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Family Day in the Mississauga

With Family Day coming up this weekend you get an extra day off work to spend time with your family and your loved ones. If you’re looking for something to keep the family busy, look no further; this week’s blog article gives you ideas for some good old family fun!

 

Living Arts Centre

Location: 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga, ON

The Living Arts Centre will be putting on an exciting full day event filled with plenty of activities to keep any family busy. Begin your holiday morning with a complimentary hot chocolate from the onsite restaurant, and then stick around from 11am to 3pm for a combination of both indoor and outdoor activities, including face painting, dance workshops, stilt performers, arts and crafts marshmallow roasting, and much more!

 

City of Mississauga

Location: Your local City of Mississauga recreational facility

The city will be offering a special this family day of FREE skating and swimming all day long on February 20th. This is a great time to get active and spend some time with your loved ones.

Family Day Fair

Location: Canlan Sportsplex, 3360 Wolfedale Rd, Mississauga, ON

This event will surely wear you out by the time its over. Your kids won’t want to sit still for one minute when they’re surrounded by inflatable rides, obstacle courses, sports, magicians, and clowns, to name a few. Tickets are $20 for kids between the ages of 12 months to 18 years, $45 for a family of 4, or $5 per adult.

 

Kids-Fest Toronto

Location: The International Centre, Hall 6, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON

This will be the 8th annual Kids Fest event and it looks bigger and better than ever, we could not be more excited that we saved the best for last. For those of you with adventurous, fun seeking kids, this event is a MUST! There will be over 30 inflatable rides to enjoy, carnival games, mini golf, mad science experiments, exotic animals, and there will even be toddler appropriate rides. We promise you won’t be disappointed.


4 Ways to Maintain Customer Loyalty

It’s no secret that one of the most important aspects of sustaining a business is maintaining loyal customers. Studies have shown that the costs of attaining a new customer are 60 to 70% more than the costs associated with maintaining an existing customer. This provides a huge motivator for company’s to put a focus on customer satisfaction and maintain customer loyalty. Keep reading for tips that you can apply to your business to strengthen your customer base.

 

  1. An Undeniably Good Product or Service

The most important tip on our list this week emphasises your product or service! Work tirelessly to ensure that you have the best product or service on the market, or close to it, and it will speak for itself. It goes without saying that consumers want a product or service that does what it says it will do, that is the first step in getting customers to come back continually.

 

  1. Good Customer Service

Providing your customers with excellent service and support is key to maintaining their brand loyalty. People are likely to remember a very good or a very bad experience in any situation, so give them something positive to remember. Customer service representatives should always be helpful and employ a positive attitude to make the customer feel comfortable and able to express their concerns. Take customer feedback into consideration; if they are unhappy with something, use that feedback to improve your product or service. Ensure that you have a dedicated outlet for your customers to ask questions or provide feedback, by devoting a staff member to constantly be in charge of customer service. Make it clear to your customers how they can communicate with you, whether it be via phone, email, or in person.

 

  1. Communicating with Customers

It is important to follow up with your customers every so often to keep your business top of mind. They’ve already used your product or service and know that it is high quality, so don’t let them forget it. Set up email newsletters, promotions, or holiday e-cards, to your loyal customers to remind them of your business the next time they’re looking to buy.

 

  1. Getting to know your customers names

This is not the most important part of maintaining customer loyalty within your business, but if you can do it then it’s definitely a bonus! Have your employees learn the names of your frequent customers. They will love that you took the time to remember their name; it will make them feel respected. You’ll begin to form a trustworthy relationship in the long run to keep them coming back repeatedly.


Top Restaurants to Treat Your Significant Other on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and furious this year and restaurants are going all out to help you celebrate that special someone in your life. If you’re coupled up on this Valentine’s Day and looking for a special restaurant to treat your significant other, we have a list to help guide you. Whether you’re looking for romance, an incredible experience, or a fun night of dancing, we’ve got you covered.

 

Breakwater Dining Room

Cost: $75

Location: The Waterside Inn, 15 Stavebank Rd S, Mississauga, ON

This elegant fine dining restaurant located at The Waterside Inn, is a beautiful, spacious room with decedent food, and attentive staff. The truly delicious menu and selection of more than 470 different types of wines has won several awards for the restaurant over the years. With this restaurant, your special night out doesn’t have to end when you get the bill, Breakwater is located in the heart of Port Credit, which is beautiful and boasts many activities to keep you busy.

 

Lula Lounge

Cost: $175 per couple

Location: 1585 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON

What better way to show your love for your significant other than to dance the night away to Latin music at the top salsa-dancing club in Toronto? Lula’s is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three-course meal during a special performance, followed by salsa dance lessons. Make sure you purchase your ticket ahead of time if you want to experience the Latin fever this Valentine’s Day.

 

360 Restaurant – CN Tower

Cost: $65 – $79

Location: N Tower, 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON

If you’re looking to splurge on your significant other this Valentines Day, the 360 Restaurant is hands down the place to go. Fine dining at a 350 metre high revolving restaurant will give you an incredible experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Take in breathtaking 360 degree views of the Toronto skyline and lake Ontario from the city’s iconic landmark, the CN Tower. Your significant other will be over the moon with excitement over this special date night.

 

Spice Lounge and Tapas

Cost: $45

Location: 52 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga, ON

For those of you looking for a great deal, you’re in luck! Spice Lounge and Tapas has a house special every Tuesday, including a jug of sangria and your choice of 3 entrées for only $45, and just your luck Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. This small restaurant with dim lighting will make for a more intimate date night and enhance the romance factor.


Best Chinese New Year Celebrations in Toronto

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The Chinese New Year also knows as the Lunar New Year, falls on January 28th this year. The Chinese will be ringing in the Year of the Rooster all over the world, with events in every major city, from Sydney, Australia, to London, England. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area this weekend, check out one of these events to start off the Lunar New Year with a bang.

 

LunarFest

Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: February 4 & 5, 12pm – 6pm

Admission: FREE!

This festival originated in Vancouver in 2009, and was built into the following year’s Winter Olympics as a legacy event. The festival was so successful that over 500,000 visitors from all across the world will remember it for years to come. In 2010, the successful event expanded to Toronto to be enjoyed by the vast Chinese community. This free festival brings Life, Soul and Art together in one exhilarating production, and fosters collaborations between Asian communities and other Canadians.

 

The Year of the Rooster: A Chinese New Year Celebration

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Location: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm

Admission: Tickets from $39.75

 

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be performing a special program in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The fourth annual event will feature a Chinese folk instrument called the pipa, and will be performed by Wu Man, an internationally recognized pipa musician.

 

 

CNTV Chinese New Year Gala 2017

Location: Sony Centre, 1 Front St E, Toronto, ON

Date & Time: February 27, 8pm

Admission: Tickets from $38

 

This extravaganza is the biggest social networking event of the year for the Chinese community. The gala will host more than 800 of China and Canada’s most elite artists to perform. If you can’t make it to Toronto to experience the magic, don’t worry; the whole production will be broadcasted live on Bell Fibe TV for you to watch in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Toronto Chinese New Year Ball

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Location: Hilton Suites Markham, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON

Date & Time: February 4, 6pm – 7:30pm

Admission: $250.00

For those of you looking for a more formal event to celebrate the Year of the Rooster, this ball is an excellent option. The champagne, special fusion cuisine and formal dress code will make you feel elite for the night, while the festivities will make you feel as though you were celebrating in Mainland China. Enjoy a musical performance, traditional lion dance, and silent auction, while you celebrating the coming year.


The Best Comedy Clubs in Toronto

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Toronto is filled with comedy clubs all throughout the city, with hilarious people, from Russell Peter’s to lesser-known comedians trying to catch a break. Laugh your heart out at any one of these comedy clubs around the city, we promise you won’t regret it.

 

The Second City

Location: 51 Mercer St, Toronto, ON

Website: http://www.secondcity.com/

This comedy club originated in Chicago in 1959 and it received so much praise that it opened two new locations in Toronto and Hollywood. It has grown into one of the best comedy clubs in Toronto, and one of the best schools of improvisation. They have live improv and sketch comedy shows each night, and enough classes to satisfy anyone’s needs.

