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#JoeyMarkville: Spring into their new location

Joey MarkvilleIf you know me, you know that one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto is Joey. In November 2013, they opened their 4th Toronto location in Markham. This new member of the family joins the existing locations in The Shops at Don Mills, The Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall.

I recently visited the Markham location and got to see what they are up to up on the east side of Toronto.  Once again, this location did not disappoint.  One of the things that I love is that each location has a very unique decor and atmosphere. This location is no different. I loved the vibe and feel that the restaurant had and the patio looks great for some summertime fun!

The patio waiting for spring to arrive

The patio waiting for spring to arrive

Joey Markville

A casual dining experience is waiting

A look at the bar area

A look at the bar area

One of the unique signs in the dining room

One of the unique signs in the dining room

One of the unique signs in the dining room

One of the unique signs in the dining room

Always unique architecture at Joey

Always unique architecture at Joey

A view of the dining room

A view of the dining room


I also took a few minutes to wander around the Markville Mall and was impressed by the activity level and stores that were in the mall. I am confident that this location and their patio are going be a hit when the summer of 2014 arrives.

With spring right around the corner, I thought it would be a great opportunity for you to give Joey a try for yourself. With the help of my friends there, they have given me two…that’s right TWO gift cards to give away.

Each giftcard has a value of $100, which will give you an outstanding chance to try many of their great menu items.  You could also take someone with you for a great night out!  If you need some ideas on what to try, while you are there, here are a few pictures of some items that are my personal favourites!

Sirloin Steak with Mushrooms and Crispy Spring Roll Mashed Potatoes

Sirloin Steak with Mushrooms and Crispy Spring Roll Mashed Potatoes

Individually Baked Apple Pie with Maple Ice Cream

Individually Baked Apple Pie with Maple Ice Cream


The gift card contest will be open from Monday February 17th, 2014 to Saturday February 22nd, 2014 at midnight (EST).  The details to enter & info to tweet are below in order to enter.  Contest is open to Canadian Residents only. Good luck!

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Win a $25 Gift Card and go “Back To Mother’s”

Back in the spring of 2013, the city of Hamilton and most of Southern Ontario was excited by the news, that Mother’s Pizza Parlour & Spaghetti House would be opening again in the City of Hamilton.  One of the most popular places for birthday parties, post game get-togethers and family dinners was coming back.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Grand Opening party held on March 30, 2013 and I have been back on a number of visits since.  The food has not disappointed and seems to have hit the spot with Hamilton residents.  They are constantly busy, but they do take limited reservations now between Monday and Thursday.  Weekends are still first-come, first-served.

My dad was an employee of Mother’s in the 1970’s and I remember their pizza and pasta well.  I was looking forward to trying some of my favourites, like Chicken Cacciatore and other pastas as well as the pizza.  While my taste for toppings has grown since my youth, the pizza was just as I remembered it; light and full of flavour.

Chicken CiacatorreGrandmother's Pizza

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the restaurant yet, which is at the corner of Queenston Road & Nash Road in Hamilton, I encourage you to do so.  They have made a great effort to make it look and feel similar to the original locations, with a number of familiar items; The Tiffany Lamps, the red & white checkers and of course the black & white movies!
Tiffany Lamps - Mother'sOld Movies - Mother's

There are also new items that they have added that I think evoke that old nostalgic feeling as you walk up to the door and into the dining room. The brown and yellow signs outside are fantastic and I am a big fan of the etched glass they have in the dining room.

Old Movies - Mother'sHula Hula Pizza - Mother's

Exterior Decor - Mother'sEtched Glass - Mother'sGiven that it’s back to school time and this post is all about my visits back to Mother’s, I would like to give you the opportunity to visit Mother’s again or for the first time.

Thanks to the kind people at Mother’s, I have 2 x $25 Gift Cards to share with you and I am going to be giving them away via Twitter.  Here’s what you have to do to win:

The contest will be open from September 14, 2013 to September 19, 2013 at 8pm (Eastern Time).  In order to be entered, you need to do the following:

1 – Follow @Mothers_Pizza on Twitter

2 – Like Mother’s Pizza on Facebook

3 – Follow @Canadian88 on Twitter

4 – Tweet me the following:

@Canadian88 I want to go #BackToMothers and see what @Mothers_Pizza is up to in Hamilton!

Don’t forget the hashtag & be sure to tweet each day, to help improve your chances.  The two winners will be selected randomly via Twitter Twitter Chicken Dinner on September 20, 2013.

If you have had the chance to visit Mother’s please feel free to share your stories in the comments here and good luck!!

Win a $100 Gift Card from Sport Chek for Christmas!!

Lately I have been inspired.  I recently read two articles that encouraged me and motivated me to get started at the gym again.  Both these stories started with small steps on a bigger journey to better health.  The key is that you can make a difference with some effort each day.  If you are looking for a story or two to motivate you and help you find your way back to the gym, check out this article from, The Hamilton Spectator, that featured my friend Shannon and her journey to better health that started in January 2009.

I was also inspired by someone I heard about through social media channels.  His name is Andy and his journey to better health started in December 2011.  He recently wrote on his blog about losing over 100 pounds and what a positive change it has made for his health and his life.  I invite you to read the post he wrote on the one year anniversary of his journey to better health.

It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.  Hopefully we all have stories like these two, to share as 2013 draws to a close!!

With the help of my friends at Sport Chek, I would like to offer you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card for Sport Chek!!

Use this card to get yourself motivated or perhaps inspire someone you know (since it is the time of year for gifts)!! The contest will be open from December 15, 2012 to December 19, 2012 at 8pm (Eastern Time).  In order to be entered, you need to do the following:

1 – Follow @SportChek on Twitter

2 – Follow @Canadian88 on Twitter

3 – Tweet me the following:

@Canadian88 I am inspired & want to win a Gift Card from @SportChek to help me be #MyBetterMVPWin

Don’t forget the hashtag & be sure to tweet each day, to help improve your chances.  The winner will be selected randomly via Twitter Twitter Chicken Dinner on December 20, 2012.

Please feel free to share your stories in the comments here and good luck!!