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brunchin’ – aviv

We all know that brunch can be an exhausting endeavour but sometimes you just don’t want to make breakfast and McDonald’s again would just mean things have gotten out of hand. 

So we were happy when we found a place called Aviv, just steps from Dupont station that accepted open table reservations. I already liked this place, it means I wouldn’t have to stand in some ridiculous line for eggs. 

The menu is a middle eastern style but still with classics like bacon and eggs and pancakes. The place wasn’t very busy when we got there at 10:45am so if reservations aren’t your style, you likely won’t have to wait too long for a table anyways. 

While we waited for friends, we started with dessert, which seems to be our thing these days. 

It was banana bread pudding with Nutella so it was of course delicious, you can’t go wrong. 

For my main, I had the beef brisket hash and it was also very good. 

Cheese, meat, potatoes – how can you go wrong?

The service was great and it was reasonably priced. They have a small patio for those so inclined. I’d recommend aviv if you’re looking for a casual and easy brunch on the subway! 

the corsage project

It’s prom season. It’s something that doesn’t really dawn on me now that I’m many years out of high school…

But I was pretty prom obsessed. I was the treasurer on my prom committee so basically the nerd of the prom committee but it basically launched my career. And I often forget how stressful it was, the hair, the make up, the shoes, the dress and all the other little details. 

So I was excited to hear about The Corsage Project, a charity that helps girls from underserved parts of the city have one less stress in high school, how they’ll be able to afford their prom outfit. I went to see the selection process today and it was truly exciting. This year, 250 deserving girls had the opportunity to select a brand new prom dress as well as jewelery, shoes, and accessories. 

This morning at the TRL, the Bluma Appel Salon was turned into a prom paradise. Rows and rows of dresses and shoes perfectly organized, by size and colour. Each girl got matched with a “fairy godmother” that helps her find everything she needs. 

It was awesome to see all the girls trying on their dresses, taking piles of them to try on and then matching them to everything else. 

It’s a fun project that is always looking for support, either by monetary donation or items such as new formal wear, accessories, new make up or services such as hair, make up and nail services. 

review: beauty and the beast

I saw beauty and the beast tonight with a theatre full of millenials, because I assume that is the only age group seeing the live-action remake of the 90s classic. 

The film is almost identical to the original Disney version, with all the old songs and a couple of new ones. I hadn’t seen the movie in a really long time so there were a few details I forgot, and a few that were new to the story to make a more complete plot line. 

Although it was a little cheesy, it definitely made me feel nostalgic, I’m surprised there wasn’t a singalong in the theatre (I would totally participate in that by the way). If you loved the film growing up, I’d recommend seeing it, it’s fun and heart-warming  (even though the story is complete bizarre when you step back). 

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Happy 2017!

I know it has been forever since I’ve blogged. Almost to the point where it feels like a friend I haven’t called in a while and it starts to get awkward so I’m not sure if I should call. But you should really always call. Especially since this will be my last full calendar year in my 20s!!

I feel so behind in my new years activities, I haven’t even written out my resolutions or goals for this year. This new years really snuck up on me, it seems like they’re coming faster and faster every year! I’m also completely reorganizing my condo, so I can blame that as well. I think I’d like to read more and save more money in 2017 but of course, those aren’t proper goals yet. Oh and blog more, obviously. Do you make resolutions? What are yours for this year?

Whatever you’re doing to ring in the new year, I hope you have a great and safe time. Happy 2017 to you and yours!

thirsty thursday: tyskie

Happy Thursday folks! It’s been a while since I posted a Thirsty Thursday and I’ve got so many great ones to share with you. Expect to see some from my travels east in the coming weeks. But! This week, I have a new beer.

This beer is a light Polish pilsner, Tyskie. I had never had it and was offered a sample to try it out and I have to say I was presently surprised. I have to admit, I kind of expected it to taste like most “generic” beers but this one was a little different. Definitely on the lighter side but the flavour was much stronger than you’d get from a Canadian or Budweiser and had a great after taste. It was slightly sweet but also bitter, it was a great tasting beer.

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I would definitely recommend checking out Tyskie if you’re looking for a new beer now that patio weather is finally upon us!

Have you tried Tyskie? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: rekorderlig strawberry lime cider

Happy Thursday! This week is flying by, which makes me a little sad because the summer is flying by. This week’s Thirsty Thursday is the rekorderlig strawberry lime cider. I’ve tried other rekorderlig ciders in the past.

Rekorderlig Strawberry Lime Cider

I had this cider out of the can and it was good but I think it would be even better over ice. This cider is on the sweet side, great if you love ciders like somersby. It was actually closer to a cooler taste than a typical cider but it was really tasty. I would recommend this cider if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, great for the last days of the patio! This cider is available at the LCBO for $2.85 a can.

Have you tried the newest edition to the rekorderlig line-up?

Tangled Art+Disability

I had the chance to see PUSH!, a show put on for Panamania about para-athletes. I also had the priviledge to speak with the Artistic Director, Eliza Chandler who told me more about Tangled and the production of PUSH!.

