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getaway to kingston

I know, you’re probably thinking, Kingston? Why Kingston?

Well, there was a number a reasons. I wanted a little getaway, a short enough drive away and wanted to stay in Canada. We’ve done Niagara a bunch so this seemed like a fun way to mix it up. We were celebrating my fiance’s 30th, he likes history, waterfronts and eating, so Kingston was perfect.

We arrived around 10am, we knew we were too early to check in so we hopped on the hop-on-hop-off tour. Unfortunately it was pretty chilly in the morning so we didn’t hop-off but did the bus tour around Kingston. The tour was a little cheesy but it took us to all the sites we wanted to see, like the Royal Military College and the Kingston Penitentiary.

 

After the tour, we were hungry so we went to Harper’s Burger Bar, recommended by the hotel front desk (and later endorsed by many Queen’s alum on my Facebook). The burger was amazing, the bun was so good, like melt in your mouth good. I had the waffle fries, which were ok, I wish I had of just had the burger, but I’m usually weird like that.

We walked around Princess St, going in to lots of non-sense stores and bakeries. Once we were done there, we headed to city hall, where they were offering tours for free. It’s a neat building with a lot of history, and well, I can’t turn down a free tour. By this time, it was time to check in. We checked in to our beautiful (but pricey) room for the night. Since it was a special occasion, I splurged on a room at the Delta with a view. The city was very busy with convocations so I don’t think that helped the price tag. But the bed was lovely, the view was beautiful and the location was amazing.

After check-in, we headed to the oldest brewery in Ontario, the Kingston Brewing Company. I had the dark lager, which I loved and my fiance had their ale, which was also quite good. I also had their sangria which was made with the cider, and while it was no Cuban Sangria, it was also delicious.

Birthday brews at Ontario’s oldest brewery. #darklarger #ktown #kingston #ladiesdrinkcraft

We then went to an Irish pub to listen to jazz music (as you do). This was much more of a thing for my fiance but it was his birthday, the band was good, I just didn’t really know the music, whereas my fiance knew all the words. It was then time for our late night dinner. I made the reservations late, because I thought it was Kingston and it would be no big deal but apparently it gets really busy so we had to wait until 9pm to eat. A friend recommended the place, Wooden Heads and it got lots of great reviews online. From the website, I thought it was a more casual place but I figured it would be fine since the reviews were so good and it did not disappoint. It was also much nicer inside than the restaurant’s website would lead you to believe.


I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, the food was great. We ended the evening as we do at least one on every trip at the lobby bar of our hotel with old fashioned. They were out of their regular bourbon so we had the made a little fancier and they were so good. The perfect way to cap off the day.


The next morning we went for breakfast at Windmills, where my fiance had the apple pancake, which was almost like a full blown apple cake and I had the perogies and eggs, which came with home fries which was a bit of an overkill but it was very delicious. We walked around the farmer’s market and headed over to the Bellevue House, where Sir John A MacDonald lived for a year while he was in Kingston. We ended our trip with visiting his grave, closer to the highway, which was hard to find and not very well marked but my fiance was glad we made the trip.

So, TL:DR of this post is, if you’re looking for a quick getaway, love history, eating, drinking and/or waterfronts, Kingston is a great place to go!

contest: canadian sports film festival

It’s that time of year again! The Canadian Sports Film Festival is back for it’s 9th year, and I’m excited to be giving away passes again this year.

The festival takes place June 9th-11th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and will feature movies from all over the world, a number of them making their North American debut at the festival.

Tickets can be purchased online here but as I said, I’m giving away passes which gets you into every movie including opening and closing night!

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Good luck! Contest closes next Wednesday night, the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 8th!

trying something new: cross-stitching

So, I tried something yesterday I didn’t really think I would ever do – I went cross-stitching. At a brewery. Of course, because where else would I cross stitch?

The was cross-stitching with Caitlin, a staff member of Left Field Brewery (which continues to be one of my favourite breweries in the city). For $35, you get a pint of beer and a kit filled with items to complete the cross-stitch you picked, also the instruction of a very patient teacher, Caitlin.

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When I opened my box, I knew I was in trouble. It was so cute but I was immediately overwhelmed. But a brief tutorial and several dozen questions later, I was on my way. I was however glad that the instructions said that you would not finish your cross-stitch in that time but instead, you would be able to take it home and have everything you need to complete it. Caitlin has a bunch of different designs and kits which she sells on Etsy, depending on how this one turns out (I’ll try to post a picture when complete but don’t be surprised if it’s next winter), I might get the “Wish You Were Beer” one, because, it’s true.

They’re running the event a couple more times, I would suggest trying it out if you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do, although it definitely reminded me why I don’t do crafts!

Also, I’ll include a little Thirsty Thursday, my pint was a seasonal brew with blood orange and it was really good. Not overly sweet or too fruity, still tasted like beer. Make sure to try it out next time you’re in the east end.

upcoming event: madison trivia night

As many of you know, I’m trivia obsessed and that’s why I’m so excited to be planning a trivia night for a great cause at the end of March. I have mentioned Madison Community Services in the past, Madison is a non-profit which promotes the health, recovery and community integration of persons with mental health challenges through advocacy, education and the provision of a broad range of high quality community based support services.

So, to help raise money for these life-changing services, we’re hosting a trivia night! Tickets are only $10 and we’ll also be collecting tokens for clients of Madison. You can sign up on your own and meet new people or you can put in your own team of up to 6 people! Test your skills and have some fun for this amazing cause.

