Month: June 2014

thirsty thursday: seagrams apple cider

Tonight will be my second CraveTO and I’m pretty excited to eat a lot of ridiculous things again. I thought this would be a good time to go back to a drink I had at my first CraveTO for the first time.

seagrams apple cider

 

This was the first time, surprisingly, I tried the seagram’s cider. I like most of seagram’s other products so I was excited to try this one as well. The cider was sweet but more on the dry side, versus a somersby which I find quite sweet (but still delicious). This cider is also a little higher on the alcohol content (something I’m not known to complain about). As you hit up the decks and sunshine this summer, I’d recommend throwing a few of these in the mix!

I’m curious, what’s your favourite cider?

June 20-22: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy almost summer everyone! World Pride is kicking off this weekend and there’s a bunch of festivals happening for the first weekend of summer, here’s a few ideas!

Do: The Redpath Waterfront Festival is happening all weekend. There will be activities for kids, food, drinks and the flyboarding championships. There will also be a Worldpride Party on Sunday with food, a bar and DJs all afternoon. Be sure to check the website for all the activities.

See: The Toronto Jazz Festival began yesterday and runs until June 28th. There are performances all over the city including a number of free shows outdoors at Nathan Phillips Square and Shops at Don Mills.

Eat: The Junction is hosting a Summer Solstice Festival on the longest day of the year tomorrow. From noon until midnight there will be entertainment, shopping and plenty of eating to be had.

Drink: The Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival is also happening this weekend, yesterday was the first evening but it runs tonight from 5pm-10pm and tomorrow 12pm-10pm. You can purchase tickets online for $21.50 or $30 at the door, each ticket includes 5 sample vouchers. There will also be music as well as wine and spirit education throughout the festival.

This is just a snippet of what’s happening this weekend, get out and enjoy that beautiful weather!

For the start of summer, I think this song is appropriate?

thirsty thursday: durbanville hills

Happy almost Friday everyone. Hope you got to enjoy the sunshine today (or maybe you’re still out there), seems like most people were taking in a soccer game or two. As I mentioned last week, time got away from me so this week will be a double-thirsty-thursday edition.
This week is a pair of wines from South Africa, the Durbanville Hills’ Sauvignon Blanc and their Shiraz, which are both available at the LCBO for $11.95. Samples of these wines were provided to me along with handmade chocolates , so my girlfriend and I decided to have a little wine tasting in the glamorous setting of my condo and since I prefer whites and my girlfriend prefers red, it worked out perfectly.

 

delicious pairings
delicious pairings

First, we sampled the Sauvignon Blanc, I tend to get overwhelmed in the LCBO so it was nice to try something new. This Blanc was acidic, something I’m not used to but really cold it was pretty delicious. There was definitely hints of citrus, a fuller white. The chocolate was a white but I preferred just the wine :)

Next was the Shiraz, I’m not usually a red fan but I found it to be a lighter red. The chocolate to pair with it was peppery, you could definitely taste the nutmeg which paired nicely with the wine. I would suggest this for later in the year and for those who want something a little lighter.
I’m really glad I got to try a new wine from a new region (I tend to just stay in Ontario). Happy Sipping!

 

my update on running

A couple months ago, I tried running and I promised to keep you updated, which I didn’t and I’m sorry but truthfully it didn’t go so well. I tried a few sessions with the app and remembered why I never having any success with running. I’m still going to participate in the 5k, I can walk pretty fast. And I’m still really trying to get in better shape. I know that’s a vague goal and maybe I don’t exactly have a goal right now but just be more active.

In order to try to help with that, I purchased a FitBit Zip. I’ve toyed with idea of getting a FitBit for a while. I’ve tried pedometers on my phone and find that they aren’t usually accurate or I don’t constantly have my phone on me (shocking, I know). I was worried that the size of it would be an issue but it really is tiny. I’ve only been using it a couple days so far but it’s really reminded me how inactive I am on a regular basis. I sit at a desk, like so many people, and by the time I got home yesterday, I was barely at 3000 steps (you should be around 10,000). I knew that sitting at a desk wasn’t great for my health but I didn’t realize how inactive it really made me. I bought the Zip for $49.99 at Best Buy, it was on sale from $59.99.

it's so tiny!
it’s so tiny!

I’d really like to find other people with the FitBit app, I think it would be a fun way to know how I’m doing, plus competition is always so much fun. Do any of you have a FitBit? Let me know and we can definitely connect.

my new favourite nail polish

I’ll be honest, I was a little disappointed with my most recent Color Show, I found it was very translucent so decided to try another brand for the summer. I originally saw the Gel Envy on I’m a Beauty Geek and thought it looked really pretty.

