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comfort food recipe round-up
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Comfort Food Recipe Round-Up

Brb, currently eating my feelings. The world is facing a really tough period, and we are all experiencing and coping with it differently. In times like these, many people turn to food for comfort, including myself. Whether it’s ordering copious amounts of my guilty pleasures (hello, pizza!) or playing around with new recipes and old favourites in my kitchen, a welcome distraction these days has been food. And all I seem to be craving are rich, decadent meals! So, I thought it would be a great time to round up and share some recipes with you – specifically, comfort food…

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whole roasted cauliflower recipe
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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Halloumi

For the past few years, cauliflower has been having a moment. Once considered a boring vegetable that no one could really figure out what to do with, in recent years, it’s been blossoming (and I’m not just talking about its florets 😉). We’ve seen all sorts of yummy cauliflower dishes popping up, like kung pao/Korean fried cauliflower, cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower mac and cheese, and even pizza crust made from cauliflower. And I’m totally here for it! The inspiration for this whole roasted cauliflower with tahini & halloumi came from a local Toronto chef, Anthony Rose. The dish is on the…

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Perfect banh mi sandwich at home
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5 Tips for Making the Best Banh Mi Sandwich at Home

Savoury, spicy, tangy, crunchy, fresh – all elements of the perfect banh mi sandwich. It honestly has to be one of my favourite sandwiches out there, ever since the first moment I took a bite of one. A few months ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam – the birthplace of the banh mi. Sadly, travel all around the world is on hold for the time being due to COVID-19. But if you wanted to escape for a bit or plan for your eventual travel, I’ve written a couple guides on Vietnam that you can…

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11 essential things to do in kingston, ontario
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11 Essential Things to do in Kingston, Ontario

Kingston threw me for a complete loop – in the most amazing way possible. Despite being born about an hour down the road in neighbouring Brockville, I’d never spent any actual time in Kingston. I assumed it was a small, university town. But boy, was I ever wrong! Filled with lots of locally-owned restaurants emphasizing fresh, local ingredients, beautiful architecture, arts, culture, and a tonne of fun activities to keep even the most avid traveler occupied, Kingston is a small town that packs a big punch! I visited earlier this month with my good friend, Solmaz. A quick 2.5-hr. car…

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game-changing travel essentials
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7 Game-Changing Travel Essentials

*This post was done in partnership with Herbal Essences. I only partner with brands I love and trust before outreach and all opinions are my own.   I’m always looking for ways to improve, become more efficient, and make healthier choices. One of my intentions for 2020 is to take better care of my mind and body, which applies to not only when I’m home in Toronto, but also when I travel. Traveling a lot for work means that I’ve had to become an efficient packer. Press trip itineraries are usually jam-packed with activities from the minute you land. So,…

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how to spend one day in mandalay
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How to Spend One Day in Mandalay

Mandalay was our second stop in Myanmar, after Yangon. If you read my Yangon Travel Guide, then you’d know that it took a little while for me to warm up to Myanmar, after having a rough couple of days in Yangon. Mandalay was really the turning point. It was here that I began to see authentic Burmese culture and hospitality – the way of life that I had imagined and hoped to see in Myanmar. While still considered a big city, we began to get a glimpse of rural life in Myanmar in and around Mandalay, especially en route to…

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Shwedagon Pagoda
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Yangon Travel Guide

Yangon is a lot to take in. Our first stop in Myanmar after coming from Vietnam, and I’ve gotta be honest, it was not my favourite. When you arrive, you’re immediately hit with all the sights and smells – dirty, crowded streets, run-down buildings, food stalls I wouldn’t dare eat at, and the intense smell of jasmine permeating pretty much everywhere you go. But perhaps the most jarring thing about Yangon is the poverty. There seemed to be this overall sense of sadness in the eyes of many, and the begging was a bit too much for me to handle….

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chocolate pot de creme
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Chocolate Two Ways

We’ve officially reached the most dreadful part of the winter – when the snow, freezing rain, and bitter cold have gotten to us. When we are desperately craving spring (or at least some more hours of sunshine), but know it’s still a long way away. Like many people, I hibernate in the wintertime. I lose motivation to go places, even the gym. I know they say summer bodies are made in the winter, but I can’t help but want to stay warm and cozy inside, and eat all the comfort food! It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a…

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when are you going to have a baby?
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So, When Are You Going to Have a Baby?

For the past couple years, on Valentine’s Day, I’ve shared some of my most personal posts. Two years ago, I told the story of how my husband and I got together, Our Love Story. To this day, it remains one of the most popular posts on my site. Last year on Valentine’s Day, I opened up about the struggles Alex and I had during our first year of marriage. I hoped through sharing the 15 Hard Truths About Marriage that I had learned, it would provide comfort to those dealing with similar struggles (whether in year 1 or any other…

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Hoi An
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14 Essential Things to do in Hoi An

Welcome to Hoi An, a quaint coastal city on the Thu Bon River. It has an Ancient Town that will enchant you. Take a step back in time and get lost amongst the old yellow walls and narrow streets. Every view will prove to be more photogenic than the last! Hoi An was our second stop on a 2-week adventure in Vietnam and Myanmar, just after Ho Chi Minh City (check out my Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide here). A bit of a sleepy town by day, Hoi An was a nice change of pace from Ho Chi Minh…

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