#thistythursday: stalk & barrel whiskey

So over the past year, I’ve been really getting into the whisky/bourbon thing (not to be confused with the awesome bourbon thing podcast and blog). When I was at the Gentlemen’s Expo (yes, I sampled quite a bit that day, all in the name of the blog of course), I got to try Stalk & Barrel Whisky. This whiskey is distilled locally (which I love of course). I was afraid it was going to be really strong, which don’t get me wrong, it was but it didn’t have that burn that some whiskeys do.

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Stalk & Barrel also makes a rye whisky, which is quite strong at 46% and a strong single malt which they sampled at the show but their website offers a huge selection of locally made spirits. I’d definitely recommend Stalk & Barrel if you’re looking to try a new whisky or rye, and of course, want to shop local.

what is tsu?

You may have seen articles about Tsu recently, I first came across it on Facebook. Articles like: Facebook is Blacking Out a Small Social Network Rival that Pays People for Posts. Now, there is some debate on whether facebook legitimately thought it was spam or if they were just afraid of the competition, but regardless.

Tsu’s philosophy is that it can share it’s ad revenue with the content creators, the people that actually make a social network worthwhile, and that’s its users. Now, obviously this isn’t a place to make quick cash online but it is an interesting concept – I share my photos and thoughts on social platforms and I’m fine with them making money but to share it with the users. Most articles claim Tsu is invite only, but I managed to sign up but you can use my link to sign up as well. It’s like other sites like swagbucks and dailyrewards that reward you for subscribers.

I’ve been using Tsu for about a week, I like it as another way to share my blog with the world. It is definitely the world, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of users in Canada (yet) but I assume that was the case with all social media sites, they had to start somewhere. The design of it feels like facebook, twitter and instagram mashed into one platform. You can also post from Tsu to other networks, although I don’t really use that function. You can use hashtags but most tend to start with tsu. There is “friends” and “followers” but since I plan on using it more like Twitter, rather than Facebook which is a little more private and geared towards my friends and family, I accept most friend requests that come my way but some people like to keep it separate. If they’re a follower, they can see your public stuff like on Twitter and friends is for things you choose to share privately.

I think there’s an opportunity for people who take tons of food photos, or diy bloggers or great lifestyle bloggers to find their niche. I think it will be interesting to see how the site develops over the next few months, it is already very popular in India and South America (just based on the users I’ve seen) but there is definitely a use for it in North America. Is it just another social media platform to have to learn? Perhaps, but I’m willing to give it a shot.

If you’d like to sign up, you can use my invite. And if you’re already on Tsu, let me know – I’m always looking for more people to follow.

pretty sweet: bakery in toronto

I had the chance to visit Pretty Sweet in Toronto, on Bathurst, just south of St. Clair this weekend. This adorable bakery offers everything from macaroons to brownies to donuts to cookies and custom orders, so basically anything your sweet tooth can conjure up.

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I tried some of the confetti biscottis, I think they were my favourite. We also picked up some brownies and macaroons to share at a party we were going to. The bakery is only open for walk-ins on Saturdays but Jen offers up delicious samples and hot coffee.

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Pretty Sweet offers delivery in the GTA with lots of options for events and even high tea (for those super fancy afternoons). They are also offering delivery for Christmas gifts, which would be great for teachers, family, neighbours or to bring in to be the holiday-office-hero! They can also make great birthday, wedding or everyday cakes.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to check out this delightful bakery or place your orders for all your sweet needs!

detox to retox: november 22

I’m almost losing track of what number detox we’re on. I’m really excited about this next detox because every person I’ve told about it has never heard of this brewery, which means they’ll get to try new beers and find out about another awesome brewery in the city!

Our next detox to retox will be at Rainhard Brewery in the Junction, basically right behind Stockyards. The next event is November 22nd and yoga gets started at 11am, and of course, your ticket includes a beer tasting.

If you haven’t already, you can get your tickets here. Our last few have sold out, so get your tickets before they’re gone!

thirsty thursday: blood orange cider

I was at Wvrst a few weeks ago, and remembered why I love that place. Sausage? Good. Awesome beers and ciders? Great!

I was excited when I saw that they had a blood orange cider, made by county cider. I was really surprised by the colour of the cider which is a bright red colour.

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The cider was amazing! Although, if you like a crisp apple taste to your ciders, this one probably isn’t for you. It is blood orange so it isn’t overly sweet. It tasted almost identical to San Pellegrino Blood Orange, it was more like drinking pop than drinking cider. However, even though it tastes like pop, it definitely packs a punch at 6.5%.

If you come across this cider and love blood orange, I would definitely recommend it.

