Entries Tagged as 'Sports'

Real Sports Bar & Grill, Toronto

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments





When Becky and I landed in Toronto we dropped our things at the hotel and then headed back out to Real Sports Bar & Grill at Maple Leaf Square. Becky is a huge Blackhawks fan who even used to have season tickets. She did some research on good sports bars nearby so we headed to Real Sports to watch the game. This place was pretty crazy – they had a 39-foot HD big screen that was pretty much as big as a movie screen. If that wasn’t enough for you, they also had 199 HD TVs, so 200 total, I guess. And the place was huge! 25,000 square feet. They had a pretty good beer list with 114 taps. I tried the Canadian beer, King Vienna (toffee malt flavour & crisp bitterness taht dries smoothly on your palette), and the somewhat similarly tasting Canadian beer, Granville Island‘s English Bay Pale Ale (caramel malt flavour & light hop bitterness, balanced with a dry roasted finish). I thought both were really great.

The Blackhawks won, that was awesome. But the really weird thing was that the Pro Bowl was on that night… and I can understand how they’d show it on a few TVs, but they put it on a ton of TVs including the huge 39-foot screen. Not only that, but they turned the audio on when it started. All this while there was still Canadian hockey going on. Do Canadians really love the Pro Bowl that much? Not even the Americans watch it!

I enjoyed watching the sports at Real Sports and I liked trying the different beers, but the food was “meh” at best. Becky and I both had a couple different appetizers and they were way underwhelming. Disappointing since I ordered my first Canadian poutine there.

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I guess there’s some big soccer stuff going on?

June 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Alternate title: Pay no attention to the floating iPad.

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Limey’s Going Away Dinner (That Danny Cooked)

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments


On Sunday Danny invited a bunch of friends over to his house for football and dinner. This was one of Limey’s going away events. We couldn’t just have one party for him when we heard he has to leave, we had to throw a whole series!

During the games Danny made dumplings and flatbreads. One of the dumplings was filled with short ribs and the other had potatoes and bacon and a side aioli that made it taste just like a loaded baked spud. So delicious! There were three kinds of flatbreads – a Mediterranean one with a kalamata olive tampanade and feta, one with roasted tomatoes and pesto, and one with sausage and caramelized onions. These were all delicious too, but I especially liked the Mediterranean one.

There were Bears fans, Packers fans and one lonely Cowboys fan at the party and everyone’s team won, so everyone was happy. Although, I would have been happier if the Bears had lost. The weather was nice enough, so we were outside for a while. Quinn and Halle provided the entertainment for the party. I’m not sure Danny and Caroline’s dogs, Maggie & Duff, knew what to make of them, but they better figure it out because they’ll have a baby in the house in just a few months!

For dinner Danny made shrimp and grits. This was the second time I’ve had his shrimp and grits and it’s so delicious. The grits are so rich and creamy. I don’t know how he does it. Actually, I do, but I don’t like to think about it (cream, cream, cream!). Danny also made macaroni and cheese for the kids, which was a big hit with both the kids and the adults.

For dessert, I brought over White Russian cupcakes. I thought they combined two of Limey’s loves: Booze & Sweets. They turned out alright, but not as awesome as I’d hoped. Not as awesome as the Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes I’ve made (here, here). Danny also made beignets with chocolate sauce.

Somehow we rolled ourselves out of there at the end of the night! I’m not sad about saying goodbye to Limey yet because he’ll be here for a while and we have at least one more goodbye party to go to.

It should also be noted that it took us 12 whole minutes to get to Danny & Caroline’s house in Oak Park from our house. I think their house seems far because it’s not even in Chicago, but we live so far west, it’s so fast and easy.

Finally, I almost forgot, Quinn made us this Halloween decoration. It’s a drawing of a scarecrow. I think he has glasses? What a nerdy scarecrow. He told me that I had to hang it by our stairs, but I have it on the fridge:

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