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Bloody Orange Cocktail

Bloody Orange CocktailHalloween cocktails for a crowd made easy. These bloody orange cocktails taste fantastic and the syringes can be pre-filled in advance. The presentation of the cocktail is a party attention grabber that will have everyone excited for a spook-tacular party.

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Raspberry Syrup

Fill a martini shaker full of ice. Add vodka and orange juice. Shake hard for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Strain into glasses half-full of fresh ice. Place a syringe filled with raspberry syrup into to glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.


Black Magic Halloween Cocktail

Black Magic Halloween CocktailWith just a week to go until Halloween, there isn’t much time left to put together the perfect Halloween costume. If you are still searching for ideas, here are the top 10 TV and movie character Halloween costumes for 2014:

  1. King Slayer from Game of Thrones
  2. Jake From Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  3. The Flash From The Flash
  4. Khal Drogo from HBO’s Game of Thrones
  5. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow
  6. Rick Grimes of the Waking Dead
  7. Kevin From The Leftovers
  8. Gustave From The Grand Budapest Hotel
  9. Pornstache From Orange Is the New Black
  10. Emmet From The Lego Movie

If you already have your costume picked out, then it’s time to suit up and serve up the ultimate spook-tacular Halloween cocktail.

  • 1 oz The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 1 oz Apple Juice
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Ginger Ale

Fill a martini shaker half full of ice. Add in The Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky, apple and lemon juices, and Canadian maple syrup. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a fresh apple slice.


5 musicians you need to be listening to!

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If you aren’t up on these artists music game, you are ruining your life. Here are, in no specific order, the top 5 musicians you need to be listening to, and loving!

Ed Sheeran:

This Brit singer/song writer is the best of his generation and refuses to let up. He is killing the game. No questions asked. Ed has written songs for artists that you would never known were his (Taylor Swift, One Direction). Yes…”Little Things” is his song. This guy just has soul and a swag about him.  Not bad for a ginger haired boy from England.

Macklemore:

From Seattle, this new age hip hop writer, artist and activist is someone that has earned his spot on this list for sure. He has changed the music game and did it even when people said he couldn’t. His writing partner Ryan Lewis is definitely a massive part of their success and they both deserve all of your attention.

Miley Cyrus:

First off, because that bitch is straight up slaying the rest of the world with bad ass realness. She is the main event wherever she is at so y’all bitches will just have to deal!  Baby girl does not care what anyone thinks about her but you will all think about her.  #teammiley

Afrojack:

This all star fucking superstar DJ from Holland is about as rock star as you can get and he lives a life that you could dream of…from chopper rides to venues, mixing tracks on the private jet and staying in the most luxurious and posh hotel suites around the world.  He is what makes the world go around.  If you are in the club…you are hearing Afrojack!

Demi Lovato:

She not only is a fabulous and pretty ass judge on the U. S. American Idol but this girl can sing her ass off.  She is active in the LGBT community and she has some fun and catchy songs.  Check out I Really Don’t Care.

Honorable mention goes out to Sam Smith:

This guy is a fucking superstar and can belt out songs like a legend. He is gay and proud about it and his songs are beautiful.

Follow these artists and your life will be better! Promise.


Top 10 most challenging places to fuck this fall

Corn Maze

Sex can get routine and boring, real quick, real fast. Why not put you and some of your friends up for the ultimate fucking challenge. Here are the top 10 most challenging places to fuck this fall. How many of them will you be able to conquer?

  1. Corn maze at a family farm
  2. Drug store washroom
  3. In the center of a clothes rack at Target
  4. In a park wearing Halloween costumes
  5. The washroom at your best friends housewarming party
  6. In the back of a car at a drive-in movie
  7. Tucked away in a dark corner of a haunted house
  8. Miley Cyrus concert, because there’s nothing else to fucking do!
  9. After the traditional Sunday night dinner at your parents house
  10. In the Christmas tree aisle at Costco!

Is there a noteworthy place you’ve fucked this fall? Leave your story in the comments section below!


