I hope you’re all having a great summer and keeping as busy as I am! Last weekend I got to attend the Toronto Festival of Beer, keeping my annual tradition (I almost had to miss it for a wedding but I made it work).
For the next few “thirsty thursdays”, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourites for the festival. My first one is from a brand that had one of my favourites last year too. Ironwood cider from Niagara-On-The-Lake had a great cranberry apple cider this year (last year, I loved their peach). It was the perfect balance of tart and sweet and packed a punch at over 6%. It was so easy to drink and perfect on the hot day we were having!
The only downside is their seasonals are only available in Niagara-On-The-Lake, I guess it’s a great excuse to get out to the great beer and cider region of NOTL!
What was your favourite at this year’s festival?
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!
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!
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!
Missed out on Henderson Brewery? Not to worry! The next event is August 14th at Lansdowne Brewery! Tickets are available at www.detoxtoretox.ca!
Well, summer is more than officially here. It is so very hot out that all I want to do is sit on a patio or in a pool and drink ice cold drinks.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a summer drink! Smirnoff recently released new coolers that are not carbonated, which can be great when you don’t want something heavy or fizzy. There are three new flavours, electric orange and two more you can expect to see on future thirsty thursdays! These drinks are definitely on the sweeter side, and if you’re a fan of orange freezies, these are right up your alley. They have a great flavour and are perfect served ice cold (I enjoyed mine over ice).
If you’re looking for a fun new drink to bring out to the pool or beach this summer, check out these newest coolers from Smirnoff!
Have you tried the new coolers? What did you think?
Just over a week away from the next Detox to Retox! I can’t believe we’re approaching our 11th event!!! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our charity event at Left Field. We filled over 2 dozen boxes of goodies for women using shelters.
The next one is at Black Oak brewery in Etobicoke! We’ll go through an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting at the brewery. And more exciting news! Detox to Retox now has it own site so you can easily see when the next event is, and where to get tickets!
Tickets are going fast, the last three detoxes have sold out so get your tickets before they’re gone.
PS: We’re also hosting Detox to Retox on the Craft Brew Cruise again this year. Enjoy yoga on the deck of the boat followed by a three hour boat/beer cruise. Tickets are also on sale now for that event, and sold out last year – so get them now to avoid disappointment!
I think the best part of being a grown up is that you can have whatever you’d like for dinner, and one day last week I chose ice cream. I finally made it to Sweet Jesus, it was freezing cold, snowing and there was still a line!
I had the campfire smores – it was soft serve, burnt marshmallows, chocolate sauce and graham crackers. It was so good. It was worth every single calorie! They have about half a dozen different types of ice cream cones, and they all sound delicious. My friend had cookies-cookies-cookies and cream which is exactly what you think it is. It was really good but I think I’d have my campfire smores again.
My friend had the marshmallow latte, which honestly, was a full dessert. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything at Sweet Jesus. They are definitely decadent desserts and drinks and a special treat. But be prepared to wait, there’s even a line in the snow!
Have you been to Sweet Jesus? What’s your favourite?
Hope you’re all having a great long weekend so far, I know it just started but that’s the most exciting time – there’s so much weekend left!
Our next Detox to Retox has been scheduled and tickets are going faster than reese’s peanut butter eggs on easter morning. The next event is extra special for a couple of reasons. 1. It is our 10th Detox to Retox! 10, I can’t believe it. How time flies. 2. This one’s for charity. We wanted to do something fun and different for our 10th D2R and we thought giving back would be the best way to celebrate this little milestone!
The next event is on April 17th at Left Field Brewery, a fan favourite. Join us and support the Shoebox Project while having a great time getting bendy for beer. The Shoebox Project is an awesome local charity that gives women living in shelters a little something special. Each shoebox has a value of around $50 and can be filled with things like makeup, candy, nail polish, gift cards, tokens and really anything that will help women feel special.
For our next event, the majority of the funds will go to the Shoebox Project. We also welcome participants to create their own shoebox or bring items that can go into a shoebox that the Detox to Retox team will create!
If you would like more information about what to put in the boxes and some of the shelters they work with, check out their site here. If you’d like tickets – you can find them here.
See you on the 17th!
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner – tomorrow is March, it’s crazy. And that means there are lots of great ways to celebrate the Irish in all of us coming up in Toronto.
