Month: August 2017

U-Feast Round 2: La Dolce Vita Brunch at NOCE

Noce QSW Queen Street West Best of Toronto Restaurant Italian Food Italy Alcohol Aperol Cocktails Drinks Happy Hour Patio Restaurant Review Pizza Caprese Pasta Polenta Desserts Fresh Homemade Foodie FoodsToronto is known globally for having an excellent culinary culture, including some pretty fantastic one-of-a-kind dining experiences. U-Feast is one killer gastro series that should not be missed. U-Feast is a Toronto based company that specializes is epic food journeys across the best restaurants in Toronto and its surrounding areas. If food is your thing, U-Feast will take you on a foodie adventure unlike any other.

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(Not so) Secret Bar Batavia

Toronto has a handful of secret restaurants and bars, hidden places that require passwords, memberships or secret keys to get into. You might hear about these little gems from friends of friends or, if you’re lucky enough, you’ve visited these secret little spots. Oh you fancy. Let me tell you about Toronto’s other ‘secret’ bars. Those that aren’t plastered with advertising, relying only on reputation and word of mouth to attract a small but loyal clientele. Instead of memberships, you only need a sharp eye and an adventurous spirit to discover these (not so) secret bars.

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High Tea Experience: Classy, sassy and a little smart-assy

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Discover Diner En Blanc

On Thursday night people from all corners of the city flocked to secret meeting points. Some were holding tables and chairs, others had flowers in their hair and long party dresses on – but all were dressed from head to toe in white. Did you see them on your way home and wonder where all those fanciful folks were off to? Well, I’ll let you in on the secret: The very secretive, and very exclusive Diner En Blanc. Jessica and I raced from work, throwing on white outfits to join in on the fun.

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The Perfect Picnic (does not exist)

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Small Town Love: Gananoque

Jess and I haven’t been to Ottawa in years. The last time I went, I was probably still in my teens and likely unimpressed with our Nation’s Capital. As luck would have it, both Jess and I had the opportunity to visit Ottawa separately for work and we decided to make a road trip out of it! Ottawa is a good long drive from Toronto (about five hours) and the drive takes you through some seriously cute towns. Looking to stretch our legs and do a bit of exploring, we pulled off the highway at  Gananoque – a seriously instagrammable little town.

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Austin: A massive backyard house party… and everyone is invited

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To Market, To Market!

Once in a while, on a sunny weekend morning, instead of my typical lie-in, I wake up as the sun rises with a spring in my step and I simply can’t laze about! On these (admittedly) rare mornings, I grab a cup of coffee, some cash and my bag and run out to the farmers market. The other day, with the hubby-to-be still fast asleep, I snuck out of the house armed with my camera to the farmers market at the Evergreen Brickworks.

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It’s not always about the Glitz and Glam: Yeti Nails

Nail art nail design colour shellac manicure pedicure toronto yyz best of toronto tourism salon beauty routine regime Something that I learned recently: It’s not always about the glitz and glam. Especially when it comes to finding the right salon for maintainenance beauty routines. One of the hardest things about moving downtown was re-establishing my go-to salon favourites for hair, brows and nails that were affordable. Not only was I bombarded by a plethora of choices, but as soon as I looked within the four-one-six, prices sky rocketed.

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