Rave: Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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Fall is here (like we mentioned last week), which means chunky knits, Halloween, and of course, the Thanksgiving long weekend. We’ve gone from telling our parents we’re thankful for our Barbies and Archie comics to the ill-fated “turkey drop“. These days, Thanksgiving is a time to put on your stretchy pants, sit down with friends and family and have a good time, with an extra day off to recuperate. Whether you’re having turducken,  a meat-free dinner or just a plain turkey,
this holiday entails festive fall colours, appreciating who and what’s around
you and, of course, delicious food. Here are some photos that embody
Thanksgiving – and don’t forget the cherpumple for dessert.

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Happy Canada Day!

Whether it’s an extra day to relax in the city or another night at the cottage, we hope you enjoy your Canada Day long weekend. In honour
of our great country’s birthday yesterday (and the day off we get out of it!),
we’ve rounded up some inventions we bet you didn’t know were Canadian.


1. The lawn sprinkler
Not only did he invent the sprinkler in 1897, but Elijah
McCoy (who boasts 57 invention patents) is the namesake for the expression “the real
McCoy”. Who knew?

2. IMAX movie systems
Making its debut at EXPO ’67 in Montreal, IMAX movies were invented by Canadian filmmakers/entrepreneurs Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor and Robert Kerr. They decided to design a new system using a single powerful projector, rather than the multiple projectors used at that time. 
3. The zipper
Perhaps one of the greatest Canadian inventions, the zipper
was invented by Swedish-American electrical engineer Gideon Sundback at the Universal
Fastener Company in St. Catharines, Ontario. After the death of his wife (the
plant owner’s daughter) in 1911, he devoted himself to his work, leading him to
designing the zipper in 1913. Thank goodness!

4. The Abdominizer
The Abdominizer was invented by Canadian Dennis Colonellow in the 80s. We think this video says it all. Truly a gift to society.


5. The chocolate bar
While Canadians cannot be credited with inventing chocolate,
Canadian family-owned chocolate factory Ganong Brothers Ltd. did introduce the
five-cent chocolate nut bar in 1910. We hear that Arthur Ganong and factory
supervisor George Ensor got the idea to create a convenient snack for fishermen, since the company factory in St. Stephen, N.B. was close to popular fishing grounds. The
Ganong company is still running and located in the same town.

6. Instant mashed
potatoes
Let’s be honest, we’ve all eaten them (and secretly enjoyed). But where do they
come from? Instant mashed potatoes were invented by scientist Edward A.
Asselbergs in 1962. The powdered food technique he developed was used to fortify foods with protein in nutrient-deficient countries and to create
convenient foods that could be used by campers or in military field rations. Et voila. Convenience for all of us.

7. Trivial Pursuit
Referred to by Time Magazine as “the biggest phenomenon in
game history”, Trivial Pursuit was created by Chris Hainey, then a photo editor at
the Montreal Gazette and Scott Abbott, a sports journalist for the Canadian Press, who
came up with the game in just a couple hours while playing Scrabble. The game
was released in 1981, stumping Canadians ever since.

8. The washing machine
Thank you to James Brown (no, not that James Brown) for
making all our lives easier and inventing the washing machine in 1835. We don’t
know what we would do without it.

9. The walkie talkie
Invented by Don Hings in 1937, the term “walkie talkie” was coined by journalists reporting on these new inventions during the World War II. Originally they were called wireless sets or pack sets. 


10. Wonderbra
Ladies, we have Moses (Moe) Nadler, founder of the Canadian Lady Corset Company, to thank for developing the first Wonderbra in 1939. By the 1960s, the company became known as the “Wonderbra ” company and in 1961, they introduced the plunge push-up bra that became a best-seller and is almost identical to today’s Wonderbra. 


And you thought we only invented maple syrup and basketball! #nowyouknow

City Living: Long Weekends in the City

May two-four, a.k.a. the official kick-off to summer, is finally here! If you’re part of the crowd fleeing the city for the cottage and good ol’ country partying – lucky you. However, if you’re stuck in the city, don’t despair. Here are a few urban escapes to make sure your weekend still rocks.


Plan a Private Picnic

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Toronto’s islands are just a short trip away by ferry, and if you walk over to one of the quieter areas, you can pretend you’re at your own lakeside retreat. Stop at St. Lawrence Market on your way and pick up fresh bread, cheese, antipasto and a bottle of your beverage of choice for an easy, impromptu picnic. 


Go for a Bike Ride

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Get on your bike and head to High Park for a leisurely ride. Or check out some suggestions for bike paths from BlogTO. Don’t have a bike? Bixi bikes, located all around Toronto, can be rented for just $5 for 24-hour access. 


Catch Some Sun

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A long weekend sunburn is definitely possible without leaving the city. Grab a few friends and head down to the Beaches. Sunbathe, play some beach volleyball, go for a stroll along the boardwalk… a few hours of sun exposure on your winter skin will have everyone asking you where you went on Tuesday, we promise.


Watch (or Light) Some Fireworks




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The popping noises will likely begin around dusk on Sunday and continue through Monday night if you’re in the city for Victoria Day. The best place for fireworks is Ashbridges Bay on Monday night, beginning around 9:30 p.m. Or you could always buy your own and find an open field somewhere, just sayin’.





Whatever you decide to do, we wish everyone a safe and happy Victoria Day!



Rave: Thanksgiving long weekend

One of our favourite holidays has arrived! It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, and we couldn’t be happier to drive to our parent’s, in-laws or friends’ house for a feast and some soul-soothing hangouts this weekend.

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We are really excited to have a day off to be with our families and loved ones to share quirky family traditions (you know you’ve got ’em). 


No matter where you are headed this weekend, we hope you have a wonderful time and take a minute to reflect on the wonderful things in your life. 



Happy Canada Day!

Whether or not you’re attending Pride as part of the Canada Day celebrations, we hope you have a happy, fun and safe long weekend.
Some fun facts to wow your friends (or make quick conversation at the bbq/cottage/date you are on this weekend):
Did you know Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on earth? Source.
We’re home to the longest street, highway, coastline and freshwater beach in the world. Source
We have more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Source.

Quebec produces over 70% of the worlds’ maple syrup, and is the only walled city north of Mexico. Coincidence? You decide. 
 

This guy is ready to party. Image source

Happy long weekend!
 

Happy Victoria Day Weekend

We would like to wish you a very safe and happy long weekend. Thank you Queen Victoria for giving us our first long weekend of the summer, a.k.a. summer’s unofficial kick-off.

Our top five things we packed for the weekend:

Sunscreen (one can always hope).
A case of beer.
A BBQ.
Umbrella (let’s face it – it always rains on this weekend. Especially if you go camping).
Friends and significant others.
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We hope you enjoy the holiday.

Bisou bisou from the fourth floor. xx