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  1. Travel recommendations thread

    Some faves... Toronto Bars: Get Well, Pour Boy, Thirsty and Miserable, The Communist's Daughter, Bellwoods Brewery, Drake Hotel, Track and Field, Parts and Labour Eats (price scales based off memory only): Supermarket ($$), Burrito Boyz ($), Grand Electric ($$), George ($$$$), Bar Isabel ($$$), Canoe ($$$$), Richmond Station ($$$), Salad King ($), Senator ($$), The Chase ($$$), Pizzeria Liberetto ($$), Momofuku ($$), Ki ($$$), Adega ($$), Terroni ($$), WVRST ($). Shawarma is great, popular, and I've described it as probably the "Mexican" of Toronto. Coffee: Dineen, Jimmy's, Bulldog, Snakes and Lattes (which also has tons of board games), Jet Fuel, Dark Horse. It's great anywhere though, tbh. Sports Bars: Real Sports Bar, full stop. Brazenhead if your stay is TFC related. Music: The Garrison (indie), Horseshoe Tavern (rock), Dakota Tavern (country/bluegrass), Cameron House (folk/indie/country), The Rex (jazz), The Drake Underground (hip hop/elec), Roy Thompson Hall for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Things to do: AGO, ROM, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, Steam Whistle Brewery Tour, Toronto Islands, Hockey Hall of Fame Maybes: Riverdale Farm/Evergreen Brickworks, Graffiti Alley, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Canada's Wonderland (bit far out), other museums like Bata, Gardiner, Aga Khan, Ontario Science Centre, plenty of live plays at Royal Alexandra, Ed Mirvish, Princess of Wales Theatres, kids would love Medieval Times Parks: Trinity-Bellwoods, High Park, Ashbridges Bay/Woodbine Beach, Allen Gardens Conservatory, Tommy Thompson, Leslie St Spit, Scarborough Bluffs (bit far out) Neighbourhoods to check out: Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, Queen West and West Queen West, Distillery District, Yorkville Neighbourhoods to Airbnb in: The Annex, The Village (only if you are LGBT-friendly), Queen West and West Queen West, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Roncesvalles, Cabbagetown, Old Toronto. Your main priority should be placing yourself on either the Yonge-University-Spadina or Bloor subway lines (I think they're called the 1 and 2 now?) There is always stuff going on in the city, check out www.blogto.com for more bars/restaurants/things to do (like the CNE which happens in August-Sept), especially closer to your visit.
  2. Odd Things That Creep(ed) You Out

    Automated attendants (i.e. if you're calling about <issue>, press 1) did and still really creep me out, especially late at night and alone. There is just something about those voices that are a bit ominous.
  3. What Grinds Your Gears...

    I've moved 3 times in the last 4-5 months (granted, been living somewhat out of a suitcase, no furniture, etc). Once from west to east coast, and now I'm just hopping around place to place, waiting for my SO to find a job and move here. Bit different than moving your whole life, but at this point I need some sort of stability in my life, which will hopefully come at the beginning of October.
  4. Travel recommendations thread

    On the obvious side, I suppose not. But it is somewhat of a big area and it would be nice to know what to look for (i.e. this town, this park, etc). I'd think 4-5 hours of driving (4:30 to Adirondacks, 4:45 to Watkins Glen) is near the borderline of what I'd consider weekend trip drive-ability, so, in the ball park, but nothing farther.
  5. CCSLC Loveline

    IMO, this scares me. You have initiated contact with someone and because they are acting friendly you are immediately seeing it as a possibility of romantic contact. I would strongly advise against screwing with your cousin's relationship and start seeing this as a friendship scenario ASAP. There are plenty of women out there, not taken by a close relative. This screams of a bad idea.
  6. What Grinds Your Gears...

