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Friday, April 24, 2015

Urban Eats @ Big Gay Ice Cream Shop - NYC

By: Lisa Ng

One of my absolute must-eats whenever I'm in New York City is a delicious soft-serve cone from Big Gay Ice Cream. What started out as a gourmet ice cream truck with luxurious and over-the-top flavours has morphed into a brick + mortar shop with two locations in the East + West Village.

Serious props to the owners for elevating the humble ice cream truck and taking it to the next level. Locations in Philly + LA are currently in the works! So what do you order when you get there?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ROM Friday Night Live

By Wendy Kam Marcy

The ROM’s Friday Night Live series is one of TO's favourite parties and it returns for 9 weeks this spring!

#FNLROM kicks-off on May 1 and runs every Friday until June 26, 2015 from 7:00 pm to midnight. This event offers the city’s hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and a chance to experience the Museum and its exhibitions like never before.

There will also be themed nights inspired by the ¡Viva MĂ©xico! exhibition, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano exhibition, the PanAm Games, and more.

So mark these dates in your social calendar and book your tickets early as they sell out quick!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Theatre Review: Tom at the Farm

By Shari Archinoff

One of the things that I love about living in Toronto is the diverse theatre scene. Not only do we get to enjoy all the splashy musicals, but we’re also privilege to a variety of more independent theatrical experiences.

I recently attended the opening night performance of Tom at the Farm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, a not-for-profit professional company located near Yonge and Wellesley. As the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world, the mission of Buddies in Bad Times is to give a voice to people whose stories too often go unheard and to create a safe space for everyone to enjoy those stories through the medium of live performance.

The small theatre space provides an extremely intimate viewing experience that allowed the four-person cast to shine - every nuance of their fearless performances could be appreciated. Written by Canadian playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, Tom at the Farm tells the story of a young city boy who is faced with the sudden death of his boyfriend. He travels to the country to attend the funeral where he meets his boyfriend’s family – a mother who refuses to see the truth and a brother who will do anything to hide it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grow Op With Victoria Taylor

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Gladstone Hotel will be hosting their 3rd annual Grow Op exhibition on April 23rd to 26th. We chatted with the Co-Founder and Curator, Victoria Taylor about her work in Landscape, Architecture and Urban Design.

Run us through a day in the life of Victoria Taylor.

I always try to start my day outside with a walk or run along the Railpath behind my place. Since my studio is in my home, it’s easy to begin a day by going straight to the computer. Though, a day like that never works out well…

Tell us more about Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place.

Grow Op is about bringing people together who want to share new ideas about the outdoor spaces in our cities – how they can look better, function better, how they smell, and how they can be more welcoming to people and the other species with which we share our world. This year, the show features 17 new artworks using installation, video, sound, photography, performance, plants, bees, and more to tell stories and push new meaning about the intersection between landscape, urbanism, and contemporary art.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Foxy Originals + Jeanne Lottie Sample Sale!

By: Lisa Ng
Two of my favourite Canadian designers are teaming up for an amazing sample sale THIS weekend! It's a great opportunity to scope out any shower or Mother's Day gifts for your favourite people. It's also never to early to start stashing gifts away for Christmas - especially if you're getting them for a great price!
The event will be held at Church of the Redeemer in Toronto @162 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Go early for the best selection. You can get more details on their Facebook event page.
Happy shopping!

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tastes of Market Street

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Have you checked out the beautifully restored Market Street yet? It is located directly beside St. Lawrence Market and is made up of a collection of charming and diverse restaurants.

It's a hybrid of Toronto's rich heritage and in time we think it will be the next foodie hub!

From a global tapas menu in a Barcelona-inspired atmosphere to Italian comfort food to French roast coffee and more, Market Street will be hosting pre-set lunch menus from April 16 to 30. So make a date with your guy or girlfriends and kick off spring and the patio season over on the East side!

