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WIN Tickets To The National Health Show This Weekend
October 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm 1
healthy_tennis_women_closeup WIN 1 OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW on October 23rd and 24th at the Direct Energy Centre In Toronto! HOW TO WIN! Go to the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page and post on our wall why you want to win a pair of tickets to the National Health Show. Canada's National Health Show is the largest consumer show dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for Canadians. Quickly becoming the must-see event of the year, this show encompasses everything about health, beauty, fitness, healthy eating and well-being for the MIND, BODY and SOUL! All the industry experts will be available to you under one roof in an exciting 2-day event, become inspired to look good and feel great at any age. Hundreds exhibitors to give advice, offer services and products on healthy living at Canada's National Health Show! TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE LOVE THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW: •Pick up secret tips and healthy tricks - ask the experts •Beauty advice and FREE samples •Try the latest exercise craze •Marvel at the new technology and equipment •Experience a relaxing express spa treatment •Weight loss advice and diet tips •Learn from the "sExperts" on how to spice up your sex life •Rebalance your mind with the well - being and holistic experts •Relax and take - in the vast knowledge of gifted motivational speakers and talented special guests •It's fun! Come alone and meet new people or bring the entire family out! WINNING IS EASY! Just write on the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page wall why you want a pair of tickets to the National Health Show & 10 lucky winners will be selected!
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Style
The Local Luxe: Designer Bags From Canadian Designers
October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am 1
While there are dozens and dozens of amazing international designers that we love (hello Prada!) there is also boatloads of local talent that deserves some of our attention (and pocket money). Today's post is from Tamika Auwai, a recovering shopaholic and founder of Shop Socials, a start-up that gathers Toronto’s everyday socialites in the name of friendship, fashion, and shopping Toronto’s emerging designers and independent boutiques. Learn more about Shop Socials online at www.shopsocials.com. ----- I adore a designer bag. Buttery soft leather, rich hardware, and attention to detail that you just don’t find in the no-name variety. I’ve always ogled Kors, Vuitton, and Chanel, and of course they’re still on my haute list, but in my quest to shop and support the local luxe, I’ve fallen in love with some amazing Canadian handbag designers that deserve to be household names. If you’re looking to invest in a designer bag this fall, look no further than your own backyard.
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A structured leather bag like Jessica Jensen’s Woven Box Satchel(above) is the perfect companion for corporate gals this fall. The relatively compact shape forces you to take only the essentials, the texture adds interest to an otherwise basic black bag, and the glossy finish is apropos for dinner or drinks in the evening. Get The Woven Box Satchel, $848, online or buy in-store at The Room or TNT.
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If you’ve fallen in love with the very feminine, vintage-inspired looks of the season, a modern take on a classic shape like this Marsha Bag by 442 McAdam should make your heart sing. The embossed leather and scroll-like name plate are just a few of the details that inject lady-like charm, but the sturdy cross-body strap means you can go from work to weekend without being too dainty. Get Marsha, $450, at Poor Little Rich Girl and Heel Boy, or shop online.
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If structure isn’t your thing, or your life lives in your purse, The Oliva in leather and wool by Cha Cha Lifestyle offers tons of room and relaxed style. The draw-string closure and studded accents are of the moment, but not overly done, and I love the whimsy of the hand-printed canvas lining that includes a collection of quotes and phrases in fun fonts on the inside. Get Olivia, $195, online but do allow up to two weeks for delivery as each bag is hand-crafted for you by designer, Lori Chalmers. Happy shopping!
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Life, Style
9 Great Last Minute Plans For The Long Weekend
September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm 0
The long weekend is almost here, and if you are not sure what to do there are lots of fantastic things on! So grab your sunglasses and take full advantage of the last long weekend of summer. Make it a great one!

Things To Do In Toronto


1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is!

Things To Do Outside Of The City
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4. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 5. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

Things To Do Anywhere
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6. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 7. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 8. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 9. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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Life
Learning To Trapeze: Learning To Let Go
August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am 0

