Take advantage of patio weather before it’s gone. Sure, you love your local bar, but the city’s largest licensed outdoor patio is worth checking out. Paying homage to its boozy heritage, starting today at 2 p.m., Toronto’s Distillery District is playing host to a three-day festival celebrating the rum cocktail and the rich Cuban culture that bred it. Organized by rum authority Bacardi, the Festival Libre will populate the cobblestone streets of the historic Canadian site with music, dance, art and food you’d more often find on the streets of Havana. Here’s a glance at what you can expect. (Not a Torontonian? Don’t worry. The festival will touch base in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal before summer’s over.)
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Friday, my long last friend! It’s so good to see you again!
What are you up to this weekend? Whether you’re having friends over for a fun backyard barbecue or you’re just hanging around at home, these 5 great recipes are all perfect for long, hot summer days. Try any (or all!) of them to impress friends or simply to try your hand at something new.
In preparation for the first weekend in July, we’ve rounded up the only two items you need to be searching for this afternoon. Here are your blue and white decor and fashion choices for a weekend splurge:
Option B: A formal navy and white ruffle dress by Badgley Mischka is perfect for the summer wedding you’re attending this summer.
Hey Queen West, there’s a new kid on the culinary block: The Good Son. The restaurant, owned by Vittorio Colacitti, who competed in Top Chef Canada‘s fourth season, opened last month. With a focus on organic local and seasonal fare, the eatery features dishes that pay homage to Toronto’s cultural mosaic, but have a distinct Italian flavour. The food is complemented by a curated drink menu that offers new twists on old favourites. And, if you’re in a hurry, you can pop by The Pantry section for a take-out pizza – made on the wood fire oven, of course – or the general-store-esque entrance for an Italian-imported bottle of olive oil. Colacitti wants to make you feel at home, or more likely, like you’re at Mama’s house. Think mismatched furnishings, room-like compartmentalization, time-worn books and trinkets, casual gallery walls, hanging displays of vintage plates, even a fireplace vignette. Because words can only do so much, feast your eyes on some snapshots of the food and decor.
It’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day! With the long weekend approaching, treat yourself and your Canada Day party guests to new red and white dinnerware from West Elm, or give your wardrobe a Canada Day makeover with a striped shirt from Ann Taylor. Get ready for your most stylish July 1st (and long weekend) ever!
If you only had a budget of $45, which would you prefer–the red and white dinnerware or shirt?
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