In this beer obsessed world, I’m so happy that cider has found a place to grow and get bigger and bigger. I’m not knocking beer, but cider is my brew of choice. (What’s yours?)
My favourite drinks festival is back for 4th year of spreading the cider love! The Toronto Cider Festival will happen on August 24th & 25th at the Sherbourne Common, right by the waterfront.
This festival is tons of fun and a great way to get exposure to new ciders that you may not have tried before. There’s nothing better than spending a summer evening sipping cider next to Lake Ontario. This year the theme is wild Western and each session will have over 100 taps of cider available.
Living in a condo downtown has changed my lifestyle in tiny little ways that I didn’t expect to change. Some things I saw coming. Getting to the office from downtown is so much faster. I love being able to walk to different shops and bakeries. One thing I didn’t consider was my water consumption.
Before we moved into the condo, we had a fridge that had it’s own cold water and ice cubes. Now, our new fridge doesn’t have water and ice built in. As we adjusted to our new condo life, I found myself reaching for bottled water, over and over again. After checking out my shopping list one day, and added bottled water to the list, my husband suggested, “Why don’t we get a Brita
This year, Nuit Blanche is going to be in Scarborough for the first time. I’ve been going downtown for years to volunteer, participate and wander the streets of the city during Nuit Blanche. It’s my favourite Toronto festival. I’m really excited to share that I’ve been selected as an artist to exhibit at Nuit Blanche! My exhibition will be a throwback to the iconic hot air balloon installation that was dismantled in 2009.
Giant, billowy hot air balloons that ebbed and flowed into the air. These giant puffs of colour would ascend and descend in front of the Bay. Do you remember? If you ask most people who live in Scarborough, chances are that they have fond memories of being mesmerized by those balloons. My installation is a nod to this balloon installation.
Looking upward, visitors will see more than 100 hot air balloons suspended from the ceiling. The balloons will range in size from 1ft up to 6ft, and will be gently lit. The colours of the balloons will reflect the original installation colours. The balloons will be untouchable, but immersive. New visitors will delight in the beautiful sight, and past visitors to Scarborough Town will remember those hot air balloon giants that they experienced as a child.
The installation will be open to the public for free on September 29th, from sunset to sunrise, at Scarborough Town Centre.
I need your help to make my project come to life! I’ve launched a Kickstarter to help me meet my funding goal. Without funding, I won’t be able to do this fun installation! I would appreciate any help spreading the word, or any donations that you can make. Thank you! Find out more here.
There’s no other way to say this. It’s crazy insane hot outside. It’s hitting 33 degrees almost every day this week. The nice thing about the hot weather, is that it’s a great excuse to hang out on a patio under a giant umbrella, sipping a cool drink. Enter the DEQ Terrace and Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. I went to the launch of their new summer menu, and to welcome their new executive chef.
I was beyond thrilled when Ladurée opened up at Yorkdale mall. I’ve been a huge fan of Laduree ever since I went to their first patisserie in Paris. I knew I had to visit to try their afternoon tea.
When you step inside, you can’t miss their world famous macarons stacked in colourful hues. The famed macarons are flown in from Switzerland. There are 12 flavours of macarons ($3.50 each) available in store, and they sell out quickly. The macarons come in Pistachio, Chocolate Orange, Coffee, Rose Petal, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Lemon, Orange Blossom, Ice Mint, Raspberry and Hazelnut. In Canada, we have a special maple syrup macaron. (more…)
Have you ever wished that you could drive your dream car for more than just a test drive? There’s an app for that. Turo is like Airbnb but for cars! Car owners can rent out their vehicles to make some extra cash when they aren’t being used. Car fanatics, or someone looking for an alternative to renting a car through a big box service, can choose their make and model and book with a swipe. Before you can use the app, you need to sign up with a valid driver’s license. After that, we were able to search for the make and model of the car we wanted. Each car/owner also has reviews, so you can make sure previous renters have had a good experience. After selecting the car you want to rent and making the payment through the app pickup details are be provided. (more…)
I will let you know something about me. I have been a huge fan of the Bachelor franchise since Jake Pavelka’s season in 2010. Such a huge fan that I’ve never missed any episode of The Bachelor or Bachelorette both US and Canadian versions since Jake’s seasons including all the spin-off shows. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the new Bachelor Wines I didn’t hesitate, as I’m fan of the show and love trying out new wines.
The new Canadian-based Bachelor Wines feature two varietals: The Final Rose – a bold Cabernet Sauvignon and One on One – a spirited Pinot Grigio. (more…)