I’m kind of obsessed with the video montage for Lana Del Rey’s Carmen. When I used to have long stays in LA, I would play it on repeat instead of watching the depressing news. On a brighter culinary note, there’s a Spanish tapas revival in Toronto of late. This bodes well with my other obsession, channelling my inner senorita. Ole!
My favourite Spanish tapas are in no particular order:
- Tortilla Espanola – a thick egg and potatoe omelet
- Patatas Bravas – bite size potatoes (my favourite type are fried, obviously!) with a tomatoe and garlic sauce
- Croquetas – Croquettes flavoured with béchamel combined with ham, shrimp or cheese
- Manchego – A cheese made from sheep milk originating from the La Mancha region of Spain. Reminds me of lazy afternoons having wine with the locals in Marbella. Le sigh!
For a casual option, try the restaurant of the same name Carmen (922 Queen St. West) or for a more ritzy experience, try Patria (480 King St. West). I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “Patria has the best Patatas Bravas in town.”
May 21, 2013 No Comments
French bon vivant (literally “one who lives well, good ‘liver’ (living person)”), from bon (“good”) + vivant (“person who is living”), agent noun of vivre (“to live”). A person who enjoys the good things in life, especially good food and drink; a gal about town. We are lucky, non?
I subsist on a diet of salad, vegetables, fish and when I’m feeling very naughty, gluten-free hummus chips. When I indulge in food and drink on the weekends, I love to try new restaurants, share a dessert, let my foodie friends feed me multi-course meals, have a glass of champie here, maybe a cocktail over there.
Here are my foodie & drink obsessions au moment:
- Fro-yooooo: There is a frozen yoguort resurgence of late. Remember when the only choice we had was Yogen-Fruz? Soooo boring! My cravings started in LA where the DIY fro-yo craze has a shop on every corner. Lately, I have noticed the Yogurty’s chain popping up like dandelions. I love dispensing my own red velvet, dulce de leche, swirled with pumpkin, stacked with strawberries, nuts and a dash of Reese bits. Tummy ache!
- Lobster-Mania – Lately, I’ve been craving lobster ALL the time. They make a delicious lobster ravioli at Brassaii (461 King St. West). I feel like lobster might get all trendy like poutine. That would be fan-tastic!
- It’s A-OK to drink at 11:01Am - If you asked for a morning cocktail at 10:59am, well the disgrace on your waiter’s face. In the summer, I think a morning champagne spritzer or prosecco is quite delightful when lunching al fresco. There are some lovely patios hidden like secret gardens that you could enjoy one of these refreshing afternoon drinkie-drinks such as Hacienda (640 Queen St. West) or The Harbord Room (89 Harbord St.)
August 8, 2012 No Comments
Dearies, in every attempt to be The Love Collage in real life, I like to give how I live, which means bohogi or bust! Socials are my favourite way to meet readers and share some of my personal interests.
A very FUN charity I am involved with is The Corsage Project - a volunteer-organization that helps graduating highschool women who are unable to afford the expense of Prom by outfitting them from head-to-toe with a prom dress, accessories and shoes. Since its inception, the founders dreamed of being able to provide scholarships to outstanding individuals who are pursuing post-secondary education. Every year, we have a huge Boutique Ball and it’s very exciting to be a part of movement of women who are helping their little sisters. Fairy Godmothers for the next generation! Girl power.
Every year, when I meet and talk with the volunteers, many are eager to help more because the experience is extremely moving. I am excited to partner with Nathalie-Roze Fischer to bring you a crafternoon of prom, crafts and witty banter!
Fascinating Fascinators, a “Make & Donate” Workshop
Hostessed by Nathalie-Roze Fischer benefitting The Corsage Project
Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Place: Nathalie Roze Fischer
1015 Queen St East
Follow her on Twitter: @NRandCo and @CorsageProject
Nathalie-Roze and I will be providing the supplies and snacks; participants can bring their favourite sewing needle, glue gun, any sequins, notions they would like to use during this crafternoon. If anyone is interested in dropping off their donations, this funky boutique in Leslieville will be accepting donations of new purses, pashminas & prom accessories until April 15th, 2012.
There are 2 timeslots: Group A/1PM & Group B/2:30PM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a timeslot as spaces are limited. Beginners and sewing goddesses welcome – Don’t wait! Don’t hesitate!
April 12, 2012 No Comments
The focus for the show will be:
- Emerging and local artists (small sized artwork, prints, cards)
- Indie arts and crafts (toys, art/craft supplies)
- Fashionable artisan gifts (jewellery, accessories)
- Gourmet food (baked goods, preserves)
- DIY presents
- Apparel & Vintage
Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Time: 12pm – 6pm
Place: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
This event will be taking place during the weekend of Queen West Art Crawl. From Trinity Bellwoods Park to Parkdale, hundreds of artists will be showcasing their work. Enjoy special art exhibits and installations in galleries and cafes open to the public. Such a wonderful way to take part and experience the vitality of the Toronto art scene – engage, get inspired and support local! To preview all the ah-mazing exhibitors and vendors, check out the website www.creativeheartcollective.com
This truly has been a labour of love (aka blood, sweat, tears, etc) but it has been worth it to be able to bring such a talented group of artists and artisans together! Hope to connect with you there! xoxo The LC
September 13, 2011 No Comments
Copenhagen, Denmark. Not a place I would necessarily put on the list of places I MUST visit in my lifetime but definitely somewhere that I was intrigued enough to travel. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I admired the city and now feel the overwhelming need to pay it forward. A cool destination known for its numerous canals, expansive landscaped parks, historic houses, Scandinavian design, outdoorsy lifestyle, tall blondes and the birthplace of the hipster. It very much reminded me of my beloved Toronto with its friendly inhabitants, clean streets and trendy enclaves. I could tell you about the tourist traps but you really want the inside scoop. Perhaps my little travel gems shall persuade you to add it to the list? Not really, sort of, maybe, yes.
Stroget is the main shopping area, a pedestrian friendly cobblestone maze of shops from the high-end luxury (Louis Vuitton) to the fast fashion, cheap and cheerful H&M and Gina Tricot. The department store Illum houses an impressive assortment of housewares and decor. Wandering into its less boisterous sidestreets, you will stumble upon antique dealers and the more eclectic independent boutiques and cafes.
Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer – It’s a fact: Danes like to work on their tans. And we love them for it. Insert *staring problem* With many bike friendly paths, recreational parks and designated swimming areas on the canals (such as Havenholmen), many people were taking advantage of the milder than usual climates. Locals lounge on the grassy noles, enjoy people watching, listening to live musicians or taking a refreshing dip in the clean canals.
Waffles & Weiners – Every day the smell of freshly made waffle cones would waft through the air like gauzy puffs of sugar and butter clouds. Inhale deeply and feel intoxicated by the rush of endorphins. Known for the quality and variety of their hotdogs and toppings, many carnivores indulge in the street meat offerings as a snack or meal. So overpoweringly delicious was the scent of Frankfurters, I was HIGHLY tempted to give up my vegetarian ways.
Wherefore art thou Hipsters? Maybe you would expect more gentlemen of the Sprockets variety (see/ Mike Myers SNL circa 90′s) but I would classify the gents as ‘Modern Dandies’ with their perfectly coiffed pompadours, trimmed facial hair, v-neck cotton t-shirts, walking shorts and deck shoes. Could you expect any less from the city that brings you the most accessible street fashion? Vesterbro is the up and coming sketchy area you will find them and the street where they are most likely to congregate is on Istedgade. Is your curiosity piqued? See/ The Copenhagen Report
August 8, 2011 No Comments
The newly planted herbs in the windowsill are dying a slow, tragic death. My always perfectly jeujed bangs are plastered to my forehead and for someone who doesn’t really sweat, I am sweating in places that I never knew existed. Guess what? Only dancers in music videos and Cindy Crawford in a Pepsi commercial circa 1990 look damn sexy in the blistering heat (though I can’t comment on the smell). For us regular folk, we just have to work it a little harder.
With no air conditionning, there seems to be little relief with the windows open, curtains drawn. With record-breaking soaring temperatures, modesty is at best, an afterthought. Perhaps this is high season for voyeurs since cooking in your underwear is de rigeur. And if we’re going to be prancing about in our skivvies, let’s channel Risky Business (without the long-sleeve since it’s much too HOTTT for that!)…
July 25, 2011 No Comments