Hamilton’s Valentino’s Restaurant … new decor look, same traditional menu

My husband and I recently were out on our postponed Valentine’s Day date (you know if you have little kids as we do!). We had time before our movie, Silver Linings Playbook (fantastic movie!!) so we popped into the new Valentino’s restaurant on Paramount Drive. I’ve been curious since it relocated from Mohawk Road (where it had been since 1985) to this newer area on what it could look inside.

New Valentino's Restaurant
New Valentino’s Restaurant

Front Entrance of Valentino's
Front Entrance of Valentino’s

When we walked in, there was a line-up but we just wanted to grab an espresso at the bar. As we took our seats, I immediately began observing all the modern decor touches they had added (a big change from the dated furniture and overall 80’s look from their previous location). I was impressed! Very open-concept, painted bright red walls, built-in glass wall wine holders, sleek stainless steel light fixtures and red leather-bound menu holders. At the entrance and throughout, there is unique white panelling in a weave pattern; you can see it in the photo on the side. There is even red in the groves of the entrance’s walls; nice unique touch!

You can tell alot of attention to detail and design was put into decorating their new location space. Congratulations to new beginnings!

In Touch with the Nature of Things

Unique Corporate Teambuilding Experiences at Reptilia
Unique Corporate Teambuilding Experiences at Reptilia

My family and I recently visited Reptilia; an indoor reptile exhibit and educational zoo facility located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada (known as “the city above Toronto”). As I was investigating the venue, I noticed that they host unique teambuilding experiences for corporate events. Where the groups can actually hold these exotic and very dangerous animals (read my words, SNAKES!!!) under the close supervision of the Reptilia team leaders. If you are looking to get your team to “think outside the box”, I think this unique experience will do it! Ha!

Not only does your team get to touch and feel the animals, they will also learn the history and facts of the species and the worlds they come from. As we walked around all the different glass-encased exhibits, it was amazing (and I’ll admit eerie) to see these life-like sized animals, that are typically seen on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. Crocodiles, alligators, iguanas, frogs, snakes, so many snakes ….but the kids were in awe more than I!

Your team not only can hold a boa constrictor or tarantula in their hands, they can have their photo taken with them too! This can prove to be a fun yet informational corporate teambuilding outing for any department looking to escape the everyday jungle they call their workplace. I’m sure it will be an experience that they’ll never forget!

For more information on how to book your next corporate teambuilding experience and/or event at Reptilia, please visit their website for more details: