Category: toronto

dining out: miku

Now, I love me some all-you-can-eat sushi, rows of salmon and yam tempura rolls but we all know it’s not the best sushi. It’s perfectly serviceable but recently we treated ourselves to some real sushi and went to Miku. Miku is located downtown, on Queen’s Quay and is originally from the Vancouver area.

As with any sushi dinner, we started off with edamame, but garlic chili soy edamame, which was delicious but tremendously messy.

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I also tried the Kale Goma-ae, which was a kale salad, served in a similar style to a seaweed salad. It was very tasty, with a strong seseme flavour.

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My fiance had the miso marinated tofu salad, which I didn’t try because I’m not a fan of tofu but he really liked. He said the tofu was prepared perfectly. The salad was fairly large for an appetizer, easily could have been a meal with some apps on the side. He also had the prime rib for dinner, we had heard it was good, the meat was nice but the potatoes were amazing. I can’t even imagine how much butter were in them but they were tasty.

I had the sushi platter, chef’s choice with additional salmon torched sushis. I had the torched ones before and knew they were my favourite. I’ve decided next time, I’m only getting the torched ones – it’s my favourite part so why not make it the entire meal.

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I can’t believe we didn’t take a photo of dessert, we must have been too excited but it was absolutely beautiful. Everything that went by looked good but we finally settled on the ichogo mochi dome. It was probably one of the best desserts I’ve ever had, definitely the best dessert I’ve ever had in the city. It melted in your mouth, with the mochi and whipped cream made from condensed milk. It also had a walnut brown sugar cookie that provided the perfect little crunch. We shared dessert but both agreed that we would have to get our own next time, it was just too good (despite how full we were).

If you’re looking for a nice night out, I would definitely recommend Miku, the food and service is absolutely incredible.

contest: toronto festival of beers!

It’s that time of year again, the Toronto Festival of Beers is just around the corner.

This year, the Toronto Festival of Beers is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, because well beer in Canada is amazing. There will be a #Canada150 pavilion with award winning beers, mashups and Canadian eats. I’m excited for this year’s event because there are a number of breweries on the list that I’ve never heard of, I love using festivals as a way to find out about new breweries and new beers that I might not be able to get in the city.

And this year, the Toronto Festival of Beer is expanding on their food offerings, with their #TasteTFOB Grilling Tent, featuring chefs from some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants.

And now for the real fun! I’m giving away two pairs of tickets for Sunday, July 30th. Enter below for your chance to bring your beer-loving-bestie to the biggest beer festival in the city!

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contest: canadian sports film festival

It’s that time of year again! The Canadian Sports Film Festival is back for it’s 9th year, and I’m excited to be giving away passes again this year.

The festival takes place June 9th-11th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and will feature movies from all over the world, a number of them making their North American debut at the festival.

Tickets can be purchased online here but as I said, I’m giving away passes which gets you into every movie including opening and closing night!

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Good luck! Contest closes next Wednesday night, the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 8th!

galaxy photoz: uber for photographers

 

Looking for a photographer can be a daunting task. I’m constantly seeing people looking for recommendations on my Facebook for photographers for weddings, newborn photos and headshots and a new app is looking to make that search easier.

Galaxy Photoz is a platform where you can find professional photographers for future events or for last minute shoots. You choose where, when, and how much you want to pay and then let the app work for you, this means no searching for locations or calling around for prices.

Leanne FergusonIt will also allow photographers the opportunity to manage their capacity. With requests coming in on-demand, photographers can fill gaps in their schedule with last-minute requests.   

Galaxy Photoz has launched a campaign on Indiegogo here. There’s lots of great products that you can buy to support them coming to market. Choose from, perks including drones, selfie sticks, photo shoots starting at $100 and more (if you’ve ever hired a photographer, you know that’s a great price). The app will be launching in June 2017 in Toronto with plans to expand worldwide!

brunchin’: emma’s country kitchen

I had heard so much about Emma’s Country Kitchen but never made it out there because I don’t usually have the patience for brunch, too many lines, and people with nowhere to stand but a couple of weeks ago we were up early on a rainy Saturday so I thought we’d try our luck. The wait was about 40 minutes, so we went and grabbed a coffee across the street, stopped in at the butcher and they called us in about the time they have estimated.

The first thing I noticed was the donuts, they have about 4 different flavours to choose from and our hostess told us that they sell out, they make them fresh everyday and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, of course we had to start with a donut appetizer.

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We got the one with toffee on top, I love sponge candy and this donut was so good. We shared one but I could have very easily just had multiple donuts for breakfast, it was so good.

For our main, we had just the classic breakfast. It was tasty but similar to what you’d have at any brunch place. I did see a lot of people getting their pancakes, they looked good but not what I was looking for.

