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 minutes away from a galore of wineries including the Trius Winery & Restaurant and of course the Wayne Gretzky Estates.

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The Room

My room for the evening was really spacious. 1 comfy king sized bed, desk, 1 large couch with foot rest, bathroom with 2 bath robes included. I loved the darker colours of the room – made it super cozy and relaxing to come home to after a day of activities. I came back to my hotel room welcomed with a rose. Love the small little touches made by the staff of Queen’s Landing.

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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 with you some tips and things we’ve learnt along the way over the next few posts.

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Our first couple of nights, we stayed at a boutique hotel in Nice. (Hotel du Midi) From there, it was only a half hour drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer. We parked our car along the side of the road and stayed at the top for a little bit to take in the gorgeous view over looking Villefranche-sur-Mer. Looking at these photos makes me miss France so much!

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Eze Village 

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Eze Village reminds me of a backdrop or set of Beauty and the Beast. I could easily wander around aimlessly through the village for a good half of the day and not even be tired. They have restaurants and lots of cute little shops in many different paths. I couldn’t help myself and ordered a Nutella Crepe as soon as I saw the stand. The cobble stones and plants hanging from all direction makes it feel so incredibly relaxing. The best part of all- Eze Village was only a 15 minute drive from Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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My London Travel Guide

London is so beautiful in all its ways. Oh how I can’t wait to visit you again! We spent approximately 5 days exploring and eating our way through the city. Tourist areas are welcoming to visit while the atmosphere in the city continues to be culturally vibrant and inclusive. Here is a snapshot of what we got up to all in one day 🙂

(1) Make your way to London Bridge

After our breakfast at Duck & Waffles (read about it here), we slowly walked off our itis and made our way to London Bridge. The scenery surrounding the London Bridge is just amazing and relaxing (we visited around 8:30AM). We walked a bit around the river, passing by Tower Bridge and walked right through the castle leading to London Bridge- taking everything in slowly. It was such a peaceful morning walk.

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(2) River Cruise

We hopped on a river cruise that took us from London Bridge to Westminister Abbey with an audio guide. The company that we went with was called City Cruises London. We purchased tickets online in advance. Food and beverages were available on the cruise with additional cost. The River Cruise happens rain or shine. During our cruise, there was light rain but that didn’t stop us. The boat has 2 levels – upper level is balcony & lower level is an enclosed area with plenty of long tables and resting chairs.

Sightseeing tickets prices vary depending on whether you prefer a single or return trip, departing and arrival location – nonetheless, booking your river cruise online in advance will definitely be cheaper than purchasing in person.

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(3) Big Ben & Westminister Bridge

Our river cruise took us directly to Big Ben & Westminister Bridge. We decided to stroll to the departure location (Tower Bridge) and take the river cruise to Big Ben (one way fare).

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(4) Westminister Abbey

Stepping into the Westminister Abbey after following Prince William & Kate’s Royal wedding was such an eye opener. The Westminister Abbey church is simply beautiful inside and out. Visiting this church does require an admission fee of £20.00 for an adult if you prepurchase online.  However, if you attend their services, you can go in for free. Service times & ticket prices information are all available on their website.

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(5) Victoria Memorial & Buckingham Palace

We made our way to Buckingham Palace after visiting Westminister Abbey. Although we didn’t get a chance to witness the changing of the guards, I still thought it was pretty cool to be so close to the palace.

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(6) St. James Park

Walking through St. James Park was incredibly breathtaking. All the greenery and tall trees just made the walk really peaceful despite only being steps away from the busy Buckingham Palace.

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(7) Regent Street

I love the fashion scene in London so naturally visiting Regent Street was a must visit for me. I’m a huge fan of Zara and Mango Clothing – whether it’s to buy (more) work or casual clothes – there is just always something for me to buy haha. Anyways, Regent Street was the “one stop shop” street for me to purchase all my favourite brands of clothing.

