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Halloween Celebrations

I’m a huge fan of Halloween. Always have been, always will. When you’re little, Halloween is exciting because you get out to get candy. When you’re 18-21ish, Halloween is exciting because it’s an excuse to party, and as you get a bit older, it’s great to hand out candy and coo at adorable kids. Really, there is something for every age group (except maybe angsty 13-15 year olds… sorry guys).

Halloween 2011 brought with it some fun, and some “I’m too old for this”, but mostly it brought me to the realization that I won’t do a popular costume again (HELLO there were 6 Black Swans at the bar with me on Saturday!!)

My weekend:

TUESDAY NIGHT: Yelp Masquerade Party

Easily the best prelude to Halloween party I’ve ever been to, Yelp hosted an Elite masquerade party on the Tuesday prior at Bar Vespa in Liberty Village. It was a trek for me, and pouring rain, but ended up totally worth it. The food (such as Risotto Balls) are amazing – for my full review, check out yelp: http://tinyurl.com/3ceoo99

Hiding our faces at the Yelp Masquerade

FRIDAY NIGHT: The house party of horrors.

I went to a house party which turned out to be more of a wild kegger, at a location close to my house. $10 all you can drink sort of thing. I lasted about 20 minutes before I realized the combination of crowd/alcohol/music/dark corners in a creepy house is something I’m just not quite into anymore (if I ever was?). I left and went for Chinese food with my friend / makeup artist (who did my Black Swan that evening).

Note: there was only one other Black Swan at this party

Kelly and I - Firefighter and Black Swan

SATURDAY NIGHT: Round II

Saturday I hit up Clinton’s, a 60s bar with NO LINE on Halloween! Couldn’t believe our luck with that one – and only a $5 cover charge!

Bangs & Blush, the female DJ duo, were playing their 60s regulars, with a few Halloween inspired tunes thrown in (I heard Thriller, no Monster Mash though!). While the party was good, I can’t say I was too impressed by all the other Black Swan costumes – as I said, lesson learned about attempting the “bound to be popular” costumes. There was one point when I was in the ladies room, that I came out of the stall to discover TWO OTHER Black Swans waiting for it. Damn it!

Overall this was a pretty solid night. Best costumes I saw: CN Tower (who won the costume prize) and “ocean” who had a spray bottle to symbolize the ocean mist, most random/outdated costume: Group “Up!” costume – this movie came out too long ago and yet is not enough of a classic for this to have been a good idea.

MONDAY NIGHT: Actual Halloween!

So, my Halloween activities were limited to the office, where I convinced my co-workers to come in costume. Turns out we were the only department in the office to do it, so we actually ended up having a photographer come by, and our pictures ended up in the bulletin! Have to say, I was pretty impressed with our spirit. I see this becoming an annual thing.

On Halloween night, I got a total of ZERO trick-or-treaters, and went and saw Puss in Boots – not very Halloween inspired, but review to follow.

 

 

Anyone do anything special for Halloween, or have a cool (or Black Swan?!) costume?

Black Swan - not exactly as original as I thought.

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birthday celebrations

Is it lame to do a post on my birthday? Well… I’m going to do it anyway.

My 23rd birthday was yesterday, so I had a long weekend of celebrations to plan. That’s right – four days of birthday, including three fancy dinners, two nights of drinking, and one movie (yes, only one).

I’ll start by talking about the FABULOUS weekend of dining I had! Friday night at Luma, Saturday night at Frank, and Monday night at Guu Izakaya. Any of this restaurants would be amazing for a special night out like a birthday, but having all three just made it that much better! (I think this birthday has inspired me to write a “date night” list of restaurants in a future post). First off, if you haven’t been to Luma it’s an O&B gem. Not only is it associated with cinema by its location, it also has lovely cinematic-themed cocktails, and popcorn on their dessert menu!

“Opera Cake” dessert at Luma, featuring caramel corn!

This was followed by a Saturday dinner at Frank in the AGO – another place you need to check out if you haven’t. I had the heirloom tomato and mozzarella appetizer – and I think it was the best salad I’ve ever had!

Monday night we decided to face the (potential) lines at Guu on Church – and even if we had waited (fortunately, there was a table) it would have been worth it! Not only do I love a good tapas place, but I also LOVE Japanese. This restaurant is the best of both worlds – and it has such amazing energy! I felt like I couldn’t stop smiling for the entire visit (which was prompt – all that delicious food in 1.5 hours!) AND they had the best restaurant birthday song I’ve ever heard! (For a full review: http://tinyurl.com/3oawpkl).
 
Ah, now for the drinking. Friday night brought me to the Gladstone, where they had a band followed by karaoke (no, I did not participate!) and Saturday brought me to the Duke of York in the Annex. Why the Duke of York? While it is not the most fabulous venue in the city, the bartenders know how to make a dirty martini, and my alternate option, Oasis on the roof of Wayne Gretzky’s, randomly closed at 10pm that night (note: the weather was beautiful and they promised me they’d be open until 2am!!) Also, Duke is a great place because they have such a big venue, they can take reservations for parties late at night. Bonus: they had a big Muskoka chair.
 

Who can resist a giant chair photo op??

As for the movie, I saw Moneyball on Sunday, and wasn’t so impressed by it. You can see my movie review for more details!

Overall I’d say I had a pretty successful 23rd birthday weekend – and thank you to everyone who helped put it together!