TWH Social

TWH Social Bar & Bistro recently opened at the base of the Walper Terrace Hotel on the corner of King and Queen Street in Downtown Kitchener. 

Walking along King Street you will see the sign for TWH Social hanging from the building. Enter through the double glass doors and there is a stairway to your right. Head downstairs and soon you are greeted by the lighted TWH Social wall. It's almost a little adventure to find the place, like a speakeasy from the 20's where you need a password to get in. There is no password, but I do recommend making reservations. 
When you check in with the hostess she will take your coat and seat you. Last time we visited we sat in the more formal dining area, today we sat in the bar area. 

You forget very quickly that you are in a subterranean room as the restaurant is bright and open while still feeling intimate. The bar area is the perfect spot for a working lunch as each table has outlets to power your laptop or charge your phone. They have quite a few beers on tap and tv's run the length of the bar.

I ordered the "ok baby, make it quick" from the Fancy Drinks menu. It is raspberry vodka, orange juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and prosecco served in a champagne flute. The drink was perfectly balanced, sweet but not sugary. 

Fresh baked herb bread with butter and sea salt is brought to your table after cocktails have been ordered. I could live on a diet of their bread and butter, it is delicious! 

My hubby ordered the Grilled Chicken Supreme, marinated chicken, fire roasted fingerling potatoes and seasonal veggies. He said it was perfectly cooked and we both loved the presentation. 

I ordered the Wild Truffle Risotto, creamy risotto with rich field mushrooms finished with fresh shaved truffle. This dish was rich, creamy and flavourful. 

I found the menu to be well rounded with a few steak options, chicken, fish and pasta dishes, various sandwich options (including a quinoa burger) and a good salad offering. 

Thanks to the whole TWH Social staff for such a lovely visit, we will be seeing you again soon!

The Oscars at the Apollo Cinema

Last night we attended the viewing of the Oscars at the new Apollo Cinema, a fully licensed theatre in Downtown Kitchener. They aired the Red Carpet and the entire Oscars broadcast, we even received bingo cards to fill out! Matt, one of the owners, lead some trivia games and handed out prizes during the commercial breaks. For those following me on Instagram (@celebr8thislife) you know that I was absentmindedly playing on my phone and yelled out the answer to one of the trivia games. It was not my turn. Needless to say I did my best to remain quiet after that gaffe. 

It is always a treat to visit the Apollo. They serve one of my favourite local breweries, Block Three, and they carry sweets from two local candy companies, Hugo and Nate and Ambrosia. This is really great news for me since I do not like popcorn (shocking I know). 

 The theatre is located at 141 Ontario Street North and you can find two hour parking along the streets. They have current movies and even screen some classics. We saw The Big Lebowski there during opening week. I'd like to request a Sixteen Candles or Pretty in Pink movie night in the future!

I noticed a real absence of colour and glamour on the red carpet. That being said there were a few stand outs,

Reese Witherspoon - Basically she can do no wrong. This white Tom Ford dress was simple, elegant and a beautiful backdrop to all those Tiffany & Co. diamonds. 

Jennifer Lopez - When JLo came on screen the whole theatre applauded. Guys too! It is hands down the best dress of the night. I love the nude almost pink colour and she brought sparkle to the Oscars. 

Cate Blanchett - I love the combination of a simple black dress accented by a chunky turquoise necklace. I'm not a makeup expect but I think she would have suited pink hues better than the brown/reds she had on her eyes and lips.

Lupita Nyong'o - Last years best supporting actress wore the colour of the night, white. This dress had a little more going on than some of the other white frocks, the entire Calvin Klein number is covered in over 6,000 pearls! I know how heavy my pearl necklaces are, I can't imagine wearing a whole dress made of them! 

Debrodnik's Donuts Pop Up

As soon as I heard out about the donut pop up in Kitchener that everyone has been lining up for I just knew I had to see it for myself. Last weekend I waited patiently with the rest of the fans to get to the front of the line at Debrodnik's Donuts. 

A big shout out to North Face and New Era for creating the warmest jacket and hat around. It has been -35 to -41 for over a week now and I do not know what I would do without either of them! 

Debrodnik's Donuts are hand made speciality donuts with flavours such as berry stuffie, my boys favourite Cookies and Cream, cinnamon roll and my favourite, Lemon. Each week they change the menu slightly and release the flavours over Twitter @debrodniksdonut 

We sampled each donut and I am here to tell you that they are the only donuts you will ever want to eat! They are light, sweet and the flavour combinations are delicious! 

Debrodnik's Donuts are available on Saturday's and Sunday's at 175 Borden Ave, South. Check their tweets as the times change slightly, this weekends hours are 12-2. 

Let me know in the comments if you visit them! 

Vogue's 73 Questions

Vogue Magazine's 73 Questions videos kept me busy during the deep freeze on the weekend. 

The videos follow a celebrity and the interviewer poses 73 questions from "what book are you reading?" to "what would your rapper name be?" or "why do you never smile?"

My favourites are 

Reese Witherspoon

Sarah Jessica Parker

and the adorable, Blake Lively.

The Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour vides are not to be missed. You can find the full season here  

I love "get to know you questions" and it was entertaining to see these people come up with answers on the fly. It makes me want to write a list of my own questions and send them to everyone I know. I can just imagine some of the entertaining responses!  

Island View - A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store

Somedays, a little retail therapy is in order. A few weeks ago I stopped by Island View, a Lilly Pulitzer store, located at 181 Lakeshore Road East in Oakville, a beautiful lake side town just outside of Toronto. I found Island View on FacebookIG and Twitter last winter and have been following them ever since.

 It's so wonderful to have a Canadian Lilly store and even better when they send out social media updates saying there is a sale! The shop is decorated just as you would imagine with seashells and prints everywhere! 
The ladies in the store are just lovely and if you can't visit them in person they will send you what you need. This fall I contacted them via email to order an agenda and they mailed it to me the next day!

I love the dressing rooms here and I enjoy snapping selfies to help me decide on purchases. My first pick was this Brielle fit and flare in Metallic Stripe.

Next was the Brielle sleeveless fit & flare dress in Seafoam Green. Last year I bought two Brielle cap sleeve dresses and I just love the fit and feel of them. 

Sally half zip pullover sweater in pomegranate. This has already moved to top spot in my rotation. It's just so cold lately and this sweater is thick enough to keep you warm but not too thick that you overheat. This will be great for cooler Summer and Fall nights and the deep zipper is great for layers an oxford underneath. 

Lastly, I bought a pair of Callahan shorts in Rolling in the Grass. They were a great price, and the fit is fantastic. I have read a lot of positive reviews of the Callahan's on the Lilly Pulitzer website and fully agree with everyones recommendations. They are the perfect length and roomy without bulk. 

I can't wait to see what Lilly has in store this Summer! #hurryupsummer 

Stay warm

Over night the temperature fell to -40 degrees Celsius (with the windchill) and we are under extreme cold warnings until tomorrow afternoon. 

I have my warm fuzzy socks, mimosas and some delicious macarons from Sabletine Fine Pastries. Yesterday I stopped by Chapters to pick up blogger extraordinaire Emily Schuman's book, Cupcakes and Cashmere so lucky for me I have no need to head outside. 

Stay Warm! 

Cheeses Murphy

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I picked a very interesting week to take holidays from work, it's been snowing and freezing cold! One of the advantages of taking this time off has been getting together with friends for lunch and earlier this week I met a friend at Cheeses Murphy in Downtown Kitchener.

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I had the Sticky Frenchman which is a brie and caramelized apple grilled cheese. It was superb and oh so satisfying on such a cold day. Did I mention it is -16c, -30c with the windchill?

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A listing of different grilled cheese combinations. I am determined to try them all!

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What a delightful mascot. Everyone loves a guy in a bow tie. 

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A close up of the flavour combinations. They all look so good, I think I will be trying the Legendary Sasquash next!

We visited the Duke Street location and they are open Monday-Friday 11am-2:30pm. They also have a pop up at the Princess Cafe in Uptown Waterloo on Friday and Saturday nights, Midnight -3:30 am. 
You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Cheeses_Murphy 

Buffalo Bisons

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The Buffalo Bisons are the Triple A affiliate baseball team for the Toronto Blue Jays. At Coca Cola Field, only a two hour drive from Toronto, we have watched up and coming players and some major  leaguers.

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Last May we reserved a box suite and brought some friends. The view was fantastic and it was really nice to be inside when the sun went away. It was still early in the Spring and it was only warm when you were in the sun. During this game we got to see a Toronto fan favourite...

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#66 Kawasaki

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Kawasaki got a hit!

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After the game, Tim Horton's sponsored "Kids run the bases". As the kids rounded first base they all gave Buster Bison, the teams mascot, a high five!

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Beef on weck is the signature dish of the Buffalo Bisons. It placed 34th (out of 60) in the 2014 MiLB Food Fight. 

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Coca Cola Field is one of the largest stadiums in Minor League Baseball. It was built in 1988 and every year they upgrade the stadium in some way. I can't wait until the Spring to see the new seats they added in the off season, they look amazing!

Frock & Dilettante, Elora Ont.

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Frock & Dilettante is a ladies fashion boutique that specializes in Canadian designers. They are located in small town Elora, Ontario, about an hour and a half outside of Toronto.

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It was a cold evening but a friend and I braved the elements and headed out to Frock & Dillettante's Think Spring Ladies Night. 

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Fancy that Cake made sure we would not go hungry. 

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Kendra, the owner, told us a little about how she started. The boutique has been open since Thanksgiving 2014 and she saw a gap in the marketplace for fashionable women in the area to purchase Canadian made designs, there are lots out there! For the evening she had two designers, Alanna from KLATT and Carissa from Copious, speak about their upcoming Spring lines. 

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I enjoyed seeing the bright Spring colours on these bracelets from Guelph based Wander.Love 

The Nana coat from Melow par Melissa Bolduc, a Montreal designer, is the most beautiful coat I have ever seen! Everyone was admiring this in store. 

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Thanks to Frock & Dilettante for a wonderful evening!

There will be another evening event in late February, follow Frock & Dilettante on facebook for updates