Spring Scarves

23 Apr

Nothing adds a pop of colour to your Spring jacket like a lightweight Spring scarf. They provide just the right amount of protection against cool Spring breezes, and add that finishing polish to your outerwear look. It’s also great to have a few options, allowing you to change up your look with ease. Here are some beauties I’ve currently got my eye one:

1. Washed Garden Scarf 2. Diamond Scarf 3. Floral Scarf 4. Vintage Floral Scarf 5. Faith Silk Scarf 6. Wild Coast Scarf 7. Classic Tullu Scarf 8. Infinite Candies Cotton Scarf 9. Print Tassel Scarf 10. Printed Square Scarf

Oak + Fort

21 Apr

I’ve got a new favourite clothing store that I just had to share – Oak + Fort. With locations in Vancouver and Edmonton, they have recently set up shop in Toronto and I’m in love! I stumbled upon their Queen West pop up shop the weekend they opened and immediately wanted to buy everything in the store. The clothes are sleek, sophisticated, and beautiful.   Every piece has an incredibly chic ease. I’ve been very drawn to clothing with simple lines and flattering drape lately, and Oak + Fort fits the bill. Their colour palette is also great; basic black, white, and subtle neutrals. Best of all, the price point is extremely reasonable. Welcome to Toronto Oak + Fort!!

A Side of Quinoa

17 Apr

If you happen to be looking for a quick and easy (and delicious AND healthy) side dish to bring to Easter Dinner this weekend, or you just like the idea of a quick and easy (and delicious AND healthy) side dish in general, this recipe is for you!

Side of Quinoa2
(Serves 6)
2 cups of Quinoa
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
3 green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 good pinches of salt
2 good pinches of pepper

I cook my quinoa like pasta. I add 2 cups of quinoa to a large pot filled with boiling water. Allow the quinoa to boil for about 10-12 minutes. Drain the quinoa in a fine sieve, gently shaking out excess water. Allow the quinoa to cool slightly. Return the quinoa to the pot, or a large mixing bowl, and add the remaining ingredients, mixing well. This makes a great and flavourful side dish to roasted vegetable, fish, or poultry.


Fresh Restaurant

16 Apr

As a kid, we used to go for burgers every week. As a result, I still find that I crave burgers on a weekly basis. And if I’m looking to get my burger fix while still trying to be healthy, I go to Fresh Restaurant. Fresh is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. They have amazing salads (I LOVE the Tangled Thai), hearty rice and noodle bowls (the Beach has been my favourite for years) and awesome veggie burgers (I usually get the Standard Burger with cheese).

But no burger is complete without the right sides. Onion rings have always been a favourite, and in my opinion, no one makes them better the Fresh. They coat their onion rings in quinoa, giving them an incredible texture and crunch. You can also pretend that the quinoa makes them super healthy ;)

Roasted Carrot Avocado Orange Salad

15 Apr

Roasted Carrot Salad
I love salads with warm components. Who says everything in a salad has to be raw?! I think it’s great to have a roasted element. Root vegetables are perfect for this. Potatoes – both regular and sweet, beets, squash, I’ve used them all and enjoyed them in salads. The salad I’ve been obsessed with over the last few months is a roasted carrot salad. Paired with avocado and orange, it’s super scrumptious.
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