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Archive for June, 2012

Day 27 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – The French Fry Guy

Sat, 30th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I often drive down Fairview between Appleby and Walkers Line and want to stop in for some old school chips from ‘The French Fry Guy’. Yesterday I was driving by and had to pull in when I read that Fish and Chips was one of their new menu items.

When I ordered, the owner informed me that the catch of the day was Orange Roughy! When have you ever heard of a chip truck serving Orange Roughy?
So, we are off to a great start. As I was waiting for the fish to cook, I saw some of the other mouth watering offerings the truck had to offer. The poutine looked like an instant cardiac arrest, but delicious all the same. I heard people talking up the great hamburgers and the mountain of onion rings was something you just have to see to believe.

I dug into the huge piece of fish (on top of the mountain of fresh cut fries) which was beautifully cooked and the batter was full of flavour. You could tell he had put some time into developing something special with this batter.

I had usually gone to the Thistle when I was looking for a fried fish fix, but if I am looking to satisfy that fried fish need anytime between 11-3, I’m now heading to the French Fry Guy.

NEW ITEMS, STEAK ON A BUN, FISH AND CHIPS, ONION RINGS and of course the old classics – Poutine, ManBurger®, Hand cut fresh fries
The French Fry Guy has recently earned the BURLINGTON READERS CHOICE AWARDS best Fries in Burlington and for portion sizes.

He is open from 11:00am to 3:00pm and is located on the north side of Fairview between Walkers and Appleby in the commercial space where the UPS a

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

2 Deals in 3 hours! – Who said it was a slow market?

Fri, 29th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

What a day! Started off with a list of agents to call informing them that they will be in a multiple offer presentation at 4428 Vallence Drive in Burlington. I arrived at the client’s home for the 6:00pm presentation and fortunately one of the three offers was head and shoulders above the rest and fortunately for my client, the accepted offer price was head and shoulders above our list price!

After the papers were sign, I left the happy home sellers and was heading home for my customary glass of Bushmills! A tradition I have come to enjoy, but one that has left Allison hoping I don’t sell too many houses in a short period of time! As I was getting into the car, I received a call from an agent who just finished showing my property at 5806 Page Crescent in the Burlington Orchard and he wanted to come over to the house and present an offer!
After a few rounds of the negotiation game, we had reached an accord! Not quite over asking, but 99% of asking was more than satisfying for my clients.

Now I have a real good reason for celebrating on International Beer Day!


If you are thinking about selling your home, you should know that there are plenty of buyers out there on the market right now. If you were waiting for the right time, this is it! Give me a call at 905-220-9198 or email me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca to take advantage of my FREE NO OBLIGATION market report where we can look at the current value of your home and see how it would be priced on today’s market.

Category : Buyers / Real Estate / Sellers

Day 26 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Pomelo Thai/Viet Cuisine

Thu, 28th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

For some of the best Thai/Viet in Burlington, you will have to give Pomelo a try. Located between Red Lobster and a Western Union franchise, it took me some time before I could really give this place a shot. But once again, you should never judge a book by its cover. The menu is filled with all of the usual suspects which was great as I always like to judge the authenticity of a Thai restaurant based on their Green Curry. Upon scanning the menu, I realized that Pomelo could probably remove the ‘Vietnamese’ part of the sign as the only thing Vietnamese that we found on the menu were the Fresh Spring Rolls.

We started with the appetizer platter consisting of Thai spring rolls, curry rolls, calamari, chicken and beef satays, shrimp rolls and shrimp chips. All that for $20! Fresh, flavourful and delicious! Allison and I could only get through 3/4 of the starter. The green curry came with coconut rice which was a delicious meal in itself, but the prize of the night was definitely the curry. Often the chicken can be dried out in the dish if prepared incorrectly, but this chicken was tender and the green veggies were not overcooked. The curry itself was thick and creamy and spicy enough without being overpowering. We also tried a new dish on the menu, the Thai style crispy ginger stir-fry which was equally delicious….I have to buy a thesaurus as I am using the word DELICIOUS far too often here.

The service was friendly and attentive and the chef actually came to the table to check on how we were enjoying his food. Over all it was a wonderful experience and will be returning to try all of the other menu items we didn’t have the time or the stomach space for this time.