Using smartphones in restaurants; today’s technology etiquette

Using your iPhone at a restaurant

Have smartphones, like the iPhone or Galaxy, ruined dining experiences?

Our obsession with technology is killing romantic dinners. It could really go either way. From other diners to the service staff. I really all depends.

People complain about people talking when they are seated right now to smartphone user at dinner.

Yea, yea, cry a fucking river. Shut up. If someone is out and paying for a $50 steak, they have every right to talk on their fucking Galaxy Note 16 the size of a flat screen TV if they want to.

The service staff, contrary to popular belief, really doesn’t give a care about your phone or what you do with it. You could throw your phone across the room after you update your Facebook status and they wouldn’t give a damn. Servers are busting their ass to get your drink order and appetizer to the table quickly. They also pray that the kitchen gets your entrée right, so you don’t send it back. In the end, they just want you to leave a decent tip.

Hospitality workers realize if you are using your phone, you are either talking or on social media, telling people where you are and how great the place is. Essentially, you’re doing free marketing for them, and your friends might show up and bring them more money in tips if they dine with you.

The bottom line. Use your phone if you want. Just don’t use it on dates! If you are having a quick dinner with friends, break the phone out and be all over the internet, social media, Grindr, or even call your grandmother. Those other people don’t know you or understand your busy life. Fuck them.


2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

When it comes to living and driving in the city, especially a city as environmentally conscious as Vancouver, when it comes to buying a new car the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL certainly needs to be at the top of the list. It’s one of Ford’s most fuel-efficient vehicles in the 2014 line-up.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

The Ford C-Max is a cute, hybrid vehicle that has a thirst for saving energy. While being energy efficient, it certainly puts out a surprising amount of response, is packed with some cool gadgets, and is a fun city-driving car.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

The exterior design is very modest, incorporating the body colour into the mirrors, door handles and bumpers, while the grill, lights and trim have a nice silver accent. It’s sleek and compact design screams environmentally friendliness.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

As a hybrid vehicle, with just a push of a button, the driver has the choice to operate in three options; gas, gas and electric, or just electric. The C-Max batteries, which charge quite quickly, can power the car up to 20km of standard city driving. The car can be charged using a standard 110 volt plug-in, which are found in most parking garages.

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

2014 Ford C-Max Energi SELThe interior has all the standard features expected from Ford, plus options including heated leather seats and a fixed panoramic roof. The Ford Sync touchscreen navigation and audio system are easy to operate and a smartphone can be connected with just a few quick touches on the center control console.

The 2014 Ford C-Max also has features including a power lift gage, rearview camera, and keyless entry. For drivers who haven’t mastered the art of parallel parking, there is also the automated parking assist option.

For city-dwellers who are looking for an energy-efficient vehicle, with incredibly low operating costs, and some upscale conveniences, the 2014 C-Max Energi SEL is a fantastic vehicle!


6 Annual Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast

Affiliation of Multicultural Services and Society Agencies

The Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast is Affiliation of Multicultural Services and Society Agencies (AMSSA), annual fundraising gala. It is an opportunity to network and congratulate diversity champions in the community. Each year two safe harbor locations out of thousands in BC are awarded champion of diversity. This year it will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 7:30am- 9:30am at The Holiday Inn (711 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2).

The event attracts city councilors, MLAs, business leaders, and not-for-profit partners who all participate in this province-wide program. This year’s keynote speaker is Nick Noorani, Canada’s leading immigrant champion. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased online. 

This event also helps AMSSA directly support 20 non-profit organizations dedicated to creating welcoming, safe environments for diversity across BC through the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program. Representatives from businesses, financial institutions, non-profit agencies, and government at AMSSA’s 6 Annual Safe Harbour Champions’ Breakfast to recognize two Safe Harbour Champions for their outstanding diversity leadership in B.C. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Nick Noorani, Canada’s leading immigrant champion.

