Category: drink

thirsty thursday: pumphouse blueberry ale

Can’t believe it is already Thursday! Love the short week.


This week’s beverage of choice is the pumphouse blueberry ale. I originally tried this beer when a friend of mine brought it back from from New Brunswick, which is of course the blueberry capital of the world. For those that know me, they know I’m a sucker for blueberry flavoured drinks, its just so delicious and often not too sweet. That’s the same with this beer. 

Sadly this week, I forgot to take my own picture


It’s a light blonde base which I really enjoy. The fruit is not as overpowering as it is in some other fruit beers I’ve tried. Although this beer is a little on the sweet side, it is still refreshing. I would recommend it if you’re a fan of blonde beers and want something a little different. I was pretty excited when I was able to find tall boys of this beer at the LCBO. I love that they come in singles like this because I often don’t want to commit one beer in an evening and at $2.75/can and 5%, I’d consider it a good value. Are there any fruity beers you enjoy? Let me know in the comments, I’m always open to suggestions!

Cheers!

October 15-17: what to do/see/eat/drink on a school night

It’s a short week! Still lots of chances to get out there and have fun in the city!

Do: It’s breast cancer awareness month so go get a maniCURE from The Ten Spot. If you chose pink for your manicure or gel manicure, $1 goes to the Canadian Cancer Society. So treat yourself and support a great cause, its a win-win.

See: If you want to get into a spooky mood as we get into the middle of the month, you can check out “Night of the Living Dead” live at the Passe Muralle Theatre. The theatre is located near Bathurst and Queen and tickets through the week are under $35. The show is set in black and white and promises to be a fun night at the theatre. 

Eat: Once you finish the “drink” section, you’ll know you’ll be trying out the Loose Moose and I would recommend the garlic fries. They are gigantic though, so keep that in mind. I had it as a meal and still couldn’t finish it. It’s garlicky, cheesy and delicious. Goes great with a few flavours of beer. 

Drink: The Loose Moose boasts that they have the largest selection of draught beer in downtown Toronto. What I like the most about this place is that they offer sample sizes that vary in price, depending on the brand but most are around $3. It’s great when you just want to try a new beer but not commit to a full pint. Worth checking out on Front St. near Union Station. 

October 11-14: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

It is the weekend! A long weekend at that. Here’s some ideas for you.

Do: There’s nothing more appropriate for Thanksgiving than watching pumpkins get shot out of a cannon! Well, that is possible thanks to Whittamore Farms which is open all Thanksgiving weekend including on Monday. The pumpkin cannon takes happens at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. There are other fun activities associated with their Pumpkinland festivities but I’d have to say the cannon is the best. 

See: If you’re a lover of the theatre, I would definitely recommend checking out free tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. The tours start at 11am on Saturday, meet in the lobby. This is a great opportunity to see a piece of Toronto hisotry, as the theatre celebrates its 100th anniversary. 


Eat: Do you want to eat turkey but don’t want the hassle of cooking all day? Oliver & Bonacini on Front St is serving Thanksgiving dinner including turkey and other deliciousness. Perfect for a relaxing long weekend.

Drink: Looking to have some drinks in a fun setting this Monday? The Brewers Backyard is hosting its final event of the season. Admission is free and it is happening at the Evergreen Brick Works. Check them out from 12-4pm and sample great beers from Ontario. 

October 7-10: what to do/see/drink/eat on a school night this week

Last week, I started the weekly feature of “what to do/see/try/drink/eat” on the weekend, but while I was researching it, I realized there’s so much going on during the week that twenty-somethings need to know about, so this is the partner feature.

Do: If October has you in a spooky mood, the Tour Guys have the I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost! Tour, just for you. The walk takes you on a walk of a little over 2km telling ghost stories of haunted buildings as well as what ghost hunters have found. They claim that this tour is from everyone from believer to skeptic. It actually runs Thursday-Sunday until November 3rd but can count as a school night.The cost is $30 plus service fees.

See: Our Man in Tehran is playing at the TIFF lightbox. This is the story of Ken Taylor, the Canadian Ambassador in Iran during the hostage crisis which began in 1979. This is the Canadian side of “Argo”, with a more realistic depiction of that Hollywood film. 


Drink: It’s the last day of Toronto Cocktail Week so you can head down to the Drake Hotel  TWC13 Industry Thank You Party where you can taste the winning cocktails from the Hogtown Shakedown competition and apparently, there’s some surprise entertainmment in store!

Eat: Kinton Ramen is a ramen noodle restaurant on Baldwin St, just off of Spadina, North of Dundas. They have a large selection of soups available and if you finish your dish, you become a KintonBowler. They have prizes for the number of Kinton Bowlers you accumulate, which range from free food to Kinton merchandise. Plus they have beer cocktails, I love beer cocktails. 


October 4-6: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

It’s Friday! Here is some ideas for your well-deserved weekend.


