Month: October 2013

thirsty thursday: corona beer cocktail

I absolutely love beer cocktails. I’m always excited when they’re an option at a restaurant and I was really excited that corona had samples of beer cocktails at the Delicious Food Show. They were advertising their special edition cans for the day of the dead. 

This drink was corona, which is as most people know, is a light and refreshing beer. They mixed it with blackcurrant and lime juice and soda. They were adding cilantro as well, but as much as I love a beer cocktail, I hate cilantro so I held that from my drink. It would have added some more colour but I could do that with a lime wedge. If you’re a cilantro fan, you could see how that goes. This was a fun and delicious drink. I’d definitely recommend mixing up some of your own. Do you have a beer cocktail recipe I should try? Let me know in the comments. 

Also, Happy Halloween!

five must-haves in your clutch at a wedding

I went a wedding on Friday last week. There’s always a lot of prep for going to a wedding, making sure you don’t forget anything. So, I thought I’d share my must-haves for your night out. 
1. Gum
This one may seem obvious but gum or mints is definitely a must for your night out. It is so easy to forget. Likely you left it in your other purse. It’s just so much easier if you remember to bring your own. Bonus: you help someone else out that forgot their gum, sharing is caring. 

2. Mini-Perfume
Dancing up a storm might leave you feeling a little less than fresh. Chances are you have a drawer full of mini-perfumes from gift with purchases, handouts or some where even more random (seriously, where did these all come from?). You have them now so this is the best time to use them up. Trust me, you’ll thank me during the YMCA.

3. Toothpick/Floss
There will be a ton of pictures taken, some weddings even have their own hashtag (sounds ridiculous, but is actually a great idea). You don’t want to be all dressed up for the wedding, with your nails done, hair done, everything did and have a huge piece of spinach in your teeth. Take the floss picks with you and your pictures will thank you later.

4. Oil-Absorbing Sheets
As mentioned, there will be a ton of pictures. Everyone will have their phones out, professional photographers will be snapping pictures and there may even be a few disposible cameras around, last thing you’d want is to have a shiny forehead (spinach would be the last thing but you already took care of that). Keeping a few of these on hand will mean you can remove the oil without ruining your make-up.

5. Pantyliners
This one may be unexpected, as these pantyliners are not for what you think they are. I put them in my shoes. It makes me last in my heels a little bit longer. I stick these in the bottom of my shoes, they help absorb sweat, stop you from slipping forward in shoes and provide a little bit of cushion. Now, of course, beware that you are putting something sticky in your shoes, so keep in mind this may not be the solution for your red soles. I use them in cheaper/older heels, and I put them in all the time, so the sticky doesn’t bother me.

So, since we’re twenty-somethings (or at least most of us are), many of us may be getting married. I’ve partnered with Mo Money, Mo Houses to include a giveaway in this post. We’re giving away two gift certificates for Soulmates Dresses, a mother-of-the-bride online store. It may be for your mom, but she’ll love you for it. This giveaway is for all my readers, anywhere in the world, you have until November 19th. Best of luck!

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October 28-31: what to do/see/eat/drink on a schoolnight

Do: It’s Halloween this Thursday, which can be a little awkward but there is still festivities happening around the city. Church St will be closed in the The Village for a giant Halloween party. The party begins at 6:30pm and covers three blocks. There will be costumes and parties until 2am. It’s the largest outdoor event for Halloween in the city and proves that Halloween isn’t just for kids!

See: If my Just for Laughs post inspired you to go out and see more comedy shows, you’re in luck. Buytopia has a deal with Absolute Comedy for two tickets for $12. They have a number local comedians coming up, including one of my favourties, K. Trevor Wilson. So, if you’re not into the Halloween scene, this could be a great alternative.  

Drink: While you’re in The Village, you can go to the Churchmouse & Firkin. Their staff will be dressed up in themed costumes and they have a burger and Rickard’s special, where you can get both for $17. Should be perfect to keep you partying all night long. 

Eat: Need to eat before hitting the town for Halloween, be sure to stop by Chipotle for Boorito where $3 can get you a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos. Simply go in between 4pm-close in a costume and you’ll get a great deal on your dinner. Best part, all the proceeds will go to the Planet in Focus Film Festival and Educational Programs. Discount delicious food, while helping out a good cause? Can’t beat it. 

planet in focus: canada’s largest environmental film festival

I’m really excited to be an ambassador for Planet in Focus. Over the next few weeks I will have a few giveaways related to film festival!

