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.
Whatever you do, have a great weekend!
This past Saturday I tried out The Senator, across from the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Victoria St. One of the oldest restaurants in Toronto, stepping in is like taking a step back in time. The decor appears to be the same as the day it opened almost a century ago.
The menu is pretty brief, but I still had a hard time deciding. They did have a very extensive drink menu and one of my favourite beers (Lug Tread) on tap so I was happy. I decided I really wanted the crab cakes but that was actually an appetizer so I added a side of mashed potatoes. My crab cakes were really good, they were very meaty and the tartar sauce was great. They are also served with guacamole but I asked them to hold it. My mashed potatoes were a little lumpy, they weren’t the best potatoes I’ve ever had. My friend I was dining with had the burger and fries, I stole a couple of fries and they were really good – I’d recommend them instead of the mashed (not normally a move I would do).
I was so excited to have crab cakes I forgot to take a picture before digging in. Better than the dessert faired though, I ate that so fast there’s no photos. I got the apple blossom which was the size of my head and the carrot cake which was the size of his head. It was so unnecessary but so delicious.
I would recommend The Senator if you’re in the area looking for something different than the chains in the square.
Have you been to The Senator?
Last week, I grabbed dinner with a friend around Christie and St. Clair. He recently moved to the area and suggested we go to Chinese Dumplings. I do love a good dumpling so thought it was a great idea.
We started with 15 dumplings: chicken, veggies and shrimp with veggies – the chicken were my favourite. They also offer them pan-fried. They make the dumplings at the front of the restaurant, in the window for passerbys to watch. We also got the green onion pancakes.
My friend also got the hot and sour soup, I wasn’t a fan but I’m not generally a soup or spicy fan but he really enjoyed it. He enjoyed it so much that I barely got a picture of it. It was a very generous portion (that was the case for everything).
Because we had so many appetizers, we just shared one main. We had the garlic beef which was great and we added a side of steam rice. It was a good amount of food for two people and after tax but before tip, it came to $35 for the two of us. I would definitely recommend this little restaurant on St. Clair West. It wasn’t overly fancy but the service was great and the food was delicious!
I think I need to include more dumplings in 2015, what’s your go-to place for dumplings?
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.
Have a fabulous weekend!
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!!
Happy Friday. Here’s what’s going on this first weekend in December.
Do: Union Station Holiday Market runs until Sunday. There’s over 30 artisans and gourmet food shops from the GTA. Admission is free and the schedule is available on their site.
See: A classic family story, A Christmas Carol is playing this weekend at the Papermill Theatre at Fantasy Farm. This is the final days of the show and should put you in the holiday spirit (unless of course you’re one of those people who has been in it since Halloween).
Eat/Drink: The Holy Grill will be hosting a pop-up until January 5th at Midpoint on Queen West. The inspiring Chef Aleem Syed’s preview of his food truck that will be opening in April. Food will include tacos, pountine and butter chicken, staying within the theme of late-night eats.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy (black) Friday everyone. If you did go out and brave the crowds, I hope you got some great deals this morning. Here’s what’s going on this weekend if you’re still looking to make plans.
Do: The One of a Kind Christmas Show starts this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre and runs until December 7th. There will be over 800 exhibitors selling unique jewelery, clothing furniture and other hand made items. A great way to start your Christmas shopping.
See: Calvalcade of Lights is back this weekend with the tree lightening ceromony at Nathan Philips Square. There will be fireworks and musical performances from people like Kardinal Official (I think every Torontonian needs to see him once, he is just so Toronto). There will also be other lightening ceromonies throughout the city.
Eat/Drink: The Christmas Market is back at the Distillery District. I missed the event last year so I’m looking forward to going this weekend, hopefully it won’t be too cold. All my friends are excited about the mulled wine, but I’m more of hot chocolate-and-baileys kind of girl. There will also be lots of food vendors, I’m sure to make myself sick on delicious things tonight! The market runs until December 21st and is closed Mondays.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Hope you’re all ready for the weekend. There’s lots happening this weekend and it’s going to be above freezing so get out there! Here’s some ideas if you’re still looking for something to do this weekend.
Do: The Toronto Art Crawl is on this weekend and is a great opportunity to shop local. There will be over 60 artisans at this first Christmas Show & Sale in Liberty Village. Admission is free, and the event runs until Sunday.
See: 12 Trees is on until December 14th at the Gardiner Museum. The trees represent different Toronto neighbourhood and a number of local designers have contributed to the project.
Drink/Eat: The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is back for their 20th year. I really enjoyed the show last weekend trying great restaurants and drinks from the area. Tickets are on sale on their site and the show runs until Sunday.
Have a fabulous weekend!
We’re half way through November and we’ve already started to experience some winter weather. Here’s a few things happening this weekend in the wonderful (but cold) city of Toronto.
Do: The Gentlemen’s Expo is now in it’s second year and has lots to offer guests this weekend. There’s everything from food, drinks, music, shopping and even an old school arcade. Tickets for one day start at $30 and include a few drink tickets and goodies. The show runs until Sunday.
See: Another weekend, another awesome film festival in the city. This weekend is the Toronto International Short Film Festival. The festival takes place at the Carlton Cinema and all the movie details are available on their site.
Eat: Taste of Iceland is back this weekend offering Torontonians a taste of life in Iceland with food and music at Luma on King St. It’s $55 for a four-course meal and the program runs until Sunday.
Drink: Tonight is Friday Night Jazz again at the Aquarium. I went last month and thought it was a fun way to see the aquarium. It was nice to see all the creatures with a drink in my hand. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something new to do and haven’t been to the aquarium yet.
Monday night, I was invited along with a guest to preview desmond and beatrice’s holiday treats and what a preview it was. It was hosted at the fun and funky 2nd Floor Events on King St. The space was adorably decorated in the holiday spirit and although it’s usually too early for me to celebrate, the reindeer droppings quickly got me in the mood!
They had the cutest hot chocolate set up, with your own fixins! I love fixins! They even had junior mints (genius). I had so many marshmallows, it was barely hot chocolate anymore. I’m barely an adult.
It would be impossible to pick a favourite. The ones at the top of my list would be the reindeer droppings, a simple cookie with red and green sprinkles that actually tasted like Christmas. The cinnamon cupcake was amazing too, I thought it tasted exactly like a snickerdoodle but is often compared to the beavertail, both delicious though. And finally, the gingerbread cookie, it actually melts in your mouth.
Desmond & Beatrice is located in Leslieville but delivier throughout the city. Everything I tried would make great client, teacher or hostess gifts. Basically it’s perfect for anyone you want to give delicious to this Christmas season. They’re also perfect if you want to trick your guests into thinking you slaved away baking all day, I certainly won’t tell.
PS – I’d like to thank my guest (aka partner in crime aka PIC) for being great at instagram and letting me use them for this post.