Month: October 2013

Friday Night Live at the ROM (Fashion)

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If you were to walk by the Royal Ontario Museum on a Friday night, you might be surprised to see a long line snaking around the building. After your first visit to Friday Night Live at the ROM, you won’t be wondering any longer (and you’ll probably be part of that line.) FNL at the ROM is a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a Friday night.

For $12, enjoy a themed night of music, food and entertainment. The theme changes each week! Click here to see. The theme that kicked off the fall series was Fashion.

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October 20132The Art of Fashion (www.artoffashion.org) was on hand with finalists from their The Art of Fashion Design Competition. Designers were on hand with models to show off their stylish designs! This was with With Glen Baxter, host of CTV’s In Fashion, award-winning designer Izzy Camilleri and ANOKHI Fashion editor Jacqueline Parrish.

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Beckie DiLeo,  (www.beckiedileo.com) a Toronto “live painter,” artist and fashion illustrator, was on hand doing live portraits of guests. It was so much fun! She wore a fantastic tutu and painted my sister and I. She was great!

 

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Of course, there was lots to eat. Vendors included City Gourmet, Pimenton, Curbside Bliss, Gourmet Gringos, La Rivolta, Little Tomato, The Saucy Pierogi,HotBunzz and Tita Flips.

Food and drinks can be bought using ROMbucks. Each ROMbuck is $6, and most items cost 1 or 2 ROMbucks. I had HotBunzz and tacos from Gourmet Gringos! Tasty.

The live bands performing that night were: The Walkervilles, Craig Stickland and Jamie Ruben Trio.

You’re able to wander through the ROM exhibit until 9:30 pm. After that, it can become a bit of a boozy fun party (with dinosaurs!) so you’re only able to visit certain parts of the ROM. After 9pm, the place was packed! It was a great night. I can’t wait to go to some more!

FNL at the ROM is 7pm- 11:30pm  every Friday until Dec. 6th. The event is 19+ and costs $12 to get in. You can buy tickets in advance.

The upcoming themes are:

Why Wait Wednesdays at Eight Wine Bar

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Wednesday gets a bad rap. It’s the middle of the week, and everyone is blah and just waiting for Friday.
Now with Why Wait Wednesdays, you can dance and drink your Wednesdays away at Eight Wine Bar!

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With $5 drinks, $5 beer and $5 wine on tap, you can pretend its Friday as you dance to tunes from DJ Vladi Dadi.

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Along with your wine, enjoy new menu items that feature a burger board, fresh steamed mussels and old favourites such as lamb spring rolls, lobster rolls and truffle popcorn.

Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eight Wine Bar,  8 Colborne St  Toronto, ON (at the Cosmopolitan Hotel)

 

Backstage with Maybelline at World Mastercard Fashion Week

 

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It’s always fun to experience the hustle and bustle of backstage at Fashion Week!

Beauty expert, Grace Lee, glammed up the models for the various shows during Fashion Week.

This look is about creating one look for two designers. A red lip is universally beautiful look and very classic. Grace created contoured cheeks, and a full brow.

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For gloss,  the model is wearing vivid red, with the new Maybelline New York Color Elixir on top.  Grace demonstrated to show me how glossy this new product is. She said it combined the shine of a gloss with the colour of a lipstick. I’m sold! It looks beautiful. These elixirs will come out in November.

The next look was created for the Melissa Nepton show.

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“This look is definitely one of my favourites! Colourful, bright, spring-inspired yellow lids complement the pink all over the face. We’ve created a bit of a different take on blush, which draws even more attention to the eyes.” Grace Lee, Lead Makeup Artist, Maybelline New York Canada

Get The Look:
Dab Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Loose Powder Shadow in Wild Gold into the inner corners of the eye and Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Fierce n’ Tangy onto the centre of the eyelid.
Apply the Pure Pigments Loose Powder Shadow in Pink Rebel in a c-shape along the temple, much like you would apply a bronzer or highlight. Add mascara to the top and bottom lashes to complete the look.
Until next Fashion Week!

The Delicious Food Show & a bit of Martha Stewart

Okay guys, the Delicious Food Show is officially my favourite food show in the city. This 3 day celebration of everything delicious is in town from Oct. 25- Oct. 27. I checked out a media preview just before the show opened.