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I can’t say that I’ve always wanted to run away with the circus, in fact, the closest I’ve ever got to the big top was reading Fifth Business as a kid, and creating body image issues for myself in funhouse mirrors. But as I approached my 35th birthday, I wanted to do something different, something that would test my boundaries and help me to regain some of the fearlessness of youth. I decided to try the flying trapeze. Now it’s not an original idea – I admit I saw it on an episode of Sex in the City, but the key was translating this idea into reality. I thought it was going to be difficult to find a circus in Toronto, but through the wonders of the internet, I discovered that the Toronto Circus school offers drop-in trapeze classes in a hangar at Downsview park. I convinced a few friends to join me and off we went into the unknown. When we arrived we were greeted by a pleasant looking woman who asked us to sign a waiver. I shrugged it off as a precaution and happily signed away my life – all in the name of fun. My friends and I looked at each other and broke out into a nervous giggle. This was safe wasn’t it…??? I tried to reassure us as we walked into the gymnasium. There was nothing to be afraid of. We would have a harness, a net, someone spotting us and of course a lot of practice before we even got up the trapeze.
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Or so I thought. As we walked in, all I could see was the 20 foot ladder leading to a precarious looking wooden platform and the vastness of the distance between the trapeze and the net. We all looked at each other and gulped. There would be no easing into the trapeze; we received a routine, saw a quick demonstration and were strapped in for the horror ahead. The first person up made it look really easy and gave us a false sense of security (we found out later that she was a regular). The trembling people that followed were more the norm. The closer we got to the front of the line, the more nervous we got. As I had been the instigator of the madness, I had the pleasure of going first. I never thought I had a fear of heights until I got up to the ladder. My arms were trembling and I had to force myself not to look down. As I approached the platform, I kept worrying that I would lose my footing and plummet to the ground. The platform itself was probably only 3x2 feet wide and had to support the weight of two people. I was sweating as I walked onto the platform and having some serious second thoughts. The spotter told me to grab onto the trapeze with one hand and perch my toes off the front of the platform. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as I looked at the net below. Then I was to grab the trapeze with my other hand and when she yelled “hup”, (carnie talk for “go”) I was supposed to jump off with my feet. She yelled, I jumped and swung like a pendulum. I could feel the rush of the air beside me and my arms being ripped from their sockets. I hung on for dear life and could barely hear the instructions of what to do next. After a few swings I was to tuck my knees up and throw them over the trapeze, let go of my arms and then release to fall gracefully onto the net. This is what happened – I kept swinging, my arms quivering, my body feeling like a dead weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t get my knees over the bar and was stuck there in limbo. After what seemed like an eternity, I heard a voice say something that sounded like “let go”. So I did. I fell onto the net in a heap and rolled onto the floor. I felt exhilarated. I took a second to think about what I had done and smiled. I just did the flying trapeze. Now how many people can say that? P.S. I did better the second time around. Heena is a labour lawyer with a large Canadian financial institution and has contributed several articles to Cashmere Clutch. If you liked this article you may also like Heena's other articles: Dealing With A Job Loss Starting A New Job: How To Get Your Groove Back
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Life
Great Local Find: Chabichou Fine Cheese & Gourmet Shop
August 13, 2010 at 10:00 am 0

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Yesterday we happened upon this great little French cheese shop called Chabichou. It was so charming looking that we actually turned around and went back so we could go inside! When inside the decor is the classic small cheese store; a large counter area with a great selection of cheeses, little jars of fancy French jams, fresh baguettes and croissants, and also a gorgeous selection of fresh quiches and quality home made meal options.
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But that's not all, the cute guys that work there have the most lovely French accents, and they are so friendly and pleasant (defiinitely the opposite of what you would experience in France where you would be treated like a degenerate if you didn't pronounce the names of the fancy cheeses properly). Tempted by the pistachio terrine's we could resist buying a big block of the French treat with a crusty baguette. We dove into it as soon as we got home, and it was like magic!
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Events, Life
Shakespeare At Night: Dream In High Park 2010 Ends Soon
August 10, 2010 at 9:33 am 0
romeo-juliet-canadian-stage-company Every year Canstage puts on a fabulous evening of entertainment with Dream in High Park. This year it's Romeo and Juliet and that doesn't mean it's only for couples; everyone is welcome and it's a great way to spend a night with friends, family or alone. You pack a picnic, sneak in a little bit of wine, perch on the viewing ledges, and watch the excitment build as the stage gets its final touches and the sun sets. When the production begins you are treated to a great night of entertainment in a totally unique setting. If you haven't been to Dream In High Park time is running out! Make sure you check it out before September 5th. Shows are Tuesday to Sunday and it starts at 8pm, with gates opening at 6pm. There's a minimum donation of $20, which is a steal, and of course if you are a big fan of supporting the arts they always welcome additional donations. Here are directions on how to get there If you liked this post make sure you share it with friends on facebook, twitter or email this link.
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Style
The Perfect T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style
August 4, 2010 at 3:01 am 0

