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thirsty thursday: seagram’s classic lemonade

Happy Thursday! And happy birthday Toronto, 180 years young and what a hundred and eighty years!

This week’s thirsty thursday is Seagram’s Classic Lemonade. I first noticed the Seagram’s line of pre-mixed cocktails last summer. What I first noticed about these cocktails (not all in their line but the lemonade specifically) that they weren’t carbonated. Which means you could enjoy them without getting a stomach full of carbonation. I also have a friend who is allergic to carbonation, she was pretty excited she could drink a pre-mixed cocktail for the first time, ever. The cocktail itself is pretty sour but if you like a tart drink, this one is for you!


book club: gone girl

So, I went to my first book club this week. It was run by someone I went to high school with and when she posted it on facebook, I asked to join. Our first book was ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn (I believe I mentioned this in my post about ‘The Room’). I liked the idea of a book club to be able to talk to someone about the books I’m reading and have a commitment so I’m more likely to dedicate time to reading. I had heard of it but didn’t really know what it was about but it seemed to be the book everyone was reading for months.

I really enjoyed it. I thought the narrative structure was absolutely amazing. The calculated thought that Flynn put into building the story is unbelievable. We’ve always heard that’s there’s actually three sides to every story, his-side, her-side and the truth, this book illustrates that perfectly. I don’t want to spoil any of the story line because every twist and turn is unexpected and unbelievable.  I don’t normally read thrillers or mysteries but this was great. The first 70 or so pages are a little slow, while the story is being built up but once you have that background information and the real story begins, it is a page turner. I couldn’t put it down, I also wanted to read it before the book club because I hate spoilers. 

As for the book club, it was a lot of fun. Of course we really only talked about the book a fraction of the time we were there but it was still nice to catch up and meet new people. I really enjoyed that I was able to gush and talk with the people who did get a chance to finish the book because so much happens and it’s hard to not have someone to talk to it about. I think next time, I’ll try to come with some more questions but I did think that we had a great start and wonderful conversation. It’s interesting to see how other people interpreted the characters and the plot. And even though the movie is never as good as the book, I do want to see it when it comes out this year. David Fincher has already said that the movie will differ from the book and based on the way it’s laid out, I don’t see how that wouldn’t be possible.

Next month’s book is “Orange is the New Black” – I watched the show on Netflix, I’m interested to see how the story is laid out in the book.

Have you read ‘Gone Girl’? What did you think? What books are you reading now that should be added to our list?

this weekend in toronto

With the holidays ramping up, I haven’t had time to pull together a list for this weekend. I just want to wish you all a fantastic weekend. Be safe, it is supposed to be very slippery out there. Have fun with whatever you do! I’ll be back next week, promise!

tafelmusik review and contest

I’ve been so behind on my blogging, I feel terrible but with school wrapping up, it just wasn’t possible. But I’m back, looking forward to the holidays coming up and have a contest for my fabulous readers (in Toronto only though, sorry).

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend Tafelmusik. I mentioned it in a blog post about what was coming up that weekend and mentioned that I had never heard of it but people I work with were familiar with the program. So, my friend and I got dressed up and got to experience another side of Toronto I hadn’t seen since going to Roy Thompson Hall in grade five, so please forgive me if my terminology is a little off. 

The show was Mozart’s Piano, Kristian Bezuidenhout was the guest director and fortepiano soloist. The music was spectacular. If you closed your eyes, you could honestly mistake it for a CD, that’s how crystal clear the sound was. The entire ensemble was flawless. It was hard to believe that you were watching people play these instruments. I was overwhelmed by the sheer talent of this group. They played 5 pieces and I actually recognized some of the music. They played pieces from J.C Bach, C.P.E. Bach and of course Mozart.

My friend and I were invited as part of Tafelscene, the under-35 program run by Tafelmusik, which aims to expose a new generation to this amazing and breathtaking music. If you join now until January 2nd, you have a chance to win an iPod and the complete Tafelmusik Media Collection. They offer discount tickets for people under-35 and their Saturday concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre are all pay-what-you-can. Simply arrive between 6pm-7pm to purchase your tickets. During Tafelscene events, those under-35 are invited to the Tafelscene Lounge during intermission for wine and cheese. My friend and I went, met some of the musicians and got a hilarious pin. 

It was a great night and highly recommend it if you’re looking for something unique to do in the city. Thanks to Tafelmusik for providing tickets for my friend and myself to check it out and thanks to them for providing two tickets for their French Baroque – January 11th show, use the rafflecopter to enter. Good luck!

