February 2013 Archives

Celebrate National 'Eat Italian Food' Day at Palma Pasta

February 13th is National 'Eat Italian Food' Day. It is also National Tortellini Day. I know this because Foodimentary tells me so. You should honour this day by eating really good Italian food, and if you can't make that happen yourself, then turn to the experts at Palma Pasta. Do you see this lasagna? It tastes as delicious as it looks.

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What I love about Palma Pasta's food is how much tastes like the simple but incredibly flavourful meals I ate in Italy. The sauce is perfect, and we all know how crucial that is. The Petrucci family, who have been in the food industry for over 40 years, know their pasta. We talk about Anthony's signature heart-shaped ravioli. I'll take a bowl of ricotta-filled heart-shaped pasta over a box of chocolates any day of the year.

Bell Let's Talk Day

Anyone who has had their life touched by mental illness knows how much it sucks. I think it's awesome that Bell sponsors their "Let's Talk" day to raise money and awareness for this cause. Until midnight tonight, for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk in the message Bell will donate 5¢ more to help fund mental health initiatives across Canada. There is still time to participate, so if you use Twitter, tweet something with that hashtag. And if you are a Bell customer, 5¢ gets donated for every text message sent or long distance call made. Rosie :)

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

If you have a very energetic toddler and are free on Tuesday or Thursdays between 9:30 and 11am, I highly recommend you take them to the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. This is designated 'toddler time' on the mats and it is an awesome way to get them moving during the cold winter months. One parent has to jump with them and the adults have as much fun as the little ones.

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This place is awesome! Huge with really helpful and friendly staff keeping an eye on all the jumpers, big and small.

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There is a squishy foam pit you can dive into when you get tired of jumping. There are rules though. No back flips is one of them. This rule is harder to enforce once toddler time is over and the teenagers hit the mats.

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The Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is located in Mississauga (about a five minute drive from Square One) at 3636 Hawkestone Road. You can host a birthday party there; package and pricing information are on the website. Rosie :)

Restaurant Chantecler | Parkdale

Went to Chantecler last night, where we were squeezed in despite not having a reservation. It was amazing. Here is the beef tartare, served with seaweed wraps:

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Crispy soggy calamari:

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The beef and pork shoulder that comes with the Korean-style lettuce wraps was perfect. Fall-apart moist with tons and tons of flavour.

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Other highlights include the fish tacos and the Toronto cocktail. Rosie :)