Month: September 2014

vip cinema: an evening in luxury

The VIP Cinemas opened not too far from me at Shops at Don Mills. I’ve really wanted to check it out and now that it’s so close by, I had to get there. I purchased my tickets through my phone, which I would highly recommend because you have to reserve your seat so it’s much easier to do from home than standing in line waiting for every one else to pick the seats. We also went on a Saturday night so a few hours before the movie, there was only a few seats left, it’s a smaller theatre.

We arrived and got situated in our comfy seats, and they were definitely comfortable. There was a button to recline it and you weren’t sitting on top of your neighbour, although you could put up the middle armrest if you want to get closer to the person next to you.

The only picture I took, but really, the only picture you need.
The only picture I took, but really, the only picture you need.

One of your armrest also pulls out into a little table, really helpful if you order food. My friend and I shared a chicken sandwich, fries and mac and cheese bites. The food was the same as you would get at cineplex’s outtakes, which I didn’t mind because I like their fries a lot. It was almost $40 for the food and two alcoholic beverages, which is what I’d expect at the movies. There is in-seat service until the previews or you can go to the restaurant/concession stand on the second floor. There is also a nice patio overlooking the Shops.

A lot of people talk about the price of the movie, on Saturday nights its nearly $30 a person, it’s likely not going to become your go-to for movie night but I think it would make a great date night. The price on Tuesdays is $14.99 AND you can use points to get in for the same value of a regular movie, only 1000 points. I will definitely be back to this theatre, it was a great night out at the movies.

Have you tried out the VIP theatres? What did you think?

September 5-7: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in Toronto

It is the first full weekend of September and in typical Toronto style, it will probably be the hottest one of the summer. Here’s some things to do/see/eat/drink this weekend if you haven’t already made plans.

Do: If pedestrian-only streets are your thing, be sure to check out King St W this weekend, between University and Peter. I’m sure it will be super busy but there’s activities happening all weekend along those 5 blocks. It also means that there won’t be any streetcars blocking your view of the princess of wales theatre (may have happened to me last year). It’s TIFF way of bringing the festival back to the people.

See: The obvious this week for “see” is of course, films at TIFF. There are still tickets available to lots of movies happening over the weekend. Who knows, you may see next year’s oscar winners.

Eat: If the madness of TIFF has you looking for events outside the city, AwesTRUCK 2014 is happening in Mississauga tomorrow and Sunday in Celebration Square. There will be 30 food trucks participating and entrance into the event is free!

Drink: It’s the first weekend of TIFF which means bars in the downtown core are going to be busy – but, a lot of them have an extended liquor license. Over 50 bars have an extended license, mostly along King St and Queen St but there’s some outside that bubble. BlogTO has a great list of all of them.

thirsty thursday: dukes refresher’s snakebite

Happy Thursday everyone. This week’s thirsty thursday is from a restaurant that’s been on my list for a while. I checked out Dukes Refresher over the holiday weekend because I knew they had an extensive list of craft beers. I was even more excited when I found their list of beer cocktails. They listed a snake bite, which I’ve mentioned before and I’ve mentioned how hard it is for me to find it made properly. They called theirs the Canadian snakebite and the modifications worked great for me.

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the “canadian” snakebite

This snakebite was made with Canadian, Somersby and black currant cordial (I know, I was so excited for craft beer but ended up with the opposite, but…. cordial!). It was everything I could have hoped for. I was so happy with it, I may have ordered a second. Dukes Refresher is located attached to the new Aura condos at Yonge and Gerrard, next to Scaddabush and Reds.

Have you been to Dukes? Did you try one of their cocktails?