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Duke's Refresher - The Xennial Place to Be

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Duke's Refresher is a little hard to find, but worth the hunt. This 2-story venue, boasts TVs all over, high top, low top and picnic tables for your seating pleasure. Beer and food selection are pretty fabulous. I was pleasantly surprised by the food selection for a spot like this but, looks can be deceiving. 
My group was there for dinner followed by trivia night, so it was packed! This was not Duke's first rodeo on trivia night, so they staffed accordingly. Drinks were kept full. I was enjoying a Fin Du Monde after a long day and was happy to see it on the menu. I ordered a Portobello Veggie Burger with fries. In my experience as a half-ass vegetarian, this could go either way. It was a winner. Fresh bun, lots of avocado, feta and served with fries. I'd get it again. A friend of mine ordered the Bacon Caramel Mini Donuts for the table. They were fresh and sweet. Not much bacon crumble, but lots of caramel. You really only needed 1...but I may h

LiciousTO: Barnsteiner's

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My finalWinterlicious adventure took me to Barnsteiners at Yonge & St. Clair. It's a large, low lit space residing on the corner of the building. Arrived and seated immediately at a hightop table by the window; nice! It has a relaxed atmosphere with a mature crowd, a large wine list and a short, but sweet, craft beer list.
My choice of app was the Poached Pear. It was half a pear stuffed with goat cheese, panchetta and sundried tomatoes. Oddly, the pear was not the star of the show. I could've eated a metric ton of the wild mushroom sauce it sat in. It was almost more mushrooms than sauce, but it was so, so tasty. OMG. #wantmore

LiciousTO: Dinner at Thoroughbred

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Oh Licious, you've dragged me out of my cozy condo and into the cold in hopes of experiencing a tasty, new menu. To Thoroughbred!
Greeted by low lighting and smiling faces as I entered from the chilly abyss; the abyss being Richmond St at –15C. Happy to be indoors, this place already made me feel cozyagain. Light wood walls and bar with dark wood chairs and bench seating made this a relaxing venue. 
Drinky, Drinky. A small, but decent, craft beer menu with both draught and cans available. I was having trouble choosing, so our fabulous server, who was versed in craft beer(

Icy Treats at Ice Bar Oshawa

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While in Oshawa visiting the fam, our sweet tooth(sweet teeth?) were calling. Wanting to try something new, we headed to Ice Bar. It's a cool new spot right near Hwy 2 and Simcoe. Floor to ceiling windows and lounge-like seating give this place a relaxed vibe. I've been here on 3 occasions, so don't think I ate all of this in one seating.....or did I? 😀
First up, Chocolate Banana Bingsu. It was my first time trying it and I loved it. You get your sugar fix without needing stretchy pants. The shaved ice makes you feel less guilty about eating dessert. Lots of toppings, so don't think you're just eating a bowl of ice. Also, their spoons are adorable.
Next was Pandora's Box. The menu said it was for 4 people. My mother and I looked at each other and said: Challenge accepted. It took about 10-15min or so for the food artist to create this masterpiece and it was worth the wait. It's a special flaky bread that was crumbl