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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Beaconsfield: Drinks on Queen West

Last family day when families were at home watching movies and cuddling up by the fire, my friend Heather and I were cuddling next to a bottle of wine at The Beaconsfield.

The Beaconsfield is located on Queen West, slightly east of Dufferin.  Naturally being on the 'trendy' strip of Queen West this dark bar holds its own in its relaxing venue.

Despite family day The Beaconsfield was still buzzing with patrons sipping on drinks and nibbling on delicious food.  The decor is dark, relaxed and illuminated only by classic chandeliers and gold accents.

Once the historical Molsons Bank, The Beaconsfield is a hot spot that changes shape throughout the evening. It slowly shifts from people eating in a relaxing venue to a late night dance party with a live DJ pumping up the crowd.

For you sophisticated drinkers, this is a bar that will quench your thirst.  With a great selection of draught beer, aged scotches and tasty spirits there is something for any type of drinker.  The Beaconsfield is also extremely well known for its selection of tequila, just for you party animals out there.

Heather and I decided to skip the tequila and purchase a bottle of white wine. I mean it was family day, we can't get too drunk

Heather and Cole's Bottle 

Yes we are on a budget so we got the Vino Da Tavola, which was an affordable $40 and it hit the spot nicely!

This was my first time at The Beaconsfield but Heather had some food recommendations.

Heather's Two Cents 

1. The homemade Mac & Cheese.  A Southern style dish with a top layer crust of chipotle corn flakes.  Sounds like my new favourite pick.

2. Spicy Mint and Coconut Crusted Salmon.  This sounds like an orgasm in the mouth.

3. You can't forget dessert, so get the Orange Ginger Creme Brulee.

So if you find yourself on Queen West one night you have to check out The Beaconsfield for some Mac & Cheese and tequila.

I ♥ TO

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Only In TO: Sleepy Time in Chapters

This man is out like a light here at Chapters.  Someone needs to let him know that Starbucks is just around the corner.

Only In TO

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

7 West: The Restaurant That Never Sleeps

Just like the miraculous city of Toronto, 7 West Cafe is the nocturnal restaurant that represents this city.  This 24 hour hot spot is located on a bashful side street named Charles, just off Yonge.  7 West is located in the heart of the city with the posh Yorkville area just north and the vibrant Village just East.

So, for you big bar hitters out in the city this place is open all night long to satisfy your drunk munchies.  Even better, they have an all day breakfast menu!!!!!

I was catching up with my old friend Armando (aka Little Man) and knew 7 West would be a great spot to grab a coffee, a mouth-watering dessert, and maybe an afternoon cocktail.

There are three floors to 7 West, but the higher the floor the more fun you will have.  So naturally I made Little Man climb the long narrow staircase to the top floor.

7 West is known as a hot dating spot.... and a place to catch up with a friend over a nice cup of coffee.... and eat when you are plastered.  I mean who am I kidding this place is known for a lot, but its cozy and dimly lit environment make it an ideal place to take someone that you are trying to charm.

Best Breakfast Drink

Yes folks forget about the Mimosa or the Caesar, get 7 West's Breakfast Martini.  This concoction is vodka, cassis and grapefruit juice.

There are a great deal of tasty things on 7 West's menu but if it is your first time at this restaurant you have to try one of its amazing pasta dishes.

Little Man's Pick 

The Penne Chicken has grilled chicken, red peppers, mushroom and onions in a white wine cream sauce.  This pasta which comes with two pieces of garlic bread is sure to satisfy any hungry man.

I think life is too short so I skipped my pasta and headed right for the desserts menu.

My Pick 

The Carrot Cake here is to die for, and I don't even like Carrot Cake so that is saying a lot. Its moist, sweet, and who doesn't like cream cheese icing!!!

So if you are looking for a spot for a date, a piece of cake or just a place to stuff your drunk face, come on over to 7 West the hot spot that never sleeps.

I ♥ TO

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Only In TO: Girl Attacked by Squirrel

The other day my friend Jenn brought this huge fashion mistake to my attention.  I really hope that girl is getting attacked by a squirrel, because that is the ugliest F#*$ing hat I have ever seen.

Only In TO

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Only In TO: Born for Speed

Why was this little race car never around when I was a child.  This little guy is clearly the coolest kid on the block.

Only In TO

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

O That's A Lot of Sushi

Who goes North of Bloor St. unless you are going to the Mandarin?

Well folks, I got a new reason to visit up-town, and that reason is Sushi O.  This very charming restaurant has great sushi and has an element to it menu that everyone loves... all-you-can-eat!!!  When it comes to sushi people want their choice of everything and personally the only way to get my sushi fix is to visit an all-you-can-eat spot.  But good all-you-can-eat sushi quality is hard to find.

It was my hot tamale of a friend, Mayra, that convinced me to come with her to this sushi experience when Sushi O personally tweeted her.  All-you-can-eat sushi? Why not!!!

This wonderful spot, located around the corner of Younge and Eglinton has a very amazing layout.  We were seated in the smaller dinning room for lunch but when I ventured through this location I found a area where there was a kitchen station in the centre of a table where you could have the chef prepare sushi right in front of you.

The all-you-can-eat lunch is $13.99 and the dinner is $19.99, of course the dinner menu offers much more selection.  Mayra really wanted Shrimp Tempura, so she forced me to upgrade to the dinner menu, which luckily was loaded with a greater selection.

Once you fill place your order there is buffet area where you help yourself to miso soup and salad.  Another cool thing is the ice cream section where you can have your pick of green tea and mango ice cream.

Mayra and Cole's Recommended Items

Mayra's Choice - need I mention?  The Shrimp tempura was so great we upgraded to the dinner menu for it.

Cole's Choice - The Rainbow Dragon Roll (naturally) a roll topped with tuna, salmon, red snapper and avocado.

Mutual Agreement - Salmon Avocado Roll

Sushi O really puts all-you-can-eat sushi on the TO map and is a place I would recommend for any sushi lover.  But make sure you are starving because the mounds of food you are given will overwhelm you.

I ♥ TO