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  • Ontario: Port Hope Travel Guide – Things to do, eat + where to stay! (…

    Ontario: Port Hope Travel Guide – Things to do, eat + where to stay! (Part 1)
  • Ontario: Where to stay in Port Hope – Brandon Manor Bed and Breakfast

    Ontario: Where to stay in Port Hope – Brandon Manor Bed and Breakfast
  • Ontario: Beginner’s Guide to Treetop Trekking in Port Hope

    Ontario: Beginner’s Guide to Treetop Trekking in Port Hope
  • Meals Made Easy at Longo’s

    Meals Made Easy at Longo’s
  • 3 Weekday Self Care Pick-Me-Ups

    3 Weekday Self Care Pick-Me-Ups

Ontario: Port Hope Travel Guide – Things to do, eat + where to stay! (Part 1)

I was very recently invited by the Port Hope Tourism Board to spend a weekend in the lovely town of Port Hope to explore, eat and see all things that the town has to offer. Last year, we visited Port Hope in the fall to catch the salmon migration and I wrote a travel guide of 12 things you must do in Port Hope that you can check out here . Our trip this time around included different activities you can do in the summer time! I’m going to make this a 3 part guide as we’ll be visiting 2 more times this year. Port Hope is a quick 1 hour and 15 minute drive…

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Ontario: Where to stay in Port Hope – Brandon Manor Bed and Breakfast

From my previous blog post where I shared our experience being first timers at Treetop Trekking in the beautiful Ganaraska Forest, you’ll know that we spent a lovely weekend exploring a lot of what Port Hope has to offer. One of the things I’m really excited to share with everyone is our one night stay at The Brandon Manor Bed & Breakfast. Brandon Manor Bed & Breakfast, established in the 1840s, is nestled away in Wesleyville which is roughly a 15 minutes drive away from downtown Port Hope. The location is great for those that want to be close to the downtown hustle & bustle but also far away enough to enjoy the tranquility &…

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Ontario: Beginner’s Guide to Treetop Trekking in Port Hope

We spent last weekend in Port Hope exploring all the different activities offered around town. We had a packed itinerary that was kindly put together for us courtesy of Port Hope Tourism. Our day started off with Treetop Trekking in the beautiful Ganaraska Forest. If you’re up for a good challenge, we were informed by the staff that the Ganraska Forest location is the toughest one across the GTA. Treetop Trekking – Ganaraska offers 6 courses: 2 for beginners, 2 for intermediates, 1 advanced, and 1 expert course. We arrived for 9AM in order to start the climb at 9:30AM. After we signed a waiver, we received our wristbands and waited a little bit for…

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Meals Made Easy at Longo’s

Let’s face it. Most of the time we end up eating out because it’s just a much easier and convenient alternative after a long day at work.  The last thing we want to do is contemplate what to make for dinner, drive to the grocery store and roam around the supermarket looking for ALL the ingredients. That is why Longo’s is introducing a new meal-based shopping concept at Longo’s Maple Leaf Square. This new concept, exclusive to Longo’s, allows customers to select a recipe and find all the required ingredients in one convenient location. With the added benefit of hand-selecting what goes into the meal, customers can customize the recipe to meet their preferences. This…

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3 Weekday Self Care Pick-Me-Ups

The last couple of weeks have been immensely stressful due to both work and my personal life.  I started to notice that my days and weeks were seemingly passing by in the blink of an eye and it was primarily the after hours activities and “everyday condo living responsibilities” which were consuming all my time. If and when I had time leftover, I would only then slide in some self care time for myself. I looked ahead in my calendar and despite the fact that it was only the beginning of summer, MOST of my weekends being fully booked out until mid-September. I was burnt out. I decided it was about time to put myself…

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Saturday mornings at Jatujak

I can’t describe how much I love Thai food and I just love how there are so many great options for Thai in the city such as Pai, Sukho Thai, and Kiin to name a few. But sometimes great places like these in the city involve long line ups, planning ahead to try your luck at finding a reservation and let’s not forget about fighting for parking in the the hustle and bustle of our city! Visiting these restaurants as a last minute option isn’t really a choice, especially if we’re hangry! I discovered Jajutak, a small quaint little restaurant that serves up some authentic Thai food and have been visiting them on the regular…

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7 Date Ideas You Haven’t Tried In Toronto

