So, I tried something yesterday I didn’t really think I would ever do – I went cross-stitching. At a brewery. Of course, because where else would I cross stitch?
The was cross-stitching with Caitlin, a staff member of Left Field Brewery (which continues to be one of my favourite breweries in the city). For $35, you get a pint of beer and a kit filled with items to complete the cross-stitch you picked, also the instruction of a very patient teacher, Caitlin.
When I opened my box, I knew I was in trouble. It was so cute but I was immediately overwhelmed. But a brief tutorial and several dozen questions later, I was on my way. I was however glad that the instructions said that you would not finish your cross-stitch in that time but instead, you would be able to take it home and have everything you need to complete it. Caitlin has a bunch of different designs and kits which she sells on Etsy, depending on how this one turns out (I’ll try to post a picture when complete but don’t be surprised if it’s next winter), I might get the “Wish You Were Beer” one, because, it’s true.
They’re running the event a couple more times, I would suggest trying it out if you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do, although it definitely reminded me why I don’t do crafts!
Also, I’ll include a little Thirsty Thursday, my pint was a seasonal brew with blood orange and it was really good. Not overly sweet or too fruity, still tasted like beer. Make sure to try it out next time you’re in the east end.
I love fruit beers, I know a lot of people have strong opinions to the contrary but I love them and now that we’re half way through January I can daydream of spring fruit-beers to come and until the locals one start coming out, liefmans fruitesse will do just fine.
Liefmans fruitesse is a belgian beer and its full of fruit including strawberries, raspberry, cherry, blueberry and juniper berry which is matured on cherries for 18 months. It was refreshing and tart, served over ice. If you’re looking for a very fruity beer, try liefmans, which you can find at the Town Crier.
Last Friday, I went to Fresh Fridays with my boyfriend at the iYellow Wine Cave. It had been a while since I was at the cave, and I remembered why I loved it there. Funky space with wine, cheese, meat and awesome people? What’s not to love? This event was showcasing Fresh Wines, a new, local wine from the Niagara region. We sampled (ample samples, I should say) 5 of the wines from the brand. I think they are definitely perfect for the summer, they were really on the sweet side, which is perfect for a summer’s day!
The one I would like to feature this week is their Riesling-Gewurztraminer (say that three times fast), and it was a great blend. Again, something sweet for a summers day (or maybe a winter day if you really prefer ’em sweet). It was fruity and refreshing and like all of Fresh’s wines, incredibly affordable at only $12.95.
Check out any of the Fresh wines as we wrap up summer (sad) and if you’re in the city, check out the Fresh Fridays at the cave, they’re absolutely great!
This week’s beer was my absolute favourite from the festival. If you’ve read past “thirsty thursday”, you may know that I have a thing for blueberry flavoured drinks. It’s very tough to find a good blueberry beer, sometimes you can’t really taste the blueberries, other times it doesn’t go with the beer but this one has been my favourite so far!
It is a seasonal beer so I will definitely be buying as much beer as I can drink within its 3 month shelf life (probably more than anyone should drink). It is one of my favourite beers to date, and if you’re a fan of fruit beer, I would definitely recommend picking some of these up from the beer store before they’re gone!
One beer I enjoyed at the Toronto Festival of Beer was the Heroes lager. I had seen posts about it on Facebook, a local beer that donates a portion of their proceeds to Wounded Warriors Canada.
This beer is super easy drinking, it is light but flavourful and could definitely be described as an “everyday” beer. I chatted with the staff at the booth and they told me that 10% goes back to an extremely worthy cause and I noticed the server was taking the tabs off of the beer cans. I asked her if she was collecting them for wheelchairs and she said she was. It was something I honestly didn’t think still happened, I remember doing it in school but she said the legion will still collect them (and through some googling, I found March of Dimes will also take them), so now I’ve been collecting them at my desk and in my kitchen. It definitely takes a lot of them but I figure if the charities still take them, I’ll start collecting them!
Have you tried the new Heroes beer? What did you think?