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Sometimes you come across something so good you can't help but share it, and rant and rave about it. This summer we love the T-Shirt Dress From Me To We Style. It's cut extremely well so it fits the body perfectly, and can be worn in so many different ways - like the black t-shirt dress above, or this white casual t-shirt dress style with bold accessories.
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Me To We Style, an eco-friendly apparel provider in Toronto is the only social enterprise that donates 50% of their profits to their charity partner (Free The Children). If you're not convinced yet hear this, they create apparel that is made from eco-friendly fabrics and plant a tree for every t-shirt they sell to offset any carbon emissions! You can get your t-shirt dress from Me To We Style, for approx $35. We love it when fashion really cares!
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Events, Life
Free Metric Concert in Union Station, Toronto
August 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm 0
Metric That's right. What's better than free stuff in the city in the summer? According to the Toronto Star Metric is putting on a free show this Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm at Union Station. Here's the full story directly from the Toronto Star Entertainment Reporters Ben Rayner and Bruce DeMara: Hot Canadian rock band Metric will play a free concert outside Union Station on Wednesday night. Samsung Mobile announced the show on Tuesday without naming the band. But a source within the band’s camp confirmed Metric was it. “It’s true. It’s all happening. It’s not really a big secret or anything.” And details of the event — going down at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Union Square Plaza — were leaked via Twitter and readily available online mere hours after Samsung started dropping hints on its own Twitter feed. One clue read: “I wonder who this band is going to be? Is it The Beatles or could it be the Rolling Stones?” That brings to mind Metric’s hit song “Gimme Sympathy,” which includes the lyrics, “After all of this is gone / Who’d you rather be? / The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?” Apparently, the only reason Metric’s identity was kept secret was to appease city officials worried that a giant crush of people would wind up on Front St. That will almost certainly be the case now that the cat’s out of the bag. Drivers, you’ve been warned.
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Events, Life, Travel
Top 10 Things To Do For The August Long Weekend
July 30, 2010 at 11:44 am 0
In Ontario we have a fabulous 3 days off for the August long weekend. Not sure what to do? There are lots of fantastic things going on, not to mention the weather is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

Things To Do In Toronto


1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is! 4. Take Part In Caribana (click here to read more) Of course you've probably heard that this weekend is the Caribana weekend - it's a massive party that consumes a large part of our city to so here's information on how you can get involved.

Things To Do Outside Of The City
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5. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 6. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

Things To Do Anywhere
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7. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 8. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 9. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 10. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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Life
Fun Wedding Pictures We Can’t Resist Sharing
July 18, 2010 at 12:51 am 7

