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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


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


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


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


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
Get Your Rock on at Rock Of Ages in Kingston

Get Your Rock on at Rock Of Ages in Kingston

If you love musicals then you'll be in for a treat as nominated for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is coming to Kingston at the Leon’s Centre on Sunday, March 31, 2019, for one night only! Best part? I'm giving away 2 tickets to see the show - scroll down to enter for your chance to win and enjoy your favourite ‘80s tunes!


It’s 1987 on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip when a small-town girl meets a big city rocker.  As they fall in love in L.A.’s most famous rock club, Rock Of Ages allows fans to rock out once again to their favorite ‘80s hits. Featuring the music of iconic bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among many others, this Tenth Anniversary production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger than life characters and an exhilarating story that turned Rock Of Ages into a global phenomenon.

Rock Of Ages in Kingston

Rock Of Ages in Kingston


Rock of Ages opened April 7, 2009 on Broadway and played more than 2,300 performances at the Brooks Atkinson and Helen Hayes Theatres earning five Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Amazing right?! The show also enjoyed successful national and international tours and, in 2012, was turned into a major motion picture by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures. With a book by Chris D’Arienzo and arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, the tenth-anniversary tour is being directed by Martha Banta and choreographed by Janet Rotherme.


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Rosalyn Gambhir
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


Recipe by: Chef Michael Smith


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


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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Rosalyn Gambhir
Hello 2019

Hello 2019

I believe I said this last year but 2018 simply put, I blinked my eyes and woosh, 365 days later, 2019 is here. What a sweet, amazing, busy and adventurous year it has been. Though it was filled with many ups and downs I could swear a decade has gone by. I've realized how fast time flies by and how important it is to cherish every small moment. The memories we make are so important, as it's crazy how one day can differ from another in a couple of months. 2018 allowed me to learn new things about work-life balance, but it also taught me how to be happy with life, and enjoy it as it is.  Sometimes I overthink the smallest things, but at the end of the day, I'm blessed and thankful for everything I've got from my fiancée, family, friends, work peers and everything in between.

 As for 2019, it will be a year of smashing goals and as always I'm sharing a few:

1. Work-Life Balance + Self-Care

This isn't so much blogging related but with a day job that involves working with social media, it's hard to fully disconnect and having a partner who understands your role is important. Let's just say social media never sleeps and taking a vacation is the hardest thing when you're a one-person team. But in 2019, I'm dedicated to using my vacation days fully and unplugging.

There was a time where I juggled a full-time job, a part-time job, the blog, and freelance gigs - you could say I was a workaholic though I enjoyed it all and was passionate about learning new thing. I seemed to balance it all.


 I've had to remind myself that it's okay to take time out for myself. Too often we are pressured into thinking that spending more time working or being busy is important. Well, screw that. You are allowed to have off days where you are completely lazy still in your PJs and watching Netflix. And as an introvert at heart, I LOVE a lot of quiet time alone as it allows me to recharge.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

2. New Adventures and More Travel

I'll keep this one nice and short. As second-year homeowners, bae and I have honestly become such homebodies. We've been enjoying the amenities of a spacious backyard, our dog and cooking more meals at home aka the kitchen which is what sold us on the house. With that being said, I'm hoping 2019 allows me to re-discover my own city. With a few trips already planned for the year, I'm looking forward to reviving the Staycationer in me and document my journies with you all!

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

3. Going Back to My Roots of Food Blogging

2018 left me slightly unmotivated and uninspired in a world of comparison on social media. I know I said I wouldn't let it get to me, but with the nonstop scrolling on Instagram and the perfectly curated feeds, it simply left me in a sour mood. After getting hooked to Gary Vaynerchuk's Youtube videos, he made a valid point that completely changed my mindset for 2019,

"Don't lay all your eggs in one basket."

