Month: September 2013

first thursday at the ago

So, I haven’t been to the AGO in years. Like most people, the last time I was there was on some long ago-forgotten field trip, long before the renovations. I’m not a huge art gallery fan, I always feel like I’m not appreciating the art enough but I heard about First Thursday, it sounded more up my alley. 

The first Thursday of every month the AGO re-opens at 7pm – there is special exhibits, bars, food and live entertainment. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12+$2 service fee online in advance. The regular price for the gallery is $19.50, so it is worth it if you don’t want to spend the entire day at the gallery. Drinks were what you’d pay at a regular bar, about $6-$7/piece, depending on what you wanted. The food was small, appetizer sized – we had cripsy noodles and chicken as well as a steamed bun with chicken, it was $5 total. They also had a selection of desserts. It definitely wasn’t a meal but it was delicious and a good amount just to munch on. Only the first and second floor are open during this time and as we were walking around they closed part of the second floor off, at about 9:45 – it seemed a little odd. The gallery was pretty busy and expect to stand in line, outside, even if you’ve purchased tickets in advance. It is a 19+ event but the crowd was definitely a mix. Art galleries have the reputation of being very quiet and a little empty (unless there is something famous on display) and so it was interesting to see basically the complete opposite, loud music and a lot of people, a real mix of people as well. 

As I said, I hadn’t been to the AGO in years and I must say, I really enjoyed it. They even had a few stations where you could “create-your-own” pieces. We did one, related to their Ai Weiwei exhibit, where we created posters of what we stand for. 

Selection of “I Stand For” Posters
I would definitely recommend getting out to a First Thursday, it was fun and something new to do in the city. 

do you want to order food from an ipad?

Then Kiku is for you. This sushi restaurant opened near my work in Markham. They also have a location at Leslie & York Mills (but I’ve heard they don’t have the ipads). I’ve only recently started eating sushi, I’m slowly coming around so my co-worker and I decided to try this place out. Our lunch was all-you-can-eat (I assume that’s the only way people ever eat sushi?) and it was $14.50. All menu items were ordered using the ipad, it was pretty neat. I really liked it because it had clear pictures of the items, sometimes I mix up crazy and crazy dragon – or whatever they are – again, not a sushi expert. The pictures help me not order the wrong thing. As a sushi-novice, it is appreciated. Our food came fairly quickly and it was delicious. I recently went to a sushi place where the rolls were falling apart by the time they got to my table. The rolls were served in the typical 6-8 roll servings but pieces like tempura, dumplings and other small items were served in ones. It actually worked great because I may want yam tempura but not want 4 pieces, I thought that was great. We also got dessert, I opted for the chocolate mousse because I had obviously eaten too much and it really hit the spot. It was sweet and small, just what I needed. The decor was typical of sushi places I’ve been in the city and in Markham. They also had a group area where guests would sit on cushions on the floor, that could be fun for a group or birthday. 
 
If you’re looking for a fun place with good food, I’d recommend Kiku for your next sushi craving. 
 
 
iPad used for ordering

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thai food on eglinton

I love thai food and am often reluctant to try new places because I hate when it isn’t good. 

Tonight we tried Lime on Eglinton, between Yonge and Mount Pleasant. I really enjoyed it. We had vegetable and chicken spring rolls and shared the thai chili cashew chicken, thai coconut-peanut chicken and classic street-side shrimp pad thai. It was obvious that the spring rolls were made from scratch, I hate when you can tell that they were frozen and they come out mucky. The thai chili cashew chicken had lots of chicken and plenty of vegetables, it wasn’t actually spicy unless you actually ate the chilis. The coconut-peanut chicken was pretty good, even though I’m not a huge coconut fan and the pad thai was how I like my pad thai, fairly saucy but not too tomatoey (like spring rolls, most people know I hate spring rolls pad thai). We were four people and this was a reasonable amount of food, we maybe could have had a bit more but it really wouldn’t have been necessary. The meals were reasonably priced as well, with most dishes on the menu between $10.95-$13.95, they also have a great lunch special menu. I would recommend this place when you’re uptown, looking for a nice place to have a reasonably priced meal. Happy eating!

september is here!

Time for the cliche “I don’t know where the summer has gone”, every year it seems to get shorter and shorter, even though I’m not sure that is possible.

I love the summer, and the fall coming means that winter is coming. I’m trying not to be too upset about it. I will instead share the things I am excited to do in September. There’s so much going on in the city and that will help me not miss summer (too much).

This Thursday, I will be attending the AGO’s First Thursday for the first time. This is when they open up the AGO after hours, apparently there is DJs and a cash bar – really, its my kind of art experience. I will definitely be blogging about my experience.

Starting September 13th, it is Toronto Beer Week. I’m not sure how I never knew this existed in Toronto, I’m obviously a beer fan! I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been able to pick out what I will be doing because there is just so much but I promise to share my experience. 

September 20th, I’ll be seeing Sarah Silverman at JFL42. I’ve never attended Just for Laughs in Toronto. We also get to pick 4 smaller acts. I’m pretty excited because I love stand-up comedy. 

I know the focus is on September but I also want to mention an event I’ll be attending in October. The Delicious Food Show is happening the weekend of October 25th. There is a Buytopia deal for tickets until midnight tonight.

I hope that everyone finds some awesome events to usher them into fall, I’m sure a lot will revolve around TIFF coming up next weekend. If you know events I should be checking out, leave a comment. Happy September!