Category: drink

detox to retox: november 22

I’m almost losing track of what number detox we’re on. I’m really excited about this next detox because every person I’ve told about it has never heard of this brewery, which means they’ll get to try new beers and find out about another awesome brewery in the city!

Our next detox to retox will be at Rainhard Brewery in the Junction, basically right behind Stockyards. The next event is November 22nd and yoga gets started at 11am, and of course, your ticket includes a beer tasting.

If you haven’t already, you can get your tickets here. Our last few have sold out, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

thirsty thursday: blood orange cider

I was at Wvrst a few weeks ago, and remembered why I love that place. Sausage? Good. Awesome beers and ciders? Great!

I was excited when I saw that they had a blood orange cider, made by county cider. I was really surprised by the colour of the cider which is a bright red colour.

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The cider was amazing! Although, if you like a crisp apple taste to your ciders, this one probably isn’t for you. It is blood orange so it isn’t overly sweet. It tasted almost identical to San Pellegrino Blood Orange, it was more like drinking pop than drinking cider. However, even though it tastes like pop, it definitely packs a punch at 6.5%.

If you come across this cider and love blood orange, I would definitely recommend it.

Have you tried it? What’s your favourite cider?

dining out: the tavern by trevor

A few weeks ago, I was heading to a show at the Rivoli and my friends and I were in search of a place to have dinner. They spotted a sign that said “$5 drinks” so The Tavern by Trevor won. They had a few beers on special, as well as well drinks and a few wines. I went with Amsterdam blondes (one of my favs).

Do you ever go to a restaurant and collectively decide with all of your friends that you should just get one of everything? And agree to share everything you get? We had to do that. My friends got the pulled pork poutine and my other friend got the grilled cheese sandwich. I got the chicken and sausage gumbo. They were all really delicious. My gumbo came with a gigantic piece of corn bread, which I’m not complaining about, just wasn’t expecting. Although it didn’t look like a ton of food when I got it, it was really filling, I guess the corn bread played a role in that. I was also really happy that it wasn’t really spicy, people who love spice wouldn’t have found it spicy at all but I don’t like a ton of spice so it was perfect.

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We also had dessert, we considered getting both but decided to share the apple crumble but with the vanilla ice cream instead of the maple and it was great too. I would definitely recommend the tavern by trevor and with great drink specials, there’s no excuse not to check it out!

Have you been to the tavern? What did you have?

thirsty thursday: henry of pelham baco noir

Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t resist. What a game.

Although this week’s Thirsty Thursday probably isn’t what I would be drinking during the game, but it’s definitely a good wine to drink to relax after all that baseball stress.

I first tried this wine at the Gentlemen’s Expo a few weeks ago. As you can tell, I tried a lot of things there but they were all small samples… I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was just getting into red wines (a sign of my age, I’m sure) and they had this paired at the show with prosciutto so obviously I had to try it. To be honest, I had never even heard of a baco noir but it was so delicious, it didn’t have that bitter taste on the back of my tongue that usually turns me off of reds. Looking now, I can tell why I like it, it has hints of blueberries, my weakness. I had it with a chacuterie board I made last week with sharp cheddar and spicy salami and it was amazing.

The one I’ve been enjoying is the 2014, which is $14.95 at the LCBO. There is also a VQA Reserve version, which is $24.95, but I like my 2014 just fine.

Have you tried the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: triple bogey

 

Happy Thursday everyone! Also, happy almost long weekend (or long weekend already if you’ve come down with blue flu).

As promised, I’ve got another great drink for you to try from the Gentlemen’s Expo. I had never heard of this brewery (there was a couple there I didn’t recognize, I was a little surprised). The triple bogey is a lager, and I thought it was great. It wasn’t very hoppy, like some of the other beers I tried around the show.  wpid-img_20150926_133508.jpgTriple Bogey also sells golf gear, for those into that kind of thing :) It is their only brew but definitely worth a try. I also recently saw it on special at The Fifth Gastropub, so there’s no excuse not to try :)

Have you tried them yet? What did you think?

missing jamaica: melville ginger beer

The blog was pretty quiet for the last couple of weeks, I will try not to brag but I was in Jamaica and it was fabulous. Bob Marley, sunshine and cocktails all day long. I also fell in love with ginger beer and rum so when at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I saw Melville’s Ginger Beer, I may have made a beeline for it.

It may not be the exact same as Jamaica (possibly because drinking it in a bathing suit in the middle of the gentlemen’s expo might have been frowned upon) but it was really good. This ginger beer is actually from England, but that ginger taste will always remind me of catamarans and pool bars.

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This ginger beer has a great taste, it’s not too spicy and isn’t very sweet. I really enjoy it and definitely recommend it to mix up your beer routine.

Have you had Melville’s Ginger Beer? What did you think?

behaving gentlemanly at the gentlemen’s expo

This past weekend was the 3rd annual Gentlemen’s Expo. I’ve been to a number of expos designed for women, so I was excited to see what the gentlemen’s version would entail.

I headed down at noon at Saturday, bought some drink tickets and hit the floor with my boyfriend. I quickly realized there was a lot of drinks that I was going to want to try, including craft beers (and not so craft but still delicious beers), whiskeys and wines. I promise that those will be showing up in Thirsty Thursdays over the next couple of weeks.

It’s no secret that I love “shopping local”. I love seeing what people in this city are doing and this was a great expo to learn about local merchants including “steak” jerky, an all-beef, nitrate-free jerky from table mountain curing company and thank you toronto, with sweet hats and cute dog leashes. I loved the opportunity to speak with the owners and operators of so many great places in the city.