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(8) Sky Garden 

Sky Garden is one of the most breathtaking indoor Gardens you can get indoors – overlooking the city. With its glass walls everywhere, you can really get one of the best views of the city – night or day. The best part about Sky Garden is that it’s free to visit if you book online in advance. Reservation are only opened up to 3 weeks in advance available in hourly increments. (You can only visit an hour at a time) Make sure the name you use to book the reservation matches your ID exactly – otherwise admission is not guaranteed. If you want to visit Sky Garden with less people around, another option is to make a reservations at one of their bars or restaurants

(9) Harrods

Last but not least, Harrods – a great place in my opinion to buy souvenirs for friends and family. Each floor inside Harrods is pretty distinct. Starting from high street brands on the ground level, you can work your way up to find different things to buy ranging from handbags, Christmas ornaments (in September), chocolate, Harrods tea, desserts to go and even restaurants located on random levels. Be prepared to stay in Harrods for quite some time if you’re planning on purchasing souvenirs.

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(10) Where to Eat 

  • Duck and Waffles – Affordable breakfast, brunch, dinner with a spectacular view overlooking the city (opened 24 hours)
  • Homeslice – Best thin sliced pizza I’ve ever had. Must visit even if its just for a snack (They sell a slice or a whole pizza)
  • Madhatter’s Tea Party – An Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea party inside the Sanderson Hotel – enough said!

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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 🙂

Brought to you by the same team as SPIN, The Greenwood is quite the cozy and ultimate chill spot to grab brunch. They are usually quite busy but I’ve been luckily enough to never have to wait for a seat (visited at either 9am or 1pm).

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Classic Shakshuka ($15.00)

  • spiced tomato stew topped with two baked eggs and crumbled feta, with house pita

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The Green Wood Burger ($15.00)

  • classic burger topped with the works, with fries or fresh greens
  • add bacon $2.00 add cheese $2.00

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BOYB Build Your Own Benny ($12.00)

  • two poached eggs and hollandaise on house bread, served with fresh greens or roasted potatoes
  • add peameal $4.00 add bacon $2.00 add smoked salmon $4.00 add brisket $4.00 add spinach $2.00 add avocado $2.00 add tomato $2.00 add roasted squash $2.00

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Coziest French Toast ($12.00)

  • cinnamon swirled brioche soaked in vanilla custard, served with berries and maple syrup
  • want to stuff your french toast with apple pie filling and candied walnuts $4.00

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Skillet Breakfast ($15.00)

  • two fried egg on brisket, roasted potatoes, bell pepper, mushroom and onion hash

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So one thing that all my brunch visits have in common is that I’ve ordered their Green Wood Burger every single time and it does not disappoint! All the components in the burger are fresh and crisp. Buns are toasted yet soft. The patty is juicy and their house sauce just brings everything together. There is nothing not to love about this burger – almost reminds me the one I had in South of France! Next up to order is their classic shakshuka – there is something different and delicious about their spiced tomato sauce topped with the perfect amount of feta crumble. Last by not least – the coziest french toast is soaked with the perfect amount of vanilla custard – topped with fresh fruits.

Note – Green Wood is a cashless restaurant.

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Madhatter’s Tea Party – London Food Edition

One of my fondest moments in London was my afternoon tea experience at the Sanderson Hotel. When I think what I must do in London, I think afternoon tea – which is something one definitely needs to try when they’re over in the UK. There was a huge list of highly rated afternoon tea options. Sketch London was amongst the many but we ultimately decided to choose this uniquely themed “Alice in Wonderland” Tea party.

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We loved our whole dining experience from the ambiance, service, decor and even to the tiniest detail of the “Alice and Wonderland” themed cutlery. When my friend first suggested the Madhatter’s tea party initially, I was a bit hesitant, I thought the experience would be too cutesy for me but it was the complete opposite than what I imagined. The overall decor was very elegant and classy – the tea set itself was very cute but not in an overwhelming type of way.

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I’m a salty type of girl. I never really crave for sweets. I savoured every last bite of the sandwiches from the bottom plate and slowly enjoyed the sweet plates.