Here are some of my favourite things!

Seminars, Cook-offs and More

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Here, the owner of The Tea Emporium is showing us how to muddle lemons for a tea cocktail.

Throughout the weekend, there will be various hands-on demonstrations, cook-offs  and workshops.

Click here to see special features!

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The Team Emporium has released Canada’s first gluten free tea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Trucks

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Food trucks will be out and about at the show! Grab a famous lobster roll from Buster’s Sea Cove (pictured above) or a sandwich from Fidel Gastro. Gourmet Gringos,  Gourmet Bitches, Feisty Jack, Pretty Sweet and more will be there!

Eat, Eat, Eat!

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There are so many amazing vendors, I don’t know where to start!  Some of my favourites are: Moo Milk Bar, Kanga Meat Pies, Pluck Teas, Jelly Modern Donuts, Pie Guyz, and more.

You’ll be able to find wine, shortbread, tea, olive oil, bread, chocolate…everything you could ever want and more. Click here to see all the vendors.

Celebrity Chefs

There are some big names heading to the show this weekend! You’ll be able to see Martha Stewart, Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Nadia G, Micheal Smith and others. Chefs will appear on the Food Network Celebrity Kitchen area to give demonstrations and talks. Check out the schedule here.

Now, in case you missed Martha Stewart on Friday, read below. I saw her!

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After having this fantastic breakfast that included scones, tarts and a hand roasted marshmallow on my chai hot chocolate, we were able to sit down and see Martha Stewart!

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Martha Stewart cutting a cake

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Now I wouldn’t really say that I got the best photos of Martha, but on the other hand…I was in the same room as Martha!

Tidbits from her press conference: Martha doesn’t ever throw simple dinner parties (what, you’re surprised?). She doesn’t think her friends would appreciate that.

Martha doesn’t have a lot in her fridge, but she always has 4 different types of milk, butter and eggs whip something up. She has a fruit and vegetable garden on her property so doesn’t need to buy veggies. Must be nice.

If guests are coming over unexpectedly for breakfast, she’ll serve them angel biscuits with eggs.

If you are new to baking and are wondering which cake to start with in her Cake book, try a skillet cake.

The Delicious Food Show will be at Better Living Centre 195 Princes’ Boulevard, Exhibition Place until Oct. 27

Cake Decorating with Gabby Parisi from Cake Boss

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I was thrilled (and a little nervous) to have the chance to learn how to decorate cakes with Gabby Parisi, a cake decorator from the Cake Boss bakery!

Thanks to Canadian Tire, Gabby was there to teach us how to cover a cake with fondant using new Cake Boss cake decorating tools. Now, I’m no stranger to cake decorating tips and tools, but I am def. a fondant newbie.

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Armed with coloured fondant, a rolling pin and this handy dandy fondant tool (above) I was ready to give it a shot. Gabby was very patient with everyone.

Rolling out fondant is a lot harder than it looks! Gabby taught us to “stretch and tuck” the fondant around our cake. We carefully trimmed away the extra fondant, and now it was time for the fun part- decorating!

I decided to decorate my cake using polka dots (made with the precise circles set) and a crimped bow. I think it turned out pretty well!

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I liked using the Cake Boss tools. My favourite tool of the day was the Cake Boss Decorating Turntable.

It was handy to be able to quickly rotate the cake while decorating it, and equally helpful that you were able to stop the spinning to focus on one area of the cake.

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I can’t wait to practice decorating more cakes with my new Cake Boss tools! Check them out.

Eat to the Beat

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One of Toronto’s most loved annual fundraisers is back! Eat to the Beat is this week and there is still time to buy your tickets.

Enjoy a fabulous evening tasting delicious dishes made by 60 talented female chefs.

Your ticket allows you enjoy sweet and savory dishes at over 80 stations of food, wine and drinks.

Throughout the evening, breast cancer surivors will be modelling custom made food inspired corsets.

So far, this event has raised $3.2 million for Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada. Over 80% of the evening’s proceeds are directed to Willow’s free programs and services.

So come out for an amazing cause and an evening of fab food! Get your tickets here.

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