AMSSA is a non-profit umbrella agency committed to a vision of a just and equitable society in which everyone benefits from social and economic inclusion. Their member agencies serve immigrants and build culturally inclusive communities across BC and strengthen them with knowledge, resources and support to help them fulfill their mandates. AMSSA’s Safe Harbour: Respect for All program works with community partners to advance inclusion and embrace diversity through workshops, events, and dialogues across B.C.


Staying warm and dry this fall

Staying warm and dry this fall

Photo credit: Running Room

With the hot summer weather a distant memory, it’s time for runners to start layering up as the cool, wet weather starts to set in. While early October tends to be a mix of sun-and-cloud with the odd rainy day, the inevitable day-after-day rain storms are about it set in. Runners know, staying warm and dry this fall is going to be key to continuing with outdoor training.

They key to staying warm and dry is to dress in layers, like an onion. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to dress for how you will feel about 10 minutes into the run, once your body has warmed up. This may mean that you will need to wear a base layer that will wick away moisture, a middle layer for insulation, and an outer layer to protect from wind and rain.

When choosing layers, look for a variety of fabrics from microfiber and polyester, to cotton and wood. Wear them in accordance to the layering above, for maximum effectiveness. For example, cotton is a great middle layer because it works as an insulator; but worn as a base layer, cotton is rotten!

Some runners may have a mini backpack they bring that they can stuff their outer shell into as they warm up, or to keep a pair of gloves in case it gets extra chilly running after the sun sets or in the shade.

If the weather is wet, remember when you get home to remove the liners from your shoes. Running shoes

should be stuffed with newspaper and placed on a shoe rack to dry for at last 48 hours, to allow the foam and other materials to completely dry. If you wear your shoes while they are still damp, it causes them to wear out faster.

Keep up the training, stay warm, and enjoy the fresh autumn air!


It’s time for a fall staycation to the Fraser Valley

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If both time and budget are tight, but you need a getaway this fall, it’s time to consider an autumn staycation. For Vancouver residents, it can be as simple as a weekend getaway to the Fraser Valley.

There is plenty of fun things to do in the Fraser Valley, especially for a fun couples get-away. For a weekend adventure, head out on a Saturday morning. Start off with heading to a number of local agri-businesses, where you can pick up fresh, locally made ingredients, including honey, meats, jerky’s and sausages, cheese, pumpkins, and squash. There are many family run, small businesses that pride themselves on producing top quality products, and the Fraser Valley has an abundant amount to check out.

Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites

A central location to stay in the Fraser Valley is the Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites, just moments away from at the Sumas exit on Highway 1, which makes it easy to get to, but far enough away for a peaceful nights rest. The hotel offers clean, contemporary hotels rooms, free WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool, and hot tub. Near the hotel are a number of restaurants and stores, all within walking distance. Just down the block there is also a giant Costco.

Coast Hotels Abbotsford Suites

After checking into the hotel, head over to Castle Fun Park for a fun evening of arcade games, mini golf and fun time in the batting cage. Finish off the evening with a relaxing soak in the hotel hot tub.

When you get up on Sunday morning, there is a complimentary continental breakfast in the hotel lobby. After you’ve checked out and loaded up the car, just down the road is a Starbucks, the perfect spot for a morning pick-me-up.

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Finally, before heading home to Vancouver, head over to Taves Farms for a more romantic day some down-home, farm adventures, games, animals, and U-pick treats.

A weekend getaway doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time to get to, but it can be a lot of fun. Remember to fill-up on gas before heading back home; Sumas has some of the cheapest gas in the lower mainland!


5 steak spots we all need to have dinner

Gotham Steakhouse Vancouver

STEAK! Where are the best steakhouses in Canada and the United States? Don’t worry, you don’t have to think. You might be surprised.

1.SW at Wynn – Las Vegas
Steve Wynn’s hot spot in Vegas gives you glitz, glamour and all of the fixin’s. Amazing atmosphere as well as the best beef on the planet. Remarkable service, not to mention, you’re in Vegas baby!