Planet in Focus is an annual environmental film festival, now in its 14th year. The festival takes place at two venues this year, it will be split between the TIFF Lightbox and the AGO. The festival runs from November 21-24th. The goal of Planet in Focus is to raise awareness about the environment through film. The festival showcases movies from Canada and the world with a focus on the planet. The organization has over 3,000 films and videos in their archives. Planet in Focus is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors; Dr. David Suzuki and Vandana Shiva are both Honorary Patrons.

The Opening Night film will be “The Arctic Defenders“. Directed by John Walker, this 2012 film investigates how the Inuit become the Arctic Defenders of Canada. The story begins in 1968 and follows the development and creation of the territory Nunavut. Thanks to Planet in Focus, I’ll be giving away two tickets to Opening Night at the TIFF Lightbox. Contest runs from tonight until 11:59pm on Saturday, November 1st. Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 3rd. Good luck everyone!

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You can check out the entire film and discussion schedule here. You can purchase tickets and passes here. $2 from every ticket with be used to plant a tree in the PIF Forest through The Carbon Farmer program. Be sure to check back on the blog next weekend for the next giveaway. 

October 25-27: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

Do: The Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts is running a Haunted Toronto Scavenger Hunt. tonight beginning at 7pm. The event covers the area around Yorkville and the University of Toronto. It’s $30 plus taxes and fees and you can have a team up to six people. They claim it can get a bit scary, you can be the judge! 

See: Do you loved to be scared? I don’t get it but some people seem to love it particularly this time of year. The Campbell House Museum is hosting an interactive theatrical experience called “You Can Sleep When You’re Dead“. This ‘show’ is a haunted tour of the historical house, which follows different stories on each floor of the house. If you’re looking to be frightened, this definitely looks like the show for you. The show is put on by The Theatre Lab, an artist-driven theatre company, dedicated to trying out experimental theatre, Canadian plays and their own works. The shows run twice a night, 7pm and 9pm for one week beginning on the 24th. You can get tickets here

Eat: The Delicious Food Show is this weekend and tickets are still available. Beginning today, you can see a variety of Food Network stars and other chefs demo at the Celebrity Kitchen. There will be a number of vendors there including a food truck show in support of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Allen Tan of Me.N.U who was profiled on the blog a few weeks ago will also be there, I look forward to eating delicious rice balls. This is a licensed event and you can pre-purchase your drink tickets when you purchase your ticket online. 

Drink: If you’re looking for something to do tonight and want to support a great cause, you should definitely check out OktoberFEAST. It is an festival with local Ontario brewers and food trucks. This is a 19+ event at Evergreen Brickworks. It is support of the Canadian Cancer Society, tickets can be purchased online for $20 or at the door for $25. Drinks at the event will be $6/each or 4 for $20 for a 14oz pour. 

thirsty thursday: non-alcoholic

I know, I know – its not the point of thirsty thursday but bare with me. This is cranberry grapefruit spritzer. It was one of the feature drinks at hope and the city. Although it wasn’t alcoholic, I figured it could work because you could easily add vodka and have a delicious drink. Or, could be a great drink for your desginated drivers at your next party. Enjoy!

October 21-25: what to do/see/eat/drink on a school night

Do: Mentioned in an earlier blog post, it’s worth repeating that it’s coming up. This event takes place a little North of the city but it is great anyways. Hope and the City Markham is an event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society that is dedicated to women’s cancers. There will be a fashion show, prizes, raffles, pampering stations (at an additional cost), goodie bags and firefighters (which is really reason enough to go). The event takes place at Angus Glen Golf Course on Kennedy Road. So if you’re looking for a night out with the ladies for a good cause, this is a great option! 

See: If your humour is a little on the dark side, “The House of Yes” may be for you. The play is a dark comedy about love, sex and family. It takes place at the Red Sandcastle Theatre and only runs from October 23-27th. Tickets are $15 cash at the door, it’s a great way to support local arts. 

Eat: Once you check out the drink session, you know you’ll already be at WVRT on a Monday night, so you might as well enjoy a sausage. They have a bunch of different kinds, including vegetarian options. They also have amazing sounding french fries plus dipping sauces, I hate ketchup so I love a good dipping sauce. 

