Category — food
My cool blonde friend C who reminds me of Mad Men’s Betty Draper recently got hitched in her hometown of Burlington, Vermont. A bevy of East Coast It Girls descended on this truly postcard picturesque college town. There we found a cobblestone pedestrian street, heritage buildings, boutique shopping and a plethora of restaurants serving delicious farm to table food. The city hosts a weekend Farmer’s Market which is not to be missed. I arrived a day early and I was busted by friends retail therapy in session. Try the boutique Stella Mae (96 Church St.) for young contemporary brands like Ark & Co, Mink Pink, Chaser and funky shoes from Jeffrey Campbell and Dolce Vita. To indulge your love of vintage, check out Old Gold (180 Main St.) which houses costumes, kitschy accessories, vintage dresses, denim cutoffs and trendy fast-fashion. I bought so much there, they thanked me. Bahahaha. Noooo, thank you!
Loving to research travel, I insisted that we stay at Tripadvisor’s #1 Rated B&B Made Inn Vermont (204 S. Willard). Designed in a Victorian Gothic Paris Vogue meets Rockstar, there were quirky details aplenty to feast your curiosity. Like if Keith Richards opened up a B&B, this would be it. Rooms are adorned in a cozy whimsical style with electric guitars and drums (instruments can be played until 10pm) and chalkboards for guests to leave their love notes or drawings. The owner Linda insisted on making us her famous Sangria so we could chillax pre-cocktail party in the tiki backyard HT (hottt tub, oh yes this was the cincher). When we told our friends, they said, “we got lemonade at our B&B??!!” I just advised that next time they should talk to me. Such a fun mini-vacay! Highly recommended.
July 2, 2014 No Comments
My day started off kind of crappy. So to rid myself of the blues, I put on my most flowy floral, maxi skirt printed with flowers and tigers, an opulent gilded, pair of braided gladiators and my sunglasses. Then I got into my car (Habeeba), opened my sunroof and hit Queen West West for some retail therapy.
Though I live downtown, I haven’t been on a proper stroll to pop into the cute boutiques — there are so many new ones which is fun, exciting and most of all, dangereuse (dangerous in French).
Here were some of my faves:
Zumel & Co (863 Queen St. West) – Filled with racks of colourful blouses, dresses and feminine separates, I think this would be a good place to find a lovely outfit for a daytime cocktail or a unique piece for your work wardrobe.
Cabaret (672 Queen St. West) – This is an oldie but a goodie. A family owned vintage shop specializing in 1920-1970’s clothing. Nothing cheers me up like going into the basement of a vintage store, trying on random retro outfits and digging for hidden treasure. Nothing. I got my besties’ bday present there – an elaborate, Art Deco black beaded headdress which they died over. Plus, the shopgirls were sooo nice and loved my gypsy jetset outfit. PS. I love you.
Wildfox Couture Pop-Up Shop (711 Queen St. West) – Vintage inspired casual wear for dreamers. Based out of LA, this brand is all about distressed terry cloths, soft slub t-shirts, relaxed sweaters and Malibu-inspired beachwear. A fave brand of celebs this pop-up will be here at least until the end of Summer. I could not resist the cute quotient of a Koala pullover because obviously, koala is my power animal.
May 24, 2014 No Comments
This is kind of a continuation post of my Holiday Gift Guide 2013. I reallyx3 put the brakes on my OOC tendency to buy “one for you, one for me” when Christmas shopping. My Christmas tree and décor went up mid-November so I have been enjoying the lights, baking for friends, attending socials and wrapping gifts. In an effort to share some delightful gift ideas and live cyber vicariously through my blog, here are more fun ideas to help you through your holiday shopping…
And for the more decadent bon-vivants in your life, some gifts which are worth the splurge!
For the gourmands who could use a bite to go with their giant glass of wine…
December 14, 2013 1 Comment
If you’ve been following the LC, you know I’ve been on this #juiceodyssey of late. Quite simply, I’m feeling juicer’s remorse discarding all the leftover vegetable and fruit fibers. Surely, my compost is another person’s treasure! The easiest thing I could think of making was a carrot cake, which is a cozy Sunday afternoon baking session. I asked my sister for a recipe because she is one of the best bakers I know and she referred me to an easy recipe in her Joy of Cooking. I made some modifications because I’m on a health kick and if I’m going to feed my colleagues carbs, I’m going to sneak in some healthy ingredients because I care about them. *wink*
Carrot Cake (via The Joy of Cooking)
- 1 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour (originally all-purpose flour)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar (originally 1 cup)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon all-spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup shredded pineapple (original 1/2 cup canned pineapple)
- 1 teaspoon Chia seeds (say yes to Omega-3 goodness), flax seeds would be fun too (surprise!)
- optional 1 cup raisins (no thank you)
Preheat oven to 350F
Combine all dry ingredients. Gradually fold in dry ingredients into wet. Add in carrots, pineapple and chopped walnuts.
Use a 13×9″ round or square pan. Line the bottom of the baking tin with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking oil to easily take it out when serving.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out dry. Let stand to cool and serve to your friends!
November 24, 2013 No Comments
My fashionistah bestie C was celebrating a milestone birthday and she requested that we venture east to her neck of the woods. Being completely clueless on restos in this quadrant of the city, she suggested her fave Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant (1220 Queen St. East). This is a long standing hidden gem in Leslieville, marked by a giant nose housed in a former bank. It was a wonderful choice for its eclectic décor, lively ambience (Lenny Kravitz, Biggie, oh yeah) and most of all its excellent Italian food. We tried a number of appetizers to share – the risotto balls, brussel sprouts with prosciutto and crustini. My entrée was a nicely prepared salmon with a side of rapini. We finished with a birthday platter of chocolate molten cake, tiramisu and goat’s milk cheesecake. Sooo delicious!
I lovex3 buying birthday presents for my girlfriends, especially clothes. I know it sounds really weird but I love dressing my friends. They say that I’m the only person that still buys them clothes as gifts. But I am pretty spot-on when it comes to making sure my gift choices match their styles. Dress you up in my love. Trust.
November 23, 2013 No Comments
Hmm, not sure that I know anyone that isn’t kind of, sort of, obsessed with Beyoncé. And if you told me otherwise, I would serve you some talk to the hand, “Girrl, you be craaazy.” My Ticketmaster alert did not go off because, duh, I forgot to set her as one of my favourites. Sometimes I can be such an imbecile *wink* but I didn’t waste any sad faces when I found out her shows were sold out. With my sunny disposition, I had a profound belief that if there’s a will, there’s ALWAYS a way. Trust. (the secret)
Mentioning my lack of Beyoncé tickets at the lunch table, my friend S was all about it. Step 1 Find a concert partner in crime accomplished. A few weeks later, in a follow up chat we decided we should probably be putting more effort into finding tickets. Then as luck should have it, new tickets were released. Step 2 Get tickets close enough to see B booty shake, hair flip, sweat, etcetera, etc. A done deal. Such are the spoils of fate. Never give up!
Perhaps you want to brush up on your hip hop – See 47 of Beyoncé’s Absolute Best Dance Moves on Buzzfeed.
November 17, 2013 No Comments