Month: July 2014

thirsty thursday: raspberry ale

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you’re having a great week and you’re ready for the long weekend!

This past weekend was beer fest (I may have mentioned once or twice or fifteen times) so I thought it would be appropriate to share my favourite beer I tried at the festival. Funny enough, this brewery also had my favourite beer at the spring session. The Granville Island Raspberry Ale is another of their seasonal brews. Most raspberry beers I’ve had are wheat/white beers, this one is different because it’s an actual ale. It was delicious, it was overly fruity and the colour was so fun!

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This beer is light and refreshing and not overly sweet. I really hope I can find it again throughout the summer before the season is done.

Did you go to beer fest this last weekend? What was your favourite?

July 25-27: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Weekend everyone! I hope you all had a nice week. The weather may not be the greatest this weekend but hopefully it will all pass quick!

Do: The beautiful distillery district hosts a Sunday Market, every Sunday from now until September 28th. There is products all from within 100 miles of the distillery, making it a truly local event. There will also be live music from buskers throughout the event.

See: The annual LabCab Festival is happening this weekend in Parkdale is a free event with music, dance, theatre, comedy and visual arts. The festival runs all weekend at a variety of venues in the neighbourhood, with identical schedules each day so hopefully you can catch everything you want to check out!

Eat: Last night I attended the Taste of Toronto at Fort York. It was a really lovely event. I’d recommend this one for the true foodies. There was lots of famous local chefs at the event and I got to try a bunch of interesting products (I won’t lie, there was a lot of cheese involved). I also finally got to try Kinton Ramen, I will now for sure figure out where on Beverly this place is! The event runs until this Sunday and tickets are available online.

Drink: Jack Astor’s has a great contest running tomorrow (as well as August 16 & 23) – simply hashtag a photo from their patio on twitter or instagram (#JacksPatio) and you could be flown to Muskoka that afternoon, right from the patio. Plus there’s always lots of blue raspberry lemonade to be had :)

As a side note, the Toronto Festival of Beers is happening this weekend, last time I checked, there was still Sunday tickets available. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

This week’s Friday song.

 

thirsty thursday: milestone’s somersby sangria

Happy Thirsty Thursday people! I hope you’re having a good week!

I’m going to get right to the point this week, because I’m so excited about this drink.

Somersby = good, vodka = good, white cranberry juice = good. Combine all of these things and you get the refreshing somersby sangria at Milestones. I originally spotted this on their menu a few weeks ago but it was lunch time in the middle of the week so had to make a mental note of it. Finally this week, I got to try it and it did not disappoint. They serve it by the glass or by the 60oz pitcher. It was rainy the night we went so we had to sit inside but I can’t imagine a pitcher of this would last long on a hot day in the sun.

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            milestone’s somersby sangria

 

Not only is this drink amazing, but it’s on special on Thursdays for $7. Tell me, have you tried any of Milestones new drinks?

July 18-20: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Well, it’s finally Friday! I hope you all had a good week. As usual, there is so much going on in the city (including a bunch of road closures), here’s a few of them!

Do: The BIG on Bloor Festival will have Bloor closed between Landsowne and Dufferin. The street will become pedestrian only for the festival which will feature local art, businesses and exhibits. There will be also be musicians, dancers and other performing arts at the festival that runs Saturday and Sunday.

See: Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival is this Saturday and Sunday on St. Clair between Winona and Christie. There will be dancers, live music as well as vendors throughout the weekend. Their site has all the details of when to check out the performances.

Eat: The Taste of Thai is taking place at Nathan Phillips Sqaure tomorrow and Sunday from 12-8pm both days. There will be lots of food, including cooking and fruit carving demonstrations. In addition to the food, there will be performances and authentic Thai products for sale.

Drink: I’ve decided to kind of skip drink this week to feature ANOTHER FREE STREET FESTIVAL (seriously, don’t bother driving downtown this weekend). Tomorrow and Sunday, the Chinatown BIA will be hosting a festival along Dundas W between Spadina and Beverley. There will be food, performances and vendors. It runs tomorrow from 12-11pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, hopefully it doesn’t rain too much. :)

thirsty thursday: two oceans

Happy Thursday everyone, I usually say the week is flying by, but I didn’t really find any flying this week. But that’s ok, because it’s almost Friday of what should be a beautiful weekend!

Although it’s been cooler this week, this past weekend the weather was absolutely delightful, the perfect patio-wine weather. I had the chance to try the Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc and really enjoyed it. It was a great way to finish a very long week and unwind on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The wine was really good, it wasn’t overly sweet but also didn’t have that really dry (sometimes vingary) taste that some whites can have. You can definitely taste some citrus in this wine, that’s what I think it’s perfect for a sunny day.

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Two Oceans have recently updated their packaging, so be sure to check out their new look at the LCBO. For under $11, this is a great wine to share with friends, they also have a moscato that I’ll need to try before the end of the summer!

Have you tried Two Oceans? What did you think of this South African wine?

meet Stephanie Caruso in the #OGBChallenge

One of the best things about the summer is BBQing, now I know there are some hard core people who try to do it all year long but you can even smell it in the air over the summer and it’s amazing. Ontario Gas BBQ is currently sponsoring a recipe challenge and they want you to pick the winner! Five bloggers have been selected from across the GTA to compete, each one submitting 5 recipes to choose from.

