Spring is in full swing and people are looking for things to do outside while maintaining physical distancing. There’s lots of space at ExPlace! We invite you to visit the grounds on foot or on a bike and do our self-guided Art Walking Tour, featuring iconic modern and historical outdoor art pieces. As you move from installation to installation you can enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, our beautiful gardens, and views of the lake.
The 2020 Major League Baseball season was scheduled to begin on March 26 and, by now, Torontonians young and old are well and truly missing one of their favourite spring passions. We hope you’ll be cheering on live games sooner rather than later but, in the meantime, we invite you and your kids to visit ExPlace and take a walk down baseball’s memory lane…
Exhibition Stadium was built in 1977 and was the first home to The Toronto Blue and the Toronto Argonauts until it was demolished in 1999. Did you know that long before that stadium was built, the site was home to four previous grandstands? They were built in 1878, 1895, 1907 and 1948 and were the venue for countless sporting events, gala stage shows and military pageants.
Queen Elizabeth II visits Exhibition Stadium, 1959
On April 7, 1977, the Blue Jays played (and won)
the 1st game in franchise history. Yes, that is snow on the field!
In addition to baseball and football, many concerts were also held at the stadium; both the grandstand and the whole stadium were used to host The Who, U2, New Order, Depeche Mode, RUSH, Van Halen, Kim Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Bon Jovi, AC/DC and Elton John.
The stadium site is currently used for parking, however, there are plaques installed to commemorate the old footprint of the baseball field. Plaques for 1st, 2nd and 3rd base, plus Home Plate, can all be found on the ground in the west end of parking lot 852, located south of BMO Field. Invite your kids to run the bases and re-enact their favourite home run! Click here for more information.
Asparagus Quiche recipe from Spectra
Many thanks to Geoff Carter, Director of Food & Beverage Operations for Spectra at Enercare Centre, for this Asparagus Quiche Recipe! Ontario asparagus is available in stores right now and this quiche looks divine!
- 2 1/2cup all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- 10oz butter – cut into pieces and chilled
- 5tb ice water (approximate)
- Combine flour, salt, butter cubes and toss together
- Pulse in a mixer until butter is rice size, not fully mixed
- Spread flour mixture on counter
- Add water over top and knead by hand
- Split dough in half and roll into 1inch disc. Wrap and chill
- When chilled, remove from fridge
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into 13-14” round – add flour on surface as required
- Fold dough in half
- Transfer dough into 9” pie plate
- 2 cups 10% cream
- 6 eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix ingredients together
- 1/2lb Asparagus – blanched
- 10pc Cherry tomato – cut in half
- 4oz Ham
- 60z Swiss cheese – shredded
- trim woody asparagus ends
- cut remaining asparagus into 1” pieces
- cook asparagus in boiling water for 30 seconds – cool in ice water - dry
Preheat oven to 325®
- Remove pie dough from fridge
- Sprinkle 75% of cheese on the bottom on pie shell
- Spread asparagus evenly in pie shell
- Spread cherry tomato’s evenly in pie shell
- Spread ham evenly in pie shell
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top
- Pour cream mix evenly over top
- Bake quiche at 325 F for approximately 1 ¼ hours or until custard sets
Let quiche rest for 30 minutes and serve or chill
For more Ontario Asparagus recipes, click here.