Summer is winding down but we should have a few more beautiful days to enjoy the city. If you have not yet checked it out, you should head down to the Amsterdam Brewhouse. They have a large indoor restaurant with large windows overlooking the lake and large patio including comfortable couches and muskoka chairs. Also, once you’ve picked your favourite one (or two), you can pick up some to take home from their store.
It took us a little while to get a server but once we did we had a great time. The view is absolutely perfect. They’re aren’t many places to take in that view and a local brew, at the same time. We were only there for drinks but they do have a nice food menu. They have a large selection of beers, all locally prepared. They also have a seasonal selection which is great to keep the customers coming back. They also have “flight passes” which are sets of 4 sample glasses. I got the variety of light beers:
blonde (my favourite on and off the patio), the 416, the orange weisse and the raspberry wheat
I loved the patio, and the indoor space was also very nice. I would highly recommend trying to make a trip down there while the weather is still nice.
Do you have a hair straightner/curling iron/hair dryer that you don’t use anymore? Are you looking for a new hair styling tool? Then Trade Secrets has the perfect promotion for you. From now until September 27th, you can take any gently used hair appliance and get 50% off a new one. They will then donate your old product to women living in local women’s shelters. Their “Give & Take” promotion is a great way to update your current product and help out women in your local community. Check out their blog for more details. Happy styling!
Are you looking for a fun evening of helping a great cause?
The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers for the ElectroDash run at Canada’s Wonderland on September 6th. The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for volunteers from 6pm-11:30pm. This 5k run is actually more of a 5k dance party, with neon lights and a DJ. They need volunteers to sell merchandise, man the water stations and maintain course safety. The only requirement is you must be over 16 years old. Use the link below to sign up, should be a fun night!
About Electro Dash
Finally checked out this restaurant at york mills and leslie. I really enjoyed it because I’m a huge fan of carbs. I had the linguine pomodoro with meatballs. They were really delcious. My friend had the prosciutto (that was grilled) which were different but good. It is a casual restaurant but with a liquor license. Its a neat place to check out if you’re looking for well-priced italian in a casual atmosphere.
If you’re in the north end, check it out – via cibo
Are you looking for a refreshing beverage to close out the summer? Betty’s vodka icec tea is absolutely wonderful. Its lightly carbonated and not overly sweet. It comes in peach and raspberry. I’m personally not a peach fan, but they’re pretty good. I love the raspberry ones. They make a great cottage/backyard/dock drink. And unlike the blackberry somersby, you can actually find it.
The countdown is on for yhe end of summer, u hope you can enjoy them before fall hits!
I checked out the new premium outlets in the halton region. It was a beautiful day so perfect for the outdoor mall. It probably won’t be as great in december. I had heard that parking is brutal but we got pretty lucky, we were able to find a spot in minutes. The selection of brand name stores and regular stores was pretty great. The worst part about the mall was the food selection. There was only 5 restaurants in the food pavillion and no room to expand. There was also a limited number of indoor seating. That’s not really an issue in the summer because there is lots of outdoor space, again won’t be great in the winter. If you’re going to check it out, have fun and good luck with parking!
I checked out the steve jobs movie tonight in what appeared to be a sold out theatre.
Ashton Kutcher did a good job of playing the infamous jobs. There was some continuity issues with jobs’ mannerism but it was still well done. The story focused more on the development of the company than jobs’ life. I found the ending lacked an ending. The soundtrack was absolutely fantastic, it really made the movie. It was an interesting story, and interesting to see Ashton Kutcher in a more serious role.
I started using the hailo app a couple of months ago and absolutely love it. It is currently available for iphone and android users and would highly recommend it if you ever take a taxi in Toronto (or one of the other cities they operate in).
There are so many features to love about this app. I love that you can track the cab as it is coming to you. You know exactly how long it will be until your cab arrives. I also absolutely love that you can use your credit card, with no hassles. We’ve all been in a cab in Toronto where the cab driver says their machine doesn’t work, and yet magically works when you insist that you don’t have any cash. It can be extremely frustrating. With the hailo app, you can store multiple credit cards, so you can keep business and personal expenses separate. You also set the tip before you get out of the cab. Once you arrive at your destination, there is nothing more for you to do. You get out of the cab and they send you an email copy of the receipt.
The only downside to the app is if you’re in a busier area, it may be difficult to determine which cab is yours. They do provide you with the cab number but it can get a little confusing.
Get the app: Hailo
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.
I’m pretty disappointed that I won’t be able to attend The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival this year. I went to this last year, I saw a few tweets about it beforehand but didn’t know what it was. I was at the Jays game one day so we decided to go after the game. All of the advanced tickets are sold out for this year. This is a much smaller festival than the Toronto Festival of Beers that many beer lovers enjoy but it is still a nice, smaller festival. There are plenty of local beer choices and a number of food trucks, which is great for anyone who is excited about the food truck revolution, beer and buying local. Tickets are $15 at the gate, so this festival is a little easier on the wallet. I hope lots of people are able to make it out to this because it is a great way to try beers you may not have heard of or may have been reluctant to buy an entire 6-pack of because you weren’t familiar with the brand or beer.
Just remember, the most of the subway is closed this weekend so give yourself lots of time to get down there and enjoy the festival! As for myself, I’ll be planning next year’s trip.