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Earlier in the blog I wrote about our destination wedding (including some destination wedding do's and dont's for what we'd change if we could do it all again!). I was a tad worried about what our destination wedding pictures would look like since all the samples the photographer gave us were sooooo cheesy! Parrots, pirates, and poses, sums it up well. Nothing looked natural, or relaxed, or stylish. It all looked very posed, and silly, and not like us at all. So, to make sure we had a least a few great shots we decided to do a photo shoot post-wedding in Toronto, with Stephen Sager, a recommended wedding photographer. The photos turned out so great I can't resist sharing - check out the full post on Stephen's blog here The other great part? It turns out our wedding photos from our destination wedding were quite nice, so now we have two full sets of fabulous photos!
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Life
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Real Estate Investment
June 29, 2010 at 11:28 am 1
oz_house_streetlevel Today's post is from guest editor, Julia Stepanova, a local real estate expert who has done some great investments herself, and is on board to help guide us in our wealth building activities. --- In Toronto the real estate market has not been as affected as it is in the USA. In fact we've had a hot market for the past few months. Our 2010 Forecast called for a strong first half in sales and a slower second half due to three factors. Factor One - the introduction of the HST (which will NOT impact prices in the resale market but will increase the cost of services and new properties over $400,000). Factor Two - we are expecting a bump in Bank of Canada interest rates in the second half of the year, which will make it harder for some people to afford (and therefore fewer people will buy). Factor Three - more listings are coming to the market (particularly in the condo segment). Right now the market is still hot but will be softening towards the end of June/2010. And if you like to take your time looking for a place and multiple offers is not your thing this means it is your time to shine. If you are looking to get into the real estate market it's a great time. But how do you get the most out of it? First, make sure you're taking the right steps. 1. Get yourself preapproved by going to your local bank. 2. Decide on the area. 3. Write your wish list. 4. Find an agent specializing in your preferred area. 5. Do not forget to allocate 1.5% of the purchase price towards the closing cost. If you want a steady return on your money, houses can be a sure bet and it have two strong things going for them as an investment. First, any capital gains on your principal residence are tax-free. If your house appreciates by 6 per cent, you get to keep every cent of your gains. Now 6 per cent may not sound like much, but in terms of how much you end up with, you'd have to earn as much as 12 per cent on a fixed-income investment such as a GIC to match that return, after tax. Second, you don't have to come up with the full purchase price, meaning you're able to harness leverage. The conventional mortgages require a down payment of 25 per cent of a house's appraised value. Where as the High Ratio Mortgage, requires only 5% down payment. For example, if you buy a $200,000 home, you need to come up with around $50,000 for a conventional mortgage. If the home's value rises to $220,000, that's an increase of 10 per cent. But what's really happened is you've put up $50,000, and made $20,000. Your real gross return on your invested funds is around 40 per cent. But notice the word “gross”. Don't forget that your real return will be less. Buying a home and having a mortgage is also a tremendously powerful forced savings program. You need to pay for housing, whether you are renting, leasing, or paying your mortgage. So why not put your money towards a mortgage, and if you invest wisely when you sell you will get it all back. If you rent, you never get anythign back. ---- Julia is a real estate agent with Re/Max Condos Plus and you can find her here.
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Life
Women And Real Estate Investing
May 13, 2010 at 9:19 am 3
oz_house_streetlevel For many women the dream of owning their own home, having a successful career, and some solid investments is very appealling. Recently we've been receiving loads of questions on investing, women and money, and how to build a solid little nest into a big bag of cash! This month we're thrilled to have Julia Stepanova, a local real estate expert who has done some great investments herself, and is on board to help guide us in our wealth building activities. Here's Julia! --- When I was a money struggling student in England, my dream was to finally finish studying and to get a nice job. That day arrived: the end of university, but most importantly a job that provided me with a paycheck once a month. Like any other woman I spent it all on clothing and shoes! The next paycheck was used for new clothes and new shoes (a temptation impossible to resist). I soon enough realized that I was turning into a Carry Bradshaw; I mean how many shoes can I have? What happened to my dream of owning a home? I wanted to get married and have children, of course, but first on my list was building my own personal success and aquiring some solid investments including real estate. It’s an essential part of your life and makes you feel an accomplished woman. Since those struggling years 10 years ago, I got married, I had a child and guess what? I own a unit that has tripled in price since I bought it! Talk about an investment! I rent it out and it provides me with an income that I spend on… yes, shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. The thing is: real estate investing is easier than you would think, and can often reap some hefty rewards. If you're not convinced check out this story here. It's true that there is some risk associated, and there are no guarantees, but like any risk the reward can be huge, and all indicators are saying that things are a-ok in the real estate market here in Toronto. Right now, Toronto real estate continues to move towards balance and for someone looking to buy that's great news. There are lots of listings (i.e. choice for you) and now over 1,100 downtown condos for sale. The sale-to-list ratio (sales to active listings in a month) that was at one time over 80% is now down to 50% and will soon approach the 25-35% range of a balanced market. If you have already been thinking of buying, go while the interest rates are still low and the market is turning into the Buyers market. Don't be afraid, owning a home is one of the most liberating things a woman can do for herself. --- Julia is a real estate agent with Re/Max Condos Plus and you can find her here.</a
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Life
Doing Good Feels Good! How Helping Charities Helps You
March 26, 2010 at 7:17 am 0
This week has been a bit of a whirlwind of charitable events - it's pretty tiring but so great to get out, meet new people, and help raise money for great causes!

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make new connections at fundraising events

Last night, along with other great bloggers like Lisa and Wendy who run The Hip and Urban Girls Guide, Ali and Alex from Chickadvisor, and Sandy from Reinventing Sandy B we attended the TwestivalTO event which raised an amazing $20,000 for concern. You can check out The Hip and Urban Girls Guide coverage of the event here. On Wednesday night there was also a super cool fundraiser at O Noir restaurant - where you dine in the dark which helped raise money for Angels in the Night - a charity that raises money to help the homeless. Not only do these events help raise money for great causes, but they are also good for you! They provide an excellent networking opportunity, a chance to meet new people, and you never know - you might make a business connection, make a new best friend, or get a new date.