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MAD HATTER’S AFTERNOON TEA (£48 per person)

Savoury
Smoked salmon Scotch quails egg with caviar and cream cheese
Stack of King of Hearts ham and parmesan croque-monsieur
Cornish crab bridge roll with dill, lemon, creme fraiche and avocado
White Rabbit cucumber and cream cheese sandwich on pesto bread

Sweet
Queen of Hearts rose and strawberry Jammy Dodger
Mocha chessboard gateau
Tweedle Dee lemon curd financier
Mad March Hare vanilla pocket watch macaroon
Chocolate and pistachio Blue Caterpillar
Wonderland marshmallow magic mushrooms
Mad Hatters lost carrot and fennel meringue
Alice’s cinnamon, apple and peach “Drink Me” potion
Sanderson’s warm scones served with Cornish clotted cream and fruit preserve

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Harry Potter Fan Day

Leading up to our visit to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studios Tour, we were uber excited for this behind the scenes tour. We didn’t know how much time we would spend there but ended up touring for a whole 3 hours. There are just SO many things to see, do, buy and try out here at the studios! I highly recommend this for any Harry Potter fans out there – it is definitely worth the trek from where every you are.

For those that are Harry Potter enthusiasts, I would say your stay can last anywhere between 3-6 hours (without counting transportation time to the studios) so make sure you let yourself spend at least half a day here.

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We had already paid for our admission online a few weeks in advance but upon arrival at the studios, we had to obtain a physical ticket at the ticket booth (with the confirmation code you received from booking online) outside the studios before entering. The time of the tour that you booked online were more “suggested” times so it’s probably best to arrive within a certain time frame of your allotted time. We were actually running a little late, but upon arrival, we realized after the security check and coat check, people just leisurely made their way to line up to a secret door entrance so don’t be too worried if you are early or running a little late!

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There were so many exciting and interactive things to do inside the studios! I won’t go into too much detail because I want it to still be a surprise for those that haven’t been! Half way through the tour, you are led into their cafeteria where you can buy loads of different food items and also purchase butter beer!

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I think this room of the entire castle was my favourite part of the tour. It was incredible to see the castle fill up an entire room. My photo simply don’t do it justice!

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Hope you enjoyed my post about the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio. If you have any questions, please let me know and I’d be more than happy to answer them for you.

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Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe

One of my many new year’s resolution for 2018 is to eat out less – this is a hard one honestly but I am determined to make it happen. I want to share more healthy recipes throughout this year and am hoping to support more local farms & produce.

I wrote about Fresh City Farm‘s towards the end of last year, if you’ve missed it – I’ve attached a link to that blog post that will give you a better idea of who they are and what they offer. I’m a huge supporter of fresh organic produces from local farms and am sharing one of my favourite recipes from Fresh City Farms.

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Print Recipe
Greek Lemon Chicken Recipe
Greek Lemon Chicken with Potatoes & Steamed Greens Diet: Gluten free , Dairy free , Nut free
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • lbs. potatoes
  • 19-20 oz. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp. biodynamic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh city's greek spice mix (oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 6 cups chard
  • salt & pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • lbs. potatoes
  • 19-20 oz. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp. biodynamic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh city's greek spice mix (oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 6 cups chard
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Roast the Chicken & Potatoes • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Dice the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Add them to a large bowl with the chicken thighs. Toss with 2 tbsp. olive oil, Greek Spice Mix, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the chicken and potatoes into a large baking dish and place it in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Make the Greek Lemon Sauce • While the chicken and potatoes are roasting, cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a small bowl, removing any seeds. Mince the garlic and add half to the bowl. Add the oregano and whisk with a fork to combine.
  3. Marinate the Chicken • After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and potatoes from the oven and pour the Greek lemon sauce over top. Return to the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are fork-tender, about 10-15 minutes. The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature reaches 165ºF and shows no signs of pink.
  4. Wilt the Greens • In the meantime, rinse and dry the leafy greens and roughly chop them. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the greens and remaining garlic, and cook until the greens are lightly wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Bring It All Together • Divide the chicken and potatoes evenly between two plates and serve with the wilted greens on the side
Recipe Notes

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Reflections & 2018 Goals

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Happy 2018 to everyone and hope you all had a lovely holiday with your friends and family. I’m back after a year end hiatus with some new content and ideas! I’ve been contemplating for a very long time about writing this blog post mainly because this post is more personal than what I’m normally used to sharing with everyone. Besides posting about events and restaurants in and about the city, I also want to document the things I plan to do and achieve for the new year on a personal and business level for 2018 and things I’ve learned about myself in 2017.

