There is definitely an abundance of pubs to choose from if you're in the downtown core. I am a huge fan of chicken wings so I found the wings deal at Bishop and the Belcher to be very appealing, hence why I chose this specific pub to meet up with a friend. The only night where the wings deal is available though is every Wednesday. 

Bishop and the Belcher is a traditional British pub which you can tell from its dark, cozy and comfortable atmosphere when entering the establishment. My friend and I arrived at around 5:30 pm, and seated by one of the  hostesses. The menu isn't too exciting and just features regular pub fare, and alcohol. Unfortunately, I don't drink alcohol, so I cannot comment on the selection of the beer at Bishop and the Belcher.


The both of us decided to settle on the special of the evening which was $11.95 for 3 lbs of wings (you get two choices of flavors for each order). Just note that in order to get this deal; you must purchase a beverage, which is the norm these days for cheap wings.


They also have accompanied sides available for $2.50, and you can only order one of them. The choices are Irish nacho fries, half/half, poutine or jacket potato skins. My friend chose the jacket potato skins and I ordered a side order of french fries ($5.00).

The two flavors that we chose for the wings were Chipotle and sticky sesame garlic. Honestly, the plate of wings didn't look like 3 lbs of wings at all, and a few pieces were overcooked. However, the wings were pretty decent and the price for the amount of wings was really good. I didn't like the fries at all; they were overly salty and not crispy at all.


As for the service, I found it fairly inadequate. I know that the place was relatively busy but some of the waitresses were just talking amongst one another near the bar area. After we were seated, no one came by to take our order until 15 minutes later. Additionally, it took the food forever to arrive at our table. The table next to us (who arrived later) got their food before us. Perhaps, it was because they ordered a pitcher of beer along with wings which may have been the deciding factor as to why they were served first (who knows). Additionally, we were completely ignored by the waitresses who walked by our table despite us asking for water/bill several times.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 2.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3/5
Price: $$

Address: 175 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 3T5

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Bishop and the Belcher

by on Friday, June 07, 2013
There is definitely an abundance of pubs to choose from if you're in the downtown core. I am a huge fan of chicken wings so I found th...
Over the weekend, a friend and I went to The Grid's Burger Day 2013, which took place at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (06.02.2013). The burger event was from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. The both of us got there around 12:30 pm, after the rain had stopped. I was unable to attend last year’s event but I read that it was $3.00 per slider. This year, they opted for an AYCE concept where $30.00 gets you all-you-can-eat burger sliders. Desserts, drinks, and alcohol tickets were sold separately. I thought that this year was awesome as it allows visitors a chance to taste test different vendors.

Each participating restaurant created their own version of a (burger) slider, and there were 67 restaurants there that day. The line ups for some vendors were relatively long but I was fortunate enough to have tried 10 different sliders that day before they ran out.

Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge -- Beef patty with thickly cut maple glazed bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, and balsamic aioli on a milk bun.

The presentation of the slider looked a little plain, but it tasted quite good.


Barque Smokehouse -- Smoked-ham burger with tomatoes, arugula, aged cheddar, and spicy cherry jam.

This was the first slider that I tried and I was not disappointed at all. I thought that the beef patty had a very tasty beefy flavor and wasn't dry at all. At first, I was a little hesitant about the jam but it really added flavor to the slider, and I enjoyed it a lot. 
 
Big Smoke Burger -- Ground chuck with lettuce, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, and house-made “green” sauce.

Although this vendor is part of a burger chain with multiple locations in Ontario; it was still pretty good. There was a mild taste of beefy richness and the "home-made" sauce was tasty too.


Fidel Gastro's Lisa Marie -- Coarse ground beef with house-made pineapple-chili ketchup and banh mi slaw.

This was absolutely my favorite slider out of all the ones that I've tried. The bun was heated, the beef was rich in flavor, and the banh mi slaw provided a nice tangy taste.



The Happy Hooker -- Crispy shrimp patty, tartar sauce, lettuce, jalapeños, tomato, and two strips of bacon.

I thought that the crispy shrimp patty was an interesting twist on a burger. The establishment's take on the slider was decent but I am not too particularly fond of shrimp patties in general.


