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at the Blue Water Bridge in Ontario's Southwest and Ontario's Blue Coast
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12 Things to See and Do in Southwestern Ontario

Ontario, “yours to discover”. I never really understood what that meant as a kid, whenever I’d see it on an Ontario license plate. It’s shameful to admit that I was raised and live in Toronto, and I will plan trips all around the world, but have never taken time to explore my own backyard! I was surprised to see just how much there is to discover within less than a 3-hr. drive from Toronto. I went on a little road trip with some girlfriends to Ontario’s Southwest, specifically Sarnia & Point Edward and Grand Bend. We visited several places along…

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Throwing flowers in hotel bed
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Where to Stay in Dubai: Fairmont Dubai

My husband and I recently went on our honeymoon. We spent a week in Dubai and a week in Mauritius. As both were places we’d wanted to visit for a long time, this trip was quite the dream come true! We saw a lifetime’s worth of sights, which I’ll write about in full travel guides on each location soon. But first, I wanted to recap our stay at one of the hotels in Dubai that made our honeymoon extra special: Fairmont Dubai. With over 600 hotels offering a total of more than 100,000 rooms, Dubai is ranked as one of…

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Sitting in a coffee shop
in Travel & Lifestyle

Why I Stopped Buying Coffee for Three Weeks

I used to spend far too much of my time money at coffee shops. I’m ashamed to admit that every morning, like clockwork, I would go to Tim Hortons to buy an XL coffee, and sometimes get 1 (or 2) breakfast sandwiches to go along with it. The combined total of my order could be as high as $10.25, and it didn’t just stop there! At least 1 or 2 times a week, I’d also buy specialty coffee, like a latte or flat white at an independent coffee shop (averaging about $4-$4.50 a pop). Talk about throwing my money down…

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Setting the table for a perfect picnic in the park
in Food, Travel & Lifestyle

How to Throw the Perfect Picnic in the Park

Entertaining is one of my absolute favourite things to do, especially in the summertime when you can take it to a whole new level by dining al fresco. I’ve just been dying to get outside for a picnic, and the PC Insiders Collection for summer recently gave me the perfect excuse! You might recall that I used the PC Insiders Collection during the holidays last year to put together this Easy Holiday Entertaining Guide. So, I’m super happy to team up with President’s Choice again to showcase all the goodies they have for this summer! Just in time for Canada…

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Salmon poke bowl recipe
in Food

Salmon Poke Bowl – A Recipe That’s Good Your Eyes

Do you ever eat for your eyes? As a foodie, I say that we eat with our eyes all the time. But, do you ever make a conscious effort to consume foods that are good for your vision and eye health? Maintaining good eyesight and eye health is very important because we only have one set of eyes and they cannot be replaced! Especially as we get older, we need to safeguard ourselves against cataracts, macular degeneration, and loss of vision (all of which I talked about in a recent blog post about protecting your eyes from the sun). If…

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Putting leftovers into vacuum bag to vacuum seal
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How and Why I’m Starting to Meal Prep

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FoodSaver®. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you meal prep? It’s such a simple concept and one that makes a lot of sense. But somehow, it’s not something I’ve made a habit of doing in the past. Well, now I’m making a concerted effort to change that! Since the start of the year, my schedule has been very erratic. I’ve been doing a lot of travel, and when I’m back in town, I have to deal with the aftermath and catch-up (and sometimes sickness and jetlag too!). As a result,…

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Staycation at the Westin Harbour Castle
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Girls’ Staycation at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto

Last week, my good friends, Solmaz, Anna and I had the pleasure of staying at The Westin Harbour Castle for a girls’ staycation! Our staycation fell on a Friday evening, and could not have been more perfectly timed, after what felt like the longest week and after receiving the sad news about Anthony Bourdain. We arrived just after check-in time and quickly made ourselves VERY comfortable in the huuuuuggge Executive Suite on the Penthouse level! The Hotel & Location The Westin Harbour Castle is at 1 Harbour Square, in between Bay St. and Yonge St. in Toronto’s Harbourfront district. It…

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Sitting with my dad
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Father’s Day Gift Guide – What’s Your Dad’s ‘Type’?

Every Dad is unique, which is what makes our individual relationships with our fathers so special. Like my Dad, I’m the youngest of 4 siblings, so we share a lot of similarities. My Dad has helped shape me into the person I am today. He’s guided me with his wisdom and life lessons, has taught me to use common sense, be street-smart, and pragmatic in all my decisions. His goal has always been to provide for his 4 daughters – to ensure we had a roof over our head, food on the table, and a good education. Like many immigrant…

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Protecting my eyes with Maui Jim sunglasses from IRIS visual group
in Fashion

Protecting Your Eyes is Always in Style

Sunglasses are my go-to accessory, especially in the summertime, which explains why I have so many pairs! I try to keep on top of sunglasses trends for each season, which can become pretty pricey. So, for that reason, I tend to look for inexpensive options for trendy styles and invest in/splurge on good quality pairs that are more classic. Do you do the same? This year, I’ve teamed up with IRIS as an ambassador. Needless to say, this partnership is pretty awesome for a sunglasses and glasses fanatic, such as myself! I’m proud to represent this Canadian eye care brand,…

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Asian chicken lettuce wraps using Canola oil
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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wow, so it has been quite some time since my last blog recipe! I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately (to see where I’ve been going, you can follow #dineandfashtravels on my Instagram), which has made keeping up with the regular recipes challenging. But, alas, here we are! I’m back in town and back in the kitchen, so I’m pretty pumped! I’ve teamed up with Canola and I’m sharing one of my tried and true recipes with you guys today – my Asian chicken lettuce wraps. It’s a quick and easy, healthy recipe that is sure to please everyone….

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