31 agosto 2009

Conhecendo o Canadá: Ottawa

In Canada's capital city of Ottawa, most tourists find themselves at Parliament Hill and the several blocks that radiate from there, since many of the city's museums, shops and points of interest are located within that radius. Near the Parliament is Byward Market, which dates back to the 1840s, offering farmer markets and craft stores that you can explore along some pedestrian-only streets.

24 agosto 2009

Conhecendo o Canadá: Ville de Québec

The many historical buildings and museums include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Information Center and the Musée du Québec (or the National Museum of Québec). Encircled by a three- mile-long stonewall, Québec City's downtown core has been inhabited for 400 years, and still looks as it did during the French regime. You can stroll through narrow winding streets and hidden courtyards, discovering marvelous one-of-a-kind shops and delightful bistros. Fashionable streets are lined with buildings of diverse architectural styles.

19 agosto 2009

A Dog Lover's Guide: Where to Stay, Play, and Shop in Toronto


Dog Parks

Nothing compares to that tranquil stroll in a Toronto park, doggie in tow. Although your best bud won’t be too picky, here’s a list of dog parks that’ll guarantee a blissful afternoon for the two of you.

Stanley Park
The south part of Stanley Park is a common area for dogs and their owners to run about before and after soccer. The park’s division is for those who want to stay away from all the action and take in the scenery, which you can do in the wide-open north side filled with benches, lush trees and green rolling hills.

Tirinity Bellwoods Park
This park just launched a new eco-friendly way to divert dog waste by enforcing paper products as the only acceptable method of disposing pet waste for the Green Bin Pilot. Known as the dog bowl, the ravine is a designated leash-free area, and was used in the 1999 film Dog Park starring Luke Wilson. The off-leash zone is open 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. at the centre of the park, between walkways.

Cherry Beach
Cherry Beach is a great place for dogs to romp around in the water and cool off in the summer. They can play leash-free and mix with other furry friends and their brethren. This grassy, sandy beach has restrooms, benches, disposable bags and trash cans.

High Park
Recognized as one of the most popular parks in Toronto, High Park is home to tons of wildlife including fish, birds, and animals. The park’s hillside gardens contain rare plant species, including woodland fern-leaf, cup plant, shrubby St. John’s Wort and the wild blue lupine. An off-leash area known as Dog Hill is open 24 hours except during stage productions at the Dream site. The High Park Zoo is also a fun way to spend time with your four-legged bestie.

Sherwood Park
This lush park has multiple hiking trails and walking paths, a large hill and an off-leash zone at the east end. The park is open 24 hrs.

Sunnybrook Park
A gorgeous park with streams, tall trees and an off-leash area open 24 hours, with benches, poopbags and parking. Venture through the woods and cross Bayview Avenue into Sherwood Park. It’s a good, one-to-two hour walk through a rugged, natural setting.

Cedarvale Park
Panelled by steep hills, this park sits above subway line tunnels. In the southeast corner, you’ll find a deep and naturalized ravine with wetlands. Dogs and their owners love this park because of its new, fenced, off-leash area where Fido can play freely and you won’t have to worry about him running off.

Miller Avenue off Leash Dog Park
This fenced, off-leash dog area is relaxed and social. It has tables, benches, restrooms, and parking. There is a separate area where owners can train dogs to run through tunnels and over beams.

Don Valley Brickworks
Best suited for daytime jaunts, this park is located in the beautiful Bayview Extension. It has a 24-hour fenced, off-leash zone with doggie bags and parking. If you venture out in the hiking trails, there’s another off-leash zone to play in.

Kew Gardens
At the foot of Lee Avenue, the Beach(es) has a fenced area on the beach where dogs can roam free. Pooches can romp, surf and play in the lake and sand. Breathing in the fresh lake air is a nice change for those city-dwelling canines and their visiting comrades.

Places to Shop

The organic trend isn’t limited to those of the human variety. Pet owners are becoming more aware of what’s going into their pup’s mouth. Doggie bakeries using natural ingredients have become a popular destination for those who love to spoil their pets. Snout-watering treats like carob (a chocolate alternative) chip cookies, biscuits, cupcakes, and doggy birthday cakes are just a few of the fashionable items designed for pampered pooches.

Three Dog Bakery, 2014 Queen St. E.
Your four-legged friend will smell the natural, oven-baked, gourmet food and treats a mile away. This little shop in the Beach(es), has photos and cards from their loyal canine clientele posted wall-to-wall. It’s reminiscent of the TV show Cheers, where everyone knows your name. Savoury treats high in doggie-demand includes ruffles, truffle-shaped treats covered in carob chips, coconut, nuts, and birthday cakes for dogs.

Bark & Fitz, various locations across the GTA
This is a one-stop shop for all your health-conscious needs, with healthy pet foods, toys, gourmet treats, dog gear, grooming and pet care. The hottest-selling bakery items include cupcakes, cookies, cakes that look just like the human variety.

Rob’s K-9 Bakery, 125 Jefferson Avenue
Rob’s K-9 Bakery is dedicated to making furry friends happy. The bakery provides healthy goodies for birthdays, holidays and those fun occasions. If your dog has certain allergies, look no further. Rob’s products are made for all doggy needs, including treats for pets with food sensitivities. Rob has launched a product line called Cat Garden, exclusively catering to frisky felines.

Timmie Doggie Outfitters, 867 Queen Street West
Creating new design opportunities out of a love for pets, Timmie Doggie Outfitters specializes in catering to posh pooches. The chic, pet-accessory store carries a wide range of trendy clothes, accessories, toys, gourmet baked goods and a doggie spa.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Planning ahead is crucial when traveling with your pooch, because many hotels are not as in love with your dog as you are. Here are some hotels in Toronto that will pamper your pooch according to your standards.

Four Seasons, 21 Avenue Rd.
Nuzzled in the trendiest postal code, lavish Four Seasons Hotel attracts its four-legged guests by offering bottled water, a dog bowl, treats, food, brushes, and even a pet-sitter upon request. There is a 15-pound maximum, but no extra charges for the fuzzy family member.

Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade
A convenient, pet-friendly hotel that’s located near Toronto’s urban parks. Souvenir doggy bags are given to your special guest, with treats and two dog bowls to use during your stay and to take home.

Le Méridien King Edward, 37 King St. E.
This hotel offers classic comfort and convenience to pooches as well. The hotel is just steps away from Harbourfront, trendy shopping areas, and entertainment. Welcoming your dog with open arms, the hotel provides pet supplies and if you let the concierge know ahead of time, your room will be Rover-ready with a doggie menu, bed, bowls, and a floor mat. No extra fees are tacked on for canine guests, but there is a 40-pound max size limit.

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17 agosto 2009

Conhecendo o Canadá: Montréal

Montréal is a lively commercial capital, with an old port and numerous architectural highlights. From a belvedere atop Mount Royal, you can see that the downtown landscape showcases a towering glass and concrete silhouette. The city is firmly planted in North America, but has a distinct European flair, stylishly blending the old with the new. An excellent subway system connects the most extensive underground city in the world.

13 agosto 2009

Enquanto o primeiro emprego não vem

Dizem que no Brasil as coisas só começam a acontecer depois do Carnaval (embora eu não concorde). Aqui dizem que as coisas só começam a acontecer depois de setembro, pois em agosto ainda é verão e as pessoas costumam tirar uns dias de férias para aproveitar os últimos resquícios da temporada. Muitos têm uma cottage à beira do lago, ou simplesmente fogem da cidade para dar um tempo em toda a agitação.

Para os imigrantes que chegam nesta época ansiosos para conseguir o primeiro emprego pode parecer meio frustrante, pois muitas vezes você faz uma entrevista em uma empresa e só vai fazer a segunda 3 semanas ou mais depois. Para quem está angustiado vendo o rico dinheirinho ir embora pode parecer muito tempo. Mas é assim mesmo, é preciso esperar que os responsáveis pela entrevista e contratação retornem de suas férias. Depois disso, ainda é preciso ter mais paciência, pois as vagas “urgentes” que deveriam ter sido preenchidas “ontem”, ainda levarão mais uns 2 meses para serem preenchidas. Sim, os processos seletivos costumam ser lentos por aqui. Há exceções, claro, mas no geral há que se ter paciência.

Se você está nesta situação, sugiro que relaxe e aproveite para melhorar seu Inglês e suas interview skills, fazer um curso, conhecer a cidade (há muita coisa gratuita ou a baixo custo), fazer amigos, enfim, aproveite o verão como todos fazemos nessa terra. Está achando esquisito todos darem tanta importância ao verão? Então depois do seu primeiro longo inverno de dias nublados você vai entender o que estou falando. Mas não vamos pensar em frio agora porque ainda tem algum calorzinho pela frente (espero).

10 agosto 2009

Conhecendo o Canadá: Vancouver

On the western side of Canada's Rocky Mountains, Vancouver is a vast and beautiful outdoor playground encompassing the full gamut of outdoor adventures. It's likened to Hong Kong -- or at least a Western version - with a busy cruise and commercial port in the Burrard Inlet. Greater Vancouver's more than 1.75 million people comprise one of the most cosmopolitan mix of nationalities in the world.