2. Moishes – Montreal

The last time I checked it was 2014. Well Moishes has been holding it down and sending out some of the best steaks since 1938. I’d say they earned their due. Magical city of Montreal topped off by a magical steakhouse. Moishes also has ridiculous selections of raw selections fresh from the deep Atlantic. Try the oysters.

3. Peter Luger’s – New York

This place is just…wow! Only three on the list because I don’t get to go as often as I would like. Luger’s is a Brooklyn staple since 1887. It has changed from a restaurant, billiards hall and bowling alley to strictly the need to go to place in New York. From the appetizers to the cuts of meat this place is hands down the king of New York when it comes to steak.

4. Gotham Steakhouse – Vancouver

This place is special. In the heart of everything going on in Vancouver. It not only is beautiful but offers you so many options it is hard to say no to any of them! Steaks, lobster, and veal. Throw some potatoes on this and you are good. There is a long list of wines and cocktails available as well. If you are in Vancouver you have to go to Gotham Steakhouse.

5. Gordon Ramsay Steak – Las Vegas

It may look cliche because we all know the name Gordon Ramsay. Don’t brush it off. Everyone I have met that has dined at this spot has said it might be the best meal they have ever had. I took their word for it and man oh man. This place has this sparkle you expect from a fancy Vegas place, they also deliver on the meal. Gordon put together this menu amazingly and the food will not let you down.


Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy Corn CocktailTrick-or-Treating began in the medieval times in Europe. Trick-or-Treating, as we know it today in Canada and the United States, with kids going door-to-door dressed in costumes, really took shape in the 1940’s. It was the pacific northwest region that started the tradition of handing out confections to kids, which the tradition rapidly spread across the rest of the countries.

Candy corn is one of the most popular Canadian and American Halloween candy treats. The candy was first introduced back in 1880’s by Philadelphia based Wunderle Candy Company. The candy corn is three times the size of a real kernel of corn and features the distinctive colours of orange, white and yellow. Each year, 25 million pounds, or over 9,000 metric tons, of candy corn are sold annually.

While the kids are out trick-or-treating to fill their pillow sacks and buckets full of sweet treats, the older adults can be found at elaborate Halloween parties dressed up in sexy, seductive, and creative costumes, sipping on all kinds of themed drinks, including the Candy Corn Cocktail.

  • 2 oz Stoli Honey Vodka
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ½ oz Orange Sherbet, softened
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Milk

Combine vodka and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker has frosted. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. In a fresh shaker half filled with ice, add softened sherbet and shake hard for 20 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a bar spoon into the Collins glass, layering over top of the vodka-pineapple juice. Then, in another fresh shaker half filled with ice, combine simple syrup and milk in a cocktail shaker and shake hard for 30 seconds. Carefully pour over the back of a clean bar spoon, layering over top of the orange sherbet.


Fucking gag me; it’s national kink month

The Guard, new from The Stockroom, is a fun new sex toy to try during National Kink Month

In gay culture, October is one of the most sexual months of the year. Montreal celebrates with the incredible annual Black and Blue Party, it’s National Kink Month, and the month wraps up with Halloween, which is also commonly referred to as, Gay Christmas.

Whichever event you are celebrating this October, chances are it is sexually charged and, fun, and on the wild side. National Kink Month is the best time to explore your sexuality and try something new, like The Guard from The Stockroom and Oxballs.

The new The Guard, from The Stockroom, featuring a silicone face plate and leather straps

If you’re a piss-drinking, cum-slurping bottom, you’ll love The Guard! The all-purpose gag has a soft silicone face plate and mouth opening, and a detachable leather strap. If you’re new to trying gag devices, this is a great piece to start with because the mouth piece easily fits in your mouth and allows you to breath comfortably, while still being able to enjoy piggy fun.

The soft and flexible faceplate fits comfortably around the wearers face, and straps behind the head with a stainless steel clasp. The Los Angeles designed and crafted toy has a hollow, cylindrical gag, keeping the submissive’s mouth open to receive everything from spit to a hot load of cum.

