Sunday, February 1, 2015

Drew Tofin | One Night Album


Drew Tofin is dropping his album One Night on February 3, 2015. I was lucky enough to get an early listen and damn was it good! If you don't know Drew personally, this guy is very talented coming from a family of musicians and having an appreciation of all genres. His album has a collection of 11 songs. It has a smooth and jazzy feel featuring his own rendition of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Barry White, Robbie Williams, Elvis and more.



I personally loved the raw live sound that the album had. His clear cut voice is strong and holds my attention from the start to the finish. My favourite songs had to be Say You Love Me (Ft. Denise Valle), Angels and I'll Always be Right There. These are songs I remember listening to as a child, my parents used to play the cassette tapes in the old family vehicle. Grab an album and stay tuned for his next show, this man is a true performer! I'm excited to see what Drew has cooking up for us next.

You can purchase your own album on February 3rd at drewtofin.com 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria | Now Open


Just this past Monday, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened their first location in Saskatoon. The company is originally from Edmonton but now 26 locations exist. Famoso is well known for their pizzas made with '00' flour ($9-$15). They offer everything from appetizers and salads to desserts and cocktails. Their take on the pizzeria is a social dining experience that can be used as a place for a quick bite for lunch or an evening event filled with wine and laughs with friends.



Aashna, Jeremy, Dallas and myself went to their VIP evening to test out a little bit of everything on their menu. The restaurant is very open with a bar in the middle and their pizza oven in the corner. We started off with some cocktails noting the White Sangria, Cucumber Capri and the Italian Greyhound as our favourites. Along with our first beverages we ate the Mediterranean Flatbread with hummus and tzatziki, Polpette Al Forno and the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls. All three were good but I definitely recommend the Polpette Al Forno, and keep that tomato sauce for dipping your pizza crust!




Next on our list was the pizza. Famoso plays with authentic pizzas (red and white pizzas) and their own "New World Pizzas". We decided to go for a mixture and order something from all three and tried the Capricciosa, Primavera and the Korean BBQ Pork. All three were fantastic, the thin crust was awesome with their imported ingredients. The Primavera (white pizza) was our favourite among the three. It had a light and refreshing taste and Jeremy mentioned that this particular pizza was authentic being compared to many pizzas that he had eaten while travelling in Italy.






Lastly we were recommended by almost all of the staff to try their Dolce & Banana dessert and also went with the Tiramisu. "How could something so simple, taste so good?" Is what we all had on our minds when eating the Dolce & Banana. It had great texture from the crushed pecans on the baked banana with the cold vanilla gelato. On the other hand, the tiramisu was light and had that espresso flavour that almost everyone craves. I would recommend this one if you are almost full but need to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.



So how was our first Saskatoon experience? The staff are really trying to make your dining experience special whether it's recommending their favourite items or whether the managing staff pops by to see what you think, we really appreciated that. The food is fresh, presented well and brought in a timely manner. The restaurant sits in the Lawson Heights parking and this Summer I believe they are offering a patio as well. I have been asked a lot over the past couple days what I thought of it, and I recommend it to everyone. The four of us really liked it and are already sending our family and friends to form their own opinions of it too!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

K-SWISS | Lozan III (White/White/Silver)


 

I was lucky enough to receive a pair of K-Swiss Lozan III's in all white. This off-court tennis model has an all white leather upper with white branding and metal lace buckles. The shoe itself fits true to size and a good amount of width for those of you with wider feet. They are well cushioned, offer a clean look with almost any outfit and most importantly are comfortable.


I went out on this freezing cold Sunday with local photographer Brayden Elliott. We wandered around downtown taking photos, giving me the opportunity to give these a solid wear and us the chance to photograph the shoes. Brayden had the idea of shooting the shoes with a detailed background whether it was smoke coming out of an underground pipe or me kicking snow. The shots show those who are familiar with K-Swiss and new consumers what the brand's about in these detailed photos. K-Swiss to me is for the athletic people who care about fashion, those who want something they feel and look good when going to the gym or out for drinks. You don't necessarily need to be a fan of tennis or American culture to enjoy the athletic aesthetics of the footwear brand.



Yours Truly

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Just a Taste | Fionn MacCool


I actually had not heard of Fionn MacCool until I was reached by their Ontario staff back in October/November. I had friends who had tried it in other cities and gave me pretty good feedback about the pub but I wanted to check it out myself. You may be thinking to yourself "it's just another European pub, what makes it different?" A few things that stood out from my first experience was the size of the entire restaurant, the live music and the friendly/helpful service (thanks Amanda).



We sat down near the window facing 2nd ave. and ordered Original 16's and Kronenbourg to start. After the reviewing the menu on our own and then asking for the advice of our server Amanda we went with the blarney chips, shrimp cake sliders, shepherd's pie mini yorkies and the vegetarian flatbreads. Everything was delicious but our favourite was the flatbread. The savoury dill cream cheese sauce and spice from the jalapeno peppers made the dish addicting (so addicting we ordered it a second time).






To conclude, we will be back. The food, service, Kool & the Gang songs and atmosphere all contributed to making our first experience a good one.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

K-SWISS | Spring/Summer 2015 Collection


If you come from the same generation as myself you will remember K-Swiss for their "I wear my K-Swiss" jingle and their all white runners that guys wore with their cargo pants. Now the company heads back to their heritage American tennis roots for their upcoming collection. The company has been around for almost 50 years and they have made a name for themselves by producing tennis and off-court shoes.


K-Swiss looks to create shoes with the influence of country clubs, preppy style, premium materials and classic silhouettes. One thing that you can see the brand does is use their classic tennis white upper on majority of their models. The K-Swiss also utilizes a new modernized shield logo, the five stripes and rubber outsoles. The shoes are priced between $80-$120 CAD. You can find K-Swiss at our Foot Locker in Midtown Plaza.





Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Heights | NYE 2014


Come out for The Heights' more official opening. For $20 you will receive champagne and appetizers as well. There will be live music provided by multiple DJs and multiple rooms with different ambiances to party in. I hope to see you guys out!

Tickets are available at Bottega or Momentum on 8th Street.

Yours Truly