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.
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Here’s some things going on in the city this weekend if you haven’t made plans yet.
Do: Habourfront Centre is presenting a Day of the Dead Festival this weekend. There will be films, artists, dance and workshop throughout the weekend. Check the website for details of all the activities.
See: The 15th Annual Planet in Focus Film Festival is back this weekend at a variety of theatres throughout the city. I attended last year and had an amazing time. Tickets are $15 and discounted for Students/Seniors and you can purchase a festival pass for $100 which gets you into the closing and regular screenings.
Eat/Drink: Gluten Freedom Week is back again with a large selection of restaurants. Gluten Freedom Week features prix fixe gluten-free menus at restaurants throughout the city. The event starts tomorrow and runs until the 15th.
Happy Halloween! Although I’m in Sin City, it doesn’t mean there isn’t tons to do in Toronto this weekend!
Do: Haunted High Park takes place tonight beginning at the Colborne Lodge. This session is 18+ and will feature ghost stories about the lodge and High Park.
See: Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition opens today and runs until January 25th. There will be items from a number of films and information about his unfinished works. There will also be discussions and roundtables throughout the exhibition.
Eat: The Luxury Chocolate Show is this Sunday at Roy Thompson Hall. Featuring chocolate making classes, contests, games and a demo stage this has all your chocolate needs covered (in case they were lacking on Halloween).
Drink: The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is hosting their monthly event on Halloween. For this bevy, they’re making an exception and allowing men to arrive at 10pm instead of the typical midnight. Wear a costume and there will be prizes!
I hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!
Happy Friday, what a beautiful day and what hopes to be a beautiful weekend! Here’s a few things going on this weekend if you’re still trying to make plans.
Do: Earlier this week, I ran a contest thanks to the Everything To Do With Sex Show happening this weekend. If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can still buy tickets for the show and enjoy this exciting event. With something for everyone, this weekend promises to be a great time.
See: imagineNATIVE began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Celebrating it’s 15th year, this festival covers a variety of topics and genres including romance, action and documentary. Tickets start at $7 and are available online.
Eat: This weekend, Burlington has gluten-intolerants and celiacs covered with Canada’s Gluten-Free Market. Along with the extensive market, your ticket also includes entrance into the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens.
Drink: This technically falls on Monday, but I think it’s so important, it should be included. Monday is a big day in Toronto, it’s been an interesting four years in the city and Monday will be the beginning of another 4 year chapter in the city. A number of bars will be airing the election results in the bar, so get out, vote and then go enjoy a beverage. So far, I’ve seen events at the Gladstone but I’ll be sure to keep twitter going with anything I find.
Earlier this week, before going to The Mountaintop, my friend and I got dinner at The Paintbox, attached to Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.
My friend and I were intrigued by a lot on the menu so we decided to get a bunch of appetizers and split them. We got shrimp tacos, empanadas, sweet potato fries, crab cakes and arincini. My favourites were definitely the arincini and empanadas (which had a bit of a kick to it). It was a lot of food. The food was all really good, it took a bit longer than I would have expected to get our meals but it was definitely made then, and not sitting under heat lamps for a long time. Most of the crowd looked like they were heading to the show (there was a coupon on the back of the ticket). The only thing that was a little frustrating is you’ll see the empanadas (as well as few other menu items) were listed with the price of $3 each, so my friend and I assumed they were priced and served individually. That wasn’t the case, some of them were served with two and some were individual. We ended up with way too much food (it probably would have been to much already). If you’re looking for good food in Regent Park, I would recommend this place, despite all the confusion, our bill was around $55 for the two of us which as I said, was way too much food and we could have probably done with about half of it. The restaurant is cute and casual and a nice place to grab something before a show in the area. They also have a coffee and pastry bar if you’re looking for something sweet.
Have you been to The Paintbox? What did you think?
Happy Friday! It’s been a short week but that doesn’t make Friday any less exciting. Here’s what’s going on in the city for this mid-October weekend.
Do: If you’re unlike me, denying that winter is just around the corner and actually enjoy the season, there is a show for you this weekend. The Toronto Snow Show is on now and runs until Sunday at the International Centre near the airport. It has all of your snow needs covered.
See: It’s October so that must mean somewhere in the city it is fully acceptable for you to show up in lingerie. By that, I of course mean that the Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing on stage in the city. You can catch it this year at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Some of the shows are already sold out but there are tickets still available for some performances.
Eat/Drink: The no-brainer for eat and drink this weekend is the Delicious Food Show. It’s happening all weekend at the Direct Energy Centre, last year it was at the Better Living Centre, which just leads me to believe that there’s somehow going to be even more to eat this year! This is definitely the show to come hungry to and although not mentioned in the name, there was lots of delicious beers, cocktails and wines at last year’s show.
It’s Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiday! Of a long weekend, one that involves turkey which I really love. Fall is really ramping up and there’s lots happening in the city this weekend, here’s a few ideas if you’re still making plans.
