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BeaverTails is Now Open in Kingston

BeaverTails is Now Open in Kingston


The anticipation is finally over folks! The iconic indulgence of Canada aka BeaverTails set up shop in downtown Kingston with lots of excitement from locals just a few weeks ago and drum roll please.... is now OPEN to the public right next door to Market Square.

But what are BeaverTails you might be asking?

In short, they are a hand-stretched fried-dough pastry made with whole wheat flour to resemble the long, flat tail of a beaver. From there, it's topped with a variety of sweet garnishes - anything from a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar to chocolate hazelnut spread and banana slices, as seen below! Drooling yet?

It's hard to believe but I had my first BeaverTails here in Kingston in my first year of university. As I'm originally from the province of Quebec, I knew them as Queue de Castor so when a mobile vendor was on campus and my floormates bugged me to join them - well the answer was heck yes and it's been a joyous time every time I indulge in one!

BeaverTails Kingston

"BeaverTails is truly one of a kind. Irresistibly delicious, artisanal Canadian pastry, always there to share special moments that make lifelong memories."

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

What BeaverTails pastry will you pick?

Visit online to look at all your choices: www.beavertails.com

Where: 20 Market Street, Kingston, Ontario
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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New Kid on the Block: Fractal Workspace

New Kid on the Block: Fractal Workspace


Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

There's a new kid on the block and their name is Fractal Workspace. If you can imagine a cool, hip but modern space, this is it. Creators David Robinson and his wife Laura Simpson were the masterminds behind this new co-working space in the west end of Kingston, Ontario.

THE SPACE

Inspired by boutique hotels and embracing the shift in how we use technology, the co-working space complements today's mobile, creative and entrepreneurial workforce. As David states, "It's not the office of the past - this space is unique, dynamic and flexible."

In a world where social media and selfies rule, what really caught my eye was that it was an Instagram worthy space - cliché to say I know. But from the moment you walk in, you are greeted with a breathtaking flower wall (you'll just have to go into see it!) and as you walk around from one room to the next, you notice that the interior design is carefully curated to make the experience like no other that inspires creativity and innovation. All of which is thanks to Laura Simpson and her love for interior design.

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

There's even a studio dedicated to creating podcasts.

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

So if you're a digital nomad looking for a cool new home, look no further than Fractal Workspace. From amenities such as meeting rooms, work lounge, privacy pods, the ability to leverage on partners, reception and concierge service, nearby foodie spots and my favourite FREE parking - you're one step closer to finding your ideal space.

Don't forget to have a peek at their other great amenities!

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

How neat are these private pods called SnapCabs?

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

I'm all about postive quotes and greenery to get my work mojo going!

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

For more info, visit www.fractalworkspace.ca

Where: 623 Fortune Crescent Suite 100 Kingston, ON
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La Condesa: The County Meets Mexican Cuisine

La Condesa: The County Meets Mexican Cuisine


Things are getting spicy in the County aka Prince Edward County. There's a new spot in Wellington where if you're craving delicious authentic Mexican cuisine, then look no further than La Condesa. Having only been open for a few days, I had to immediately add this gem to my foodie bucket list after scrolling through my Instagram feed. Yup, that's how I find cool new spots and share with you all - gotta love social media.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

The moment you walk into this Mexican eatery, it gives off a lively vibe with a combination of vibrant decor and feel-good atmosphere. They do an amazing job showcasing the fresh bold flavours that represent true Mexican cuisine and culture but also offers a menu full of locally sourced items and a 100% County wine list.

This new hidden gem is must when visiting the area and chef Sam Valdivia, a native of Mexico and previously Chef at Parsons Brewing Company, has brought a taste of her homeland to Wellington, Ontario with mouth-watering dishes such as queso fundido, enchiladas, tinga tostada, ceviche, and the list goes on.

As my foodie partner in crime and I savoured each bite as we dined for lunch, we'd simply smile and nod in agreement that the food was worth the drive. From the freshly made fish taco with crispy fried County catch perch, cabbage, chipotle, aioli and pico to the perfect watermelon rosé sangria - this spot is now being added to our favourites list for the summer. And if mouth-watering tacos weren't enough, their enchiladas mixcas de picadillo aka rolled tortilla stuffed with stewed local ground beef, topped with cheese, salsa roja and salsa verde was delicious.

Scroll down to have a peek at some of the best tacos I've had in a while.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

POLO ASADO

Prinzen Farms chicken marinated in adobo, onion and cilantro.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

TACO DE BISTEC

Flank steak, jalapeño salsa, guac, onion and cilantro.

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

La Condesa - Prince Edward County

Find this eatery on Instagram: @LaCondesa

Where: 298 Wellington Main Street, Wellington, Ontario
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Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra


Are you a fan of Downtown Abbey or Jane Austen movies? Well if you are, we're already bffs but then you also know quite well that along with the chatter of who fancies who, there's always gossip to be had around afternoon tea.

Oh, the tea and I mean spilling the *tea* ladies and gents - we all love getting around the table and chatting away about what's happening with folks in our circles.

