Going Organic for our first Barbecue of the year

For the past few weeks, I’ve been anxiously waiting for the cold to go away so that I can switch up my winter closet for my spring, hit up as many roof top patios as I can, stroll along the sunny waterfront whilst getting tanned (if getting tanned for me is actually possible), happily window shop along Queen West – the list goes on. There’s been so many exciting items planned for the warmer weather that when it was warmer for 3 consecutive days in a row last week, E and I decided it was time to start up the good old barbecue because let’s be real – it’s not officially spring unless you kick…

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Mother’s Day with Life Experiences

It’s almost that time of the year again where we show our beloved moms how grateful we are for everything they’ve done for us! This year, my mom decided to spend mother’s day with her special lady oversees so I’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day when she’s back in the country. For those that have no idea where to begin or are last minute Mother’s Day Shoppers – LifeExperiences.ca is a great way to start. LifeExperiences.ca is Canada’s largest experiential gifting company. Experiences make great gifts and they promote the idea of togetherness, creating memories. They offer a wide range of gifting ideas such as: SPA ADVENTURES FOOD & DRINK GETAWAYS FAMILY & FUN GOLF LIFESTYLE…

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Taking a closer look at Thompson Diner

Located inside the gorgeous Thompson Hotel is an upscale diner serving up your Canadian comfort foods. Situated at King West & Bathurst, Thompson Diner recently revamped their entire menu adding newly Chef inspired items along with a few healthy additions while leaving the favourite classics on the menu. I’ve visited Thompson Diner on several occasions but usually to satisfy my breakfast cravings late at night. This time, we ordered a little bit of everything from their entire menu to get a full sense of what their new menu brings. There is a little bit of something for everyone at Thompson Diner whether that’s something hearty or healthy – they’ve got you covered. My favourites from…

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Chapter 2

HELLO ūüôā It’s been a while since I last posted on my blog! Things have been incredibly busy, both personally and with work. Rest assured though, I’ve been working hard on the blog behind the scenes and I’m really excited to share some new changes with you guys. So stay tuned, because things will slowly start to reveal themselves in due time (sorry for the tease!). First off, as you can already tell, I’ve finally changed my blog name! This is something that I’ve been longing to do FOREVER and never took the plunge. I’m so excited about these changes and I’ll explain more about them below! What does Grace Lisa May mean? No, Lisa…

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Saturday mornings at White Lily Diner

I’m always anxiously waiting¬†for the weekends to come so I can brunch my heart out. As of recent, the east side of town has become¬†THE place to explore¬†with a galore of new restaurants offering irresistible brunch menu items. Given that I’m a crazy a brunch lady, I’ve made it my mission to hit as many brunch spots as I can. Please be aware that it will be very¬†likely to see an overwhelming amount of brunch posts in the upcoming weeks. So without further a due, lets start with one of my favourites – White Lily Diner! I’ve visited White Lily Diner twice in one month – both visits were during brunch service on a Saturday…

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Feast of St. Lawrence

We were incredibly lucky to be back at the Feast of St. Lawrence for a second year in a row! The feast began in spectacular fashion with an exclusive, al fresco fine dining event for charity. 250 guests were seated at 1 long table on Front Street and were served a delicious 5 course dinner prepared by chefs from some of the top restaurants in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. This was definitely one special dinner and for a great cause as well! RECEPTION Oyster Station (Pearl Diver) Whisky Bar (CC Lounge) Saucisse en Brioche – House Made Sausage baked inside a BIFF’s Signature Brioche (Biff’s Bistro) APPETIZER Corn Gazpacho – Corn Chutney, Corn Bread and…

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Paris travel diary

We spent 4 days in Paris and it was just enough time for me to fall in love with the city. We left Paris knowing we would come back very soon. We probably could have spent a couple weeks and not run out of things to do. There is so much to explore and endless cafes to try.¬† Paris was the last stop of our 3 weeks Europe getaway. Here is a snapshot of what we got up to. 17√®me Arrondissement We stayed at a really cute boutique hotel called H√ītel Le Trente in the 17th Arrondissement in Paris. We decided to wake up bright and early one morning to explore the neighbourhood.¬† We stumbled…

