Happy looooooooong weekend! Also, Happy Friday the 13th, Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Family Day! There’s lots going on this weekend, for those celebrating valentine’s day and those couldn’t care less. Here’s a mix of both for the weekend if you’re still looking for something to do.
Do: Tomorrow night for Valentine’s Day, SPiN is hosting a “spin the paddle” event for singles. Entrance is free to the event and there’s delicious Valentine’s themed food available for the night. Already have a partner? No worries, you can book a table for the night for some friendly competition with your Valentine.
See: This weekend is the Toronto Black Film festival. It takes place at Carlton Place all weekend with tickets starting at $10. There will be shorts, documentaries and full-length features and a number of panels throughout the festival. Ticket information is available online.
Eat: Looking for a way to warm up on what is supposed to be a (really) cold weekend? The distillery district is hosting heatfest, a comfort food truck event happening on Family Day. Admission to the event is free and they have events happening throughout the day to stay warm.
Drink: Looking for a beer-filled event for your valentine’s day? Mill St in the distillery is hosting Brew Lovers Ball with a prix fixe, live music, a burlesque show and of course, beer! Basically, the best valentine’s day ever.
Happy Friday! We’re at the end of January! So crazy. There’s lots going on in the city this weekend! Here’s a few options if you’re still looking for something to do (a lot a drink-related so bear with me).
Do: Tonight is anniversary bevvy for the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies, the event is sold out but men and non-ticket holders are allowed in after midnight. Check twitter for the location!
See: This one could really fall under eat and drink because that’s really why I watch but this Sunday is the Super Bowl. Whether you like football or not, its a great opportunity to get together with people and eat delicious food and drink delicious drinks. Tons of bars throughout the city will be showing the game in case you don’t want to clean up after the game.
Eat: This Sunday begins the annual La Poutine Week in the city (and in cities across the country). Check the website to see which restaurants have special poutines for the week and you can vote for your favourite, it’s a great reason to eat a ton of poutine!
Drink: Another sold out beer event is happening this weekend in Toronto. The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival is taking place at, you guessed it, the Roundhouse outside of Steam Whistle. Tickets online are sold out but there will be 100 tickets available at the door and Steam Whistle says it may be possible to buy tickets later in the day as people move through the event.
Hope you’re all having a fabulous week. Here’s what’s coming up for this last full weekend of January.
Do: Looking to change things up for the Spring (it’s coming, I know it is), the Interior Design Show is happening this weekend at the Metro Convention Centre, with things for industry and the general public there’s something for everyone to make some updates.
See: The #artlive ball is this Saturday at the Harbourfront Centre. This 19+ event is a show between the House of Nuance and the House of Monroe. The event runs from 8pm until late and tickets are available online.
Eat/Drink: Tonight, Chefs for Change begins their series of dinners with local food and drink in support of Community Food Centres Canada and their mission to providing healthy food for all. Tickets are available online for their upcoming events.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was hosting Detox to Retox with the awesome girls from SchoolHouse Booze. Well, Sunday was finally the day and it was just as much fun as I was hoping it would be. We started with a yoga class, in the Amsterdam Brewery. Amsterdam makes some of my favourite beers like Amsterdam Blonde, and a few that I tried this weekend and will share in the future. The class was taught by the wonderful Agnes and she led a great 60 minute class. I’m still feeling it (I think that means its working, I hope that means its working).
Just showing off my moves after our class. I wore my new workout clothes I bought on sale at Old Navy, I love adorable work out clothes, it makes me actually want to work out.
Carlisle was our awesome host from Amsterdam Brewery. He led our tasting of several delicious Amsterdam beers including their Adventure Brew that is only available for a limited time. From the first sip of beer, I knew that yoga and beer was a great idea. Our first sample was of the Blonde which I know well and love but following a yoga class it seemed even more refreshing than usual. He was also kind enough to take us on a tour of the brewery. I love seeing where one of my favourite things come from.
