2. Valerie at Hotel X announces its summer programming
Spanning the top three floors of the luxurious Hotel X on the Lake Ontario Waterfront, Valerie will open up its rooftop oasis starting Thursday, providing the public with breathtaking panoramic views and an outdoor escape from Toronto’s hustle and bustle without ever leaving the city’s limits.
To celebrate the onset of summer, Valerie is introducing exciting new daily programming featuring unique experiences for all occasions. Start your week off with 5à7, or Cinq à Sept, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday with bespoke cocktail menus, small bites and shareables. The weekend gets better with the launch of Bubbly Brunch every Saturday and Sunday at noon. Live music featuring rotating local musicians and DJs will liven the 27th floor every Friday and Saturday culminating in the hotly anticipated return of Summer House Sundays.
The culinary offerings at Valerie are no less impressive than the planned entertainment. Culinary Director Jia Zou has created an assortment of new menu items, including the savoury five-spiced pork belly with satay sauce and toasted sesame; flavour-forward shrimp garlic noodles; and tiger shrimp with sweet soy, chillies, and crispy garlic. As for beating the heat on a hot summer day, you can sip on a Frozen Pomegranate Margarita or a twist on a frozen Espresso Martini.
Valerie's pool menu is also packed with delectable fares such as the tuna lettuce cups, made with ahi tuna crispy wonton, coriander, ponzu and spicy mayo; chicken wings with soy garlic glaze; shredded kale salad topped with spiced pumpkin seed, goat cheese and house-made green goddess dressing; and the Bao with Korean fried chicken. The seasonal spread is made in-house using quality ingredients that reflect the global approach of the culinary team. Guests can enjoy these decadent dishes while basking in the sun and enjoying the stunning cityscape.