05 agosto 2009

Cheap Eat Guide

O toronto.com disponibilizou um guia de locais para se comer barato e vou copiar o conteúdo na íntegra.

Se você conhece algum dos locais sugeridos seria legal deixar aqui a sua opinião sobre o local, atendimento, sabor da comida, etc.

Sidecar: 577 College St., Toronto, ON$22 prix-fixe dinner Sunday to Wednesday

Fynn's of Temple Bar, 489 King St. W., Toronto, ONTapas Tuesday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

College Street Bar, 574 College St., Toronto, ONPrix-fixe, three-course meal $21

Rice Bar, 319 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ONDaily soup and any sandwich for $8

Philthy McNasty’s, 276 King St. West, Toronto, ONBurgers and fries $5

Hoops Sports Bar & Grill, 458 Yonge St., Toronto, ONHalf-price wings and nachos

Reilly’s Sports Bar & Grill, 340 Yonge St., Toronto, ONDaily 39-cent Buffalo wings

Shopsy's Deli: 33 Yonge St., Toronto, ONFree pound of wings with a purchase of two alcoholic beverages after 7:30 p.m. until close.

East Side Mario's: 151 Front St. W.Bar special: Half-price appetizers Sunday to Thursday from 9 p.m. until close with purchase of a beverage (Must be of legal drinking age)

Gabby’s, 729 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ONPitcher of Molson Canadian and an order of nachos $18.99 plus tax

Smokey Joe’s. 4899 Yonge St., Toronto, ONTwo pounds of beef back ribs with spicy fries and a pint of domestic draft for $16.95 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Raq N Waq, 739 Queen St. W., Toronto, ONHalf-price wings

Madison Avenue Pub, 14 Madison Ave., Toronto, ONHalf-price starters from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. with purchase of a beverage

The Foxes Den, 1075 Bay St., Toronto, ON$7 nachos with purchase of a beverage

Dhaba, 309 King St. W, Toronto, ONAll-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. with more than 50 items to choose from, from $11.95

Baldini, 1012 Queen St. E, Toronto, ONThree-course meal for $28 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Ask for prix fixe menu.)

Chick N’ Deli, 744 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Toronto, ONHalf-price wings

Spacco, 2273 Royal Windsor Dr., Oakville, ONHalf-price appetizers from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Irish Embassy, 49 Yonge St., Toronto, ONHomemade meat loaf with Dijon mustard gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables $14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $14

Fynn’s of Temple Bar, 489 King St. W., Toronto ONTapas Tuesday special menu from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Wah Sing, 47 Baldwin St., Toronto, ONBuy one lobster for $22.95 and get the second one free

Mt. Everest Restaurant, 469 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ONLunch buffet for $8.95 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Messini Authentic Gyros, 445 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ONChicken gyros for $7.25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Jam restaurant and martini bar, 221 Lakeshore Rd. E., Oakville, ONCheap happy-hour menu from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Grille Restaurant and Bar, 1596 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ONBreakfast special (two large eggs, bacon ham, or sausage, homefries, toast and coffee) for $3.99 from 5 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Zemra, 778 St. Clair W., Toronto, ONTwo-for-one appetizers from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

The Beaconsfield, 1154 Queen St. W. Toronto, ONMac and cheese and pint of 50 for $8 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ONHalf-price appetizers from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mill Street Brew Pub, 55 Mill St., Building 63, Toronto, ON50-cent wings all day

Grace O’ Malley’s, 14 Duncan St., Toronto, ONTwo-for-one fish and chips with the purchase of two beverages

Babalúu Supper Club, 136 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, ONTapas and domestic drinks for $5 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Riva Supper Lounge, 584 College St., Toronto, ONHalf-price appetizers with purchase of main course from 5 p.m. -- close

Copper Chimney, 619 Kingston Rd., Ajax, ONLunch buffet for $9.99 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

On The Curve, 55 City Centre Dr., Mississauga, ONHalf-price appetizers from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.$24.95 three-course, pre-fixe menu from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Irish Embassy Pub & Grill, 49 Yonge St. Toronto, ONHomemade meat loaf with mustard gravy, mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables$14 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fynn’s of Temple BarTapas Tuesday special menu from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

(Compiled by Andrea Cranfield and Deanna Lampert)


03 agosto 2009

Conhecendo o Canadá: Calgary

Calgary is an oil capital and commercial center, with a rapidly growing population of young professionals attracted by the vibrant economic environment. It takes just a little over an hour to drive to the Rocky Mountain resorts in Banff National Park. Calgary has grown around the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers, and the city is divided into a four-quadrant grid, with the Bow River separating North from South, and Centre Street-Macleod Trail.