Perhaps you’ve driven through an area and fallen in love with it. Maybe you have a friend who lives in a community you’d like to live in someday.
How do you find out more about that area?
Well, you could Google it and get some preliminary information on that community.
A better and certainly faster and more reliable method is to call The Graff Girls.
You see, we are experts in the marketplace. We can provide you with in-depth information on the things you’ll want to know about that neighborhood before you buy. For example, we can provide details about a neighborhood:
Type and style of homes.
Local amenities such as schools, parks, community centres, etc.
Commuting routes and access to public transit.
Properties currently on the market and recently sold.
And much more.
So, if you’re researching a community that you might like to consider, we can give you all the information you need.
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Facebook has encouraged and allowed us the pleasure of reconnecting with friends + colleagues.
I just recently revisited a restaurant I had not been to in many years at their New location Vittorio's on Avenue Road by Davenport
Sadly, Vittorio passed away but his recipes have remained under new ownership with Cicco.
Cicco worked with Vittorio. So, it is no wonder Vittorio's was as wonderful experience, 10 yrs later.
I have been there twice in the last 2 weeks.
Once for drinks + apps - loved my smooth chianti vino + buffalo mozzarella caprese salad + oysters. Their website says $.99/oysters Monday - Saturday but ours were $1.75. You might want to clarify if it is an old ad or it's only during certain times. I only noticed it by writing this post. :)
The 2nd visit was on a Saturday night - Chicago Hawks/Bruins game. We were fortunate enough to get a table on a beautiful night by the open door and watch the game on the corner tv screen! Made for the perfect win/win date. Too bad that one didn't work out long term :)
Back to the food + vino. I had the special grilled scallops + shrimp that was in a delicious sauce and my date had a salad he loved and a chicken pasta combo.
Our waiter + Cicco himself were fabulous! I will definitely be returning with friends and perhaps another date if you have a fabulous man to introduce me to who loves a great Italian resto near Yorkville.
I might tolerate baseball seeing that the Hockey season is over (yay -CHI-TOWN!) + hey, the Jays are having a nice win streak! Ok ok Blue Jays Blue Jays. LET'S PLAY BALL!
Til my next post
SMILE + enjoy the heat
xo Samantha Graff
aka as the "Youth" in Youth + Expereince = Success!
A GRAFF GIRLS Family FAV! (Il Mulino Italian Fine Dining)
We were just here Tuesday night, for my sister in laws birthday! Located MidTown - on Eglinton just east of Allen Expressway - it works well for our family. Even more so Tuesday night, as my nieces were at dance at Bathurst/Eglinton - a quick hop over to meet us all.
Il Mulino is consistent with their quality and service. I always get whatever the Fish is for the night but they also always have Spigella Sea Bass that is fabulous and Grilled Shrimp.
Another regualr for myself, Cheryl and my older brother is their grilled calamari appetizer. It is a good size, grilled perfectly and not too oily.
Cheryl typically starts with their soup special, salad or as mentioned grilled calamari and gets the chicken or lamb chop or veal chop and simply loves them all! Although, I usually have to help her finish the last few bites of her main course! Probably so she can have a little room for dessert!
My father, for someone who is a creature of habit actually seem to eat different main courses each time we go. Usually depends on what he had the last 2 nights. The point being is that they always have something for everyone and we always go home feeling FULL and and more than satisfied.
I will take a moment to acknowledge their service as for those who are not patient and don't do well with fine italian dining i would definitely not encourage trying this restaurant - even though it is worth the wait! The staff are very formal and patient and do not rush you or their chef. Perhaps, not the best choice on a week night with kids who need to get home to do homework. :)
It is a quiet low lit restaurant that I truly adore. I love it's simplicity yet formal relaxing atmosphere. As mentioned, the quality of food and variety of options simply work well for our family.
From our family to yours, Happy family Day a Restaurant worth indulging in.
xo Samantha Graff
aka as the "Youth" in Youth + Expereince = Success!
Japanese is my FAV cuisine! So, i was super excited to finally experience Bent on Dundas Street West.
Furthermore, experiencing another possible, hot spot by Susur Lee warms my heart!
Bent offers their diners a hip vibe, friendly staff and tasty small plates.
Not the place to go if starving and as they say "on a beer budget."
Susur Lee maintains his status with knowledgeable staff (they list all ingredients in dishes as they serve them) and tasty dishes including: a rare filet of beef - Lightly Seared Beef, Herbed Olive Oil, Momiji Oroshi, Diced Scallion, Ume Spicy Ponzu, Melted Beer Cheese Crouton - Seared Tuna - Lightly Seared Tuna, Marinated Shitake Mushrooms, Citrus, Yuzu, Wasabi, Avocado, with Rice Cake - Kale & Tofu Salad - Kale, Marinated Miso Tofu, Grated Asian Pear, Crispy Gobo and a Sesame Dressing - these were some of the items we opted for and all were delish! After dinner, your server brings a trio of desserts as seen in photo above on the house. A nice touch or to make up for small plates of food? :)
It was nice to be off King St West for a change - I got street parking on Dundas St West!
The crowd seemed to be hip, trendy, energetic, 30+ professionals .works for me! :) Music was loud as were diners. So, if sensitive to noise or on a business dinner I would keep in mind and/or save for another night.
Wine was an enjoyable shiraz from South Australia that always puts the perfect added touch to the evening! Enjoy it!
xo Samantha Graff aka The "Youth" of Youth + Experience= Success!
I went to a friend's milestone birthday - so nice to be 21! :) - at the popular uptown family restoRiz Northon Yonge Street by Fairlawn. This was a little different experience, who knew there was a private room upstairs? Actually, there were 3 rooms/areas. We were welcomed and started in one room with cocktails (lots of grey goose going around but I stuck to my usual, California, Red Cab SAV. After a week of vodka in Dominican and undrinkable red wine, i didn't mind this one but didn't write the name down to buy again. You can't expect much in an Japanese Thai resto when it comes to red wine. Appetizers were also served consisting of salmon sushi rolls and I believe avocado rolls - not bad nothing to write home about. We proceeded to a sit down dinner for 30 pple in a separate room. A variety of dishes, chosen by the hosts, kept coming out from crispy sesame beef (one of my favs) to their famous drunken garlic shrimp with lemon butter, parsley, garlic, rice wine and tri wild rice, to Tamarind Vegetables with tofu, sweet and sour tamarind, onions, red/green peppers, mushrooms and noodles, to a delish Vietnamese yellow curry chicken with lime leaves, lemongrass and turmeric. Typically, I am not a huge fan of curry but i was loving this dish - always try you never know!
Assuming the cupcakes came from elsewhere (hopefully,d-lish cupcakes on Yonge in Yorkville) - 1 of my FAVS! but we were also served little dishes of mango ice cream which of course, i LOVED!
For those who get the FULL feeling from Asian style food there is a 3rd area to relax on couches which a few of us hung out after most left. Love being part of the intimate after party!
Overall, Riz is a great family restaurant for the neighbourhood. The staff are friendly and accustom to accomodating families with little kids, especially on Friday and Sunday night. Don't go there on these nights, if you are not in the mood for kids or seeing someone you know! It also is a great casual, easy and low key restaurant for a 30-40 sit down dinner party.
Xo Samantha Graff aka the "Youth" of Youth+Experience= Success!