Wedding DIY: Marble Escort Cards

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I got married over the summer, and planning was a whirlwind! Between reading wedding blogs, to being on Pinterest 24/7 I had tons of ideas. I wanted guests to be able to find their tables easily at my wedding. I remember previous weddings where guests were crowded around a seating chart, and I remember having a hard time finding my name. That’s why I decided to use escort cards for my wedding.

What’s an escort card, you say? An escort card is a card that has your name and the table that you will be sitting at. It’s called an escort card because it literally escorts you to your table. Don’t confuse this (as my fiancé did) with a place card, which is a card that’s already at your table when you arrive, showing you where your seat is. Oy. (more…)

Goose Island Toronto Brewhouse

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Goose Island fans, you’re in luck! The Goose Island Brewhouse is now open and brewing beers in Toronto along with delicious eats. The massive space (18,000 square feet) has ample seating, including a patio in the front and back of the restaurant.

The decor includes nods to Chicago with black and white subway tiles. Sections of the walls are made with aged bourbon barrels that they use to brew one of their most popular brews, and it looks beautiful.

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Goose Island encourages their guests to learn about their beers and the brewing process. In addition to being a restaurant, the space is also a functional brewery. You’ll find up to 7 beers fermenting at once, and they have several giant 1500 liter tanks in the space. Guests can interact with the brewers as they work on a tank. Almost all of the beers brewed here are re-imagined specifically for the Toronto market.

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There's also an original Banksy!
There’s also an original Banksy!

There’s a small garden in the back where they grow their own hops as long as the weather permits. The growing season for hops starts in May and they’re harvested in September. Next year they will be able to brew a truly local triple hops beer.

“We’re thrilled to bring Toronto beer lovers the Goose Island favourites that they already know and love, along with outstanding new locally made brews,” said Bernard Priest, Head Brewer, Goose Island Toronto Brewhouse. “Since coming to Canada in 2013, Goose Island has been warmly welcomed by Canadians. We’re very enthusiastic about the experience we will deliver in partnership with the Bier Markt Esplanade, re-establishing its roots and being a part of the community.”

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There’s a retail store where people can buy T-shirt, hats and growlers of beer. Speaking of beer…. the pub will serve Goose Island’s classic brews along with new and
innovative styles developed by the local brewers. The bar features 12 draught taps, many of which will constantly rotate. Rare brews from Chicago will be featured for special occasions. Flights of beers will be available. Want to see what’s on tap? Check out the website before heading down.

Low & Slow Reuben Sandwich $16
Low & Slow Reuben Sandwich $16

Executive Chef Kevin Maniaci and Chef de Cuisine Shawn Jackson are passionate about beer and understands the nuances of pairing food with beer. The menu features local ingredients and in some cases, Goose Island brews.

The Low & Slow Reuben Sandwich $16 is filled with brisket that’s been cured in-house for 6 days then smoked for 6 hours with sauerkraut. It’s super tender and packed with flavour. The sandwich has Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and house-made mustard on light rye.

Chicago Sausage Dog $15
Chicago Sausage Dog $15

The Chicago Sausage Dog $15 is a Goose Island Matilda-infused sausage, topped with house mustard, vine-ripened tomatoes, shaved onion and hot peppers.

General Tso Cauliflower $12
General Tso Cauliflower $12

General Tso Cauliflower $12 Cauliflower flourettes fried crisp and tossed with house-made General Tso sauce. Really delicious!

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Bern ‘The Brewer’s’ Sharing Board $28 has features aged 18-Month Prosciutto di Parma, Bier-Cured Pastrami Salmon, Crispy Brussel Sprout Leaves, Pacific Rock Cheese & Bavarian Pretzels with pickle jar and house-made mustard. My favourites were the freshly baked pretzels and the Pacific Rock cheese. Yum!

See the entire menu here.

The Goose Island Brewhouse is located at 70 The Esplanade, Toronto ON.

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Saying Yes to the Dress at The Modern Bride

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Thanks to shows like Say Yes to the Dress, there are a crazy high expectations when a bride goes shopping for a dress! Throw in family and weight anxiety to the mix and dress shopping has the potential to be really stressful.

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I fell in love with Hayley Paige dresses on Pinterest and Say Yes to the Dress. Her fluffy, whimsical dresses suited me perfectly! The main collection was a little more than I wanted to spend on a wedding dress (Dresses start at about $5000) so I was really pleased to discover her Blush line! There are only a few wedding dress stores in the GTHA that carry her brand, and that’s what led me to the perfect dress shop.

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The Modern Bride is a lovely little bridal shop in Guelph owned by a mother and daughter duo. They only do one bridal appointment at a time, so that you have a really personal experience. (more…)

Essentials for your Wedding Bathroom Basket

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Little bathroom amenity kits at weddings can be a nice extra for your guests. They can be a lifesaver for the guests and bridesmaids alike!

My wedding was nautical themed, so I put my amenity kit in these adorable little Anchor Cabinet boxes from Kikkerland. I love how they look, they are made of metal and have a secure latch on the side. They hold lots of items in them, and you can re-use them after!
While the list of what to include in your wedding bathroom kit could be endless, I’ve gathered a list of essentials that you should definitely include.
Mouthwash: Always a good idea, especially at a wedding!
Dove Spray Deodorant: Super easy to apply, and hygienic.
Soap & Glory Hand Food Lotion: Perfect for super soft hands!
Quo Setting SprayKeeps your makeup looking fresh if you shed a happy tear
Tide to Go Pen: This is a lifesaver! Perfect for getting rid of those accidental wine stains.
Pony Tail Ties: Great for securing flyaway hairs.
Joe Fresh Facial Blotting Tissues:It can get hot and sweaty on that dance floor, use this to clean up and extra shine!
QUO Cosmetic Applicators: For fine tuning your make up
What did you include in you wedding kit?
Thanks to Shoppers Drug Mart and Kikkerland for providing me with some of these essentials!

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Homestyle Dishes at Farmr

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Do you love homestyle cooking that uses quality ingredients? A new restaurant called Farmr in the St Lawrence Market area is serving up delicious meals.

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The concept behind Farmr is simple, rustic homestyle cooking that changes with the seasons. The menu is set up in a way that’s different from most restaurants. Guests will choose a protein, a base and sides for their meal. (more…)

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