Have you tried it? What’s your favourite cider?

clean & clear

And under control? Are those commercials from forever ago? Probably…
I’ve been using Clean & Clear products on and off for a few years, usually the astringent for breakouts. I didn’t know that Clean & Clear had a “problem pores” solution. I’m pretty lucky that my skin is generally pretty good, which is great because I hate wearing and putting on make up. I get the occasional breakout but overall not too bad.

I received a cleanser, an astringent and a moisturizer. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and so far, so good. It’s tricky to tell so far if my pores are changing but I definitely like the system so far. I hate things that are overly complicated or have too many steps, this one is great because it spells it out for you. It’s a skincare routine I can definitely get into since it takes less than 5 minutes, and well particularly in the morning, time is precious. Actually, time at bed is precious too, I don’t want anything standing between me and my bed! I also like it because it’s not an expensive skincare routine, I can’t imagine paying $100 for stuff to put on my face. I’ll definitely keep using the skincare routine and look forward to seeing if it makes a difference with my skin.

Have you used Clean & Clear? What’s your skincare go-to?


 

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dining out: the tavern by trevor

A few weeks ago, I was heading to a show at the Rivoli and my friends and I were in search of a place to have dinner. They spotted a sign that said “$5 drinks” so The Tavern by Trevor won. They had a few beers on special, as well as well drinks and a few wines. I went with Amsterdam blondes (one of my favs).

Do you ever go to a restaurant and collectively decide with all of your friends that you should just get one of everything? And agree to share everything you get? We had to do that. My friends got the pulled pork poutine and my other friend got the grilled cheese sandwich. I got the chicken and sausage gumbo. They were all really delicious. My gumbo came with a gigantic piece of corn bread, which I’m not complaining about, just wasn’t expecting. Although it didn’t look like a ton of food when I got it, it was really filling, I guess the corn bread played a role in that. I was also really happy that it wasn’t really spicy, people who love spice wouldn’t have found it spicy at all but I don’t like a ton of spice so it was perfect.

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We also had dessert, we considered getting both but decided to share the apple crumble but with the vanilla ice cream instead of the maple and it was great too. I would definitely recommend the tavern by trevor and with great drink specials, there’s no excuse not to check it out!

Have you been to the tavern? What did you have?

thirsty thursday: henry of pelham baco noir

Let’s Go Blue Jays!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t resist. What a game.

Although this week’s Thirsty Thursday probably isn’t what I would be drinking during the game, but it’s definitely a good wine to drink to relax after all that baseball stress.

I first tried this wine at the Gentlemen’s Expo a few weeks ago. As you can tell, I tried a lot of things there but they were all small samples… I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was just getting into red wines (a sign of my age, I’m sure) and they had this paired at the show with prosciutto so obviously I had to try it. To be honest, I had never even heard of a baco noir but it was so delicious, it didn’t have that bitter taste on the back of my tongue that usually turns me off of reds. Looking now, I can tell why I like it, it has hints of blueberries, my weakness. I had it with a chacuterie board I made last week with sharp cheddar and spicy salami and it was amazing.

The one I’ve been enjoying is the 2014, which is $14.95 at the LCBO. There is also a VQA Reserve version, which is $24.95, but I like my 2014 just fine.

Have you tried the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: triple bogey

 

Happy Thursday everyone! Also, happy almost long weekend (or long weekend already if you’ve come down with blue flu).

As promised, I’ve got another great drink for you to try from the Gentlemen’s Expo. I had never heard of this brewery (there was a couple there I didn’t recognize, I was a little surprised). The triple bogey is a lager, and I thought it was great. It wasn’t very hoppy, like some of the other beers I tried around the show.  wpid-img_20150926_133508.jpgTriple Bogey also sells golf gear, for those into that kind of thing :) It is their only brew but definitely worth a try. I also recently saw it on special at The Fifth Gastropub, so there’s no excuse not to try :)

Have you tried them yet? What did you think?

missing jamaica: melville ginger beer

The blog was pretty quiet for the last couple of weeks, I will try not to brag but I was in Jamaica and it was fabulous. Bob Marley, sunshine and cocktails all day long. I also fell in love with ginger beer and rum so when at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I saw Melville’s Ginger Beer, I may have made a beeline for it.

It may not be the exact same as Jamaica (possibly because drinking it in a bathing suit in the middle of the gentlemen’s expo might have been frowned upon) but it was really good. This ginger beer is actually from England, but that ginger taste will always remind me of catamarans and pool bars.

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This ginger beer has a great taste, it’s not too spicy and isn’t very sweet. I really enjoy it and definitely recommend it to mix up your beer routine.

Have you had Melville’s Ginger Beer? What did you think?