binz's Reviews

Seen and Be Seen

The Social, Located on Sussex in the Heart of Ottawa is the place to be seen among Ottawas professionals. Social, a bar and restaurant, is a trendy nightspot to eat, drink and relax. Although pricey, its a great place to splurge once in a while. On one of my first visits, I opted for the chicken dish. This dish came with gnocchi and baby carrots, and was basically a party in my Mouth. The rich sauce with the chicken made the meal. Main Course dishes range from 25$ to 35$ and Small plates range from 10$ to 25$. If you decide to opt out of dinner defiantly hit this place up later on in the evening, when the restaurant turns into a full fledge bar/lounge. Every Wednesday you will find live jazz and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is when the crowds come out for a live DJ. The older clientèle populates the bar, making this place a scene for Ottawas young professionals. The Social comes alive during the summer with its spectacular patio in the center of a cobble stone courtyard. Centered by old stone buildings, the ambiance is truly warming. Next time you find yourself out in Ottawa with no where to go, hit up social for great drinks and a beautiful atmosphere.

By: binz

Social Restaurant & Lounge

Ottawa, ON

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By: MYSTIQUE

Sounds like an amazing place to go for a ritzier nite out to celebrate & relax. Once again Binz, amazing review you wrote. :)

By: RUTH

Your reviews have made me decide to visit Ottawa this summer. Thanks for the great review and for putting ideas in my head.

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The Splendor of Tranquility

The Arboretum, adjoining Guelph University is a tranquil place of lush gardens, winding walkways and zen habitats. This garden spans 165-hectares of nature trails, plants, forest and wetlands. Just a spectacualar place to take a nice walk, realx, and observe the wildlife. Commonly used for for faculty to conduct research in the Agriculture College, this space is a heaven for art and landscape architecture students to research and unwind.

I spent an afternoon in the Arboretum while visiting my brother at University and couldn't help but visit the chinese zen garden that lies right in the center. This place really is what relaxation is all about. A visit to the Arbotretum is totally free, which makes for a great afternoon outside. Perfect for a family picnic, a long walk, bike ride, or just to view the amazing artwork. Take advantage of the numerous programs they have to offer from gardening to agriculture. The Arboretum also boasts a live theatre company. I...

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By: binz

The Arboretum

Austin, TX

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By: ROYAL153

I love this place. I have been there a few times while visiting people in Guelph. Great Review Binz.

By: BUBS

Great Review! I hope to visit this place one day. Looks like a great place to visit with my girlfriends.

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Medium Size School with a Strong...

At Carleton University students are put first. Built to serve soldiers from war, Carleton was founded in order to provide an education to people less fortunate. Now a striving comprehensive insitution, Carleton holds top for scholarships and ranks number one in such programs as Journalism and Communication, Public Affairs and Policy Management, and Political Science. Its proximity from Parliment Hill puts Carleton in to forefront of policy change and top resources. Nestled between the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal, Carletons grounds are spectacular, covered in lush green gardens and flowing rivers. This truly is a place to embrace as a University, and I am glad to have spent four amanzing years of my life at this school

By: binz

Carleton University

Ottawa, ON

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By: SILVER

i almost went here - if only i had know so many famous people (binz included) went hear...

By: MILPOOL

That is quite a group of alumni (Binz included of course)

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Bagel this, Bagel that

If Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then why not make this joint a morning habbit. Kiva's bakery is the king of all bagel shops. Usually a weekend hot spot, be sure to arrive early as line ups are fairly common. Kiva's is your prototypical breakfast hangout with all your favorite foods. The Eggs and onions and omlettes are my favs. They also have two or three eggs specials that are between 4.99 and 5.99$. These come with eggs any style, a bagel and coffee. At times Kiva's can get pricey depending on what you order. Their thick bagels are something to try, as well as their twisters. Make sure to visit the ajoining bakery and take home some great treats. Kiva's is a breakfast must and perfect for the whole family.

By: binz

Kiva's bagels

Toronto, ON

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By: IMPACT

Kiva's is the best. Great Review!

By: MYSTIQUE

Really good review! I'm not much of a breakfast food type person but once in awhile, I love a really good bagel!
Just as an aside, do they happen to sell any flavoured cream cheeses to have with the bagels?
You really write excellent reviews, Binz & I enjoy reading them. They're always very thorough, original & you always cover all the important points!
Thanx for sharing this place with the rest of us!:)

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Helluva Show

If you are into head pounding, heart thumping rock music then this is the show for you. Part of the Mirvish season, We Will Rock You is a 2 hour rock spectacle/concert/play with all the hits of Queen woven into one wacky story. As Cheesy as this show is the music carries the audience back to a time when rock was hard. This cast of performers will blow you away with their powerhouse voices and amusing canadian parodies. This show is a must to see when visiting toronto. Some perks this show has to offer are a limited ammount 50$ top price seats that can be purchased over ticket king, as well as a 25$ lottery for seats in the 1st three rows of the theater, for every performance. I must warn you you sit very close and the music is very loud. This is not for the elderly, Because this show is a very very lound rock concert. We Will Rock You is something fun to see and you are forsure in for a good time.

