Thursday: New Attractions, New Restaurants at the 2014 Cortland Summer Stroll and Art Walk



Continuing a tradition that dates back many thousands of years, to the Age of the Ancient Bernal Druids, the 2014 Summer Stroll happens on Cortland Avenue tomorrow, Thursday, June 19. Solstice-style.

Sponsored by your local merchants from the Bernal Business Alliance, this year’s stroll features some sexy highlights:

  • Lots of open doors, live music, snacky snacks, and spiked drinks for grownups from your favorite Cortland shops and restaurants. Miss Darcy from Heartfelt promises home-baked cookies! (Not the funny kind.)
  • A rather cosmopolitan Art Walk, with local artists displaying their work along Cortland!
  • A trusted source tells Bernalwood the new Red Hill Station restaurant will soft-open on the night of the Stroll, serving oysters, wine, and beer. (The full opening happens on Friday, 6/20; preview pictures here). Congrats, Neighbors Amy and Taylor!
  • Also, after its brief transformation, the former Liberty Cafe will reopen in time for the stroll. Now renamed Bernal Star, the new motto is “Brunch. Burgers. Brews.” Drama!
  • Miss Karen from The New Wheel adds, “We have new t-shirts! They were designed by Jennifer Keith on the North Side, printed by Pelican Print Shop down on Bayshore, and will be available in adult and kids sizes (medium and large) tomorrow near the library for just $10! I’ve attached a photo of the fabulous ladies of Heartfelt showcasing the look!” (Shown above)

That’s the executive summary; here’s the official 411 about what else you should look for at the 2014 Cortland Summer Stroll:

The Bernal Business Alliance cordially invites you to the 4th Annual Summer Stroll. Join friends, neighbors and local businesses, for a fun and festive evening all along Cortland Ave. Enjoy a variety of special treats offered by local merchants and restaurants, including live music, food and drink. This year’s stroll introduces a neighborhood Art Walk. Businesses along the Cortland corridor will be hosting the work of local Bernal Heights artists. So grab your friends and family and take a stroll down Cortland Ave. It’s sure to be a grand time for all!

Special thanks to the following local businesses for sponsoring this event: The Good Life Grocery, Bernal Hill Reality, Little Bee Baking, Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, Inclusions Gallery, The Lucky Horseshoe, Heartfelt, Holy Water, Integral Body, The Liberty Cafe, The New Wheel, Bernal Beast, State Farm Insurance, Succulence, Fit Bernal Fit, Vega, Chamalyn Teas & Honey, Vinorosso Enoteca, Chef Stephanie, Netpop, Kingmond Young framing & photography, Climb Real Estate, Unlimited Hair Care, Chloe’s Closet, Bernal Business Alliance, Andi’s Market, The Wild Side West, Bernal Bucks, Moki’s Sushi and Pacific Grill

8 thoughts on “Thursday: New Attractions, New Restaurants at the 2014 Cortland Summer Stroll and Art Walk

  1. Rosa’s Coconut-Date Macaroons

    Makes about 3 dozen cookies

    4 large egg whites

    1 cup sugar

    1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

    1 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

    3/4 tsp distilled white vinegar

    2 tbsp boiling water

    1 cup chopped dried Medjool dates (or 1 cup cherry-flavoured dried cranberries, roughly chopped for a festive twist)

    1 cup finely chopped pecans

    3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

    Position an oven rack in the centre of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

    Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on high speed until opaque and foamy.

    In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Stir with a small whisk to blend. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and gradually add the sugar mixture; mix for about 30 seconds, gradually bringing the mixer back to high speed and mix for 1 minute.

    Immediately add the vanilla and vinegar and continue to mix for at least 2 minutes, or until the egg whites hold stiff, glossy peaks, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice.

    Reduce the speed to medium-high and add the boiling water all to once. The egg whites will swell up and then resettle as all the water is incorporated. Mix for 2 more minutes, then set aside.

    In a medium bowl, combine the dates (*or cherry-flavoured dried cranberries), pecans and coconut; using your hands, toss the ingredients until evenly distributed. This helps to avoid clumping, which can cause the egg whites to break down a bit too much due to over-stirring.

    Gently fold in the coconut mixture into the egg white mixture until blended. Using a 1 1/2-inch-diameter ice-cream scoop, place scoops of batter 1 inch apart on the prepared pans. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 225°F and bake for 40 minutes longer, or until the macaroons are an even light brown.

    Remove from the oven and let cook on the pan for 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cook completely.

    Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 1 week.

  2. So impressed by all of the artists who put the time and energy into displaying their work and also to the shops who accommodated them! Jesse’s work in the Liberty Cottage and Aaron’s sculptures at Wild Side West were personal favorites 🙂 All around so fun! Thanks!

  3. We had a great time- sorry we missed Darcy’s cookies, but were part of the “early crowd.” Love that it was circling strollers as far as the eye could see at 6 PM.

    Neighbor Emilia would like to thank Good Life for the Corn ‘n’ Cones:

  4. Really great stroll this year & Darcy’s cookies were delicious! Excited to learn of a possible art center opening in the former red hill books space. Thanks to all!

  5. Pingback: Revealed: Miss Darcy’s Not-So Secret Summer Stroll Macaroon Cookie Recipe | Bernalwood

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