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?

talking art: warhol revisited

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to hear a speaker as part of the rotating lecture series at the Warhol Revisited exhibit at Bay and Bloor.

The speaker was Tavis Coburn, an illustrator with a colourful (sorry for the pun) career. He has worked in advertising, album covers and is frequently hired by magazines and newspapers for his art. As someone who knows basically nothing (read: absolutely nothing) about art, it was really interesting to hear how his career developed. Not only do I know very little about art, I’m also terrible at it, and so I’m always so impressed by someone with artistic ability.

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The gallery isn’t very big but it is full of impressive art by the famous Andy Warhol. I’ve never seen any of his pieces in real life and some of the pieces were remarkable. I’ve of course seen the soup cans and the Marilyns but there was lots of portraits and characters that were beautifully done in his style.

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The exhibit runs Tuesday-Saturday until the end of the year with a number of lectures happening, check the website for details. Tickets to the lectures include entrance to the gallery and is only open to lecture attendees.

behaving gentlemanly at the gentlemen’s expo

This past weekend was the 3rd annual Gentlemen’s Expo. I’ve been to a number of expos designed for women, so I was excited to see what the gentlemen’s version would entail.

I headed down at noon at Saturday, bought some drink tickets and hit the floor with my boyfriend. I quickly realized there was a lot of drinks that I was going to want to try, including craft beers (and not so craft but still delicious beers), whiskeys and wines. I promise that those will be showing up in Thirsty Thursdays over the next couple of weeks.

It’s no secret that I love “shopping local”. I love seeing what people in this city are doing and this was a great expo to learn about local merchants including “steak” jerky, an all-beef, nitrate-free jerky from table mountain curing company and thank you toronto, with sweet hats and cute dog leashes. I loved the opportunity to speak with the owners and operators of so many great places in the city.

There were lots of options for maintaining a beard, staying dapper and well lubricated. There were a number of presentations on the main stage (most, I unfortunately missed just based on timing) but they included drink pairing guides, hypnosis and concerts. My favourite part of course was the variety of drinks, as much as I love my beer festivals, it was great to be able to sample so many different brands of beers and other drinks that I’m not familiar with. As I said, check back over the next few weeks to see all the great stuff I tried.

I had a great time at The Gentlemen’s Expo, I would recommend checking it out next if you’re looking for a fun day out, there is plenty for the ladies (I may have started my Christmas shopping) as there is for the gentlemen!

Have you been to the The Gentlemen’s Expo? What was your favourite part?

thirsty thursday: my sangria

I know sangria season is winding down (I don’t know how it’s already the 10th!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t make sangria one (or several) more times before summer is officially gone.

I made this sangria with some people over last week – I kind of took the idea from the milestone sangria (fun fact: one of the most referred search terms to my site). Now I’m not one for measuring (or taking pictures, sorry) but this was what made this delicious white wine sangria. It was approximately 2/3 white wine, 1/3 white cranberry juice and 1/3 pear somersby – I garnished with raspberries and grapefruit and it was delicious. Sangria is great because there’s very few wrong ways to make it!

How do you make your sangria?

film screening: sybil and betts: requiem for a friendship

The Alzheimer’s Society in conjunction with MedicAlert Canada is proud to present their 4th annual film screening at Hot Docs on Bloor. I became a little more familiar with the Alzheimer’s Society a few months ago when I attended Memory Ball where I learned some startling statistics about this devastating disease, such as 15% of caregivers are aged 18-24. It is really a disease that affects everyone in someway.

The film they will be screening is “Sybil and Betts: Requiem for a Friendship” which tells the story of two women and their lifelong friendship. Betts is diagnosed with dementia and her friend Sybil rallies friends and family to support Betts. The story shows their strength as they adjust to this difficult reality while finding joy in life. It tells the story of how love can sustain a bond even under the most trying circumstances.

The film screening is on September 22nd, and as mentioned will be screening at the Hot Docs on Bloor, and you can see a trailer here. The film is pay-what-you-can and tickets can be purchased online in advance. There will also be a Q&A following the film with the director, Sybil and Betts’ daughter. This is a great opportunity to see a great documentary and support an important organization in the community.