Category: toronto

detox to retox: halo brewery

Well, there’s another one! This city is just getting more and more breweries and it’s great! This past weekend, we visited Halo Brewery for the latest addition of Detox to Retox.

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This cozy little spot is new to the Junction-ish area. With constant rotating taps, you’re likely to find something new every time you’re at Halo. They pride themselves on not having a “flagship” beer. They want their curiosity and experiments to be their flagship. We got to learn about the story behind Halo and how their fun and playful brand came to be.

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As part of our flight, we tried the Magic Missile, the New Wave, the Golden Ratio and my favourite, the Tokyo Rose (which was my favourite made with rosehips). I also tried the other beers, I really enjoyed the Shapeshifter and I’m not usually a fan of sours.

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If you’re looking for a quiet spot to grab some fresh beer, be sure to hit up Halo.

And want to hit up the next Detox to Retox? Get on it quick! There’s only one ticket left for Junction and a few left for Indie Ale House – hope to see you there!

dining out: flock

I went last night to a new-ish chicken place near U of T. Flock has multiple locations and when my friend suggested it, she likened it to a healthier Swiss Chalet.

I went with a couple of girlfriends and we ate family style. We shared a half chicken, two large salad, sweet potatoes and desserts. The chicken was on the smaller side but it was delicious, it came with a jerk sauce that no one at my table enjoyed, we all ate the chicken on it’s own. We got the full size salads and they were ample, my favourite was the one with pomegranates and beets. I didn’t love the dressing on the other salad, but it did have a bit of coconut in it which isn’t really my thing.

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The sweet potatoes were nice, in a lime chili salt that wasn’t too spicy. They had some other sides that sounded great but we decided that might be getting ridiculous (also, I saw the dessert menu and knew I’d be getting something).

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I was afraid of getting the key lime pie to myself because it said it had a coconut crust so I got the brownie sundae instead and I must say, instant regret. While my dessert was fine, it wasn’t great. The brownies weren’t warm and the ice cream was pretty bland. The key lime pie however, is one of the best key lime pie slices I’ve ever had. You couldn’t really taste the coconut in the crust, which was great for me, others may prefer coconut. If you’re going to get dessert, I would suggest skipping the brownie, unless you’re obsessed with salted caramel and go for the pie.

It was a nice place and I felt like I ate a little healthier than if I had gone to another restaurant (of course, until the brownie but it’s basically why I didn’t get mac and cheese). The prices were pretty average, for my meal plus one of the desserts and no drinks, my bill came to $27 after tax and tip.

Have you been to Flock? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: blood orange cider

I had heard that Prince Edward County was a great place to try cider, but until last weekend I had never had the chance to try it. The County Cider Company was at the Toronto Cider Festival last weekend with a number of interesting ciders as well as their original. My favourite was definitely the blood orange. If you know me, you know I love blood orange (sweet water radler being high on my summertime favourites) and this cider was perfect. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and you could definitely taste the blood orange. Although it is a bit of a tease that you’re not able to get them at LCBO, it is just incentive to visit their beautiful cidery.

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Did you attend the cider festival? Which was your favourite?

Toronto Beer Week 2016: Toronto Craft Brew Cruise

I can’t believe that it’s basically September. I know, we say it every year but every year I can’t believe it!

The only silver lining to summer coming to an end is that September is a pretty poppin’ month in Toronto, and usually the weather is fairly decent.

One of the awesome events in September is Toronto Beer Week (not to be confused with Toronto Craft Beer Week, which always amazingly falls around my birthday). From September 16-24, tons of awesome beer related events happening in the city. But because they know we can’t wait that long, the “kick-off” event happens next Saturday on the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. If you missed this June’s edition where we got bendy for beer, you definitely missed out. Although there won’t be any yoga this time, it’s still going to be great. There’s two sailings, one at 2pm, and one at 7pm. I’m hoping we still have some great weather next weekend as you’ll see me on the 2pm sailing.

This three-hour tour stays within the Toronto harbour, allowing for awesome selfies along the skyline. Tickets include the tour, your mug and 4 tokens to get started. If you’re looking for a beer event that celebrates craft beers, be sure to check out the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. Tickets always sell out, don’t miss out!

