Calling all foodies: Winterlicious now a week away


Alright foodies, it’s almost time for Winterlicious. From January 27- February 9, your tastebuds can explore any of Toronto’s 220+ participating restaurants ready to offer you a tasty and affordable dining experience. We can’t forget to mention the one-of-a-kind ticketed Culinary Events taking place in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, which will feature some of Toronto’s top chefs!

Three-course prix fixe menus are offered for lunch ranging from $18 – $28 and dinner ranging from $28 – $48. Having a tough time deciding which restaurants will satisfy all your foodie cravings? Check out our options to gauge your tasty imagination.

Bistro feelsJazz Bistro 

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If you’re in the Yonge-Dundas corridor area and want to enjoy live jazz while you eat, Jazz Bistro is the place to be. An excitingly fresh menu with locally sourced ingredients that are sure to keep your tastebuds dancing along with the music.

Gourmet shareable dishes?East Thirty-Six 

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Just before you head home with your co-workers, stop by for crafty cocktails and affordable share plates chef’d up by Brent Maxwell (previously at Millcroft Inn, Auberge du Pommier & Luma).

Authentic Italian 7 Numbers Danforth 

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Everyone is a part of the familia; Mama Rosa makes sure you taste every spice in her authentic Southern Italian dishes. The lively, welcoming atmosphere will remind you of dinnertime at your nonna’s house and have you back at Authentic Italian in no time!

Let’s go for sushiNami Japanese Restaurant

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Known to the Financial District for 30 years, Nami continues to serve foodies a unique dining experience with their Sushi Bar and Robata Bar – serving made-to-order grilled meat, vegetables and fresh seafood!

The 3 MsDistrict Oven 

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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Moroccan! If you end up in Little Italy, this spot combines all savoury flavours these cultures have to offer with seasonal and quality ingredients for maximum satisfaction. Pair it off with any of their many wine options!

Mama’s good influence Leña 

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Inspired by his mother-in-law, Chef Anthony Walsh’s culinary imagination creates Southern American dishes with a twist of Spanish and Italian influences.

It’s not what it sounds likeKamasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar

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We can’t leave out the spices from north Indian cuisine. The Kamasutra restaurant offers fine Indian dining with a contemporary look packed with traditional flavours.

Did someone say Vodka bar?Schnitzel Hub European Bistro 

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Enjoy a cozy casual night in Toronto at Schnitzel Hub with their authentic Eastern and Central European food. The drink menu guarantees a party for your tastebuds!

GOSH! So many great options to choose from, one can only dream to visit all! It’s not too late to make your reservations… better get to it!

Meet Me In Africa!

In 2012, when Founder of VOCAB Communications, Chrissy Newton teamed up with MTV Canada and Life Momentum to take part in a charitable media trip, she would feel connected to the children of Tanzania forever. The Meet Me In Africa initiative is currently a philanthropic arm of Chrissy’s Public Relations agency operating out of Toronto, Canada.

During her travels, she was introduced to an orphanage located in  Arusha,Tanzania. The orphanage continues to be run by a woman by the name of Mama Jane.

Chrissy’s burning desire to help these children would take her back halfway across the world to Tanzania in 2013. This time, to establish a relationship with the teachers and children. This year, Chrissy and a team of volunteers will meet in Africa to work directly on one project in the areas of construction, education and agriculture. Find out how you can get involved below!

Goal: To create a safe, nurturing and educational environment for children and youth at Mama Jane’s Orphanage.

Mission: To help support and develop Mama Jane’s Orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania with youth based programming, sustainable agricultural and housing development.

For more information on how you can get involved, please email: MeetMeInAfrica@vocabcommunications.com

Stay connected by following this initiative on twitter @meetmeinafrica​.

                                             See you in Africa!

                           

Happy 146th Birthday Canada!

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“Go have some doughnuts and coffee like a good Canadian!” – Chrissy Newton, founder, VOCAB Communications

t’s Canada’s 146th birthday on July 1st and The VOCAB team will be celebrating the whole weekend!

There will be fireworks and events going on all over Canada, so check your local news to see what’s happening. Many Canadians will be heading down to their cottages, parks, or just getting together for some BBQ. Whatever you do just be safe!