Do: Nuit Blanche is happening this weekend. This free art festival will bring locals and tourists out all night long to check out more than a hundred art installations in the downtown area. You can also use the site to plan your evening so you are well prepared to enjoy the event. There is also twenty bars in the city with an extended liquor license until 4am. The weather is supposed to be decent so it should be a great event. 

See: BeerProv is a monthly improv show at the Comedy Bar near Bloor and Ossington. The show is only $15 and starts at 10:30pm. The show consists of 12 comedians competing in an improv championship, in hops to drink from the BeerProv cup. The show is run by Jim Robinson and should be good for some great laughs.

Drink: Bier Markt locations throughout the city again celebrating the month of October with their Oktoberfest. They have a special beer menu for the festival as well as a special food menu. Take this opportunity to enjoy an ice cold beer with a great menu.

Eat: Although Bier Markt has an extended menu, eating still deserves its own section. This Saturday at 3am, it will be important know who is serving food. There is a long list of food trucks that will be feeding hungry art-lovers throughout the event. Be sure if you’re out there, check out the food options available.

thirsty thursday: black creek pumpkin ale

Because it’s almost the weekend.

I tried pumpkin ale many years ago and  it wasn’t very good, so I was a little reluctant to try it again for my first thirsty thursday but I figured I had to because I feel uncool because I haven’t consumed enough pumpkin product this season (I haven’t had one pumpkin spice latte, ever).

This week’s selection is from a local brewery, Black Creek, located at Black Creek Pioneer Village.


At first, this just tastes like a regular ale and then there’s the pumpkin. It’s almost like beer mixed with pumpkin pie filling. It’s really just taught me that I’m not into the pumpkin spice craze. If you’re one of those people that counts down until the pumpkin spice latte, I would assume that this is the beer for you. I will definitely try another one of their ales, also available at the LCBO but I’ll leave the pumpkin for the pies.

disgraceland: dinner in ‘bloorcourt’

As I will post about later this week, my friend and I are attending JFL this year. This show, we had about 4 hours to kill before so we went for dinner in the neighbourhood, Bloorcourt. I didn’t realize this was a specific neighbourhood but it was near Bloor and Ossington. You truly learn something new everyday.

We went to Disgraceland, at first we chose it because of the fun name, but then we read the menu and knew we had to try it. Its almost like a bar mixed with a diner. We ordered some beers, since we had some times and made the difficult decision of what to eat. 

We started with the perogies, we got the works because… bacon and cheese. I was surprised how crispy the the outside was but they were still pretty good. I had the turkey club, which was delicious and mashed potatoes which were ok. My friend had the cheese and bean burrito with fries, I stole some fries and they were pretty good. They have a ton of poutine options and I’m sure they would have been great in that. They also had a lot of vegan or vegan possible options, for those interested, including vegan poutine. The best, and obviously most unnecessary part of the meal was the deep fried cupcakes. We were unsure of how they would deep fry a cupcake but we determined it was actually a ‘ding dong’. They also deep fry twinkies, but I never understood that treat. These ‘cupcakes’ were delicious. They came with two which was more than enough for us. 

Deep-fried cupcakes

A little dark, but the inside of delicious.


If you’re in the area, I’d recommend stopping in at this place, particularly if you have a sweet tooth, or if you’re looking for vegan options. Our bill came to just over $80 after taxes but before tip, but be warned, they only accept cash – which is really irritating but we made it work. Have you found deep fried deliciousness that you’d deem worthy of the calories? Let me know in the comments below. Happy eating!

september is here!

Time for the cliche “I don’t know where the summer has gone”, every year it seems to get shorter and shorter, even though I’m not sure that is possible.

I love the summer, and the fall coming means that winter is coming. I’m trying not to be too upset about it. I will instead share the things I am excited to do in September. There’s so much going on in the city and that will help me not miss summer (too much).

This Thursday, I will be attending the AGO’s First Thursday for the first time. This is when they open up the AGO after hours, apparently there is DJs and a cash bar – really, its my kind of art experience. I will definitely be blogging about my experience.

Starting September 13th, it is Toronto Beer Week. I’m not sure how I never knew this existed in Toronto, I’m obviously a beer fan! I’m pretty excited. I haven’t been able to pick out what I will be doing because there is just so much but I promise to share my experience. 

September 20th, I’ll be seeing Sarah Silverman at JFL42. I’ve never attended Just for Laughs in Toronto. We also get to pick 4 smaller acts. I’m pretty excited because I love stand-up comedy. 

I know the focus is on September but I also want to mention an event I’ll be attending in October. The Delicious Food Show is happening the weekend of October 25th. There is a Buytopia deal for tickets until midnight tonight.

I hope that everyone finds some awesome events to usher them into fall, I’m sure a lot will revolve around TIFF coming up next weekend. If you know events I should be checking out, leave a comment. Happy September!