Do: It’s the second Friday of the month which means it’s Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium. Starting at 7pm until close, there will be live jazz music and refreshments, which is a cash bar and appetizers. Evening tickets to the aquarium are also $5 off so it’s a great way to see the aquarium for a discount.
See: The TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting a Back to the 90s festival over the next few weeks with the first edition this evening, the classic Clueless. The film starts at 9pm and tickets are $12.50.
Eat: It’s Thanksgiving weekend and maybe you just want to eat delicious turkey but don’t want to cook or clean or do any of the boring stuff associated with the turkey dinner. BlogTO has pulled together 15 restaurants throughout the city to get your turkey on this weekend.
Drink: Although this isn’t really a ‘drink’, I assume that drinking must be involved to participate in this. The Gladstone will be hosting Shameless Karaoke tonight in the Melody Bar. It’s from 10pm until 2am and the cover is free. Make some shameful decisions while belting out “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s the first weekend of October, which means it’s basically Halloween, which somehow means it’s basically Christmas… but I’ll try not to get ahead of myself. The temperature is dropping but there’s still so much to do this weekend!
Do: It’s the time of year when people seem to enjoy being scared (I don’t understand it, I like my dreams to be nightmare free). But, millions of people can’t be wrong, right? Halloween Haunt is back at Wonderland and for those who really enjoy being scared, you can buy a pass to get unlimited visits to Halloween Haunt, it sounds like my nightmare but I know there are people out there who will love it.
See: One of the biggest events of the year is back, tomorrow night is Nuit Blanche, the overnight art festival. Beginning at sunset and continuing on until sunrise, there will be art installations throughout downtown, it’s a great chance to check out art, people watch and experience the city in a whole new way.
Eat: An activity that could be filed under unnecessary is happening this Saturday and I’m sure it’s going to be great. Smoke’s Poutinerie is hosting it’s 5th annual Poutine Eating Championship. There will be free poutine for attendees at Yonge-Dundas square from 10am-4pm and an amateur and professional eat-off in the afternoon.
Drink: There are lots of Oktoberfest events happening in the city this weekend. Yesterday, I mentioned the special at bier markt, they are having an event and the Toronto Oktoberfest is happening at Ontario Place tomorrow. Mill St is also hosting their own Oktoberfest at the Beer Hall in the distillery, basically, there is a lot of ways for you to drink beer this weekend in the name of “Oktoberfest”.
I mentioned last week that I’ll be participating in the CIBC Run For The Cure this weekend, there’s still time to sponsor me for this great event. Every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Friday! I didn’t get a Thirsty Thursday up yesterday, work has been a bit crazy for me. I hope you all had a fantastic week, here’s some ideas for the weekend – it’s going to be beautiful, so get out and enjoy it!
Do: Hugh’s Room is hosting the Underground Railroad Music Festival Sunday, beginning at 1pm. There will be a variety of artists at this blues event, tickets can be reserved in advance for $27.50 or are available at the door for $30.
See: I hate to admit it but regular season baseball ends this weekend, which is really the end of summer for me. There is still a series against Baltimore, which probably won’t go so well for us but it’s “fan appreciation weekend” and they usually give out a ton of stuff at the games tomorrow and Sunday. I’ll be rounding out the season with my 13th game, I don’t know whether that’s something I should be excited or worried about.
Eat/Drink: Evergreen Brickworks is hosting a Rodeo and BBQ event tomorrow, a fundraiser in support of greener and healthier cities. There will be food, drinks and activities you’d expect at a rodeo, like a mechanical bull. Tickets are on sale online today until 5pm and some will be available at the door. The event is $150 and starts at 7pm.
Happy Friday people! We made it. I don’t know about you, but this week was a dragger. Good thing there’s a ton going on to move on from this week.
Do: The Junction Music Festival is this Saturday, along Dundas West at Keele. There is 5 outdoor stages and 30 participating venues. Best of all, this festival is free. Their website has details about the bands playing and special events happening throughout the day.
See: JFL42 kicked off last night, and there are plenty of comedians to see over the next week and a bit. I’ll be attending at least 4 shows (hopefully more, but we’ll see how the week goes). You can still get tickets for some headliners, passes for smaller shows and some shows you can pay at the door. I had a great time last year and can’t wait for this festival.
Eat: The Food Truck Festival Ontario will be at Ontario Place on Sunday. Tickets are still available for $10 and there will be over a dozen food trucks and a few beer vendors. So go eat wayyyy too much on what will hopefully turn into a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Drink: Toronto Beer Week began last Thursday and continues over this weekend. Is it longer than a week? Maybe. Am I complaining? Absolutely not. There’s lots of events, parties and tap takeovers happening until Sunday. You may even see me at the Toronto Beer Run – obviously not running but there!
**Side note: Fall is also the time when it seems like everyone you know is participating in some sort of run, last weekend I did the Terry Fox “run” and on October 5th, I’ll be doing the Run for the Cure. I’d be extremely grateful if you sponsored my participation in this amazing event! Every dollar definitely counts!