SPiN me right round

SPiN Toronto, a ping pong social club located in the heart of Toronto’s King West neighbourhood, 461 King Street West to be exact. 12 ping pong tables, two rooms, two bars, and a full food menu and cocktail list.

BIG

A group of us went last Friday night and while a little sceptical – I’m not the greatest at ping pong. We all had some craic, there is a great atmosphere about the place. DJ was blasting out RnB hip hop 90’s style while the whole venue was glow in the dark.

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It can be pricey enough at $34 per hour for a table but if you want to reserve a table and not wait it’s $60 -after 5pm. Not your typical Friday night ritual (who can afford $60 a week on ping pong) but definitely one to keep in mind for a birthday, special occasion or just if you were in the mood for trying something different. Drinks were reasonably priced at $7 vodka soda and $12 cocktails. The beer list is also fairly extensive, Lawn Chair, Mr. Huff, Happy Hour, Barking Squirrel, Moosehead, Cracked Canoe, Czechvar, Boris Organic, Magners, Heineken, Creemore and Guinness.

 

BIGGER

 

In our opinion definitely a must try at least once!

Fun fact – actress Susan Sarandon helped launch SPiN.

If you want to find out more try their website. http://toronto.spingalactic.com/

L x

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Dora Keogh’s Irish Pub: A home away from Home.

Picture the scene, a roaring fire, a group of trad musicians in the corner and REAL crisps being passed around the table. Dora Keogh’s Irish pub, played host to our friend Phil’s (told ye, you’d get a mention) birthday on Saturday and it was the perfect spot.

The Fireplace at Dora's the perfect excuse for a pub day

The Fireplace at Dora’s; the perfect excuse for a pub day

This is one of very few authentic Irish Pubs in the city, with a private snug, long benches and a private kitchen, where I can totally see the pub’s namesake rustling up grub in the wee small hours. The kitchen is adorable, a complete blast from the past, a 1950’s homestyle kitchen, which by the way is available to hire for private parties.

Dora's/Ma's kitchen

Dora’s/Ma’s kitchen

The food, is in keeping, traditional Irish Fare, perfect to warm you up and transport you to your own mums kitchen.

Our favourite part had to be the bar men, who were willing to have the banter with us, without doing that fake friendship thing you so often see from some servers hungry for the tip. I’ve been told they pull a good pint of Guinness too!

The kitchen aptly named “yer ma’s kitchen, the food, and the bar staff all make this place feel like a home from home, the only thing missing is the grouchy aul man in the corner smelling like fresh silage!

Call in, ask for Dora, she might be floating around and is sure to give you a warm welcome 

S xx

Free Burritos….Yes Please?!

Hands up who loves Chipolte?
Hands up who loves Free stuff?
Now put your hands together?!

On January 26th (aka Meatless Monday) if you purchase something off of their new vegan Sofritas menu at any Chipotle location you get a coupon for another free meal at Chipotle, redeemable any time between January 27 and February 28.

information here

All you have to do is order a Sofritas entree item, be it a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos, and you’ll find yourself with a coupon for another free chipotle meal.
Well played Chipolte!!

Sxx

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Things you never thought you’d miss about home

Having just returned from my first trip home after a colossal 18 months here in Toronto, I have rediscovered all of the things that I never thought I would miss about home.  In no particular order….

1. Yer mam’s nagging. Have you eaten enough? Have you threw in your washing? All phrases that used to induce much eye rolling, however after returning home, these phrases are a source of much comfort and are normally followed up with food being cooked, or washing being not only washed, but folded and put away. God bless Irish Mam’s

Irish mam's the pioneer of washing your face, by spitting on their sleeve!

Irish mam’s the pioneer of washing your face, by spitting on their sleeve!

2. Snow days. Was there anything more joyful, than getting the school bus in the snow in Ireland?! Knowing that at some point the driver was going to meet a road that the gritter didn’t get to, the bus would have to be turned and the whole thing would be dropped back at home. Even if your driver was a persistent one, inevitably you would get to school, the nuns wouldnt turn on the heat and you’d have to go home any way (true story)

Turn the bus, open your lunch...It's a snow day!

Turn the bus, open your lunch…It’s a snow day!

3. Tea. Only in Ireland can you order a tea out and not be greeted with an array of variations. In Ireland Tea means tea, not Earl Grey, or English breakfast or Orange Pekoe, or any of the fancy fruit sorts.

The fact that this exists is testament to our tea love!

The fact that this exists is testament to our tea love!

4. Our Slang. Acting the maggot, Banjaxed, Chancer, Pure Lured, Lashed, Divil, Eejit, Melter, Header, Langers, Manky, Nip, Shifting, Shenanigans, Throwing shapes. Etc etc etc

A handy slag guide

A handy slag guide

5.Pennys/ Primark. A place once loathed by teenage girls all over the land, Penney’s other wise know as Primark becomes a mecca once we have to start buying our own clothes and by God do we miss it! You just don’t get the same sense of pride from a compliment on your new top if you can’t follow it up with “Fiver! Primark!”

Penny's aka Mecca

Penny’s aka Mecca

6.Quoting Father Ted to people who actually appreciate it. ‘I’m putting you on my list of enemies’ is taken very literally by our new Canadian friends, try explaining to them that is a quote from a fictional priest know as Fr. Noel Furlong.

What's the point?! they just don't get it!

What’s the point?! they just don’t get it!

7. Do ye know such and such? “No there are lots of Sean O’Neill’s in Ireland of course I don’t know him”, even though you do. In fact hes either related you to or you’ve shifted him!

Did yer hear about yer wan?!

Did yer hear about yer wan?!

8. Not having to censor yourself. “F#@k I’m dying” is not an acceptable response to your boss’s morning greeting of “how are you?”

Careful now!

Careful now!

9.Giggling at place names. Where else in the world can you dive in Muff? eat a slap up meal in Trim? and freeze yer ass off in Ovens?

we know its immature, but teheheheehe

we know its immature, but teheheheehe

10. The local. The bar man knows your drink, your family and probably more than he should about your personal life. Whats not to love?!

A local legend!

A local legend!

What’s your thoughts, did I miss anything? What is it that you lot miss most about home? 

S xx