Friday, 3 February 2012

Super Bowl weekend is here
Many people admittedly don’t get excited by yet another football game. However, there is a second group who love chili, french fries, chicken wings and beer and this bunch also loves football. Cabbagetown has lots of places where you can indulge yourselves. Here’s a handy guide to our local pubs who’re setting up Super Bowl parties on Sunday.

Welcome Alice’s Place

Alice’s opened in a familiar spot at 554 Parliament a few weeks ago. At the moment, she’s got bar service with an emphasis on Ontario microbrews. Her front room has a cozy fireplace and two big screen TVs. The upstairs space is ideal for private parties. There’s karaoke on Thursdays and on weekends and a special menu is coming soon.

The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament)
At The Ben Wicks, they’re showing the pre-game and the game on two large screens. There’ll be chili, nachos, ribs and wings and surprise giveaway prizes at half-time.

The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament)
Heather loves the Big Game. She’s promising that beer will be served, spilled and cried in – from 5 pm.

Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton)
Erin’s pre-game Tailgate Party starts at 4 pm with ball park franks, chili cheese fries and sloppy joes – all washed down with pints and jugs of Creemore or Trailhead Lager.

Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester)
Beer specials, a game pool and chicken wings, chili and sliders, all starting at 5 pm.

Congrat’s Kiki
On Sunday, Kiki is celebrating her fortieth anniversary on Parliament Street on Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. Save the date and drop by Hair Lift (503B Parliament) for a glass of wine a nibblies. (Oops department – last week, we listed the wrong date, so please make sure to come on Sunday!)

Roses are for Valentines
Red roses are always your first choice as an expression of your love on Valentine's Day so don't forget your Sweetie. Simmons buys only the best roses from Ecuador - they have excellent longevity and they’re available in lots of colours. Please order well ahead of the 14th to ensure availability (orders requiring delivery must be placed before the 14th). Open 7 days/week before Valentines. Weekend hours: Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Monday Feb 13th and Tuesday Feb 14th - open until 7 pm. (416) 920-6580. 540 Parliament.

Get ready for Valentine’s Day
It’s time to make your­self gor­geous! Join Regina at Labour Of Love (242 Carlton) from 11 am to 4 pm on Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 11th to meet Melanie Cruick­shank, owner of DaLish Cos­met­ics. Melanie will be offer­ing com­pli­men­tary make-up appli­ca­tions and lip touch-ups, giv­ing win­ter skin care tips and demon­strat­ing her all-natural, Canadian-made products. Enter to win a “For My Valen­tine” lip gloss kit, val­ued at $48 with any pur­chase over one hun­dred dollars. For more information click here: 242 Carlton

Bejewel your Valentine
Kendall & Co has gifts your Valentine will treasure. Cabbagetown's Bitty Bijou Jewelry is handmade with love using lava rock, agate, quartz, smokey topaz, freshwater pearls, amethyst, labradorite, wood and leather. Splurge on your sweetheart with our zebra wood-veneer deco jewelry box – it comes with three felt-lined drawers and a fold-up mirror. Gift wrap your present with our beautiful paper and cards. See more suggestions at 541 Parliament on Winchester.

Welcome FourthEye Gallery
Ameena Chaudhry has opened her new art gallery at 438 Parliament. It’s a bright, attractive room that’s ideally suited to her showings. Her gallery will feature art from southeast Asia, a special focus that’s long overdue in Toronto. She’s been very impressed with her Cabbagetown setting and she’s looking forward to a successful time here. Her current show, Of The Sky & Heart by Bajrang Suthar, runs to March 4.

MJG Gallery presents Olio Pt 1
Mark at MJG Gallery is exhibiting "Olio Pt. 1" for the month of February. "Olio" features a 'hodgepodge' of artwork by numerous artists carried in MJG's inventory. The pictures range in price from $55-$4800. 555 Parliament.

Something’s fishy at Menagerie Pet Shop
This week, Harold supervised the arrival of a shipment from Singapore. He says that lots of interesting aquarium plants and goldfish are now in stock. “There’re lots of nice betta fish here”. On Tuesday, they’re getting another shipment – rare fish from Peru including a freshwater barracuda. Drop in and check out their fascinating selection of salt water and fresh water fish for small aquariums. 549-553 Parliament.

Valentine’s Day at MerryBerry
Cyril has sent us advance info about MerryBerry’s Valentine’s plans. This year, they’re celebrating couples – each course will have one ingredient featured two ways. For the appetizers, the ingredient will be shrimp. Coconut milk will be used for the main course. Pomegranate is the dessert ingredient. The whole meal will have an exotic, tropical feel. It’s a prix fixe at $25/each. 559 Parliament.

Stay at home and enjoy the game
Epicure has lots of supplies for your Superbowl party. Over the weekend, Summerfresh dips are on sale – buy one and get a second one free. Samosas are also on sale: buy three and get another one free. French brie and La Sauvagine are on special. On Monday morning from 7:30 to 11:30 am, enjoy a breakfast sandwich and get a second one at half-price. 473 Parliament.

Modular audio engineering courses
Number 9 uses this method of instruction because it’s an excellent way to learn the art of audio recording engineering. All modular course are instructed ” Hands-On ” ” One-on-One ” and ” In-Studio”. We enroll a maximum of 5 students at any one time and each student gets an experience during the most convenient times and days to fit their schedules ( Internships can be included, certain restrictions apply). Call us to arrange a tour and an interview at (416) 988-0989. We are confident that the Number 9 Recording School will be one of the best educational experiences you’ve ever had. 222 Gerrard.