I hope you’re all having a great summer and keeping as busy as I am! Last weekend I got to attend the Toronto Festival of Beer, keeping my annual tradition (I almost had to miss it for a wedding but I made it work).
For the next few “thirsty thursdays”, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourites for the festival. My first one is from a brand that had one of my favourites last year too. Ironwood cider from Niagara-On-The-Lake had a great cranberry apple cider this year (last year, I loved their peach). It was the perfect balance of tart and sweet and packed a punch at over 6%. It was so easy to drink and perfect on the hot day we were having!
The only downside is their seasonals are only available in Niagara-On-The-Lake, I guess it’s a great excuse to get out to the great beer and cider region of NOTL!
What was your favourite at this year’s festival?
Well, summer is more than officially here. It is so very hot out that all I want to do is sit on a patio or in a pool and drink ice cold drinks.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a summer drink! Smirnoff recently released new coolers that are not carbonated, which can be great when you don’t want something heavy or fizzy. There are three new flavours, electric orange and two more you can expect to see on future thirsty thursdays! These drinks are definitely on the sweeter side, and if you’re a fan of orange freezies, these are right up your alley. They have a great flavour and are perfect served ice cold (I enjoyed mine over ice).
If you’re looking for a fun new drink to bring out to the pool or beach this summer, check out these newest coolers from Smirnoff!
Have you tried the new coolers? What did you think?
My boyfriend and I are trying to eat a little better (ok, its mostly him, I mean, I did have Sweet Jesus for dinner last week). We were in the Queen and Bathurst area for an event and trying to find something half-way healthy to eat and we stumbled upon b-good.
B-good has a bit of an eclectic menu, they have burgers, soups, salads and grain bowls. My boyfriend and I each had a grain bowl, which was actually more kale than grains.
I had the toasted almond and ginger but held the mint. I was a little worried when I saw all those veggies but the sauce was quite tasty and I enjoyed the bowl. You can’t see the huge amount of kale under the veggies but there was lots of it. I was full half way through and would have been quite happy if they had a smaller portion.
My boyfriend got the local apple and bacon but held the avocado, I think because he knew I would want to try and I can’t eat the avo. The bacon was the thickest bacon I had ever seen, the picture does not do it justice. He added chicken, which I regret not doing, not because it really needed it but because it was super delicious. They had a sign on the wall that told you where all the meats and produce came from that was being served that day. They also had a fancy kind of pop, which had a blueberry soda – I was so excited. It was a little sweet so I mixed it with the raspberry seltzer – honestly, it would have been perfect with vodka 😉
I’d recommend b.good if you’re looking for a healthy dish, they have a number of locations throughout the city and Oakville.
Have you been to b.good? What did you get?
Hope you’re all staying warm on this chilly Thursday. We can’t complain, it’s mid-Februrary and it was the first time I blasted my heat in the car.
This week’s thirsty thursday is definitely a fun one! Left Field Brewery is known for mixing it up once in a while and pairing up with other awesome local vendors and this new stout is no different. The mocha marshamallow stout is a collaboration with Sweet Jesus and you may have seen my social feeds showing off this beauty of a beer. Served with a toasted marshmallow, how can you not love it?
Look at that marshmallow! I love it. all stouts should come with a marshmallow! The beer itself tasted more like mocha than marshmallow but it is a delicious stout, I definitely picked up a couple bottles for home.
And this weekend, the brewery is having a beer and chocolate tasting for anyone looking for some Valentine’s plans
I tried apothic red earlier in the week, without knowing what it was but it was certainly delicious. I was glad that when I looked it up, it was under $20 (which wasn’t always a rule for thirsty thursday, but it should be so it is now!).
I really enjoyed it, it was smooth but quite rich. When I looked up the description, I saw that it has hints of blueberries, raspberries, vanilla and cocoa, some of my favourite things. I think this would be a great wine for staying cozy in the winter (which I think is starting to fade, it’s staying light until 5:30pm now!).
If you’re looking for this Californian blend, you can pick it up at the LCBO for $16.15. Have you tried the apothic red? What did you think?