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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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Happening Tonight: City of Pickering Tree Lighting

Hello Everyone!

Tonight marks the City of Pickering’s annual Tree Lighting!


Happening tonight at City Hall (1 The Esplanade), head into city council chambers beginning at 6PM to stroll around the booths and be serenaded with the lovely music of the Pickering Community Concert Band (featuring yours truly!)

The indoor fun runs from 6-8 tonight, after which the tree lighting will commence outside, along with a beautiful fireworks display. This is always a great event with lots of traffic, and I hope to see some of you there!

Sidenote: If you are coming to City Hall, I also HIGHLY recommend you drive South on Liverpool to Ilona Park Crescent for some of the most AMAZING lighting displays you will ever see!

For more information on tonight’s event, click here

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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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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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Warm Weather is Finally Here! BBQ Time!

Happy Tuesday! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s finally warm enough to go outside without a parka.

I don’t know what it is, but I’m still a tad fearful we’re going to launch into yet another winter storm – although it IS the last day of April so that better not happen.

When Springtime calls I have a hard time staying indoors. I need to work outside, work out outside and always have to do dinners on the BBQ. Lately I’ve been trying out some different recipes and marinade and just wanted to share a couple.


First off, I’m not sure if you’ve been to Target in Canada yet. There’s been a lot of mixed reviews on the store but personally I really like it. Lots of great, low priced items – I got a fantastic set of organic cotton sheets that feel like heaven for only $50, and you can’t go wrong with sheets. Anyway, check out the marinades from Archer Farms in the grocery section. So far I’ve only tried the Five-Spice Teriyaki but it was amazing (unfortunately so amazing because there’s so much sodium in those guys!)






The other marinade I’ve tried out lately and really love is the Broil King Perfect Steak Marinade. Again, a store-bought marinade (I believe I bought this one at Canadian Tire). I tend to add a little garlic to this one and we have a hard time enjoying steak without goat cheese these days but this marinade always makes a delicious flavoured steak




If you’re more interested in a homemade marinade, I always love a good souvlaki marinade. This can be used on chicken, steak or pork and tastes delicious with some greek potatoes!

Juice of 1-2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 medium onions (yellow or red), cut into 1-inch pieces
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 pounds of chicken, beef or pork
Skewers (if using bamboo skewers remember to soak them first!)

Mix the lemon, olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and oregano together. Add the meat, onions and peppers, stir to coat. Refrigerate 2-3 hours. Preheat your grill to medium heat. Thread your pork, peppers and onions onto the skewers. Lightly oil your grill (you can buy great grilling oil pads at Canadian Tire), cook for 10-15 minutes or to desired doneness, turning skewers for even cooking.

You can also omit the onions and green peppers for a more traditional souvlaki. Serve with Tzatziki Sauce. Again, so delicious with greek potatoes, salad (always extra feta!) and for an extra-delicious treat, some saganaki. Well, now I’m starving so time to find some  snacks! Until next time 🙂

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