For Tickets https://web.ticketking.com/TK/series.asp?brand=Rock

For Web Info http://www.mirvish.com/

By: binz

We Will Rock You

Toronto, ON

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By: EVAN

ive seen the show. Its amazing

By: DANAM

wow sounds like an awesome show. I'll check it out for sure!

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Best Burgers in the city

This is the place to go for a good classic burger. Located on Younge just north of Steeles, Golden star is saburbias burger joint. Reminisent of the 1950s, this place is known to grill up a great patty. Opt for the homeburger, which is a juicer larger burger that will make your mouth water. If you are not a beef fan then their chicken on a bun is a classic as well. An order of fries is a great compliment to the meal. These fries are like nothing else you have never tasted. Homestyle cut and cooked to perfection. If you are in the mood to go all out then get the gravy to compliment them. Golden Star is a must stop when north of the city.

By: binz

Golden Star

Toronto, ON

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By: EVAN

Whenever i am home from school I always visit Golden Star. Great review Binz

By: DANAM

I've been to this place once and the burgers were amazing. I'd almost forgotten about it till now. Your review has reminded me to go there sometime soon!

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The Race Of Your Life

The Race of Your Life,

If you have never trained for anything, this is the thing to train for. The triumph of running a marathon is something that will you put in a category like no other. The Toronto Marathon is something to either take part in or Witness for yourself. The blood sweat and tears that goes into this event is something like no other. If you are not a runner the experience to go down and support the runners the best feeling in the world. Its a strange feeling to feel proud for complete strangers while giving them the motivation to go all the way.

The scene at the Toronto Marathon is one that captures you and stirs up your adrenaline even if you are not running. Set on October 19th, 2008, this events looks for volunteers, spectators, sponsors, live bands and of course runners. You can take part is some fashion, and experience is one to be apart of. There is also a half marathon and a 5k run for those folk just wanting to take part...

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By: binz

toronto marathon

York, ON

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By: BINZ

Check Out the Video on the Toronto Marathon main page.

By: BIGMIKE

great video...I hope to run a marathon one day.

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Where the party is Phat

This must be the coolest place to be in Ottawa. Fat Tuesdays truly is a scene. This restaurant/bar caters to every need, from delicious New Orleans style cooking, to first rate entertainment. The highlight of fat Tuesdays is Ottawas only dueling pianos. Live Friday and Saturday nights, this pair of Pianists know how to get a party rocking. They will play all your favourites oldies to top 40 to their very own renditions of popular songs (Eminems "loose yourself and "Who the F*** is Alice") a highlight to the evening. The crown roars and dances right beside the two grand pianos.

Whats great about this place is there is no cover, you can go early and have dinner and then stay on for the party. Great for birthdays, holiday parties, or just a crazy night out, Fat Tuesdays never disappoints. Make sure to get a prime real estate spot at the back in front of the Pianos. Its the place to be in the Bar.

Located in the Byward Market on York...

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By: binz

Fat Tuesday's New Orleans

Ottawa, ON

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By: MYSTIQUE

Sounds like great place to eat & party!

By: BIGMIKE

I must check this place out...great review

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Love This Eyewear

Exclusive Canadian distributors of Imago, Ogami and I-Spax Shilling Optical is an all in one tour de force of eyewear and eyewear products. Distibuting to high end optical stores Shilling Optical has their Own private line of frames called Krave Eyewear. From sophisticated to trendy, stylish to conservative, their collection is something new and innovative. With fashion in mind, their lines are creative and comfortable to wear.

Kräve Eyewear Belgium

A line of eyewear designed for the innovative, who consider their frame an important part of their creative image and personality. Kräve's unique style encompasses many styles to suit virtually any face. To view the entire Kräve line, please contact our head office to speak to a sales representative. Shilling Optical is the exclusive Canadian distributor of this brand.


Imago, "The German Eyewear Connection"
Imago eyewear is targeted at...

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By: binz

Shilling Optical

Toronto, ON

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By: MYSTIQUE

Have you ever purchased a pair from this company ? :) What kind of price range do these frames fall within? I like the name of their company: "Krave Eyewear" :)

By: ERIN23

seems like they have really cool glasses..maybe you could post pics of some or a video?

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Live Theatre At Its Best

There is nothing like the expierence ov live theatre. The Canadian Stage Company, commonly known as Canstage, delivers a series of dramatic and musical works each season. From smaller more intimate expierences at their Berkley street theatre, to large scale productions at the Bluma Appel Theatre, Canstage has something for everyone. This company offers a plethora of works each season, and allows each patron to become a member, subscribing to their selection of plays. The 2008 season consists of: The Elephant Man, Little shop of Horrors, The Clean House, Fire, Misery, The Pillow Man, The Palace of the End and lastly, the December Man.

A bonus for patron (and great for students) is the pay-what-you-can Mondays. This great advantage allows anyone to purchase tickets for a min of 10$ each for the first few rows of the theater. A limited number go on sale at 10am of the day of performance. This used to be open to any seat in the theatre, but was recently changed....

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By: binz

Canadian Stage CO

Toronto, ON

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By: MYSTIQUE

I definitely marked this one down in my favourites. Sounds like it's a great place to see a show, especially if you're able to get a ticket on "Pay What you Can" nite. Thanx so much for sharing this with the rest of us. :)

By: ERIN23

sounds like a cool place, thanks for the great review!

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