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. 

Monday

Excitement & Fun Times at Woodbine Racetrack!

Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The Breeders Crown is one of the top harness events in North America. On the evening of the Breeders Crown it rained but that didn't stop the fun at all. Rain or shine, the races must go on!

Woodbine Racetrack interior concourse.

Grandstand watching the races.

The facilities at Woodbine Racetrack have changed, since the last time I visited, when I was much younger. There are more amenities & options at Woodbine Racetrack. On this visit I had the chance to visit the Champions Bar and Patio (on the top floor). It's a great spot to dine and watch other sports at the same time as you wager. I can't wait to comeback later this month and especially next summer. The vista from the grandstand is amazing to absorb even on a wet soggy evening.

Woodbine Racetrack Main Entrance at night.
If you've never been to Woodbine Racetrack, I highly recommend that you visit. If you don't know how to bet, don't worry because Woodbine Racetrack has simple instructions on how to bet. They actually have a mini brochure you can pick up for free from Customer Service Kiosk that explains the basics of wagering.

Grandstand at Woodbine Racetrack.

Part of the fun is learning how to bet since you can bet as low as 20 cents. I plan to go back with family and a guys night out this year since races continue until November. It's really a great value and so much fun when you go with a group of people. You can realistically spend less than $20 for a night of fun at Woodbine making a couple bets, eating some food, and just enjoying the night! Not to mention it's always free parking & admission. That's great value in my opinion.

Where: Woodbine Racetrack - 555 Rexdale Blvd.
Follow #Crown15 and @WoodbineRacing for more details and updates!

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.






Thursday

Boomerang from Instagram is now available for download.



Instagram introduced Boomerang as a stand alone app that creates looping videos. On first try it is very simple to use. Just look for a moving object and hold the button down. You can post to Instagram or Facebook or create a quick video clip that can be repurposed through email or even youtube. I'm still playing around with it but it seems very simple to use. Video automatically downloads to your Gallery/Videos folder on your mobile device. The clips remind me of Vine videos and Flixel. Let me know what you think of the App? Do you like it or not? Will you use it? I think it's going to be another outlet for creativity. Are we over burden with too much on Social already? Let me know what you think.

Tuesday

Get Ready for Excitement at the Breeders Crown - Oct 24


This coming weekend on Saturday October 24th the Breeders Crown comes to Woodbine Racetrack. The Breeders Crown is hosted by the Hambletonian Society and is one of the top harness events in North America.

The excitement begins with over $10,000 in instant cash giveaways. Wager through a self-serve betting machine for 100 chances to WIN $100 instantly on that evening. Make your first bet and get a Free Breeders Crown toque too! Not bad right? To top it off, parking and admission is always free at Woodbine Racetrack. It's a great opportunity to experience excitement and fun especially if you're new to horse racing.

Make sure to visit the horse races track side for the up close excitement and experience. Snap a selfie at the racetrack and post to Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #OffToTheRaces & you could WIN a $1,000 Woodbine Racetrack Gift Card! 

Breeders Crown Details:

Where: Woodbine Racetrack - 555 Rexdale Blvd.

When: Saturday October 24, 2015

Post Time: 6:30pm

Follow #Crown15 and @WoodbineRacing for more details and updates!




Wednesday

Golden Moments with KD Golden Noodle.

If you live in Toronto & the greater GTA area, I'm sure you know about the Toronto Blue Jays. If you've been living under a rock or a golden noodle, let me jog your memory. The Toronto Blue Jays are on verge to capture the American League East Title in the East Division. To give you a better perspective we haven't won our division in over 22 years! That's a long time, right?


Luckily, I had the opportunity to take a Golden Noodle from KD with me to a recent Blue Jays game with friends, @Movernie & @1goatroti. I bluntly told my friends that I would be bringing something golden with me to the game and hope they didn't mind it. It looks like they enjoyed the Golden Noodle.

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The Golden Noodle has paid dividends because the Blue Jays WON the game. I'm not a superstitious guy but the Golden Noodle is a good luck charm! I do not know where the Golden Noodle is right now but you can follow @KraftDinner for all the golden fun! I really think the Golden Noodle moment will be tonight when the Toronto Blue Jays clinch!

Everything is golden with the Golden Noodle.
I still enjoy KD Macaroni & Cheese from time to time and it always has a special place in my college days. It was the quickest and easiest thing to make for dinner. I would like to add bacon bits to my macaroni & cheese! To make it healthier I try and add a few broccoli florets in there as well. Try it and see what variation you can come up with! Thanks to KD they have a contest that is ongoing right now & you could instantly WIN big!
Up close with the Golden Noodle. 
Canadians have a chance to WIN a one pound 24K gold Golden Noodle which is worth approximately $30,000. Crazy right? The Golden noodle can be WON by entering the pin code on the cheese packets. Just enter the codes online or on your mobile and you could WIN instantly. You could also WIN over 100 other instant prizes such as sunglasses, flip flops or cuff links.


To enter just buy specially marked 4 or 12 pack bundles of KD Macaroni & Cheese at your local retailer. Visit kdgold.ca and enter your codes. Good Luck!

Twitter: @KraftDinner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kraftdinner

Website: http://www.kdgold.ca http://www.kdgold.ca

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Kraft Canada. All opinions expressed are my own.