 

Comedy Bar

Location: 956 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON

Website: https://comedybar.ca/calendar.php

When it comes to comedy, the Comedy Bar has everything you could hope for. Whether you’re interested in stand-up, improv, or sketch comedy, this venue has it all. Maybe you’ll even come to realize that you have a knack for comedy, and then you can sign up for one of the many comedy classes they have to offer.

 

Yuk Yuk’s

Location: https://www.yukyuks.com/mississauga

Website: https://yukyuks.com/

This is one of the most well-known comedy clubs in the city! With its many locations scattered across Toronto and the GTA, you are bound to find one local to your area. They have stand-up comedy shows every week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The best part is you get free entrance to any show during the week of your birthday.

 

120 Diner

If you’re looking for a not-so-typical comedy club, this is the one for you. 120 Diner incorporates pub food, drinks, comedy, live music, and karaoke all in one. It is a great place to go for a night out with your friends if you’re looking for something that is out of the box. Laugh until your stomach hurts with their stand-up comedy, and then try out the stage for yourself during the karaoke portion of the night.

 

Port Credit Comedy Festival

Location: 161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, ON

Website: http://portcreditcomedy.com/index.shtml

We’re throwing this one in as an added bonus; it’s not a year round comedy club, but if you’re a big fan of comedy then you do not want to miss out on this event. The festival will run from February 23rd – 26th at the Clarke Memorial Hall. Each night there will be a different lineup of hilarious acts to light up the stage. Buy your tickets in advanced to experience the hilarity.


6 Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Homey

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Relocating for work can be tough, especially when your short-term rental doesn’t feel like home. We’ve come up with a list of a few ways to make your rental apartment feel homier.

 

  1. Display Photos

First on our list is displaying photos of family and friends. Relocating to a new city might make you miss your loved ones from back home. Placing a few pictures frames around the apartment will remind you of the people you love and help add décor to your temporary home.

 

  1. Add an aroma

Adding an aroma to your apartment can really change the mood of any room. Whether it is a burning candle or a natural oil diffuser, incorporating a scent of your choice will make you feel more at home.

 

  1. Flowers

Who doesn’t love the look and smell of fresh flowers? Not only do they help to decorate the room and add a pop of colour, but they’ll add a fresh scent to your apartment. Pick out your favourite type of flowers to personalize your space. For an added bonus, putting a bouquet of flowers next to your bed is believed by some to improve health.

 

  1. Shower Products

Many short term rentals will provide you with shampoo and body soap for your showers, but if you’re looking to personalize your space, purchase your own shower products. Buy your favourite brands that you use at home so it feels like nothing has changed.

 

  1. Listen to Music

Bring a portable speaker that you can hook up to your phone or computer and listen to your favourite music. Let yourself relax and get comfortable in your new space.

 

  1. Stock up the Fridge

Activities to help you Embrace Winter

snowStaying busy in the winter time can be a challenge when all you want to do is curl up next to a warm fireplace with a hot coffee and a book. We challenge you to embrace all that the Canadian weather has to offer and do some winter activities this season.

 

If you are visiting Mississauga for the first time, here are some of the best winter activities in the area.

 

Skating

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…at Celebration Square

Located in the heart of Mississauga, this public square is a staple for the locals, and a great place to come for a skate. The City offers free patrolled public skating between the hours of 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m on weekdays, and 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m on weekends. Don’t let it hold you back if you don’t have your own skates; rentals will be available on site for a fee.

 

…at the Harbourfront Centre

If you’re willing to travel a bit further for some good ol’ skating fun, make your way to downtown Toronto for DJ Skate Nights. From now until February 18th, the Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre will be hosting “Toronto’s block party on ice”, Saturdays from 8-11pm. Each week a new DJ will light up the night with an impressive performance while you skate away the winter blues.

 

Skiing and Snowboarding

If you’re a big fan of these winter sports, you have to check out Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, just 2 hours north-west of Mississauga. The large and exhilarating ski runs will have your eyes watering and heart pumping by the time you get to the bottom of the hill, and then you’ll understand why it is the busiest resort in Ontario. Stay the night in one of their onsite lodges or chateau’s, and enjoy all that the Blue Mountain village has to offer, including restaurants, bars, and shops.

