CONTEST | Win A ‘Taste-Of-The-Show’ Gift Basket Plus Two Tickets To The Whole Life Expo

#WLE2015

One of my goals is to improve my quality of life – from the inside out, and the Whole Life Expo is sure to be a great place to start! 

I love heading out to different exhibits and conventions to learn all about new products that can better my life.

Sure, I love the shows that are based around wine and liquor as much as the next gal (obvs) – but, there are other options you know!

Whole Life Expo

Canada’s largest showcase of natural health, alternative medicine, and green living. With 80+ speakers and over 275 exhibitors, Whole Life Expo brings you a wonderful array of natural health products and services gathered under one roof for three days.

For 29 years, the Whole Life Expo has been a staple healthy living convention with speakers and exhibitors coming together to showcase a better living alternative.

This year, Vitality Magazine is sponsoring the Whole Life Expo and we’ve partnered together to give you the chance to win two tickets to expo…and a ‘Taste-Of-The-Show‘ gift basket – all valued at $200!

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Below is just a snippet of the list of exhibitors who have contributed to the ‘Taste-Of-The-Show‘ gift basket, there is so much more!

Simply enter via the widget below, and a winer will be drawn on Friday November 27 at 9am.

BONUS ENTRY: Tweet the following message and tag the friend you would bring with you to the Whole Life Expo this weekend!

“I want to take @— to @WholeLifeExpoTO this weekend and WIN a gift basket valued at $200 thanks to @JennAndTheCity #WLE2015!”

Good luck and I hope to see you there!

Note: Winner must be able to attend the Whole Life Expo, as the prize and tickets will be picked up at Will Call.

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CONTEST | The Ultimate Girls Night Out With HiM:Man

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Ladies, and some of you guys – if you’re looking to have the ultimate night out with your pals – have I got the contest for you!

Remember Magic Mike and all its deliciousness?

Well, we have our very own Magic Mike-esque group right here!

HiM Promotions


HiM, Handsome International Men, was selected to promote the theatrical release of Magic Mike XXL.

HiM has been featured on CP24, BT Breakfast Television, Global Morning Show, and e-Talk.

Have you seen HiM? It’s time you did.

HIM Productions
HiM, Handsome International Men, returns to Uniun Nightclub, one of Toronto’s hottest nightlife spots and celebrity haunts on Saturday November 28th.

 

HiM:MAN is a live dance performance that will showcase the male form at its prime: athletic, strong and sensual.

 

Choreographed by one of Toronto’s premier hip hop and dance talents Ryan Scheel, you’ll see some moves that will make even Channing jealous.

 

Every number is sexier and more exciting than the last, and our soundtrack will get you dancing just as much as the guys on stage.

 

Our HiM Men are all about the ladies. Not only will you take in a great show, but we will pamper you before and after in our HiM Beauty Lounge, featuring talented makeup artists, hair stylists, free gifts and more!  It’s the ultimate ladies’ night out, and you’re invited.
Doors open at 8pm. Show Starts at 9pm. After party 10pm – 2am (same location).

 

Your ticket includes show, and access to the beauty lounge.

 

Ticket also includes free access for the afterparty, at Uniun Nightclub if ticket holder arrives before 10pm.

I’m giving away THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to THREE LUCKY WINNERS!

Simply enter below – and good luck!

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CONTEST | Try Something New With An #AromaDateNight

#AromaDateNight

Now that I’m back on the dating scene again – I have been thinking more about ideas for different first dates.

Don’t get me wrong – the typical “Let’s meet at such and such bar and grab a drink,” is still a viable option, however – how well can you really get to know someone in a loud bar?

Often, many people do not want to commit to a sit-down dinner on a first date either – even if the restaurant setting provides a more convenient way to chat and get to know your date…in between bites, of course.

No one likes someone who talks with food in their mouth!

I was recently chatting with the team from Aroma and thought to myself that going to an Aroma on a first date would be ideal.

