A guide to Irish Men

Recently we brought you a guide to Irish women, so we thought it only fair to share our knowledge on the Irish men folk. They are a not complex breed, all they really require is food, football and a few scoops at the weekend.

1. They love their mammy; They love her but she puts the fear of God into him, thus shaping all future relationships.

Also note, no matter how much he loves you, he loves his mammy more.

An Irish mammy

2. They own at least one football/rugby Jersey and feel the need to turn the collar up ala Eric Cantona. A large percentage wear a jersey like second skin, you may try to beat this out of them, it wont work!

We even make the celebity's wear our jerseys

We even make the celebrity’s wear our jerseys

3. They are fond of the drink; After work on  a Friday, During a match on Saturday, On a Sunday, well because its Sunday. These lads can hold their own in the pub, they trick is getting them out of it.

One mention of the 'm' word and they are likely to behave

One mention of the ‘m’ word and they are likely to behave

4. They love a bit of banter, which can often lead them to act the maggot! Banter aka Craic aka having fun, is normally what happens after a few pints. A few too many pints and he will act the maggot during which time something will go awry. Acting the maggot normally involves the loss of ones dignity!

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5. They are fiercely loyal. An Irish man will always stay loyal to his friends. However they are no push over and if pushed can hold a grudge for years!

Move along...Nothing to see

Move along…Nothing to see

6. He will rarely compliment you. Sure you never take them anyway. At least when he does actually say it you know he really means it. It will normally be hard to tell when he is complimenting you, as compliments are normally masked or quickly followed by him slagging you off.

Take it, it's as close to a compliment as your going to get.

Take it, it’s as close to a compliment as your going to get.

7. The way to this man’s heart is most definitely through his stomach. Your food will never EVER compare to his mam’s! As a side note, most meals should be accompanied by a pint of milk

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We didn’t lie, they really are simple creatures. 

Do you think we got them right or have you anything to add? as always let us know 

S xx

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Halloween Ideas

Arrrgh…It’s just around the corner.

Halloween is one of CraicTO’s favorite times of the year. Unlimited sweeties, parties and the chance to dress up!

If like me you like to DIY it, but you have limited time and or resources,its good to scour the internet.

to save you some time and hassle, I have put together a selection of super easy costumes.

Zoolander: How to 1:All black outfit,including TIGHT trousers.  2: A head band 3: Pale facepaint, black eye linder, purple lip stick 4: Pout

Zoolander: How to
1:All black outfit,including TIGHT trousers.
2: A head band
3: Pale facepaint, black eye linder, purple lip stick
4: Pout

 

April O'Neill: How To 1: Yellow jumpsuit or track suit 2: 80's style white boots 3: White belt 4: Red bobbed wig

April O’Neill: How To
1: Yellow jumpsuit or track suit
2: 80’s style white boots
3: White belt
4: Red bobbed wig

Wilson Home Improvement: How to 1: flannel shirt 2: Fisherman hat 3: lollypop sticks glued together to make a fence So easy...but brilliant

Wilson Home Improvement: How to
1: flannel shirt
2: Fisherman hat
3: lollypop sticks glued together to make a fence
So easy…but brilliant!

Regina George: How to 1: Pink tank or bra 2: white tank with holes cut as above Another simple but Brilliant idea

Regina George: How to
1: Pink tank or bra
2: white tank with holes cut as above
Another simple but Brilliant idea

Old Spice Guy: How to 1: white towel, securely tied 2: Sweter draper over your shoulders 3: a bottle of Old Spice 4: if you can learn the speech top marks!

Old Spice Guy: How to
1: white towel, securely tied
2: Sweter draper over your shoulders
3: a bottle of Old Spice
4: if you can learn the speech top marks!

1: All black outfit 2: different sizes of foam balls painted to resemble the planets. string them together like a sash.

1: All black outfit
2: different sizes of foam balls painted to resemble the planets. string them together like a sash.

Pornstack OINB. How to 1. Blue shirt, preferably attach an American flag and or name badge 2: black trousers 3: prision guard accessories 4: fake or real mustache.

Pornstack OINB. How to
1. Blue shirt, preferably attach an American flag and or name badge
2: black trousers
3: prision guard accessories
4: fake or real mustache.