Piss-drinking, cum-surping sub missives will beg for The Guard from The Stockroom

When bodily fluids are involved, it’s important to ensure sex toys are sanitized and cleaned. The durable silicon face plate can be placed on the top rack of a dishwasher or soaked in a pot of boiling water for five minutes, without loosing its form or texture. The leather straps can be cleaned with quality leather cleaner. Cleaning after each use will make The Guard last for years.

Get your kink on during National Kink Month with The Guard, the hottest and newest sex toy now available online from The Stockroom. Also check out a sweet gag from The Stockroom and the Daily Special for more great kink-fetish fun.



Hard Rock Casino Vancouver celebrates anniversary with Bif Naked and Everlast concert

Bif Naked to perform at the Hard Rock Casino one year celebration partyVancouver’s very own celebrity pop and punk rock star, Bif Naked, along with America hip hop singer, Everlast, will both be performing at the first anniversary celebration of the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Juno-award nominee, Bif Naked, released her first self-titled album in 1996, which followed two years later by the platinum selling I Bificus, and Purge in 2001. Bif Naked is best known for her songs, Spaceman, Metallica’s remake of Nothing Else Matters, and I Love Myself Today. In 2009, while undergoing breast cancer treatment, Bif Naked wrote and recorded The Promise. Today, in addition to being one of Vancouver’s most recognized punk rock singers, she has become a motivational speaker, inspiring others with her story of her battle with breast cancer.

Everlast to perform at the Hard Rock Casino one year celebration party

In 1991, Everlast co-founded House of Pain with Danny Boy and DJ Lethal. The group immediately stood out from other white rappers with their debut multi-platinum album, Jump Around. Everlast would go on to pursue a solo career, releasing the album Whitney Ford Sings the Blues in 1998. The album featured two hits, What It’s Like and Ends. In 1999, Everlast won a Grammy Award for Put Your Lights On, a collaboration with Carlos Santana.

Tickers for the one-year anniversary celebration of the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver are on sale now. Tickets start at $39.50 plus service charges.

 


8 race day running tips for rookies

Race day tips for rookie runners

Photo credit: Running Room

Rule #1: Relax!

The best advice for first-time racers is to relax and enjoy yourself. Racing is meant to be a stimulating, memorable experience. You will enjoy the experience more if you keep things in perspective and use common sense. Even if something goes wrong in your first race—like getting stomach cramps or having your shoelaces come untied—it’s not the end of the world. You’ll live to run and race again.

Here are 8 race day running tips for rookies from John Stanton, founder of the Running Room:

1. Your Goal: Your goal is simply to finish. Your first race is for the experience, not for the competition. Be sure to finish smiling and wanting to race again.

2. Eating and Drinking: On race day, don’t eat or drink anything out of the ordinary. For last meal, taken at least three hours before the race start, you might want to eat less than normal, since nervousness could upset your digestive system. In warm weather, drink 500 mL of water one hour before the start, and continue drinking every 10 minutes during the race.

3. Strategy: Planning your race strategy in advance will build your confidence. Break the course into small sections, making sure you know the locations of hills and other key landmarks. It’s particularly useful to be familiar with the last half-kilometre of the course, where you will be budgeting your energy for the finish. On race day, it’s a good idea to warm up by running the last half-kilometre of the course and setting a few landmarks in your mind.

4. Getting Ready: When you arrive at the race, don’t be intimidated by what you see other runners doing. Do some walking, some stretching and some easy running to loosen up.

5. Lining Up and Starting: Make your way to the back of the pack where you won’t get caught in the starting sprint. Many races have Running Room pacing groups: join the group that will be running at a pace you feel comfortable with. Begin slowly. Don’t worry about all the runners who take off ahead of you.. Maintain that pace, the one that allows you to talk comfortably, at least until you reach the halfway mark.

