Saturday mornings at The Green Wood

The brunch spots on the east end are slowly making its way to the top of my “go-to” Saturday brunch list. Tucked away in Leslieville, I’ve been honestly living and breathing the brunch at The Greenwood. I’ve visited them about 4 times now since November 2017 and have tried an array of items from their menu. In my post today, I’m going to share with you the must orders and of course, if there are any your favourites that I haven’t mention, please let me know. I am practically there are every other Saturday ūüôā Brought to you by the same team as SPIN, The Greenwood is quite the cozy and ultimate chill spot to…

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Food with a Twist – STK Toronto

This post was done in collaboration with STK Toronto but gracelisamay.com remains unbiased in our content. – Located in the heart of Yorkville, STK has been around since 2016 and is known for their hip and lively backdrop with the menu of a modern steakhouse. The ambiance and decor is sleek and ultramodern, and despite having a chic lounge, STK doesn’t give up anything in terms of taste and fine dining experience. With locations in major cities in the US, Mexico and¬†Europe, Canada’s only STK location is in Toronto. STK Toronto boasts a large spacious venue with two private rooms which are suitable not only for private parties but also for business meetings and corporate…

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Sweetgrass Spa – Valentine’s Day Gift for Her

As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, there is always going to be a few (including myself) that literally have NO IDEA what to get for their partner. In this blog post, I’m sharing my favourite downtown Toronto spa – kind of a hidden gem that I’ve been keeping to myself for a little while now. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s day or not, or you’re celebrating with girlfriends, family or loved ones, I think a visit to Sweet Grass Spa is the ultimate getaway any day! Tucked away in the lower level of the quaint street of Queen Street East, Sweet Grass Spa is an all women’s spa. I found Sweet Grass Spa online after looking…

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A Valentine’s Day Cake he/she should bring home!

Go big or go home is what I say quite often and if we’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year then let’s go all out! I don’t often have a sweet tooth (minus Japanese Souffle pancakes as of lately) but this Shiroi Valentine Souffle Cheesecake by Cheese Garden totally hits the spot! This cheesecake is shrouded with delectable handmade white chocolate shavings, filled with airy souffle and topped with creamy mascarpone cheese. What more can a girl ask for? To make your loved one feel even more special, this cheesecake is actually made to order and is available in 2 sizes –¬† Regular ($28.95) or Mini ($5.95). ¬† Let me know if you guys…

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Saturday mornings at REDS (Square One)

As I’m sitting at my desk drafting this post, I’ve realized in a blink of an eye, come September is my 5 years working downtown Toronto. Time seriously flies.¬†One of the restaurants that I frequent after work in the downtown core is REDS Wine Tavern inside First Canadian Place (due to its convenient location). While I can totally rave about their lobster guacamole dip all day, I was totally caught off guard to see a brunch menu & full on bakery section happening inside REDS at Square One Shopping Mall. The best thing about this REDS inside Square One Shopping mall is that they have a mini “walk through” window for shoppers looking to pick…

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Let’s do this 2019!

Reflection 2018 has been one of most challenging yet rewarding year in terms of growth and personal development. I’ve learned a lot about what it means to develop “perspective” from taking a step back and learning to quietly observe situations with an open mind. I’ve learned to let go of things that are out of my control – both at work and relationships developed with peers, friends & loved ones. I’ve learned to dial back and take necessary means to put myself first (even when the moment doesn’t feel right). Some time during the year, I felt¬† overwhelmed with different blogging deadlines and the perfectionist in me of course wanted to execute everything a certain…

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Saturday mornings at Brassaii

There are endless amount of restaurants in Toronto serving up their take on brunch and I’ve made it my mission to¬† to slowly hit them up (lol this will probably take me years) But seriously, I love brunch! For some reason, when I incorporate brunch into my weekend schedule, the rest of my day turns out to be really productive – I hit the gym, I end up moving my whole work station to a coffee shop and grind away for the rest of the day. Anyways, last Saturday morning I had one of those productive days and that started off with brunch at Brassaii. Located in the heart of King West, Brassaii is a…

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Blogmas // Entertaining guests with a holiday hummus board

