thompson hotel on a saturday night

Last night was my first experience at the Thompson Hotel. I’d obviously heard lots about it over the years so I was excited to check it out. I’ll start off by saying, I didn’t make it to the patio but did have access to downstairs.

We started our evening in the lounge area on the main floor. The music was pretty good. It was a bit house mixed with top 40, really the only way I can stand house. Drinks were about the price I would expect for this type of place, about $8 for bar rail vodka. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the people watching. It is an interesting mix of people. Some people who are staying at the hotel, people dressed very fancy and some dressed down more than I expected.

We then headed downstairs, when we first arrived it wasn’t too busy but it definitely picked up. The music down there was much more suited to dancing and the dance floor was busy. The DJ was doing a pretty good job. The crowd was about mid-twenties to mid-thirties, of course with a few people out of the bracket but this was definitely a more grown up place than something in the entertainment district. 

We wrapped up our night at the Thompson with plans to head to another bar but got lured in by the Thompson Diner. And boy, am I glad we did. It was about 1:40am at this point, they were still serving food in the diner. It is nice that there  is a 24-hour food place attached to the hotel that isn’t expensive. The diner has an old school feel, with large booths were perfect for our group of 5. The place only got busier the later it got, presumably as people sought out drunk eats after last call. I had the mac and cheese with bacon. I got the side portion, at 2am, it was more than enough food. My friends at the table also got milkshakes, I’m not really sure where they put it all. 4 people at my table got the mac and cheese, one person got sweet potato fries but ended up eating half of my mac and cheese (which wasn’t too upsetting because it was way more than enough). I would highly recommend this place late at night, or really any other time that you’re in the neighbourhood.


My “side” order of mac and cheese – $7.50 at the Thompson Diner


scotiabank buskerfest

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, you should check out Scotiabank’s Buskerfest. They’ve moved to a new location on Yonge St, at Yonge-Dundas Square because they’ve outgrown their old location at the St. Lawrence Market. The acts are truly remarkable; while on a patio yesterday, we saw a man hanging upside down from billboards, removing a straight jacket. There’s jugglers, fire eaters, magicians and a lot of people on stilts. The event is in support of Epilepsy Toronto. So, head down to YDS on this beautiful weekend, take in the entertainment and support a great cause.

amsterdam brewhouse

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. 

trade secrets’ awesome promotion

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!

volunteer opportunity – canadian cancer society

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!

Registration
About Electro Dash

via cibo wine bar

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

summer days, drifting away

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!

new mall in the gta

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!

jobs: the movie

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.

why you need the hailo app

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