Drink: Who doesn’t love a $5 pint? I know I sure do! WVRT has you covered on Monday nights. They serve Ontario Craft beer in $5 pints after 5pm. I heard a saying “the day always starts better when you know it will finish with beer” and I think that’s especially true on a Monday.

October 18-20: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

Best part of the short week is, it’s already the weekend again! Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s some ideas for you in case you haven’t made plans yet!

Do: Looking for something to do with the little ones in your life? This Sunday, Nestle is hosting the first ever Canada Craveyard Halloween Party. Taking place on Sterling Rd, off of Dundas, it is sure to be a fun day with entertainment, a haunted house, a maze, a costume contest and of course candy. The event is from 12-4pm, and you can register here

See: Hosted by Cheri Di Novo, MPP and Peggy Nash, MP, check out a free screening of Chasing Ice. Taking place this Sunday afternoon at 4pm, it is the perfect way to wrap up your weekend. The film is about an environmental photographer who is on a mission to show the effects of climate change in the Arctic. The event takes place at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles and tickets are available through EventBrite.

Drink: The ROM‘s Friday Night Live is back. Tickets are $12 and tickets are available to the special exhibits, if you’re a member, you’re in for free but you should register. There will be food, drinks and djs. Friday Night Live runs every Friday from October 18th-December 6th, so if you can’t make it this week, be sure to get your tickets for another Friday. 

Eat: I love breakfast, any time of day. The White Brick Kitchen at Bloor and Euclid offers a great brunch on Sundays, from 11am-4pm. I tried this place a few months ago and really liked it. It gets pretty busy and doesn’t take reservations on Sunday but it is worth the wait. They have a mix of savoury and sweet items, and judging by what’s available on the menu now, they like to change it up. If you’re looking for a great little brunch place in the west end, I’d recommend trying this place out. And yes, they’re licensed so you can get a little “hair of the dog”.

Have a great weekend everyone!

hope and the city: fundraiser for the canadian cancer society

Hope and the City is only one week away!

This annual event is a fundraiser completely dedicated to women’s cancer research – which includes breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine. This girl’s night out is a great way to have a fun and fabulous night with your girlfriends while supporting a great cause. 

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online or at the door. With your ticket, you receive a complimentary Hope and the City beverage, a goody bag worth over $150, food samplings, live entertainment and a ticket for door prize worth over $500. This year’s grand door prize is the use of a BMW Cabriolet for an entire weekend, thanks to Town and Country BMW. 

There will also be the famous $20 envelope and Digging for Diamonds ($10), both of which have guaranteed prizes. Along with those, there will be a live auction and an arms length draw, where you get to pick which prize your ticket goes in for. As well as a number of local vendors selling at the event. There is definitely something for everyone.

There will also be a number of pampering stations, tickets for the stations are $10 each or 3/$25 – there is over twenty types of pampering options, including eyebrow threading, henna, reflexology and massage.  And once you’re relaxed, you’ll have the opportunity to get your photo taken in the photo booth (price by donation). 

And last, but certainly not least – there’s firefighters. Firefighters who are there to ensure the ladies have a great time (I’m sure they don’t oppose a picture or two). If all the above awesome reasons were not reason enough for you to attend the event, the firefighters should be enough. 

I’ll see you there!

thirsty thursday: pumphouse blueberry ale

Can’t believe it is already Thursday! Love the short week.

This week’s beverage of choice is the pumphouse blueberry ale. I originally tried this beer when a friend of mine brought it back from from New Brunswick, which is of course the blueberry capital of the world. For those that know me, they know I’m a sucker for blueberry flavoured drinks, its just so delicious and often not too sweet. That’s the same with this beer. 

Sadly this week, I forgot to take my own picture

It’s a light blonde base which I really enjoy. The fruit is not as overpowering as it is in some other fruit beers I’ve tried. Although this beer is a little on the sweet side, it is still refreshing. I would recommend it if you’re a fan of blonde beers and want something a little different. I was pretty excited when I was able to find tall boys of this beer at the LCBO. I love that they come in singles like this because I often don’t want to commit one beer in an evening and at $2.75/can and 5%, I’d consider it a good value. Are there any fruity beers you enjoy? Let me know in the comments, I’m always open to suggestions!