Tell me more about Tangled:
Tangled hopes is to bring disability art to mainstream for the last 14 years. This show is the beginning of the season for Tangled. Throughout the year, Tangled will tour in Ontario with events and art exhibits include visual, performance and musical production. There will also be a kids festival with artists and performers with disabilities.

What’s the history of “PUSH!”?
PUSH! was commissioned for Panamania. It’s a unique opportunity to showcase remarkable athletes and Tangled is very excited about the show.

What’s been the most exciting aspect of working with Tangled?
We had an exciting exhibit at 401 Richmond which was 13 exhibits and 13 galleries. The majority of the people attending were just seeking a contemporary art exhibit, but were able to find works by artists with disabilities. It was a chance to celebrate the artistic abilities of people with disabilities.

How does Tangled find artists? 
Artists typically find Tangled. We have partnerships with the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council and other organizations. Tangled is Ontario’s only multi-disciplinary arts organization for people with disabilities. Through our partnerships, artists are often referred to us.

And if speaking with Eliza wasn’t enough, I also had the honour of speaking with multi-medal winner Martha Sandoval-Gustafson. A quick google of her name will tell you that not only has Martha won many medals, but she has competed in more sports than I’ve probably even tried in my life. She said she was not really into sports until she visited a rehabilitation centre in Mexico where she first saw people playing wheelchair basketball.

Her love of sports didn’t stop there, next she learned to swim, which she assumed would take her one year of training to learn and become good at, but she was swimming within one month. She was then introduced to table tennis and track and field sports. She competed for Mexico in parasports from 1975 until 1980 and first represented Canada at the parapan games in Halifax.

She told me about her love of rugby, basketball, and other sports. When I asked her for her favourite, it was tough for her to pick. Throughout her career (so far), she has won gold, silver and bronze medals in Athletics for both shot put and discus and has also competed at an elite level in rugby and swimming. She holds the Canadian F52 record for shot put. She is truly a remarkable woman. I loved hearing her stories of winning (and maybe knocking over a guy or two in basketball, it gets intense).  She also told me about how she’s tried “slower” sports like curling and cricket and is learning to appreciate those as well.

I asked how she first discovered PUSH! as she told me this was the first time she’s done anything like this and she simply saw an advertisement for a call for actors while at the Lyndhurst Rehab Centre in Toronto. I asked her what advice she had for any young athletes looking to compete and she said to try to focus on fewer rather than many sports and to make sure you’re training safely and properly. Good advice!

It was great speaking with both of these women before seeing the show. PUSH! is the stories of para-sports beginning in 1944 England, in what was the first para-olympic type games. The story tells of the struggles and triumphs of 6 athletes who have competed for Canada in a variety of games, including winter and summer sports. It was unbelievably inspiring to listen to their stories, I really believe that parasports are absolutely remarkable, the passion and determination and the competition definitely rivals that of the panam or olympic games.

PUSH! is part of Panamania and only a couple of tickets remain for the show tomorrow and Friday night, if you can make it out I would definitely recommend it! And if you can’t make it to the show (or it sells out), definitely check out some of Tangled’s upcoming program for the season.

thirsty thursday: about face

Better later than never! 

I’m excited to share this beer this week because I had never heard of this brewery from St. Jacobs. My friend was out at the market this weekend a picked up a bunch of beers from block 3 brewing. 

 
This beer was great! It wasn’t a super strong beer but it may sound lame but the best way to describe it, is it has an “easy drinking taste”. You could easily drink this beer on a dock all day at the cottage, some craft beers are just too heavy for it. If you’re out in the KW area, I definitely recommend trying this brewery out (I also heard their porter is great, too). 

Have you tried block 3? What did you think?

gingers in love

I’m so late putting this up – I saw this amazing play almost three weeks ago and it absolutely deserves to be seen and written about.

The play was “Gingers in Love”. It was a retelling of Midsommers Night Dream. I did a production of midsommers night dream and read it in high school but I forgot most of it until watching it. It was one of the funniest productions I have ever seen. The idea was that gingers are so rare in society that the idea of them falling in love would set the world into topsy turvy. I was that person that was laughing so loud I was probably distracting the audience and the actors. It was just so funny.

I saw the show at the small theatre “The Annex” near Honest Eds. I hope the play gets picked up for a longer run like Fringe or just at another theatre so I can make everyone I know go see it. I promise to share it again once it gets picked up for a longer run!

thirsty thursday: two ocean sparkling sauvignon blanc

I was at a play yesterday at Canadian Stage’s Spotlight on South Africa (more on that tomorrow). In a very clever move, they also had samples of South African wines.

The one that caught my eye was the two oceans sparkling sauvignon blanc. It looked like a sparkling wine by the bottle but I assumed that couldn’t be right if it was a sauvignon blanc, I had never seen a sparkling sauvignon blanc before – I was mistaken. It had a fruity taste but was definitely much drier than the typical sparklings wines I drink (mostly moscatos).

I would recommend this if you’re looking for something sparkling but are usually turned off by the sweetness. Also, at $12.95 a bottle, it’s pretty reasonably priced.

Have you tried a sparkling sauvignon blanc? Is it just me that had never heard of this?