Hi All, I'm just getting my stuff together for my trip to Hawaii!
I'll be ringing in the new year on the island, and while I'm there I'm hoping I'll be attempting surfing (probably a big fail!), snorkling, sleeping, and reading! Oh, and eating. Obvs. (Hello seafood and fruit!) I'm trying to set up a few posts to keep you entertained while I'm gone, but they may be light (depending on how long packing takes.)Ok, back to packing, and cold fighting, and running around getting last minute things. (And a yoga class?)
Did everyone have a Christmas full with family and friends and food and love? (And gifts?) I know I did! (Also with tylenol and tea and vitamins trying to make myself feel better with this horrible cold I have.)
I was spoiled with a new purse, a new tea kettle, a bit of makeup, two MAC gift certificates, candles, yoga class passes, and some new yoga wear! Can't wait to try it all out in the new year! It's going to be a stretchy, caffineated, pretty year!
Tonight the dinner will beTourtière (French Canadian tradition), the candles will be lit, and the wine will be drunk, all in anticipation for CHRISTMAS! I will finish wrapping, do some baking (and some laundry), and then head over for family time. I can't wait! (Even though the big day is tomorrow, today is all lead up, which I like!)
Too many parties? Today after yoga I started to feel like I was hit by a truck. I'm not sure if it's eating out every day, or drinking every night, or pushing myself a little too hard to work out, but my body is feeling it, and it ain't feeling good. So tonight I'm staying home, watching home alone, and catching up on my blogs, pinterest, and email. (And planning for my trip to Hawaii). I hope you all are making the most of the festive season, and if you're not feeling well like me, the doctor boy recommends vitamin c and vitamin d. (And I recommend Cold FX, but he doesn't belive in it... but I think it works!)
I mean that title in a totally NON-racist way. I'm just saying that since today is the longest day of the year, I'm feeling the heat for the bright, sunny shade YELLOW! Good thing I'll be heading off of a tropical vacation after Christmas! Below are some yellow delights which have set my heart aflutter!
I was over at my mother's for Sunday dinner, and she introduced me to her new kettle. And I'm in love. Not only does this fulfill my kettle requirements (not plastic, is removable from it's base) but it actually allows you to boil water at different temperatures depending on what type of tea you are making! How fantastic is that! Do you have a tea lover in your life? This would make a great gift!
(And if anyone reading this lives in or near Toronto, Kitchen Stuff Plus has the cheapest price I've found. Cheaper than Crate and Barrel's sale price!)
First Christmas party of the year, and FOUR tomorrow. Don't worry, I won't try and makeit to all four, that's a recipe for disaster and tears! I'll keep it smart and try and keep my party list to two or three. As every year, I'll be sending out a few great outfit options for all of your holiday parties!
Christmas time is here at last! I'm finally home from my 5 cities in 3 provinces in 7 days trip! Now that I'm home I'm very excited to deck my new apartment out in a little bit of holiday finery. Tonight I'm cooking up a seafood stew, and hope to put the finishing touches on my holiday pennant garland. I'm also thinking that the apartment needs a wreath. I love the look of these wreaths from Eco Chic NYC. Can't wait to have the smell of pine in my apartment!
Looking for a Christmas gift for the stylish lady in your life? (Or a gift for yourself, you stylish lady you?) Loving the always ladylike Miu Miu's offerings. Fashion fades, but style is forever! Currently in Calgary and about to jump a plane to Vancouver. Have a good morning while I have a good flight.
So on a whim we decided to go to Montreal last weekend. I have probably
been to Montreal 40+ times in my life, but that almost makes it more of a
vacation! I don't NEED to do anything. I've done it all already! In turn that lead to visiting friends (from Coachella), drinking wine, eating deliciously rich food, and exploring stores, old favourites, and new notables. I took a few pictures of my trip to share.
Crossing the bridge into Montreal
Dinner for the first night was at Au Pied de Cochon.
Also known as French food on steroids. Everything had foie gras on it.
I'm not complaining! If you are in Montreal, you MUST go! You must also expect to gain 5 pounds from this meal alone.
St Hubert coleslaw. I pretty much lived on this stuff in undergrad. Every time I return to Montreal I make it a mission to find this chain restaurant (there are a ton of them, so it isn't that hard), and eat a lot of coleslaw. It's nice and tart, not too sweet! And it's unlimited with most meals. So basically I eat like 3 bowls. Classy.
The SAQ (the Quebec liquor stores), have an IMPRESSIVE selection of bubbly. I wanted to buy it ALL!
The Atwater Market (Marche Atwater) is another favourite stop in Montreal for me. It's an indoor/outdoor market, with lots of lovely fruits, veggies, jams, baked goods, Quebec cheeses and meats, and maple syrup. It's not big, but it's small (Vinyl Cafe reference anyone?) and cute (and is close to the metro/has free parking.) A must visit!
I also stayed at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. I got a pretty good price online through their website, especially considering I booked the day before I left. It was a nice hotel. Nothing too crazy, but a clean, quiet hotel, quite close to the metro, and the main streets. The downside? $24 a night for parking, and wireless internet is not included (really??)
A very popular spot, we lucked out showing up at 6pm (right when they opened). It's got a bit of a following thanks to Chuck Hughes who was the first Canadian to beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, and also has his own Food Network Show. Chuck was in the house the night I was there (yes, he actually WORKS in his two restaurants), although I didn't see him. But then again I didn't go into the kitchen. The food was good. Really good. But not OMG-the-best-i've-ever-had. Which is too bad because it's been consistently getting 5 stars. Their homemade cocktails however, are probably worth the trip alone. Try the bourbon berry. YUM.
(It is pricey though. We paid $220 for 4 cocktails, 6 oysters, 4 "sharing/tapas style" dishes, and one dessert.)
A nice wine bar. However they force you to order food, which they didn't tell us until after we had finished our bottle of wine, and had asked for the bill. Unimpressed. Still, a good place to go on a date, as I saw lots of couples around