One of these bloggers is the lovely Stephanie Caruso of Kitchen Frolic. I had the chance to ask her about the challenge and her participation:

1. How did you pick your recipes for the challenge?

We were given some guidelines for each of our recipes – the main ingredient, a cultural influence and the meal type (breakfast, dessert, etc), along with the barbecue tool that we were expected to use in creating the recipes. These guidelines often made it both easier and harder to come up with something original, but it definitely made me think outside the box!

2. What do you love most about barbequeing?

I love that barbecuing is done outside! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my kitchen, but it’s really nice, especially during the summer, to get outside, breathe fresh air, chat with family and friends, and grill up something tasty.

3. What would you tell someone who’s new to barbequeing?

Since I’m really new to barbecuing myself, I definitely am learning a lot from this challenge! My best tips right now:

– Get to know your grill. Barbecues differ quite a bit, plus there’s the difference in propane, charcoal, etc, so you have to know what your barbecue can do and pay attention to the food as it grills

– Have patience! I’m really fidgety why it comes to cooking – I’m constantly stirring, peeking and tasting. This is NOT a good thing when it comes to grilling. I have to remind myself to refrain from lifting the barbecue lid or flipping the burger as often as I want! LOL.

4. What is your must have barbequeing accessory?

The more I’m barbecuing, the more I’m relying on a couple of “must have” accessories – a good pair of barbecue tongs, a strong spatula and reliable thermometers!

If you’d like to check out Stephanie’s delicious BBQ recipes, you can find them all on her blog. The pulled pork pita looks amazing! You can vote for Stephanie in the #OGBChallenge, best part is just by voting, you have a chance to win an Ontario Gas BBQ Gift Card. The competition runs until the end of July.

Happy Grilling!

a light read: listen to the squawking chicken

Those who know me, know I’m not a celebrity gossip person. I don’t follow the Kardashians or the Biebers and I couldn’t be happier. I did however start watching The Social sometime last year, I oringinally thought it would just be another View but I actually really enjoyed it. That’s when I learned about Lainey (apparently she does lots in the gossip world but I never would have known). I occasionally find a lot of similarities with her so was curious when she said she was writing a book.

Listen to the Squawking Chicken” is a memoir about her and her mother. She recalls a number of stories from throughout her life involving her often over-baring mother. In addition to exploring her mother-daughter relationship, she also discusses a lot of what it means to be a first-generation Canadian and how growing up for her was often difficult because of cultural differences. The novel is very short at under 160 pages and is a very easy read, I finished it in less than a day and really enjoyed it. The book is funny, touching and entertaining and I’d recommend it for a quick read on a patio this summer.

Have you read this novel? What are you reading this summer?

thirsty thursday: ciroc and soda

Happy Thursday people! Hope you’re all having a fantastic week. Those who know me, know I enjoy vodka over most spirits but usually prefer the cheaper brand – I think smirnoff tastes better than grey goose, so it’s a little surprising that I really like ciroc. I’ve only had the flavoured ones but I really love their peach one.

So, this week’s drink (although I’ve mostly given it away already), is peach ciroc and soda. I can’t drink soda on it’s own or with a plain vodka but with a flavoured vodka, it cuts that bitterness. Although, it doesn’t hurt that it’s a calorie-free mix. This drink is good anytime of year and good in a busy club where you might be afraid of someone bumping into you (no one wants to wear their vodka cran).

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I hope you all have a great Thursday!

the seinfeld anniversary

25th anniversary of Seinfeld was this past week. I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, I may own a trivia game and attend trivia in the city occasionally. I think the show is just so clever and so different. Even though I was a kid when it came out, and probably didn’t understand most of the jokes at the time, I have fond memories of watching at 10pm on Fox. It may have really upset me when they switched it to the news.

There have been a ton of Seinfeld articles floating around this week in honour of the anniversary, I thought these were the most fun:

25 “Seinfeld” GIFs That Speak To You On A Spiritual Level

18 Reasons Why Elaine From “Seinfeld” Is The Misandrist We All Aspire To Be

Can You Guess the Famous Seinfeld Quote?

Enjoy all you Seinfeld aficionados!

Tell me, who’s your favourite Seinfeld character? I’d have to say Elaine, I just love her non-sense comebacks.

July 4-6: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday everyone, and Happy July 4th to my American friends! It’s not going to be as ridiculously hot this weekend but there’s still a ton going on in the city!

Do: Starting tonight at Yonge-Dundas Square, you can check out the Franco-Fete, a festival celebrating Francophone culture. The event runs all weekend and there will be performances from a variety of performers. Best of all, the event is FREE.

See: There are lots of places to see outdoor movies this summer in the city and starting this Sunday, another place will be Christie Pits. This Sunday’s film is “A League of Their Own”, the event is pay-what-you-can and the movie starts at sunset.

Eat: Summerlicious started yesterday and it’s a great way to check out that restaurant you’ve been dying to try but your wallet has been holding you back on. I’ll be going later on, to momofuku, a place that’s been on my list for ages. Check out the Summerlicious website for all of the restaurants and even see what restaurants have availability for today.

Drink: Bacardi is taking over the distillery this weekend with their Festival Libre celebration. There will be performances, food and drink starting this afternoon and running until Sunday evening. Plus, there’s all the other fantastic things in the distillery that are already there!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

And now, for some Nelly.