This is what Pomelo has to say about their restaurant:

POMELO is an inspiring restaurant, combining a dynamic atmosphere with exceptional service and quality food. Our mission is to have a great food selection and superior service – customer satisfaction is our paramount objective. We combine a unique cooking style with exotic herbs and spices of South-east Asia to bring you a new experience in modern Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

Head chef Nick Nguyen applies his 20 years of experience incredible cooking techniques. He approaches cooking with a passion and serves from his heart. High quality ingredients and fresh produce are the building blocks of inspiration and the plates are crafted to please both the palate and vision. Your dining experience will also be enhanced by our comfortable, casual-chic environment and competitive prices.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

SOLD in 24 Hours and Over Asking Price! – 4428 Vallence Drive, Burlington

Wed, 27th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

South Burlington Freehold 3 bed/4 bath townhouse located on a quiet family friendly street. Updated kitchen with breakfast bar. From the kitchen, walk out to the back deck to enjoy the privacy of the backyard. The upper level boasts a master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. Professionally finished basement with rec room and 4th bathroom! Room for 2 cars in the driveway and another in the garage. Walking distance to the GO station, shopping, schools parks and biking/hiking trails. Call today for more details!

Call TODAY as it may not be here TOMORROW!

Thanks for taking the time to read. Please continue to visit my website and blog for current, relevant and specific information relating to the areas of Burlington, Oakville and Toronto real estate markets. If there are any questions you may have regarding market conditions, mortgage rates, investing in real estate, buying property or how to sell your house for maximum profit, please don’t hesitate to call me at 905-220-9198 or email me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca with whatever is on your mind.

Category : Featured

Orchard Open House at 5806 Page Crescent Today – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sun, 24th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

This beautifully maintained 4 bedroom home is located on a quiet crescent in the family friendly Orchard. At $599,000 this gem won’t be around long!

OPEN HOUSE TODAY from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

The spacious front foyer leads you to the large living and dining rooms. Kitchen offers an abundance of cabinetry and countertop space with lovely views of the backyard. The upper level boasts a family room for entertaining. The Master bedroom offers an updated Ensuite and walk-in closet. A finished basement you will just have to see!!! A lower level suite with bedroom, full bathroom and rec room. Hardwood throughout, California Shutters, and Double garage with inside access. Close to schools, transportation, and highways. Call today for more details!

Category : Open Houses

Day 25 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – SAIL Outdoor Superstore

Thu, 21st June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Today is the grand opening of the NEW outdoor superstore in Burlington, SAIL. I thought i would check it out to see what all of the buzz was about. The place was packed at 930am! Then you go inside…and WOW! A 2 level store larger than a football field filled with all your outdoor needs. If Mountain Equipment Coop and the Pro Bass Shop had a retail child…..the offspring would be SAIL!

Today is a good day to check it out as they are having super sales all day long with everything marked down a minimum of 30%. The store will be open until 9pm tonight! Check it out!

Here is what they have to say about their store:
The renowned retail leader in outdoors, hunting and fishing products SAIL is opening a fourth branch in Ontario—at 2208 Industrial Street in Burlington. SAIL, a Canadian company, has invested $15 M in the store infrastructure, which in turn generate some 150 local jobs. With a surface area of 70,000 square feet—that’s larger than a football field—SAIL is asserting itself as one of the largest outdoors store in Canada so customers can stock up on-site, choose from over 500,000 of the best brand-name products, explore through a wide range of equipment showcased and, of course, benefit from the advice of our employees, who are driven by an infectious sense of passion for the outdoors. So enjoy a change in scenery and make SAIL your premier destination for all your outdoor clothing and footwear, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing needs.

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Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

No more 30-year amortizations! – Ottawa tightening mortgage rules again!

Thu, 21st June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

The federal government is moving again to tighten the rules on mortgage lending in Canada amid growing concerns that the housing market is overheated and household debt levels are climbing to perilous levels, according to the Globe and Mail.

As debt levels continue to reach record levels and the housing market has showed no signs of slowing down, the government is looking to tightening lending practices. With interest rates at record lows, they can only go up from here. This is the issue that scares the government. If home owners are at their debt limit now, what will happen to them once the interest rates rise?

Due to what is happening in the world economy, the Bank of Canada is expected to keep the interest rates low for some time. Tightening up the lending policy is the government’s measure to curb the increased household debt load while we are still enjoying these historic low interest rates.

The finance minister confirmed that the amortization will be reduced once again from 30 years to 25 years and the limit on borrowing equity will be reduced from 85% to 80%. Changing the amortization to 25 years will result in homeowners paying more in monthly payments but paying off their mortgage quicker.
This will mark the 4 tightening measure in the last 4 years. Recent figures from Statistics Canada show the average ratio of debt-to-disposable income climbed to 152 per cent, up from 150.6 per cent at the end of 2011.

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Category : Market Updates / Mortgage

Day 24 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – King Car Wash

Wed, 20th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I had been going the Auto Spa on Appleby by Mainway until a friend had told me to check out King Car Wash at 1448 Grahams Lane in Burlington near Brant and Prospect.

From the outside, I never thought it could compare to the Auto Spa treatment…..but as they say, never judge a book by its cover! I liked the various options to choose from (listed below) and the option to buy washes in bulk to reduce the per wash rate is a great cost saver for people like me who wash their car every 2-3 weeks.

