June 2015 Archives

Los Colibris | Theatre District: NOW CLOSED

**Update: Renamed Colibri, it is now located in the Assembly Chef's Hall.**

Located in the Theatre District right across from Roy Thomson Hall, Los Colibris (which means 'the hummingbirds') is Toronto's first upscale Mexican restaurant. It has a really cool decor, excellent service and inventive dishes. The Tijuana Caesar salad is covered with smoky homemade chorizo sausage, cotija cheese, and a Caesar dressing infused with anchovy and pomegranate seeds.

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The flat iron steak was very good, but the lightly spiced braised lamb shank with ancho and chipotle was outstanding.

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Chef Elia Herrera who grew up in central Mexico is a brilliant pastry chef and the desserts at Los Colibris are remarkable. The chocolate flan is a stunning creation with burnt milk ice cream, guajillo orange confit and nutella wafer.

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I forget what this was. I had a lot of white wine and cocktails with really good tequila by this point. But it was so good!

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Los Colibris features an impressive selection of Mexican craft beers and tequila-based cocktails, and a reasonably priced wine list. The 'Fin de Dias' was loaded with three ounces of cazadores blanco tequila, campari, lime juice, agave, pale ale float, and grapefruit zest.

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Fun, fancy and most importantly very flavourful. Rosie :)

Shadowpath Theatre Presents Hotel Solstice

The third annual Hotel Solstice took place at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Vaughan on June 18th. Presented by Shadowpath Theatre Productions, Hotel Solstice is a wild night of art, music and dance all under one roof. The lobby is transformed into a creative space for artists. The hotel rooms become venues for performance art. The ballroom hosted dancers of every style from tap to contemporary to belly dancing. From clairvoyants to flair bartenders to roaming musicians, the hotel for one late spring night becomes an artistic adventure. The lobby artists were amazing to see in action.

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One of the artists was creating a work where all the guests could contribute to a box. Here is my heart.

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After checking out the lobby artists it was time to take in a show. Diane and I headed up the elevator to Room 317 for a performance called "The Shower Guy." Here he is before the show. All the guests sort of piled on the beds and in the living room of the suite which was a first for me, and I've been to a lot of Fringe Festivals! The performance started at 8pm with Shower Guy taking a... shower. For real! Then he ironed his shirt and sang. It was creative and fun and really different.

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There were all sorts of different performances in several different rooms on different floors, as well as in the hotel boardrooms. It was such a creative use of all the different space available in a hotel. There was live music on the outside patio and a variety of dance performances in the ballroom. There was even a film cabaret screening highlights from Monty Python's famous television series with beer samples and popcorn.

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What a delightful project. It was fun to be able to customize your own entertainment throughout the event. Hotel Solstice was put together by Alex Karolyi, the Artistic Director at Shadowpath Theatre Productions. Congrats on an amazing night! Rosie :)

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King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

It was a beautiful day for this delicious event in King City's Memorial Park with a great selection of gourmet food trucks, local breweries and an amazing schedule of live music. $15 gets you entry into the event with access to food, beer and live music plus three drink tokens. If you aren't a drinker and just want to go and enjoy the music, $5 gets you access to the event grounds. Kids under 12 are free. We started with pulled pork from Smokinstein Food Truck.

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Contrary to the spooky name, the operators of Smokinstein's are very, very friendly.

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Fans of craft beer will love this event as the breweries on-site were local and highly delicious. We had beer from Churchkey, the first microbrewery in Northumberland County. It is named for the 1878 Methodist Church it is located in, just on the outskirts of Campbellford, Ontario.

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If you prefer cider to beer, the cider from Brickworks Ciderhouse was very refreshing. It was crisp and not overly sweet. Brickworks is Toronto's first ciderhouse and not only uses 100% Ontario apples, but states that "no apple in our cider travels more than 300 kilometres from the tree to the Ciderhouse."

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Poutine is one of my favourite festival foods so I had to head over to the Wickedly Sinful truck for the #WickedAwesome poutine. Wickedly Sinful is a Newmarket-based food truck that makes the rounds of many York Region events. It was definitely wicked awesome, as was the Dutch Chocolate from Docella Gelato.

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Big Grill Catering and BBQ makes some seriously amazing hamburgers. My colleague is a huge fan.

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While we all ate and drank and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, there was a wonderful line-up of live music taking place on the mainstage. Vancouver alt dance-rockers Dear Rouge headlined and here's Lester McLean who performed with Jaugernaut.

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It was an amazing day, filled with wonderful food, drinks and live music. Memorial Park at 25 Doctors Lane is a perfect spacious venue for this family-friendly event. The park is located directly under the water tower that says "York Region" near the corner of King Rd. and Keele St.

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