Why You NEED To Know About Uniiverse

If you go to a lot of events in Toronto, there is a good chance you may have come across Uniiverse. While Uniiverse is great for events, there is so much more to their product and it is one of the most awesome tools that I have come across!

Uniiverse is an online marketplace for events or services. On Uniiverse you can either DISCOVER (become a buyer of events or services) or if you have an entrepreneurial side you can CREATE and become a seller. As a seller, you have the ability to create events where you can charge an admission or offer some service.

The main reasons I REALLY love Uniiverse is it combines fun amazing experiences AND the ability to make money, two of my favourite things.

If you aren’t interested in selling but love learning or trying new things, then I guarantee you will find something interesting on Uniiverse. You can do everything from buying tickets to cool events around the city (both large and small) or learn a new skill like photography, dance lessons, cooking or even learn a new language. There are such a variety of things to do, that I suggest at least checking out the site for yourself or trying out their brand new iOS app.


If you are looking to make some extra money on the side and have a cool skill or service that you think others can benefit from then you can list it on Uniiverse for FREE! Uniiverse charges a small variable transaction fee on every purchase from their site which gets passed on to the buyer. Unlike listing your services on Craigslist or Kijiji, on Uniiverse sellers can receive ratings and feedback from people who have purchased tickets to their event or services. This helps reduce issues with people offering a sub-par product or service.

When searching for events on Uniiverse you have several filtering options. You can sort listings by location, date and of course price, to make sure you get a good deal!

Today Uniiverse has launched their iOS app for iPhone and iPad users. The app makes creating events and offering services SUPER EASY and makes it even easier to find out what is going on around the city. Here are some screenshots of how the app works:

So if you want to make some more money, learn a new skill or find out about some cool events going on around the city, then I suggest you check out Uniiverse and download their app today!

Oktoberfest in Toronto THIS WEEKEND!

Ever wanted to go to Oktoberfest but can’t make it all the way to Germany? Well, you are in luck! This weekend Toronto is getting it’s very own Oktoberfest complete with polka, bavarian dancing, bratwurst, Fräulein wait service and of course BEER!

Toronto Oktoberfest will take place at Kool Haus this Friday September 27th and Saturday September 28th and there are just a few tickets left. Tickets start at $25 or you can get a table for a group of 10 people for $180.

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The event will have 1L beer steins and a great selection of German beers including Hofbrau, Steigl, Erdinger, Weihenstephaner and many more including some local beers too!

There are 4 sessions total, 2 on Friday and two on Saturday. If you buy tickets to the earlier session you are welcome to stick around for the later one too!

Toronto Oktoberfest

Tickets can be purchased through the Toronto Oktoberfest website, so don’t delay and get your tickets fast if you want to check it out. I am hoping to swing by on Friday to check it out.

To get you started, here is a quick German lesson: Cheers = Prost!

Foodival: Toronto’s First Carnival Themed Food Event (GIVEAWAY)

In just over 1 week, there is a new event coming to Toronto called Foodival. Foodival is a carnival themed food event with childhood carnival favourite munchies, games, performances, giveaways and more!

Foodival will feature over 20 local food vendors all doing their take on carnival foods. Vendors include Le Dolci, The Happy Hooker, Tocino Boys, Cut The Cheese plus many more!


The event will be held on Sunday September 29th, 2013 at 99 Sudbury and offers a daytime and evening version of the event. Continue Reading »

Hunters Landing Review

Last night Hunters Landing quietly opened in the Cityplace neighbourhood of Toronto. The restaurant wasn’t even supposed to be open to the public, just friends and family, but after watching the Jays lose yet another game in Toronto me and a few friends decided to check it out. I don’t even really write reviews of restaurants on this blog much more, but if there is ever a chance to be the first to review a place in Toronto’s competitive food blogger market, I feel I have to jump at the chance!

Hunters Landing is what I guess you could call the sister restaurant to Liberty Village’s notorious Williams Landing. The same company is responsible for bring the once popular South of Temperance to Toronto’s financial core.

The decor of Hunters Landing is very modern with lots of exposed brick and concrete with the odd touches of reclaimed wood. I had expected the restaurant to be quite small based on the outside, but with the patio I can see them easily seating 150-200 people. The restaurant has 2 bars, and indoor bar and a patio bar for those warm summer days and nights. The restaurant has a very cozy feel which will fare well for both summer and winter. Continue Reading »

Crazy Uncle Pre-Mixed Cocktails Review

If you are looking for delicious cocktails that you can have at home, but have zero skill when it comes to making drinks, Crazy Uncle is for you! I first came across their pre-mixed cocktails at the Food and Wine Show last November and was instantly amazed. The cocktail had incredible flavour for something that was likely pre-made and bottled months earlier. Recently I was given the opportunity to try 2 of their new flavours and jumped at the opportunity!

Crazy Uncle makes ready to serve cocktails for consumers to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. Instead of having to head out to bars for world class cocktails, if your mixologist skills are lacking, you can now buy one of their pre-made kits. The kit comes with the drink and a rimmer that pairs with the cocktail. It is super easy to prepare, all you have to do is wet the rim of the glass (I prefer using a lime to give the rim moisture) and dip the glass in the rimmer mixture.

The new flavours that Crazy Uncle recently released are Basil & Lime Daquiri and Cola Bitter & Mint Julep. Here are my thoughts on each of them:

Basil & Lime Daquiri



Serving Instructions: Serve over shaved ice in a vintage coupe glass, rimmed with the Lime & Elderflower Sugar. Garnish with a few leaves of fresh basil.

I decided to share this bottle with friends over the Labour Day long weekend to get multiple opinions on the drink. The bottle made about 4 good sized drinks (a full Red Solo cup) though it says it will make 8 drinks on the back. I found the drink to be perfectly balanced with sweetness and tart, and great hints of basil. Even though we didn’t have any fresh basil to garnish (as recommended), this was definitely a winner for me! Two of my friends found it to be a bit on the sweet side, but my girlfriend agreed with me and really enjoyed it.

This is a great summer drink and has a great “fresh” taste to it. You can purchase this at the LCBO for $18.95. To find a location near you, click here.

Cola Bitter & Mint Julep



Serving Instructions: Serve, over plenty of crushed ice, in a traditional julep cup, rimmed with the Lime Rind and Mint Sugar. Garnish with a handful of fresh mint.

The Cola Bitter & Mint Julep cocktail was also excellent. My girlfriend and I decided to split the bottle and paired it with homemade fish tacos. The flavour again was perfectly balanced and had a nice combination of sour and the bitters flavouring. My only complaint with this cocktail was after having a few glasses I found it got to be much sweeter so I wouldn’t recommend making this your drink of choice all night long. 1 or 2 glasses would be the most I would recommend per person. Overall, I think this will be a great cocktail choice as the colder weather approaches, while the Basil & Lime Daquiri was better for summer drinking.

This Crazy Uncle concoction can also be found at the LCBO for $18.95. Click here to find a location near you.

Overall Review

At $18.95 I do find the drinks to be a little pricey, but after trying these 2 bottles I do see the value. These cocktails are way better than you would get at many bars around the city and when you consider you get about 6 decent size drinks from a bottle it works out to just $3 per drink. I definitely recommend giving these a try especially if you are hosting a dinner party and want to impress with a pre-dinner cocktail. I can’t wait to see what Crazy Uncle comes out with next!