Month: November 2013

Event Hit List for Nov. 29- Dec. 1

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Rosedale Main Street BIA Cavalcade of Lights Festival Saturday November 30th 2pm to 6pm.
The highlight of the event will be the lighting of the 50ft blue tree at Scrivener Square. This years event promises to be bigger and better than ever with lots of fabulous entertainment and activities planned along the shops along Yonge Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Crescent Road including: horse and wagon rides, carousel rides, petting zoo with reindeer feeding! Delicious $5 special menu items, face painting, photos with Santa, and much more! www.rosedalemainstreet.ca

Crafternoon Tea Saturday November 30th, 11am to 5pm at the Queen E Presb. Church (947 Queen East )
The 8th edition of Crafternoon Tea, our handmade holiday market & a charity tea-party, is happening this weekend with Nathalie-Roze. Shop locally from 25+ Toronto makers of unusual handmade gifts & wearables. This year all cash raised via the tea service benefits Nellie’s Shelter & the Shoebox Project.

The Toronto Christmas Market Friday November 29 to Sunday December 15 at the Distillery District.
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.

Dinner at Reds Midtown Tavern

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Reds Midtown Tavern is unexpectedly larger than I thought it would be. The elegant split level restaurant has beautiful exposed brick and genuinely friendly staff.

Dark mahogany tables sourced from McGill University  are scattered throughout the restaurant.  The shuffleboard table in the corner give the restaurant a modern luxe library feel.

You might be wondering…why is it called midtown? The name is a playful interpretation of where two friends might meet if they were coming from opposite ends of the city. Get it?

 

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Tucked away in a corner is a beautiful private dining room.
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Classic Peach Bellini

The culinary team at Reds is led by Executive Chef Matt Robertson.

 Here are some of the yummy apps we started with.

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P.E.I Mussels: ($16.50)  Steamed in Sauvignon Blanc with fresh fennel, saffron threads, tomato and herbes de Provence.

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The Crispy Potato Flatbread ($10.50) is a house specialty, and was the fan favourite of the evening.

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Topped with fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, sweet garlic, chimichurri aioli, slow-roasted tomato
and balsamic gastrique. The combination of the spicy aioli and the Parmesan was delicious.

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Baby Kale & Quinoa Salad ($9.50) Tossed with sweet spiced pecans, dried cranberries, caramelized sweet potatoes, smoked Manchego cheese and a light citrus vinaigrette. This salad also had diced green apples. It was a very eclectic salad but all ingredients worked really well together.

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Pictured is the hearty Knife and Fork Caesar. ($10.25) Tender romaine lettuce with mild white Spanish anchovies, shaved parmesan, bacon and garlic confit dressing.

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Steak Frites ($34) 7 oz Filet Mignon of AAA Canadian Beef, truffle parmesan frites, wild mushrooms, Madeira jus. The steak was perfect and melted in my mouth. I loved the wild mushrooms.

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Pan Roasted Salmon ($23.45) with sweet pea purée, sugar snaps, fingerling potatoes and heirloom carrots with a light butter sauce

At this point, we were all crazy stuffed but still had room for dessert!

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The Grasshopper Parfait ($7.95) was like a grown up Girl Scout mint cookie. (remember those?) The minty peppermint mousse was thick and just below it was dark chocolate mousse. On top were thin slices of delectable chocolate crisps.

With it’s perfect location and varied menu, Reds is the perfect place to mingle after work or a trip to the Eaton Center.  Take a look at the menu here.

Reds Midtown Tavern is located at 382 Yonge St., Unit 6, Toronto, ON M5B 1S8.

 

Holidays with the Body Shop

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The Body Shop hosted a fun event to share what’s new for this holiday season! They went all out, and had carolers greeting us at the door when we walked in, and gingerbread decorating. It was magical!

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1. Festive Small Ginger Sparkle Set ($20): Nothing says Christmas like the spicy scent of gingerbread! Treat someone to this set that includes

  • Ginger Sparkle Shower Gel 250ml
  • Ginger Sparkle Body Butter 50ml
  • Ginger Sparkle Body Polish 75ml
  • Ginger Sparkle Mini Heart Soap 25g

2. White Musk Smoky Rose Perfume ($24)
This is daring and mysterious musk fragrance, this seductive eau de parfum features an intoxicating blend of cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower.