6. Walking: Use the proven strategy of running 10 minutes and walking 1 minute. Nowhere on the entry form does it say that you can’t walk. So if you feel the need, take a walk break, particularly on the hills.

7. Finishing: Keep your pace constant and steady. Don’t sprint hard at the finish line. Concentrate on finishing with good, strong, relaxed form.

8. Recovery: After you finish, be sure to walk around for a cool-down. Drink plenty of fluids, especially if it’s a hot day. Change into dry clothes as soon as possible, and when you get home, stretch your muscles thoroughly after taking a cool shower. Don’t do any running the next day. Running on tired leg muscles only tempts injury.


Face Washing 101: the ultimate man guide for healthy skin

Face Washing 101Start the autumn season off by washing away the dirt and grim of summer, and leave your face fresh and healthy! Here are your face washing 101  ultimate man guide to help you through day-to-day skin maintenance from first splash to towel dry.

Every person has different skin. We are not created equally. Genetics can either help or be your enemy, just like how environment and lifestyle can play a main issue when dealing with serious skin imperfections. Today’s skin care products have make it easy, so everyone can have healthy, beautiful skin.

It’s time to turn on the top and get to work! If you are going to take time to wash your face, make sure you maximize the benefits of your daily skincare routine to see the best results.

The first step is to use a gentle face cleanser, specific for your skin type. Gently wash your skin for at least 60 seconds, with cool or luke warm water. This will wash away any pillow debris including oil, hair products and sweat.

Gently pat your skin dry with a clean, fresh cloth. Using a fresh face cloth each time will prevent spreading of harmful bacteria into your pores. If you hate doing laundry, or are concerned about the environment, try the Dermalogica sponge cloth; it is reusable and antibacterial, making it gentle for sensitive skin and it doesn’t need to be washed every day.

Prep your shave with a good scrubthat works with your skin type. The Priori AHA Invigorating Face & Body Scrub is ideal for men because it makes your face feel soft and smooth instantly. Exfoliating will slough off dead skin, clean out the buildup of focile and help to prevent ingrown hairs. Remember, over exfoliating or using an abrasive scrub can cause more damage than good, so throw out your apricot scrub!

Before heading out for the day, hydrate your skin with a moisturizer and apply SPF every morning, even in the fall and winter. SPF is an important product because it helps to prevent pigmentation, sensitivity, environment damage, premature aging and wrinkles.

At the end of the day, before you go to bed, use a deep penetrating cleanser, like Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser or Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, that will wash away the everyday buildup from the skin, but one that is gentle enough to prevent the skin from drying out.

Guys are welcome to stop by Bare Essentials Skin Bare at 790 Richards Street to get a complimentary skin analysis and to play at the skin bar to try out all the products on your own skin.


5 signs you are sleeping with the right guy

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Before the onset of winter, it’s important to do a self-check, to really know, are you falling in love with the right guy this Autumn. But how to you know? You need to know the 5 signs your sleeping with the right guy. These are important, so pay attention!

  1. He will be on your level. It doesn’t matter if your partner is older, younger, funnier, more fit, or more laid back… you just need him to be on the same mental and life scale as you.
  2. See the world, together. Your partner needs to share this same feeling together. Anyone who doesn’t want to leave the city limits isn’t fun to be with. Plan and go on trips to Paris, London, Vancouver, New York and Sao Paulo. This is life. You only do it one time. Make it count.
  3. When you wake up, do you smile and roll towards your partner? If you do, you have definitely found someone you are really digging. Hang on to him. It’s a good sign your into him and that he’s special to you.
  4. You need a guy who listens. Even if everything you are saying is nonsense, he should still listen. Even if he already knows what he is enduring is pointless, he still does it because it gives you a chance to vent. That shows you he really cares.
  5. Dig deep internally. If he really makes you feel incredible and like you’re the only person in the room, this is your guy! Forget the stats or advice column. You have found happiness and that’s all that really matters.

