Hit List: Monday Nov. 21- Sun. Nov. 27

The One of a Kind Christmas Show: December 4, 2011 Direct Energy Centre Princes’ Boulevard
This show is the perfect place to snag unique gifts for friends and family. Jewelry, soap, handmade shortbread… you can find it all here!

Cavalcade of Lights: Saturday, November 26 at 7pm Nathan Phillips Square
A spectacular fireworks show and concert held by the City of Toronto once a year. This used to be every Saturday night but it looks like they changed that to only one night! Don;t miss out! The show starts at 7pm with fireworks at 8pm.

Casa Loma Holiday Brunch Sunday, November 27, 2011

Brunch is served at beautiful Casa Loma! It’s always a tasty festive spread.  Go with your family!

Crave: Wolford Bondage Tights

So I know we’re still getting to know each other, but there’s another thing that I’m obsessed about that you should probably know. I love tights & stockings! I spend way, way too much money on them. And today’s Crave is no exception.

I love, love, love these Wolford Bondage tights (actually, all of their tights are fantastic.) , but alas, they are out of my league. I’ve even visited the Wolford store downtown. But $65 for a pair of something I will probably end up ripping is too rich for my blood.

So I’m pretty much ecstatic now that I’ve found these replicas from England! The Pamela Mann Strap Around Tights are $14.58. I’m going to order a pair!

Say Cheese & Say Cheers: Black Creek Pioneer Village Beer Workshop

Last night, I went to Say Cheese and Say Cheese at Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first time. (Full disclosure, I work closely with BCPV) I haven’t been back to Black Creek since I was in grade 6! So it was a unique experience. The beer workshop is hosted by the lovely Julia Rogers, cheese society member and all around awesome person.

The tour started off with one of Black Creek’s cheerful animators leading us around the village. Each person was assigned a character card, and we learned a lot about what the beer scene was like in the 19th century. The principal beer makers were women!  They made beer for the whole family. Also, women could only own property if they were widowed.

After learning a bit about everyone’s characters, we traipsed into the mill. We took a look at barley and other things needed to make beer. Barley looks like coffee when it’s all ground up! Barley also is what gives beer it’s colour and most of it’s flavour.

After the tour, we headed down into the brewery and pub. Julia had arranged a nice selection of Canadian cheese and beer.

The first pairing was St. Albert’s Cheddar and Black Creek India Pale Ale. This cheese was my favourite! It was medium textured and creamy. It’s available in various stores, and also at Pusateri’s fruit market.  Black Creek IPA is made on site and is available at the LCBO.

The next pairing was Lankaaster cheese from Glengarry Cheese. It was an hard aged cow milk cheese, and reminded me a bit of Parmesan. I liked it. It was paired with Creemore Springs urBock, a strong German lager, from Creemore, Ontario. A great ale for winter.

Next up was C’est Bon Chevre, which I enjoyed. This goat cheese was from Transvaal Farm in Saint Mary, Ontario. It was  light and delicious! One of the things that I loved about this event was hearing stories about the cheese maker. This particular goat came from Riverdale Farm! And now it’s happily living on Transvaal Farm. The cheese was paired with a festive fall Pumpkin Ale from Great Lakes Brewery, in Etobicoke.

(PS: These sweet potato “root chips” were delicious! And made in-house. )

Mouton Rouge was next, a raw sheep milk cheese from Ewenity Dairy Co-op, in Fergus, Ontario. This cheese wasn’t my favourite. It was supple and a bit gritty. This cheese was paired with Black Oak Nut Brown Ale, made at the Black Oak Brewery in Oakville! This brown ale goes well with meat and bitter chocolate.

Last but not least was Celtic Blue Cheese, a creation from Glengarry Cheese, in Glengarry, Ontario. This firm cow milk cheese was served on a dollop of strawberry jam. The contrast between the sweet jam and nutty cheese was perfect.  This was paired with a whopping 10% beer, Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Baltic Porter, from Les Trois Mousquetaires in Brossard, Quebec.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience! This was the last session for the year, but more workshops will happen in 2012, and each pairing is different!

Daytripping: Bellfountain Conservation Area

Destination: Belfountain Conservation Area, in Belfountain, ON 1 hour away from Toronto

With this mild fall weather that we are having in Ontario, why not take a day trip with a bunch of friends, or that special someone? I headed to Belfountain Conservation Area with my boyfriend to do a little exploring. Belfountain Conservation Area is located in (wouldn’t you know it) Belfountain, and is 1 hour away from Toronto.

I love bridges, so I was really excited to see this one! It’s a pretty small conservation area, but it’s nice to pack a picnic lunch. They have a small cave that you can explore and a man made waterfall. The bridge is a great place to take pictures, and many Torontonians take wedding shots there.

Download: Uniqlo Screensaver

How awesome/beautiful/addictive is this screensaver from Uniqlo?
Uniqlo is a clothing company from Japan. Think, American Apparel but better quality.

The screensaver shows videos of life all around Japan. People doing Yoga, parking, the sun rising, Ferris wheels, elephants…it’s amazing and very fun to look at. It also displays the weather, and you can install different segments if you need more videos in rotation!

Download it here.

 

Hit List: November 14-20

My top 3 event picks in Toronto this week!

TO Underground Market: Sat. Nov. 19 at the Evergreen Brickworks: The Underground Market is an excellent way to spend a Saturday! I went and was so full after I pretty much had to be rolled home. Everything is unique and independently run, so you can’t find this dishes on the street. $10 to get in at the door.

Lisa’s Cosmetic Sale: Nov 19-22/25-28 & Dec 2-5 in Markham: This will be my first year attending this sale, but I have a friend that swears by it. They have nail polish for $1, eyeshadows, and even designer sunglasses! She says that the first day is the best, so line up bright and early.

What a Girl Wants Fundraiser:  Thurs. Nov 17 at 99 Sudbury: An evening out for a good cause! This event is held by the Canadian Liver Foundation and features a fashion show, live auction and swag bag.

 

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