An egg-ceptional event celebrating local, farm-fresh eggs #FarmToChef

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Egg Farmers of Canada brought chefs and foodies from coast to coast together last night for an egg-ceptional evening celebrating Canada’s egg industry and the magic that can be made when you pair some of the country’s top culinary talents with local, farm-fresh eggs. Simultaneous events were hosted by chefs Craig Flinn (Halifax), Lynn Crawford (Toronto), Patrice Demers (Montreal), Trevor Bird (Vancouver) and here in Ottawa, by chef Marysol Foucault. Here are some highlights from the Ottawa event, including links to the recipes for each egg-cellent bite. Continue reading “An egg-ceptional event celebrating local, farm-fresh eggs #FarmToChef”

Join me for a Canadian Living cookbook blog tour! First up: Essential Salads + A giveaway

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There’s a lid for every pot and a salad for every occasion, so lettuce toss out our tired old greens and toss up something fresh with Canadian Living Essential Saladsthe first book in a Canadian Living cookbook blog tour I’m kicking off today with Simon & Schuster Canada. If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, I’ve got your back. Plus two delicious recipes and a chance to win a library of tested-till-perfect recipes. Continue reading “Join me for a Canadian Living cookbook blog tour! First up: Essential Salads + A giveaway”

I’m obsessed with these balls + A giveaway!

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Some things can’t be rushed: A good stew. A moonlit walk. A Sunday trip to the farmer’s market. Especially when the farmer’s market is next to a fantastic park and all kinds of shops like ours at Lansdowne. And since I know when we go we’ll be out for a while, I like to carry a few snacks in my bag to ward off the hangry.  Continue reading “I’m obsessed with these balls + A giveaway!”

First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion

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When a three-year, $360-million project finally wraps up, naturally you celebrate with champagne — and lots of it! Such was the case at last night’s preview of the Rideau Centre‘s *ah-mazing* new four-storey expansion (only the bubbly was blue). I went with my favourite shopping buddy, Carolyn from The Fashion Fix, and enjoyed pretty nibblies while we shopped some of the 21 new stores. Simons. H&M. Anthropologie. Massimo Dutti. A new Zara. All gorgeous spaces with merch that is be-yond and more that we didn’t get to because heels and concrete floors. Here’s some of the highlights.  Continue reading “First look: Shopping the Rideau Centre’s *ah-mazing* new expansion”

Five things from Ottawa’s new Simons

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We’ve still got one more sleep before it’s open for shopping, but in this special edition of five things I’m sharing five sneak peeks at Ottawa’s new two-storey, 100,000-square-foot Simons store. It’s the anchor of the Rideau Centre‘s 230,000-square-foot expansion and the thirteenth store for the Quebec retailer. Simons CEO, Peter Simons, hosted a media preview last night in advance of the grand opening. Let’s take a look!  Continue reading “Five things from Ottawa’s new Simons”

Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White + A giveaway!

Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White cover

They say good things come to all those who wait / And for Teagan White fans, it’s an important date! / The Barefoot Critters are back in their second book / With counting adventures and here’s a first look!   Continue reading “Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White + A giveaway!”

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!

Miss Moon Wise Words from a Dog Governess by Janet Hill cover

You don’t have to be a dog lover to appreciate Janet Hill’s charming first picture book, Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, but the sweet sentiments and darling illustrations in its pages might sway you in that direction. A brief introduction tells us Miss Moon cared for 67 dogs at her first placement on a small island off the coast of France, and here she is sharing her “twenty most important lessons for raising happy, healthy, well-manned pooches — and people.” And the pages that follow are no less than enchanting.  Continue reading “Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess + A giveaway!”