Get your tickets now!

must see: #hiddenfigures

I would say happy Sunday, but you probably don’t want a reminder that you’re going back to your first full week of work in a while. I stayed pretty busy this weekend (as usual) and had to share with you a movie that I absolutely loved.

If you have not heard of it, it is the story of 3 black women that worked at NASA during the 60s as “computers”. I was excited to see this movie, I had first heard about it because IBM is a big sponsor of the film and I work very closely with them in my “day job”. The movie stars Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer and Taraji P. Henson and each of them were amazing. I don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but I want to tell everyone that it is definitely worth the $15 to see and I think that they should show it in every high school math class, I even joked with a teacher that I met this weekend that it should be in her next lesson plan. I’m very glad that it did extremely well at the box office. I was afraid that it wouldn’t garner a lot of interest, since it is about a topic that doesn’t get a lot of attention. So, if you’re looking for a great, funny and feel-good movie, definitely check out Hidden Figures. And, if you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know what you think!

gentlemen’s expo 2016

My boyfriend and I headed to the Gentlemen’s Expo this past weekend because we had such a great time last year! I thought this year’s event was even better than last year, I thought there was a better mix of vendors and sessions and so had been looking forward to it for a few weeks. Here are my highlights:

Although, probably makes more sense to save this for a Thirsty Thursday, this was definitely my favourite drink of the show. Auchentoshan, a single malt scotch was served over ice with a bit of IPA and grapefruit juice, it was dangerously delicious.

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I was also excited because my friend Bourbon Thing was presenting a Bourbon 101 session. If you don’t know Jamie, you’re really missing out. She hosts whiskey events in the city as well as has a blog and podcast dedicated to the drink.

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There was also lots of non-booze related things, awesome socks, cute ties and fun cufflinks. There was even a place where you could try out virtual reality headsets, I lasted about 28 seconds on the VR roller coaster before I felt super dizzy, it was really cool but not for me. To be honest, I’m surprised I lasted that long.

So, there was lots to see and do at the show this weekend and I had a good time… until…..

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RICK MERCER WAS THERE AND HE INTERVIEWED US AND I’M STILL BLUSHING!!!!!!!!!!

We knew he was at the show because we had seen it on instagram but despite our best efforts, we couldn’t find him. We were wrapping up our day, having a quick snack and we see his cameras and notice it’s him. And he just starts interviewing us, no intro or anything just starts talking. So, there’s a small chance we’ll be on the Mercer Report this week – it’s a pretty small chance because I was fan-girling so hard the tape may not even be usable.

So, it was an amazing year at the Gentlemen’s Expo, I’m already looking forward to next year!

MRO at YDS

A couple of weeks ago, I went down to Yonge-Dundas Square to check our Monster Rock Orchestra. Although I had read about it, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it was a lot of fun.

We were lucky that we were having a super warm October evening, so it was great to hang out, outside to check out this fun event. There was multiple performers and ended with Monster Rock Orchestra, a multi-piece band with LASERS!

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The band played classics from Journey to Taylor Swift, there wasn’t a song that came on that I didn’t know and that I didn’t want to dance to. It was a fun night in the square, and best of all, it was free. I would definitely recommend checking out the next edition!

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I love finding out about amazing events that are coming up in the city and when they’re free – it’s even better! Next Friday night, Monster Rock Opera will be taking over Yonge-Dundas Square for another year, in a music-laser show unlike any other. MRO Miss Pops Branded.png

Starting at 7pm, three different music groups will take the stage in combination with lasers for a crazy experience. You can expect to hear hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today and include songs from bands like AC/DC to Taylor Swift. This 55-piece (yes! 55 piece!!) band will play an array of music we all know and love, all with classical instruments – and with lasers! I’m pretty exciting for the lasers.

So, if you’re looking for something fun and cool to do, that won’t cost you a dime – head to Yonge-Dundas Square next Friday night!

 

Toronto Beer Week 2016: Toronto Craft Brew Cruise

I can’t believe that it’s basically September. I know, we say it every year but every year I can’t believe it!

The only silver lining to summer coming to an end is that September is a pretty poppin’ month in Toronto, and usually the weather is fairly decent.

One of the awesome events in September is Toronto Beer Week (not to be confused with Toronto Craft Beer Week, which always amazingly falls around my birthday). From September 16-24, tons of awesome beer related events happening in the city. But because they know we can’t wait that long, the “kick-off” event happens next Saturday on the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. If you missed this June’s edition where we got bendy for beer, you definitely missed out. Although there won’t be any yoga this time, it’s still going to be great. There’s two sailings, one at 2pm, and one at 7pm. I’m hoping we still have some great weather next weekend as you’ll see me on the 2pm sailing.

This three-hour tour stays within the Toronto harbour, allowing for awesome selfies along the skyline. Tickets include the tour, your mug and 4 tokens to get started. If you’re looking for a beer event that celebrates craft beers, be sure to check out the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. Tickets always sell out, don’t miss out!

 

bendy for beer: henderson brewery

Is it bad that I’ve lost track of the number of Detox to Retoxes we’ve done? It’s amazing, and this past weekend was no different!

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Henderson Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the city and they are definitely becoming a neighbourhood favourite. Walking distance to Lansdowne Station, this brewery is on Sterling, between Bloor and Dundas. I first discovered Henderson Brewery at an event at Evergreen Brickworks and I couldn’t wait until they were ready to host their first Detox to Retox!

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This past Sunday, a group of over 30 participated in an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting of Henderson’s brews! It was great to try the new beer from this very promising brewery in the west end!

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Missed out on Henderson Brewery? Not to worry! The next event is August 14th at Lansdowne Brewery! Tickets are available at www.detoxtoretox.ca!