I chose to purchase the interior/exterior 5 wash package for $88.00! Yes, that is only $17.60 per visit. An exterior wash at the Auto Spa will cost $11.50. So, for an extra $6, you can have your interior vacuumed, vinyl cleaned and windows washed. I had a total of 8 people working on my car at different stages of the wash. If you are looking for a car wash option in Burlington, you should really give them a try.

This is what they say about their service:
We at KING CAR WASH, strive to provide our customers with the best service, at the most affordable price possible. Take a look at what we have to offer, come by, and we will be happy to serve your needs. Buy multiple car washes and save. The more you buy the more you $ave.

Exterior Wash Includes: Power washing the exterior of your vehicle to remove dirt and dust, Hand wash the areas that need additional attention, Soft Cloth tunnel wash, air and towel dry the vehicle.
prices: Car – 10.00$ Truck/Van – 12.00$

Package #1 In/Out Wash Includes: Exterior Wash, Vacum Inside, Wash Rubber Mats, Clean Windows, Wipe Dashboard
prices: Car – 17.00$ Truck/Van – 18.00$

Package #2 In/Out Wash Includes all of the above, plus : Bottom Blast, Rustite, Hot Wax.
prices: Car – 19.00$ Truck/Van – 20.00

Package #3 In/Out Wash Includes all of the above, plus: Clean White Walls, Rainbow Wax, Sealer Wax, Air freshener.
prices: Car – 21.00$ Truck/Van – 22.00$

Interior Shampoo and Detail Includes : Blowing out all the dust and debris from the hard to reach areas such as vents, between and under seats, etc. vacuming entire interior of the vehicle, steam clean and shampoo carpets , seats, dash board, door panels, driver console. Cleaning windows, wash and clean door jams, apply leather and/or vinyl protectant, exterior wash, rims cleaning and tire dressing.
PRICE from $120

King Car Wash Inc
1448 Graham’s Ln, Burlington, ON L7S 1W3
(905) 634-0155

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Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 23 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – The Stone House Restaurant

Mon, 18th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Fabulous Father’s Day at the Stone House Restaurant.

Our family decided to finally try the Sunday Steak and Seafood Buffet at the Stone House restaurant in Burlington. My intension was to write this blog on father’s day…but I was too full to type on my keyboard!

Before we decided on choosing the Stone House, I did some research and found numerous mixed reviews on the sunday buffet. As most of us are seafood fans, we decided we would give it a try.

For the most part, we had a wonderful experience and we enjoyed the food selections. The peel and eat shrimp station and oyster bar was a wonderful way to start the meal. Second course went to the mussels. The East Coaster in the group noted that they were a little small and the broth lacked full flavour, but we had to remind ourselves that we were at a buffet. In that context, they were more than enjoyable. We were a bit disappointed when the waiter informed us that the lobster was not part of the buffet and that we were limited to 1 lobster (1lb) per person. The photo in the advertisement showed a platter of lobster halves which led us to believe that we would be able to eat more lobster than what was allowed.

The Prime Rib melted in your mouth and the buffet offered a wide range of sides. The dessert bar was great for the kids as it offered plenty of options. There wasn’t any ice cream at the buffet, but when asked, a server went into the kitchen and brought out a cup of vanilla for my 2.5 year old.

At $35 per person it is good value for those looking for a seafood and meat dinner. If people in your party are not seafood lovers or vegetarian, they maybe left wanting more as there were not a lot of options. As a seafood lover, I had a great experience with my father at the Stone House on father’s day.

For a complete description of the restaurant, location and menu items, CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE – For more reviews of the Stone House Restaurant

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 22 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – The Buzz Hair Styling For Men

Fri, 15th June, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Designed in a sport motif, The Buzz is a place just for guys….a place where you can kick back, watch the game and get a great hair cut all at the same time. Each cutting station boasts it’s own flat screen TV as well as two larger screens in the waiting area so you’ll never miss a minute of the game.

John Moynahan has created a unique hair styling experience for the guy who is looking for more than just a haircut. While you wait, have a coffee and catch up on all the sports you can handle! What shouldn’t be overlooked in the experience is John’s skill and experience as a trained stylist. I have been going to John since he opened his downtown Burlington shop and he has yet to disappoint. His years of experience show in his consistency and talent. If you are looking to get a little more than just a ‘Cut’, give the Buzz a call and try them out. You won’t be disappointed

Located conveniently in the downtown core, you can visit John at 359 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario, Canada L7R 2E7
Telephone:(905) 592-3263
E-Mail: thebuzzformen@hotmail.com

Tell him Sean sent you!

If you have any ideas, Burlington events, or restaurant experiences you would like to share with my readers, please do not hesitate to send me an email and I will be sure to include it as on of the 365 Things to do in Burlington.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington
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