’s Bay blankets and Minnetonka moccasins next to trendy tops by Mink Pink and denim by Vancouver-based Standard Trade (for men) and J Brand (for women).

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The Dish

New Reviews

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Review: Samuel J. Moore serves bistro standards in a handsome room at the historic Great Hall

Review: Samuel J. Moore
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Samuel J. Moore  1 star½
1087 Queen St. W., 416-897-8348

In an era when every Queen West restaurant seems to follow a decor bylaw enforcing Edison bulbs and barn board, it’s a pleasant jolt to enter this handsome room on the ground floor of the historic Great Hall. The pressed tin ceiling, antique marble bar and soft jazz standards are even more surprising considering the owners are also behind Wrongbar and the Lakeview Diner—both raucous hipster clubhouses.

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The Dish

Openings

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Introducing: White Squirrel Snack Shop, the Trinity Bellwoods coffee shop’s new outpost with a full kitchen

Introducing: White Squirrel Snack Shop

Name: White Squirrel Snack Shop
Neighbourhood: Queen West
Contact Info: 507 Queen St. W., 647-609-4478, whitesquirrelcoffee.com
Owner: David Ginsberg
Chef: Chelsea White (County General)

The Food: Breakfast, lunch and assorted snacks. The morning menu includes a breakfast banh mi, an Iraqi breakfast sandwich and French toast. Later in the day, dishes are available in snack- and full-size, like a weekly po’ boy, nachos with smoked beef confit and kimchi fried brown rice. There are also six flavours from Greg’s Ice Cream available (vanilla, roasted marshmallow, coconut, chocolate, lemon meringue and mint).

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