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Craft Beer Market

There’s a new restaurant in the core and with over 100 beers on tap, it’s MASSIVE. Craft Beer Market is another wave of the west coast invasion of Toronto. It’s located at Yonge and Adelaide – smack in the middle of the downtown core. Before opening its doors to the rest of the city, Craft Beer Market invited Jess and I (and our friend, A!) to their raucous opening party to sample what’s on tap. Bring on the brewskies!

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Restoration Hardware Cafe Brunch

I have a low key obsession with interior design. I greedily devour any design magazine that I can get my hands on and half my insta feed these days is all about tablescapes, shelfies, and hygge. Although most of my obsession is purely virtual (living in a condo doesn’t exactly lend itself to DIYs and renos), I love a good wander around interior design stores. And nothing beats Restoration Hardware when it comes to dream decorating my perfect house, nothing. You can bet that as soon as a little bird told me about the new MASSIVE Restoration Hardware that opened up in Yorkdale complete with a CAFE, I rounded up the squad!

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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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Work Day Lunch at Adelaide Eats

It’s easy to get stuck in a lunchtime rut during the week. When 12pm rolls around are you eating at your desk? It’s time to ditch the sad salad, grab your work bff and head over to Adelaide Eats – the summer long food market in the financial district.

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Taste of Toronto 2017

Toronto is food festival wonderland during the summer. From brunch to tacos to wine, Toronto can’t get enough of small bites out in the sunshine. We’ve already shared our top list of the best bang for your buck summer food festivals this year. Taste of Toronto (not to be confused with Taste Toronto) was at the top of our list because its complement of heavy hitter restaurants meant that great food was practically guaranteed. Luckily, the weather held out for most of the day too. Taste of Toronto is truly a Foodie Paradise, practically bursting at the seams with Toronto’s greatest and newest restaurants – all in one place!

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Dinner Party 101

Dinner parties are odd ducks. Just say the word “dinner party” and I imagine a 1950s housewife serving perfect meatloaf to guests in a formal dining room. Boring, stuffy, and so old-fashioned right? Lame as it may sound, once you hit the age when you’d rather have appys and a cocktail rather than a red solo cup full of tequila and some pizza, playing hostess and entertaining friends for a night-in can actually be fun! Having a grown-up dinner party, without feeling too grown-up, is all about focusing on a few key details and keeping things simple. Here’s how I throw a fun, delicious, memorable gathering without any of the stuffiness…or the fear.

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Toronto Patios: Lunch at Mercatto and Drinks at Mascot

Toronto’s weather has been all over the map lately. We just can’t seem to settle down and get good and hot days in a row! The weather teases us with one or two days of sunshine and then turns cloudy, cold, and miserable the next. Last week we got a couple of true summer days, and as true Torontonians, Jessica and I made the most of it by wearing sun dresses and claiming a couple of seats on a patio for a working lunch. Then we rounded up the crew for even more patio time at the Porch for after work drinks. Patio life!

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Orlando: Celebrate Good Times!

Have you ever been to Celebration, Florida? It’s pretty much, well, the perfect place for a celebratory dinner when you visit Orlando. Jessica and I (with the hubs and hubs-to-be) met up with our family for a quick trip down south and a bit of a family reunion. Orlando is pretty much a touristy fam-jam dream. Big old chain restaurants full of families, minivans and kids line every road around Disney, Celebration is our go-to for a more grown-up night out.

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Toronto Brunch Favourite: Café Neon

On a beautiful Sunday a couple of weekends ago, Lauren and I found ourselves walking on west Queen Street West, casually popping into our favourite galleries and boutiques.

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Travel Diary: Exploring San Francisco

After 2 weeks on the road we finally made it to San Francisco. I’ve always wanted to visit this city, it just seems full to the brim with sites to see and places to visit. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, the super twisty road, China Town, Alcatraz…the TROLLEYS!  Luckily, we set aside a few days to explore San Fran from top to bottom (or from top of the hills all the way to the bottom). We spent our first full day on the waterfront, eating chowder, checking out the sea lions, and taking a boat cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the harbour. A boat cruise is probably the best way to really appreciate San Fran’s unique city-scape and get the best pictures. You can find tons of blog posts about visiting San Fran’s waterfront area. So I thought I would share our adventures a bit further into the city where we found gardens, butterflies, shopping and the best darn Greek food I’ve ever had!

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