I’ve been blogging about what to do/see/eat/drink on the weekends for over a year now. I’m going to change it up a bit and post events whenever. I think I’m missing out on sharing other awesome events that happen throughout the week.
Think there’s an event I should be sharing and telling people about? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the last full weekend of February – Spring is just around the corner. Here’s what’s going on this weekend in the city of Toronto.
Do: It’s the last weekend of the Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights (which really makes me excited because it means spring is really coming). As always, the DJ Skate Nights are free, so lace up and get out there this Saturday night.
See: This weekend is the 10th Annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. This free event happening in the village of yorkville park. There will be lots of actvities throughout the village in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Buddle up and out there this weekend.
Eat/Drink: It’s Oscar weekend and many people probably don’t have cable (because it’s just so crazy expensive). The Drake Hotel has you covered this weekend, they’re hosting a free Oscar party. And, since it’s a long show, you can take part in their prix-fixe dinner while enjoying some drinks with friends.
Hope you all had a great weekend (and are enjoying your day off, people in Ontario)! All of these links are Valentine’s (and Gal-entine’s) related because people had some great Valentine’s (and Gal-entine’s) posts!
From Rain to Shine had some great Gal-entine’s Day cards. They’re adorable and can be given to your friend anytime of year, because we should show the love all year long!
The Sweet Escape has got a great cocktail recipe up, Valentine’s themed but I’m sure delicious anytime of the year.
Last weekend, at the Delicious Food Show, I finally got a chance to sample Fresita, the Chilean strawberry-flavoured wine. I had seem them on Twitter for some time and thought the product sounded delicious.
And it was everything I had hoped it would be. This sparkling wine is sweet and fruity and a delightful red colour. It is the perfect girls night out or girls night in wine. It would also look great in cocktails because of its beautiful colour. It is available at the LCBO for under $14 a bottle.
After the aquarium last week, I headed to Loose Moose for dinner. It’s one of my favourite places to go after a game, a show or anything in that area. It’s close to the subway and have a great beer menu.
This time, I tried the Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance, a citrus-infused blonde.
This was my first time trying Collective Arts, my friends love their Rhyme and Reason. One of the features of this beer, which unfortunately ordering on draft I didn’t get the experience, they have real art work from different artists on all of their bottles. This beer was quite crisp for a blonde, and you can definitely taste the hops and citrus. If you’re a fan of hoppy beers, I’d definitely give this beer a try.
Have you tried any of the Collective Arts beers? Which one is your favourite?
It’s the weekend! And it’s a long one. And we’re not talking about how it’s already labour day weekend around here because it just upsets me. I can’t seem to figure out what the weather will be like this weekend but hopefully the rain stays away for the next few days!
Do: This Sunday is Open Streets TO which closes down Bloor between Spadina and Parliament and Yonge St from Queen to Bloor. It’s for those who like to get up early on their Sunday morning (the event runs 8am to noon). The event will close off the streets to pedestrian traffic only, and there’s activities along the route ranging from fitness classes, mural painting and brazilian drumming. Get up and enjoy this unique event.
See: It is the last weekend of the Ex, which means the Air Show will be flying tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. This year’s presentation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One as well as the 65th anniversary of the Air Show.
Eat: Today is the last Deep Fried DJs at Harbourfront Centre for the summer. On the Redpath Stage, Toronto’s hottest DJs are paired with deep fried deliciousness – probably a great alternative to the Ex if you just want to get your deep fried on!
Drink: It is the last Friday of the month which means it is time once again for The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies’ bevvy, this being the 8th of the year. Location is still hush hush and should be released by this afternoon and non-ticket holders are welcome after midnight (tickets for this event are already sold out).
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy canada day, and to my brother – a very happy birthday.There are so many things I love about this country, the easy things of course like our universal health care and poutine. I thought I’d pulled together a few of my favourite (notice that U) canadian things, some particularly good if you’re in a rainy south-western ontario today.
My Favourite Canadian Movie – French Immersion:
This one, is a weird one, but really, isn’t most canadian cinema a little strange. I think I really liked this one because I was in french immersion growing upp so I could relate to some of the ridiculous things that happened in this movie. My friend and I saw it a couple of years ago and we were crying we were laughing so hard but maybe that was just us.
My Favourite Canadian Book – “Still Life With June”:
This is my favourite book, it just happens to be canadian. I read it in university a number of years ago and it continues to be one of my favourites, and one that very few people have ever heard of. I don’t want to give any of it away but it’s a great, easy read.
My Favourite Canadian TV Show – Degrassi:
This one was a hard one for me to pick because although there is some terrible canadian television, there’s some great tv as well. I went with this one because of how recognized it is around the world. I’ve had international friends from the US all the way to Australia ask me about the show and I always love telling them that degrassi is a real street in Toronto. I figured a photo was not good enough, thanks to whoever put these in the same video.
Although this isn’t really my favourite beer, I just love all of their marketing around being canadian. They do a great job at celebrating all the silly things that make us proud to be canadian.
My Favourite Canadian Food – Poutine:
Although I already mentioned it, I thought it bared repeating. Poutine is amazing, I love when I can turn a skeptic around on poutine because they just can’t believe that it will taste as amazing as it does. Although, sometimes it’s hard to decide between classic or a dressed up poutine, it’s hard to go wrong with it. If you’re going to try to make your own, please poutine responsibly, use delicious cheese curds and piping hot gravy, otherwise it won’t melt and that’s just sad. There’s tons of recipes on pinterest, here’s one I thought looked AMAZING.
To my canadian friends, I hope you have a great holiday. To everyone else, I hope you have a great Tuesday!
Tell me: what would you put on your own “I love” list?
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I just wanted to share with all of you my guest post over on schoolhousebooze. I was excited when the ladies asked me to be their first supply teacher! Be sure to check out the post on my favourite bar in the city!
I finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on Saturday night, it was one of those times that I just absolutely had to finishing reading the book the suspense was killing me. Her novels definitely leave you guessing almost right until the end. Early on in the novel, I had decided I thought I knew who was responsible for the crime but I was wrong. Basically every chapter has you guessing it’s a new person because she is just so great at showing you the different perspectives to the story. This story was written in a similar style to Gone Girl, in that every chapter has a different narrator, except this book uses more points of view than Gone Girl. I thought this novel was great and would highly recommend if you’re looking for a mystery that really makes you think.
A couple of weeks before that I finished Gillian Flynn’s other novel, Sharp Objects. Her novels are in no way related. I found I didn’t like Sharp Objects as much as her other two novels because it was only written from one person’s point of view. Although the mystery is really good, and the novel does keep you guessing, I really enjoyed the different point of views in the other novels. If you haven’t read any of her novels, I’d suggest starting with this one because it was my least favourite.
I also read Orange is the New Black for my book club a few weeks ago but unfortunately our next meeting has been postponed because of everyone’s crazy schedule so I’ll talk more about that once I’ve had my meeting. I’ve also downloaded a bunch of novels from the library, so have lots of reading to do before they expire in three weeks.
Have you read these novels? What did you think? What are you reading now?