detox to retox: left field brewery

We headed back to a fan favourite this weekend at Left Field Brewery. Every time I’m there, I’m reminded why I love this place. They’ve got the most adorable beer-themed Christmas tree in the lobby, and underneath, they are taking donations for a local shelter! So, next time you’re there – be sure to bring something for the box!

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We had our class led by April, which is always lovely and relaxing. I may have been doing a lot of Child’s Pose, you know because you have to listen to your body – but my legs are still hurting me today so I have to assume I got a great workout.

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Next, we were on the beer. The ladies of School House Booze now have their own pencils, which makes BINGO exciting on top of the intensity, people get really into BINGO!

Bingo and retox time at #detoxtoretoxto @tipsyteachers

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Our next Detox to Retox is another big one at Henderson Brewery, but is already 50% sold out so get your tickets before they’re gone!

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My boyfriend and I headed to the Gentlemen’s Expo this past weekend because we had such a great time last year! I thought this year’s event was even better than last year, I thought there was a better mix of vendors and sessions and so had been looking forward to it for a few weeks. Here are my highlights:

Although, probably makes more sense to save this for a Thirsty Thursday, this was definitely my favourite drink of the show. Auchentoshan, a single malt scotch was served over ice with a bit of IPA and grapefruit juice, it was dangerously delicious.

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I was also excited because my friend Bourbon Thing was presenting a Bourbon 101 session. If you don’t know Jamie, you’re really missing out. She hosts whiskey events in the city as well as has a blog and podcast dedicated to the drink.

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There was also lots of non-booze related things, awesome socks, cute ties and fun cufflinks. There was even a place where you could try out virtual reality headsets, I lasted about 28 seconds on the VR roller coaster before I felt super dizzy, it was really cool but not for me. To be honest, I’m surprised I lasted that long.

So, there was lots to see and do at the show this weekend and I had a good time… until…..

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RICK MERCER WAS THERE AND HE INTERVIEWED US AND I’M STILL BLUSHING!!!!!!!!!!

We knew he was at the show because we had seen it on instagram but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t find him. We were wrapping up our day, having a quick snack and we see his cameras and notice it’s him. And he just starts interviewing us, no intro or anything just starts talking. So, there’s a small chance we’ll be on the Mercer Report this week – it’s a pretty small chance because I was fan-girling so hard the tape may not even be usable.

So, it was an amazing year at the Gentlemen’s Expo, I’m already looking forward to next year!

detox to retox: indie ale house

This past Sunday, I got to do yoga in Indie Ale House, a place I normally only think about when I want delicious mac and cheese (the butternut squash one is my favourite). Indie Ale House also brews a number of delicious beers which we of course got to try after a morning yoga session!

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If you’ve ever been to Indie Ale House, you’re probably used to just busy tables and would never expect a relaxing yoga class but that’s what we’ve got. And then we got to sample 5 beers from Indie Ale House, and it was even more fun because we got to choose our own 5th beer, which was a great way to try so many different beers!

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I know that Indie Ale House sold out super quickly but the good news is, the next Detox to Retox is on sale! But grab tickets before they’re gone – we’re going back to a yogis-favourite and tickets are already half sold out! Join us in December at Left Field Brewery – see you next month!

dining out: wafels and more

I’m excited to share this new restaurant with you that I went to a cuuple of weeks ago on their opening weekend – Wafels and More in Kensington Market – a neighbourhood I’m not in often enough.

Wafels and More are authentic Belgium waffles, and they have so many types. They also offer sweet and savoury waffles so you could essentially have waffles for dinner and I think that’s amazing. As you walk up to Wafels and More, you can smell fresh waffles being made.

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I had the “brussels” with strawberries and whipped cream and it was light and fluffy. It was delicious but I got a little jealous of my boyfriend, I think he made the better choice.

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He got the Speculoos Bomb on a liege waffle. The liege waffle was smaller but sweeter and my favourite of the two waffles. And for those who don’t know, speculoos is a cookie from Europe – I had never heard of it and I was really missing out because his waffle had a speculoos butter on it. When I go back, I’ll definitely be getting that one! They also have smaller liege waffles that come with different options, which is better if you want to take them away with you.

Next time you’re in Kensington Market, be sure to stop by and get some authentic Belgium waffles!

MRO at YDS

A couple of weeks ago, I went down to Yonge-Dundas Square to check our Monster Rock Orchestra. Although I had read about it, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it was a lot of fun.