3. This Festive Reindeer Sponge is just so cute! Great stocking stuffer.

4. Vanilla Bliss Body Butter ($20) This body butter is truly blissful!

5. Ginger Sparkle Heart Soap This spicy sparkling soap is a fun treat!

Ciate Corrupted Neon Giveaway

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It’s Monday! Chase away those Monday blues with a bright, fun polish to kick-start your week!

The Corrupted Neon collection by Ciate ($25)  is a set of four vibrant colours that glow under a blacklight. The colours are Tropicana orange, Foam Party blue, Megaphone yellow and Shout Out pink.

 

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This is Foam Party with two coats. I think that three coats would be best for this polish.  I really liked the subtle glitter.

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Your kit comes with a paint pot polish, neon glitter and a black light topcoat. A word of warning- the glitter has no stopper when you open it. It is pure glitter, and everything will be glitter-fied. So be careful when opening!

After you’ve painted on two or three coats, sprinkle the glitter over your nails while still wet. When the nails are dry, paint with the blacklight topcoat. Now all you need is a blacklight and you’re set!

Ciate has generously given me some kits to giveaway. If you’d like to win one, enter below!

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Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland

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Voodoo Donuts in Portland was an adventure. Just getting there was an adventure in itself. We walked down Burnside, (which was a unique street, that’s for sure) after watching Fourth of July fireworks. I had noticed that Voodoo Donuts was open 24 hours, which seemed crazy to me.

Burnside led us past many girls dancing in front of windows and the home of Scientology, where we spoke to a nice woman. Eventually, we arrived at a glowing pink sign and a huge line.

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There were police there. POLICE protecting the line at the donut shop. I soon saw why. I guess Voodoo donuts attracts an almost a sideshow of characters. There was the teen with two kittens on his shoulder. The man dancing circles around everyone in line. The guy that hit on my boyfriend and tried to hug him. I guess it can get pretty crazy.

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We waited in line for about half an hour, and then we were admitted into the pink walls of Voodoo Donuts. They had SO MANY different types of donuts. They were all displayed in cylinder cases. I wasn’t able to get many pictures due to the sheer chaos of the store.

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Some donuts included: The Loop (vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops), Triple chocolate penetration
(Chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and coco-puffs), Portland Cream (filled with Bavarian cream. Topped with chocolate and two eyeballs.) and so much more. Click here to see all of the varieties.

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I had a Marshall Mathers doughnut, which was a plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and
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Old Dirty Bastard with chocolate frosting, Oreo’s and peanut butter.

Was it worth the wait and all of the weirdness? Yes, and yes. Voodoo Donuts is an experience you won’t wanna miss.

Voodoo Doughnuts is at 22 SW 3rd Avenue Portland Oregon, U.S.A. Open 24/7.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Now that it’s getting windy and cold, and snow will be here soon, I find myself looking back at my warm, sunny California trip. Of course, a trip to the sunshine state wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge.

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For me, the best part was driving across the bridge!! It’s such a long bridge, so it takes a good amount of time to cross it. I loved it!

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The view from the lookout point was okay, but super crowded. So we headed up to one of those hills that you see in the distance and took some shots from there.

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The view was much better and less crowded, but oh so so cold. It didn’t feel like July at all!

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The boy made me stay on the hill while he composed the perfect shot. Brrr! Apparently, this was the clearest that it had been in weeks. San Fran is a foggy place!

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Isn’t it beautiful?

Update your look with LOFT for the Holidays

Darling details and festive frocks

 

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LOFT is one of those stores that I simply can’t walk into without walking out with a little something. I was happy to be invited to check out what they have for the holidays!

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The details really stand out to me this season. I love the collars with tiny jeweled elements, scalloped lace and ruffled belts. The collection featured elegant dresses for holiday parties, causal striped sweaters,  and luxe fabrics.

September 201315Of course, no holiday outfit would be complete without glitzy accessories. Sequined evening bags, polka dot make up bags and simple suede heels can dress up an outfit.

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To get your hands on some LOFT for the holidays, visit one of their Toronto locations (Yorkdale & the Eaton Center both have one) or shop online!

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