Tatiana Shabotynsky's newly minted Pink Grapefruit (106 Queen East, at Jarvis, 416-816-0195, thepinkgrapefruitstore.com, @ThePinkGFruit) may look like your typical upscale coffee café, but dig a little deeper and find a lot to love. Of course, the roasted beans are Intelligentsia and most of the salads to go - soba with edamame and watercress, mango chicken with avocado and cashews - are gluten-free. Her hybrid baked-eggs-in-toast muffins make an especially tasty light breakfast. Come back after 6 pm and her boxed Pret a Manger-style sandwiches are half-price.
Live and Let Live
The ever-effervescent Jennifer Italiano of Live Organic Food Bar and Ezra Braves of Ezra's Pound have just teamed up for Live Market (134 Atlantic, at King West, 647-748-5483, liveorganicraw.com, @liveorganicraw). The Liberty Village take-away sports a grab-and-go lineup of serious coffee and health-conscious snacks, salads and sandwiches. How's Italiano finding the new nabe?
"The work crowd is totally different than the people who live here!"
Previously home to Mark Cutrara's locavore Valhalla Cowbell, the papered-over Parkdale storefront is about to become home to Geraldine (1564 Queen West, at Sorauren, 647-352-8815, @GeraldineResto). Helmed by ex 'Bell sous and Sidecar chef de cuisine Peter Ramsay, the reconfigured room will now focus on sustainable seafood instead of ethically raised cows from Uxbridge. Expect a mid-June launch.
Cory Vitiello and crew from the Harbord Room have finally unveiled their nearby THR & Company (97 Harbord, at Robert, 647-748-7199, thrandco.com, @thrandco). Located in the old Messis, the new resto/patio is aimed at the Annex's sensible-shoe brigade rather than the Room's regular late-night cocktail crowd.
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