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Trend Watching: Eliseo Shoes

Eliseo Shoes are not in stores yet, but I could easily see this designer’s artistically hand-painted shoes on the runways of Betsey Johnson, Gsus, Heatherette, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
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November 7, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Usher’s Official After Party at This Is London – Nov 8th, 2008

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Usher is performing in Toronto at Kool Haus, and the after party promises to be a sexy affair.  The One Night Stand Ladies Only concert tour kicked off this weekend in Atlantic City.  For this tour, Usher has been given a fashion makeover by DSquared2 with clothing ranging from super crisp tuxedos, to a silk robe and slippers!  The promoters of this event at This is London say he is going to be hosting it.  That remains to be seen.  However, with DJ Chris La Roque spinning Mash Up House, R&B and Rock, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

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Toronto DJ - Chris LaRoque

Contact TIL to get on the guestlist here

The promoters of Ink Media here

UPDATE:

Usher came through Ultra Supper Club on Saturday in a lumberjack shirt and hoser beanie-hat.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYOOD Restaurant Review *****

1096 Queen Street West

Don’t let the exterior of swank black, with the absence of a sign fool you into thinking Nyood (pronounced nude) is too ritzy for you. Dress in your casual best and you will have no trouble gaining entry…but make reservations for the best tables by the window.

Actually there is no bad seating in this beautifully decorated restaurant. The decor is a combination of old meets new, a Parisian feel with a Grecian ceiling (or is it Roman?) meets nouveau modernism touches of white bookshelves, industrial light fixtures and concrete tables. The space is 2000 square feet, and feels spacious yet cozy with a subtle warmth. The elegant, elongated bar meets a tastefully decorated open concept kitchen.

The delicious food comes as tapas. I visited twice in one week!  If you like to share your food, then this is the place to come. An extremely delicious lychee shrimp cerviche was my favorite dish. But then my mates and I also gobbled down the mushroom and shrimp flatbread and whole snapper filleted. Dessert was to die for…the strawberry creme brulee, espresso brownie, and the blueberry ice cream (tasted like fried ice cream) were stand outs.

Owned by Hanif Harji, who also owns the trendy Blowfish and Kultura eating spots, and managed by the enthusiastic “Sacha”.

Nyood is definitely a place where you take your time and graze. It is the hottest restaurant in Toronto right now, so go! Take about $200.00 for a couple including a glass of wine, taxes and tip.

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July 11, 2008 Posted by | Eateries, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lobby – April 12th, 2008

192 Bloor Street West

www.lobbyrestaurant.com

The night started off really slow at Lobby. We arrived at 2130hrs, and placed ourselves at a booth across from the bar. The four of us ordered some drinks ($9.00 for a rum and coke) from the bar and took it back to our table. We also ordered some food. After my friend was in the middle of her meal, we were told by a server that the table was reserved for bottle service and that we would have to eat at the bar. There was no reservation sign on the table when we sat down, however apparently it is Lobby’s policy to NOT to place reservation signs on tables, but to kick people out if a $$$ making bottle reservations comes along. After some diplomatic protest on our part we were allowed to finish our meals at the very last table booth in the back, where a constant stream of servers kept coming in and out of the kitchen. Regarding the food, I will say that the giant scampi of which there were three, and my garden salad were delicious, and cost $35.00.

Our mood undeterred, we left the booth after eating and went back to the main room, and hung out first by the main bar, and then by the DJ booth. This was a night of Old School (80’s) R&B, new R&B, and hip-hop. Since Lobby’s website does not advertise their weekly DJ line up, we had no idea who Mr. DJ was, but he was spinning some really good tunes. The sound system was fine for Lobby’s small, elongated environment. The crowd seemed to appear out of nowhere by 2300hrs, and the place was packed at midnight. We had to make our way past the ad hoc VIP area, to the less crowded front to dance, and to order a now $12.00 Appleton’s Premium rum and coke. Oh, well it beat waiting 10 minutes to get a drink at the now ram packed main bar. To touch on the VIP area, it can almost be missed if you are walking fast enough and don’t turn your head. Mainly attractive young, model type females, and short and/or old men in tight suits or other unsuitable clothing.

Now the washroom scene was silly. There is always a line up for the unisex stalls. Men and women converge in a line to use the esoteric facilities which are kept neat by an attendant. If you are single, it can be a great pick up spot. Otherwise it really sucks. Not only that, when you see the total waste of space in the downstairs “lounge” it makes one wonder why Lobby does not expand the inadequate lavatory set up.

We really like Lobby as just a restaurant, and we didn’t let the initial unpleasantnesses of the evening get the better of us. We also like it as a club hang out on a Wednesday with Kleen Media. However, now in a pinch a Saturday will do. Just be warned, some of the Saturday crowd needs to learn to loosen up their purse strings, come prepared to dance and socialize, and lose a few pounds if you can’t stay in your too-tight stiletto’s all night. You know who you are!

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 71/2 Love factor – 61/2

April 14, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Cheval – Feb 3rd, 2008

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606 King St West

www.chevalbar.com

The party happens later in the night. I mean for God’s sake it is a Sunday night, but the crowd still gets there after midnight. Don’t these people have jobs to go to in the morning? I work three or four nights a week so I didn’t have anywhere to go on Monday morning. Alas as we all know for some individuals going to places like Cheval is their job. Hence the shady looking characters who were being let in through the side door and therefore avoiding paying to get in.

I must say I adore Cheval’s small club ambiance. It is a small and narrow space, but it feels cozy, and warm, and happy, and squishy all at the same time. The DJ really knew how to rock a crowd with his selection of beats. Even the 40’ish blokes who looked sorely out of place and were trying to get our attention, could not ruin the loving vibe of this particular night at Cheval. The crowded room was definitely there to have a good time.  The main VIP area at the back of the club is big enough to accommodate  at least 20 – 30 people in total, but it is shared with other VIP’ers.  Bottle service is a two bottle minimum per table.  We preferred to see and be seen near one of the smaller VIP booths across from the DJ booth.

This was our second time out to Cheval in a year, and the place was just as good as the first time. We have a winner in this club. Now if they would only read our interview and let us in the side door with the “others”.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 9 People – 71/2 Ambiance – 81/2 Love factor – 8

February 4, 2008 Posted by | Toronto Nightclubs | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment