• The Top Restaurants in Canada You Have To Try This Summer

    Aug 13, 2019

    There are plenty of great restaurants to check out no matter where you are in Canada. To help you dig in across the country, Timbercreek Communities has 5 top picks for you to try this summer.

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    Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar

    If you love oysters, you have to stop by Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar. Located in Picton, this roadside seafood restaurant will exceed your expectations in so many ways. From fresh oysters, lobster rolls and Fogo Island crab to beef burgers and farm-fresh vegetables, you’ll have one of the best meals of your life here! The laid-back vibe is the perfect place to hang out with friends, eat, enjoy live music and even enjoy yoga on the weekends. Plus, it’s located right next to Sandbanks Provincial Park!

    Aloette

    For a really unique experience, in a room decked out like a passenger train car, check out Aloette. Located in Toronto, this small gem on Spadina and Queen has a great atmosphere and delicious food. The restaurant seats only 38 people and doesn’t take reservations, so try to get there early in order to get a spot. You can find anything from cheeseburgers and beef tartar to lemon meringue pie and an apple pie sundae on the menu. Aloette is open every day for lunch and dinner.

    Mon Lapin

    If you like wine, you’re going to fall in love with Mon Lapin in Montreal. This small and bright space offers organic and biodynamic wine, as well as delicious and local food. Not only is the food flavourful but the presentation is fantastic. Located in Little Italy, Mon Lapin is a hotspot at the moment. They don’t take reservations, so make sure to get there early since it fills up fast. They are open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.

    Avenue

    For a place with great ambiance, good service and mouth-watering food, don’t miss Avenue. Located in Regina, this spot is perfect for a special occasion or an everyday dinner. The restaurant space is quite beautiful, with industrial, art deco and rustic elements. When it comes to food, you can expect dishes like tacos, perogies, pastas, burgers and pretty much anything else your heart desires. They serve full-size meals as well as small plates and shareables.

    Bündok

    Look out for this hidden gem in downtown Edmonton. Bundock has a concise but fantastic menu which changes seasonally. Two items worth mentioning include their decadent deep fried chicken skins and indulgent beef tartar. They also have a great selection of wine, sourced from Canada and France, and are known for their exemplary service. If you’re looking for a great spot in Edmonton, this is it!

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed discovering a few new-to-you restaurants across Canada. We hope you have the chance to check one, or all, of them out in your city! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to Work in 30 minutes of Cardio During your Busy Work Day

    Aug 09, 2019

    Some of us have really hectic schedules and the idea of fitting in a workout can feel impossible. But there are a few ways that you can sneak in some exercise, even on the busiest day. Timbercreek Communities has five tips for how you can pack in 30 minutes of cardio during your busy work day.

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    Get out of bed and stretch

    One of the first things you can do when you get out of bed is stretch. Start with just 5 minutes and work your way up to 10 minutes. It’s easy because you don’t need to go anywhere or put on gym clothes. All you have to do is set your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier. Everything is tight after a night of sleep, so stretching is the perfect way to elongate your spine and muscles and also improve your circulation.

    Calf raises and squats while brushing teeth

    This is a pretty simple and fun exercise that you can do anywhere! The best part is that you will barely feel like you’re exercising because it will become a part of your brushing routine. It doesn’t have to be done while you're brushing your teeth. You can do it when you’re boiling water, microwaving food and brushing your hair.

    10 sit-ups and 10 Russian twists before your shower

    You might have a busy schedule, but everyone has 20 seconds to spare. Right before you jump in the shower, work your abs with 10 sit-ups and Russian twists. These exercises are good for your obliques and lower abdomen. And if you have a little more time to spare, do 3 sets of 10!

    Stretch throughout your day

    Take breaks during the day as much as you can -- especially if you sit at a desk all day. Movement is important for circulation, muscle health and mental health -- so don’t sit in a chair for more than an hour at a time. In fact, you should stand up every 20-30 minutes and take at least a few minutes to stretch.

