Yum, Yum: Sangria in the City

If you’re like us, there are certain types of drinks that are enjoyed during weekend brunch. Sangria is one of them. While weekend brunching with girlfriends, a fruity sangria option often jumps off the menu as the thirst-quencher of choice, especially on a hot day. And since summer weather showed up a little earlier this year, our patio season and summery refreshment tour has been in full force since, well, March if we’re honest.


As the hunt continues, here are three establishments who have seemed to perfect the boozy punch:

Milagro (Three locations: 5 Mercer St., 3187 Yonge St. and 783 Queen W.)

Juicy and refreshing.

With a broad selection of sangria to please even the pickiest of taste buds, Milagro has six blends, including their ‘American’ blend that’ll put a little hair on your chest, complete with bourbon AND peach schnapps. Why not, huh? Summer suggestion: Sangria de Mango…in a pitcher. 


Psst: They have special deals on sangria on Thursdays. What better day to end the week than a delicious glass or two of this cocktail, for less?

Follow @Milagro_cantina on Twitter.
School (70 Fraser Ave.)



School sticks to the basics: red and white. I mean, sure, you could mix them if you want a rose. School creatively serves their wine concoction by glass and by flask. Suggestion: try both! Sangria white is slightly more innocent, combing pinot grigio with green grapes and apples, while the red is a little more daring, mixing rioja (Spanish wine) with orange and cinnamon. Again, enjoy them in a flask.


If you give their Sangria an A+, tell them @schoolville.
Café Nervosa (75 Yorkville Ave.)

Enjoy a frosty glass of sangria and keep an eye out for celebs on this beautiful patio.

This Yorkville spot comes up on a lot of people’s “fave” lists and yes, their pizza is fantastic. But they’ve mastered their sangria as well. When we’re feeling like some solid people-watching and enjoying the quiet buzz of Yorkville, this is our go-to spot. You feel rather posh sipping on their cute patio, and you never know when you might catch a glimpse of a Jonas brother at the table next to you. Their sangria is strong and fruity, with fruit juice as well as the regular wine and spirits.


Drake Hotel (1144 Queen St. W.)
Ok, so we might be a bit biased about this one, but we can’t help but love every cocktail that comes from the Drake’s skilled bar team. Their sangria lives up to their high standards, and the Sky Yard is one of the best spots in Toronto to enjoy a summer cocktail. They’ve got some other tasty concoctions this summer as well (Rum + Raspberry Lemonade, anyone?) but we often stop by after work for a relaxing glass of wine, fruit juice and fruit chunks, complete with art, indie rock and some eye candy.

As always, Drake offers a classic with a twist – the warm Simmering Sangria.
Image courtesy of the Drake Hotel.



Pssst: this past winter, Drake had simmering sangria – a warm version of their summer recipe. It was amazing. Here’s hoping they bring it back next winter!


Tell them you want them to bring back the Simmering Sangria – @thedrakehotel


Victory Cafe (581 Markham St.)

Another fourth floor fave that takes us back to our days of undergrad, but in a good way. They’ve got one of the best patios in the city as well, and in case we haven’t made it clear yet, sangria + patio = summer perfection. Their white sangria is delicious and won’t stain your summer whites should you happen to spill a drop or two.

White sangria on this patio is pretty much perfect.



Keep up with the latest Annex news @victorycafe_TO.


Happy drinking! 

Teacher’s Pet: Advice for PR students, recent grads and enthusiasts

September has arrived and with it, brought a whole new crop of students pursuing a career in PR. To give you an edge, we’ve decided to share some of the top tips that we’ve learned from our time in the biz.


You know that a publicist needs stellar writing skills and an interest in media but do you really know what it’s like to work in a busy PR office? If not, it’s ok. You won’t have an accurate picture of the PR world until you’re actually in it. However, the ladies on the fourth floor are some of the best people to give you a realistic introduction to a world that can be crazy and busy, yet fun and fulfilling.

Image source.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Questions are not just a great way to learn – getting answers guarantees that you and your team are on the same page. Take advantage of their collective experience and ask as many questions as possible. You may feel like you’re being annoying but it’s better to ask and avoid a possible catastrophe. 

Excel, Paint/Photoshop and Outlook
If you have ever fibbed on a resume and said you’re a pro at using these programs, you are in for a rude awakening when you start working in the PR biz. A seasoned publicist knows these programs inside-out so start downloading those tutorials.

Twitter
To quote Barry Waite, coordinator of the corporate communications and PR program at Centennial College, “If you don’t have Twitter, you won’t find a job in PR.” ‘Nuff said. Social media has become an essential tool for PR, and Twitter is at the top of the game right now. Luckily, it’s fun and you will quickly understand that it’s an important information source and not just people posting updates about what they ate for breakfast. 


If you’re just starting out, read our Twitter tutorial here.

Start media monitoring
Chose a company you admire and read the dailies every day to find coverage of the company. Media monitoring is something you will do a lot when you’re starting out, so learn how to set up Google alerts and practice your scanning skills. Also, it’s the best way to get to know a writer, a TV show or radio program which is one of the most important aspects of working in PR.

We have just scratched the surface and have tons more advice to give so send us your questions @rockitpromo (or comment below) and we’ll give you the low down. We can’t wait to hear from you.

City Living: Labour Day Weekend

Take a deep breath, and soak in today. Alas, the final long weekend of the summer has arrived and whether you find yourself at the cottage, on your back deck or at the local park, enjoy the last bit of quiet before heading back to school, or just back to work for autumn.


Today, we are celebrating the end of a terrific summer, and without any bitterness we are looking forward to an equally terrific fall.

Lovely view from Centre Island.



Have a fantastic long weekend!