Helping you with ideas over the break

SPARK UP THE BARBECUE: The Easter and Anzac Day breaks offer a fantastic opportunity to have a feast with friends.
SPARK UP THE BARBECUE: The Easter and Anzac Day breaks offer a fantastic opportunity to have a feast with friends.

In the lead-up to the Easter break and the Anzac Day holiday, locals are thinking about what they will do over the break.

The fabulous local shops at Toronto have a few suggestions on what they can contribute to your celebration.

"As the weather is now starting to cool down, think about things that will warm you both inside and out," Glenn Geary, from Betta Home Living Toronto suggests.  

"Crock pots or slow cookers make entertaining easy with preparation being done hours before the family and friends arrive. Brewing fresh coffee is one of the most inviting aromas.

Betta Home Living Toronto has a great variety of coffee machines, from the easy-to-use pod machines right up to  professional barista machines. Their knowledgeable and friendly team is on hand to answer all your questions.

GW Meats owner, Glenn Wheat, suggests  creating an Easter feast on your BBQ with tasty sausages, tender steak or maybe make your favourite roast recipe on your hooded BBQ.

In the slow cooker he suggests a lamb (very traditional Australian Easter Sunday choice), beef or pork if the weather is cooler.

"Slow cooked lamb shanks might be a twist on the traditional lamb roast, he said. "Or if you are heading out to the park for the festivities, try some of our marinated options such as honey and mint lamb - they make preparation of the meal both simple and very tasty."

Yes Optus owner, Mark Morgan-Jones says keeping in touch with family, especially  overseas relatives or friends has never been more affordable this Easter period.

 "Come and see us for the best prepaid deal on unlimited international calls," Mark said.  

Masterset Jewellers co-owner  Lisa McCrohon also feels family connections are  front of mind at Easter.

"Our mastercraftsman can take a family heirloom piece and restore it to its former beauty or bring the piece up to date with a makeover," she suggested.

Shopping local keeps the local economy strong, so stop by your local shopping strip and meet the locals.