Monthly Archives: February 2017

Are British drivers better than Canadians? Discuss


And it’s time for our new Tuesday Night Fun Quiz! Fingers on the buzzers. Your starter for 10. No conferring. Canadian drivers … what does this light mean?

Boy racers. Sunday drivers. Road hogs. Speed freaks. Rubberneckers.

No — not names of famous 70s bands, but various ways we describe drivers. We all think we can drive. But who’s the best? Is one country better than the other? Got an opinion? Want to be in a documentary about it? Want $250 if you’re chosen?

Brits in Toronto have been asked by a production company to help find people to appear in a two-minute documentary video sponsored by a Canadian insurance company to chat about all the above.

“I am working as a content producer for a video series that deals with driving and I am looking for people that grew up in foreign countries and would be comfortable talking about the differences in driving behaviour between their homeland and Canada. Do you know anyone who could be interested?

“We will be filming in Ontario in March or April, depending on the interviewee’s location and availability. The filming takes about two hours and the fee is $250.”

They are looking for five people from five different countries, so if you’re a Brit who wants to represent your fellow expats then e-mail Charlotte at nadeau DOT charlotte AT gmail DOT COM or give her a shout on the dog and bone at 514-774-9918.

You’ll be asked to provide some background info and the producers will choose the final candidate to appear so … good luck! And tell ’em Brits in Toronto sent you, cheers.


Totally biased product review by me — The Caledonian


The poshest haggis you’ll ever see on these pages

We finally did it. Been on our to-do list for a loooonnngggg time but we never got around to it. Now we have.

Yes — we went to The Caledonian, hoots mon! And was it worth it.

First things first … the Toronto crowd love their Scottishness. The place was packed and we wished that someone in our crew had thought to make a reservation. But luck was on our side and we got squeezed in. It was loud. The kind of place where you have to shout to the person sitting next to you.

Feel like a whisky, perchance? Don’t think we misheard the bartender who said they have 350 kinds on offer. A lot of them were in special cases on the wall, to be gazed on, fantasized about as you feast on …

… a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach. HAGGIS!

Check the photo above for our serving, sitting atop the traditional neeps and tatties. Extremely, extremely good. There’s also a veggie version too with a whisky sauce.

Want more? How about sausage rolls and deep-fried pickles? Yes. Superb too.

Tired of the numerous whisky flights? How about a Scottish stout unique only, worldwide, to The Caledonian. Had two of those. Sublime.

Safe to say we love this place and give it a solid Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars.

Totally biased product review by me — Kothur Indian Cuisine


Pristine and untouched, but not for long …

Out on the lash Friday night so the Brits in Toronto crew popped into Kothur Indian Cuisine, on Yonge Street just below the Duke of Gloucester. We needed to get a base first.

Once the prerequisite trio of pickled carrots, mint sauce and tamarind sauce came out, we dived into the main events.

I had the Veg Pakoras to start, six of them which was pretty generous. They were nice and crunchy on the outside, but a little chalky on the inside. Wasn’t a huge fan but they filled a gap.

Then onto the medium-spiced Chicken Karahi, my go-to dish when checking out a new curry house for the first time.

It was a decent-sized portion with good flavour, lots of sauce and an odd piece of carrot stuck in it. Should have asked for medium-to-hot spice level though because it was slightly lacking on that front.

So all in all it’s a Brits in Toronto 2/5 stars for the experience.


Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club are looking for new members

Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club

Ooorgghh arggghhhh mateys, shiver me timbers, yo ho ho and a rugby ball

In March of last year we introduced you to the Toronto Buccaneers Rugby Club and they got in touch with Brits in Toronto for some more free PR, so here it is me mateys.

They are looking for new members for the club and also have some events coming up, thus:

Pre-season Indoor Training (Jr)
Location: Monarch Park Collegiate, 1 Hanson Street, (West Gym)
Dates: February 4, 18 and 25, starts at 11:00 a.m.

Pre-season Indoor Training (Sr)
Location: Major League Sportsplex, 641 Danforth Rd
Dates: February 19 to April 9, starts at 12:00 p.m.

Buccaneers Registration Day
Location: The Leaside Pub, 190 Laird Dr
Date: March 18

Buccaneers March in St. Patty’s Day Parade
Location: downtown
Date: March 19

Buccaneers Poker Night
Location: Army Navy Air Force Veterans Club, 128 Broadview Ave
Date: February 11, doors open 6:00 p.m., first hand 7:30ish

Here’s their latest flyer and their website for more deets.