charitable events are a great way to meet new people

charitable events are a great way to meet new people

If you find it hard to meet new people or talk to strangers, it's almost like trying to meet guys - here are some great tips on how to talk to guys that you can also use to meet new people or network at events. To make sure you actually go up and introduce yourself to strangers set a goal for how many new people you are going to meet - say 3 for your first time. Look around at people that are alone, that look interesting, or that look like someone you would like to get to know better. It's easier than you think and could be the start of something great in your life! Photo Credit: altru world and #twestivalTO on Flikr
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Life
A Great Date Night At Lucien Restaurant
February 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm 0
Last night my fiancé and I went out for our first real date in a long time. Our winter vacation, my condo sale, moving in, and planning a wedding have all added up to us having almost no time. Remember when I wrote about when there's even too much change for me? Scratch that. Life has thrown us sooooo many balls to toss at the same time and we just have to learn to juggle! After weeks and weeks of non stop action it was starting to take a bit of a toll. So we took a step back, set up a date night and finally we had a proper date...and it was wonderful! We went to Lucien Restaurant in Toronto. Thankfully for us (not for the restaurant) it was an Olympic hockey game yesterday, so the restaurant was empty. It was us and one other table.

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We could hear the music, talk quietly, and really enjoy a great date night in peace. The restaurant doesn't have that many tables, so it feels like a nice intimate dining experience. The decor is gorgeous, the lighting is dimmed, and the music and nice and calm...all the elements are set for you to have a nice, relaxing time with unbelievable food and wine!

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For dinner I had a heirloom beet and carrot salad appetizer and roasted chicken main dish. The salad was great but the roasted chicken was outstanding. Almost every time I go out with my fiancé I taste his dinner and always secretly wish I'd chosen his dish. But not last night! I was thrilled with my choice and I think it was better choice than my honey's beef bourguignon. His was good, but I think the chicken had so much more depth of flavours and the dark meat was presented like a warm terrine which was wonderful. Of course we had some wine too....a gorgeous Amarone that was one of the best wines we've had in a long time! It was so nice to sit down, spend some quality time, laugh together and forget about all the craziness for a few hours. Of course, it really helped that we agreed not to talk about work at all, so we could focus on the sweet things in life instead of thinking about mounting to do lists!
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Life
Dining In The Dark At O Noir Restaurant
February 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm 1


O Noir Restaurant offers a gourmet experience in the dark

O Noir Restaurant offers a gourmet experience in the dark

There's a new concept restaurant that seems like a super fun, and totally different kind of place. The restaurant O Noir offers a dining experience in the dark! Why would you eat in the dark you ask? According to owner and founder Moe Alameddine... "When you eat food in the dark, your remaining senses are heightened to savour the smell and taste of food. Even simple, everyday dishes like potatoes and yogurt take on a culinary flare." But not only is the restaurant a cool new concept, it also helps sighted folks realize what it's like to live blind. This idea started with Jorge Spielmann, a blind pastor in Zurich who used to blindfold his dinner guests at his home so they could share his eating experience. In 1999, Spielmann opened Blindekuh (German for Blind Cow); a project aimed at teaching the sighted about the sightless world, and provide jobs for blind people. So to make sure that you get to really experience what it's like the restaurant doesn't let you use lighters, cellphone lights, candles or anything. You must spend the whole evening in complete darkness to get the true experience. I can't wait to try it out! Photo Credit: Toronto Star
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DJ Skate Saturday Nights at Toronto Harbourfront
December 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm 0


In Toronto the winter can be pretty harsh. It's all to easy to stay home, open the Shiraz, and eat rich cheese tucked in some cozy blankets. Even the thought of going outside is scary. When thinking of going outside for prolonged periods of time the average person does some quick math...factoring in the amount of time outside, how cold it is outside, and how much fun they're likely to have. Often times the math doesn't work out, and everyone stays inside. But who can live like a shut-in for half the year?! Luckily our friends at Toronto Harbourfront are hosting DJ Skate Saturday Nights at the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront to get us of our sofas. They have an outdoor skating rink open everyday, and on some nights they have dj's spinning. So grab a few girlfriends, bundle up, and head out to the rink for some good, clean fun. Here's the schedule for 2010 (always from 8-11pm): January 2, DJ -2 (ambient electronica) January 9, DJs Matt Cully and Lou Calabro (blues, swing, 50's rock, doo wop) January 16, DJs Andy Reid, Simon Jain and YUG (house) January 23, DJ Promise (mix of funky beats) January 30, DJ L'Oqenz and The 2 Swift Household (hip hop, old school jazz) February 6, The Real Soul on Ice (soul, funk, house, reggae) February 13, Cherry Bomb (house and electro)
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Lovely City Spaces – Allan Gardens
November 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm 0




