Buonanotte Toronto Review

When I used to visit Montreal a few years back, one of the places I always ended up going out with friends to was Buonanotte. When I heard a while ago that Buonanotte had opened a Toronto restaurant, I was intrigued, but never made a big effort to go there, even though it is just a few blocks from my home. In my mind, there was no way it would be anything like the Montreal counterpart so I didn’t want to spoil my Montreal go-to, in case I made it back there.

That all changed just a week ago when I was invited to try out the new holiday menu at Buonanotte Toronto. After being teased with mascarpone pizza, gnocchi and short rib, it was really hard to turn down.

Buonanotte Dining Room

Buonanotte Dining Room

We started off by sampling several cocktails on their cocktail list. Throughout the night I got to try the following: Continue Reading »

My New Real Estate Career + A Giveaway

For those of you that know me well, you probably have already heard, but some people may be reading this blog that don’t know what I have been up to lately as I really haven’t said anything here. About 3 months ago I started working full-time as a real estate sales representative at Bosley Real Estate on Queen West (at Dovercourt). Since then I have spent a lot of time seeing as much product (houses and condos) as I can, running open houses, networking, continuing to learn and have even helped some clients find a new home.

Part of the reason I got into this career path was I really enjoy helping people and I believe people should get the best value for their dollar (as you may have noticed from several of the posts on here). I treat every transaction as if my clients’ money is my own and make sure that I either get the most money for my client’s property or help them pay as little as possible for a property that they might want to call home.

If you aren’t from Toronto, you might not know the name Bosley Real Estate, so let me tell you why I chose to work with them. When I first walked in their doors, it just felt right. The management team is very involved with organized real estate, and since starting here, my manager was even elected as President of the Toronto Real Estate board for 2015. Most of the other agents actually come to the office, unlike many other brokerages, and are happy to help with any questions. Everyone is generally happy here.

On top of all that, Bosley has an amazing reputation amongst their peers in the industry and is home to many of the highest producing agents in the city. They are known for having a very high level of professionalism, which is one thing I found to be lacking in my experiences buying my own condo. Best of all, we kick some serious butt when it comes to getting clients the most money for their homes:


So why would you hire me? Honestly, I think I am a trustworthy person, but know trust needs to be earned. Here are some of the things I will do, that very few other agents will do for you:

– I will fight hard for YOU to get YOU the most money, or make sure YOU pay the least amount possible. For example, I’ve already advised clients that I think they should pay less, even though they wanted to go in with a higher offer which I knew would seal the deal right away. My first deal was a lease, which most agents would try to spend as little time possible on, but I spent a good 4-5 days just on negotiating the terms with the other agent to make sure my clients didn’t pay any more than they had to.

– I will NEVER choose my own financial gain over YOUR best interests.

– I have worked for myself for the last 7+ years doing online marketing, so I know a thing or two about getting your property viewed by potential clients. I know where and even when to post to make sure the most people see your property.

– I understand the importance of good photography for a listing and will spend money to make you money. If hiring a professional photographer will get you the most people in through the doors, then I will pay for one. Heck, I’ll even hire a production company to make a video if I think it will sell your special property that may attract buyers in other countries.

– I have an amazing team behind me should I have any questions along the way. Unlike many brokerages, our office works together, and has regular meetings where we talk about what is going on in the market.

– Through our in-house Bosley training program, I learned many real life scenarios including the art of negotiation and how to handle multiple offer scenarios (which I ended up winning), something very important to Toronto’s market.

– I know the city well, and have lived here my entire life. I am always out on the town at various events, and keep a close ear out for major developmental changes.

– I am someone you can turn to for anything real estate related. I will walk you through the entire home selling/buying process and even advise you if I don’t think it is a good idea for you to buy. I will keep you updated on what your home is worth after we close the deal.

– Most importantly, when you hire me, you get ME. Not a team of agents that aren’t who you initially thought you were hiring. You can call me at any time no matter how insignificant the question.

I hope this gives you a bit of insight about my new career, and really hope to hear from you! My website is torontocondos.org, but I am not just focused on the condo market. My idea client is someone looking to sell their condo and move on to their first home, so I have knowledge of both of these subjects. The areas I plan to focus on are from Leslieville to Mimico, up to around Bloor/Danforth, though if you are looking along the Yonge TTC line, I grew up at Yonge/Eglinton and know those areas well too.



Since it can be hard to get people to read about a blog post about real estate, I have decided to add a giveaway down here at the bottom. To start off, I am going to giveaway a pair of tickets to the TFC match this Wednesday at 8pm. The tickets are located in the supporters section which is standing only and is a lot of fun. I will probably change the giveaway up after the TFC game to something else, so keep checking back on this page for the latest giveaway!
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It’s a Great Year to Visit P.E.I.

On June 12th, I was invited to attend the Tourism Prince Edward Island‘s 1864 pop-up feast with Chef Lynn Crawford. My excitement was through the roof. This was my third Tourism Prince Edward Island event and I have thoroughly loved all three. But there was something extra special about the event put on this year, which took you down Canadian history lane in true P.E.I. fashion. This event is always intended to share the true unique experience and magic this little island has to offer and over achieves every time!

If you’re still contemplating a vacation this summer or fall, then add P.E.I. to your vacation spot bucket list. There is no better time to visit because there are so many amazing festivities planned for 2014. You will see that P.E.I. is more than their beloved Anne of Green Gables, potatoes, and lighthouses. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. This landmark event brought 23 leaders together which led to the birth of our beautiful nation. And by no coincidence they have over 150 events and festivals planned. Altogether there’s 70 days of activities throughout the entire summer at no better place than Confederation Landing.

PEI Party

Prince Edward Island started off the summer fun at their designated P.E.I. Celebration Zone with a huge Canada Day party! This included live performances from some of Canada’s top artists including Barenaked Ladies, Tegan and Sara and Classified. To make sure the festival kicks off with a bang, they proudly put on the largest fireworks display to ever take place in Canada. Continue Reading »

A Vodka That Actually Tastes REALLY Good!

Growing up in my late 20’s, my drink of choice was vodka. Even though it was my forbidden alcohol, the one that probably gave me the worst hangover in my life, I still came crawling back. If I was going out with friends for a night on the town, it usually meant that night would be vodka fueled.

During my 20’s I lost a lot of weight, around 80lbs to be exact. I gave up beer and the only drink I would touch was vodka water. This definitely wasn’t something you drank for the flavour, but it did “the trick”. Over the past few years, I gave up on the vodka waters and also have put back some of the weight on, but now I might have a reason to switch back.

purityvodkaPurity Vodka is the newest vodka to hit the LCBO shelves. Hailing from Sweden, the land of beautiful blondes, IKEA furniture and a slightly sub-par hockey team to our own, Purity is quickly becoming one of the most popular vodkas in the world. Produced at Ellinge Castle in the south of Sweden, the vodka is distilled 34 times (I guess 33 wasn’t enough) and during this process 90% of the liquid is lost. The vodka is made exclusively from natural ingredients including organic winter wheat and malted barley and is certified organic in Europe and the United States. They have already received over 80 Gold and Master awards, which according to Master Blender Thomas Kuuttanen, is more than all the other vodka companies. Continue Reading »

Boston Pizza Turns 50!

On August 12, 2014 Boston Pizza will be celebrating their 50th birthday! It all started in 1964 in Edmonton Alberta when Greek immigrant Gus Agioritis opened Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House. His goal was to focus on franchising, and by 1970 the brand had 17 locations throughout Western Canada. One of the first franchisees was Jim Treiliving, an RCMP officer at the time. Jim went on to build a chain of 16 restaurants with his business partner George Melville. In 1983 the two purchased the company from Ron Coyle, who had purchased the company from Agioritis just 5 years earlier.

During the last 50 years, many different dishes have graced the menus of Boston Pizza. Until August 17th Boston Pizza head chef Chef Michael Gray has brought back some of these menu items and you can find them on the menu right now. These include fan favourites like the Popeye, a spinach loaded pizza topped roasted garlic, pizza mozzarella and feta cheese and The Sombrero, which is essentially a taco on a pizza.

I had the opportunity to taste all of the new pizzas and have to say I enjoyed them all. If I had to pick a favourite though I would have to say the Kung Pao Chicken Pizza really stood out among the competition.

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