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Marben

My foodie adventures for 2016 continues with an unreal Winterlicious lunch at Marben.  With old friends to catch up with and delicious food coming our way, we couldn’t be more excited!  Their wide selection made choices so difficult because everything sounded so darn good!  We both started things off with the winter greens salad (the toasted hazelnuts were so key!).  I then flowed right into another cozy meal of braised short rib which fell apart with total ease; I’m such a sucker for winter meals and this was on point.  Lucky me, I also got a little taste of the Albacore tuna.  Followed by the hazelnut cheesecake, we couldn’t put our forks down as it was beyond delicious.   The creamy cheese filling was just so rich and fluffy!  With full bellies, we could not have been happier with our selection and will definitely be paying Marben another visit in the future.

Bar Buca

Finally back at it with some of my foodie adventures!  With Winterlicious back in full swing, I couldn’t be more excited to visit some of the restaurants on my list.  Bar Buca was the first to try this year that hosts a menu in an Italian tapas style; whatever is ready first they brought out.  For this reason, we made sure to have a few different selections to share so we could both eat from what was brought out.  Winterlicious in itself is meant as a way to try out new things and new restaurants but never have I had such a great selection!  From the rapini, testa, and citrus salads, the lunch was starting off on an excellent foot.  To my surprise, I loved the sweet and spicy vinaigrette combined with the citrus elements and the olives.  Followed by the Mortadella sandwich and the roasted cauliflower in spicy tomato sauce, we seriously could not believe how tasty everything was!  I’d have to say that the cauliflower is what I loved most and is something …

Be Calm

Although the new year has started on a bit of a low health-wise, getting tons of rest has definitely helped but being on the couch almost all day has made my little outings that much more important.  Regardless of your busy week or your energy levels, an hour with some fresh air and a change of scenery can make a world of difference.  As I headed south as I left home, I realized the little shop, Village Juicery, wasn’t a far walk and was calling my name.  As soon as a I stepped in and took a look at the selection of juices for the day, Be Calm was the one that jumped out at me.  After a quick little sample, I knew this was exactly what I needed to boost my mood and lift my spirits.  The mix of celery, pineapple, fennel, cucumber, and mint isn’t something I would have put together myself but it made for a perfectly sweet and calming combination. Even if grabbing a juice isn’t your thing, I know there are …

“Do one thing a day that scares you”

Ok, so maybe not everyday.  But this quote from lululemon has been a constant reminder for myself over the past few years to push myself to the limits.  As 2015 has come to a close I’m looking back at the positives, negatives, and improvements that I can make for this year and all the things I wish to accomplish; this blog being one of them.  The ideas themselves scare me to bits!  Every post, every competition, and almost every time I introduce myself to someone.  Putting that aside,I know that what I’m doing and putting out there has helped me in a number of ways in the past therefore I continue to post every week (within reason) to get me to that limit.  Without a doubt, I will continue with this into 2016 and share everything I’ve been up to and what I’m doing to show others how easy it can all really be.  I can’t wait to see what’s next! As an aside, I’m glad the temperatures are finally dropping and it makes it …

Chobani Soho Inspired Snacks

Just one hectic week after the next; all the finals, term projects, and assignment deadlines seem to come at once.  Regardless of how much you prepared ahead of time it always seems to hit hard.  My days have been spent with countless readings, writing, and brainstorming ideas for various design projects I have coming at me.  With all this hectic-ness though, I’m still trying to keep up with writing and ideas for my blog.  What I’m sharing today is something inspired from a little visit at the Chobani Soho while I was in New York City back in August.  Their little yogurt bowls were so yummy I tried to recreate a few recipes myself!  My two favourites so far have to be…. Plain Greek yogurt with clementine, cocoa nibs (or dark chocolate), pistachios, and honey AND Vanilla Greek yogurt with chai granola (from Bulk Barn), blackberries, and honey These combinations have at least kept my mood up while I cram and try to balance out everything else!

A Year in Review

I can’t believe it’s August already!  Exactly one year ago yesterday I gained up the courage to post on this blog about my adventures in Europe.  Although it mainly started as a way for my friends and family to follow what I was up to in my studies abroad, I realized how much I liked writing about the things I was up to even after returning to Toronto.  I never in a million years thought I would have started a blog; I hated any kind of writing until recently.  Somehow that changed quickly and I have had so much positive feedback from everyone around me as well as so many great suggestions for future posts, which has been a huge help as well.  Instead of a typical blog post today, I decided to just compile a bunch of my favourite pictures from the past year to reminisce on all the things I’ve done and had the opportunities to do because of this as well.  Looking back on the photos has been so much fun and …

Pangaea: Not Just a Supercontinent

More Winterlicious has come upon me.  This time, a girl’s lunch at Yorkville’s Pangaea. If you’re not interested in spending a ton of money on dining out, I definitely suggest going for lunch at one of the Winterlicious spots.  If you think the dinner deals are good, the lunch ones are often very similar if the not the same menu, with an even better price tag. I walk by this place on a fairly regular basis; last year especially as I had a class very close by.  Slightly off to the side from the happening center of Yorkville, and just north of the big Bay Street towers, this restaurant was filled to capacity at 1 yesterday.  The incredibly friendly service from the moment we walked in made me even more excited for the dining experience ahead. Right off the bat, decisions were difficult to make as everything looked and sounded so delicious; I don’t think you can go wrong at a place like this. While making sure we chose different options to get a taste …