Monday, 13 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

Last weekend, my mom and I had a special lunch date together.  We unanimously agreed on Sorelle & Co. a bake shoppe & café, which has been on our list for way too long.

Sorelle is a vegan and gluten, soy, sesame, nut and preservative free bakery!  The idea began with a mother with 5 daughters, all of whom all had various food allergies.  The mother's love for cooking and her dreams of creating a family-friendly worry-free bakery brought Sorelle (meaning sister in Italian) to life.  The bake shoppe is located in Vaughan in the 1845 Historical building built by Thomas Cooke which was the former Carville Post Office & General Store.

Sorelle is the epitome of elegance, beauty and sophistication.  The café is the picture perfect home with white shutters, manicured shrubs and teal sun shades, giving you a warm and bright welcoming.  We were blown away as we entered the shoppe.  The bakery is bright and welcoming with high ceilings, wainscoting and an elegant chandelier at the entrance.  White walls are beautifully accented with pops of pastels, gold detailing and glitz and glam!

All the delicious baked goods are beautifully displayed behind the counter.  With a wide assortment of treats from delicate pastries to donuts, Sorelle has something for everyone!

For lunch, we ordered the vegetable & chickpea falafel and the roasted vegetable panini.  Of course, we made sure to order a sweet treat for dessert!  We made our way to the second floor to enjoy our food and have some girl chat.  The second floor seating is elegance at it's finest, with large comfy chairs and marble tables. The food is served on white plates with scalloped edges or beautiful detailing alongside gold utensils.

The vegetable and chickpea falafel was served with jasmine rice, crispy onion and a light curry sauce. The savoury dish was light, fresh and delicious.

The panini had roasted vegetables, onion jam, black olive and red pepper hummus with vegan cheese alongside a mixed green salad.  The dish was so yummy and we couldn't believe it was gluten free and vegan!

How adorable are these mugs?
We both enjoyed cappuccinos with coconut milk served in gorgeous mugs.  The cappuccino was perfection, the best we both ever had!  My mom and I are avid black coffee drinkers and enjoy a strong cup of caffeine.  Often times, cappuccinos are so filling and have way too much milk.  Sorelle's cappucino was light and flavourful, the perfect balance of milk and espresso.

Paris Brest
 Seasonal Cranberry Tart
For our sweet treats, we indulged in the Paris Brest and a seasonal cranberry tart.  The Paris Brest is a French pastry with praline flavoured cream.  The pastries were so delicious and flavourful! It was the perfect was to finish off a fun mom and daughter date.

My adorable mom!

We had a fabulous experience at Sorelle & Co.! The service was warm and friendly.  The food was absolutely light and delicious, yet flavourful.  We felt satisfied and guilt-free.  In addition to the fabulous food and hospitality, the café is such a beautiful setting which tops off the perfect experience.  We both cannot wait to go back to Sorelle for another lunch or even afternoon tea.

What is your favourite place for a mom and daughter date?


Monday, 6 March 2017

Hi Foodies,

A few weeks ago, I went bridesmaid dress shopping for my best friend's wedding.  Alongside the bride, Courtney was Heather, Charlotte and baby Ellie.  We had quite the successful shopping day and decided to go for a girl's lunch at Toast Wine Bar.  What better way to celebrate than with food and wine?  

Located in downtown Hamilton, Toast Wine Bar was opened by Christine and Sara.  The two friends are the perfect match...Christine has the passion and knowledge of wine and Sara has the love for cooking!  Together, they decided Hamilton needed its own wine bar and they brought their idea to life.

Toast is a beautiful restaurant with high ceilings and a vintage vibe with modern touches.  The restaurant is decorated with beautiful art and gold accents throughout.  I particularly love the ambience of the wine bar, which has a beautiful brick wall and a stunning wine rack.

We started our celebratory lunch with some mimosas!

For lunch, we each ordered something different and enjoyed a lovely glass of wine.  Charlotte ordered the bread and spreads, presented beautifully on a slate serving board.  Courtney had a smoked ham sandwich with beet-poached pear, dijonnaise and arugula.  

Heather enjoyed the harvest salad with brussels sprouts, butternut squash, smoky black beans, goat cheese, maple mustard vinaigrette.  For myself, I ordered the power bowl with brown rice, kale, sweet potato, beet, chickpeas, savoury granola and tahini dressing, alongside a glass of Pinot Gris.  The power bowl was the perfect combination of flavours with crunchy, sweet and savoury...I really enjoyed it.  Together, we also shared warm garlic and herb olives.

Bread and Spreads
Harvest Salad
Power Bowl
Toast Wine Bar has many events at the restaurant and their dinner menu includes a variety of fun shareable toasts to enjoy.  Toast has a wide selection of wines from some of my favourite wineries in Ontario.  The wine bar has a glass for every wine drinker, whether that is subtle, velvety or robust.  

Overall, we had the perfect girls day.  We all enjoyed the delicious food and wine.  Most of all, we enjoyed each other's company.  There is absolutely nothing better than chatting over fabulous food and wine with your closest girlfriends!

What is your favourite wine bar?

Select photos taken by Heather R.


Monday, 27 February 2017

I wanted to share one of my new favourite beauty discoveries! It's the "Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit".  

Le Mini Macaron (LMM) was created by Christina Kao and her partner, François.  The pair was determined to create an easy, convenient and affordable gel nail kit that resulted in beautiful nails at home. 

If you're anything like me, you love a good gel manicure.  Your standard manicure is nothing like that shiny gel finish and not to mention, it's long lasting wear.  Gel manicures can be quite pricey at salons and spas.  Plus with a busy schedule, not everyone has the time to make the trip to the salon and go through the whole gel removal, manicure and application process.

The LMM Gel Manicure Kit includes:
LED Lamp (shaped like a adorable!)
USB cord and power charger
1 bottle of 3-in-1 gel polish in a matching colour
Cuticle Stick
Mini nail file
10 remover pads
Detailed Instructions

The nail kit is easy and convenient for the busy working girl! In 15 minutes tops, your manicure is complete and your nails are on fleek!  The 3-in-1 gel formula includes a basecoat, colour and topcoat.  I love how you can bring the kit along with you whether you're travelling or having a sleepover at your BFF's.  You can even use the USB cord and plug it into your laptop or a portable charger. Talk about convenient and mobile!

In 6 easy steps, you will achieve a gorgeous at-home gel manicure. 

Step 1: Push back your cuticle skin using the cuticle stick

Step 2: File the edges and surfaces of your nail. Wipe away any dust
(I recommend to wash/rinse your hands).

Step 3: Apply a very thin layer for the first coat!

Step 4: Place your finger in the LED lamp for 30 seconds

Step 5: Apply a second layer and cap the edge of your nail with the gel polish

Step 6: Place your finger back in the LED lamp for 30 more seconds

Voilà, you are done! Easy as that and you have a salon style manicure right from home.  The result: a long lasting, shine-finish perfect gel manicure. 

I had so much fun doing my at-home gel manicure.  Aside from the fun, it was super easy.  I'm really not the best when it comes to painting my nails but LMM was quick and easy.  I am so inlove with this colour called Cassis, it's a sophisticated red and definitely reminds me of a cherry merlot! With over 35 colours available, you have the perfect colour for any style or occasion.

Until March 15th, if you purchase any Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit from The Bay (online or in store) you get two full size gel polishes FREE!  Get all the details on their Facebook Page!

Make sure to try out LMM before this special offer ends! 

Happy Manicuring ;)

What is your favourite at-home nail kit?
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