August 13, 2014

A Patio Night Out with PayPal

This past week PayPal brought a group of us out for a night of celebration for their Patio Night Out, #PayPalitTO promotion. Through the month of August, you can get $5 off when you use the PayPal mobile app at 12 different, trendy patios across Toronto

Did you know, in total there are 101 restaurants in Toronto that accept payment via the PayPal mobile app?

Note: Terms apply. See the PayPal mobile app for full terms and conditions.


You can participate and take advantage of the Patio Night Out, #PayPalitTO promotion at any of the following Toronto patios until August 31, 2014

25 Liberty - 25  Liberty St. 

Fonda Lola - 942 Queen St. W

The Beverly Hotel - 335 Queen St. W

Dundas & Carlaw - 1173 Dundas St. E

Handlebar - 159 Augusta Ave.

Harvest Kitchen - 124 Harbord St.

Hogtown Smoke - 1959 Queen St. E

Rock Lobster - 1192 Queen St. E

Brooklyn Tavern - 1097 Queen St. E

The Bovine - 542 Queen St. W

West Bar - 510 King St. W

The Bar With No Name - 1651 Bloor St. W


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Sip and Savour Patio Moments on any of these Toronto patios!


STOP ONE


We started our night off at Fonda Lola on Queen St W. I had never been to this Mexican eatery before, and was pleasantly surprised when I noticed the "secret" garden patio out back! It was so beautiful! I'd love to go back later in the evening one night, as they have colourful lights hanging along the sides. I'm sure it'd be a lovely sight! Obviously I have to mention the food! The food didn't stop coming out! One after another we were presented with plates of delicious options. There is something here for everyone. Myself and @TIF_Richard were bold enough to ask for the hottest sauce possible to dip our Jalapeno Poppers...and it did not disappoint!   
Jalapeno Poppers Fonda Lola Toronto
Jalapeno Poppers
Beef Tartare Fonda Lola Toronto
Beef Tartare 
Trout Aguachile Fonda Lola Toronto
Trout Aguachile
Avocado Caesar Mousse with Maple Jalapeno Candied Bacon Fonda Lola Toronto
Avocado Caesar Mousse with Maple Jalapeno Candied Bacon

In addition the the many food options that Fonda Lola offered, we also had a chance to get schooled behind the bar! Well, we were in front of the bar...but nonetheless, we learned a thing or two! One of the owners of Fonda LolaAndrés Márquez, was behind the bar explaining that Fonda Lola uses the freshest ingredients, including making their own version of simple syrup to cut down on the sugars - to highlight the flavours of all their cocktails. From bringing in Finger Limes from California to smoking their Coca-Cola with hickory and apple flavoured ashes (yes, smoking!) - Fonda Lola has stepped the cocktail game up a notch! 

Finger Limes into a Kombucha Margarita “Teddy Chau Photography” Fonda Lola Toronto
Breaking my Finger Limes into a Kombucha Margarita
“Teddy Chau Photography”
Smoking the Coca Cola for Fonda Lola's Rum and Cokes Toronto
Smoking the Coca Cola for Fonda Lola's Rum and Cokes


TRANSPORTATION


PayPal did it right by arranging for multiple blacked-out SUV's to bring us to our next stop of the night. We got quite a few looks from passerby's when we headed out from Fonda Lola to the awaiting SUV's

VIP SUV's for Transportation “Teddy Chau Photography”
 VIP SUV's for Transportation
“Teddy Chau Photography”


STOP TWO


Our next, and final stop of the night was at the rooftop patio at The Beverly Hotel on Queen St. W. After dragging ourselves up the stairs (it was then that I noticed JUST how out of shape I am and am heading to the gym STAT!), we were greeted by Aja, the bartender with all her tricks up her sleeve! We had a few minutes to take in the beautiful view, enjoy a beverage (Prosecco and Apple Cider - delicious!) and nibble on even more food before getting another lesson from behind the bar. Except, this time - we got to make our own cocktails afterwards too! 

Aja showed us how to make some of the classic cocktails available at The Beverly Hotel, including the Old Fashioned as well as a French 75, which has a blend of simple syrup, gin and sparkling wine. Of course, @TIF_Richard and I opted to make the French 75's...as well as enjoy them afterwards! 
Drinks on the rooftop patio at The Beverley Hotel Toronto “Teddy Chau Photography”
 Cheers with Richard! - “Teddy Chau Photography”

Appetizers at The Beverley Hotel Toronto  “Teddy Chau Photography”
Tuna Tiradito, radish slaw and leche de tigre
Pork cheek, celery root puree, scallion ginger glaze and pickled apple
Vanilla poached tomato, goat cheese mouse and avocado
Pear & Manchego salad on flatbread
 “Teddy Chau Photography”


Sunset from the rooftop patio at The Beverly Hotel Toronto
Sunset from the rooftop patio at The Beverly Hotel



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Don't forget to hit up one of the above (or all of the above!) patios and take advantage of this great promotion put on by PayPal. Save yourself that $5 and put it towards a tasty cocktail or treat like the ones we enjoyed at Fonda Lola and The Beverly Hotel!


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