Growing up, I loved anime and manga. One of my favourite animators remains a favourite: Hayao Miyazaki. The films of Studio Ghibli are beautiful, whimsical and haunting. If you’ve never seen a Ghibli film, what are you waiting for?
The TIFF Bell Lightbox will be showing his most popular films at Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli. From December 24th to January 6th you’ll be able to catch his most famous films, as well as lesser known ones.
If you don’t know where to start, My Neighbor Totoro is a great place to start, or my personal favourite, Howl’s Moving Castle! I’ve partnered with TIFF to give one lucky winner 2 tickets to see a Studio Ghibli film of their choice that’s playing before December 31st.
Enter below! Good luck.
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Kikkerland is awesome at creating fun and useful products that you just need to have for yourself, or something that you know will make the perfect gift for someone you know! Here are 5 of my favourite gifts from them this season.
- Cat’s Paw Emery Boards ($3.50): These mini emery boards are the cats pajamas!
- Hashtag Mug:($15.50) Change your hashtag to reflect your mood.
- Anchor Charging Cable:($12.50) Let your love for nautical shine through even as you charge your phone.
- Jewelry Box of Treasures: ($24.50) Stash your favourite jewelry pieces in this handy case!
- Brass and Wood Hammer: ($19) Get stuff done around the house with this stylish hammer.
Hashtags are so awesome. They’re so versatile and fun! At my desk, I have a hashtag symbol, and I’m the coolest girl in the office. True story. Kikkerland has gone one step further and made hashtags even more fun with their hashtag mug!
Thanks to Kikkerland, I’m giving away 3 mugs! Wanna win? Enter below.
In a couple of weeks, the second annual Toronto Cider Festival rolls into Dundas Square on Saturday August 27, 2016. If you’re a cider lover, you’re not going to want to miss this chance to try over 40 different ciders from 20 different cideries from across Canada and abroad. Last year the festival sold out, so you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on some tickets early.
In the evening, A VIP session takes place; providing exclusive early admission to the evening session, 10 sample tokens and access to a “Food and Cider Pairing” discussion led by Doris Miculan Bradley – a 20-year industry professional and the Canadian Brand Ambassador for The Wines of Vinho Verde.
As a bonus for attendees, this year there will be some pretty awesome contests at the festival. (more…)
By now, you’re probably already anxiously awaiting Taste of Toronto that will happen in a couple of weeks! Each day brings more tantalizing news of the festival.
Pop-up restaurants include one-night-only service from Alo on Thursday with a Hamachi ceviche and crispy pork belly with sherry vinegar and cilantro; while Antler Kitchen & Bar is on Friday dishing delicious game in the form of duck yakatori with a sweet soy glaze and a spice ash-crusted venison chop. Saturday brings Taiwanese tapas joint Kanpai Snack Bar for a global taste of Taiwanese fried chicken and bao sandwich with slow-cooked five-spice pork or Formosa ceviche. Last but not least, The County General, offering up a smoke chocolate truffle, pickled carrot slaw with smoked white fish and its famed County fried chicken. YUM.
Take a peek at what each booth will be dishing up here.
I’m giving away 1 pair of tickets to one lucky winner! The tickets will be valid for 1 day of admission any day during the festival. Wanna enter? See below!
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Nothing ushers in spring like the One of a Kind Spring Show! At the show, 450 Canadian artisans will be showcasing their handmade work. I love visiting the show for tasty treats to eat, beautiful ceramics and more. I always end up picking up a cool jewelry piece as well. (more…)
For me, the quintessential night at the movies is one of my favourite date nights. What’s not to love about sharing a buttery bag of popcorn with your date and settling in to watch your film of choice? Cineplex has found a way to elevate the movie experience to perfection.
Cineplex VIP is an upscale, 19+ theater with plush leather seats, seat side service (That’s right. The popcorn comes to you.) and a special menu available in their exclusive lounge area. There are several locations. I visited their Yonge & Eglinton location. Here, the VIP area is its own section within the larger theater, and you need a ticket to access the screens and lounge. (more…)
I am suffering from a serious lack of chick flicks in theatres. Thank goodness for this funny flick that will be hitting theatres on February 12th! How to Be Single stars Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”), Damon Wayans Jr. (“Let’s Be Cops”), Anders Holm (“Neighbors,” “The Intern”), Alison Brie (“Get Hard”), Nicholas Braun (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”), with Jason Mantzoukas (“Neighbors,” TV’s “The League”) and Leslie Mann (“This is 40”). (I love Leslie Mann!) (more…)