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Foodie Review: Delux Restaurant

In: Charge It, Redd

I must say, I am loving discovering this city and all it has to offer. I love the small independent restaurants littered all over the different areas of Toronto.

I bought a 6-storey loft development in an area called Ossington (BTC: New Condo) and this area is booming. There are several amazing restaurants on this strip and one of them is called Delux which is directly across from my future home in 2014.

I’ve been to Delux twice for dinner and on my first visit, I had their house-made charcturie which was a combination of house cured meats and various pâtés. It was delicious and the servings are quite generous and reasonably priced. For my main, I had their special which was braised pork belly. The crispy skin contrasted the tender pork fat just melted the moment it touched your mouth like butter. At this point, there was no room for dessert. I’m not really a dessert person but sometimes I do indulge in something chocolate or a red velvet cake.

Learn more about Delux after the jump.

We thought posting this over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend would be perfect. Quite a while back, Stephen, Brian, Redd, Saleem, Patrick and myself spent a Sunday afternoon/evening assisting our favorite local charity. If you’re fans of the site, “Friends For Life” may sound familiar. During our “Pride Weekend Kickoff Penthouse Party“, we managed to raise $500 from the event. This time we wanted to donate our time and do something more personal.

Originally, Kevin had approached Patrick and myself with regards to volunteering our time to prepare a Sunday dinner. We didn’t even hesitate for a second and immediately jumped on board. We originally booked a date in August to serve dinner. Unfortunately, due to a kitchen renovation, our scheduled day was pushed back to November. With Kevin spearheading that project and the postponement, I completely forgot about it until the three week email reminder I received from one of the Friends for Life coordinators.

Kevin then moved to Toronto, leaving Patrick and I to begin to freak out a little because neither of us really cook all that much, let alone for almost 30 people. I was advised by Kevin that 5-7 people would be ideal to help out with the event as it can get quite cramp and hot in the kitchen. Once we sent out the email asking for volunteers, we received the interest we needed to pull off this task- and some of them even had cooking experience. Now the biggest hurdle was what to make? When it comes to most things, I like to think I can provide some useful input BUT NOT when it comes to cooking. I’m not a very picky or discerning eater, so you can just imagine if left to my own devices what would result from my cooking.

watch our video, look at pics and try out the recipes we used

Fashion: H&M Anna Dello Russo Collection Event

In: Fashion, Redd, Videos

Last night, at the peak of Paris fashion week, an extravagant party launched the AdR at H&M collection with theatrical flair. Hosted by H&M together with fashion icon Anna Dello Russo, the Paradis Ball took place in Paris famed cabaret nightclub Paradis Latin. The glitzy party married fashion, performance and a live showcase by music star Azealia Banks. Friends and fashionistas, including Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, Jefferson Hack, Poppy Delevingne, Peter Dundas and super models Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, Liya Kebede and Isabeli Fontana gathered to celebrate.

Check out the event video and Anna’s music video titled “Fashion Shower” on the next part of the post.

Video after the jump…

iOS 6 Maps Fail

In: Gadgets & Tech, Redd

The haters will always find something wrong about the new iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Sure the new phone really hasn’t changed much and with the new version of the iOS for the most part has been great.

I’m not one to complain about anything Apple, however, the crApp they replaced Google Maps app with is just awful. If you’re like me, I use the iPhone and Google Maps to navigate my way in this city, be it walking or yes even transit.

The new Maps app is pretty with it’s 3D flyovers but function wise, not so much. So for the time being until Google releases a Google Map app or Apple actually adds transit directions back, here’s a temporary solution.

Update: “Google already submitted a Maps Application to the store as of Sept 20th at about 2pm.”

Watch the video from on the next part of the post.

Video after the jump…

As much as I love Summer, I actually do love Fall as well. The sweaters, the boots, the scarves & jackets make it fun to dress up and don’t forget about layering. Have fun with this season’s rich green, navy and burgundy tones.

I am off to the Dominican Republic this weekend for 7 days of R&R as you enjoy these Fall styling tips. Can’t wait to tell you all about my vacation on my next post!

Our favourite fashion retailer H&M features the latest trends for Fall 2012 and styling tips featured in the videos below.

Fashion tips after the jump…

So I did it! I opened up an online store called DearDani in partnership with a friend and Macroblu (the company I work for) for cute little things. I’ve been working on this for the last several months and our initial offerings are cute little post it notes, fun greeting cards and the super fun & unique Misfit Dolls.

DearDani specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts and homewares. We aim to offer you product lines that will capture your heart and mind. Thanks in advance for your support!

Use code: FREESHIP on checkout and get FREE SHIPPING from August 15 to September 15!

Dani, my dog, is the mascot for the website. Follow all his social links below for special offers, coupon codes and updates:

Like DearDani on FaceBook

Follow Dani on Twitter

Follow Dani on TUMBLR

Follow Dani on Pinterest

Follow Dani on Instagram

What are The Misfits? Find out more on the next part of the post.

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Top 5 iPhone Apps

In: Charge It, Gadgets & Tech, Redd

There are so many great iPhone Apps these days. The following list is made up of five apps that I recommend downloading and information on each. Feel free to share your current favorite apps in the comments!

5. WTHR – $1

Most weather apps are clunky and very technical looking. Very few are minimally and beautifully designed like WTHR.

Stop wasting time staring at weather radars and atmospheric pressure readings, you’re not an airline pilot…WTHR™ lets you spend more time enjoying the weather…then watching it.

*Built on Dieter Rams’ 10 principles of design, WTHR™ is a weather utility app that will complement your life, not complicate it.

Features Include:

– Current Local Weather
– 7-Day Forecast
– Fahrenheit & Celsius options
– A Global Geo-location Weather API
– Intuitive Weather Interface
– A ‘carpe diem’ swag

Check out Numbers 4 thru 1 on the next part of the post.

More apps after the jump…

Last night I attended 519’s Starry Night event at the Greenspace on Church. It was a great way to kick off Pride among friends. Here are a few photos I took with Instagram at the private event from 7pm to 8pm where food, bubbly and vodka was served and I even spotted some local tv personalities, politicians etc. It was great starting the weekend off with an early party seeing as some of us have to work today.

Five years ago, the Board of The 519 endeavoured to create a chic, intimate, fabulous party for Toronto’s LGBTQ community – an opportunity to kick-off Pride weekend among celebrities, politicians, artists, activists, and members and friends of The 519. Starry Night was born, and with the support of BMO Financial Group and Cineplex Media, it has grown to become the must-attend event of Toronto’s Pride calendar. Last year ‘1001 Starry Nights’ drew more than 2,800 people to Cawthra Square Park throughout the evening.

Check out some photos I took at the event on the next part of the post.

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