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Toronto Readers: July 15th Pop-Up Event

Last year we had the opportunity to head down to check out this event and it was a lot of fun.

If you’re in the Toronto-area this weekend, I strongly recommend heading down to Adelaide Street and checking out the Blooms and Brunch event.

Please see details below:

FIGO and Tonic Blooms have partnered up to bring you the 2nd annual Blooms x Brunch event on July 15th at FIGO.

Tonic Blooms is setting up a pop-up flower market where guests can either design their own arrangement or select the pre-made FIGO themed bouquet from the “bloom bar”.

In celebration of the event, FIGO has created an exclusive “in bloom” cocktail.

The festive cocktail is garnished with fresh flowers and made up of:

1.5 oz Bombay gin
0.5 oz cocchi rossa’
0.25oz fino electrico sherry
1oz lemon juice
0.75 oz berry tea syrup

Sounds delicious!

Again, here are the details:

WHO: FIGO and Tonic Blooms

WHAT: DIY bloom bar and flower market

WHERE: FIGO patio, 295 Adelaide Street W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1P7

WHEN: Sunday, July 15th at 10:30am to 2:30pm


If you can’t make it out don’t worry, Tonic Blooms is offering the FIGO themed bouquet online from July 15th to August 15th to those in the “on demand” area specified on Tonic Blooms website. Additionally, online orders for the FIGO bouquet will receive a complimentary “in bloom” cocktail redeemable at FIGO until September 3rd, 2018.


If anyone goes, please take some photos and send them back to us, or tag us on Instagram @TheUrbanDaddy.




Posted in Food

Entertaining at Holiday Time: Impress with these incredible drinks

(Photo credit: Joel Olives)

Last weekend we had some friends and their kids over for dinner and a playdate.  We ordered Indian Food for the adults from a place around the corner from us, and the kids ate plain noodles and raw veggies.  The adults had some quiet time to chat and catch up while the kids played and played.

To start off the adult part of the evening, we gathered around the kitchen island and had to choose between some red wine or a bottle of ready-made Pina Colada – a skinny version.   Everyone was eager to try the mixed drink but after a couple sips, it was roundly given the thumbs down for it’s lack of flavour.

The bottle looked great, but it was really disappointing.  Now I don’t normally drink, I’ll have a half a glass of red wine or a mixed drink containing Rye here and there but when I’m at home I like to try and create drinks for those who enjoy a good drink here and there.  In our house when I was growing up there was a huge bar in the basement which was kind of funny since no one in my house drank and we really didn’t entertain that much and never in the basement.  I used to pretend I was a bartender when I made ice cream floats for my friends and family.

But on this night I offered to make up a batch of Mud Slides – which contains Kahlua, coffee liquor, vodka, and cream.  If you have never had one, but you love the taste of sugary alcoholic drinks then be careful because not only do these taste like candy but they are REALLY high in calories.

Everyone declined, but I was ready to impress with my ability to follow a recipe and make drinks which tasted more like a dessert than a drink.  If I had more time, I would have picked a couple drinks from this article I found online here; which has some pretty amazing drinks such as the “Toblerone”, or “Pickleback” or the “Green Donkey Show”.

With drinks like that who wouldn’t be impressed?!?