Thursday

The Pepsi North American Cup gets bigger every year!

Mohawk Racetrack
I recently attended the Pepsi North American Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. The Pepsi North American Cup is one of the biggest draws for harness racing fans. The Pepsi North American Cup is in it's 33rd year & it's my 2nd year enjoying this event. 




Have you ever been to a racetrack before? If you've never been, you'll be in for a surprise.
On this annual Pepsi North American Cup there is so much entertainment to enjoy. From the live music entertainment to the selection of food and drink; there is so much fun to be had! If it's your first time, it's great to know that they have ambassadors and staff to help you with your first complimentary bet!

Ambassadors will help you make your first complimentary bet.
This year I made it a point to get the BBQ ribs again. The BBQ ribs are so juicy and mouthwatering. You really need to get messy to enjoy these ribs.

Ribs platter to share with the group.
There were several food trucks on site for this event. I really enjoyed the Mac N Cheese with bacon. The weather was great, the food was amazing and it was generally a nice night out that was refreshing from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. It was an opportunity to relax, make a few wagers and enjoy the company in a relaxed atmosphere.

Mac N Cheese from the Food Trucks at Mohawk Racetrack.
If you're new to horse racing or just looking to have a great experience you need to visit a racetrack. If you're in the Ontario area, check out Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack. If you missed the Pepsi North American Cup don't worry because this weekend on July 3rd is the Queen's Plate. This is the biggest horse racing event of the year! If the description here for the NA Cup got your attention, you can only imagine how much bigger the Queen's Plate will be.
Official Queen's Plate Poster.

The Queen's Plate is full of entertainment with musical guests such as Hedley and The Strombellas. There will also be a Hats & Horseshoes Party that should bring the most fashionable looking group of people out to the track. Here's an opportunity to experience all the excitement this coming weekend. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Purchase Tickets for Queen's Plate: Queen's Plate Tickets

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack and all opinions are my own.

Fun Times at Woodbine Racetrack!

Handicapping Seminar at Woodbine Racetrack.

I've recently taken interest in horse racing in the last couple of years, and I would like to share everything I have learned so far. This past week I had the opportunity to attend a Handicapping Seminar at Woodbine Racetrack. For those of you that are new to horse racing, "Handicapping is defined as the practice of assigning advantage through scoring compensation or other advantage given to different contestants to equalize the chances of winning."



I have little experience in handicapping but listening to experts Ron Gierkink & Alex Campbell talk about different terms used in handicapping; it went over my head! It was quite overwhelming yet interesting at the same time to see & listen to the many variables for an outcome of a horse race. There is so much to factor if a horse will finish well in a race. Some contributing factors include things like if a horse is well rested between races, the conditions of track, if a horse sweats, who the jockey is and their trainers, the pedigree of the horse... so many more other factors not mentioned.  It's quite the task to factor all this when making a wager.

With the lack of handicapping experience, I can only hope over time that I will begin to understand the many aspects and become familiar enough to wager confidently. In the meantime, I really enjoy the simplicity of wagering & the experience at the track overall. I find myself leaning on betting on the most interesting name on the racing program or by picking by choosing colours. There's no science behind my wagers thus far but that's all a part of the fun! In a future blog post I'll explain some basic wagers and tips! There is also an exhilarating feeling for just cheering for your horse at the finish line! You have to experience it in person.



So if you are new to horse racing, I encourage you to experience something new! Jump out of your comfort zone and try something different. Bring your friends for an afternoon or evening of entertainment at Woodbine Racetrack. The wagering is minimal with wagers starting as low as 20 cents to $1. So you can really get a bang for you buck! This is a great way to experience a Girls or Guys Night. I'm already making plans to hang with my friends and family this year at North American CupQueen's Plate.

Perfect for a Girls/Guys Night Out!
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack and all opinions are my own.


Wednesday

Let's Get Crackin!


Who doesn't like eggs? Eggs are on my list of favourite food items to enjoy. Some of the best ways that I enjoy eggs are as follows and in no particular order, steak & eggs, plain hard boiled with a little sprinkling of salt, palabok which is a filipino noodle dish with slices of hard boil egg. Eggs are like a staple in most recipes and it's simple to use and cook with.

To share the love of eggs and support local business, Egg Farmers of Ontario & Egg Man Food Truck are running a contest until the end of this month. Diners who order the Crispy Breakfast Quesadilla & "selfie" their experience will be in the running for a weekly gift basket worth $150.00.