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Where to eat in Paris

We spent¬† 4 full days in Paris and ended up visiting a lot of the restaurants on our list. The foods in Paris were even better that how I imagined it to be. I wish we could have stayed in Paris for another week just to find more ‘hole in the wall’ type restaurants because the list here is endless! (1) Le Petit Canard We visited Le Petit Canard for dinner service for our first night in Paris and I’m so glad we didn’t have any delays coming into Paris otherwise I would have been so gutted. Le Petit Canard is a super small and cozy restaurant located in the 9th Arr. The owners here…

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta with No Yolks

Creamy mushroom pasta using No Yolks noodles for Valentine’s Day? Yes please and thank you. I’m a huge fan of carbs so when I had the opportunity to use No Yolks noodles – it was a no brainer for me! One of my 2018 goals that I’ve been working really hard on so far, is eating healthier. Whether that’s using organic produces or healthier selections of ingredients – I’m always striving to incorporate these changes into my lifestyle. One of the many great things about No Yolks is that their products do not contain egg yolks which means no cholesterol, no sodium and low in fat. And what more than a girl who is trying…

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Day Trip to Verdon Gorge

When I was googling things to do and places to visit, Verdon Gorge came up almost¬† every search and the photos posted online by other travelers left me in awe. I told Eden there was noway we’d be visiting South of France without making a¬†quick stop to see one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons. Easier said then we done – we Eden drove a total of 6 hours (3 hours each way) not to mention it was completely out of the way just to catch a glimpse of this postcardesque view – but it was TOTALLY worth it! Verdon Gorge was incredibly beautiful and no photos taken by me would ever do its justice.…

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Saturday mornings at The Carbon Bar

I love brunch. I especially love brunching in the east end of town. I feel like there are so many brunch spots in the east end that are the next up and coming spots (minus a few older staples like Le Petit Dejeuner). I’ve been to The Carbon bar on several occasions and have been pretty impressed with their dinner offerings especially the pit master platter! When I heard they started to offer brunch service – I knew I had to make a visit. I ordered a grapefruit juice that came in a cute mason jar along with my Huevos El Carbon. The grapefruit juice came cold, crisp and refreshing. I recommend the Huevos El…

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Ultimate Guide for a week in the French Riviera

The French Riviera was one one of those places that we read and heard about as a vacation destination and when we decided to go on our trip to Europe, it was the perfect opportunity to head down. Also known as Cote d’Azur, it was fabulous to visit in the month of September when both the temperature and crowds were moderate. We loved the time away from the hustle of two of the largest cities in Europe. We took a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Nice where we rented a car and drove along the coast to Marseille before taking the train to Paris.   How many days should I stay in South of…

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Ontario: Checking in at Queen’s Landing Hotel in Niagara on the Lake

Recently, we were whisked away for 24 hours exploring the newly opened Wayne Gretzky Estates, (read blog post here) we were luckily enough to spend an evening at Queens Landing Hotel. Located just a short 10 minutes away from Wayne Gretzky Estates, Queen’s Landing is one of the many properties across Ontario owned by Vintage Hotels. About the Hotel We pulled up to the entrance of the hotel admiring its gorgeous Georgian Era architecture. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by very helpful staff members. The hotel boasts 140 guestrooms – each room with a contemporary boutique chic style. They have spacious meeting facilities for conferences and events. The hotel is located just a short few…

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Villefranche-sur-Mer & Eze Village

As I’m sitting in front of my laptop staring at the photos from our recent trip to South of France, words cannot even describe how breathtaking every single stop was.¬† South of France was completely E’s idea and I’m glad we didn’t just spend all our time in France exploring Paris – not that there is anything wrong with Paris. Paris is just as gorgeous as South of France but both places run at a very different pace. E and I spent a week driving down the French¬†Riviera and stopped at quite a few places along the way. Villefranche-sur-Mer and Eze Village were our first among many on this road trip. I’m hoping to share…

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