Founded in Jerusalem in 1994, Aroma Espresso Bar has expanded to more than 170 locations worldwide across six countries, including Israel, Canada, and the United States.

Aroma came to Canada and opened their first Toronto location in The Annex in 2007, and they haven’t stopped there. With locations all around the GTA, including Markham, Mississauga, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Oakville – and more in the works – it’s safe to say that Aroma is here to stay.

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Having a first date (or any date for that matter) at Aroma is a great idea for a few reasons.

  1. There are many Aroma locations that are licensed. So you can not only have a coffee – but you can spike that coffee if you so choose to! Or, simply order a cocktail or signature spiked cocktail from their extensive menu.
  2. The laid back, comfortable setting of Aroma will have both you and your date feeling at ease.
  3. The food menu at Aroma is full of healthy, delicious items – many of which are actually large enough for sharing. So you can nibble on and share some delicious bites throughout your date.
  4. Multiple convenient locations make it super easy to make plans to meet there. If it’s a blind date, or a first date – it’s always a wise idea to play it safe and meet in a public place.
  5. Every single Aroma has a patio. Every single one. So when the nice weather comes back – you can enjoy some patio time!

Between their signature hot drinks, such as the Brazilian Hazelnut Latte, Hot Apple Cider, and the Aroma coffee, to their delicious cold drinks like the Sunrise (which I actually enjoy with a little vodka in it), Ice Chocolate, and their Iced Berry Tea Lemonade – there is bound to be something you’ll love.

If after you have your first drink – you find you’re comfortable and enjoying your date’s company – you can then decide to maybe grab a bite and continue getting to know each other. All without having to leave and head to another spot!

Pair your drinks with some delicious food, like the Sweet Potato Lentil Salad, or the Aroma A.C.E. Sandwich – which I tried recently and thoroughly enjoyed!

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Aroma A.C.E. Sandwich

Now – I wouldn’t tell you all about this awesome first date idea without giving you the opportunity to experience it yourself, would I?

Of course not!

I’ve partnered with the amazing team at Aroma to offer one lucky winner a $100 gift certificate!

Simply enter via the options below – and good luck!

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Unlimited Mimosas And Delicious Noms At The Windsor Arms Hotel Sunday Brunch

#SundayBrunch

If you live in Toronto, chances are you love brunch.

We all love it.

It’s our thing.

Walk past any popular, and even some of the not-so-popular spots Sunday morning – and your likely to see a line-up for brunch.

One such brunch hot spot is The Windsor Arms Hotel.

Located in Yorkville, The Windsor Arms Hotel is a 28 suite hotel, and the building dates back to 1927.

At the Windsor Arms,  historic and new-millennium amenities are fused together to create a delicate balance of old-world charm and modern decadence.

Especially known for their high-tea service, The Windsor Arms Hotel actually has a lot more to offer.

I recently visited The Windsor Arms Hotel hotel for their Sunday brunch buffet, and let me tell you – I was not disappointed.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to take someone you want to impress out for brunch – I highly suggest The Windsor Arms Hotel.

And…guys, let me tell you something before I go into all the delicious food (and believe me – there was a lot of delicious food).

The Windsor Arms Hotel offers unlimited mimosas with their Sunday brunch.

Unlimited mimosas.

Windsor Arms Sunday Brunch

Yes, you read that right.

Made with their very own private label sparkling wine.

Unlimited, delicious, mimosas.

Alright – if that doesn’t sell you right there, let me tell you a bit bout the food.

Typically I am a bit weary of buffets.

I’m always worried about the food being luke-warm, and bland.

However – everything at The Windsor Arms Hotel Sunday brunch buffet was fresh and flavourful.

From the salad station to the seafood table; the meat carving station.

To the typical breakfast foods of pancakes and french toast – and everything in between – it was all simply delicious and fresh.

There were so many options that I didn’t know where to start!