One of those is the annual Carlsberg St. Party’s Day, happening this year on March 12th inside Brassaii on King St W. It’s time to find your best green outfit, hit up the dollar store for some ridiculous accessories and grab your best beer loving friends and celebrate the luck of the Irish with Carlsberg.
And you’re in luck! Carlsberg’s St. Party’s Day has given me not one, but two pairs of tickets to some lucky readers! Contest is on now until March 6th!
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And don’t want to wait to find out you’ve won and just want to get your tickets now? No problem! Tickets start at $15 and are available online, there are different entry times but once you’re in, you’re in and can party on until 2am!
West Queen West is a bit of a trek for me, so I don’t make it out to that neighbourhood too often. Last week, I was seeing Venus’ Daughter and my boyfriend and I needed to grab dinner before. I don’t know the area too well so we just started wandering along Queen and then I remembered that I had once had amazing fish and chips at The Gladstone, so The Gladstone it was.
Unfortunately the Melody Bar has changed their menu since I was last there but the options looked good so I wasn’t worried.
I went with the fried cauliflower sandwich, clearly something I enjoy (see Maha’s) which came with fries that were really good. The sandwich was great, there was coleslaw, mayo and sharp cheddar on it. I didn’t notice the sharp cheddar in the description so it was a delicious surprise. My boyfriend got the tempeh “bacon” BLT, I’m not exactly sure what tempeh is, but his sandwich was also good (mine was better, just saying).
I forgot that the Melody Bar always has fun things going on, on Wednesday nights, they have Music Bingo. What is Music Bingo you ask? Well, you get a bingo card with songs on it and a couple of dabbers and the DJ/caller calls out the songs and plays a short clip. People are singing and shoulder dancing. We only got to stay for a few songs because we had to head over to the show but it was fun and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for something fun and not-to-crazy of a thing to do on a Wednesday. They also have adult colouring and wine drinking on Thursdays, I mean it’s not too far off of my typical Thursday night, but perhaps I could be more social about it 😉
What’s your favourite activity at The Gladstone?
TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY?! I just had to share this Thirsty Thursday with you and I had to tell you about Venus’ Daughter in case you still needed things to do this weekend.
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is actually how I spent my Valentine’s Day because my valentine is a pretty cool guy. I saw that Left Field was having a beer and chocolate pairing and I just had to go. Side note: Left Field seems to have a ton of awesome stuff going on in the next couple of months so make sure you check them out.
For Valentine’s Day, they paired up with chocolates x brandon olsen, a fancy chocolate maker in Toronto. They did a chocolate and beer pairing for 2 people for $25 and it was totally worth it. At first, I was a little concerned about the chocolate flavours but they were amazing. I’ve included the tasting menu, so you can recreate it at home, if you desire.
My favourite by far was the lime ginger black pepper, not something I would think would go in chocolate but absolutely it does and it was delicious. Not only was the chocolate (and beer) delicious but the chocolates were such beautiful works of art. The chocolates would be a fantastic gift (again, with the beer).
So if you’re looking to spoil yourself or someone else, definitely pick up some locally made chocolates x brandon olsen and left field and make somebody’s day.
Until last week, I had never been to indie ale house and every time I said that people said – what?! People know my love of beer and food and so it seemed like a natural fit and indeed it was.
They have a constant rotation of beer and a bottle shop in the front. You have to go to see what they have available on tap, the website isn’t really kept up to date. But for this post, I’ll stick to the food.
I had the mac and cheese, which was a natural choice for me, I’m a huge fan of mac and cheese. This one was a goat cheese and butternut squash, they have another brisket one.
I was quite surprised by a number of things in the dish, pleasantly surprised I should say. The toast that came with it was huge and tasted like a grilled cheese which I realized is just taste of buttery bread. I also expected the sauce to be the butternut squash component but it there was actually chunks of butternut squash in it. It was so good, and looks small but was so filling I had some to take home.
My friend got the margherita pizza and added prosciutto because as she said, if that’s an option you should always say yes. It was a decent thin crust pizza but I definitely preferred my mac and cheese.
I would recommend indie ale house if you haven’t been if you love good beer and great food, the kitchen does close before midnight so make note of that and like most good places in the city, be prepared for a wait.
Have you been to indie ale house? What did you get?