Month: January 2015

January 16-18: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in Toronto

Happy Friday! We’re half way through January, which is like half way through winter right? I hope that’s right, I’m so cold. Here’s some things going on in the city this weekend if you’re still looking to make plans.

Do: As I mentioned, I’m announcing us half way through winter this weekend and its going to be chilly tonight so do the proper Canadian thing and bundle up and go skate by the lake. Ok, as I say it out loud it sounds a little crazy but the Harbourfront Centre is continuing their free DJ skate series and this weekend’s DJs have a bit of an oldies flair. Plus it’s free which is great because the holiday bills are starting to come in :)

See: This weekend, Dance Ontario will showcase 25 dance companies with a variety of styles. There are different shows happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Harbourfront Centre and the price is a $10 suggested donation.

Eat:  This event technically happens on Monday, but Monday is the new Sunday right (no that’s not right at all but it’s a cool event and it’s weekend adjacent). Every Monday, The Drake hosts a food competition where you can judge, participate or just sit back and enjoy. The cover is free and it starts at 8pm.

Drink: I’m particularly excited about this weekend’s “Drink” because I’m hosting an awesome event with the Tipsy Teachers from Schoolhouse Booze. Detox to Retox is a yoga class followed by a beer tasting at Amsterdam Brewery in Leaside. There’s still some tickets available online for $30, which includes the class AND a flight of beer. Hope to see you there!

Whatever you do, I hope it’s fantastic! Have a great weekend everyone!

thirsty thursday: mill street organic

I hope you’re all having a great week! This week’s thirsty thursday is one of my favourites that when I went back and saw it was never included, I was really surprised.

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This past weekend, I was out a bar and was drinking cheap beer (sometimes it just has to be done). For the last beer of the night, I decided to upgrade (I know, a little backwards, should have done it the other way around) but they had Mill Street Organic on tap. This local favourite is great when you just want a refreshing beer that isn’t too hoppy or bitter. Sometimes I love to experiment and try new beers and something I just want to drink what I know and Mill Street Organic is great for that.

Enjoy your Thursday!

finally saw it: hunger games: mockingjay

I read the Hunger Games books before the first movie came out and loved them. The third book was my least favourite though so I think that’s why it took me so long to see it, also Christmas and I hate going when it’s super busy. (And yes, if you’re keeping track, I’ve seen 4 movies since Christmas).

Because I read the books years ago, I went in forgetting a lot of the details of the story, which is almost more fun than having just read it. Jennifer Lawrence was great again as were all the supporting characters. One of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last films before he died, it was nice but sad to see him in it. I also didn’t realize Julianne Moore was in it, and I absolutely love her. I thought, like with the other films, that the movie stayed pretty true to the book (what I remember of course) and am curious to see what waits in the final movie at the end of this year.

Have you seen Mockingjay Part 1, what did you think?

amazing film: the theory of everything

Last weekend, on a snowy Saturday evening, I went to see The Theory of Everything. I saw the previews a while ago and knew I really wanted to see this movie.

If you’re not familiar, this movie is the biography of Stephen Hawkings, beginning when he is in university and about a decade following. It is in university that he is diagnosed with ALS and told that he only has a couple of years to live. I expected this movie to be very sad, as it is about a many battling a very devastating illness but the story is actually quite inspiring about how anything can be accomplished. If the actor who played Stephen Hawkings doesn’t win the oscar, I will be very surprised. He did an amazing job but emotionally and psychically, it must have been extremely difficult to play a man who moves into paralysis. I would highly recommend this movie, despite the joke from the Golden Globes that it’s a movie about “illness and hard math”, it’s really well done.

Have you seen “The Theory of Everything”? What did you think?

January 9-11: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Happy Friday everyone. I don’t know where this week went! I hope you all had a great week, here’s some ideas if you’re still looking for something to do.

Do: Wrapping up this weekend is Canada’s Top Ten showcases greatness in Canadian film. Showing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, there are lots of options this weekend and details are available on their site.

See: Did you miss Fringe festival this summer? Well the Next Stage Theatre Festival has you covered. It is showing select Fringe favourites. The festival started on Wednesday and runs until next Sunday with lots of options over the next week.

Eat/Drink: Until the end of the month, Nota Bene is celebrating Californian wines with a special prix-fixe menu and free corkage on any Californian wines. Details are available on their site including their mid-week dinners with a Californian winemaker and sommelier.

Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

thirsty thursday: xoxo pinot grigio & chardonnay

Happy Thursday – hope you’re all surviving the first week back after the holidays. This week’s Thirsty Thursday was so good, I forgot to take a photo while it still had wine in it!

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I picked up this wine for a ladies night in a couple of weeks ago. I’m not very good when it comes to picking wines, I generally go with a pretty label and this time was no exception. It also won out this time because it was among a very limited selection in the fridge at the LCBO. But my picking did me well. This wine was a nice white and because of the blend wasn’t too sweet. I like my wines a little sweet but not ridiculous, but I also hate when they’re too dry. My friend and I had no problem finishing this bottle of xoxo wine. I love their new packaging and will definitely have this wine again.

At less than $10, you can’t go wrong with this blend for your night in.

dining out: the senator

This past Saturday I tried out The Senator, across from the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Victoria St. One of the oldest restaurants in Toronto, stepping in is like taking a step back in time. The decor appears to be the same as the day it opened almost a century ago.

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The menu is pretty brief, but I still had a hard time deciding. They did have a very extensive drink menu and one of my favourite beers (Lug Tread) on tap so I was happy. I decided I really wanted the crab cakes but that was actually an appetizer so I added a side of mashed potatoes. My crab cakes were really good, they were very meaty and the tartar sauce was great. They are also served with guacamole but I asked them to hold it. My mashed potatoes were a little lumpy, they weren’t the best potatoes I’ve ever had. My friend I was dining with had the burger and fries, I stole a couple of fries and they were really good – I’d recommend them instead of the mashed (not normally a move I would do).

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I was so excited to have crab cakes I forgot to take a picture before digging in. Better than the dessert faired though, I ate that so fast there’s no photos. I got the apple blossom which was the size of my head and the carrot cake which was the size of his head. It was so unnecessary but so delicious.

I would recommend The Senator if you’re in the area looking for something different than the chains in the square.

Have you been to The Senator?

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good eats: chinese dumplings

Last week, I grabbed dinner with a friend around Christie and St. Clair. He recently moved to the area and suggested we go to Chinese Dumplings. I do love a good dumpling so thought it was a great idea.

We started with 15 dumplings: chicken, veggies and shrimp with veggies – the chicken were my favourite. They also offer them pan-fried. They make the dumplings at the front of the restaurant, in the window for passerbys to watch. We also got the green onion pancakes.

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My friend also got the hot and sour soup, I wasn’t a fan but I’m not generally a soup or spicy fan but he really enjoyed it. He enjoyed it so much that I barely got a picture of it. It was a very generous portion (that was the case for everything).

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Because we had so many appetizers, we just shared one main. We had the garlic beef which was great and we added a side of steam rice. It was a good amount of food for two people and after tax but before tip, it came to $35 for the two of us. I would definitely recommend this little restaurant on St. Clair West. It wasn’t overly fancy but the service was great and the food was delicious!

I think I need to include more dumplings in 2015, what’s your go-to place for dumplings?

detox to retox

What’s detox to retox you might be asking? It’s a great event coming up in two weeks that I’m very excited to be hosted with the Tipsy Teachers. You probably resolved to hit the gym and work out more this year, well detox to retox is the most fun you can have keeping your resolutions.

We’re hosting a yoga class in a brewery. That’s right, you heard me! A yoga class in a brewery, Amsterdam Brewery to be specific. On Sunday, January 18th, grab your mat and join yogis, craft beer enthusiasts and everyone in between for this exciting event. The event will begin at 11am with an hour yoga class hosted by the lovely Agnes followed by a beer tasting. Your $30 ticket includes the class and a flight of Amsterdam’s delicious beer, tickets can be purchased through eventbrite.

 

Got questions? Leave them in the comments or feel free to reach out through the about me page! Look forward to seeing you all there.

thirsty thursday: rekoderlig wild berries

Happy New Year!!!

I missed thirsty thursday last week because of Christmas but I’m a little more organized this week, although more drinks may be the last thing you want to talk about today is booze but I’m going to share this delicious drink anyways! :)

This past week, I’ve been on a cider kick, which is strange since it is the middle of winter and it’s more of a summer drink but occasionally you just have to mix it up. I’ve seen the rekoderlig cider in the LCBO before but never tried it. I tried the wild berries cider and it was delicious. A strong cider at 7%, it wasn’t overly sweet and it was a nice change from a pure apple cider.

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I hope you all have a great new years day! Look forward to sharing lots of exciting stuff with you in 2015!