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guest post: december in montreal

This week, Christerline from Montreal will be giving us some ideas on what to do in Montreal this winter. Many people will be traveling throughout December, here’s a few ideas if you are planning a quick getaway to Montreal.

November through January is such a magic moment in Montreal. The snow start to fall , Christmas lights starting to come up. Everybody is  in a great mood and of course there’s is plenty to do in town. Here’s some easy ideas.

1-Santa Claus Parade : This year will be the 63rd edition of the Destination Centre-Ville’s Santa Claus Parade. This parade is a big deal in Montreal for kids and families. You can see Santa Claus and there’s about 20 floats of elfs and fairies.  From the Corner of Ste-Catherine Street from Fort to St-Urbain. Come early if you want a good place.  Saturday November 23 at 11am

2-The Nutcracker: The Nutcracker is such a classic holiday tradition here in Montreal. I remember going with my parents and sister for almost every year. If you haven’t yet you have to go see the ballet from Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montréal at the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier. December 12 to 30
3-Nutcracker Market :  This event is to help you get yourself into the Christmas spirit. You can buy toys, gifts of all kinds like skincare product, jewelries, etc. 10% of all the proceeds will be going to the Nutcracker fund for Children which help underprivileged children. The Nutcracker Market take place at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal and the admission is free. November 28 to December 8
4- Place Ville Marie Christmas Tree: It’s a Montreal Tradition since 1962 that marks the beginning of the Holiday season. The tree -build in New York – measure 63 feet high and 26 feet in diameter and  is decorated with almost 13 000 lights. This Tree reminds of the one  from the Home Alone movie and the one in reality too of course. At the Place Ville Marie from November 2013 to January 2014. 
5-Telus Fire on Ice : Every Saturday of December, in the Old Montreal at the Bassin Bonsecours the sky lights up to the sound of  movies soundtracks for 15 minutes. The fireworks usually starts at 8pm except for Christmas Eve where it starts at midnight.  You can also ice skating during the fireworks. Rentals are available.  6- While you are in the city and want to get your shopping on, go through the McGill College Avenue with thousand of beautiful lights. There’s is hundreds of fantastic stores and also the Ogilvy Department Store which will enchant you with it’s Christmas windows. 

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Telus on Fire

About the Blogger: Christerline is a blogger from Montreal writing over at LightsFashionBeauty. She mostly blog about beauty and fashion related things. Helping others by giving them tips and trick. 

thirsty thursday: jacob’s creek moscato

I recently had a girls night in and my friend served Jacob’s Creek Moscato. And I have to say, it was delicious. It was a wine more suited for sipping in the summer on the patio but it is awesome enough to drink in the cooler weather. This is a light white wine, with a little bit of bubbles. It is not as strong as a champagne. It would be great in a sangria or punch but is perfectly good on its own. It is a sweeter wine but not overly sweet and is a little fruity. I really recommend this wine for your next girls night, just make sure to buy at least two, it’ll definitely go quickly. 

This Australian wine is available at the LCBO on sale for $9.95 until the 10th, regularly $10.95.

a day in pickering

I spent a lovely day in Pickering. We went to petticoat creek, at the bottom of whites road. The weather was perfect. It cost $6.50 a person to get in and we got a few picnic tables and bbqed in the park. We also went to the pool which is renovated since the last time I was there. It had cooled off too much for me to get in. It cost another $4.75 per person to get into the pool area. It was pretty costly to go the the park but it is well maintained.

I also went to the works for the first time after hearing about it for months. I got the sk8r, which had jack cheese, peanut butter and bacon on the burger. It was absolutely fabulous. I would definitely recommend it. I also had a small vanilla milkshake,  which was also great. I would recommend it if you’re looking for something a little different. 

out of the loop

I didn’t get a chance to post from boston. I was so busy that if I wasn’t sleeping I was out with the group. I came back from being away and felt ridiculously out of the loop. I didn’t know what was going on in the world of my friends. I feel just about caught up. Its funny that despite being so connected by so many things I still feel confused. I also finish my classes this weekend. I am looking forward to it but I’ll be signing up for the next ones soon. My agenda looks so empty next week its eerie.

why is it so hard…

To get motivated to work out?! And it seems so easy for other people. Are they just lying to us? Are those hashtags of loving the gym and protein shakes all a farce?
They must be, I mean protein shakes are definitely pretty terrible.
I’m forcing myself tonight to do it. Sometimes its easier than others, its mostly habit I suppose. I used to enjoy it but that was when I felt like I was making progress. Now I feel like I’m stuck in a fitness rut and anything I want to do is so expensive. Maybe I’ll pull a “bridesmaids” and follow around a bootcamp.