Twitter Verified

By August 22, 2017 freelance

Last week I was invited to join Rory Capern, the Managing Director of Twitter Canada for an evening of data and group discussions about one of the planet’s largest social media platforms; Twitter! (Canadians alone hold 18 million Twitter accounts).

 

Throughout the conversation we learned how Canadians are using and engaging in the platform, we also covered a variety of topics and trends that drive local conversations.

 

And then there was a surprise I was most definitely not expecting…..

 

Twitter Canada’s recommendation of 20 Top Accounts to follow.

 

I #died!

 

 

Mixed in with Jann Arden, a Dragon’s Den alumni, an Olympian, Political Party Representatives and the Mayor, was ME!!!

 

(I’d insert a photo of where my mouth hit on the floor if I had one!)

 

It was props from the Social Gods and confirmation that I’ve been doing something right all along.

 

The news even made it into print the next day!

 

 

The entire acknowledgment was a huge compliment to myself and my amazing FAB followers who have always been so fun to engage with!

 

And then to top off the exciting news, I was bestowed the medal of Twitter honour;

 

The Blue Checkmark!

 

 

The @immrfabulous account is officially verified!

 

Thanks Twitter Canada for the pat on the back and of course to the 4,845 friends that have connected with me on my favorite social platform!

 

You’re all the best!

 

Mr. Fab verified

 

 

 

 

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My Weekend Eats!

By August 16, 2017 Drink, Eat

Saturday night and I’m feelin alright…. That is until I realize I haven’t made dinner reservations. 

But then I remember my biggest secret…

The CORE – and some of my favourite restaurants – downtown!

Impossibly busy with businessmen & women on weekdays, but chill and relaxed on weekends. It always seems I’m even able to find a spot of some of their patios! 

Last week, in typical fashion, I grabbed some friends and hopped along Stephen Ave. 

Here’s where we stopped and here’s what we ate. Feel free to use this as your weekend roadmap. 

The Metropolitan Grill

Umbrella covered patio, great view of the Stephen Ave ‘Trees’ and a perfect place to people watch… And a 3-6pm happy hour! 

$3 pints and $6 frozé helped us cool down as we snacked on several delicious appys! 

Mini Burgers, Asian Dumplings and Hummus & Baked Brie! 

All better than anything I could have made at home! 

After sipping back the slush we were on to our next location, Cactus Club

Now I’ve been a long time lover of Cactus Club so when one finally opened in the CORE, close to my home, I literally danced down street.

A huge fan of their Bellini I made sure to order one right away, then opted for some more small bites to share.

Chicken Sliders, Tacos and parm truffle fries. 

Winner for that round (besides the Bellini)? Chicken slider! 

Perfectly crispy chicken, packed with flavourful toppings. 

With our pallet satisfied with the salty, it was time to move on to dessert. 

And if you’re looking for something original and a setting that perfectly moves you into the evening, you’ve got to hit up HY’s Steakhouse for their Banana’s Foster.

Prepared tableside in the dining room, the banana’s foster is a dessert within a show. 

First, ripe bananas are sautéed with butter, brown sugar and fresh orange juice, then flambé with dark rum in an incredible first light show!

Served over a bed of vanilla ice cream, this dessert really has it all!

After the sugary snack, head into the lounge for some of the most comfortable seating in the entire downtown and sip the night away! 

Spending a Saturday in the CORE with friends is an integral piece to a perfect weekend! 

Now that you know my Saturday secrets, just make sure you save a spot for me on the patio! 

Mr. Fab weekend eats

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50 Delicious Years

By August 15, 2017 Eat

2017 marks a number of special occasions.

This year, I’ll be marrying my partner of 13 years… And McDonald’s will celebrate 50 years in Canada!

What do these 2 celebrations have in common?

My fiancé’s parents actually met 50 years ago in 1967 at Canada’s first ever McDonald’s in Richmond, British Columbia.

Married 5 years later, this year they celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary.

And today, I celebrate McDonald’s Canadian anniversary in Calgary’s very first McDonald’s…

And it was all things retro!

In honour of this special landmark anniversary, I’ve asked my soon to be Monther-in-Law (Su) to share the story of how her and Gord met 50 years ago at Canada’s first McDonald’s!

“Often in the evening people of all ages would gather at McDonald’s. One day, I had my Dad’s yellow convertible Buick and my friend Marj along. It was raining so the roof was up… I had scotchtape on my bangs and big rollers in my hair as I often did. 

We pulled in, the driveway was on right of building, then we drove around back and up to the front area on the left of the building. While passing by the back of building a whistle came from a blue car… My outgoing friend Marj returned the whistle.

Before we could find our money and head to the order window… 2 soaking wet guys were knocking on Marj’s passenger window and she waved them to hop into the backseat… Much to my dismay and fear… They shook our hands and introduced themselves, seeming harmless enough. We figured they were much older as they were dressed in Alpaca sweaters and tight jeans. We began chatting to find out that their names were Gordon and Derek, and they were from the only other high school in Richmond at the time.

Gord and I dated until we got married on September 16, 1972.  As we no longer live in the Richmond area, we often make a point of going to our favourite places from our teenage years when we travel through. In fall of 2015 after returning from a cruise, we stopped by the place where we met!”

And now, as things were back in 1967, Su and Gord (and all McDonald’s fans) can head into their local restaurant and enjoy a throwback to the classic menu items including their hamburgers which will be sold for $0.67 on August 16th from 11:00am-7:00pm, in recognition of the first-ever McDonald’s in Canada – in 1967!!

Happy Anniversary McDonald’s, it’s been a delicious 50 years for Canadians!

Mr.Fab burger

*Disclosure: I was compensated by McDonald’s Canada for this post, but all views and opinions are my own.

 

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