October 25-27: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

Do: The Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts is running a Haunted Toronto Scavenger Hunt. tonight beginning at 7pm. The event covers the area around Yorkville and the University of Toronto. It’s $30 plus taxes and fees and you can have a team up to six people. They claim it can get a bit scary, you can be the judge! 

See: Do you loved to be scared? I don’t get it but some people seem to love it particularly this time of year. The Campbell House Museum is hosting an interactive theatrical experience called “You Can Sleep When You’re Dead“. This ‘show’ is a haunted tour of the historical house, which follows different stories on each floor of the house. If you’re looking to be frightened, this definitely looks like the show for you. The show is put on by The Theatre Lab, an artist-driven theatre company, dedicated to trying out experimental theatre, Canadian plays and their own works. The shows run twice a night, 7pm and 9pm for one week beginning on the 24th. You can get tickets here

Eat: The Delicious Food Show is this weekend and tickets are still available. Beginning today, you can see a variety of Food Network stars and other chefs demo at the Celebrity Kitchen. There will be a number of vendors there including a food truck show in support of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Allen Tan of Me.N.U who was profiled on the blog a few weeks ago will also be there, I look forward to eating delicious rice balls. This is a licensed event and you can pre-purchase your drink tickets when you purchase your ticket online. 

Drink: If you’re looking for something to do tonight and want to support a great cause, you should definitely check out OktoberFEAST. It is an festival with local Ontario brewers and food trucks. This is a 19+ event at Evergreen Brickworks. It is support of the Canadian Cancer Society, tickets can be purchased online for $20 or at the door for $25. Drinks at the event will be $6/each or 4 for $20 for a 14oz pour. 

thirsty thursday: non-alcoholic

I know, I know – its not the point of thirsty thursday but bare with me. This is cranberry grapefruit spritzer. It was one of the feature drinks at hope and the city. Although it wasn’t alcoholic, I figured it could work because you could easily add vodka and have a delicious drink. Or, could be a great drink for your desginated drivers at your next party. Enjoy!

October 21-25: what to do/see/eat/drink on a school night

Do: Mentioned in an earlier blog post, it’s worth repeating that it’s coming up. This event takes place a little North of the city but it is great anyways. Hope and the City Markham is an event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society that is dedicated to women’s cancers. There will be a fashion show, prizes, raffles, pampering stations (at an additional cost), goodie bags and firefighters (which is really reason enough to go). The event takes place at Angus Glen Golf Course on Kennedy Road. So if you’re looking for a night out with the ladies for a good cause, this is a great option! 

See: If your humour is a little on the dark side, “The House of Yes” may be for you. The play is a dark comedy about love, sex and family. It takes place at the Red Sandcastle Theatre and only runs from October 23-27th. Tickets are $15 cash at the door, it’s a great way to support local arts. 

Eat: Once you check out the drink session, you know you’ll already be at WVRT on a Monday night, so you might as well enjoy a sausage. They have a bunch of different kinds, including vegetarian options. They also have amazing sounding french fries plus dipping sauces, I hate ketchup so I love a good dipping sauce. 

Drink: Who doesn’t love a $5 pint? I know I sure do! WVRT has you covered on Monday nights. They serve Ontario Craft beer in $5 pints after 5pm. I heard a saying “the day always starts better when you know it will finish with beer” and I think that’s especially true on a Monday.

October 18-20: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

Best part of the short week is, it’s already the weekend again! Hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s some ideas for you in case you haven’t made plans yet!

Do: Looking for something to do with the little ones in your life? This Sunday, Nestle is hosting the first ever Canada Craveyard Halloween Party. Taking place on Sterling Rd, off of Dundas, it is sure to be a fun day with entertainment, a haunted house, a maze, a costume contest and of course candy. The event is from 12-4pm, and you can register here

See: Hosted by Cheri Di Novo, MPP and Peggy Nash, MP, check out a free screening of Chasing Ice. Taking place this Sunday afternoon at 4pm, it is the perfect way to wrap up your weekend. The film is about an environmental photographer who is on a mission to show the effects of climate change in the Arctic. The event takes place at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles and tickets are available through EventBrite.

Drink: The ROM‘s Friday Night Live is back. Tickets are $12 and tickets are available to the special exhibits, if you’re a member, you’re in for free but you should register. There will be food, drinks and djs. Friday Night Live runs every Friday from October 18th-December 6th, so if you can’t make it this week, be sure to get your tickets for another Friday. 

Eat: I love breakfast, any time of day. The White Brick Kitchen at Bloor and Euclid offers a great brunch on Sundays, from 11am-4pm. I tried this place a few months ago and really liked it. It gets pretty busy and doesn’t take reservations on Sunday but it is worth the wait. They have a mix of savoury and sweet items, and judging by what’s available on the menu now, they like to change it up. If you’re looking for a great little brunch place in the west end, I’d recommend trying this place out. And yes, they’re licensed so you can get a little “hair of the dog”.

Have a great weekend everyone!

hope and the city: fundraiser for the canadian cancer society

Hope and the City is only one week away!

This annual event is a fundraiser completely dedicated to women’s cancer research – which includes breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine. This girl’s night out is a great way to have a fun and fabulous night with your girlfriends while supporting a great cause. 

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online or at the door. With your ticket, you receive a complimentary Hope and the City beverage, a goody bag worth over $150, food samplings, live entertainment and a ticket for door prize worth over $500. This year’s grand door prize is the use of a BMW Cabriolet for an entire weekend, thanks to Town and Country BMW. 

There will also be the famous $20 envelope and Digging for Diamonds ($10), both of which have guaranteed prizes. Along with those, there will be a live auction and an arms length draw, where you get to pick which prize your ticket goes in for. As well as a number of local vendors selling at the event. There is definitely something for everyone.

