If you’ve been following the Olympics over the last few days, you know Canada’s doing better than most of us thought we’d do. All the more reason to whip up a bit of extra national pride.
That’s why we’re showing the games in the Manulife Centre atrium. Instead of cheering by yourself in your apartment, you can come downstairs and be part of a cheering section.
Even better are the conversations you’ll have with strangers about sports you don’t know but become an expert in every four years. Did she break her form during her third dive? Was the dressage as artistic as it could have been?
And our course, while you’re down in the Manulife Centre, you can pick up a few things to get you into the Olympic spirit.
Cachaça at the LCBO:
This is Brazilian rum, and the root ingredient of Brazil’s most famous cocktail, the Caipirinha. Here’s one of our favourite recipes, courtesy of Jamie Oliver:
- 5 limes
- 12 tablespoons golden caster sugar
- 2 cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 1 kg ice cubes, crushed
- 70 cl Cachaça
- 1 small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
Cut the limes into wedges, squeeze the juice into a large jug, then toss in the wedges. Add the sugar and ginger then bash it up to get the flavours going. Half fill the jug with crushed ice and bash again. Then add the Cachaça, stir, taste and add more sugar you want. Top the jug up with mint leaves and enjoy!
Maple syrup at the Bloorstreet Market:
Here’s a new Canadian tradition: do a shot of syrup every time we medal.
A gym membership at GoodLife:
It’s easy to get inspired by the physical specimens on the screen. Should that inspiration translate into action, our GoodLife location is one of the best in town. Great instructors and trainers, flexible classes, a spin studio and even a pool if you want something more than what’s up on 51.
But first, the games. There’s still time to enjoy them with friends and neighbours in the atrium. So come downstairs, meet some people and show your pride.
Go Canada Go!