 

Hockey Game

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If you’re as hockey crazed as the Torontonians and GTA locals are, then you’ll fit right in. Get into the winter spirit and go watch the most valuable franchise in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. They may not be the best team in the league, but the fan spirit never dies in this hockey crazed city. You won’t be let down by the fun atmosphere in this arena, whether the game’s outcome is a win or a loss.

 

Winterlicious

Looking for some good eats this winter? Check out this year’s Winterlicious lineup, starting on January 27th until February 9th. This culinary event gives you the chance to indulge in cuisine from all over the world at participating restaurants in Toronto. Feast in 3-course meals at discounted prices, and choose from over 200 different eateries.


The Top 4 Restaurants in Mississauga for Families

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Are you spending time in Mississauga with your family? If so, dining out will be an integral part of the experience. Where should you have a delicious meal with your kids? That’s the million dollar question. While many establishments offer amazing food, some of them aren’t particularly suitable for a family experience.

There are many pizza places and chains in Mississauga that are also represented in other parts of the world. The following list, however, will focus on the top restaurants in Mississauga that welcome families.

Peter’s on Eglinton

Ranked the second best restaurant in Mississauga by TripAdvisor members, Peter’s on Eglinton is a stylish dining place that welcomes both younger and older visitors.

Classified as a comfort food restaurant, Peter’s on Eglinton features a casual atmosphere and a moderate price range. Comfortable booths and daily specials make every single visit an exciting event. When it comes to the food, Peter’s on Eglinton does have a kids menu. Parents can choose among an array of delicious options like souvlaki, chicken parmigiana, New York sirloin steak, seafood and an array of sandwiches.

Union Social Eatery

Union Social Eatery is another place deserving its position among the top restaurants in Mississauga for families. The interior is spacious, a beautiful bar is located in the center of the dining room and the restaurant also features a flat screen TV.

The premium casual restaurant has moderately priced meals and is recognized for the delicious burgers. The meal size is impressive, the service is good and fast. When it comes to pleasing children, Union Social does have a kids menu. Some of the entries in the menu include parmesan cheese bites, chicken fingers, chicken garlic Caesar and the so-called Kid’s UFO Burger (homemade and hand-pressed beef burger).

Piatto Bistro

Piatto Bistro is the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence holder due to the fact that it gets consistently great reviews. There are several reasons why it ranks among the top restaurants in Mississauga for families.

The fine dining Italian restaurant is open to families with kids and while the menu is smaller than what the other entries in the list have to offer, all of the entrees are outstanding. The restaurant is also recognized for the excellent service.

On top of the standard menu, the restaurant features monthly specials that highlight seasonal ingredients. Some of the menu entries you should definitely try include the Caprese salad, grilled seafood, the spaghettini pescatore, chicken picatta, veal scaloppini and the grilled lamb tenderloin. There’s also a delicious dessert selection.


The Best Places to Eat in Mississauga for Every Cuisine

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If you are a foodie, then chances are you are looking for the best places to eat in Mississauga and you’re in luck! Mississauga has an array of cuisines to choose from. Some of the restaurants, well, most of them even have other options on the menus, outside of the cuisine, so if you come with a party everyone can be happy! Below, you will find the places to eat in Mississauga in all these categories, and more.

Vegan – Raw Aura Organic Cuisine

If you are in Mississauga and you’re looking for a vegan restaurant, look no further than Raw Aura. Not only is this one of those restaurants that is listed on all the top restaurant lists, but they offer more than just vegan food. They also have vegetarian and gluten free options too. A few of their most popular dishes are; Ravioli with red beets, the Falafel Wrap and Yellow Coconut Curry Noodles.

Seafood – La Castile’ Steak and Seafood

La Castile is a name that most people know in Mississauga simply because of how good the food is. But, make sure you call ahead and reserve a table because they tend to be pretty busy almost every night of the week. This tends to be more of a dressy place, than casual, which makes it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two! Check out the Oysters Rockefeller, Filet Mignon (wrapped in bacon!), and the Broiled Atlantic Filet of Salmon.

Mexican Restaurant – Burrito Boyz

If you are looking for the best places to eat in Mississauga in the Mexican category, Burrito Boyz is about as good as it gets. They also have gluten free options as well. As one would assume, their best selling item are the burritos, but you should also be on the look out for the fresh ingredients they use in all over their food items, from burritos, to enchiladas to their tacos.