    Switch up your commute (take the stairs)

    One of the easiest ways to increase your exercise is to take the stairs whenever you have the chance. It might not seem like much, but at the end of the day it will add up! This will increase your heart rate and burn more calories.

    So what are you waiting for? Get moving! Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these 5 tips for how you get in some cardio throughout your busy work day.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How To Host A Dinner Party In A Small Space

    Aug 08, 2019

    Just because you have a small apartment doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great party. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how to host a successful dinner party in a small space.

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    Use Floor Cushions Instead of Chairs

    Who said you need a dining room set for a great dinner party? You can have an informal, Asian-themed dinner party with pillows. Instead of using chairs, have everyone sit on floor cushions around a coffee table. You can also buy a couple of wooden crates and use them as tables where you can place decorations, food and drinks.

    Choose Buffet Style Over Sit-Down

    When space is limited, a buffet style dinner is a better option than a sit-down dinner. Some people can stand, while others can stand and mingle -- which means that you won’t need a seat for everyone. Use your coffee table, side table and kitchen counter to display the food and drinks and maybe throw a few floor pillows on the ground for extra seating if you think you’ll need it.

    Have A Dedicated Glass For Everyone

    Dirty cups and glasses can really add up at a party. They either end up filling up your sink or wind up in the garbage. To minimize this, you can dedicate a glass for each person. This will save a ton of space, cleaning and waste (if you’re using paper or plastic cups). You can do so by using wine glass charms or a metallic pen.

    Prepare Food Ahead of Time

    If you want your dinner party to go smoothly in your small apartment, you have to be organized and plan ahead. The easiest way to do this is to prepare all your food ahead of time. Make a few things the night before or the morning of, but don’t leave anything for when you’re guests arrive. The last thing you want is the hot oven to be on, with a bunch of people in your living room, dying of heat! This is why finger food is the best option. You could make anything from pizza to sliders, or countess other things!

    Don’t let your small apartment discourage you from hosting a great dinner party. It’s totally doable! Timbercreek hopes you found these tips helpful and that you enjoy planning your first party in your small space!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 5 DIY's To Easily Upgrade Your Balcony

    Aug 06, 2019

    Make your balcony the place to be this summer! Timbercreek Communities has a few helpful tips and tricks for upgrading your outdoor living space.

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    Build A Mini Fire Pit Out of A Flower Pot

    You don’t necessarily need a big backyard to have a fire pit. You can actually make a small one in a few easy steps for less than $10. You’ll need a flower pot, river rocks and a chafing fuel container. All you have to do is fill the flower pot with some rocks and make a flat surface. Place the container inside and fill in the empty space with the rest of the rocks. Now you can enjoy all the smores you want, right on your balcony!

    Create Mood Lighting With Candles and Mason Jars

    Mood lighting is everything! Instead of spending a fortune on fancy outdoor candles, use basic candles and mason jars to create a relaxing and romantic mood on your balcony. Mason jars are cheap and they come in a variety of sizes and you can use whatever candles you like, although you probably want to stick to the ones that are half the size of the jar, to protect the flame from blowing out on windier nights. You can place the mason jars on the floor or hang them up.

    Turn Your Outdoor Space Into An Open-air Office

    During the summer months, you can move your office to the balcony with this Open-air Office idea. It’s small enough to fit on almost any balcony, without taking up too much space, but it’s big enough to hold your laptop and a drink. Now if that doesn’t motivate you to work harder, we don’t know what will!

    Noisy neighbours? Hang curtains!

    If you’re looking for some extra privacy, hang some light curtains on your balcony. This is a great idea if you get a lot of sun during the day, and prefer to have some shade. Ikea has some good and affordable options for light and airy curtains that work perfectly on balconies.

    DIY Hanging Herb Garden

    A simple and beautiful way to upgrade your balcony is to make a hanging herb garden.

