• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated production written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It's a childhood favorite of many people and I have seen many shops dedicated to selling Totoro merchandise while in Japan.

  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

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[Fitness] ClassPass Toronto

ClassPass is officially here in Toronto! It is a fitness subscription service that gets you "unlimited monthly classes at the best fitness studios and gyms in Toronto. With just one monthly subscription you can work out at Studio Lagree, Track Fitness, Barreworks, Quad Spinning, Hard Candy Fitness, IAM Yoga, Body Harmonics, Barre3, Yoga Tree, Spynga, Core Studio, and over 80 others all over the city!" for a low price of $99 per month. - (source: ClassPass)

You can sign up now here.

However, to celebrate their launch in Toronto, they're offering ClassPass subscriptions at the special launch price of $89 CAD per month! This special offer (reduced from the standard price of $99 CAD) is limited-time only for first users in Toronto. SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE EXPIRED!

 For an affordable price of $99 per month, you will have access to over 80 studios and gyms in the ClassPass network all throughout Toronto. The great thing about ClassPass is that you're not limited to just one studio, you can attend as many as you like on a monthly basis, and change your workout routines around. For example, you can take a spin class on Monday, bootcamp on Wednesday, yoga on Friday, and then a barre class on Sunday. The only limit to the subscription is that you can only visit the same studio up to three times per month, but that shouldn't be a set back at all. There are several other nearby studios offering classes that you can attend and try out.

There are no year (long) commitments when it comes to ClassPass, as you can cancel anytime. Be sure to notify them before the month is up though, as there is auto renewal each month. The membership is renewed monthly, but you do have the option to put it on hold (for $19 per month) in case you want to pause the membership (illness, vacation, school, etc ...).

If you register for a class, but can't make it for whatever reasons, then all "cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before a class starts" (source: ClassPass). Late cancellation will result in a $15 cancellation fee, and a loss of a class credit for that specific studio.

Additionally, I found their website to be very easy to use, and I liked the user-friendly interface. You can use both the web version or iPhone app to search, view, book and cancel classes. Download the app here (the Canadian version is coming soon).

I currently have two classes lined up, and this information would be available under the "upcoming" tab at the top.

The Launch Party:

 I was invited to attend their launch party last night at Hard Candy Fitness. I was met by a few of the friendly ladies from ClassPass, and a handful of fitness/health bloggers in Toronto. All were ready to work out a sweat with the one hour complimentary spin class. It was my very first spin class, so I really didn't know what to expect. The class was very energetic (with top 40 songs playing), and I felt really invigorated afterwards. Many thanks to Jessica from ClassPass for giving me the opportunity to check out some of the classes within the ClassPass network this month. I am not a fitness enthusiast, but I still do want to maintain a somewhat healthier lifestyle considering my eating habits as a food blogger. I have been delaying working out since I have been busy and the extremely poor weather didn't help. However, I hope to start it up, and share my personal experience of the program with you all. I will also be updating on Instagram, so you can follow my workout journey at https://instagram.com/foodaholicblog_

Click to sign up to ClassPass :)

Did you know that Madonna has a partnership in a gym? She partnered up with her manager Guy Oseary and the founder and CEO of 24 Hour Fitness, Mark Mastrov. Hard Candy Fitness has locations worldwide, and there's one in Toronto (located walking distance from the Eaton's Center). Hard Candy Fitness is one of the participating studios in the ClassPass network.

 After the complimentary one hour spin class at Hard Candy Fitness, we were treated to sample cold pressed juices from ELXR Juice Lab. They are a company that provides "healthy alternatives to conventional food products with cold pressed juices, protein-dense seed mylks, and booster shots." -
(source: ELXR)

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Thank you so much ClassPass for a great night!

Disclaimer: The service provided in this post was complimentary courtesy of ClassPass. However, all of the opinions expressed in this blog post are of my own.

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[Beauty] Cosmetics Shelf-Life

Although not all beauty products have listed expiry dates on the packaging; they do have a specific shelf life.

Blush and Face Powder: Both of these beauty products can last up to 2 years when stored in a dark and dry place.

Concealer (liquid): It is highly recommended that you throw it out after 1 year.

Concealer (powder and stick): Can last up to 2 years.

Eyeliner: Can last up to 2 years.

Eyeshadow (powder): It can last up to 2 years. However, throw it out when it gets really flaky or dry.

Foundation (liquid): Throw it out after 1 year. Try to keep your foundation bottles out of the sunlight.

Lipgloss: If you notice that your lip gloss has become extra sticky; it's time to throw it out. Estimated shelf life is about 1 year.

Mascara: Throw it after 3 months as it can get clumpy.

Nail Polishes: It really depends on the brand and quality but it can last between 1-2 years. Throw it out if you notice that the lacquer is drying up and clumpy.

Perfume: Store your perfume bottles in a cool and dark place if you want the scent to last longer. It can last up to 5-7 years if stored properly.

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