We were lucky that we were having a super warm October evening, so it was great to hang out, outside to check out this fun event. There was multiple performers and ended with Monster Rock Orchestra, a multi-piece band with LASERS!

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The band played classics from Journey to Taylor Swift, there wasn’t a song that came on that I didn’t know and that I didn’t want to dance to. It was a fun night in the square, and best of all, it was free. I would definitely recommend checking out the next edition!

thirsty thursday: raspberry hibiscus gose

I went to Left Field Brewery to start a beer scavenger hunt with the Barley’s Angels. I was so glad I got to go by Left Field, I don’t get out there that often as I’m not in the neighbourhood but every time I’m back, I remember why I love it.

And this time, it was their gose.

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Sorry this is only half full, it was so delicious, I drank half of it before remembering to take a picture of it. This raspberry hibiscus gose was light and fruity and not to sweet. I even picked up a couple of bottles to take home with me. I would definitely recommend getting to Left Field before it’s gone!

detox to retox: junction brewery

I can’t believe that we’re almost at 2 years of #DetoxToRetoxTO. Our most recent event was at Junction Brewery, probably the last time we’ll be at their smaller space on Cawthra as they prepare to move over to their bigger location on Symes!

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We had a new teacher this time, Sal, who was super intense (but also really fun), I can tell you at the end of that class, I felt like I truly deserved my beer. Never have I sweat so much for a beer – sexy, I know.

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We got to try 4 beers from junction, including their Engineers IPA on cask which I don’t normally like but this was really good and of course, some old faithfuls, like stationmaster stout, one of my favourites from Junction.

Our next event in November is sold out BUT December’s will be on sale soon! See you there!

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I love finding out about amazing events that are coming up in the city and when they’re free – it’s even better! Next Friday night, Monster Rock Opera will be taking over Yonge-Dundas Square for another year, in a music-laser show unlike any other. MRO Miss Pops Branded.png

Starting at 7pm, three different music groups will take the stage in combination with lasers for a crazy experience. You can expect to hear hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today and include songs from bands like AC/DC to Taylor Swift. This 55-piece (yes! 55 piece!!) band will play an array of music we all know and love, all with classical instruments – and with lasers! I’m pretty exciting for the lasers.

So, if you’re looking for something fun and cool to do, that won’t cost you a dime – head to Yonge-Dundas Square next Friday night!

 

dining out: hoke poke

So, my new favourite meal to get when I’m out are Poke bowls. For ages, the only place in the GTA to get them was Hamilton (I’ve never been there, I’ve just heard they’re the original). I’ve tried a couple in the city and this week I went to Hoke Poke – great name, I know.

Hoke Poke is just outside of Yorkville, and based on their hours, they cater to a work-lunch time crowd, they close at 7 and aren’t open on the weekend.

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My boyfriend is not about that raw fish life, which is sad, but I understand but I only started eating it a couple of years ago. He got chicken, tofu, veggies and black rice – the only rice they have, very similar to brown rice.

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One of the best things about this poke place is that in the regular size, you get two proteins. I’m excited that I don’t have to pick between salmon and tuna.

We both got the regular size, which looked about the same as other places I’ve been but I found they weren’t as full as other places. I could have eaten a large where as at other places a regular or small is more than enough for me. However, the fish was a great quality, the toppings were good and it satisfied my random craving for poke.

If you’re in the ‘hood, I’d recommend checking out Hoke Poke for a quick bite.

Have you tried poke bowls? What do you think?

detox to retox: halo brewery

Well, there’s another one! This city is just getting more and more breweries and it’s great! This past weekend, we visited Halo Brewery for the latest addition of Detox to Retox.

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This cozy little spot is new to the Junction-ish area. With constant rotating taps, you’re likely to find something new every time you’re at Halo. They pride themselves on not having a “flagship” beer. They want their curiosity and experiments to be their flagship. We got to learn about the story behind Halo and how their fun and playful brand came to be.

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As part of our flight, we tried the Magic Missile, the New Wave, the Golden Ratio and my favourite, the Tokyo Rose (which was my favourite made with rosehips). I also tried the other beers, I really enjoyed the Shapeshifter and I’m not usually a fan of sours.

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If you’re looking for a quiet spot to grab some fresh beer, be sure to hit up Halo.

And want to hit up the next Detox to Retox? Get on it quick! There’s only one ticket left for Junction and a few left for Indie Ale House – hope to see you there!