I’ve added new  sections to my blog and I’ve broken it down for you below. I’m hoping to share with everyone a little bit career / lifestyle tips that I find useful when I’m trying to organize my life (both personal and business) together. I’m going to be traveling again in March so I’m hoping to share a guide / travel tips / where to eat / what to do etc type posts. I’m still working on my Europe 2017 Trip – so please expect those posts to be coming soon! I’ve also been thinking of sharing more vegan and plant based recipes that I’ve found recently 🙂

Content of my blog:

  • New categories
    • Travel (Hotel/Resorts, Different Countries – Restaurants, What to do / Things to eat/ See, Travel Tips)
    • Food (Restaurants, Events, Giveaways, Food Tours, Subscriptions Services, Mobile Applications)
    • Recipes – Lately I’ve been really into organic, plant based recipes that can still be just as delicious as any other recipe. I’m thinking of sharing these new finds on my recipe section.
    • Lifestyle – This section is a little newer to my blog but I would love to share my personal goals & aspirations. Anything career related and also a little bit on health, wellness and of course fashion!

Personal goals:

  • Drink more water – 8+ cups to be exact. I have a Brita Water Filter Pitcher at my desk now so there shouldn’t be any excuse as to why I can’t drink more water at work
  • Gym – I hate the gym. But my boyfriend and I are doing this new thing where we won’t allow each other to brunch Saturday morning unless we both hit the gym before. We’ve been saying we would go to the gym together for 6-8 months so this is the only method to motivate the both of us. Sad I know (lol)
  • Savings – I have to work out the exact percentage first, but I want to put more money aside after each pay cheque to purchase a home.
  • Nutrition – I used to make an apple oatmeal jar for breakfast every morning but I’ve stopped doing that for the past 6 months. I will definitely get back on that and also be sure to intake at least 2 different kinds of fruits everyday.
  • Trying something out of my comfort zone – I’m always afraid of trying something new so I’m planning on changing that this year. We’re doing something very exciting at the end of March 2018 (exciting for me!) so I can’t wait to share this with you guys. Ps. It’s not anything crazy like jumping off a plane or anything – let’s keep the expectations low lol its me we’re talking about here haha

Blogging goals:

  • Follow a schedule – I think creating new categories will help me be more inclined to follow a schedule. Sometimes it can be difficult if I’m attending a lot of tastings and not traveling as much in a particular month so I’m hoping to come up with a schedule to pace myself to ensure I can cover all 4 categories.
  • Post twice a week – I want to create a consistent posting schedule. Perhaps 1 post from 2 categories each week. (Let’s say 1 recipe post & 1 travel post in Week 1 and 1 restaurant post & lifestyle post in Week 2)
  • Twitter – Tweet at least twice a day.
  • Instagram – Post at least once a day. I like to post later in the evenings but am really bad at this especially if I have something else going on that evening. I’ve downloaded UNUM and hopefully that will encourage to post more consistently.
  • Engagement – After a long day at work, I log onto my social medias and get slightly overwhelmed with the amount of things going on  but I’m going to make an effort to dedicate my time to reply and or like every comment that across my social media platforms.
  • Emails – When life gets a bit hectic, I tend to miss blog emails and/or forget to reply. I’m going to dedicate an hour each day (maybe in the morning on the way to work / lunch time/ on the way home) to reply to PR companies / fellow blogger’s emails. I want to maintain a better relationship with everyone I work with