OINB lady 1: Orange scrubs 2: name badge If you are going as a specific character I would add something to identify them. For Example, Red would have a ladel, Piper a fake Chicken, Crazy eyes a screw driver

OINB lady
1: Orange scrubs
2: name badge
If you are going as a specific character I would add something to identify them. For Example, Red would have a ladel, Piper a fake Chicken, Crazy eyes a screw driver

Ace Ventura: How to 1: Patterned shirt 2: checked shorts 3: pink tutu 4: black boots 5: lots of hair gel!

Ace Ventura: How to
1: Patterned shirt
2: checked shorts
3: pink tutu
4: black boots
5: lots of hair gel!

Grumpy Cat: How to 1: Serious face painting skills

Grumpy Cat: How to
1: Serious face painting skills

 

I hope you find these ideas useful, if any of you attempt them, be sure to send your pics to CraicTO xx

 

 

 

Ireland: Best in Travel 2015

As if we needed any proof?! but now it’s official!

Ireland has been named as one of the best places to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet .Who would argue with them?

Our landscapes are stunning, think of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way or the gorgeous Ring of Kerry.

Our cities growing and becoming more diverse,think of the growth and change in Belfast and Derry, whilst they have become buzzing cosmopolitan cities they have managed to keep their history and culture intact.

Not to mention the food; traditional classics like bacon and cabbage or beef and Guinness pie are rustic favourites , while super-local produce and innovative chefs are driving new Irish cuisine to terrifically tasty places. Being an island also means the freshest of  seafood.

The people of Ireland are a hospitable bunch. You can expect warm conversation, sociable locals and the odd spontaneous music session in pubs. Most of all, we love to laugh, and have the craic (aka a good time). In summary: they don’t call Ireland the land of 100,000 welcomes for nothing.

Lonely Planet recommends Ireland as a travel destination

Lonely Planet recommends Ireland as a travel destination

We’ve been loving the posts on Facebook group: Places in Ireland to see for tips on things to do

Where is your top place in our lovely country to visit? 

L & S xx

A Great Breakfast Bite in the heart of Yonge & Eglinton

It’s hard to beat a decent fry! This is especially true after a tough night on the sauce and a plate full of grease is the only cure.

In fact right behind family & friends, a decent rasher was one of the biggest things I missed from home (yes Mam, I am comparing you to a slice of bacon!).

But salvation came one particularly hungover Sunday morning when myself and the other half stumbled across Good Bite restaurant.

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This no-frills, old school diner is based in the heart of the Yonge/Eglinton neighbourhood which is home to a lot of the Irish living in Toronto.

Based at 2463 Yonge Street since 1969, the family-run restaurant has been the go-to breakfast destination of many locals in the area for almost five decades!!! And after 45 years serving up eggs, bacon and pancakes to a loyal legion of repeat customers, we reckon they know a thing or two about that all important first meal of the day.

The line of people waiting to get in the door every Saturday and Sunday is obvious proof of this joint’s popularity.

Comfy booths, friendly waitresses who are constantly running over to fill up your coffee cup and hearty meals, make Good Bites a homely option on a street over-flowing with fussy, over-priced restaurants.

If you are looking for a replica of an Irish-style fry-up, this place won’t deliver. But if you are looking for a great Canadian equivalent of the cooked breakfast, we highly recommend taking a trek to Good Bite.

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One reviewer described it as ‘one of the last great diners of Toronto‘ and we couldn’t agree more.

Don’t expect a pretty, hipster cafe…this it most certainly ain’t! But it delivers the goods, the staff are unbelievably friendly, most breakfast options are under $10 and you will not leave hungry.

Bon appetit.

C. x

 

 

 

 

Must watch: I’m Irish!!

They are all at it; from actual Irish actors like Co. Meath’s  Pierce Brosnan to on-screen “Irish” like Morgan Freeman, Coponfilms’ brilliant “‘I’m Irish’ The Supercut” presents a compilation of when the words “I’m Irish” have been said on the big screen.

After seeing this you’ll want to scream your Irishness (is that a word?) off the top of a mountain.

Can you think of any they missed?

Sxx

Halloween…It’s not just for kids!

