NKPR GUIDE: GALENTINE’S DAY

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HOW TO: CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you haven’t already, now is the time to plan your date… with your girlfriends! Whether you’re single or just want to celebrate your LOVE for your best friends, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to get together and do something fun. We’ve curated some of our favourite date alternatives below:

Night Out

You don’t need to do anything fancy to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just grab your girlfriends and spend the evening out on the town!

From galleries to nightclubs, Bloor-Yorkville is a fantastic neighbourhood to explore with friends, no matter what you’re feeling like doing. Stop by Yorkville Village for some shopping (TNT Fashion, anyone?), or get pampered at the Windsor Arms spa (yes, please!).

Feeling like venturing to the downtown core? Make sure you swing by the Thompson Hotel on Wellington St. West to get a drink at the lobby bar, or grab a bite at the Thompson Diner!

Night In

Host a girl’s night in! Some of the best nights are spent in the comforts of your own home, so invite your best gals over for dinner, a movie, and facials.

Nothing says romance like a classic bowl of spaghetti. Pick up a box of Barilla Spaghetti and try out this delicious recipe! I mean, who doesn’t want to channel Lady and the Tramp on Valentine’s Day?

After dinner, relax with tea and a movie! Get a selection of your favourite DAVIDs TEA flavours, or pick up a tin of one of their Valentine’s inspired blends, like the Sweet Tart blend with notes of apple, sour cherries, and sweet hearts! 

Of course, girl’s night in wouldn’t be complete without snacks! Pusateris has an incredible selection of desserts. From cakes, chocolates, to even cannolis- there’s a treat for everyone’s taste buds. I promise you won’t come back empty handed!

26 Hours of Kindness 

Looking for other alternatives? A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to show and give LOVE in the ultimate way- by giving back to those in need! On February 14th, we’re teaming up with some local charities for our annual 26 Hours of Kindness initiative. Want to help out? Grab the gals and join us! Read more about how you can participate here.

NK’s Guide To Toronto: Winter Edition

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NK’s Toronto Winter City Guide 

There are so many places in the city, you can get lost trying to decide where to go! I’ve curated a list of my favourite places to go- Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, or play, there is something for everyone this winter.

Where to… EAT

Ufficio |1214 Dundas St W.

One of the best places to stop if you’re looking for an amazing meal! I personally love their green beans and ricotta gnocchi. (Who doesn’t LOVE gnocchi??)

Bake Shoppe | 859 College St.

Some of my absolute favourite treats are from here! I’m currently on a sugar cleanse for January, but typically my kitchen is always stocked with something, whether its the Retro Flakies or Nutella Cookies- I’m obsessed!

Bar Centrale | 1095 Yonge St.

This is my go-to spot for brunch, just located downstairs in Terroni! I always tend to go back for Poached eggs on top of brioche.

Where to… SHOP

TNT Fashion | Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.

TNT has been a shopping staple of mine for years. They offer an amazing curation of brands and collections- you can’t go wrong! Visit their store in Bloor Yorkville to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe.

South Hill Home | 146 Dupont St.

Making your home warm and inviting is so important in these cold dark months, and South Hill’s beautifully crafted furnishings definitely do the trick! Stop by and pick up a new piece to make your space feel fresh and happy this winter.

 

Square One Shopping Centre| 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga

This may be outside of the downtown core, but Square One is one of my top shopping destinations! When you need a break from hunting for the best finds, stop by for a delicious eclair at Nugateau.

Where to… PLAY

Windsor Arms Hotel | 18 St Thomas St.
What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than at the spa, followed by high tea? Windsor Arms is a must for curing the winter blues!

Toronto Maple Leafs Game | Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.

Every now and then I love to catch a Leafs’ game with Anthony! Recently, this winter, I’ve really enjoyed going out and getting into the team spirit- it’s so much fun!

Thompson Toronto | 550 Wellington St W.

Get out of the cold and enjoy the Thompson! You can wet your palette at the bar then head on to their Screening Room for a movie!

Celebrate the Holidays in Toronto!

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It’s the most wonderful time of year!

There’s no doubt that the Holiday season has arrived, and while it may feel early to some, we can’t wait to celebrate. There is no shortage of events this season- check out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned!

Swarovski’s Holiday Tree and Sparkle Pop Up at Square One

On Wednesday night, Swarovski decked the halls of Square One Shopping Centre with the unveiling of their annual holiday tree and the globally exclusive Sparkle Pop Up! Hosted by ETalk’s Danielle Graham, who was dressed by Square One, the night kicked off with guests arriving on a sparkly Swarovski-blue carpet, followed by the unveilings from Swarovski’s Managing Director of Canada, Aurelie Pepion, and Square One’s Marketing Director, Toni Holley. Party band, Dwayne Gretzky, wrapped the night with a spectacular musical performance!

The Crystal Holiday Tree will be on display throughout December and is an amazing 26.5’, adorned with 14 tiers of gorgeous crystals and topped with an iconic Swarovski Star. Oversized Swarovski gift boxes form its base, allowing customers a great backdrop for a selfie! A first-of-its-kind, the Sparkle Pop Up includes a digital playground with an interactive fashion experience for guests to enjoy. Among other cool features, customers can virtually try on jewellery with The Stylefinder, making it easier to tick some gifts off their lists! Stop by to see these amazing displays and pick up a sparkly gift for someone special!

Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto

The Thompson recently hosted their Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto event, inviting guests to cozy up and watch a holiday film! Guests were welcomed onto the Rooftop Lounge for special holiday cocktails, the Berry Merry Holiday or the Cherry Cordial. Next, there were app-sized samples of classic diner menu items at the Thompson Diner, including poutine and even chicken and waffles! In the Lobby Bar, guests were greeted with a Snack Bar where they could load up on their favourite treats for the movie! Of course, you can’t watch a holiday film without hot chocolate. The Thompson provided a fully stocked DIY Hot Chocolate Bar, with marshmallows, donuts, and candy cane skewers for the finishing touch! Thompson Toronto capped the night with two holiday movies, where guests could relax in the private Screening Room to watch either The Holiday or Love Actually!

Mark Your Calendars!

Holiday Magic in Bloor Yorkville 

All I want for Christmas is some Holiday Magic! Bloor-Yorkville is transforming into a magical holiday wonderland starting on Saturday Nov 18th for the kick-off of Holiday Magic season, which will last until December 31st. Make sure you plan a visit to be a part of this magical experience!

GLOBUS Photography Exhibition

Do you hear what I hear? GLOBUS, an exhibition by Internationally renowned photographer, Florian Innerkofler, opens Nov 16th! Swing by the Art Square Gallery Cafe (across from the AGO) by November 20th to see some amazing artwork! The exhibit displays images captured during Innerkofler’s world travels while shooting high-profile campaigns. Have an artist on your shopping list this year? Prints can be bought in the gallery or online for as low as $260!

Murder On The Orient Express with Links of London

Movie tickets are a great early present and a fun stocking stuffer! Bring a friend to see Murder on the Orient Express, an exciting murder-mystery that recently hit theatres! As the official jewellery partner to the film, Links of London perfectly captures the film’s 1930s British style. (And there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with some gorgeous jewels and a fantastic film for those chilly winter nights!)

#SQ1SLAY the Holidays

Of course, the holiday season isn’t complete without gift-giving! The second annual #SQ1SLAY program transforms Square One into the perfect holiday shopping destination. Indulge in a festive shopping experience with a gift-wrapping station, stores to satisfy anyone on your gift list, an easy 10 Ways to Park at the shopping centre with an interactive map, and of course an annual photo with Santa! This year Santa can be found in the Enchanted Forest, a winter wonderland where the entire family can capture a holiday memory to cherish for years to come. Your beloved family pet can even join in on the festivities and pose with Santa between 7:30PM and 9PM on December 10th! Other great features include extended holiday hours and multi-option valet services. Plan a visit before December 24th to ensure you complete all your holiday shopping (and get a picture with the big man in red)!

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas in Toronto this year with these great events! Make sure you follow us to stay in-the-loop with future celebrations. 🙂

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The Thompson Lobby Bar

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Blink twice if this sounds familiar: checking the clock at 3 p.m. On a Friday and all you can think about is post-work week drinks and amazing food with friends. #InsideNKPR knows this feeling all too well.. don’t get us wrong, we love our jobs but at the end of the week, we’re ready to unwind and spend some quality time with friends. Whether you’re doing a monthly squad reunion, or you’re heading to a weekly meet up with friends, we’ve got the details on where to go after work for delicious cocktails and eats.

The Thompson Lobby Bar is the place to be – they have daily specials from 4-8 p.m with their menu’s changing for each season! There truly is something for everyone.

See below for more details, and we’ll see you after work!

Toronto’s Best Patios & Delicious Eats

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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.

Montecito

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!

 

Gusto

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.

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Thompson Toronto

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.

DAVIDsTEA

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!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Dinner Guide

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It’s no secret that the way to anyone’s heart (male or female, let’s be honest…) is through their stomach. And what better reason to enjoy a delicious, mind-blowing feast than on Valentine’s Day?

This year, treat that special someone to one of Toronto’s best restaurants for a meal that will be as unforgettable as the time you spend together.

We’ve rounded up the best dishes from our favourite restaurants for you to enjoy this Valentine’s Day…

Montecito – 299 Adelaide St. West

Our Pick: Chef Jonathan Waxman’s JW Chicken

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Cibo Wine Bar – 522 King St West

Our Pick: Quattro Stagioni Pizza

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Ciao Wine Bar – 133 Yorkville Avenue

Our Pick: Chianti Braised Short Ribs

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Thompson Toronto Rooftop Lounge – 550 Wellington Street West

Our Pick: Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos

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Share your Valentine’s Day plans…Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

NKPR’s Top Film Festival Cocktails

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Although we near the end of Film Festival, the city is still bustling with movie screenings, classy after-parties and high-profile events. One of our favourite parts of Film Festival is the specially curated menus and cocktail lists made specifically for sophisticated, celeb-inspired taste buds.

From the highest rooftop to the heart of of the Entertainment District, we’ve rounded up our Top 3 Film Festival cocktails (plus a non-alcoholic option!)…

The Toronto Sunset

(an original cocktail created by Robin Kaufman, Toronto Temperance Society)
1oz bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial
1.5oz Tequila Tromba Blanco
0.5oz fresh lime juice
0.25oz fresh grapefruit juice
Grapefruit zest

Tromba Product Photos Kieran and Nick

Thompson Toronto’s Strawberry Fields

1oz Gin
1/2oz Maraschino Liquer
1/2oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Champagne
Mix in a chilled shaker, pour into a champagne flute, and garnish with strawberries.

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Montecito’s The Beekeeper

1.5 oz Irish Pot Whiskey
.75 oz Rosewood Honey syrup
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
House Floral Bitters

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Non-Alcoholic Refreshments

bottlegreen Sparkling Pressés

Elderflower: The fresh, clear taste of hand-picked elderflowers blended with pure, sparkling spring water. Serve over ice.

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Elderflower & Pomegranate: Hand-picked elderflowers are combined with fruity pomegranate for a refreshingly exotic fusion of east meets west. Serve over ice.

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