Meet Market Adventures propels singles out of the grocery aisles or from behind the computer screen to help them interact with like-minded individuals during a slate of social events and getaways. Throughout Canada and the United States, participants embark on interactive outings such as pub-crawls, horseback riding, and sushi-making classes that encourage mingling and casual conversation. Clients can also head out on longer adventures to the Grand Canyon, the Costa Rican jungle, or to a dude ranch, which, in spite of its name, is not only for surfers.
In addition to attending in-person events, members can also take advantage of free online services such as online dating, personal matchmaking, and advice and articles from dating experts.
Voted the best city spa in 2010 by Chatelaine, sweetgrass spa seizes luxury services back from the exfoliated fists of men by offering its therapeutic treatments to women only in a comfortable environment. During the 30-minute facial, sweetgrass spa’s friendly aestheticians will remove the clutter clogging clients’ skin vents while moisturizing and revitalizing the skin to leave visitors with a fresh-off-the-lot new face shine. The 30-minute relaxation massage eases pain and pressure through firm yet gentle strokes and gliding motions that improve circulation and relieve built-up tension. Arrive early to enjoy the indulgent spa amenities at sweetgrass, including a whirlpool, a sauna, and a pool with an underwater treadmill, as well as towel service and a guest change room with lockers containing spa attire.
Resting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie Rowing Club prepares budding rowers with a hands-on introductory tutorial and training program on a dry rowing machine. The two-hour Taste of Rowing program commences with a series of how-to videos and an instructive chat with the head coach as paddlers snack on complimentary food. Participants can practice on a four-person Erg Dryland rowing machine, and the last one to get bucked off wins a mechanical bull. After an insightful boathouse tour, club members guide students with useful next steps for securing a spot in a boat and befriending direction-savvy narwhals. The Barrie Rowing Club boasts 20 kilometres of rowable waves and a new dock that is specially designed for handicapped athletes.
Chefs at Toro Tapas Bar infuse their genre-defying tapas with creative fusion cuisine such as bison quesadillas and saffron lobster. Waiters transport small- to medium-size plates to glossy red tables, where diners share bites family style, as mixologists behind a dramatically backlit bar fill goblets with more than 100 wines. High ceilings with exposed girders soar above the space, and terra cotta walls bear abstract paintings that, if stared at long enough, reveal a 3D image of which diner will pick up the bill.
The brainchild of owner Dale Ali and chef Sergio Aquino, Epic Restaurant and Lounge captures diners’ interest with dishes that showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients as well as the chef’s mastery of culinary techniques ranging from classic French to peasant, according to Buffalo Spree. The menu—which the Buffalo News called “ambitious” and “totally different from any other in the area”—comprises upscale dinner fare with unexpected twists: the grilled rib eye arrives with pomegranate jam, and the duck breast is flanked by a cilantro-nutmeg emulsion and rubber-ducky bodyguards.
The eatery also strives to be epic in its drink selection with a varnished wooden bar offering more than 25 imported or microbrewery beers as well as an extensive wine list. Diners can kick off the weekend with dinner, drinks, and jams every Friday night, with entertainment alternating between salsa and live bands.