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I don’t know that I would wait in line for breakfast again but I would definitely pop in to grab donuts, it looked like you could pick them up at the counter. They were definitely worth it, particularly as the weather gets nicer and I spend more time walking in that neighbourhood.

Have you been to Emma’s Country Kitchen? What did you think?

be our guest: royalTEA party events

I might still be in the Beauty and the Beast mode but I definitely felt like a very important guest at today’s royaltea’s launch party.

Royaltea is a new mobile, luxury, high tea business that will bring high tea events to you. Events can be customized to a variety of budgets and themes, which would be perfect for showers, special birthdays and corporate events. Royaltea had a launch party this weekend to introduce their beautiful china and custom services.

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This event had tiny sandwiches and little desserts and of course, tea. The attention to detail was remarkable, like the colourful, heart-shaped sugar. Your party can have any types of treats and sandwiches as well as a variety of tea (including some grown up tea). Contact Royaltea Party Events to book your custom tea party.

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Choir! Choir! Choir!

A few weeks ago I did something that i haven’t done since I was a child. I sung in a choir. I forgot how hard singing in a choir was! I went with Lindsay from Happy or Hungry, Michelle from Eamonn & Jack and Casey from Waffling Blog. If you’ve never heard of it, Choir! Choir! Choir! hosts events every Tuesday and Wednesday where people get together to learn one choral arrangement they perform at the end of the night. You may have seen their version of “What a Wonderful World” around Christmas time, and occasionally they do songs based on current events which is the event we attended.

The organizers saw MILCK perform “Quiet” during the women’s march and invited her to Toronto to perform the song with the choir. All of the money raised from the event was donated to the ACLU, which could definitely use additional funding during this crazy time. It was an amazing experience and watching the video gives me goosebumps. It was a great showing of support for a great organization and a way to celebrate and continue the momentum following the women’s march. Check out the video! (Don’t worry, you can’t actually hear me).


 

 

upcoming event: madison trivia night

As many of you know, I’m trivia obsessed and that’s why I’m so excited to be planning a trivia night for a great cause at the end of March. I have mentioned Madison Community Services in the past, Madison is a non-profit which promotes the health, recovery and community integration of persons with mental health challenges through advocacy, education and the provision of a broad range of high quality community based support services.

So, to help raise money for these life-changing services, we’re hosting a trivia night! Tickets are only $10 and we’ll also be collecting tokens for clients of Madison. You can sign up on your own and meet new people or you can put in your own team of up to 6 people! Test your skills and have some fun for this amazing cause.

Get your tickets now!

#spininyourskin

Tonight I got to take part in an amazing event at Spokehaus called Spin in Your Skin. You may remember, I wrote about Spokehaus last year, a great spin class in Cityplace. 

Tonight’s event was sponsored by Knix Wear. If you’re not familiar with Knix Wear, they design moisture-wicking underwear and originally started with panties with a built in liner. Now the line includes panties, sports bras and socks. For tonight’s event, every participant was given a bra, panties and robe and if you did your spin class in only that, knix would donate an identical set to women living in CAMH. 

Spin in Your Skin was all about empowering women to be comfortable in their bodies. I can tell you, if you told me at 15 that I would have been in a spin class, in just a sports bra and panties, with a room full of people, I would have told you that you were completely insane. It was great experience to be in a room full of women who supported you and weren’t judging what you were wearing or how you looked in it, because they looked pretty much the same. Body image can be a very difficult thing to deal with and I’m happy that if only for just an hour, I didn’t care how I looked and was just happy to have my body workout for an hour. 

Tonight was an amazing experience, huge thank you to Spokehaus and Knix Wear for making it possible!

dining out: town crier

Friday night, I joined some friends at a cozy pub on John St, which is one of my friend’s favourite spots. We grabbed apps and dinner and a couple of drinks. As an app, we shared the short ribs and calamari, which I was too excited to eat that I forgot to get a photo. The short ribs were really good, the calamari was not fried so if you prefer it grilled, I’d recommend it. I’m not usually a huge fan of short ribs but the sauce on these were really, really good. You can also get the short ribs on a flatbread, which my friend had and really enjoyed.

For dinner, I had the mussels on my friend’s recommendation. The Town Crier has a variety of mussel options, I went more traditional.

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It’s very hard to see the light garlic sauce on the mussels, I pulled the mussels out and dumped the fries into the delicious buttery sauce. The mussels were very fresh and the fries were definitely hand cut. I really enjoyed my pub night out with the ladies, the pub was a buzz on a Friday night – a great way to get the weekend started. If you’re looking for traditional german pub food, check out the town crier on John!