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NYC: Part II

While there are so many things to talk about in this great city, one of my favourite moments (and of course it was a foodie one) was when I got a taste of my very first cronut!  Although yes, there is a bit of a wait, any croissant and donut lover out there needs to get their hands on one of these.  The famous croissant, donut crossover invented by the geniuses at Dominique Ansel is a to-die-for treat if you’ve got the sweet tooth to handle it first thing in the morning.  With a rotating series of flavours, I got to taste their tangerine version.  The lightly crispy exterior, soft layers inside, and thick creamy filling is like going to a sweet, sweet heaven before your day even really begins.  With an iced chai latte sitting at a bistro table on their back patio, our third day in New York could not have started on a better note. After such a treat, it was necessary to walk at least a little bit of it off.  …

NYC: Part 1

While I’ve been on a brief hiatus from writing, I have been keeping myself particularly busy the past couple weeks.  From New Hampshire to Montreal, then New York, and finally back to Toronto; so much travelling, packing, and moving! And now that I am connected to the internet again, I can continue to write. While our trip to the Big Apple was only a few days, a little mother-daughter trip, we packed so much walking, eating, and sightseeing into the mix.  The best part about this trip was the fact that we’d already been to many of the classic tourist destinations in Manhattan, therefore we could enjoy the actual city and get to know of the neighbourhoods by foot.  By the afternoon of the first day, we had already walked almost every street of Soho; from their adorable Chobani yogurt bar, to the drool worthy cupcakes at DC Cupcakes, to the Prada designed by Rem Koolhaas, and the stunning cast iron architecture along virtually every street.  (Local Tip: If you want a free daily cupcake …

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 …

St. Maarten – Part 2

Although our vacation seems like so long ago now, I’m still dying to write about the rest of our venture.  The second half of the week started out with a trip to the nearby surfing locale with some of the best waves on the island.  Although it was difficult not being close to shore, the waves were out of this world!  I’ve only surfed a couple times in the past but even my amateur skills were sufficient to get me up and cruising the waves! It was on these last two nights that I had the best meals of the trip; so I’ll get into some of the food details in now.  The restaurant Aura at our hotel had been a highly anticipated dinner since we arrived.  I ordered their most popular dish on the menu which was the hazelnut encrusted sea bass that just melted in your mouth like butter.  The fresh fish and thin layer of hazelnuts mixed together the land and sea flavours like a pro.  With ample sides which were also …

St. Maarten – Part 1

It was a hell of a vacation!  For a busy family like mine, it’s hard to get everyone together even for a dinner so the fact that all five of us are in one place for an entire week is pretty hard to believe.  It was also our first time in St. Maarten so we really tried to take advantage of what the island has to offer!  While we were staying on the Dutch side, we probably spent the majority of our time on the French side (the border is very close to our hotel) but both have ample things to do. Every morning I started the day off with a run.  Although the heat first thing in the morning far exceeds what I’m used to, running along the waterfront brought along cool breezes to make it a little more refreshing.  The gorgeous views also help! Monday was more of an exploration day; we drove around almost the entire island and making stops along the way to walk along various beaches, jump in, or grab …

A Weekend Away at Mont Sainte-Anne

An excellent weekend to kick off reading week!  With my brother’s mogul competition taking place at Mont Sainte-Anne I figured it would be a great opportunity to spend some time with him and my parents while cheering him on at his provincial event.  He made the podium both days!  A huge congrats to him. I’ve skied Mont Sainte-Anne on many different occasions over my skiing years but I’d have to say that this past weekend was the best of them all.  We were out early every morning and skied freshly groomed corduroy and bumps for hours before they looked tracked; there were basically no crowds! Our Saturday (Valentine’s Day) had to be the best of them all!  Although the weather was cold, the snow was great, there were blue skies, and we were greeted with champagne and cheese and crackers as soon as the ski day was done.  It’s pretty hard for any day to beat that! Another Valentine bonus was the gift we received while going up the gondola.  A little box filled with …

The New Year

Wow! First post of 2015! It’s been a while since I’ve written but with the long travels and cough that I’ve been dealing with I didn’t have a ton of time to do much else.  In summary, my last week has been a little all over the place.  I started the year off at track training camp in Florida which was a lot of fun but the first half of which I had to adjust to the extreme humidity and the second half I was trying to down cough syrup to subside any symptoms to make it through a workout.  During our down time however we had some fun times on the beach and chilling track-side that made the whole things worthwhile.  All in all, I think we all had a great few workouts and a wonderful time in sunny Florida! Although the true beginning of the year didn’t start off the right foot necessarily, I have so many hopes and dreams for the coming year in terms of school, athletics, and of course my …