Category Archives: Food

Apple Bourbon Ginger Cocktail

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The weather is finally getting cooler and fall is in the air!

Which totally calls for a seasonal cocktail, amirite? I don’t drink as much as I used to, but I love playing mixologist at home – especially when I have friends and family visiting. I like to go all out and create a cocktail that you could easily see yourself ordering at a restaurant.

This is the time to break out the good glasses, fancy bourbon and unique ice cube molds. I was tinkering with the idea of an apple cider-based cocktail because it’s so abundant and seasonal at the farmers’ market right now. I used ginger ale as a mixer, but you could easily use sparkling water if you prefer your drink to be less sweet. (more…)

The BEST Places to Eat in Venice Beach, California

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UPDATED September 2018

We’ve been back in Los Angeles for almost 6 months now and I missed all the local spots I found during my time living next to Venice Beach. So I made a little list of all of my favourite places to eat – some of these lean towards the touristy side, others are local spots, and some of them are quick-serve places where we love to grab lunch.

If you’re heading to LA or Venice Beach, definitely bookmark these places for your next trip! Also make sure you see my list of Favourite Places To Eat in Marina del Rey.

Here’s what made my list: (more…)

Where To Eat in Marina del Rey, California

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Updated August 2018

Want to eat like a local?

I lived in Marina del Rey for almost two years and I have a few favourite restaurants that I go to over and over again. Since moving back to LA in March, Paul and I have slowly been hitting up all of our favourite places we missed while we were living in Portland. I thought I would share my choice picks with you in case you ever find yourself in this little community next to Venice Beach.

These are definitely not the fanciest places, but more of my local favourites. Here are my favourite places to eat in and around Marina del Rey: (more…)

Roasted Zucchini Ravioli Pasta

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Hello Friends! 

I’m slowly getting back into the blogging groove and will be updating and sharing a few old posts in the next coming weeks as I work on redesigning the site! If you’re looking for a super easy dinner idea – here’s a recipe I just can’t live without.

One of my favourite go-to weeknight meals is this Zucchini Ravioli Pasta recipe I have adapted from Real Simple. It’s easy, requires only a few ingredients and is packed full of flavour.

I usually keep a pack of cheese ravioli in my freezer and I always have Parmesan cheese in my fridge. All you got to do is stop at the market for some zucchini, parsley and a pack of cherry tomatoes on your way home and you have a delicious and easy weeknight dinner. Here’s how it goes: (more…)

Light, Healthy + Delicious at The Pickle Barrel – Toronto

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I’ve been trying to eat healthy all month, but eating out is SUCH a challenge for me because I usually default to something fried and greasy. Does anyone else here do the same thing? My poor choices usually ends up derailing my diet and will lead to more junk food all week.

So what’s a girl to do?

Giving up on eating out is just not an option.

I met with Rose Reisman – a leading health and nutrition expert, cookbook author, caterer, and media personality who had some great advice for me. She suggested: (more…)

Brown Rice BBQ Chickpea Bowl

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Have you been meal prepping like a maniac?

I’m one of those people who like to make New Year’s Resolutions and this year I opted for a Dry January and to stick to my Reducetarian Diet. We’re nearing the end of the month and it’s been so far, so good! (more…)

How Do You Stop Sugar Cravings?

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I’ve made it to Day TEN with no booze or soda since the beginning of my Dry January Challenge and guess what?

The sugar cravings have set in.

I think my body is going into a wee sugar withdrawl from what I used to get from alcohol and soda. Giving up alcohol hasn’t been so bad at all. Everyone I know has cut back after the holidays that doing a Dry January hasn’t been too difficult.

Now SODA.

Soda, I realize is a habit I could easily fall back into. Especially when I’m at a party or eating certain foods. My body actually craves a soda to contrast anytime I’m eating really salty or greasy food – which I have also been cutting back on.

This one has been a harder battle, but I’ve stuck mainly to flavoured sparkling water, lemon water, kombucha and drinking LOTS of tea.

I find myself wanting to eat more sweets like cookies, cupcakes and things I usually don’t crave all the time. So I’ve tried to swap in more fruit like apple slices and bananas – but it’s hard.

So I want to know, how you stop sugar cravings?

 

 

 

Why I Am Choosing A Dry January

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I recently wrote about how I’m moving towards a reducetarian lifestyle. Which made me also re-evaluate my alcohol intake and what else I was putting into my body.

I drank A LOT of beer in Portland.

It was really part of my everyday life there with over 70+ breweries within the Portland city limits. I wanted to try everything, sample all these new beers and ended up drinking a lot more beer than I usually do. Don’t even get me started about being 30 minutes away from Oregon wine country! (more…)

What Happened When I Became a Reducetarian

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For about five years in my late teens and early 20s, I gave up beef and pork. I ate chicken occasionally and shrimp once in awhile. I generally felt good and was in great shape.

I started eating more meat when Paul and I began dating more seriously and since then burgers, steaks and bacon became a part of my diet. I have toyed with going vegetarian, but I always felt like I ‘failed’ when I couldn’t eat perfectly. (more…)

5 Places For Christmas Dinner in Toronto 2017

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Trying to avoid cooking a big feast on Christmas day? Would you prefer going out with family and leaving the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to someone else? Here are 5 places for Christmas Dinner in Toronto for 2017:

1) Cafe Boulud

The fancy Cafe Boulud inside The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto will be serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu for $107. Make sure to book early as spots will fill up quick. The main course includes an option of turkey, scallops, venison, fish or pasta. See more from our visit! (more…)