There’s a new restaurant in the core and with over 100 beers on tap, it’s MASSIVE. Craft Beer Market is another wave of the west coast invasion of Toronto. It’s located at Yonge and Adelaide – smack in the middle of the downtown core. Before opening its doors to the rest of the city, Craft Beer Market invited Jess and I (and our friend, A!) to their raucous opening party to sample what’s on tap. Bring on the brewskies!
Tag: Dinner (Page 1 of 2)
Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year. With temperatures that belong in the dead of July who could think about turkey, stuffing, and gravy? But the heat wave has finally broken and now I can finally embrace Thanksgiving in all it’s glory. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me than my mom’s stuffing and pumpkin pie! Unfortunately, the stuffing recipe is a fiercely guarded family secret (sorry!) but my pumpkin pie recipe is sooo easy I can’t resist sharing it with you!
Canadian girls don’t shy away from loading up the car with a tent and heading to a provincial park for a weekend of camping. Sleeping under the stars, all snuggled up in a tent is very refreshing, but there is a ton of work involved, especially if you’re the ‘organizer’ in your friend group. We used to go camping once or twice every summer but for the past few years trips abroad have taken precedence over camping – honestly, an all inclusive down south is less work and stress than camping. Lately I’ve become enamoured by the idea of ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping…or camping for brats) – sleeping under the stars in a beautiful canvas tent, with all the comfort of home! You can glamp all over the world (surf + yoga retreat in Portugal anyone?) but really I just like the idea of staying in Ontario – we do have the best camping in the world!
Toronto has a handful of secret restaurants and bars, hidden places that require passwords, memberships or secret keys to get into. You might hear about these little gems from friends of friends or, if you’re lucky enough, you’ve visited these secret little spots. Oh you fancy. Let me tell you about Toronto’s other ‘secret’ bars. Those that aren’t plastered with advertising, relying only on reputation and word of mouth to attract a small but loyal clientele. Instead of memberships, you only need a sharp eye and an adventurous spirit to discover these (not so) secret bars.
On Thursday night people from all corners of the city flocked to secret meeting points. Some were holding tables and chairs, others had flowers in their hair and long party dresses on – but all were dressed from head to toe in white. Did you see them on your way home and wonder where all those fanciful folks were off to? Well, I’ll let you in on the secret: The very secretive, and very exclusive Diner En Blanc. Jessica and I raced from work, throwing on white outfits to join in on the fun.
Are you looking for a easy appetizer to bring along to a summer picnic? These rice paper rolls are not only deliciously easy to put together (no oven required!), they are fresh, savoury, crunchy and bursting with flavour. Did I mention these rolls are low carb too?! You may have had rice paper rolls at your favourite Vietnamese restaurant and wondered how they put these yummy little packets together. One of our friends gave us her family’s recipe and we couldn’t help but share it with our Trade and Charm followers. It’s now one of my favourite new dishes and the best possible thing you can eat if you’re trying to slim down for summer.
Can anybody say, cheap street eats? Cheap, loud, and hella fun. If you’re looking for somewhere to knock back drinks on the dime and on an awesome patio? You’ve found the spot. This is my kind of dive bar. Brought to you by the same gents behind El Furniture Warehouse and Queen Street Warehouse, I knew that the Dime on Queen would satisfy all my thrifty millennial needs.
Dinner parties are odd ducks. Just say the word “dinner party” and I imagine a 1950s housewife serving perfect meatloaf to guests in a formal dining room. Boring, stuffy, and so old-fashioned right? Lame as it may sound, once you hit the age when you’d rather have appys and a cocktail rather than a red solo cup full of tequila and some pizza, playing hostess and entertaining friends for a night-in can actually be fun! Having a grown-up dinner party, without feeling too grown-up, is all about focusing on a few key details and keeping things simple. Here’s how I throw a fun, delicious, memorable gathering without any of the stuffiness…or the fear.
There is very little in life that Lauren and I enjoy more than a hearty brunch in Toronto. Sure, eggs, avocado and toast are brunch staples, but what takes your brunch to the next level are the sides! Want to impress your friends and family? Elevate your next get together with the perfect brunch accompaniments that comes together in only a few minutes – parfaits!