American Restaurant – Union Social Eatery

If tacos don’t sound good, or you aren’t in the mood for seafood, and you just want a casual and relaxing place to eat – check out Union Social for one of the best places to eat in Mississauga. Most of the items on the menu are what you would expect from an American restaurant; burgers and fries, wings, and pasta. But, they also snuck in some other dishes too if that is something you want; Korean Swordfish Steak, BBQ Short rib Poutine and a few sushi-esque items as well.

Fusion – Masala Bites

This one has a little bit of everything too, from Indian and Asian to Pakistani food, however, they also have vegetarian friendly items, vegan options, halal and gluten free. Its a really well rounded restaurant and its listed on most all of the best places to eat in Mississauga! They have everything here but a few of the dishes to consider; Steak Kebabs, Shahi Paneer and the Goat Curry.

Italian  – Piatto Bistro

If you’re really in the mood for some quality Italian dishes, make sure you check out Piatto off of Dundas Street in Mississauga. Not only do they have some of the best Italian dishes around, but they have a wine menu to match. Check out the Spaghetti Pescatore, Piatto (asparagus, artichoke and cream with veal), and the Risotto. If you’ve never had Risotto, Piattos is the place to try it.

Clearly you can see just from the 6 options above, Mississauga is not about to disappoint you. If its variety you want, then variety is what you will get!


Where to Grab the Best Mississauga Late Night Eats

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It’s late and you may be tired, but that doesn’t mean you want to go to bed hungry. Whether you are just getting off work or heading home from the club, the following are some Mississauga late night eats that hit the spot perfectly.

Axia

If you like Asian food, you are going to fall in love with Axia’s menu. They create the best Asian dishes this side of Beijing. Everything on their menu is prepared using meticulously crafted recipes that use only the freshest and finest ingredients. For a late night bite to eat, Axia simply can’t be beat.

Paramount Fine Foods

Paramount has given late night eats a whole new dimension. They have taken standard Pakistani street fare and given it an upper class touch. Their baked breads, BBQ meats, and delicious handmade sweet treats are guaranteed to ease your evening hunger pangs.

San Franceso Foods

There’s something appealing about a late night pasta run. At San Francesco Foods you will find the best Italian style pasta, steaks, chicken, and veal in the country. Best of all, you can pair your late night eats with a glass of wine to relax, or a piping hot cup of espresso to perk up.

Charlie’s Caribbean Cuisine

Fancy a bite of the Caribbean but don’t have time to head to St. Kitts? It’s not a problem because you can simply drive down the road to Charlie’s. From the Pumpkin and Shrimps, to the Calaloo and Saltfish, each dish features a magnificent blend of spices and flavors that you are sure to savor.

Border MX

Feel like making a run for the border? No need to when you can simply head on into Border MX to get your fajita or taco fix. Their tacos, nachos, burritos, and sopapillas are worthy of the accolades they receive. Everything is served up fast and fresh, and if you are in a hurry, they will be happy to put everything in a take-out bag for you to take on down the road.

Sindhi Indian Street Food

Fancy some eggplant fries, Pav Bhaji, or a full meal? Sindhi Indian Street food is always served fast and fresh. You can dine on succulent prawns, delight in a tender Tundey Ke Kebab, or sink your teeth into a succulent banana leaf fish.

McAdams’s Restaurant

This fantastic family run restaurant features Serbian and Canadian food for you to enjoy. It’s a wonderful place to head when you are not quite ready to head home. You can sit and relax in the fun atmosphere as people mingle and enjoy the live music that’s frequently playing in the background.

Guru’s Fine Indian & Chinese Cuisine

Having trouble deciding between curry and terriyaki? You can have both when you stop by Guru’s Fine Indian & Chinese Cuisine. Their menu features perfectly sized portions of your favorite dishes. Moreover, the atmosphere makes this a peaceful and quiet place to relax and wind down your day.

Eat More Restaurant & Cafe

Start the meal off with a Chicken Tikka and kick it up a notch by sampling the Beef Karahi. You can keep it light by sticking to a kebab, or go all in and order the Mutton Chops. Each dish is simply unforgettable and you’ll definitely want to return time and time again.