But here's a little history before I dive on into my experience, afternoon tea was introduced in the late 1800s and was meant to be a bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. This pause for tea became a fashionable social ritual and took off like a viral social media post! Because seriously, nowadays with our busy lives, it's nice to take a moment and enjoy a scone and a pot of tea - afternoon tea gives us a much-deserved break from the rush of life.

With working a full-time job and having a side hustle, finding a moment to step back and enjoy the little things sometimes is hard. For someone who delights themselves in tea time, I was thrilled when I received a gracious invitation to try out Aquaterra's new Afternoon Tea experience with my foodie partner-in-crime also known as my fiancée.

Let's just say, it was east coast inspired yet English at heart!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Starting with the basics, traditional afternoon tea consists, in its simplest form, of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and delicate pastries - Aquaterra's afternoon tea, on the other hand, had a twist. Their innovative take had a blend on "Aqua" elements aka seafood with a base of "Terra" aka land ingredients - quite unique!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

THE TEA

Presented with Pluck Tea options such as Apple on the Green, Earl Grey, Just Peachy, Canadian Maple and more - stepping outside of my comfort zone,  I tried a herbal tea. Spa Day (maybe it was hinting I need to take a vacation) was my choice - it's calming aroma simply called my name. Infused with peppermint, chamomile and rose petals intertwine, it was a fitting tea to enjoy before the start of a new work week. Each sip seemed to ease my mind and my endless to-do lists in my head fade away.

Also! If you're looking for something a bit more boozy, try the tea infused cocktails!

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SANDWICHES & SAVOURIES

This tier was by far the most impressive. Traditionally dainty sandwiches with either smoked salmon or cucumber would be served during afternoon tea but Aquaterra incorporated a delightful spin with the incorporation of brioche shrimp rolls, smoked salmon blini and chicken Waldorf salad on a brioche bun. You're in for a real treat!

Scroll down, and you'll see what I mean! 😋

Brioche roll with Atlantic shrimp, tarragon aioli, celery, and shallots.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Chicken Waldorf salad on a brioche bun with local Hall’s apple butter, torched brie and walnut dust.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Smoked salmon on Ironwood organics red fife blini, caper chip and dill crème fraiche.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Quiche with local Haanover Farms peameal bacon, spinach, and gruyere.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SCONES & FIXINGS

Crumbly and soft on the inside, the scone with the blend of clotted cream and house-made strawberry jam (my favourite!) was delicious.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

SWEETS & ASSORTED FANCIES

Oh, the sweets...they were something else.

A nice balance of flavours, they included lemon tarts with toasted meringue, French macarons to triple chocolate brownies, the showstopper was the raspberry shortbread meringue. Though I will say, by this point our bellies were slightly full but oh, so content.

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Afternoon Tea at AquaTerra in Kingston Ontario

Where: 1 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario

For reservations or information, call 613-549-6243

Thank you to Aquaterra for sponsoring this post.
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls


Rise and roll!

This was the first time bae aka my foodie partner-in-crime and I attempted making cinnamon rolls at home and it was quite the success during the holiday season. So much so, that it will now become a yearly tradition around Christmas time. Even with full bellies, everyone wanted seconds. So let me tell you about these sweet rolls of love because they’ll be a recipe you’ll never forget thanks Chef Michael Smith. Because sometimes you just need to indulge and these cinnamon rolls are DE-LI-CIOUS! You won’t regret waking up to these!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

CINNAMON ROLLS

Recipe by: Chef Michael Smith

INGREDIENTS

For the Dough
1 cup milk
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 – 1/4 ounce package instant yeast
4 eggs

For the Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (35%)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Step 1 - Make Dough

For the dough, gently warm the milk, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small pot. Don’t bring to a simmer; warm just enough to melt the butter.

Meanwhile, measure one-half of the flour into the bowl of your stand mixer along with the yeast. Add the warm milk and melted butter mixture to the flour and beat with your paddle attachment until smooth. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth before proceeding. Switch to a dough hook and add the remaining flour.

Step 2 - Knead Dough

Remove and knead until a soft dough forms that is no longer sticky to the touch, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size. This could take as long as 2 hours.

Step 3 - Make Filling

For the filling, stir or whisk together the softened butter with the brown sugar and the cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and let it rest for a few minutes.

Step 4 - Roll Dough

Flour your work surface, the dough, your hands and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape, about 18 x 12 inches (45 x 30 cm), with the long side facing you.

Evenly spread the cinnamon filling all over the top of the dough, leaving 1 or 2 inches (2.5 or 5 cm) uncovered along the top edge. Leaving a border helps the dough stick together when you form the roll.

Roll into a long, tight, cigar-shaped log from the covered long edge to the uncovered long edge. Brush the outside of the log with oil or melted butter.

Slice the dough log into 12 or 16 sections. Turn each on its side and position evenly in a lightly oiled 15- x 10-inch baking pan.

Rest, uncovered, until the dough doubles in size once again and the rolls swell into each other, filling the pan.

Step 5 - Bake Dough

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

When the dough has risen a second time, bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 6 - Make the Glaze

When cinnamon rolls are finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool. When they have cooled enough to handle, stir together the glaze ingredients and drizzle all over the rolls. Serve immediately!

Bon appetit!
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