Sunday, June 2, 2013
Breakfast was the photo project theme for May and I was happy to photograph my favourite meal of the day! Typically, I eat a piece of toast in the morning before work but on weekends I like to step it up a bit. Once a month my best girlfriends and I get together to have a chat and catch up. We always do it over breakfast and I took this photo during one of our lady dates. Like I always say, good food is always best enjoyed with good friends!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Shirt: Gap / Jeans: Joe Fresh / Shoes: Seychelles / Sunglasses: Anthropologie / Bracelet: Club Monaco / Watch: Anthropologie / Bag: Fossil
Back in November I ordered a Madewell chambray shirt that was on sale but found out it was out of stock until April 2013! There was no way I was going to wait 5 months for a shirt to arrive, so I cancelled the order and found this chambray substitute at the Gap. This is the first time I've posted it on the blog, but I've had it since February. I'm not sure if it's available in stores anymore but I'm sure there is something similar at the Gap right now. In any case, I absolutely love this shirt. The length is perfect and it even has pockets. Gap to the rescue again...although I still wish we had Madewell here in Canada.
Happy Memorial Day to my American family and friends! xoxo
Happy Memorial Day to my American family and friends! xoxo
Friday, May 17, 2013
We recently had the pleasure of attending the annual Envers of Morriston winemakers dinner. Before I get into the food, let me briefly explain what the winemakers dinner entails. This year, winemaker Rudd Maasdam of Staete Landt Vineyards in New Zealand gave us a sampling of 4 wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah - as well as a brief history of his vineyard. Chef Ken Hodgins and his team created a unique tasting menu that complimented the characteristics of each wine. At the end of the dinner guests are invited to purchase the wines since they are not sold in liquor stores in Canada. By the end of the night your belly is full and you've had too much to drink. It's a great event!
Below is a summary of what we ate, but first let me say two things: I consider this to be advanced eating. I'm very particular with my food, meats especially, so I would understand if the menu below is not to most people's taste. Secondly, ever since reading this article and coming across this tumblr page, I've become a little camera shy when it comes to dining out and taking photos. I hope my iPhone photography has captured the complexity of each dish and the quality of food that is served at Envers.
So, without further adieu...
The first dish was a citrus cured halibut gravlax roll with fresh crab, mustard greens, laurel poached apricots, peashoot coulis and roasted crab oil. Paired with Sauvignon Blanc. This was easily my favourite dish of the evening because when it comes to eating meat, fish is at the top of my list. Also, if I'm ever to drink a Sauvignon Blanc, I want it to be from New Zealand. I didn't consider this dish to be that advanced, so I was a happy camper.
Canut farms suckling pork belly, cashew grits, prosciutto wrapped rabbit loin stuffed with foie gras, white peach glaze, crispy pigs ears and brown butter popcorn sauce paired with Chardonnay. This is where the advanced eating began for me. I'm not a fan of pork and have never tasted rabbit so I was afraid of this dish. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the rabbit and was very interested in the butter popcorn sauce. However, I was more focused on the wine. As a primarily white wine drinker I like my Chardonnays to come from California. I can confidently say this is no longer the case. The Staete Landt Chardonnay BLEW MY MIND. So much so, we ordered a case at the end of the night.
Kecap manis marinated roulade of duck breast wrapped in chard, Chinese steam bun of confit leg with spiced date jam, crispy cracklings, silken tofu and pomegranate paint. Paired with Pinot Noir. When it comes to duck, I'm a non-supporter, so I politely had a few bites and decided that of the two variations I preferred the confit on the Chinese steam bun. The wine was tasty but I was still dreaming about the Chardonnay - it was a tough act to follow.
Red wine braised beef shortrib, red wine and summer truffle barley risotto, fresh morels, roasted plum jus, sweet pickled fennel and sunchoke chips. Paired with Syrah. This dish was excellent and I found the beef to be perfectly tender and the risotto to be perfectly cooked. The Syrah complimented this dish in such a way that I found myself alternating between bites of beef and sips of wine the entire time I enjoyed this dish. My taste buds will remember these flavours for years to come.
Finally, prune, raisin, almond and Armagnac tart for dessert which, to be honest, I was a little disappointed in. In my opinion, prunes and raisins don't belong in dessert. I would have been more satisfied with a chocolate tarte or a creme brulee. Or perhaps, because the pastry was quite delicious, a different tart filling would have been they way to go.
Aside from the 'advanced eating', I highly recommend the Envers winemakers experience. Especially, if you are a wine connoisseur and are interested in purchasing wine from small boutique vineyards around the world. You will not be disappointed in the food or the service. Just make sure you have enlisted a designated driver or a place to lay your tipsy head because it is a bit of a drive from the city. Lucky for us, Juniper Hill is just down the road...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Jacket: Smart Set (super old) / Dress: Anthropologie / Shoes: Nine West / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
I bought this dress with my Anthropologie birthday discount and wore it for the first time to the Envers annual wine tasting (review to come soon). There are two things I love about this dress: the fit and the tiny LOVE print. I'm looking forward to wearing it this summer without tights...when my legs have gotten a bit more sun.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
April's photo project theme was "Homemade" and like so many other people I chose to photograph food. I'm not a seasoned chef but there is the odd time when I like to spend my time in the kitchen preparing something delicious. Usually it's when we host dinner parties for our friends and family and this time was no different. We decided to host a wine tasting to choose the wines we want to serve at our wedding and we created an extensive tasting menu to go with the wines. One of the dishes was Jamie Oliver's Clam Chowder, Essex Girl Style. LG and I had never cooked fresh clams before so it was a new experience for us. Thankfully it turned out quite tasty and the dish was a hit amongst our guests. And based on everyone's response, I think we developed a reputation for hosting the best dinner parties ;)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sweater: c/o Nygard / Jeans: Joe Fresh / Shoes: Cole Haan / Scarf: H&M / Bracelets: Urban Outfitters / Watch: Anthropologie
Spring is finally here in Toronto and I'm feeling more inclined to take outfit photos and post them on the blog. I have to admit that over the last few months my motivation to post on here has been pretty low. There have been lots of daily life things going on that have pre-occupied my time. Work has had it's ups and down but things seem to be turning around and I'm excited for a fresh start. The wedding planning is coming along well. It's turning out to be a DIY affair so there is a long list of things to do. We are very lucky to have family members and friends who are willing to help us out so that we don't get overwhelmed. And I'm spending lots of time focusing on my fitness and spiritual health so that I can live my best life.
Along with all of that, the seasons have changed and I'm excited to wear some of my new spring items. I knew that I wanted to purchase a pair of white jeans this year but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. These pair of Joe Fresh jeans were only $20 and are super comfortable. They were definitely $20 well spent.
My love for pastels is back this spring and I love the minty colour of this sweater that the lovely folks at Nygard sent me. It's the perfect winter to spring transitory sweater and has just the right amount of slouch. I can't wait to match it with my favourite mint nail polish.
I hope everyone enjoys the spring weather today and picks or buys some fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are the best part of spring!
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: H&M / Scarf: Gifted / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Steve Madden
Everything in this outfit is from last season or older, including this dress, which I bought back in November but am only putting on the blog now. I'm still wearing my fall and winter clothes these days because until the weather warms up (and the winter storm warnings subside) it feels a bit weird to wear my spring clothes. Plus, I'm still in the process of putting together a spring/summer wardrobe. Hopefully, the next post features something fresh, something pink, and something that screams spring because I'm ready for a change!