 

thirsty thursday: fresh wines

Last Friday, I went to Fresh Fridays with my boyfriend at the iYellow Wine Cave. It had been a while since I was at the cave, and I remembered why I loved it there. Funky space with wine, cheese, meat and awesome people? What’s not to love? This event was showcasing Fresh Wines, a new, local wine from the Niagara region. We sampled (ample samples, I should say) 5 of the wines from the brand. I think they are definitely perfect for the summer, they were really on the sweet side, which is perfect for a summer’s day!

The one I would like to feature this week is their Riesling-Gewurztraminer (say that three times fast), and it was a great blend. Again, something sweet for a summers day (or maybe a winter day if you really prefer ’em sweet). It was fruity and refreshing and like all of Fresh’s wines, incredibly affordable at only $12.95.

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Check out any of the Fresh wines as we wrap up summer (sad) and if you’re in the city, check out the Fresh Fridays at the cave, they’re absolutely great!

detox to retox: lansdowne brewery

So last weekend, we visited Lansdowne Brewery for the first time for Detox to Retox and it was great. wp-1472007113078.jpgIt’s a bit of a hidden gem, most people walked right past it as they were coming to yoga, you wouldn’t necessarily suspect that you could get great beer in this space. But you would be mistaken! Although their space isn’t big enough to accommodate their own brewing on a large scale, they have some of their own beers and some of their favourites from around Toronto. With the exception of the beer cruise, this was the first time we sampled a variety of beers from different breweries. All the beers were really good, they even had one from Muddy York (which is a great brewery in the East end), which made me very happy.

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It was another awesome event, in fact, I did yoga last night without having a beer afterwards and it just wasn’t the same! I’m looking forward to October’s event, I can’t wait to share it with all of you. See you there!

 

thirsty thursday: waterloo blueberry weizenbier

This week’s beer was my absolute favourite from the festival. If you’ve read past “thirsty thursday”, you may know that I have a thing for blueberry flavoured drinks. It’s very tough to find a good blueberry beer, sometimes you can’t really taste the blueberries, other times it doesn’t go with the beer but this one has been my favourite so far!

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It is a seasonal beer so I will definitely be buying as much beer as I can drink within its 3 month shelf life (probably more than anyone should drink). It is one of my favourite beers to date, and if you’re a fan of fruit beer, I would definitely recommend picking some of these up from the beer store before they’re gone!

bendy for beer: henderson brewery

Is it bad that I’ve lost track of the number of Detox to Retoxes we’ve done? It’s amazing, and this past weekend was no different!

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Henderson Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the city and they are definitely becoming a neighbourhood favourite. Walking distance to Lansdowne Station, this brewery is on Sterling, between Bloor and Dundas. I first discovered Henderson Brewery at an event at Evergreen Brickworks and I couldn’t wait until they were ready to host their first Detox to Retox!

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This past Sunday, a group of over 30 participated in an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting of Henderson’s brews! It was great to try the new beer from this very promising brewery in the west end!

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Missed out on Henderson Brewery? Not to worry! The next event is August 14th at Lansdowne Brewery! Tickets are available at www.detoxtoretox.ca!

contest: canadian sport film festival

A couple of years ago, I heard about the Canadian Sport Film Festival and got to see some amazing movies about sports. The film festival is now in its 8th year, the festival tells stories of sport, not from high performance scorelines but from a different angle, grass-roots and of social justice. A number of the films will also include Q&A with the directors as well as panel discussions following the films. Movies this year include stories of human rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, mental health and youth culture. I’m really excited to be giving away a pair of festival passes, a value of $120!

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You can find a detailed schedule of the festival here. Can’t wait to find out if you won the contest? Tickets are available online now and are $12 with discounts for seniors and students. 

detox to retox: black oak

Just over a week away from the next Detox to Retox! I can’t believe we’re approaching our 11th event!!! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our charity event at Left Field. We filled over 2 dozen boxes of goodies for women using shelters.

The next one is at Black Oak brewery in Etobicoke! We’ll go through an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting at the brewery. And more exciting news! Detox to Retox now has it own site so you can easily see when the next event is, and where to get tickets!

Tickets are going fast, the last three detoxes have sold out so get your tickets before they’re gone.

PS: We’re also hosting Detox to Retox on the Craft Brew Cruise again this year. Enjoy yoga on the deck of the boat followed by a three hour boat/beer cruise. Tickets are also on sale now for that event, and sold out last year – so get them now to avoid disappointment!