Happy Summer of 2014! July is a month to really kick up your heels, relax and soak up the sun. Cottage Country is open for business and the city is full of visitors from all around the world. If you don’t have a cottage and want an invite, be sure to be the guest that brings the best house gift. Never show up empty handed, that is just gross. Our friends at the LCBO are stocked with lots of options to bring big smiles to everyone’s faces. My July pick this month and new to the LCBO is a South African wine called Fleur Du Cap Chardonnay 2012 and it is only $12.80. Delicious, fun, and no oak! I never drink Chardonnay but this is a winner! I have never understood having a glass of wine! Bring bottles not a bottle! Let everyone enjoy this fresh patio drinking wine this summer and you will look like a wine hero! But yes do drink responsibly and remember drinking and driving is for losers!
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Debuting on Adelaide in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Shibui Robata Bar (230 Adelaide St. West) brings a sophisticated twist to traditional Japanese cuisine by introducing the city’s first authentic hot charcoal robata experience. Acclaimed Chef Masaki is an authority on Japanese dining and delivers original flavours and methods that are brought to life through his masterful skills and desire to revolutionize the industry. Enjoy true robata with fresh seafood, savoury meats and seasonal vegetables grilled over an open hearth, enhancing the natural flavours of the ingredients, alongside expertly-crafted sushi, appetizers and entrées.
Fringe Festival: July 2–13
The Toronto Fringe Festival is a blast! So many talented artists both emerging and established present their work to our city — from dramas and musicals to improv and dance shows — the city is taken over; local venues, playgrounds, parking lots and more. The Fringe Festival returns 100% of its profits to the artists themselves. Respect the talent that comes to our city and enjoy all the performers’ hard work and dedication. This festival will make you smile!
Summerlicious: July 4–July 20
150 of Toronto’s top restaurants offer residents and tourists the opportunity to enjoy amazing food! Starting at $20 to $45 you can sample a wide variety of diverse and sexy creations through prix-fixe menus. Foodies can dine for a lot less on the specially created lunches and dinners from some of the city’s restaurants! Now be sure to still tip and take care of your server properly.
Shakespeare in High Park:
July 8 – End of Summer
High Park is stunning in the summer! Take advantage of these amazing productions! They run on alternating nights under the stars with As You Like It running on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Titus Andronicus running on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. through Aug. 31. Both performances run approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Cushions will be provided, and I encourage you to pack a blanket and some delicious snacks for the full picnic experience!
Caribana: July 8–Aug 3
The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival hits the streets and stages of Toronto this summer for its 46th year. This has to be the most colourful event of the year! The costumes, the food and the energy of the city explodes! Events that celebrate the music, cuisine and arts of the Caribbean! I love the Caribbean! Who doesn’t? Over 1 million people turned up last year and like Pride it keeps on getting bigger and brighter! This Caribana Grand Parade is beautiful! The Annual Gala and the new tent villages are action packed! Visit www.caribanatoronto.com for more details and a full event schedule.
Taste of Toronto (New to the city!):
Last year, I was able to attend Taste of London, England — it was my favourite food event of all time! I was so excited to hear “Taste” was coming to Toronto! There is no food event like it! Fort York will be transformed into a foodie extravaganza! Guests can enjoy summer eating, drinking and entertainment for four days. 14 of the city’s sexiest restaurants will be dazzling all foodies alike. Top that off with over 50 producers of the best food, beverages and premium brands providing a bountiful food market, and you have the best culinary festival of the year!
Ultimate Patio Experience:
July 5, 12, 26
Select Saturdays this July, Jack Astor’s is giving away the Ultimate Patio Experience on a Jack’s patio in the GTA! Guests just have to Tweet or Instagram a photo of themselves before 1:30 p.m. on a Jack Astor’s patio and mention @Jack_Astors, the location and #JacksPatio for a chance to win! Four lucky winners and their guests, selected at 1:30 p.m., will be whisked away in a limo to Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport. From there, a private pontoon plane will fly them to a lakeside patio in beautiful Muskoka, Ontario for the ultimate VIP summer patio experience including an afternoon full of drinks, food and entertainment.
You need to enjoy this city during the summer months and if you don’t have a cottage like me I love having staycations! There are so many beautiful hotels in this city with great facilities to pamper yourself! I love One King West! It is in the heart of the city and walking distance from the best restaurants in all directions. A staycation can really allow you to escape and appreciate what our city has to offer. Eat Toronto up! The food festivals, the art, the entertainment and the energy of Toronto is magical! Use onthego.to as your key to the city! Our experts take PRIDE in showing you a good time!
— Mike Chalut
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