Toronto’s Best Patios & Delicious Eats
Summer isn’t over yet! With warm weather still in the forecast, our thoughts remain on sunsets, light jackets and of course…the endless search for the city’s best patios. Whether you’re grabbing drinks after work, enjoying a Sunday brunch or planning dinner with friends, the perfect restaurant always sets the scene.
Here are NKPR’s favourite city hot spots, that will make you feel like the ultimate foodie.
The Beach Boys said it best, “I wish they all could be California girls”. Montecito bridges the divide between casual Cali-cool and fine dining with premium quality ingredients. Located in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, Montecito puts you in the centre of the action featuring farm-to-table Southern Californian cuisine. Not to mention the garden patio’s foliage and canopy umbrellas to keep you cool during hot summer days. Stop by for their signature kale salad and mouthwatering JW Chicken, perhaps paired with a wine selection provided by the restaurant’s in-house sommelier.
Cibo Wine Bar
Get a (delicious) taste of Italy at Cibo Wine Bar – located in the stylish King West neighbourhood with a recently opened second location at Yonge & Eglinton. The menu offers authentic Italian cuisine with modern staples, and classic fresh in-house pasta (is your mouth watering yet?). The trendy feel and inviting atmosphere means Cibo Wine Bar is sure to top your favourites list…and make it onto your Instagram feed!
The two words that make our summer hearts flutter? Rooftop patio. Gusto blends the perfect mix of comfy and industrial décor, serving up international flavours with Italian classics. Treat your taste buds to the margherita pizza and Tuscan grilled Bistecca striploin, plus wine on tap for $1.00 an ounce…oh yes, you read that correctly.
The Thompson Toronto is a chic summer escape right above the city. The rooftop lounge offers a breathtaking 360° view of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario amidst a lounge atmosphere and the city’s best looking clientele. Guests can dip in the infinity pool by day and linger on the patio by night, enjoying creative seasonal cocktails (toast to the champagne cocktail or James Bond inspired Vesper) and inventive cuisine far above the fray.
Some things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, Beyoncé and Jay Z, cold drinks and hot summer days. DAVIDsTEA offers an extensive collection of their signature teas served over ice; perfect to grab when strolling through fellow Queen West stores. Enjoy $1.00 iced tea all summer long when you purchase one of the brightly coloured travel mugs…talk about fulfilling your cravings to a “tea”. We at NKPR LOVE the sweet and refreshing Strawberry Colada ice tea (talk about an afternoon pick-me-up).
What are your favourite summer hotspots? Tweets us @NatashaNKPR!
Canada Day Hotel Deals with HotelTonight!
This season has been a busy one inside NKPR and we’ve got to say, there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned statutory holiday to recharge our batteries.
Canada Day is coming up and nothing fills us with more national pride than watching a sea of red & white parade through the country’s hottest cities.
This year’s Canada Day falls on a Wednesday (womp womp…) and while we’d never complain about a day off, having it stuck right in the middle of the week can make getting away difficult. But you still want to feel like you’ve got SOMETHING special planned, right? Enter the staycation.
In honour of Canada’s 148 th birthday (can you believe we’re 148 years old?!), HotelTonight – the leader in last-minute travel apps – is offering hotel room deals from $48- $148 on June 30 th and July 1 st !
THIS MEANS: Room service – No traffic – Comfy beds – Maid service – yes, please!
What better way to celebrate Canadian heritage than falling asleep under the fireworks and waking up to bacon and maple syrup drenched breakfast in bed? Whether you want to hang with the hipsters at Toronto’s Thompson Hotel, chill out at the charming Chateau Versailles in Montreal or visit Vancouver’s hot spot Hotel Blu, there are options galore!
Here’s how it works : Rooms will go live 7 days in advance of Canada Day (June 24) starting at 8 AM (local time in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Niagara Falls) with new offers appearing daily up until July 1.
Keep an eye on all the hotel deals available on HotelTonight and book the one you love directly through the app – start to finish in less than 10 seconds!
Download the HotelTonight app here and check out the full list of hotels that will be featured in the Canada Day promotion.
And’s that’s how we’ll be showing off our patriotic pride…How are you planning on spending yours?
Become The New Face of Flow – #FindYourFlow
Inspired by people living in the moment, Flow – a modern, socially responsible water brand – is on the hunt for the face of their first international campaign. This week, they launched their #FindYourFlow contest where you can submit a photo of you “in your flow” to win.
Now you’re probably wondering, how exactly does one find their flow…?
Flow describes this as being in “a state of energized focus and enjoyment”. So luckily, there are unlimited possibilities! Finding your flow is a completely personal experience…for some it might be curling up with a good book, capturing the perfect moment on film, laughing with loved ones, or that incredible rush of adrenaline when you finish your first 10k run.
Need some more #FindYourFlow inspiration? Check out the different ways NKPR finds their flow…
Now it’s your turn to share your favourite #FindYourFlow moments for a chance to become the new face of Flow’s first international campaign!
Enter the #FindYourFlow Contest:
1. Follow and tag Flow on Instagram or Twitter
2. Post your best active shot using #FindYourFlow
3. From June 24-28, head to Facebook.com/FlowH20 to vote for your favourite finalist
4. Stay tuned for the winner announcement via Flow’s Instagram on June 29!
Strike A Pose! Your Own Professional Street Style Photo at Square One!
If you’ve ever wanted to play fashion icon for the day…now is officially your chance.
On May 26, Square One launched SQ1 Concept – a pop-up boutique celebrating the best in Canadian fashion – and we’ve never been more excited about Canada’s incredible talent and oh-so fashionable styles.
Curated by celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar (think Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron), SQ1 Concept features women’s and men’s fashion from the country’s top designers including Erin Kleinberg, LINE Knitwear, John & Jenn, Beaufille, Sid Neigum, Greta Constantine, Christopher Bates, Alan Anderson, ela, and Outclass.
