Pour Boy Pub

Long island iced tea. Cheers!
Long island iced tea. Cheers!

Pour Boy was listed in The Grid’s Guide to Being Broke and Living Large. Doing cool things on a budget is certainly in our interests at the moment. It’s close to Nash’s but we never thought to look around the corner of Bloor and Manning. The decor is unique and isn’t really asian nor white, but the menu is a mix of both.
photo 2I ordered the Gnocchi with shrimp ($7). The waiter recommended the white sauce so I obliged. I wasn’t expecting much out of pub food, but this was actually flavourful and there was a generous amount of shrimp. To drink I had a Long Island Iced Tea ($6.50).

photo 3Nash ordered the Pour Boy burger which was pretty much a regular banquet burger. It was a bit on the oily side but he enjoyed it. They came with a choice of regular or sweet potato fries or a salad.

photo 4I don’t know why I never visited this place when I was in university. It’s such a cheap watering hole. A pitcher of Sangria is $17, so we couldn’t resist. Plus, cheers to the rest of summer right?
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Six Dollar Shirts

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I saw the ad for Six Dollar Shirts as a Google Ad on Ride the Tempo. I was lured in by their promise of cheap T-shirts. The shirts are $6, but if you want a fitted female one they are $6.50. This is still not bad compared to other sites like Threadless. The more you order, the cheaper it gets. I think 10 shirts are only $50. The shipping doesn’t cost an arm and a leg either. I was testing if they were a legit company so I went with a safe 3 shirts. I chose geeky tees like the one pictured above.

Adventure Time!
Adventure Time!

The selections aren’t the greatest but I took the time to dig through and found ones I liked. This Adventure Time design is definitely worth the price. For the most part the prints are monochromatic, but are available in multiple shirt colours.
IMG_3712I also purchased this simple and cute, konami code shirt. The girl shirts fit well and are not boxy, so they are worth the extra 50 cents. The shirts shipped in like 2 weeks. While I waited though, I actually thought they might be a scam. I didn’t receive any notice of the items being “shipped” even though the original order confirmation said there would be. I thought I’d mention that as a warning. However, I received my shirts so the company is totally legit!

Buskerfest 2013

On Saturday, I walked around Buskerfest. Here are some random photos of things I saw:
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Buskerfest 2013
Buskerfest 2013
Buskerfest 2013

A Day at the Zoo

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This polar bear is my new best friend

On Thursday, my family and I went to the zoo. At least 10 years had passed, since I’ve last been. It was a lot bigger than I remembered as a child. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day! My full zoo gallery can be seen on Flickr.
Giant Panda
White Lion
Butterfly
Black-handed Spider Monkey
African Penguin
African Elephant
Egyptian Fruitbat
Waxy Monkey Tree Frog
Veiled Chameleon
Grevy's Zebra
Western Lowland Gorilla
Northern Bald Eagle
Sumatran Tiger
Red-tailed Green Rattlesnake
Butterfly
Burmese Star Tortoise
White Lion
Peacock
Great White Pelican
American Flamingo

Skyping Toronto’s Music Scene to Manchester

On Saturday I took part in Skype’s Passion Project campaign. I was sent a Nokia Lumia 920 and shared a musical day with Manchester’s Joe from A New Band A Day.
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Since there was a 5 hour time difference, I had to focus on music-related things to do in the day time, while Joe had the evening. I hit up Harbourfront Centre, found some buskers by Yonge and Dundas Square, had some drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe, bought some records at Sonic Boom and went to Maylee Todd’s Summerworks show. Joe went to a tea shop with a DJ and had this rainbow cake that I am totally jealous of. You can see the end result of our day on the Skype Passion Project website.
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Right now Skype is holding a contest to meet your guru in music, style or food. All you have to do is just send a photo (the more unique the better), of you doing what you love the most!

Tiana’s Adventure Vlogs #2 – ALL CAPS Music Festival Day 2


Here are clips of Day 2 of ALL CAPS featuring performances by Watershed Hour, Effin Saddle, Eons, Pachamama, Magneta Lane Beliefs, Catl, and Rich Aucoin.

Full review at Ride the Tempo.

Tiana’s Adventure Vlogs #1 – ALL CAPS Music Festival Day 1

As I mentioned in my previous post, I want to start document some of my adventures in video format. I’m going to do this Vlog style, so it isn’t going to be anything fancy and time consuming. Straight cuts of brief moments in hope to share some of the more interesting tidbits of life with you.