    The good usually smells stronger than the bad , FYI.
  7. Travel recommendations thread

    Any great long weekend road trip destinations from NYC? Avoiding the bigger cities (Washington, Philly) and the obvious destinations (Hamptons, Montauk, etc)? Looking for things like quaint towns or naturally beautiful areas.
  8. 2017 Bass Pro Shop Toyota Camry

  9. NHL 2017-18

  10. How do you folks make your iced tea in the summer?

    I haven't been doing iced tea this summer. I have in the past, and liked using rooibos steeped cold for ~12 hours. I made a move to cold brew this summer. Been going 1 cup to 1 litre of water (works out to approx. 1:4 ratio), coarse grind with any dark roast, let it sit in the fridge for ~24 hours and filter it through cheesecloth. Usually use lower quality beans for cold vs hot as I find it more forgiving but I've been thinking of splashing the cash, as it were. I find the markup on cold brew insane, and making it at home is incredibly easy. I'd also like to get into making kombucha for the same reason but I don't think I'm prepared to mess with fermentation. Semi-related, but one of the things I like about living in the States now is the availability of unsweetened tea, much prefer it over sweetened. Back home there is no unsweetened and sweetened, it's just called iced tea and it's all sweet (not to say you couldn't get unsweetened, but you'd have to search for it).
  11. Vegas Golden Knights Neon Jersey concept

    Would prefer the same effect on the socks, with all-black gloves.
  12. The IHA is looking for three replacement owners for the upcoming 2016/17 NHL season. Prospective owners who meet the 6 month/500 post fantasy sports requirement can apply here. If you happen to have any questions, I can be reached via PM.
  13. Applications end next Friday, please get them in if you are interested!
  14. Tank in the news

    Yes, as do I. That comment specifically, and really most of that post, was not directed towards you. General gripes/venting, that was just the trigger.
  15. Tank in the news

    No... I did not and do not pay enough attention to play CCSLC crisis hotline. I was more insinuating the political ranting/raving than anything else, from cursory viewing the fanbase has a lean and style that would welcome the absurdity of it compared to what he would get here. So, yes, they would probably be more "kind" in that sense than the response he got here. It was an offhand comment... didn't know I would get cherry-picked from the whole kit and caboodle of his how-ever-many posts, but I guess that's what I'm doing too. If this is intended to be some sort of comparison, I find it ridiculous that it could even be insinuated that the general sentiment here, on these boards - i.e. no private PMs, no single quotations of support - towards Tank and his newfound fame is any iota of "kind, friendly, supportive," and all the other synonyms. The ones who do are outliers. You could jump to any page here, scroll a few posts down and find an insult or two. Not like it was any different outside of this thread when he was still here, it just wasn't so public. In fact, I don't think it's crazy to think that if the Barstool readership knew about the kind of responses we gave him, and especially if they saw this thread, they would think we are the one's who are offside. This is just my general gripe with this entire thread. It's like an ex the board can't get over: talking to his circle of friends how bad she was in bed, how crazy and psychotic she was, how she had really strange quirks. If the boards were a person they could use a restraining order.
  16. Tank in the news

    Really? I think the opposite would be true (if "crowd" means readership, not his employers).
  17. Quebec Nordiques

    I agree, the n logo is much better. Make the first one a primary, remove the N, create a better fleur de lis shape, and I think it's a winner.
  18. Bumping this thread. Deadline for applications is June 16th.
  19. Sports you hate

    ITT: "I don't fully and completely understand this sport, and I don't want to spend the time to learn about it, so therefore I hate it and I don't get why anyone would like it"
  20. What Grinds Your Gears...

    I've heard that's somewhat becoming standard practice for Kickstarter projects requiring large-scale production, especially ambitious ones. I've funded art projects, expanding pottery studios, etc. I don't think I'd ever fund a tech/product start up for this very reason, I've heard too many stories like this one.
  21. What Floats your Boat?

