Category Archives: City Steaze

THIS IS BURGER CITY

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It’s very clear that the city of Toronto is obsessed with the hamburger. Granted, nothing else really compares to the satisfaction of eating a juicy burg topped with The Option (Priest fans you know wa’ I’m talking about) or a anything off the menu at Holy Chuck but another shop has opened up on Queen West and it has grabbed this Hamburgeller’s attention. During a menu tasting at Parts and Labour in Parkdale yesterday, we were informed of their new burger shop opening that will be some stiff competition to the other hot spots in the area. Under the same management as P&L, this malt shop is set up for success and with a minimalist menu in which they promise to do a few things really, really well. I’m really looking forward to trying this place out when it opens in a couple of days!

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FOOD & WINE

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Last year was our first year attending the notorious food & wine expo held at the MTCC and it was quite a fun experience. It was great to try some new things; different wines pairings, some tasty grub and we even got to meet Matt and Steve, the founders of those delicious spicy beans! We could not hold back when we saw the Fireball station and spent more tickets than I would like to remember, meanwhile trying to make best friends with the promo girls for more Fireball swag (we wore it proud!). All in all, fun night, expect to drop a minimum of $50 if you want the full experience but keep in mind not to go with a big group because it is craayy busy. Cheers!

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DRIZZY DRAKE

It’s 9:52 in the morning and I’ve already listened to this song 4 times…

Drizzy Drake, I’m a good girl and I know itttt, you know exactly who I could be.

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ANICE JEWELLERY

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Once is a while you get lucky to stumble upon a truly delightful shop that results in fighting strong urges to purchase everything in the store. Ladies (and loving boyfriends), Anice Jewellery in Kensignton Market just so happens to be our latest obsession where you can find unique, hand crafted pieces sure to melt the heart of someone special.

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As soon as you walk into this store, owner/designer/creator of all things beautiful Brittany Hopkins, makes you feel right at home. With a punch of vintage and a whole lot of girly, you can pick up a variety of neckless, rings and brackets ranging from many price points (and I promise there will be something to fit every budget). If you are feeling crafty, Brittany also offers a consulting service where you can design your own custom piece and include trinkets and tokens from good times past. I myself, picked up a neckless with my initial hand stamped right on-site.

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The holidays are fast approaching and I can almost guarantee you can find something special for any lady on your list, so do yourself a favour an go check it out.

….and follow our new motto:

                     – Eat cereal for dinner and buy more jewellery. 

JUNCTION MUSICAL FESTIVAL

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Anyone who is looking for something to do this Saturday in Toronto should absolutely check out the Junction Music Festival! Not only is it in one of the most unique neighbourhoods in the city, but it features an awesome line-up of independent bands that are worth checking out. The extensive line-up features bands like Dinosaur Bones and Zeus to name a few.

The festival takes place all day throughout the Junction, and also features some workshops and special events. Just another reason why I’ve got infinite love for Toronto and its emerging music scene.

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PALO ALTO

Heading out to see this new flick tonight and lucky for me one girlfriend did some serious research into what’s what at TIFF and found this amazing film. Palo Alto is the premier of Gia Coppola (yes, the Granddaughter of Francis Ford) work and I could not be more excited. I wouldn’t be upset if I bumped into James Franco in the audience and not only does he play the lead role, but this film is based on his first book of short stories about the cray world of California’s youth… should I be expecting a little Godfather meets The OC?

Is it 5 o’clock yet?

ELECTRIC MUD BBQ

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After falling in love with Grand Electric last fall, its no surprise that eating at sister Electric Mud was on the top of my bucket list. This tapas style, so-hip-it-hurts eatery served up some mean grub, and I can truly vouch that everything is good on the menu. **(If you want to eat anytime after 7, expect to wait at least 1/2 hour at this trendy Parkdale spot)

I highly suggest going with 3+ people so you can try some of everything and leave satisfied. I went with 6 people so we actually ordered 1 or everything on the menu (including the specials of the day… diet starts tomorrow?). We started with some beergaritas which really hit the spot on this hot hot day and then proceeded to indulge ourselves with all the tasty treats to follow. The highlights where the BBQ ribs, fried chicken and BBQ salad, oh, and if you are a fan of coleslaw, theirs is UNREAL! Watermelon & feta salad and crack rolls weren’t anything special however still nice to try. Finished everything with a mason jar filled with banana cream pie and I was one happy camper. I can’t wait to go back and try the duck (unfortunately they were out when I was there), and hopefully that happens soon!

LAWN BOWLING

20130830-160058.jpgLate last week my company had its summer social at the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club. I wasn’t sure how much fun it would actually be, but it turned out to be unreal! We all dressed up in white, had a few drinks, and learned the basics. Basically curling, but for the summer – I’m definitely going to be joining a club when I retire.

THE FISH SHOP

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Apartment hunting can work up quite an appetite so IRV stopped over at The Fish Shop on College for a quick bite and the grilled fish truly is everything its cracked up to be. We both were feaning a wholesome salad so we ordered a bed of greens topped with the fish of the day which was grouper. It was so tasty and perfectly seasoned and was definitely great value for its $11 price point. This shop is fresh fresh fresh and a perfect place to pick up dinner on the way home from a long day of work when you want something nutricious that doesn’t sacrifice taste. Skip it for date night as there are only a few picnic tables outside for sitting… unless you’re grabbing something quick on your way for an stroll in Bellwoods park.

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COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING

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Toronto – meet Collective Arts Brewing. The company, set to officially launch on September 12 is a brewing company that hopes to promote local emerging artists through their packaging. All their bottles will feature limited edition artworks by artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more, with each label series only lasting a few months. Not only that, but through the use of augmented reality, the labels literally come to life when viewed through the Blippar mobile app (my inner digital nerd is absolutely losing it right now).
Its safe to say this is one of the raddest beer companies I have ever come by, and by the looks of their inaugural art series, there are some pretty amazing things to come from this company. Huge props to Collective Arts Brewing for bringing a new spin to our beloved beloved beer.

The company is holding a launch party on September 12th at the Gladstone Hotel and I highly recommend everyone check it out! I know I will be there.