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Beef and Mushroom Ragout

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Sheppards Pie

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Turkey Roulade

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Seafood Pasta Salad

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Fresh Crab Legs

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French Toast, Bacon, Sausages, and Pancakes

Speaking of fresh…

One of my absolute favourite dished from my brunch was the Eggs Benedict.

Eggs Benedict is not something you would think would be included in a buffet brunch, but they are at The Windsor Arms Hotel!

Between your choice of three varieties, you place your order with your server and they are made fresh for you.

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Traditional Eggs Benedict with Pemeal Bacon.

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Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon

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Eggs Benny Florentine for the veggie lovers.

How amazing is that?

There is even an omlette station where you can pick and choose your toppings and have a fresh omlette made right there before your eyes.

Of course – make sure you leave room for dessert!

Because, well – there is a whole darn table dedicated to delicious dessert at The Windsor Arms Hotel Sunday Brunch!

With everything from creme brulee to pistachio cake – there is bound to be something for everyone on their dessert table!

Windsor Arms Sunday Brunch

Creme Brulee

Windsor Arms Sunday Brunch

Coffee Panna Cotta

Windsor Arms Sunday Brunch

Chocolate Brownies and Rockie Road Bars

Be sure to check out The Windsor Arms Hotel for their Sunday brunch and share your pics on Twitter and Instagram with me so I can see what you’re enjoying!

Price per Person = $65

CONTEST | The Everything To Do With Sex Show

The Everything To Do With Sex Show

Whether you are looking for examples on how to bring 50 Shades of Grey to life in your bedroom or a more in depth look into understanding desire – The Everything To Do With Sex Show is your one-stop shop for everything in between the sheets.

The Everything To Do With Sex Show is returning to Toronto for its 16th (!!) year and it’s bigger and better (ayoo!) than ever before.

Taking place at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place from October 23-25, the show will have hundreds of exhibitors, seminars, stage shows, erotic art, burlesque entertainment and oh-so-much more.

 The Everything To Do With Sex Show

There is bound to be something for everyone at The Everything To Do With Sex Show!

Now, you may be sitting there thinking some of the following things…

“JennJenn – come on! Why on earth would I attend the The Everything To Do With Sex Show? I’m not into all that kinky stuff!”

But – let me tell you, The Everything To Do With Sex Show isn’t just about kink!

The Everything To Do With Sex Show is the largest consumer adult and romance expo in North America.

Yup. Romance too!

Dr. Laurie Betito is a Psychologist with a specialty in Sex Therapy and she’ll be holding seminars at The Everything To Do With Sex Show that will focus on how to have better sex after the age of 50, and understanding desire.

“But, JennJenn – I do love the kinky stuff!”

Perfect!

Obviously The Everything To Do With Sex Show will have plenty for you too!

You should check out Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her.

Carlyle has been conducting workshops for more than 10 years, helping thousands of people.

She’ll be hosting seminars at the show that will focus on the elusive female G-Spot and how to explore the pleasures of different forms of sex.

The main stage will be hosting a RED-HOT male revue by HIM Productions…think Magic Mike – except live in front of you and not on a screen!
 The Everything To Do With Sex Show
You’ll be able to shop til you drop at The Everything To Do With Sex Show too.

 

From toys to lingerie – you can find all sexy products on the show floor.

 

Feeling frisky?

 

Check out the Kink Corner and then head to the Erotic Art Area.

 

Feeling enticed to check out The Everything To Do With Sex Show yet? Well, you can purchase tickets online HERE!
Or…you can enter my giveaway below! I’m giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to The Everything To Do With Sex Show to TWO lucky winners!
(One pair per person)
GOOD LUCK!

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Your Next Date Night Made Easy – Thanks To U-Feast

U-Feast

Dating can be interesting…to say the least.

Ha!

Let’s face it – there are rules, and games, and all that fun stuff.

