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Robot Bartenders Mean The Future Is Here

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Technology is a beautiful thing. It makes our lives infinitely easier in insurmountable ways.

Do you ever think about how different life was just 15 years ago? Or 25 years ago!? Children today will never understand what it’s like to live without a screen in their face – and while that can be a scary thought – the benefits outweigh the negatives no matter how you look at it.

I just found out that there are now ‘robot’ bartenders – and that has been something I’ve been dreaming of since I tasted my first drink at the ripe old age of 17.

A team of engineers developed that AI above and named him Monsieur – yeah, like your very own personal drink butler.

It’s basically just a techy version of those drink dispensers (of which I once owned but gave up on because of how sticky the booze makes the taps), but it actually makes complicated drinks for you – all you have to do is load it up and push the button for the drink you want.

You can fill it with 8 different bottles and mixes, so there’s limitless options  – especially if you stick to one or two forms of alcohol.

This guy isn’t the only booze robot out there. There is now a cruise line that features a bar where robot arms make your drink while human servers bring it to you (soon enough the servers will be robots too!), and I can only imagine how this technology is going to start appearing in bars around the world.

The only issue – sometimes people go to a bar to interact with the bartender; to get recommendations on drinks, flirt, or unleash your problems over a glass of whiskey on the rocks. Can a robot really provide that booze connoisseur/therapist relationship actual bartenders are beloved for? I doubt it, but I think we’re going to find out.

When it comes to home bars though, I am dreaming of one day owning a Monsieur.

I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada, but all opinions are my own!


Giveaway – Back To School With Sapporo, Herschel and SOL REPUBLIC Headphones

 herschel SOL republic sapporo giveaway

I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.

Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:

  • a black Herschel backpack
  • a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
  • and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink

The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.

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You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.


Sponsored Video – Gotta Love A Stop Motion Video


I’m a big fan of stop motion animation, and I’m also a big fan of *safe and legal* alcohol consumption. This means that I am impressed when a company brings these two things together in a new way. The Dutch brand Bavaria is one of those rare guys who understand how to make beer advertising interesting. They’ve avoided the gross bros in bars trying to pick up fake boobed blondes concept we are all too familiar with when it comes to beer marketing, and instead used the beauty of stop motion technology to make a hand out of their beer cans – which sounds strange in writing, but is actually pretty fun to watch.

The Hand – as they call it, seems to be on a journey of its own. First, it was seen skateboarding around a city. This time they’ve made it break dance in the street like a pro. Who knew a beer can hand could be so versatile?

While I’ve never had a Bavaria 8.6 Original myself as I’m not much of a beer drinker, I like that it is a 7.9% beer – far too often, the percent of alcohol in beer rivals that of apple juice. Also, it should be noted that they use four unique varieties of malt to brew these guys – which means little to me but is apparently a very good thing in the beer world. I think it might be similar to the importance of the grape variety in wine, which, I’ve recently learned, is very very important.

Have you guys ever been impressed by a companies unique branding ideas before? Are there any stop motion videos I really need to see? Tell me in the comments after watching the video below:

This post was sponsored by Bavaria, but all words are my own!


Giveaway – Red and White Ball For Breast and Prostate Cancer

red and white ball toronto with a dash of blue for breast and prostate cancer win tickets may 31st

There’s a wonderful event happening next Friday at The Courthouse (57 Adelaide St East) at 8:30pm in support of both breast and prostate cancer, called the Red and White Ball. It has been happening in the city annually since 2002, raising over $100,000 for Rethink Breast Cancer.

After 10 years of dedication to women’s health issues, this year they decided to open it up to highlight men’s health as well. All proceeds raised will be split between Rethink and Prostate Cancer Canada – hence “a kiss of blue.”

Tickets to the event are $60 and include free wine and champagne until 10pm, sandwiches and appetizers, a DJ, a candy bar, a special dance performance, an auction featuring six talented artists, raffles for amazing prizes, gift bags filled with goodies and more. It is sure to be a night to remember, and all to support two very worthy causes.

Want to go? Win a pair of tickets to this party by subscribing to TTRO by entering your email in the sidebar where it says Subscribe – you must confirm by hitting the link in the email you receive in order to be entered. If you are already a subscriber, just comment below using the email address you used to subscribe where it asks for your email (not in the body of the comment) so I can verify.

As usual, Facebook fans can also get an extra entry by liking the status about this giveaway!

Winner will be chosen and emailed on Wednesday May 29th. Don’t forget to dress in red and white!


Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum

A review of Friday Night Live at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

The dawn of art as an experience is upon us. With events like Nuit Blanche becoming a regular thing around the world, it should be no surprise that our museums are starting to take a hint, in an attempt to draw a younger, hipper crowd.

The Royal Ontario Museum seems to be one of the first to pick up on this idea, having started Friday Night Live last summer. I attended one of the first Fridays last June, and I will freely admit that was my first time ever actually stepping inside the ROM in my entire time living here. This highlights the fact that young people, who – like me – love art and culture, aren’t even visiting the museum semi-regularly. This is a problem that Friday Night Live seems intent on fixing.

Of course, it’s a bigger problem for a museum like the ROM, which, rather than art, exhibits artifacts – a much harder sell.

The initial appeal of the event is that it opens the museum later than its regular hours, until 11pm (but the actual exhibits close at 9:30pm – only an hour more than their regular Friday hours), and you can also drink, dance, eat delicious food and enjoy music in the main foyer.

Photos of the Big Fashion exhibit at The ROM in TOronto

My first attempt to review FNLrom was for their BIG Fashion night, but unfortunately the museum had reached capacity by the time I arrived and they refused to let anyone else in, even as people were leaving. This fact seemingly soured me on the night – there is a big problem when staff are told to refuse people entrance despite the venue being under capacity once patrons leave. I was surprised that even with a media pass, and even as I watched many people leave with no intent of returning, no way was I getting in. Why would you keep people out of an event when there is room? The laziness of this shocked me. People were waiting in line for a LONG time expecting to get in without being told otherwise, cash in hand, but that didn’t matter to the people controlling the doors.

I returned the following week for God Save The Queen night, where I finally got to check out the Big Fashion exhibit I was so excited to see. Sadly, there was really only four main dresses – though they were incredible works of art from Christian Dior, Vivian Tam, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen – and the exhibit itself was so poorly lit that you’d probably miss out on some of the exquisite detail if you don’t have 20/20 vision.

Photoso of the European exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum

While the European exhibit was where the British theme came from, the night itself suffered from a lack of any real British focus. There were DJs playing a mix of tunes (yes, some from British artists but I guess I was expecting a purely BritPop/Invasion night), the food wasn’t on theme, and nothing about it really screamed “God Save The Queen.” With a name like that, I was expecting something, well, slightly more punk rock.

I appreciate that the night is more for the ‘club’ crowd, so being particularly thematic maybe isn’t their focus as much as having people drink and dance in a cool space, but I do see a lot of room for growth that could make the event more desirable to the non-club kids. For example, a night with such a glorious name could have had a Beatles or Rolling Stones cover band, food local to Britain, maybe a speciality drink on theme as well? Display or project their flag somewhere! Have a British Invasion dress code. It’s this kind of going all out that would make it the kind of night people remember for ages.

I realize it wouldn’t be easy to bring in a unique menu item for the night, but I’m sure there are some talented chefs in the city that could do it. The food is already excellent as is (this is their one advantage over AGO’s First Thursdays), and it appears they have some partners that they work with on a continual basis – but bringing in someone new for each theme would be memorable and impressive.

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The final night of the season was themed Light, and unfortunately this was less impressive than the previous week. The only thing that seemed to tie into the theme was the projection of scribbles onto the wall, and the rotating coloured lights flashing onto the dinosaur skeleton in the main foyer.

What definitely saved it for me though, was the live music from, a local band that should be on your radar if they’re not already. Seeing a band play at the ROM with a drink in hand is definitely an experience I highly recommend, and their support of local live music thus far has been impressive. played a beautiful set, and even included a Radiohead cover that served to make my night (as did the tacos from Gourmet Gringos – gluten free – but be ready for a LONG wait).

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The worst part about FNLrom is the pointless buying of ROM Bucks in order to purchase food or drinks. I see the advantage of this – the servers don’t have to deal with cash and change – but it adds another line up to a night filled with line ups. Line up to buy your bucks so you can line up to buy your drinks and line up again to buy your food. Half your night will be spent in a line up. Also, if you do not spend all of your ROM Bucks by the end of the season, they expire and you’ve just wasted your money. AGO First Thursdays avoids this and allows you to buy food and drinks with cash, and it makes for a lot less hassle and more time to explore the museum.

With all that said – big props to the people behind FNLrom – you have started a museum revolution that is bringing art (and artifacts)  into the lives of people who would likely never step foot into a museum. With some tweaks, it could become one of the best nights this city has to offer.