Here’s the first Vlog documenting day 1 of ALL CAPS music festival. I’m doing this on my own Youtube Channel instead of the Ride the Tempo one because they may not always be music related. There probably will be more of me talking eventually, but I haven’t completely planned it all out yet. Enjoy!

Mixed & Ready Moments at Grove Festival


A few weekends ago, I attended The Grove Music Festival. Instead of photographing it, I had the pleasure of taking part in Canadian Club’s Mixed & Ready Moments campaign, along with fashion stylist Chloe Wise. You can watch the result of our adventures in the video above! You can win some cool stuff at mixedandready.com.

goproThe video was filmed with a GoPro. I didn’t realize it was so small and versatile. I totally want to buy one now.

canadianclubWhenever I’m at shows, I am usually photographing or reviewing them. For once it was nice to relax, watch the show and have a couple of drinks!

photo 2We got a bit spoiled with backstage access, which included the catering tent with this snazzy ready-to-order pasta bar thing.

photo 3So, uh, funny story.. I went backstage to find somewhere to charge my phone. Before I knew it, I was on stage dancing with Girl Talk!

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meandphoenix2Also, I met Phoenix. They were very very French and super nice guys!

Hot Chip!
Hot Chip!

This adventure made me realize that I have a damn cool life for an underemployed person and that I should document some of these in video format. It’s an idea that is still on brainstorming mode but hope to have more videos for you guys soon!

Anniversary In the Dark at O.Noir

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Nash and I love adventure and for our anniversary we decided to dine in the dark at O.Noir. The restaurant, located at the corner of Church and Charles has two dinner services 5:45pm and 8:30pm. Dinner is a prix fixe with 2 courses at $32 and 3 courses at $39.

After placing our orders in a small lit bar area, we were led by our server into the pitch-black dining room. All the servers are legally blind. Our server guided us to the table with a hands-on-shoulder method. It was scary at first to rely only on another person’s voice, but I learnt to put my trust in our guide and found my way to the table. We were seated at the end of a row of tables beside a wall.

We began with some Long Island iced teas, which I made a conscious effort not to knock over. We were also brought bread which I failed to butter. It’s hard to judge how much butter I scooped on my knife in the dark, so there were blobs of it everywhere! I ordered the Surprises for three of my courses. Nash ordered from the menu for his appetizer and main dish. I think my appetizer was a salad with avocado, feta cheese, tomatoes and cranberries, at least I think they were cranberries. Nash had a grilled octopus salad. The octopus was very tender and not chewy.

I’m still trying to figure out what my surprise main was (I forgot to ask). There was green beans, mashed potatoes and what I think is steak in a mushroom sauce. Nash thinks it was pork. It was very flavourful. He ordered the shrimp and sun-dried tomato risotto. I had one of his shrimp and it was well seasoned and felt very large. We both had the surprise dessert which was a cheesecake, served on its side. Not sure what sort of cheesecake but I did taste coconut and pineapple. Maybe pina colada.

The whole experience was a lot of fun. Our appetizers and mains were served in plates that had edges like a bowl, so accidentally pushing the food off the plate wasn’t a concern. I did end up using my hands to help get food on my fork, and to feel if I was actually done each course. Technically I could have licked the plate and nobody would have noticed. It was interesting to have to rely on other senses to gauge our way in the dark. We could hear conversations around us and tried to figure out how close they were. I think there was one table separating us and the people beside us. There was a lot of accidental eye-poking to try to see how far away we were from each other.

During our entire meal, everybody kept up with the rules. Nobody pulled out a smartphone or let in any light. Conversations was plenty and it was definitely a memorable way to spend an anniversary!

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So.. I Tried the McLobster

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I was spoiled with lobster last week at Rock Lobster, so I thought I’d give the McLobster a try for fun. At $6.95 it wouldn’t be too bad of a price if it happened to be sub-par, right?

Except it was pretty un-lobstery. All I could taste was celery, chives and salt. I could see lobster (sort of) but it was covered in a thick salad dressing. It reminded me of a saltier version of a crab meat salad. I do question if it has imitation crab meat, but I failed to find the ingredients listed online. I thought legally they were required to do so, just in case someone has allergies.

Anyways, I also found myself quite thirsty after the roll. I ate that thing at 6. It’s now midnight and I still want to drink my sink.

I think I’ll redeem lobster again by going back to Rock Lobster and having their rolls.