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5th Annual Bento Sushi Champion Competition

What better way to recover from my recent vacation to Chicago (where I essentially over-ate every day) than to attend a sushi competition, where I spent the day stuffing my face?! Pretty good re-integration strategy, I’d say! My pal, Karen Ng (@sincerelykn), invited me to join her and some other foodie friends to see how the top 6 Bento Sushi chefs from across the country roll at Bento Sushi’s 5th Annual Sushi Champion Competition. Each year, Bento Sushi chefs across Canada can get as creative as they want by submitting a sushi roll design of their choice. Bento Sushi then selects the top 6 chefs, who become…

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Bench – Comfy, Casual

When it comes to fashion, you shouldn’t have to compromise comfort for style. As much as I love elevating a look with a pair of heels, I basically live in flats and runners on the weekend, and outside of the office, my style is, for the most part, quite minimal and relaxed. So, when I find clothes that are comfortable, stylish, and easy to throw on, I will put them on serious rotation! I recently had the opportunity to shop the Bench collection and it was such a revelation! Prior to then, I really only associated Bench with workout clothes, since all I seemed to see people in was their…

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Tweak Your Tea – 3 Easy Iced Tea Recipes

Nothing says refreshing more than a glass of ice-cold iced tea! Now that the warm weather seems like it’s here to stay, it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and get summer-ready with our drinks! I’ve partnered with Pure Leaf Iced Tea and Pure Leaf Canada to show you some of the ways you can get creative and tweak your tea! Apart from water, coffee, and wine (!), iced tea is actually one of my favourite things to drink. I just haven’t been able to find a great tasting iced tea that doesn’t have all the calories or artificial sweeteners…

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Ufficio

Photogenic floor tiles, marble tables, beautiful décor, attentive service, and impeccable food – I think I died and went to foodie heaven! Although technically a fine dining Italian pescatarian restaurant, if you are a carnivore, you will not miss the meat at Ufficio. Taking up shop in the Little Portugal neighbourhood of Toronto since January of this year, this place had been on my list for a while. But I was initially most interested in going for brunch (all you other bloggers and Instagrammers understand the struggle for good lighting 😉 ). After stalking their website for a bit, I made a reso for the Sunday in March when brunch…

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Shopping the GEOX Nebula Collection

My quest for the perfect suede running shoe is finally over! A couple weeks ago, I was invited to shop the new GEOX Nebula collection*, where I scored this pair of grey runners. I had been looking for suede running shoes for a while, but could never manage to find the right pair. So when the opportunity arose to shop GEOX, I was super excited! When it comes to runners, I tend to stick to the usual colours: white and black. So this time, I thought I’d go in a different direction and add some colour to my running shoe collection. GEOX Nebulas come in lots of colours and…

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Feeling Festive

I follow a lot of other fashion bloggers for inspiration; and so, I couldn’t help but notice the absolute ONSLAUGHT of photos from Coachella on my Instagram feed for the past couple of weeks from high profile international bloggers and even some from Canada who made the trip to Indio, California. They all look so well put together in their free-flowing, boho chic festival attire, without even a single hair out of place (unless it was intentionally done that way to look effortless), all while posing in front of the iconic Coachella Ferris wheel. Case in point: But real talk: how many bloggers…

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Chantecler 2.0

Chantecler has been one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto for quite some time and probably my best kept secret! This tiny place in Parkdale, which has been open since 2012, has such a great vibe and amazing food that I would share it with people all the time. In fact, I would always be amazed by people living here who told me they had never heard of it before! So, when my friends and I who were long overdue for a dinner couldn’t get a table for 5 at a restaurant that was on our list, I made an executive decision to book us in…

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Think Pink

Let’s play a little game – it’s called the “Would you rather game”. Would you rather: have a short, but really cold winter OR a mild, but really long winter (or in our case, a winter that lingers into the spring)?! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m essentially complaining about the current weather in Toronto yet again! When my Instagram hubby and I shot this look, it was below zero, and we had to keep on running back inside First Canadian Place every 10 minutes in order to warm our hands and feet up! I purchased…

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Bar Begonia

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you will have seen a couple photos that I’ve posted of this place, along with my promise to blog about my experience here. Although it took me a while to actually get this up on the blog, I’m happy to finally share my fantastic brunch at Bar Begonia (@barbegonia)! Bar Begonia is Chef Anthony Rose‘s 6th and latest installment of his empire in Toronto (along with Big Crow, Fat Pasha, both locations of Rose and Sons, and Schmaltz Appetizing). This venture is a Parisian-style bar/restaurant that serves up a pretty mean brunch. You might have driven by the…

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Cantinho Portuguese Pop-Up – Collab with @sincerelykn

I’ve teamed up with my friend and fellow foodie, Karen Ng (@sincerelykn), to bring you this blog review! Be sure to check out Karen’s blog, sincerelykn.blogspot.ca, for reviews on her food and travel adventures, and her Instagram account, @sincerelykn, for the most drool-worthy food photos! When most people think about Portuguese food, they think of churrasco and piri-piri sauce. The Portuguese food scene in Toronto is unfortunately no different, with handfuls of churrasqueiras, a limited number of fine dining restaurants, and nothing really in between. But there is a whole world of Portuguese cuisine out there, which everyone should have the chance to get to…

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