There will also be a number of pampering stations, tickets for the stations are $10 each or 3/$25 – there is over twenty types of pampering options, including eyebrow threading, henna, reflexology and massage.  And once you’re relaxed, you’ll have the opportunity to get your photo taken in the photo booth (price by donation). 

And last, but certainly not least – there’s firefighters. Firefighters who are there to ensure the ladies have a great time (I’m sure they don’t oppose a picture or two). If all the above awesome reasons were not reason enough for you to attend the event, the firefighters should be enough. 

I’ll see you there!

thirsty thursday: pumphouse blueberry ale

Can’t believe it is already Thursday! Love the short week.

This week’s beverage of choice is the pumphouse blueberry ale. I originally tried this beer when a friend of mine brought it back from from New Brunswick, which is of course the blueberry capital of the world. For those that know me, they know I’m a sucker for blueberry flavoured drinks, its just so delicious and often not too sweet. That’s the same with this beer. 

Sadly this week, I forgot to take my own picture

It’s a light blonde base which I really enjoy. The fruit is not as overpowering as it is in some other fruit beers I’ve tried. Although this beer is a little on the sweet side, it is still refreshing. I would recommend it if you’re a fan of blonde beers and want something a little different. I was pretty excited when I was able to find tall boys of this beer at the LCBO. I love that they come in singles like this because I often don’t want to commit one beer in an evening and at $2.75/can and 5%, I’d consider it a good value. Are there any fruity beers you enjoy? Let me know in the comments, I’m always open to suggestions!


estee lauder: special promotion this weekend

It’s fall, which means (sadly), it will soon be winter. On the bright side, this is a time for us to revamp our look with new fall/winter colours as well as update our skin care collection for the colder weather. Not that we really need an excuse to buy new makeup, but I’ll take it!

Starting tomorrow until Saturday, October 19th the Estee Lauder counter at Hudson’s Bay Fairview Mall is hosting an exclusive event to help you get ready for the upcoming season. Estee Lauder just released their new, award winning scent Modern Muse which has a light and feminine scent. Their metallic collections are perfect for the upcoming season and their holiday collection is available, so it is perfect to get started on your Christmas shopping. At this annual event, with a minimum of purchase of $80, you’ll receive a 45-minute consultation with one of their make-up artist as well as a free gift. A professional photographer will be on-site for the entire event taking professional pictures of your new look. You’ll be able to take home a framed copy of the picture as well as link to your social media. This is perfect if you need a new LinkedIn profile, because you’re selfies do not scream professional. You’ll just be disappointed you can’t use it as your driver’s license or passport photo. 

Spots are filling up, so give the ladies at the counter a call 416-491-2010 ext 1-244 and book your appointment today. 

October 15-17: what to do/see/eat/drink on a school night

It’s a short week! Still lots of chances to get out there and have fun in the city!

Do: It’s breast cancer awareness month so go get a maniCURE from The Ten Spot. If you chose pink for your manicure or gel manicure, $1 goes to the Canadian Cancer Society. So treat yourself and support a great cause, its a win-win.

See: If you want to get into a spooky mood as we get into the middle of the month, you can check out “Night of the Living Dead” live at the Passe Muralle Theatre. The theatre is located near Bathurst and Queen and tickets through the week are under $35. The show is set in black and white and promises to be a fun night at the theatre. 

Eat: Once you finish the “drink” section, you’ll know you’ll be trying out the Loose Moose and I would recommend the garlic fries. They are gigantic though, so keep that in mind. I had it as a meal and still couldn’t finish it. It’s garlicky, cheesy and delicious. Goes great with a few flavours of beer. 

Drink: The Loose Moose boasts that they have the largest selection of draught beer in downtown Toronto. What I like the most about this place is that they offer sample sizes that vary in price, depending on the brand but most are around $3. It’s great when you just want to try a new beer but not commit to a full pint. Worth checking out on Front St. near Union Station. 

October 11-14: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend

It is the weekend! A long weekend at that. Here’s some ideas for you.

Do: There’s nothing more appropriate for Thanksgiving than watching pumpkins get shot out of a cannon! Well, that is possible thanks to Whittamore Farms which is open all Thanksgiving weekend including on Monday. The pumpkin cannon takes happens at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. There are other fun activities associated with their Pumpkinland festivities but I’d have to say the cannon is the best. 

See: If you’re a lover of the theatre, I would definitely recommend checking out free tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre. The tours start at 11am on Saturday, meet in the lobby. This is a great opportunity to see a piece of Toronto hisotry, as the theatre celebrates its 100th anniversary. 

Eat: Do you want to eat turkey but don’t want the hassle of cooking all day? Oliver & Bonacini on Front St is serving Thanksgiving dinner including turkey and other deliciousness. Perfect for a relaxing long weekend.

Drink: Looking to have some drinks in a fun setting this Monday? The Brewers Backyard is hosting its final event of the season. Admission is free and it is happening at the Evergreen Brick Works. Check them out from 12-4pm and sample great beers from Ontario. 

thirsy thursday: amsterdam blonde

If you’ve read some of my other beverage related posts in the past, you’ll know that I’m a fan of the local amsterdam brewery but mentioning them before is no reason to leave them it of thirsty thursday.
Need locally in leaside, amsterdam brewery boats free tours and samples on Saturdays. The blonde is my favourite beer and has been for the past few months. This is a wonderful light but delicious beer. You can get it at the beer store, lcbo, at their brewery in leaside and at the amsterdam brewhouse by the lake. Its also nice that its local, I love a great excuse to buy beer.