To find out where Egg Man Food Truck will be located & selling the Crispy Breakfast Quesadillas around Toronto just follow their twitter stream for details: @Eggmancanada

Now if you don't have a chance to make it to @eggmancanada food truck, you can always make the
recipe at home, just make sure to support your local Ontario farmers & use local eggs! So get cracking and clicking or whatever floats your boat. Good Luck everyone! Winners will be announced each Monday on Twitter.

Here is the recipe of the Crispy Breakfast Quesadillas You can print out the recipe from this link or follow along online. Total preparation from start to finish is about half an hour. Below is the list of ingredients needed. For more recipes with eggs, check out getcracking.ca Enjoy!


Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Egg Farmers of Ontario and I received compensation for this post.


Tuesday

WIN tickets to Spring Sessions this weekend

Thanks to the Toronto Beer Festival they have given me a pair of tickets to giveaway for the Spring Sessions being held this coming Sunday, May 22nd (Event runs all weekend May 21-22nd) at Sherbourne Common outdoor space. To purchase tickets to the Spring Sessions: Tickets

There will be great food and lots of beer at this event. This is the 3rd year of this event and it gains popularity every year! It's been sold out every year. So come out to this downtown location and have a great time this May 24 weekend. Celebrate the cottage life in the city.

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Disclosure: I have been given tickets for promoting this event in exchange.

Wednesday

Niagara Food & Wine Expo Giveaway




The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is a premier international tastng event featuring wines, beers and spirits from around the globe and stunning regional wines direct from neighbouring vineyards. These delectable samples will be served alongside fresh, local cuisine prepared by top area restaurants.

I recently visited the Niagara Food & Wine Expo website since I have never attended this event before. I'm hoping to visit and enjoy what the Niagara region has to offer. It's nice to get out of the city to explore different sights and taste. Thanks to the Niagara Food & Wine Expo Organizers, they have offered me a couple of pairs of tickets to give out to my audience. If you're interested in winning tickets please enter below. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for this post.

Tuesday

WIN tickets to Snoop Dog & 2Chainz Celebrity Charity Basketball Game



It's NBA All Star Week in Toronto & Snoop Dog & 2Chainz are hosting a charity basketball game this coming Saturday, February 13th from 2pm-6pm. This basketball game is in partnership with Youth Motivational Speaker Peter Tolias & ICanWeCan.ca

Peter will speak & engage with all in attendance & specifically to the youth about setting goals, creating opportunities and the value of giving back. There will be special celebrity appearances throughout the event. Thanks to the organizers, I'm going to be giving away a pair of tickets to this event. Good luck to everyone! To purchase tickets go to Ticketmaster

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Friday

Public Transit is the Way to Go!


Being a car owner and living in the city my frustration has been growing over the years. I don't think anyone is a fan of traffic or gridlock, not to mention, the cost of fuel and rising insurance premiums; make it more favourable to take public transit. Thankfully, Toronto is one of the most transit accessible cities in North America. The transit is made accessible and easy enough so that you can navigate your way throughout the city thanks to Metrolinx. Metrolinx is an agency under the Ontario government that was created to plan, build and deliver an integrated transportation network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region. With the merging of Metrolinx and GO transit, GO buses and GO trains are capable of moving more people in a single day. Surely, this contributes to an easier and reliable way of commuting in and around the city. It is a dependable way to link people to the GTA and to the surrounding areas by delivering mobility solutions that are seamless in integration.

Metrolinx is making it very easy for individuals like me to forget about the car. It's basically another option. You can live downtown and travel outside of the GTA comfortably with an option such as Presto that is becoming more prevalent at TTC stations now. Transit has the accessibility and convenience which makes living downtown manageable. It helps alleviate the gridlock and frustration experienced living within the GTA. It's faster, reliable, and more convenient. It's exciting to explore outside of the city and see the urban sprawl. Some of the best-kept secrets are on the outskirts when it comes to food and dining. Expansion of public transportation by Metrolinx will help alleviate congestion and make us all move better! Exciting times are just around the corner quite literally!


TTC streetcar on Bathurst line.
Improvements and upgrades to our public transit systems with Metrolinx makes for the better way in my opinion. For example the TTC has one of the most simplified grid systems for travel and it's seeing improved growth. The new UP Express and Presto systems makes it even easier to travel beyond Toronto. I can get across the city much faster via transit than on our highways in rush hours. Buses and subways makes distracted driving much less of a factor and safer way to travel. Core subway stations have built in Free WiFi which is nice & comfortable addition. Living in the city has made me really change the way I think of how I use my car and transit. It's more economical for me to use public transit especially within the city than ever before. Having that peace of mind in travel is also important. Public transit is the way to go!

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.