In Toronto we have some great city parks, but one of the most gorgeous city spaces is Allan Gardens downtown. There is a huge arboretum with several different rooms and climates. You can sit in one and feel like you're on a tropical vacation, or go to another and be in a desert, or go to another and watch the fish swim in the pond with lily pads and other water plants. Outside of the arboretum there are lots of beautiful old trees and little paths around the area. There's also a little church on one of the corners. But there’s a new addition to this small and historical city park. The super charming dog park areas. They have a cute little blue dog for the small dog park, and a cute green dog for the big dog area. The little blue dog is my very favourite. It makes me want a puppy!
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Life
Great Date Idea
November 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm 0
In Toronto there are some wonderful and fun things to do for dates that can bump an average night up several notches. If you have a spare date evening and you want to do something different here is a fun plan just for you!

Start your night out at Rodney's Oyster Bar on King Street. It's a pretty rough and tumble environment, but the oysters are amazing and it's a very open and social place. You can show up in a fancy dress and saddle up to the bar for few oysters, or wear jeans and spend the evening here, so don't let this place set the tone for your outfit. Wear what you want and enjoy the adventure of eating shucked oysters while sipping champagne. The oysters are so fresh and wonderful, not to mention an aphrodisiac!



After your oyster adventure head out to the Davisville LCBO (liquor store). It may seem like a bit of a strange spot, but the historic building has a gorgeous tasting room where you can sample some divine wines in a beautiful environment. Make sure you each sample different wines and share them...it's a nice romantic thing to do and you get to learn something too! But beware, there's a limit of two samples per person and the tasting room closes at 8pm, so try to show up at 7 so you’re not rushed.

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To end your evening go to the bar at Scaramouche. As a part of the fancy (and pricey) restaurant the bar is a more casual (i.e. fun) environment with the same gorgeous views as Scaramouche and phenomenal foods. There some fantastic mains here but if you want something lighter the asparagus, buffalo mozzarella and pesto salad is simply divine. As you wind down the evening sip a desert wine and look over the city...it's the perfect way to end a fun and adventurous date, which depending on what you eat, doesn't have to cost a fortune.
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Life
Cool Design: The Wave Bridges in Toronto’s Harbourfront
September 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm 1
In Toronto there have been some very cool things happening on our Harbourfront over the last year. My favourite addition are three wave decks – pedestrian bridges designed to look like waves. They opened up at the beginning of summer and have added a whole new aspect to the waterfront. It’s fun to see everyone pointing at them, trying to see if they can climb up the steep inclines (it’s hard, I’ve tried), but best of all I love the fact the folks at Harbourfront Toronto incorporated this awesome design into the neighbourhood. They could have done a purely functional bridge (boooring) but instead they went out on a limb and set up these super fun, and functional, wave decks. Hooray for taking chances with design!
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Life
AMAZING! Cirque du Soleil: Ovo
September 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm 1

Last night my boyfriend and I went to see Ovo, the lastest Cirque du Soleil masterpiece. It was OUTSTANDING! The music was great, the costumes were beautiful (and very creative), the tricks were excellent, and the sets were stunning. I was very impressed with the wonderful mix of gymnasts, trapeze artists, dancers, and jugglers, which thanks to the choreography, all complimented each other extremely well on the stage together. The last time Cirque du Soleil was in town was for Kooza, but this was ten times better. I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'm not going to tell you what happens. But, I will tell you, when I left I felt like I'd been to the best party of my whole life.
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Travel
Weekend Warrior: Day Trip to Toronto Islands
August 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm 0
This summer in Toronto has been less than ideal, with rain on almost every weekend, and temperatures well below the seasonal average. However, it seems that summer has finally arrived and last weekend was a shining example of the beautiful summers we get in the city. I’m always more than happy to travel out of the city during the winter months, but in the summer there’s no place I’d rather be than in Toronto.

One of my favourite summertime activities is to visit the islands just outside of the downtown harbour. The islands have always been the playground for city dwellers and they are easy to get to on a fun 10 minute ferry ride. You can take bikes and rollerblades on the ferry, or you can canoe/kayak/sail over. There are no cars on the island, so it’s really peaceful and ideal for families to go for day trips with large picnics. There are button cute cottages on the east side of the islands, and a “little kid” friendly amusement park in the middle of the islands. It’s a great place to take bike trips, and with open barbecue pits and tables it’s a great place to throw a party. Every time I go there I’m taken away into dream land with the sounds of children playing nearby, while I’m having a lovely picnic under weeping willow trees with sailboats floating by.
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