Lick's -- Jerk burger stuffed with a mozzarella/cheddar blend, sautéed onions, and peppers.

The bun wasn't heated and kind of cold, but the patty had a good jerk flavor.
Real Sports Bar & Grill -- Spicy fennel sausage, cured bacon, BBQ pulled pork, peameal bacon, and bacon-maple mustard sauce.

The only vendor that I went to that provided a burger size container which I re-used as a holder for the next two sliders. The beef was finely grounded and the bacon slices did add a very smoky flavor to the slider, wasn't bad at all.

Shakey's Original Bar And Grill Inc -- Porchetta-style Rowe Farm's pork burger with braised bitter greens and smoked-asiago “Cheese Whiz.”

It was a decent tasting slider; wasn't bad but wasn't memorable either. 
The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder -- Chicken fried–steak burger stuffed with smoked pimento cheese, topped with gravy mayo, sausage gravy, and pickled greens.

The line ups for The Stockyard was insanely long; I think we waited about 20 minutes for our sliders. I absolutely love their chicken so I was excited to learn that they would be coating the beef patty with their deep fried batter for their version of the slider. Although I liked the crispy crunch and texture; I thought that it was way too salty. 

The Works -- Chipotle ketchup, havarti cheese, four double-smoked bacon slices, and caramelized onions.

The only vendor that I went to that provided a burger size container which I re-used as a holder for the next two sliders. The beef was finely grounded and the bacon slices did add a very smoky flavor to the slider, wasn't bad at all.



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For a limited time only, McDonald's offering $1.00 for any snack sized Iced Frappés. The drinks are available in two different flavors, Coffee Iced Frappé and Vanilla Chai Tea Iced Frappé. Hurry into your nearest McDonald's as this deal is only between June 5 to June 12, 2013.
I find that dates can get expensive, and there are many things to do in Toronto for a fraction of the price or even for free. Here are some ideas for some cheap dates that you and your significant other can definitely enjoy doing together. 

Beach: There are several beaches, and it is always FREE to go to :) Some things that you can do at the beach are arm-in-arm stroll together, play some beach volleyball, go swimming, biking, etc ...

Centre Island: Spend an entire day exploring the island with your date.

High Park: This is one of the largest and nicest parks in Toronto that I have been to. Bring out your bike or roller blades, and just enjoy the sunny weather (summertime) with that special someone.

Kensington Market/St Lawrence Market: There are so many stores and vendors to check out at both of these popular markets in downtown Toronto. 

Movie Date: An average cost of an adult ticket is usually $12.99 (+ tax) for a regular 2d movie. However, many theaters in the GTA offer reduced admission cost for a fraction of the price and it's usually under $7.00 per ticket on Tuesdays'. Also, if you're a member of SCENE (a membership club for moviegoers of Cineplex), you can also get an additional 10% off.

Picnics: I have always loved picnics, so much fun! Here is a list of some cheap picnic food that you can bring along on your date:

potato salad
patries
Vves and dip
buy hot dog from a stand (usually $2.00)
jello
lemonade
chips, popcorn, cheese/crackers
homemade sandwiches
coldcuts and bread
Watermelon

Royal Ontario Museum: Students often have more of a budget than others as some may only work part-time due to their studies. The ROM offers free general admission to those who are students (attending a Canadian post-secondary institution) every Tuesday. Don't forget to bring your student ID.

Walking: The weather is getting a lot nicer so it's always nice to take a walk down Queen St W, or even Lakeshore, with your significant other.

Dating On A Dime: Cheap Date Ideas

by on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I find that dates can get expensive, and there are many things to do in Toronto for a fraction of the price or even for free. Here are some...
On Friday, June 7th, 2013, don't forget to stop into your nearest Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut =)

There are currently three locations in Ontario, and they are:

(1) 162 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W
(2) 215 Harbord Street (Corner Bathurst), Toronto, ON M5S 1H6
(3) 5920 Mavis Rd. (Corner Bitannia), Mississauga, ON L5V 2P5

Free: 1 Donut @ krispy Kreme

by on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
On Friday, June 7th, 2013, don't forget to stop into your nearest Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut =) There are currently three ...