Our first Detox to Retox was so much fun, I can’t wait to do it again! Huge thank you to everyone who came out to our first event, I’m glad so many people have the same love for yoga and beer as I do. It was a great Sunday afternoon meeting other yogis/beer enthusiasts – all of varying degrees! Also, thank you to my co-hosts, Ashley and Rachel at SchoolHouse Booze and to Amsterdam Brewery! Our next class is in March, details will be released soon. I hope to see you all there.
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!
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.
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.
Happy Friday! Hope you all had a lovely week. Christmas has made it pretty quiet on the blog but ’tis the season, right? Here’s some ideas on what’s going on this weekend.
Do: It’s Hip Hop Karaoke at the Revival tonight and it’s a special Holiday Edition. Cover is $10 and includes dinner and a portion of the proceeeds with go to the Daily Bread Food Bank, starts at 9pm (dinner is served until 11:30).
See: This weekend at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema there will be 10 classic holiday films. Tickets are free (with one exception) and there are limited ones available at the event. They will also be accepting healthy food items or cash donations in support of The Stop Community Food Centre.
Eat/Drink: Tomorrow is the Craft Beer Carnival at the Centre for Social Innovation. Tickets are $15 and it includes your glass and 2 sample tokens. There will be a gift market and festive entertainment and of course, beer.
Happy Friday everyone. Hope you all had a great week (and didn’t catch the cold I seem to be battling). Here’s a few things happening this weekend if you’re still looking for things to do.
Do: DJ Skate Nights are back at Harbourfront Centre. These skate nights take place every Saturday at the Natrel Rink until February 21st and best of all – they’re free!
See: Saturday Nights with Combo Royale is back at the Gladstone this Saturday night. Taking place after 12 Beers of Christmas (see below), the band is taking over the ballroom for a special after-party. This ‘swing’ party is hosted by ska/bluegrass/old jazz band Combo Royale.
Eat: Ok, this one is technically a drink but this weekend is so awesome it deserves two drinks. We’ve already seen our first snow, we can no longer deny that winter is here… unless of course you’re District 28. They’re hosting “where the beep is my margarita” this Saturday where they will transform their space into a tropical paradise. Sick of the Ugly Christmas sweater? Then this is your party – dress in beach wear and summer dresses and dream of a better time. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.
Drink: It’s 12 Beers of Christmas tomorrow. I went to this event last year and had an amazing time. This year is going to be a bit bigger – the Gladstone is using the Melody Bar and the Ballroom for the event. Tickets are $10 and the event starts at 7pm, you can then sample to your heart’s content until 10pm!!
How’s that for a mouthful? A mouthful of a delicious afternoon is what it meant. The lovely ladies over at Schoolhouse Booze invited me and some other bloggers for an afternoon of brunching and beer making and it was as delightful as it sounds.
I think these girls had out like 9 spreads for the croissants and bagels… at least… I wish I had counted. So after eating (read: stuff my face) with delicious cheese, spreads and meat – we were actually going to do it. We were going to make beer! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was glad we had our expert Beth to guide us through the process.
It was not as overwhelming as I thought it would be (probably because Beth is amazing). The awesome guys over at Sawdust City Brewery lent us their recipe! Their actual recipe for their seasonal favourite Princess Wears Girl Pants. It took us about 4 hours to complete most of the process. This photo is from the final stages, when we wrapped in a warming belt (thanks to Noble Hops, for sponsoring the supplies) to ferment for the next few weeks. I really enjoyed being able to taste the beer all along the way from barley to wart. It was neat how over a few hours we made something taste like beer (you know, without the alcohol and carbonation). I think this session was great because it showed us that making beer is not impossible. I would only want to do it with at least one other person because its time-consuming so it’s nice to have a buddy and it’s a lot of heavy lifting of containers of water, also good to have a buddy for that. We’ll get to taste it sometime in the new year, I’m really looking forward to it.
Check out the Tipsy Teachers and their adventures over at SchoolHouse Booze and look for our event coming in January. I don’t want to give too much away but it promises to be awesome and it promises to have beer.