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Relaxing Holiday Gifts for YOU by Local Kingston Makers

Relaxing Holiday Gifts for YOU by Local Kingston Makers


Are you a workaholic? A mum who needs a break? A stressed college student? Day-to-day life is hectic enough as it is - between work, your social calendar and fewer hours of that sweet daylight, you are not alone if you're feeling the end-of-year stress wave that is familiar to so many of us.

With so much going on, it can be tough to maintain a self-care routine that keeps you grounded and remain positive. Self-care has been an integral part of my routine over the past year that I’ve often noticed that when I don’t take care of my self, every other area of my life takes a hit.  You need to realize that YOU time is not selfish but a meaningful way to connect with your body and let it recharge. During the holidays, we are so quick to give our time and energy that we can end up feeling completely depleted afterwards.

I've put together my top 3 relaxing holidays gifts of the season just for YOU - made especially by Kingston makers to ease you into a mellow mode:

RHICREATIONS

There's nothing like a warm bath and a Rhicreations candle to help any stressed-out soul take a breather. Sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings turn into an oasis of serenity.

Photo by Janita Murphy of Love and Exposure Photography

THE CHEESECAKERY BAKERY

Unwind by indulging in your sweet tooth with these amazing cheesecake delights in a jar. They are the perfect indivudual treat so you won't have to worry about the scale. Trust me, these treats are filled with pure joy that can turn any frown upside down.

Available at Pig & Olive, Go Italian, Bob's Butcher, Mike Mundell's Surf & Turf and more!

Photo by Janita Murphy of Love and Exposure Photography

EUNOIA & SUNSHINE

Stress isn't good for the mind or the soul - a great way to to revive yourself from the outside in, is with a little pampering. Eunoia & Sunshine's Mineral Mud Mask will give you a deep down cleansing of your pores leaving your skin clearer and brighter! Then apply some Bushy Tailed Eye Cream and you'll feel refreshed!

Available at Immerse Spa, Cove Esthetics and Kuvée Facial Bar!

Visit: www.instagram.com/Shop_EunoiaAndSunshine

Photo by Janita Murphy of Love and Exposure Photography

Photo by Eunoia & Sunshine
Leave a comment below if you have a favourite local maker who helps you unwind.
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Getting Festive with McDonald’s Canada

Getting Festive with McDonald’s Canada


Cozy up as this is for all my festive premium roast coffee lovers - McDonald's Canada has introduced new adorable festive cups complete with bright red lids, that will match my lips quite perfectly.


Have you heard about the wonderful new promotion McDonald’s Canada has launched that is currently available in-restaurant? 

From November 13th to December 10th 2017, you’ll be able to indulge in $1 (plus tax) any-size premium roast coffee. So drink up, enjoy the cute new cups before it’s too late! Seriously though, what else could you wish for?



And what better to enjoy it than with your favourite breakfast treat! That’s apple pie for me. :)


Disclosure: 
Bon appétit to McDonald’s Canada for sponsoring this post! All views and opinions are my own.
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Amazing Road Trip to Prince Edward County

Amazing Road Trip to Prince Edward County


Calling all foodies, wine and beer lovers - if you haven't been to Prince Edward County, you're truly missing out. It's the perfect city getaway - from vineyards, craft breweries and restaurants, the County as dubbed by the locals is a great vacation destination no matter the season. So whether it's a girl weekend or spur of the moment trip, you're in for a heck of a good time.

And lucky for you, I'm sharing my new favourite hot spots to drink, eat and stay - so let's get packing:

PARSONS BREWING

From an outdoor patio to rustic environment, Parsons has a laid back ambiance with stellar combination of delicious authentic food and great beer. A visit to this brewery calls for their authentic Mexican tacos alongside a pint. They're filled with pure goodness - sorry vegans and vegetarians, this isn't for you! From roasted chicken tacos in a tangy tomatillo sauce to carnitas tacos with confit and slow cooked Ontario pork and hints of citrus and cilantro!

Where: 876 County Road 49 Prince Edward County, ON
  

Summer Saison

COUNTY COLLECTIVE

The next stop takes you to the County Collective located in the beautiful town of Bloomfield. This storefront is curated perfectly and showcases unique Canadian makers and artisans.

Where: Bloomfield, ON


OAK CLOTHING CO.

If you're looking for classic quality pieces, Oak Clothing Co. is the spot for you. Catering to both men and women, Oak Clothing is tucked away like a hidden treasure in the town of Wellington up a set of stairs where you'll find a manicured collection of brands you'd normally find in the big city - my favourites include Mink Pink, Cheap Monday and Levis.