But when you put all that jazz aside – it boils down to spending time with someone interesting, and learning everything you can about this person.

So, when something comes my way that can make the whole dating thing a lot easier – my interest is always piqued!

When my friend Yvonne told me about U-Feast – I was definitely intrigued.

U-Feast was born out of a desire by adventurous foodies for something different than ordering off a restaurant menu – not that there’s anything wrong with that!

We couldn’t help but think there’s a better way to get unique dining experiences that won’t break the bank.

One of the best parts, in my opinion – is the fact that you can leave your wallet at home.

The ticket prices are inclusive of food, wine and gratuities.

So no need to worry about that awkwardness of splitting the bill at the end of the night!

Luckily – I got to head to one of U-Feast’s events recently and had a blast!

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Held at Mata Bar in Parkdale – I was ushered in and seated at my table.

The entire restaurant was shut down for this sold–out event, and everyone looked so enthusiastic about trying out the custom menu!

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One of the owners shared a bit of a background on the restaurant, its team, and its menu – which ended with an enthusiastic cheers with one of the most delicious cocktails I have ever had!

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The Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime.

Ours was topped with fresh sugar cane.

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First up – Feijoada Shooter.

A traditional Brazilian stew with smoked meats in a black bean broth with crispy kale.

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Second round – Swordfish Ceviche.

A pickled pineapple salsa with avocado sauce and house made cassava chips.

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Third dish (and my personal favourite) – Linguica.

A house-smoked pork sausage with chimichurri, brown butter corn, and potato sticks.

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Next up we had – Escondidinho de Camarao.

Jumbo grilled shrimp served on mashed cassava in a shrimp cream, topped with parmesean and bread crumbs.

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Served along side with the shrimp was – Cassava “Gnocchi.”

Jamon crudo with shallots, brussels sprouts and reggianito.

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Finally – dessert came out.

Carmalized Banana Panna Cotta.

AKA – heaven in my mouth.

As you can see – there was no shortage of food, and what you didn’t see is that there was an unlimited amount of wine too!

It’s simple and free to join U-Feast as a member.

Then you’ll have easy access to all of the U-Feast events.

Simply purchase your ticket(s) and that’s it!

Then all you have to do is show up hungry and ready to eat and drink to your hearts content.

So why not try out U-Feast for your next date night?

Their motto is “Never have a bad meal again” for a reason!

You can learn more about U-Feast here.

Photo credits to Joee Wong Photography and Somewhat Sunday

CONTEST | #WonderfulCanHappen at Halloween Haunt

#WonderfulCanHappen

It’s officially October.

And do you know what that means?

…my birthday is soon!

But – besides that, Halloween is quickly approaching!

Ghosts and goblins and witches…oh my!

When it comes to Halloween, I’m typically more of the kittens and princess costumes type of gal.

I’m a big scaredy cat!

But, in the spirit of breaking out of my comfort zone, and trying new things – I’m heading to Canada’s Wonderland for their annual Halloween Haunt, thanks to PayPal!

PayPal and Canada’s Wonderland have teamed up to launch “Wonderful Can Happen,” a fun new campaign for the 2015 season.

Park guests and PayPal customers have been surprised with gifts and free events, like the screening of Jurrasic World and Down With Webster concert earlier this summer, all season long!

I’m teaming up with PayPal to give a lucky reader the chance to come to Halloween Haunt with me on October 16th!

Halloween Haunt

The prize pack includes:

2 Canada’s Wonderland entrance tickets for use on October 16.
2 Fright Lane passes – similar to Fast Lane passes, because no one likes waiting in line to enjoy rides.
1 parking pass – or transportation can be arranged if required.
2 VIP Meals – just in case your appetite isn’t scared away!

Simply enter via the widget below, and good luck!

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The scary pic is from the Halloween Haunt website, and I’m already peeing my pants just from looking at it…

Dining Reimagined At The Stella Artois Sensorium

#Sensorium

Last month, the city was all a buzz about this amazing new experience that was having their global launch right here in Toronto.