Thank you for taking the time to read through my 2018 goals and reflections on what I didn’t do well in 2017! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for following along my blogging adventures (whether you’ve been following since 2011 or you’ve just recently found me) – it seriously means a lot to me 🙂 I hope all of you have a great year ahead and can’t wait to share better content with you guys 🙂

Photgraphy: EY

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Fresh City – Breakfast, Salad Jars & more

In today’s world, its hard to resist the temptation of eating out and hitting up all the new hot spots in Toronto’s ever growing food scene. I’m 100% guilty of this as I’m surrounded by all this temptation everyday working 9-5 in the financial district. I can tell you for a fact that it is way too convenient for me to buy a morning Starbucks, head down again to the food court for lunch, followed by an afternoon snack (probably something incredibly unhealthy) and then hitting up a new restaurant for dinner all in one day. Hopefully, all this is going to change for 2018, as my new year’s resolution is to implement a healthier day to day lifestyle. (Yes I know, this is generally everyone’s new year resolution for the first quarter of any given new year haha)

Anyhow, I recently discovered an organic grocery & meal delivery service that allows you to be lazy & healthy at the same time. Fresh City offers customers organic produce, recipe kits and pre-made snacks and breakfast jars for those that are on the go! In this blogpost, I’m going to be sharing with you the snacks, salads and breakfast jars that I’ve tried with Fresh City.

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SNACK: CELERY CANOES ($4.50 – 1 Portion)

  • Description: This new and improved great Canadian classic uses organic almond butter and delicious dried cranberries to lend itself a refreshingly crisp, yet nutty and sweet taste to the palate.
  • Ingredients: celery*, dried cranberries*, almond butter*
    *organic

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SALAD: Peanut Soba ($11.25 – 1 portion)

  • Description: Fresh City’s filling and nutritious Peanut Soba Salad is a meal in a jar! Made fresh from scratch. Simply empty the dressing into the jar and shake to mix. Their salad jars are carefully layered and vacuum-sealed to ensure optimum freshness. Ingredients are all organically grown and locally focused.
  • Ingredients: 40% buckwheat soba noodles*, carrots*, edamame*, bell pepper*, mung bean sprouts* or pea shoots*, Fresh City’s Peanut Dressing (peanut butter*, sesame oil*, lime juice*, water, garlic powder*, ground ginger*, tamari*, sea salt) green onion*, sesame seeds*, sesame oil*, sea salt
    *organic

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BREAKFAST: English’s Farmer ($8.25 – 1 portion)

  • Description: Fresh City’s in-house nutritionist has created an optimal ratio of starches, proteins, fats, and greens to keep your life in balance. Heat up your own craving with their timeless morning meal whereby their sausages are from a Certified Organic farm here in Ontario
  • Heating instructions: Remove contents from jar and heat in microwave for 1-2 mins or oven (375F) for 10 to 12 minutes. Please note that re-heating times are approximate and may vary depending on your microwave or oven.
  • Ingredients: pinto beans*, Fresh City’s BBQ Sauce (diced Ontario tomatoes*, apple cider vinegar*, maple syrup*, chili powder*, onion powder*, cane sugar*, paprika*, cumin*, sea salt), Ontario maple breakfast pork sausage*, potato*, spinach*, olive oil*, lemon juice*, onion*, dried oregano*, garlic powder*, dried parsley*
    *organic

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Stay tuned for more healthy & organic recipes from Fresh City that I will be sharing in the new year!

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Gift Idea – Breakaway Experiences

Running out of time and ideas of what to get your friends and family? Well, here is a rather unique Christmas gifting idea – Breakaway Experiences. Breakaway Experiences, available in Canada, offering your not so everyday range of experiences, some of which one can consider to be on their bucket list. Whether its an adrenalin pumping driving, flying and water sports experiences to invigorating spa days and delectable culinary & winery tours – Breakaway Experiences has got you covered.