Where: 291 Main St, Wellington, ON


THE JUNE MOTEL

This dream getaway is everything you could imagine and more. Bonus: it's Insta-worthy as heck! The June Motel is a new fabulous edition to Prince Edward County and is nothing but basic - filled with an eclectic mix of vintage pieces and feminine touches, this boutique motel is a must. Seriously though, book your stay now and don't forget your smart phone!

Where: 12351 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton, ON


DRAKE DEVONSHIRE

Bordering the picturesque Lake Ontario within the charming Prince Edward County, the Drake Devonshire is the place to eat, drink and be merry. This cozy lakeside hot spot is artistically vibrant and amazingly draws inspiration from the local community while staying true to its contemporary counterpart in Toronto.

p.s. the food is top notch thanks to chef Matt DeMille and the drinks are refreshing with a variety of local picks. It is a journey well worthwhile full of scrumptious memories to be had!

Where: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON


Rabbit Carbonara

BONUS:

SAND & RAW PEARL RAW BAR

If you're an oyster fan then let's get drivin' because this place serves up fresh seafood dishes from both sides of the coast. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is chill with a dash of fancy.  If you haven't visited this new spot in the County then get your booty shaking.

Where: 1705 County Rd 12, Prince Edward, ON
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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New to Jack Astor's Menu This Fall

New to Jack Astor's Menu This Fall


New to Jack Astor's Menu This Fall
The Kitchen Sink Brownie
Do I have your attention now?

Well you'll just have to hold on for a quick minute before I dive into what this heavenly piece of chocolate goodness is. Earlier this month I had a lovely invite from the amazing folks at Jack Astor's Kingston to indulge in some of their new fall menu additions and let's just say we left with big smiles and tummies filled with scrumptiousness.

The Kitchen Sink Brownie

Okay so the above is not what our meal started out with but it was by far the crowd favourite and a chocoholic dream come true. Called the Kitchen Sink Brownie - this dessert will satisfy all sweet cravings. Made with a house-baked cookie brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, “junk mix” (REESE’s PIECES®, toffee bits, pretzel pieces, peanuts, and marshmallows) finished with a peanut cream sauce and Baileys chocolate sauce. It doesn't get any better than that! Delicious proof that Jack Astor's has little to no restraint when it comes to dessert.

Crispy Broccoli Caesar Bites

Tossed in parmesan and asiago cheeses, these lightly battered broccoli flowerettes were filled with major crunch. The best part was the drizzle of roasted garlic aioli, topped with onion chips, bacon and dusted with lemon pepper. This was the perfect starter for those looking for something on the lighter and healthy side.

PB&J Chicken Wonton Sliders

Don't be alarmed by the odd pairing of foods. While we all know peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven, adding Jack Astor’s World Famous Chicken Fingers is a whole other story. Served as a little sandwich of awesome between crispy wonton chips and topped with green onions and crushed peanuts, these sliders are meant for sharing. Smothered in peanut butter and strawberry chili jam, these sliders are definitely messy but massively delicious.

PB&J Chicken Wonton Sliders

5 Cheese Chicken Mac

As a mac n cheese and pasta lover, this dish was a creative surprise. Featuring cavatappi pasta in a fresh jalapeño five-cheese sauce with Aji Amarillo roasted chicken and roasted red peppers tossed, it was filled with kick. So if you aren't a spice lover, this one isn't for you sorry thouogh if you're brave enough, order a glass of milk and dig it! The dish was topped with bacon bits, crispy fried jalapeños, green onion and finished with a toasted asiago crust - perfect to crumble apart and mix into the pasta.

5 Cheese Chicken Mac


Chicken Cobb Wrapp

Do you like it spicy and fresh with a bit of crunch? The Chicken Cobb Wrapp is for you - mixed greens, cheddar cheese, crispy chicken fingers (always a good choice), hard-boiled egg, tomato, bacon vinaigrette, fresh avocado and a touch of hot sauce all rolled in a grilled flour tortilla. 

Chicken Cobb Wrapp

Extreme Chocolate Fudge Cake 

So you thought the first dessert I featured above was amazing - well my friends, the Extreme Chocolate Fudge Cake is out of this world. This is a decadent 12-layer slice of dark, rich chocolate cake, sweet caramel corn and Baileys chocolate sauce to top it off. 

This could just be a meal on its on or perhaps drinks and dessert with the gals? 

Extreme Chocolate Fudge Cake

Thanks to Jack Astor's Kingston for treating me to a fabulous night with friends!
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