    You can use anything -- mason jars, coffee cups, terra cotta pots -- and hang them on a wall on your balcony. Macrame hangers look beautiful as well, and they also look great as a statement piece. If you don’t have space to hang anything, you can use an herb ladder -- which is just as nice and creates a similar effect.

    With these 5 great ideas, you can design your dream balcony in no time! Timbercreek hopes you enjoy your new and upgraded outdoor living space!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top summer food festivals and events across Canada

    Aug 01, 2019

    Summer is here and it's time to celebrate, Canada! To help you take a bite out of the season, we've found the top summer food festivals and events happening across the country in 2019. Don't miss out on these delicious festivities. 

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    1. Toronto Food Truck Festival

    From Friday, August 2nd to Monday, August 5th, head to Woodbine Park in Toronto for another scrumptious year of The Toronto Food Truck Festival! Admission is free and there’s something everyone will enjoy eating. Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best local talent, participate in fun eating challenges, take your kiddos to a magical Children’s Village and enjoy a cold beer with friends while you munch on amazing foods from the best food trucks around. 30 to 50 trucks will be serving the goods!

    The Toronto Food Truck Festival is part of Canadian Food Truck Festivals. They also host the Burlington Food Truck Festival, the Pickering Food Truck Festival and the Brampton Food Truck Festival. All 4 festivals feature live music and up to 50 food trucks in beautiful green parks.

    2. Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest

    From Friday, August 9th through Saturday, August 10th, don't miss Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest.  It's heralded as one of the top beer fests in the entire nation! This event is alcohol-focused, so entrance is restricted to visitors age 19 years and older. No pets or children are allowed. 2019 marks the 13th annual event. Attendees can wander through while they sample sips of over 300 craft beers, premium imports, seasonal drinks and ciders from around the world. The festival takes place inside beautiful Pier 23 Cunard Centre. To ensure you don't get too sloshed, there will also be amazing food trucks onsite and a 400’ waterfront patio to relax on. This is your chance to sample more award-winning and specialty beers and ciders than you can purchase. If you don't drink, but still want to attend, for $12 you can gain admission to the event and partake of several non-alcoholic drinks! Being the designated driver has never been sweeter.

    3. Saskatoon Ex

    The Saskatoon Ex is Saskatchewan’s biggest summer event. It features a ton of quality live entertainment, shopping, amusement rides and delicious food. You'll be one of hundreds of thousands of people to attend, play, eat, drink and shop. Browse the wares of countless vendors while you nibble on cotton candy or brave the Midway rides. However you spin it, you'll have a ball! The ex mainstage will feature performances from some amazing bands like Sum 41 and Simple Plan. Don’t miss out -- it’s on from noon to midnight daily from Tuesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 11th at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

    4. Taste of Calgary

    Taste of Calgary offers a true (and affordable) taste of the city's cuisine. Attend to sample the food of the city's restaurants, beverages, music and more. Calgary is home to many excellent purveyors of global cuisine. Whether you're up for an exotic light lunch or a filling dinner, this event is sure to crush your cravings daily, from 11 am to 10 pm, from Thursday, August 8th to Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in downtown Calgary at Eau Claire Market Plaza. If you're going to go, be sure to arm yourself with a ton of sampling tickets (available for just $1 each at the festival) -- use them to sample any of the food or beverage menu items on offer. Admission to the festival is free and includes access to performances from some of Calgary's best musical acts.

    5. Gordon Food Service Show Winnipeg (GFS Winnipeg)

    Are you in the food business? If your business is a mashup of food, people, and entertaining, you have to attend the Gordon Food Service Show in Winnipeg! For more than a century, Gordon Foods has partnered with restaurants, organizations like universities, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadiums and more to offer a collection of products and tools. This is your chance to browse and sample to your heart’s content! Register now, the event is set to take place at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on September 16th from 3 pm to 8 pm.

    Timbercreek hopes you found these hot tips on the top summer food festivals and events across Canada helpful! Maybe we’ll see you there!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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