Some of their experiences include:

  • Flying lessons
  • Stunt driving
  • Cooking classes
  • Dog sledding
  • Food Tours
  • Night Kayaking Tour in Vancouver and a whole lot more…

We recently had the opportunity to take part of a Toronto Food Tour visiting the Riverside & Leslieville area of Toronto. I’m not going to go into too much detail about tour because I want to leave it as a surprise for those wanting to participate in their upcoming tours. I included photos of my favourite memories of our tour. Tour was roughly 3-4 hours, led by Chef Nick who gave us a historical background of how everything in the areas came to be.

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Pre-opening celebration with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of attending Ruth’s Chris’ pre-opening rehearsal dinner at their new restaurant. Their new restaurant located literally across the airport (970 Dixon Road) officially opened to the public on November 13th. The cost of the meals that evening went to benefit the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Before this visit to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, I’ve actually never stepped foot into any Ruth’s Chris restaurant so you can only imagine my excitement! For the pre-opening dinner, we were given your not so average pre-fix menu. Rather than having 3 pre-selected courses, we were given 6 courses (some courses to share).

Veal Osso Buco Ravioli

  • Saffron-infused pasta with sautéed baby spinach & white wine demi-glace

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Caesar Salad

  • Fresh romaine hearts, romano cheese, creamy Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan & fresh ground black pepper

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Soup of the Day

  • Lobster bisque with brandy

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New York Strip

  • USDA Prime, full bodied 16 oz cut, slightly firmer than a ribeye

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Ribeye

  • USDA Prime 16oz cut, well marbled for peak flavor, deliciously juicy

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Mashed Potatoes – with a hint of roasted garlic
Creamed Spinach – a ruth’s classic

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Crème Brulee

  • with fresh berries

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Both E and I had an amazing dinner (and we’re not just saying that) – besides the steaks we ordered, we really enjoyed and didn’t expect the veal osso buco ravioli to be one of the highlights. The sautéed baby spinach complemented the pasta sauce really well. For mains, we ordered a New York Strip & Ribeye to be cooked rare. Both steaks arrived on a very hot plate with sizzling noises from the steak that you could hear and smell from across the room. Both steaks were cooked and seasoned perfectly. I personally enjoyed the New York Strip a little more because of the firmness of the steak. Last but not least, the sides are something that you cannot forego. The buttery mashed potatoes and creamed spinach were oh-so-good!

Ruth’s Chris airport location hours are Monday to Friday lunch from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. 7 days a week, they are opened for dinner from 4:30PM – 10:00PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 4:30PM -10:30PM (Friday & Saturday)

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Brighton, here we come!

We ventured off to Brighton for a day trip one sunny afternoon. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of London just for a little breather. Brighton is a sea side town that is just about an hour train ride south of London. I remember stumbling out of Brighton Train Station instantly feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s the cute and little quaint boutiques that I like so much about Brighton. But of all places why Brighton? Well, let’s just say my favourite youtubers (Zoella & Alfie) reside in Brighton and a day trip to this beautiful town was a must!

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Steps away from Brighton Train Station, we found ourselves at Cafe Coho – a cozy little cafe that served up some amazing brunch & hot brews. You can’t go wrong with some eggs benedict and an order of pancakes stacked with bacon!

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After our hearty breakfast, we were in dire need of a long walk. As we were strolling towards the pier, we made a couple of stops along the way including souvenir shops and the busy Churchill Square for those that are shopaholics (aka me!)

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The Lanes – is your one stop shop to everything but situated in many ‘alley ways’ hence “The Lanes”. I loved aimlessly walking around in the area looking at all the different boutiques serving gelato, to cafes, artisan, book stores, stationary – you name it!

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Eating fish n chips along the pier is a must and that is exactly what we did!

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For those that want a view of Brighton from way up top, you can go up the British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest moving observation tower on the seafront.

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Take a quick photo on the Brighton Bandstand.

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One of the best memories I had during our entire trip was riding these teal bikes towards the sunset for cheap! (£1.00 for 35 mins).

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You will realize you’re walking into Hove when you see a galore of beautiful coloured beach huts facing the waters.

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Stroll along the Brighton Pier and watch the sunset before heading home!

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Cheers!
Grace, Food in the City Toronto

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