Month: October 2014

October 31-November 1: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Halloween! Although I’m in Sin City, it doesn’t mean there isn’t tons to do in Toronto this weekend!

Do: Haunted High Park takes place tonight beginning at the Colborne Lodge. This session is 18+ and will feature ghost stories about the lodge and High Park.

See: Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition opens today and runs until January 25th. There will be items from a number of films and information about his unfinished works. There will also be discussions and roundtables throughout the exhibition.

Eat: The Luxury Chocolate Show is this Sunday at Roy Thompson Hall. Featuring chocolate making classes, contests, games and a demo stage this has all your chocolate needs covered (in case they were lacking on Halloween).

Drink: The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is hosting their monthly event on Halloween. For this bevy, they’re making an exception and allowing men to arrive at 10pm instead of the typical midnight. Wear a costume and there will be prizes!

I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!

thirsty thursday: fresita

Last weekend, at the Delicious Food Show, I finally got a chance to sample Fresita, the Chilean strawberry-flavoured wine. I had seem them on Twitter for some time and thought the product sounded delicious.

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Have you tried Fresita? What did you think?

get your tan on

We’ve known for years that tanning beds and sitting in the sun are not good for your skin but I won’t lie, I like a little sun-kissed glow. I also hate sitting in the sun, its boring, its hot, its itchy and we live in Canada so it basically only happens for like two months a year.

I’m heading to Vegas for Halloween and though a spray tan would be a nice addition to my outfits for the weekend. My friend works with Glo2Go, a mobile spray tanning company. The formula they use is a vegan spray tan, which looks (and oddly smells) amazing. My friend and I headed to her place to get our tans done.

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It looks a little like a spacepod, but that was the tent she used so she didn’t spray tan her entire dining room. It took a few minutes for her to spray tan each of us and probably about 10 minutes before we were able to sit on the furniture. After my first shower, I look like I’ve been on vacation for a week and I haven’t noticed any tanning product on my clothing. I promise to add photos from Vegas so you can see how it looks, I’ll definitely be posting them on Twitter as well.

As I said, this is mobile spray tanning, so it works on your schedule and it comes to you. It’s a great way to get a tan in the privacy of your own home. She can also host tanning parties, great for a girls weekend, bachelorette or bridal party. Tans can range from $40-$50 per session, depending on where you are in the city. You can contact Nicole at 289-928-2870 for a super awesome tan from a super awesome person!

Have you ever gotten a spray tan? Was it for a special occasion or just because?

review: st. vincent

This weekend, after growing tired of shopping, my mom and I decided to go to the movies. We both really like Melissa McCarthy, so decided to see St. Vincent and we weren’t disappointed. As usual, I won’t give any spoilers away but want to share this movie with you.

The movie stars Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray with great supporting actors. Naomi Watts is basically unrecognizable but hilarious and endearing as the stripper with the heart of gold. Chris O’Dowd is adorable again in this film, just like in bridesmaids. The stars in the film are great and the new child actor Jaeden Lieberher is fantastic. This film is a roller coaster of emotion, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s heartwarming, it’s everything you could want from a movie. I really enjoyed this movie, it may not be a movie that you need to see in theatres because it’s not high on action but it’s definitely a movie worth seeing.

Have you seen St. Vincent? What did you think?

October 24-26: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday, what a beautiful day and what hopes to be a beautiful weekend! Here’s a few things going on this weekend if you’re still trying to make plans.

Do: Earlier this week, I ran a contest thanks to the Everything To Do With Sex Show happening this weekend. If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can still buy tickets for the show and enjoy this exciting event. With something for everyone, this weekend promises to be a great time.

See: imagineNATIVE began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Celebrating it’s 15th year, this festival covers a variety of topics and genres including romance, action and documentary. Tickets start at $7 and are available online.

Eat: This weekend, Burlington has gluten-intolerants and celiacs covered with Canada’s Gluten-Free Market. Along with the extensive market, your ticket also includes entrance into the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens.

Drink: This technically falls on Monday, but I think it’s so important, it should be included. Monday is a big day in Toronto, it’s been an interesting four years in the city and Monday will be the beginning of another 4 year chapter in the city. A number of bars will be airing the election results in the bar, so get out, vote and then go enjoy a beverage. So far, I’ve seen events at the Gladstone but I’ll be sure to keep twitter going with anything I find.