A few months ago, Eden made the decision to head back to school. I knew that once it started, he would be extremely busy with attending classes, studying after hours as well additional homework on weekends, and so prior to that, I suggested that we go on a date every weekend up until school started. I began to research different activities that we could do in and out of Toronto. While there were many different events happening in and out of the city, I was looking for something different – something that was easily accessible via public transit, something that wasn’t too crowded and something that we’ve both never done before. We came up with…

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My Top Go-To Weekend Restaurants in Toronto

I’ve decided to start a new series on my blog where I share with everyone my top picks of restaurants or activities in Toronto for those that may not be living in the city. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I want to share with everyone my top 5 go-to restaurants I crave for most weekend mornings for the past year (in no particular order): 1. The Green Wood If you’re ever in the Leslieville area and want a simple and hearty brunch – this is your spot. We discovered The Green Wood at the end of last year and we’ve been loyal customers ever since. This cashless restaurant produces…

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5 Reasons To Join A Tour With Local Toronto Food Tours

I’ve been living in the Greater Toronto Area for the majority of my life and have spent the past 6 years specifically in the downtown Toronto core after getting a job here back in 2013.  I love spending my time after work & on weekends roaming around the many different neighbourhoods that Toronto has to offer. I would say I’m pretty familiar with the neighbourhoods in and around the city & generally have a pretty good idea of what are offered in these neighbourhoods. However, it wasn’t until recently, when I joined Local Toronto Food Tours for their Kensington Market & Chinatown Food Tour, that I gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of these 2…

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Easy 5 Ingredient Chicken Feta Pasta

Hello! It’s been a while since my last recipe but I’m back in the kitchen again and today I’m going to share an easy 5 ingredient chicken feta pasta recipe by www.wellplated.com that I can’t wait for you guys to try yourselves! Feta isn’t often my 1st choice of cheese to use on a pasta but after attending a FETA PDO event recently, I felt like it was important for me to share what I’ve learned from the tasting. This event inspired me to use some of the feta PDO cheese that I found inside our goodie bag, and I’ve written more about feta and the event below. ALSO READ – Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe…

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How we skipped the line at Raku’s Toronto location

Raku is a New York based udon shop with locations in SOHO, the East Village and as of 3 weeks ago, a Toronto location just steps away from Queen W & Spadina. Since we were in the area last Friday evening, Eden and I decided to visit Raku and here is how we were able to skip the line on a bustling Friday evening: 1. Download the Yelp app 2. Search “RAKU” and select ‘Join the Waitlist’. * we confirmed with the restaurant that the wait times shown on the YELP app ARE NOT accurate but your position in line is accurately reflected on the restaurant’s end. So my suggestion is to call the RAKU…

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In case you missed the 2019 Toronto Bridal Brunch

Don’t worry brides-to-be! In case you missed the 2019 Bridal Brunch that happened last Sunday April 7th, I’ve got you covered! In this blog post, you will find a recap of the event and a list of different vendors that were present at the Toronto Bridal Brunch from caterers, wedding cakes, florists, photo booths; you name it! Special thanks to Sandi from Foodaholic Blog for bringing me along to the event because she knows how much I adore brunch for any occasion! The Event On Sunday April 7th, Toronto Bridal Brunch gathered the city’s best Wedding vendors at the Globe and Mail Centre for a luxurious bridal show and brunch celebration! Brides to be and…

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Saturday mornings at East 36

Offered both days of the weekend now, East Thirty Six is serving up a hearty boozy brunch just steps away from Wellington & Church.  We visited East Thirty Six around noon a few Sundays ago and the restaurant was quite happening when we arrived! Patrons were constantly flowing in, drinks were always being refilled and service was very attentive. We started off with their $5.00 Mimosa and ordered 4 dishes to share. My favourite dish from brunch was by far their omelette – something about the cheese & creme fraiche really brought out the flavours of the mushroom inside the perfectly seasoned fluffly egg. I need all my omelettes to taste like this going forward. Looking…

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Japan: Endless Torii Gates

I love how much Japan preserves their culture and history. Landmarks like the Fushimi Imari Shrine really make you feel like you have traveled back in time. Walking through the thousands of Torii Gates there is something you must put on your bucket list when visiting Japan. This shrine marks one of Kyoto’s oldest and most historical landmarks. Each Gate bears the name of the donor’s name and are traditionally made of wood or stone. As mentioned in my other Japan Travel Blog Posts, on this trip we were staying at an AirBnB in Osaka near Osaka JR Station. Getting to the Fushimi Inari Shrine was a quick 45 minute train ride hopping on the…

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