    The reason I went to Japan was because my GF won a travel award for her thesis work. We did a lot of architecture stuff that centered around Tadao Ando, a world renowned architect known for his use of concrete and his emphasis on procession through the site and building. He's from Osaka, so most of his work is in the area. Church of the Light and Water Temple were the highlights, but they're both treks, and probably only cool if you are into architecture. I just liked the vibe of the city more than Tokyo, Dotonbori is a cool area. We ate at Ichiban Ramen a few times, feel like you should try to get out there at least once. It is a very unique dining experience, it's quick, and would be great if you are travelling alone and need a bit of solace, which is totally understandable given how crowded the downtown can get. I imagine you could get Kobe beef in Osaka proper, but we were in Kobe for other reasons and had some there. That was a must-do for me. The robot sushi joints are pretty cool but the food where we went wasn't the greatest... but where else can ya get sushi on a conveyor belt. Yakitori, soba, udon, nigiri - the food is so, so great in Japan. Also, the bidet toilets. Genius. I miss them so much. Take full advantage, because you sure aren't getting that treatment in China.
  22. What Floats your Boat?

    I spent 4 months in China, 2 1/2 of which were in Shanghai. Going to build off what Gobbi said: Alternatively to the SWFC, get a drink at the top of the Jin Mao tower, one of the three megaskyscrapers (I did both, and it sucks paying and getting to the top of the SWFC on a smoggy/foggy day, which happens quite often). Other than those tall towers, skip Pudong. It sucks. Stay in the old city. Definitely do the French Concession. The Propaganda Poster Art Centre is a very small two-room museum but it is very cool, and not "government gimmicky" like say, the Science and Tech museum. Also some great microbreweries there, surprisingly: Shanghai Brewery, Boxing Cat Shelter is a really cool bar that is underground in a decomissioned bomb shelter. I went to a few Shenhua games as well. Cool experience. Easy to find a ticket from a scalper. You must have Xiaolongbao (Shanghai soup dumplings). Also, if you see any Chinese Muslim places, pop in. One of the many great surprises I had in China, the food is really good and super unique. Get jianbing in the morning, it's like a Chinese savoury breakfast wrap. Try the BBQ street food late night. They have stuff on skewers in refrigerators, you take out what you want and they grill it for you. I crave this often. Echoing the stuff about People's Square/E Nanjing. The Bund is the coolest part of the city IMO. Phonetically for a North American: 1-10 is ee, are, sun, suh, woo, lyo, chi, bah, jyo, shuur. Hello is knee how, thank you is shya-shya, how much is dwo shao. In Beijing, make your way out to the Great Wall, and check out the places in the centre of the city (Tienanmen, Forbidden City). Sanlitun is a good area for nightlife and I would personally recommend Heaven Supermarket. Also went to Tokyo which was cool, although I must say I loved Osaka. A lot of cool subcultures I enjoy at home that are also huge in Japan and sought out there (film photography, technical wear, raw denim). If you have any sort of things you nerd out about, do some research and see if it's a thing in Japan, because they really do it up. I recommend trying okonomiyaki. Went here to find a NPB hat to bring back and they seem to really love Western tourists there, if you're up for that sort of thing.
  23. Canadian Premier League

    I love the chain but I think the crest would be vastly improved if they weren't only radii of the main circle and more of the shapes seen in a realistic chain, and even in a dark grey or silver (if you feel so inclined to add that in, but I can see it in my mind's eye being a metallic stitching and looking great in-person). I think you can really accentuate the chain here, it seems like a key piece but underdeveloped IMO. I got the I-Beam connection right away, looks great. Kit is clean and reminds me of Hull, which is probably appropriate.
  24. Please ban hammer don't hurt 'em

    It's amazing that we have to use the consequences of the actions of a child as an analogy for that of a full-grown adult.
  25. Tank in the news

    I've come back to read this thread on numerous occasions and I feel as though every time I do I have to keep reminding myself that this is actually real. Good for Frank, I guess? For being known as the "Crazy Mets Fan"? I wouldn't like to be the Crazy Anything. I'm not too sure what the long-term gain is here but at least he seems to be enjoying himself.