Theatre Review: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye - The Farewell Tour

By: Alison Silveira

The incomparable Dame Edna Everage returns to Toronto to bid her final farewell. Unmistakable in her signature cat eye frames and lilac hair, she dominates the stage with her sassiness and quick witted humour. Dame Edna is played by the legendary Barry Humphries who created the colourful icon in the 1950s and has been entertaining audiences the world over. With a career spanning over 60 years, Dame Edna has decided it is time to say goodbye to her precious "possums" (whom she fondly refers to as her fans) and does so in glamorously flamboyant fashion. 
The comedienne bursts onto the stage in a song and dance number with her backup dancers and pianist. She surveys the audience in the first few rows and pokes fun at a few of them for the duration of the show. While she berates them on their physical appearances, their homes and their professions, the rest of us roar with laughter. "You are an incredibly attractive lady...well, compared to the woman beside you, anyway," she tells an incredulous young woman. Some of us chuckle quite guiltily, but we know it is all in good old fashioned fun and it is easy to forgive an over the top 81-year-old who has us wrapped around her not so little perfectly manicured finger for two and a half hours. 
Dame Edna delivers her harmless, sardonic jabs with impeccable comedic timing without missing a beat. While she is old enough to be my grandmother, she possesses the physicality of a 20-year-old athlete in fine form. If comedy was an Olympic sport, Dame Edna would be decked out in gold.  
In the second act of Dame Edna's theatrical spectacle, she informs us that she has just returned from India, where she had retreated to an ashram to escape the public eye. There she meets O.J. Simpson and Bill Cosby, the latter of whom offers to fix her a drink. With her newfound spirituality and wisdom, she officiates a wedding between two unsuspecting audience members, but not before adorning the bride in a colourful veil and the groom in an Indian turban. The whimsical wedding makes for great fun, as the embarrassed "couple" hesitantly answers Dame Edna's probing personal questions.  
With audacious one liners and non-stop laughs, you will be glad (while you wave your gladiola) that you had the privilege of Dame Edna Everage gracing you with her honourable presence.  

Starring Barry Humphries
Directed by Simon Phillips
Dame Edna plays at the Princess of Wales Theatre until April 19, 2015.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Le Tour de Cafe - Coffee & Pastry Tour

By Wendy Kam Marcy

Wander through the heart of Corktown and Riverside, two distinct burgeoning neighbourhoods with a fascinating past. Enjoy a selection of coffee drinks with an assortment of delicious pastries and other sweet treats. Along the way, you will get to meet with some friendly baristas and shopkeepers who will showcase their unique offerings.

Le Tour de Cafe is an event organized by Savour Toronto and runs a few times each month starting April 25 so click link to check schedule.

Each tour lasts 3.5 hours (rain or shine) and include 6 tastings from coffee shops, pâtisseries, and speciality sweet shops for $45.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Food Diary: Los Angeles, California

By: Lisa Ng

Since moving to LA, I've found a few favourites that I recommend to people over and over again. So I thought I would share a few of my must-eats that I've recently discovered - perfect for your next trip to Los Angeles, California!

True Food Kitchen - First things first. A green juice is practically an art form in this city and one of my favourite places to grab lunch or meet for a group dinner is True Food Kitchen inside Santa Monica Place. The restaurant vast, so you're never waiting too long for seating and everything is made from scratch fresh. 

Make sure to try the chopped kale salad, the baked spaghetti squash, the lemon yogurt ice cream dessert, the crudites appetizer and of course, a green juice!

Plan Check - Next up, is Plan Check Kitchen on Sawtelle for their famous burgers. I always go for the cheeseburger with ketchup fruit leather (so unique!). Their pickles are all made in-house, they have a huge beer list - but I always end up with a Mexican coke when I'm eating a burger. 
Don't miss out on the sweet potato waffle fries either. Happy Hour is also a great time to visit with $2 off draft and wells and $4 house wine. I will also be back for the Jidori Fried Chicken which is also a very popular and well-recommended item!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Earth Day Weekend at Evergreen Brick Works

By: Lisa Ng

Celebrate Earth Day with an amazing weekend-long celebration at Evergreen Brick Works! 

Want to plant a tree? Dig in and plant native trees and shurbs—you'll help make Evergreen Brick Works a little greener. Head on over to the Evergreen Brick Works website to sign-up as a volunteer.

First time at Evergreen Brick Works? Join The Sight and Sounds of Spring: Guided Tour of Evergreen Brick Works. Learn all about the history of this reclaimed site and what's being done to revitalize it. 

Evergreen Brick Works will also be hosting clay-building classes, hatha yoga, a community clothing swap, a hands-on cooking class for kids, bike repairs and more! One of my all-time favourite things is the Saturday Farmers' Market that runs from 9 AM to 1 PM. Shop what's in-season from local farmers and producers. Come hungry, because there's lots of great food to eat from the local vendors.

To learn more or to sign-up for a workshop or class visit:

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.