 


Pumpkin Martini

Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with a pumpkin martiniHappy Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Canada is super lucky to have Thanksgiving in early October. It’s the perfect time of year. Farmers are harvesting the last of the crops. Cooler weather means down-home comfort foods like soups, stews and fresh-baked goods are back on the dinner table. It’s also one of the last weekends before cold, wet weather starts to settle in. There are still tons of great things to do during the autumn.

This Thanksgiving, take a moment, to pause and think about what you are thankful for. In Canada, we have so much to be thankful for, from a solid economy that got us through the economic downturn in the 2008, to our Constitution, which gives every Canadian our rights and freedoms. We are lucky to live in a nation where we celebrate diversity, welcome others, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Once you have figured out what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving long weekend, it’s time to whip up a batch of pumpkin martini’s, made from the pumpkins that you’ve surely harvested from your local pumpkin patch. And like ever good Canadian, you already have a bottle or two of authentic Canadian maple syrup in your cupboard, which makes all the difference in this cocktail.

Now, raise a Pumpkin Martini, with your closest kin, and celebrate being Canadian!

  • 2 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka
  • ¼ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ oz Half and Half
  • 1 tsp Canned Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • ½ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Fill a martini shaker half full of ice. Add all ingredients. Shake hard for 20-30 seconds, until the outside of the shaker is well frosted. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with pumpkin spice sugar.


Don’t waste your pink dollar on useless technology

IRISNotes digital pen

It’s amazing how many gadgets come into the market. While at the time of concept, they were probably the latest in technology, and had the chance making life easier. Unfortunately, by the time they got to market, they were already obsolete. Technology is changing so fast, that some products just can’t keep up. Just because gay men have all kinds of disposable income, doesn’t mean that we should be jumping on the gadget bandwagon.

Take the IRISNotes digital pen. It is a smart pen, which has been carefully designed allowing a user to use the special pen, to print on standard paper, then upload the data to a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone, and instantly convert the handwritten notes into editable digital text.

The problem is, most people now already carry with them a laptop or tablet device to meetings, where they can take notes digitally. The IRISNotes requires the use of a special stylus plus a base unit receiver, which then needs to be plugged into an Apple 30 pin USB cable. It also requires special software, which comes on CD or is available for download through the App Store.

It takes so many steps to go from a handwritten note form to creating digital text, it’s just not effective. If this product was geared towards a busy executive, chances are, they are going to have an EA who can type 100+ wpm. And if you were thinking of giving this gift to your grandparents so they could write you a letter and email it, they’ll be more confused on how to convert the letter to digital format and learn how to use email, that they should just stick to paying for a stamp and putting the letter in Canada Post. Some things just weren’t meant to be.

ScanStick

There are also products like ScanStick that have come into the market. While at first glance, it seems like a cool product, in reality, it does pretty much everything that you can do with your iPhone already.

The ScanStick records voice notes, scans pages, photos, receipts and documents, and can organize, archive, and email files once uploaded to the custom software on your mac, mobile phone or PC.

Again, iPhone already has voice memo recording feature already built in. Accounting software companies are coming out with cloud based software that allows you to photograph the receipt and automatically enter it into their software, keeping your business expenses neat and accurate. And what would you ever do with a portable scanner? If you really want the article that you read in a magazine, chances are you’ll send yourself an email note and Google it later.

Overall, these products were intended to be helpful, especially during the period while smartphone adoption was still emerging; however, with new Android and iPhone devices coming out every year, these types of gadgets are just a waste of money and are essentially useless technology. Instead of buying this kind of crap, invest in a $25 iTunes gift card and download some free apps that can do all this and more! You’ll save yourself time, have everything neatly packaged on one device that fits into your pocket, and you won’t have to worry about cluttering up your office, junk drawer or spare room with more crap.

Save your money boys, or better yet, go buy yourself another vodka cran this Saturday night at the gay bar.


A romantic Thanksgiving date where it’s ok to be a pig!

A romantic Thanksgiving date where it’s ok to be a pig!

