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What to do for Valentine’s Day/Family Day in Durham Region

Happy Valentine’s Day/Family Day Weekend!


If you’re looking for something romantic to do tonight, or something fun to do the rest of the weekend here’s a list of some fun options.

22 Church Steakhouse – Romantic steakhouse in Pickering Village. Check out their Valentine’s Day Menu! 

Casa Verde – Italian restaurant in Pickering Village with a great wine list. Valentine’s Menu also available

Chatterpaul’s – One of Durham’s most popular restaurants. Chatterpaul’s also has a Whitbylicious menu for $35/person

Fazio’s Restaurant & Wine Experience – Lovely Italian restaurant in Oshawa with a wine cellar accommodating over 15,000 bottles!


Last minute gifts? No problem!

For Him: Alleyne’s Grooming for Gentlemen is relatively new in Ajax, but has become an excellent desination for men looking to pamper themselves a little. You can purchase a gift certificate for anything from a hot shave (very popular) to a massage to pedicure, even image consultations.

A good book can be a great gift as well – why not take a look through Chapter’s and find something on a subject he loves?

Most men also love chocolates. You can either buy pre-boxed or visit Laura Secord, Purdy’s or Godiva and make your own combination up. Really, who doesn’t love chocolate?

For Her: If you don’t want to go the chocolates and roses route (Which you can easily find at Laura Secord or Purdy’s!), then know that every girl loves to be pampered too. A massage or a pedicure is always a great gift. If you’re looking for a fabulous masseuse, look no further than Melissa Nunes at The Purple Monarch. For a mani-pedi, there are lots of options available, but here are just a few in Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Oshawa.

Looking for some fun activities? 


If you love skating, head down to Millenium Square in Frenchman’s Bay and check out the outdoor skating rink. Open from 9am to 9pm

Take your little one to a ceramics cafe! Check out Crock a Doodle out in Bowmanville, and they can make their own unique piece of art.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family, check out the ParentSource events page for lots of fun ideas!

And if there’s anything else you’re considering doing, first take a look at what’s open and what’s closed this Family Day in Durham Region.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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What’s Going On This Weekend? RIBFEST!!

It’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for, folks: Pickering Ribfest!


Come out to Pickering Civic Complex (At The Esplanade, across from Pickering Town Centre) this Friday to Sunday to sample delicious ribs and (even better, in my opinion) pulled pork. You’ll find all sorts of delightful non-pork foods as well such as chicken, corn on the cob and much more!

If you’re never before been to Pickering Ribfest I highly recommend it for an afternoon or evening out. Live entertainment, great food, a midway and more, it’s a wonderful summer tradition. I hope to see you all there!

For more information check out the Pickering Ribfest Website.

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Hungry? Visit Pizza Nova today for Cheap Pizza and a Great Cause!

Today Pizza Nova is celebrating 50 years by offering a medium pepperoni pizza for just $4.39 AND to make things even better, $1 from each pizza goes to Variety, the Children’s Charity, to help support kids with disabilities.

What more do you need? No cooking, delicious pizza and heartwarming great cause. The deal runs today only from 11am to 9pm with alimit of 2 pizzas per person. Check out the flyer below for more info and click here to find a Pizza Nova location near you!

PIZZA NOVA - 50th Anniversary Celebration/Children's Charity



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Mother’s Day Ideas in Durham Region

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and just in case you haven’t yet had a chance to plan anything here are a few ideas of where you could go or what you can do for your lovely mother!

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Ajax/Pickering Restaurants: 22 Church Steakhouse

There are a ton of excellent local restaurants in Durham region, and this year I’ve kind of taken it on myself to give them a shot.


A few weeks ago my husband and I tried out 22 Church Street, a Steakhouse in Pickering Village in Ajax. Located just south of Kingston Road on Church, it’s easy to spot thanks to the old car outside. The building itself is a small 2-storey place. It may not be large, but it certainly was busy! The ambiance was great – cosy, friendy and very comfortable.

Both my husband and I ordered the New York Striploin, medium rare which came with mixed veggies and mashed potatoes. Both our meals were absolutely fantastic. At around $20 for a steak it certainly doesn’t break the bank but did provide a delicious meal. The wine list isn’t extensive but provides some great pairing options as well.

If you’re ever in Pickering Village I highly recommend checking this place out!

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