I’ve never tried gel nail polish before, but I’ve done shellac and it completely destroyed my nails – I was not looking for something similar to that. I liked the idea that it gave the gel effect without needing a light, because really it just seems like so much effort. So I bought the nail polish AND the top coat (I’m terrible and don’t often purchase the top coat). It also included the base coat in the nail polish, which is good because as you can guess, I never wear a base coat. Each bottle was $8.99, little more than I normally spend but not the highest end for sure. It also can occasionally be found on sale.

The nail polish went on really smoothly and looked good even after one coat but I still added the second one. About ten minutes later, I put the top coat on and it dried relatively quickly (that’s also usually a problem for me, messing up my nails before even getting off the couch).

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I would say that it lasted about 3-4 days before I noticed any chipping and I had to take it off by day 5. I’ve read some people have better luck with it lasting longer but this is about as long as any other nail polish has lasted for me so I was pretty happy. It comes off fairly easily (for a dark colour) and I did love the shine.

Tell me, what’s your favourite drug store brand nail polish? I’m always looking for my next one.

June 13-15: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Hello everybody! I’m so sorry the blog has been quiet this week, time really got away from me. I missed yesterday’s Thirsty Thursday but next week will be a double edition so it makes up for it, right? :)

It’s Craft Beer Week in Ontario, so you may notice a theme in this week’s post.

Do: Tonight and tomorrow is Session Toronto. Tickets are still avaialble online and they’re cheaper than at the door. The event will take place tonight from 6pm-10pm at Yonge Dundas Square and runs tomorrow from 5pm-9pm. There will be (craft) beer, food and live music, a great way to find a new love. I mean beer, but they’re basically the same thing, right?

See: If you’re looking to explore a festival just a little outside the city, King City’s Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival has you covered. There will be craft beer vendors, food trucks and a full day of musical performances. You can purchase tickets online (and you have until noon to get discounted ones for the craft beer portion). The event begins at noon and runs until 9:30pm.

Eat: Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is happening at Woodbine Park. This event runs all weekend starting this evening and will have BBQ and beer of course as well as live music and a children’s area. Best of all, admission is free although you can purchase front of the line passes, which include ribs. It sounds like a delicious time.

Drink: Starting tomorrow at Amsterdam Brewery, the brewery will be releasing a new adventure brew everyday for a week. You can get a sneak peak each day on their twitter or facebook page to see what which adventure brew is available.

Whatever you do this weekend, I hope it’s fantastic. I’d love to hear how you’re celebrating craft beer week in Ontario!

I think to try to explain this week’s song would not make any sense to anyone but me – so I hope you just enjoy this old school jam.

June 5-7: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Hope you all had a good week, it should be a fairly nice weekend! Here’s a few things going on in the city.

Do: This Sunday at Habourfront Centre is the Eco-Swap. This event will allow people to bring their books, movies and music to swap. You can only swap items, you can not make any purchases. The rules for the swap are on their site, it’s a great way to update your collection.

See: The Luminato Festival begins tonight. This annual festival celebrates the variety of art that Toronto has to offer. There is music, theatre, visual arts and more. The events happen throughout the city and the festival runs until June 15th. Prices and information are all available on their site.

Eat: If you feel like having a “proper” afternoon, SLICED gourmet is offering an afternoon tea tomorrow for $35. The ticket includes tea lessons and tasting, sweets, fruit and of course those adorable sandwiches that are so delicious even though they’re just little sandwiches :) Tickets must be purchased before 11pm tonight and no tickets will be available at the door.

Drink: Tonight beginning at 11pm, you can relive the music of the early 2000s at the Drake Hotel. The Y2K: Millennial Dance Party will play everything including one hit wonders and chart toppers, originally from Chicago, they’re bringing a great decade North. Cover is $10.

I hope you all have a great weekend! On a personal note, tonight I will participating at a Relay for Life in York Region. I’ve mentioned Relay before as this is my 2nd year on the committee. If anyone would like to sponsor me for this event, it would be greatly appreciated.

I might be the only person that loves this song, but I don’t even care – I just love Nelly + country music!

thirsty thursday: side launch brewing

Happy Thursday people! So far June has been (fairly) good weather wise, if you ignore some of the thunder storms but summer is basically here.

Thirsty Thursday this week is a beer I tried a couple of weeks ago – and forgot to get a picture! I know, I’m so sorry. It was even served to me on a nice coaster and I just got so excited about the beer – I forgot.

It’s Side Launch. I had never heard of it but was at beer bistro on King and they were out of the beer I was originally going to try so I decided to try this white beer. The beer is brewed in Collingwood and was really delicious. I’m a fan of white beer so as long as I’m in the mood for it, I usually enjoy it and this one did not disappoint. A little fruity and wheaty (I don’t think that’s a word but let’s go with it) I would definitely order it again or pick it up at the LCBO, where it is available as well.

Have a terrific rest of your day!