Autumn is the time of year when most people are starting to pair up, fall in love, and settle in for the long winter ahead. If there’s a special someone you are looking to win-over this Canadian Thanksgiving long-weekend, perhaps a romantic Thanksgiving date is required. It’s even better when it’s the kind of date where it’s ok to be a pig!

Pumpkins

If you’re looking for romantic autumn date options, where being a pig is completely acceptable, you could choose go to a bathhouse, however, most guys are looking for more unique autumn activities to fall in love, like going on a autumn weekend outing.

There could be nothing more romantic than a date on a crisp, fall day, under the golden autumn sun, out to the country to experience an afternoon full of adventure. Getting out of the city and going on a farm adventure could be one of the best, most original, and romantic dates you’ll have this autumn.

Pumpkin Patch

Why? Just imagine walking hand-in-hand with the man you are so passionately and bashfully in love with, as you walk down the path towards the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkins you’ll later be carving for Halloween. There couldn’t be anything more cuter than taking selfies with your boy to and posting them to Instagram to show how much fun you are having, making the rest of your friends and followers jealous of your day.

Apple Orchard

 

From the pumpkin patch, head to the orchard to pick frost-nipped apples, bursting with the sweetest juices! Ok, probably not as sweet as the juices you crave from your man, but still pretty tasty for fresh off the tree.

Corn Maze

 

Most farms that are open to the public in the fall also have super fun corn mazes. While these might be fun for kids and families looking for adventure, they can be the perfect hiding spot to sneak a kiss, out of the way of the public. Just don’t get caught!

Goat

 

Let the heavy petting get starting on this romantic date! Get up-close with the animals. More selfies with the barnyard animals with inappropriate comments of what kind of pig your date is, or what a chicken you were for not asking out your date earlier. All the farm-fun puns are allowed! Go hog-wild. No-bunny is going to stop you! You can be as cocky as you want. Just don’t make an ass of yourself.

The Apple Barn Country Store

 

Before leaving, stop by the farm store to pick up everything from apple and pumpkin pies, dill pickles, fresh-pressed apple juice, caramel apples, and a cornucopia of other farm-fresh ingredients you’ll need to make a romantic Thanksgiving dinner, autumn-inspired cocktails, and homemade apple crisp for two!

Taves Farm in Abbotsford, BC

 

If you’re in the greater Vancouver area, you have to check out Taves Farms in Abbotsford. It’s easily the most romantic place for an autumn date. Plus, if you’re into more hard-core action, they have both pumpkin and corn-cob launcher games that will really get you off!


Does the way you dance say whether you’re a top or bottom?


Does the way you dance say whether you are a top or bottom

Dancing doesn’t have a darn thing to do with what you like to get down with in the bedroom; however, chances are you have been to a club and there was dancing and drinking involved. Being honest with ourselves, we know everything depends on how late the night is, and that is when deciding time starts. Are you going home with someone or not? Are you going to keep partying with your friends? Or are you just going to say forget the nightclub and cuddle with your pillow or puppy.

The quickly moving, dirty dancing hot shot can be seen at any bar. Most would assume with that much hip involvement he is a guaranteed bottom, an acrobat, or perhaps even both.

Wrong.

That guy could very easily turn into the most dominant top you might ever meet.

Remember the overly masculine guy that isn’t really dancing, or is dancing so bad because he doesn’t want to seem too flamboyant? He might just be giving himself away. Though he might look like the quarterback of the football team that you want to sleep with, and then beat your ass and make you do the dishes… yes, he is the bottom! That fantasy isn’t going to happen. Sorry. Try again.

Next time, before you judge and go running home with the wrong guy, have a conversation with the person to see if they are compatible with you as a top or bottom. Sounds crazy, right? However, in the long, or short run, you might have a better idea of what you are or not about to get into. You can save yourself a lot of time by not going home with the first person you bump into on the dance floor, and end with a night of disappointment.

Dancing has nothing to do with a persons sexual position preference. It has to do with their mood and who they are. If you don’t like surprises, then stay home and watch Titanic.


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