This Sunday June 7 from 1-3:00pm, professional style photographer Mauricio Calero will be cruising through Square One on the hunt for your show-stopping street style. Find Mauricio and get your photo taken for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 or one of five $100 gift cards for Square One!
Time to get shopping…SQ1 Concept is only open until June 21!
Check out some of our favourite street style looks from SQ1 Concept:
Show us your Mauricio Calero SQ 1 Concept street style photo…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Black Is The New Black – RUDSAK Fashion All Summer Long
Here at NKPR, it’s no secret that we love fashion…especially anything that comes in black! From red carpet events to dinners on the town, black is our ultimate go-to. After all, Neiman Marcus did say: “Women who wear black lead colourful lives.”
One of our favourite Canadian fashion brands, RUDSAK, is best known for their signature “all black everything” style offering trendy pieces that can be worn all year long.
When it comes to black, there’s a fine line between boring basic and sophisticated chic…the secret is in the details. So if you’re wondering, “How do I make black work in a season full of pretty pastels and feminine florals?” don’t fret – RUDSAK has everything you need to embrace your own cool-rebel spirit.
A classic leather jacket is a seasonal staple. Throw this RUDSAK ELSA on over your skinny jeans for instant rockstar vibe or make an edgy statement by wearing it with this season’s popular boho trend.
The three most important letters in any fashionista’s vocabulary: LBD (Little Black Dress). RUDSAK’s OPHIRA dress has put an end to the eternal fashion scavenger hunt; this form-flattering jersey dress will take you from the office to dinner to dancing and beyond!
Our favourite trend right now: combining sheer and lace! The RUDSAK OBELIA skirt is the perfect choice for evening weddings or as a versatile transition piece from day-to-night. Pair with a bright top or a silk cami for a rebel ballerina look (Step aside Black Swan!).
Summer can mean unpredictable weather (looking at you mysterious rainclouds!). The RUDSAK TRAVIS is a Letterman-style bomber jacket with RUDSAK’s signature leather touch. The full sleeves made with genuine sheep leather ensure you’ll be set for all weather conditions and social events.
Who doesn’t love a combination of classic and casual? The RUDSAK KINGSTON button down with lamb leather sleeves is a man’s best friend for spontaneous summer adventures. Easily dress this piece up with a dinner jacket or keep it casual with dark denim for all those budding social events on your calendar.
What’s your favourite way to wear black in the summer? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Scotiabank Photography Award Winner: Angela Grauerholz
“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams
Earlier this week, Scotiabank named Angela Grauerholz as the winner of the 5th annual Scotiabank Photography Award.
As the largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography, the Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher, Gerhard Steidl.
Angela Grauerholz is known for work that feels as if it were plucked from a dream, with a uniquely personal and philosophical insight that brings an unparalleled depth and presence to her photographs.
Some of Angela’s incredible work…
NKPR is honoured to work with the Scotiabank Photography Award celebrating amazing contemporary Canadian photography and we look forward to seeing Angela’s exhibition next year!
Support Save Our Scruff at PYA Importer’s Sample Sale: May 7-9
Although it’s really no surprise to anyone…here at NKPR, we’re all about the puppy love! Few things warm our hearts more than a fluffy, cuddly kiss from a puppy (and that “new puppy” smell – don’t even get us started!). This weekend, we’re shopping an amazing cause in support of our favourite furry friends.
From May 7-9, PYA Importer (famous for brands like LINE Knitwear, John and Jenn, and Patrick Assaraf) is hosting a Sample Sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to Save Our Scruff – an incredible Rehome & Rescue dog shelter. Not only will you find all your fashion must-haves at amazing prices, you’ll leave knowing you helped find a puppy a brand new home!
How you can support Save Our Scruff:
1) Post a photo showing puppy love on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter
2) Tag @saveourscruff and #PYALovesPups
3) PYA Importer will donate funds for each post
Art Inspiration: Final Day of the Love Art Fair
Today is the last day of Love Art!
In its second instalment, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!
Looking to buy your first piece of art? Here’s a little inspiration…
NKPR Hearts Love Art: A Look Inside the Fair
NKPR hearts Love Art!
We’re having so much fun this weekend at the second instalment of Love Art Fair in Canada. Open all weekend, Love Art Fair hosts 50+ galleries showcasing affordable, contemporary art including original paintings, artist-made prints, sculptures and photographs…all under one roof!
As lovers of contemporary art ourselves (take one look at the office and you’ll see what we mean), we love celebrating the Toronto art scene and getting to know our local galleries. Take a look at some of the action so far…
Show us your Love Art favourites – Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Full Art Mode Inside NKPR: VIP Invite & Highlights
The countdown is officially on!
With Love Art Fair kicking off this weekend, and both Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Scotiabank Photography Award on the horizon, we’re in full art mode inside NKPR.
While we daydream about our favourite pieces, here are this week’s art highlights…
Love Art Fair
Calling all friends of NKPR: We invite you to join us at the advance private view of Love Art Fair. Be the first to view hundreds of original artworks, enjoy a drink by Gentleman Jack, and experience a live performance by Opera Atelier.
Date: Thursday, April 16
Scotiabank Photography Award
Angela Grauerholz is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Rafael Goldchain and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.
This photograph by Grauerholz is a gelatin silver print on RC paper. Grauerholz is known for her dense, dreamlike black and white photographs, her iconic images and more recently, her coloured images and alternate methods of photographic production.
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
The New Gods is a collaboration between Montreal-based Josée Pedneault and Mexico City-based Alejandro Garcia Contreras. Through a series of striking large-scale photographs, their project examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within an isolated village in the mountains of southern Mexico.
What inspires you to buy art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!