There were lots of options for maintaining a beard, staying dapper and well lubricated. There were a number of presentations on the main stage (most, I unfortunately missed just based on timing) but they included drink pairing guides, hypnosis and concerts. My favourite part of course was the variety of drinks, as much as I love my beer festivals, it was great to be able to sample so many different brands of beers and other drinks that I’m not familiar with. As I said, check back over the next few weeks to see all the great stuff I tried.

I had a great time at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I would recommend checking it out next if you’re looking for a fun day out, there is plenty for the ladies (I may have started my Christmas shopping) as there is for the gentlemen!

Have you been to the The Gentlemen’s Expo? What was your favourite part?

thirsty thursday: my sangria

I know sangria season is winding down (I don’t know how it’s already the 10th!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t make sangria one (or several) more times before summer is officially gone.

I made this sangria with some people over last week – I kind of took the idea from the milestone sangria (fun fact: one of the most referred search terms to my site). Now I’m not one for measuring (or taking pictures, sorry) but this was what made this delicious white wine sangria. It was approximately 2/3 white wine, 1/3 white cranberry juice and 1/3 pear somersby – I garnished with raspberries and grapefruit and it was delicious. Sangria is great because there’s very few wrong ways to make it!

How do you make your sangria?

hidden gems in toronto: the upper beach

I’m always surprised when I find neighbourhoods in the city that not only have I not been to, I’ve never heard of. This city never ceases to amaze me. I was invited to check out the Upper Beach by the people at Streetcar Developments, among building condos, you may know Streetcar Developments as the developers that bought Jilly’s at Broadview and Queen.

If you’re like me, and have never heard of the “upper beach”, it’s basically the area halfway between Main Station and the Beach. It’s a 10 minute walk to the Danforth and to the Beach and an adorable neighbourhood where people seem to know each other and cute shops. We started the evening at our “hosts” – Streetcar Development. The Southwood condos. They told us a little history of the neighbourhood and sent us on our way to our first stop, the Yellow House Gallery – a space that is half gallery, half framing shop. The curator and owner hosts monthly exhibitions, the next one beginning on September 10th “BODY.FORM.COLOUR.” and you can easily go to the opening night and support emerging artists.

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Our next stop was the Art of Cheese, owned and operated the “grand fromage” Bill Miller. He has a huge selection of cheese, which we were able to sample with some local red wines. If you can dream it as a cheese, Bill’s store probably has it. We also got to take home some cheese which was perfect on my balcony with more wine (of course).

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Our next stop was an adorable gift shop, where I totally stocked up on greeting cards – there was two walls of them. TWO! And the good ones, I hate terrible cards. I should have just bought all of them that day. The store was Collected Joy, which is owned by Sharon Smyl – a former marketing director who quit her job to open her shop. Ask Sharon about any item in her store and she can tell you the story of how it was created and who it was created by. She wanted a store that would be fun to shop in, and she was successful in creating a warm inviting space that you can easily get lost in and find gifts for even the hardest of people.

By this time, we needed a snack. We stopped in at the Stone Pizza and split a few pizzas. This restaurant prides itself on having the freshest ingredients – they don’t even have a freezer on site. The restaurant is mostly designed for take out or delivery, but there are picnic benches outside, as long as the weather keeps holding up.

Of course, that was just a snack so we headed over The Beech Tree, owned by Robert Maxwell, who like Sharon, quit his desk job to open a restaurant. They pride themselves on making everything for the restaurant, including their own juices and infusing their own liquors. I was driving so I didn’t have any drinks here but I want to go back and try their strawberry old fashioned – seems so strange but the potential to be delicious. My favourite food we had was definitely the gnocchi in a sweet corn puree, feta and fennel bread crumble. I can’t wait to go back and eat a whole thing of that to myself.

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We were now supposed to go through the Glen Stewart Ravine, but it was getting dark so we walked through the beautiful gorgeous houses. IT was one of those neighbourhoods you can drive around and pick your favourite houses (I can’t be the only one that does that…) We ended up closer to the beach, at Queen St where were met by Sanna’s Famacia‘s bike. Like a “dickey dees” bike, Steve Sanna rides around his handmade smoothes, freezies and juices. While we were standing there chatting with him, the fire department drove by, we thought they were slowing down to tell us we needed to move but they were stopping to say hi to Steve, it really showed the community spirit of the neighbourhood.

I had a great time thanks to The Southwood by Streetcar Developments in the upper beach – a neighbourhood worth exploring. What are your favourite “hidden gems” in the city? I’d love to check more out!

thirsty thursday: flat roof manor

Happy Thursday! Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s been a while since I’ve had a wine on Thirsty Thursday, so I think it’s time to change that!

This week’s Thirsty Thursday is Flat Roof Manor Pinot Grigrio from South Africa. This citrus-y pinot would be great in a sangria – something that I will definitely have to do before fall officially falls upon us (totally unintentional pun). I would recommend this wine for anyone who likes a drier pinot grigio as it’s not overly sweet.
Flat Roof Manor Pinot Grigio

This pinot grigrio is available at the LCBO and is only $11.25, and until September 12th, you’ll get 7 bonus air miles. I never really know what that means but I think that’s a lot of air miles. I think this wine is great if you’re bringing a wine to a party or like I said, for a sangria (like I will be doing this weekend!).

Have you tried Flat Roof Manor? What did you think?