 

thirsty thursday: peach margarita

Even though margaritas are usually associated with summer time, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a mean ‘rita in the fall.

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This week’s thirsty thursday is jack astor’s peach margarita. You can get it in a 2.75oz serving (perfect for two… or one, no judgement) or in a pitcher. The peach margarita is like an alcoholic fuzzy peach. The peach packs a pucker with a hint of tequilla, this is definitely no sex on the beach. If you like your margaritas with a bit of bite, the jack’s margaritas have got you covered.

Have you tried any of the jack’s margaritas? Which one is your favourite?

dining out: the paintbox

Earlier this week, before going to The Mountaintop, my friend and I got dinner at The Paintbox, attached to Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

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My friend and I were intrigued by a lot on the menu so we decided to get a bunch of appetizers and split them. We got shrimp tacos, empanadas, sweet potato fries, crab cakes and arincini. My favourites were definitely the arincini and empanadas (which had a bit of a kick to it). It was a lot of food. The food was all really good, it took a bit longer than I would have expected to get our meals but it was definitely made then, and not sitting under heat lamps for a long time. Most of the crowd looked like they were heading to the show (there was a coupon on the back of the ticket). The only thing that was a little frustrating is you’ll see the empanadas (as well as few other menu items) were listed with the price of $3 each, so my friend and I assumed they were priced and served individually. That wasn’t the case, some of them were served with two and some were individual. We ended up with way too much food (it probably would have been to much already). If you’re looking for good food in Regent Park, I would recommend this place, despite all the confusion, our bill was around $55 for the two of us which as I said, was way too much food and we could have probably done with about half of it. The restaurant is cute and casual and a nice place to grab something before a show in the area. They also have a coffee and pastry bar if you’re looking for something sweet.

Have you been to The Paintbox? What did you think?

 

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the most exciting weekend in toronto [giveaway]

The “The Everything To Do With Sex Show” is next weekend in Toronto and this show lives up to it’s promises. This show covers PG and XXX, and everything in between.  The weekend is filled with seminars, shows, celebrities, erotic art and more.

Celebrating their 15th anniversary, the “The Everything To Do With Sex Show” is back with even more for visitors. The stage lineups will include burlesque and male revue shows and Cafe Blvd will include food demonstrations and the Erotic Art includes a variety live art. This show promises to have something for everyone, the show is perfect for couples looking to enhance their relationship or groups of friends who want a fun night out. With more vendors, more performances and more guests, this year promises to be better than ever. And because the people at “The Everything To Do With Sex Show” are super amazing, they’re giving me 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway to my fabulous readers. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 for a weekend pass ($25 and $35 at the door). Enter now, the contest closes next Wednesday night!

 

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October 17-19: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in Toronto

Happy Friday! It’s been a short week but that doesn’t make Friday any less exciting. Here’s what’s going on in the city for this mid-October weekend.

Do: If you’re unlike me, denying that winter is just around the corner and actually enjoy the season, there is a show for you this weekend. The Toronto Snow Show is on now and runs until Sunday at the International Centre near the airport. It has all of your snow needs covered.

See: It’s October so that must mean somewhere in the city it is fully acceptable for you to show up in lingerie. By that, I of course mean that the Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing on stage in the city. You can catch it this year at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Some of the shows are already sold out but there are tickets still available for some performances.

Eat/Drink: The no-brainer for eat and drink this weekend is the Delicious Food Show. It’s happening all weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, last year it was at the Better Living Centre, which just leads me to believe that there’s somehow going to be even more to eat this year! This is definitely the show to come hungry to and although not mentioned in the name, there was lots of delicious beers, cocktails and wines at last year’s show.

tafelscene: baroque + beer halloween edition [giveaway]

You may remember back in December, I went to Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene event, a special program for the under 35 crowd. And then, in May, Tafelmusik was super generous and gave me two tickets to their beer + baroque event. Well, they’re back at it with their generousity for my readers and I have two tickets to give away to their beer + baroque halloween madness edition on October 30th.

The event will be hosted once again at the Tranzac Club on Brunswick. It will be an evening of beer, music and spooky good times, costumes are encouraged. Tickets are only $20 in advance or $25 cash at the door and include beer samples thanks to St. Ambrose but as I mentioned, you have a chance to win you’re way in. This event promises to be spooktacular (sorry, I had to get in at least one halloween pun).

Enter now, contest closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 29th – winners will be announced then.
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