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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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Ontario: Haute Goat in Port Hope

One of most recommended activities suggested to me during the visit to our weekend in Port Hope was to visit Haute Goat Farm. The closest I’ve ever been to a goat is probably petting them a fence at the CNE so I was excited to visit Hate Goat Farm. The farm is situated on 200 acres of land with breathtaking views of the Northumberland Hills. They have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Alpacas Icelandic Horses, Exotic Chickens, Apothecary Garden, incredibly bird watching and beautiful nature trails. When we arrived at the Farm, the staff was speaking to us about the history & facts of the farm and what they have to offer. Did you know they offer:…

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Dressing up our Turkey Burgers for Thanksgiving

I love burgers. One of the best burgers I’ve ever had was at a random restaurant that Eden & I stumbled upon while we were aimlessly wandering around the South Coast of France. The burger looked simple but tasted like nothing we ever had before. This burger was made with the freshest ingredients and so ever since that experience, we’ve been making our take of a simple burger at home with fresh ingredients. For Thanksgiving, Eden & I wanted to dress up our favourite turkey burgers instead of cooking your normal turkey in the oven! We dressed up our burgers with Kensington Market Street Food‘s Smoked Tomato and their Sirracha Caesar dressing vinaigrette. Kensington Market…

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Ontario: Where to Stay in Port Hope – Moonlight & Pines Bed and Breakfast

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of visiting The Municipality of Port Hope with 2 full days packed with activities and delicious foods. In the evening, we stayed at Moonlight & Pines Bed and Breakfast. Quietly tucked away in Ganaraska, Moonlight & Pines is a 4 season bed & breakfast that is an approximate 20 minutes drive from the downtown Port Hope. We were graciously welcomed by our hosts Helen & Colin – who have been living there for about 15 years. We stayed in a private suite with our own set of doors that opened up to a breathtaking view of the Ganaraska Forest. Our Bed & Breakfast included our…

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Ramen Misoya

About 2 months ago, I was planning a trip to Montreal and doing extensive research about possible ramen places to visit in the french city. Ramen Misoya came up a couple of times during my research and at that time Misoya didn’t exist in Toronto. Fast forward 1 month later, Misoya suddenly popped up on the hustle & bustle streets of Queen West. With over 100 locations now across Japan, and about 15 locations in Brazil, Italy, Asia and North America, Misoya is a renowned Japanese franchised restaurant that specializes in Miso Ramen. Misoya’s New York location has been recommended by Michelin Guide for 5 consecutive years in a row (2013-2017). With all that being…

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Harvest Dinner with Durham College

Last Thursday, a group of 100 foodies gathered at Durham College for their 4th annual Harvest Dinner. Besides gathering together for a community celebration, this dinner recognizes the amazing work being done at W. Galen Weston Centre for Food by students. Their exclusive menu featured fresh food grown and harvested by students in the college’s food and farming programs, cooked by students in the culinary programs and served by students studying in hospitality and events program. I’ve always wanted to participate in a dinner prepared by student chefs and this was the perfect opportunity! Watching the students accomplish such a huge feast for a large group of hungry foodies is a great achievement. Please enjoy…

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Ontario: Vineland Winery Estates with Lifeexperiences.ca

Ever find yourself running out of ideas or tangible “things” to gift to your significant other, family or friends? I’m sure we’ve all been there whether its a birthday, anniversary or other occasions that you may celebrate. I’ve definitely been there and am guilty of putting gift hunting off to the very last minute. That’s when lifeexperiences.ca comes in super handy! Lifeexperiences.ca is Canada’s largest experiential gifting company. Experiences make great gifts and they promote the idea of togetherness and creating memories. They offer a wide range of gifting ideas from spa, adventures, food & drink, getaways, family activities, golf and lifestyle. Browsing through their website, you’ll find endless options of many possible “gift experiences”…

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Japan: A day at Nara Park

Not sure where in Toronto you can come super close or even feed a deer with absolutely no supervision but this totally happened when we were exploring one of the million things you can do in Japan. Spending the day at Nara Park was absolutely amazing and something we’ll probably not be able to do (at least as freely) unless we come back to Japan. I highly recommend you spend a good afternoon here to explore. Even if you’re not a huge fan of deer, the grounds of this park & greenery is enough to make you want to come back. Below, we’ve included some tips & suggestions we thought might be useful. Instead of…

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Bar Altura: New Restaurant over on Queen West

Queen West’s latest Italian addition has definitely made quite the impression with its  beautifully plated dishes and clean & modern look. While I am normally more focused on the food, I couldn’t help but notice the aesthetics at Bar Altura’s  – which created a nice stand out & sophisticated look compared to its fellow neighbours on  Queen West. Several weeks ago, we were invited to Bar Altura (just east of Portland) to a 4 course dinner with wine & cocktail pairing. Our evening started off with some passed canapes followed by a welcome speech from the owner. Zuppetta Fredda ai Frutti di Mare Citrus Marinated sea jewels, spicy watermelon gazpacho With not many restaurants offering…

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