Invictus Games 2017

What an incredible week! Toronto embraced the Invictus Games with open arms and anyone who made it out to an event was blown away by the strength and spirit of the competitors. We attended a wheelchair rugby game between Canada and Australia and it was amazing... the competitors, men and women, were incredible to watch in action. Check out this passing for the try of the game for Canada:

My favourite moment at the closing ceremony on Saturday night was when Prince Harry came out after the star-studded concert and said to the competitors- "you said you wanted Bruce Springsteen- and I got him for you!" You could tell he was so proud to have organized an artist that everyone had wanted. The concert featured Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Coeur di Pirate, Bryan Adams, Bachman and Turner... it was awesome. The highlight was when Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams performed together, doing one of each other's songs... "Badlands" and "Cuts Like a Knife." What a sensational jam. Here's a bit of Bruce performing "Dancing in the Dark":

The Invictus Games will be held in Sydney, Australia in 2018. Rosie :)

"Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sport has saved them; that the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital." -- Prince Harry

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Moxie's | Downtown Toronto

The patio at this location of Moxie's is really nice. The atmosphere in the summertime depends on the day... if the Jays win, it's bananas. If they lose, it's chill and relaxed. The food is reliably tasty; steak and salmon are always good choices. The baked potato is next level. So delicious. It's a must-order side.

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La Cubana | Ossington

The food in Cuba is wonderful. On our trips to Havana we ate some really delicious stuff, drank some perfect cocktails and woke up every morning to the best coffee outside of Rome. I didn't think I would taste mojitos or medianoches like I had in Havana right here in Toronto. From the authentic pressed cubano sandwiches to the juicy guava bbq beef short ribs, La Cubana recreates delicious Cuban favourites in their two locations on Ossington and Roncesvalles. These pics are from a dinner at the Ossington location, but both spots are equally spot-on.

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Arvo Coffee | Distillery District

I love this beautiful little cafe in the Distillery District, which offers a coffee selection just as good as Balzac's. You can also pick up a yummy snack like this one from their toast bar. This perfectly toasted piece of bread is slathered with butter and honey:

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The cafe's owners were inspired by time spent in Australia and Arvo features a pour-over bar, a standard in most Aussie cafes. "Arvo" is an Aussie slang term for afternoon. "Meet me for a coffee this arvo mate?" OK! Rosie :)

Arvo Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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'ONO Poké Bar | Liberty Village

Poké bowls are such a great meal; fresh, healthy and full of flavour. 'Ono Poké Bar in Liberty Village offers a lovely selection of bowls including spicy mango salmon, ahi honey tuna and the torched ahi tuna, which is pictured here:

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This bowl is filled with avocado, carrot, edamame, green onion, pear, red cabbage tenkasu, fried onion, furikake and topped with the most delicious torched ahi tuna covered in sriracha aioli. You can choose from a poké bowl or sushi burrito base. This bowl was $15. You can use the Ritual app to order, which I lovvvvvve! Rosie :)

Ono Poke Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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The Captain's Boil | Etobicoke

Who needs plates? At The Captain's Boil, your lobster, or shrimp, or crab, or whatever sea creature you decide to feast on, comes to your paper-covered table in a steaming hot bag filled with butter, sauces and spices. You open it up and EAT. It's juicy, delicious, messy, and so much fun.

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The Captain's Boil is a popular franchise inspired by the Cajun seafood boil. Seafood is freshly caught, boiled up, and served immediately to maximize freshness and tenderness. Oysters to start are a great choice... and no utensils. Joy for seafood lovers and a welcome addition to the west end of the city! Rosie :)

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The Captain's Boil Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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