How much fun is Halloween? Here in Toronto they really go all out!

One of our favorite times of year, the leaves are turning all shades of yellow and red, plus there is no need for a ski jacket just yet!

Here are our top favorite things about Halloween…..

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1: It brings out the creativity in everyone; some people go all out and have some great ideas

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while others well… are just a bit odd but, points for originality all the same!!

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2: Canada’s Wonderland turns into Halloween Haunt every weekend until October 31st from 7:00pm till midnight. You can find more info on it here www.canadaswonderland.com/halloween-haunt

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If Canada’s Wonderland is too much of a trek for you, check out Screemers down at the Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place. It runs every weekend until October 31st from 7:00pm till midnight. More info here http://screemers.ca/

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3: How much fun is carving pumpkins? Not much if you are artistically challenged like myself! There is hope, Dollarama sell a pumpkin carving stencil kit that you can use to impress everyone with your “skills” 😉

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4: One of the best things about Halloween is having everyone around to watch a good old scary movie, were talking The Exorcist, The Shinning does anyone remember The Craft? If horror isn’t your thing then Hocus Pocus is a must!

Come little Children

Come little Children

5: Kids are going mad for sweets or Candy which gives us adults the perfect excuse to indulge in candy type cocktails. Here are two that CraicTo have tried and perfected over the years. If you don’t want to work up a new cocktail or drink recipe, you can always add ghoulish garnish like gummy worms, lychee or grape eyeballs, black sugar rimmed glasses or Halloween themed icecubes to your drink of choice.

Vodka Jelly worms

Make these the same way you make your normal Vodka jelly.

  • 2 packs (3 oz) Raspberry jello
  • 1 pkg unflavored gelatin (for extra firmness)
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2  cup Vodka
  • 100 flexible straws (or enough to fill your container)
  • Tall container (1 quart or 1 liter carton of milk)

1) Combine gelatin in bowl and add  boiling water and vodka

2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add whipping cream (2/4 cup)

3) Gather your straws (don’t forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It’s important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. For this reason, a 1 liter carton may be better; you will probably get longer worms since there is a tighter fit. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful. Or you could just add more straws to fill the container.

4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.

5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws and squeeze them out or you can hold the straws over warm water. The worms will slip right out.

And voila! Jello worms are served.Worms2Green Ghoul Martini with Blood Garnish Cocktail Recipe

  • 2 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Sweet and Sour Mix1 ounce
  • Vodka

1)Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

2)Shake well and strain into blood rimmed martini glass.

3) To get your blood rim, simply dip the rim of a martini glass into some Raspberry JamHalloween-Cocktails_can_be_very_scary

 

Did we leave anything out?

What are you doing this Halloween? As always let us know

L & S xx

Buca: A Review

Looking for somewhere that little bit special to go for dinner, maybe a birthday or an anniversary coming up?

We have the place for you!

Buca Osteria Enoteca on King St West

Buca Exterior..Keep yours eyes peeled, we almost walked right past

Buca Exterior..Keep yours eyes peeled, we almost walked right past

This well hidden gem is an Italian restaurant from the King Street Food Company.

The menu aims to combine the ingredients of rustic Italian cuisine with fine dining.

I have to say the staff are first class, attentive from the minute you walk in.

The main dining room has high ceilings, exposed raw brick, and iron beams – think glam warehouse. Both interior and atmosphere is dark and romantic. Great for groups and couples.

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If pigs ears and lambs brains are not your thing (pigs ears were delics – think pork scratching’s) they have a great selection of pizzas and a tasty spicy pasta too!

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A large wine selection is on offer but beware it is pricey. The servers know their stuff so they are more than happy to recommend and explain the menu to you. I will definitely be back!

The sample menu is good, you get to try a bit of everything off the menu, so although $75.00 per person may seem steep you are getting a lot of bang for your buck….6 courses to be precise!

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Buca is open for lunch and dinner ;

Monday to Wednesday | 11:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m | 5:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m

Thursday to Friday | 11:30 a.m – 3:00 p.m | 5:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m

Saturday | 5:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m Sunday | 5:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m

Have a look here for yourself – http://www.buca.ca/

As always let us know what you think

L xx