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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.

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!

Stuffed Chicken

These past few weeks have been tough and busy as I finally get back into a rhythm, catching up on readings and doing countless other things around here; I needed to find a bit of time to make myself a delicious dinner this week. While it might look complicated, I assure you that making stuffed chicken breasts isn’t anywhere near as difficult as it may look; it was a quick little brainstorm of stuff I could find in my fridge without having to get anything new from the grocery store.  On top of it all, baking something like this makes it feel even more like fall. You can essentially use anything you’d like for something like this, but my favourites are goat cheese, spinach, craisins, and walnuts; I just eyed the necessary quantity and went for it.  Just make sure to close the chicken up with a bit of string and wrap it up in tinfoil to put in the oven.  This way it keeps super juicy and requires less cleanup (for when you’re feeling …

“You make more friends with candy”

Candy, candy, and more candy!  It’s basically like a real live version of the board game; walls stacked full of boxes and bags of everybody’s favourites and in no shortage whatsoever.  To those candy lovers out there (I know there have to be many!) this place is a must!  With already 4 stores open both in Montreal and Toronto, there’s no excuse to not give this one a try. As the friendly staff greeted upon arrival, we were offered a sample of their gummy of the day.  With a rotation of different flavours, it’s great that you get to try them out before making a purchase.  Especially since it’s priced higher than your average (even though the quality more than makes up for it), it’s nice to know that they are making sure you enjoy your purchase and experience as much as possible.  And that includes everyone, from gluten free and vegan candies as well as GMO-free, they’ve got a candy for virtually any dietary constraint.  Each candy has been designed specifically for that flavour; …

Bean and Baker Malt Shop

Blistering summer days in Toronto can really add up.  Insert here the new Bean and Baker Malt Shop that not only cools you down on the hottest of days but can easily put a smile on your face with a throwback to the classic malt shops of our grandparents’ generation.  Located slightly off the beaten track of the popular Harbord strip, the adorable shop sits on the corner of Grace Street with no shortage of curb appeal; their retro inspired décor and flashy window logo will steal the attention of anyone walking by.  Once inside, the retro feel also doesn’t disappoint; coffered ceilings, red bar stools, and crazy patterns bring the space to life.  Run by a husband and wife duo (Bren and Liezel), the shop really has the whole vibe going on! It’s hard to believe but their treats to an even better job of representing the glory days of the malt shops.  With a sizeable array of ice cream flavours (Ontario’s own Kawartha) and soda’s to be made into floats, there is something …

Mandy’s

Not that it’s a secret but I eat A LOT; salads often won’t cut it but Mandy’s has got the whole formula right, even for me.  The once hidden away Montreal gem is now bigger than ever!  With their new location on Crescent, not only is the location infinitely bigger which now has more room to house a greater selection of drinks and snacks while keeping a quaint atmosphere to enjoy a healthy lunch.  If you haven’t given this a try, it is a must.  I went with one of my favourites this time, the October salad, which now comes in a gorgeous eclectic bowl that echoes the mix-match style of décor in the shop.  I’m still gushing over how much I loved the décor; the velvet banquet, the different styled chairs, stools, and tables, as well as the different wall papers are all combinations that I love.  So not only does this adorable shop continue to sell their renowned salads (and don’t forget the cookies!) but they have finally acquired a location to match! …

Summerlicious at SpeakEasy21

Although my visit in Toronto was short and sweet, timing could not have been more perfect to try out one of the city’s Summerlicious menus.  I had heard of SpeakEasy21’s great terrace so to check it out, a lunch date on a hot, sunny, summer day was in order.  Even though it seems to be in the middle of things, the few steps above street level and the half wall slash banquet that separates you from the sidewalk traffic, really creates its own little world while still feeling like you’re a part of the city’s landscape. The menu itself was very summer appropriate, where we started it off with their kale and arugula salad but not without a little bit of their sangria! (Which I’m actually dying to recreate myself; potential blog post? I’d say so!) The bitter salad was exactly what I was looking for with radishes to add to that effect and just a hint of sweetness coming from the pears and dressing that was in no shortage.  Next, I went with the …