From September 10th to 27th, 2015 – the Stella Artois Sensorium will be hosting 80-guests for the sold-out lunch and dinner services each day.

Fun Fact: The $125 tickets for the Stella Artois Sensorium sold out in days!

Sensorium

THE EXPERIENCE

A world renowned chef and a team of sensory experts unite to create an immersive experience like no other.

Honoring the way a perfectly poured Stella Artois immerses the 5 senses, we present Sensorium.

A multi-course dining experience with beer and food pairings where each dish will be inspired by one of the five senses – sight, sound, taste, touch & aroma.

Within our sensorial dome, guests will be immersed in a 360 degree experience, surrounded by video and interactive elements that will engage and amplify all of the senses throughout the night.

The Stella Artois Sensorium was put together by a team of interactive memeber who wanted to bring together their passions to create a 360 degree dining experience.

TASTE

Richie Farina / Stella Artois
A Michelin Star awarded chef teams up with Stella Artois to bring his modern nature approach to cuisine

SIGHT

Jamie Webster / Common Good
Jamie Webster is a director and designer based in Toronto. His main focus is on developing unique visual narratives that integrate moving image, art and design.

SOUND

Nyles Miszczyk
One of the most respected sound producers and engineers in Canada – he has developed sounds for a wide variety of artists all over Canada.

SCENT

Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant / BevLab by Future Food Studio
BevLab by Future Food Studio is an award winning ongoing exploration in flavour, experimentation, and co-creation at the intersection of food, technology, and design.

TOUCH/FEEL

Stella Artois
The sensorial experts will all come together to provide a fully immersive experience.

 

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I was one of the lucky few invited out to experience the Stella Artois Sensorium before the global launch, and let me tell you – it was an experience like no other.

When we arrived, we were greeted with a chalice of Stella Artois…and those didn’t stop all afternoon!

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As we waited to be seated a wall of 200 Stella chalices opened up and exposed us to the dining area.

We walked in, ready to immerse ourselves in a 5-course dining experience that would enlighten all 5 senses and pair perfectly with Stella Artois.

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We were seated at one of two custom made tables, which each sat 20 people on each side.

As I mentioned, the tables were custom built for the Stella Artois Sensorium and were actually incorporated into the different courses.

Chef Richie Farina of the Michelin starred restaurant Moto, Chicago worked with the team to create a 5 course menu that was incorporated with video, music/sound, scent…everything you’d need to enlighten all your senses!

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The first course was a selection of raw petite vegetables, planted in mushroom soil with a roasted garlic aioli.

As the dome changed colours above and around us, we literally dug into our first course!

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The second course came with a plate that had sea salt surrounding a quote that read,

Sweet coconut fields, give way to the savoury sea, get ready to set sail, your journey has just begun.

The roof of the dome matched the white sea salt…it was breathtaking!

Shortly after our quoted plates were presented, our dish was served.

Raw and dehydrated scallops, poached halibut with a young coconut puree accompanied by a variety of fresh sea vegetation.

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Chopsticks, broth, and a bowl of raw vegetables were brought out next and I was warned that this would be an interesting presentation.

All of a sudden, drums were being played, and the table was vibrating.

The broth was warming up and then we were to include the vegetables ourselves.

A vegetable broth served with crispy rice noodles, chilies, bean sprouts and a variety of herbs were devoured with our chopsticks, that read,

Chopsticks? We see drumsticks. Hot soup with cool jazz. Time to feed your soul.

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When this course was brought out, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Usually when I go to an event like this – I am presented with a menu at the start.

Which is ideal for me, as I have been known to be a picky eater in the past…however, I dove right into every dish!