Tis the season for holiday inspirations on my blog and I’m incredibly excited to share with you my very first blogmast post! We’ve used different hummus’ from Sabra Canada to showcase our over the top holiday hummus board. Go big or go home right? I have a 0 or 100 personality and I wanted to go 100 on my holiday humus board. I added a little bit of everything from fruits, to exotic cheeses, figs jam, an assortment of nuts, crackers, pretzels, bread, prosciutto and of course Sabra’s Hummus Dips! We used 2 different Sabra Hummus’ in our holiday board. The first one we used is their classic hummus which contains fresh chickpeas, tahini and…

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Reversible Teddy Coat

I love fall – It’s by far one of my favourite seasons. I love walking out the door and knowing that the air is cold & crisp. It’s actually my favourite time of the year to go shopping as well because Zara comes up with THE best fall collection and I always pair it with something from Uniqlo to keep warm. My grey top is from Uniqlo – a half turtle neck. As per usual, when I love something, I must buy it in almost every colour, so yes, I do have this half turtle neck top in more than 1 colour. My reversible teddy coat is my favourite purchase of the season. Best thing…

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ANIQ – Your Ultimate Asian Feast (SSAM)

Newly opened in the Roncesvalles area is ANIQ – a restaurant sharing East Asian cuisine with modern culinary techniques. Owner and chef Eric Oh wanted to highlight his culinary inspirations of Korean, China and Japan and combine it with western cooking techniques. The menu at ANIQ offers a wide variation of all 3 East Asian cuisine throughout the entire menu. On weekend afternoons, the restaurant offers ramen for guests. They recently launched their SSAM – The Ultimate Asian Feast. Essentially, their SSAM is a 6 course tasting menu in a sharing platter form which requires a minimum of 4 people to order. The 6 course tasting menu includes: (1) Beef or Tuna Tartare (2) Arugula…

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Exploring Port Hope, Ontario // 12 things you must do

So often¬†we forget how many gems are in our own backyard. There are so many great destinations from Toronto that make awesome¬†weekend trips that we have come to love over the years. We want to share with you our guide to exploring the town of Port Hope and all the different things that this town has to offer. Port Hope makes a good weekend getaway, not far from home. The best part? It’s only an one hour drive from Toronto. Visit East Beach Whether you’re an early bird and prefer sunrises over sunsets, you can enjoy both scenic waterfront views at East Beach & West Beach with clean and sandy beaches. Perfect for those that…

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Byblos – My go to spot for special occasions

I’ve been to Byblos on several occasions – whether it’s date night or a corporate event, this place does not disappoint when it comes to food and service! I usually save this place for a special occasion because I do admit it is on the pricier side of the scale so I leave it to occasions where it feels right to splurge. Located on Duncan Street just off of King Street West, Byblos serves up an Eastern Mediterranean fare in a form of tapas style dishes. While tapas style dishes are usually meant for sharing with a large group, Eden and I personally enjoy sharing tapas with just the two of us. We order just…

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Montreal: 5 things to know about Bota Bota before visiting

Bota Bota is one of those hidden gems that you hope no one else will find out about it and secretly wish you can keep the place all to yourself.¬† I remember leaving Bota Bota feeling exactly this way and was debating whether I should share this gem with everyone or save it for myself! The entire experience at Bota Bota was perfect from check in until paying the bill at the very end. For starters, Bota Bota is a silent spa located in the heart of Old Montreal. The spa is divided into 2 sections – (1) The main spa “building” is actually sat on a ferryboat which facilitates the different spa offerings such…

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Ontario: Horseback Trail Riding in Port Hope

During our weekend stay in Port Hope, one of the things on our itinerary was a horse back trail ride at Trickle Creek Farms. With living in the city, horseback riding is not something I can do very often so having horseback trail riding on our schedule really made another highlight to the weekend. The experience at Trickle Creek Farms was an incredibly fun experience being able to interact with the horses. My only interaction with a horse prior to this weekend in Port Hope was when I was in elementary school so with no experience under my belt, horseback trail riding was a little frightening. The staff at Port Hope were really helpful and…

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