Think you know a lot about Canada? Then take the Toronto Star’s Canada Day quiz to test your knowledge and let us know how you did!

The VOCAB Communications office will be closed on Canada Day and July 2nd.

@tusharbharadia

Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities

Forbes Magazine released their yearly round up of the most powerful celebrities in the world. This list is made up of artists, actors, directors and athletes. Forbes based their list on earnings over the last 12 months, how much the celebrity is mentioned in print and on TV, as well their internet presence. For PR people this is a great way to see if your client is getting enough exposure in the media. So it isn’t only about making money, it’s how much fame they have! 

Here is Forbes top 10 most powerful celebrities:

1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Lady Gaga
3. Steven Spielberg
4. Beyonce Knowles
5. Madonna
6. Taylor Swift
7. Bon Jovi
8. Roger Federer
9. Justin Bieber
10. Ellen DeGeneres

See if your favourite celebrity made Forbes 2013 most powerful celebrities list.

@tusharbharadia

CN Tower Stands Tall for 37 Years!

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Today marks 37 years for the CN Tower! The world’s tallest free-standing structure has been a symbol for Toronto and attracts thousands of visitors every month with over two million a year!

“My favourite memory of the CN Tower is walking on the glass floor. I was petrified of heights and that really freaked me out!” – Chrissy Newton, founder, VOCAB Communications

I remember as a kid when my family used to drive down to Toronto just for fun and every time the car passed by the CN Tower I would be mesmerized! To this day I never get sick of looking at the CN Tower.

After talking to the VOCAB team we decided that we would all do the EdgeWalk one day. Taking our love for the CN Tower and Toronto to higher levels! 

Tweet us at @VOCABComm and tell us your favourite memory of the CN Tower.

@tusharbharadia

The VOCAB Closet – Clothes at the Office

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                            A great example of changing your outfit from day to night

I came across this blog posted called, “The Office Stash: Clothes to Keep at Work” on the Trunk Club blog. If you’ve seen the show Mad Men then you’ll  understand this post. Chicago men’s outfitters, Trunk Club, suggested that an employee should always keep the following clothes at his desk: white shirt, navy blazer and trousers, tie, shoe-shine kit. Exactly what the character Don Draper does in Mad Men.

While these were some great suggestions for men, I thought that Chrissy Newton, founder of VOCAB Communications, could give some suggestions for women to keep some essential items in the office.

Often in the world of public relations, you’ll be going to events, meeting clients for drinks in the evening, and attending red carpets with your client.

Here are Chrissy’s picks of clothing and accessories to keep at the office. These picks will help you look PRofessional and have you ready for those unexpected days!

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A pair of beige high heels will match any of your outfits. You can’t go wrong with these.

Throw on a bold necklace to add some POW! to your outfit.

I love my Mereadesso tinted lip treats! It is my personal favourite lipstick and I always have it on me. Wearing the classic red lipstick will have you looking red carpet ready.

You have your everyday purse that carries your note pad, MacBook Air, personal items… basically your whole world. You should have a clutch bag at work which you can switch up at night. It’s small, looks cute, and won’t be an inconvenience at an event.

A classic black blazer can do no harm! I think this item speaks for itself.

Just like the black blazer, a black pencil skirt is a wardrobe essential and can be worn at different occasions. Since the skirt is plain, you can wear a coloured top to add some flare.

These items should help you out in those unexpected days at work where you don’t have enough time to get home and change. – Chrissy Newton

Tweet @MissVOCAB and tell her what items you keep or would keep in the office!

@tusharbharadia

National Splurge Day aka Treat Yo Self!

That’s right, apparently every June 18 is National Splurge Day! You work so hard day and night to earn that dough, so it’s only right that you have a day where you can freely buy anything you want.

Here is what the VOCAB Team would splurge on:

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“After all the months of planning The VOCAB Lounge, I would buy a BMW Z4 Roadster and drive all my worries away with the top down!” – Chrissy Newton, founder, VOCAB Communications

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“I would walk into Glory Hole Doughnuts and buy 10 dozen boxes of Glory Hole Doughnuts and eat them with my friend! Don’t judge me until you’ve looked and tasted heaven!” – Tushar Bharadia, PR intern, VOCAB Communications

Tweet us at @VOCABComm and tell us what you would splurge on!

@tusharbharadia