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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
I went last night to a new-ish chicken place near U of T. Flock has multiple locations and when my friend suggested it, she likened it to a healthier Swiss Chalet.
I went with a couple of girlfriends and we ate family style. We shared a half chicken, two large salad, sweet potatoes and desserts. The chicken was on the smaller side but it was delicious, it came with a jerk sauce that no one at my table enjoyed, we all ate the chicken on it’s own. We got the full size salads and they were ample, my favourite was the one with pomegranates and beets. I didn’t love the dressing on the other salad, but it did have a bit of coconut in it which isn’t really my thing.
The sweet potatoes were nice, in a lime chili salt that wasn’t too spicy. They had some other sides that sounded great but we decided that might be getting ridiculous (also, I saw the dessert menu and knew I’d be getting something).
I was afraid of getting the key lime pie to myself because it said it had a coconut crust so I got the brownie sundae instead and I must say, instant regret. While my dessert was fine, it wasn’t great. The brownies weren’t warm and the ice cream was pretty bland. The key lime pie however, is one of the best key lime pie slices I’ve ever had. You couldn’t really taste the coconut in the crust, which was great for me, others may prefer coconut. If you’re going to get dessert, I would suggest skipping the brownie, unless you’re obsessed with salted caramel and go for the pie.
It was a nice place and I felt like I ate a little healthier than if I had gone to another restaurant (of course, until the brownie but it’s basically why I didn’t get mac and cheese). The prices were pretty average, for my meal plus one of the desserts and no drinks, my bill came to $27 after tax and tip.
Have you been to Flock? What did you think?
In Whitby, there’s a street in an industrial area that has not one but two great breweries on them (although, I believe that’s changing but right now it’s pretty convenient).
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is from one of those breweries, it was a beer I tried a couple of weeks ago called Home Sweet Home. It was a delicious lager with honey and vanilla and it was just divine. Five Paddles, the brewery, is known for being the more adventurous brewery on the block, constantly experimenting with different flavours and ingredients.
Typically when a brewery gets crazy with flavours, its hard to have more than one of their beers in a row, it can be interesting and delicious but it can also be too much. This beer was great and easy drinking (in that you didn’t need to stop at one) and because of that, they say it’s one that you can usually find in their fridge to pick up.
If you’re out Durham way, I would recommend checking out what’s in the fridge at Five Paddles.
Have you tried any of their beers? What were your favourites?
I had heard that Prince Edward County was a great place to try cider, but until last weekend I had never had the chance to try it. The County Cider Company was at the Toronto Cider Festival last weekend with a number of interesting ciders as well as their original. My favourite was definitely the blood orange. If you know me, you know I love blood orange (sweet water radler being high on my summertime favourites) and this cider was perfect. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and you could definitely taste the blood orange. Although it is a bit of a tease that you’re not able to get them at LCBO, it is just incentive to visit their beautiful cidery.
Did you attend the cider festival? Which was your favourite?
I can’t believe that it’s basically September. I know, we say it every year but every year I can’t believe it!
The only silver lining to summer coming to an end is that September is a pretty poppin’ month in Toronto, and usually the weather is fairly decent.
One of the awesome events in September is Toronto Beer Week (not to be confused with Toronto Craft Beer Week, which always amazingly falls around my birthday). From September 16-24, tons of awesome beer related events happening in the city. But because they know we can’t wait that long, the “kick-off” event happens next Saturday on the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. If you missed this June’s edition where we got bendy for beer, you definitely missed out. Although there won’t be any yoga this time, it’s still going to be great. There’s two sailings, one at 2pm, and one at 7pm. I’m hoping we still have some great weather next weekend as you’ll see me on the 2pm sailing.
This three-hour tour stays within the Toronto harbour, allowing for awesome selfies along the skyline. Tickets include the tour, your mug and 4 tokens to get started. If you’re looking for a beer event that celebrates craft beers, be sure to check out the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. Tickets always sell out, don’t miss out!