No questions asked! #ProudOfMyself LOL

Braised beef cheek bird’s “nest” with caramelized cauliflower puree, mushroom leaves, salsify branches, succulent greens and cauliflower soil were served under a smoked glass that read,

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

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The final course was dessert, and it reminded me of camping!

Chocolate ganache with graham cracker served inside a marshmallow fluff, accompanied with a rich chocolate truffle all served over a real fire.

Each group of four, or so, got their own log and fire – so we all had the chance to roast our marshmallows.

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Dessert came with a surprise too!

Our group were the first in Canada to try Stella Artois Cidre.

This cider was delicious, it was light and yet not too sweet.

Perfectly paired with the marshmallows!

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“People aren’t going to know what to expect, but they are going to leave they are definitely going to enjoy the experience,”
~ Chef Farina

You can learn more about the Stella Artois Sensorium and how you can WIN TICKETS to this SOLD OUT event HERE!

Photo Credit: Toronto Sensorium

Grab Your Bibs And Head To LobstahPalooza 2015

#LobstahPalooza2015

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster Food Co. and Matty’s Seafood Brands.

This awesome guy has taken the Canadian food scene by storm.

From being a late-night pop-up in alleys, he now has multiple restaurant locations, a food book, and Matty’s Seafood Brands is available in grocery stores.

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A few years back, he hosted the first ever LobstahPalooza – and lucky for us, he’s bringing it back!

Last week a handful of bloggers and social media-lites (ha!) got to experience first hand the deliciousness that will be LobstahPalooza 2015!

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On September 27th, LobstahPalooza 2015 will be the party to be at!

From 1:00PM-8:00PM, behind El Gordos Food Market at 214 August Avenue, Kensington Market – you can chow down and celebrate as if you were out on the East Coast.

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For $50, you’ll chow down on fresh oysters from the raw bar and a full East Coast Lobster Boil along with your favourite sides; local corn on the cob, potato salad and a freshly baked bread roll from BlackBird Baking Co.

#SamInHand

While Rock Lobster Food Co. is known for their amazing, award-winning Caesars, there will be more options at LobstahPalooza 2015.

There will even be a Craft Caesar & Cocktail Bar, and – word on the street is that Chef Matt Dean Pettit will have a surprise that day.

TRUST ME – you’re going to want to check it out!

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Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster Food Co. and Matty’s Seafood Brands have partnered with Samuel Adams Beer to ensure your meal will be washed down deliciously.

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Grab your tickets now at – http://lobstahpalooza2015.eventbrite.com

All the food pics credit goes to my lovely friend Casey. You can check out his Instagram feed HERE. It’s full of delicious food, adorable babies, and well – just awesome pics in general. Enjoy!

#LookWhosInTheClub At The Official AMY After Party

#LookWhosInTheClub

There is a magical time that takes over the city of Toronto, year after year.

Every September, the glitz and glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival encompass the city as we are graced with the presence of movie stars, both big and small.

TIFF 2015

From the movie stars to the movies themselves, the red carpets and the parties – TIFF is a 10-day event all in itself.

This year, Canada Dry Club Soda is an official partner with Mongrel House.

Mongrel House is home to some of the hottest official after parties for many films.

The Canada Dry Club Soda lounge within Mongrel House is all about #LookWhosInTheClub.

Amy Movie

On Tuesday, September 15, Mongrel House and Canada Dry Club Soda are hosting the official after party for, “Amy.”

Amy is a 2015 British documentary film that depicts the life and death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse and is directed by Asif Kapadia.

The film depicts Winehouse’s life largely from the standpoint of her struggle with substance abuse problems both before and after her career began to blossom, and which eventually caused her premature death.

Now, how would you like to come to the official after party with me?!

Canada Dry Club Soda and Jenn and the City want to send you and a friend to the official Amy after party at Mongrel House!

Date: Tuesday September, 15
Location: 160 Queen Street West
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Simply enter via the widget below and be sure to come back daily, because you can enter multiple times!

Good luck and I hope to see you there!

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