In other words, stop focusing on one platform and spread the love everywhere. I realized I spent way too much time on Instagram overthinking everything I was going to post especially writing out captions. This made me dread posting on the platform BUT if you're a long time reader, you'll know that the blog was my number one passion and the past two years it fell to the wayside. 2019 WILL be the year where I go back to my roots of food blogging from sharing my favourite recipes, restaurant reviews and of course my favourite mac n cheese dishes when traveling.

As for the whole Instagram thing, it'll take me a few months to adjust or maybe take a break from it?

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - Mac n Cheese

4. Finances

This is something I know a lots couples don't like chatting about but one of my personal goals for bae and I in 2019 is to get on track to pay off our mortgage. With only this form of debt on my side, I have made it my priority to budget and take baby steps to pay it down as quickly as we can. This is all thanks to discovering and learning new tips from #debtfreecommunity on Instagram as well as following the account @savinghalfourincome. I'm actually really excited about this journey and am taking the chance to soak up everything I learn. For example, paying extra principal payments (up to a maximum) biweekly and doing lump sum payments on our mortgage anniversary (since our bank allows it,) will shave off years and interest!

So the personal finance geek in me, I'm ready to get a plan in place for 2019 and work out how we can get to that paid off mortgage goal faster.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

Cheers to a new year!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston

Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston

Holy smokes guys it's almost Christmas!

In less than a week, December 25th will have come and gone. Seriously though where did the entire year go? 2018 just flew by and lord help me because I'm not ready for 2019 just yet.... as I turn 30 in March. Yup, I said it I'll be leaving my twenties behind.

 2018 has been a busy year, to say the least with ups and downs. But with a crazy work schedule leading into the holidays, I'm here to share my wisdom on holiday gift giving aka how can I make your lives easier because it’s crazy difficult to figure out what to get for everyone. So I feel you.

I've gathered together 5 of my favourite Kingston foodie items that will make the perfect gift for the last-minute planner, and the just plain forgetful. Let's see those hands up folks.

AND! Since I'm a practical gift giver, what better way to cheer someone up than with FOOD!

Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston


 For your chocolate-loving friend, a box of decadent chocolates from Cocoa Bistro will win you huge bonus points. With a new location in the west end of Kingston, hop in your car and grab yourself a few boxes.

My recommendations: The wonderful part about CocoaBistro is that you can make your own chocolate box or if you're in a hurry then no problem as ready to go chocolate boxes are available. Though with that being said, some of my favourite flavours are: vanilla bean ganache, molten sea salt caramel, and espresso.

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For that someone who always needs a sweet midnight snack or a treat on the go, the Cheesecakery Bakery has got you covered. Best part, these jars of wonders are available at several shops in Kingston. Also, I'd recommend getting a trio of cheesecakes in a jar so your friend or loved one can indulge and sample a few flavours. Getting just one jar shouldn't be allowed, they're that good!

My recommendations: When it comes to cheesecake, I'm a classic girl - I love cheery or blueberry. BUT! This holiday season, new flavours such as gingerbread, eggnog, and candy cane are available.


So why did I include Northside? They now offer GIFT CERTIFICATES! So give your friend who dreams about weekend brunch all week the gift of an amazing brunch experience in downtown Kingston. Inspired by the cafe culture of Melbourne, Australia, this spot has become the new hip area to dine out, enjoy some mimosas and have a good time.

My recommendations: Try the revamped baked French toast with roasted butter apples, house-made caramel, and mascarpone cheese, as well as the Tim's Benny - eggs benedict, served with ham and apple cider hollandaise sauce and of course, we can't forget the infamous Avo Smash aka avocado on toast.

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This foodie gift may be odd but if you have someone special who truly enjoys cooking then olive oils will go over well especially with this gift set from Kingston Olive Oil Company.

My recommendations: If you're looking for a bread dipping combo, my favourite include Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar with Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the Hojiblanca Olive Oil. Ever since my first visit to Olivea, I've been hooked on this pairing. Though my favourite cooking oil is the Lemon Fused Oil which is great in pasta, chicken and fish dishes.

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So have someone on your Christmas list who is serious about their coffee? Well, chances are they have all the basic items they need to make their favorite brew. So you definitely don’t want to get them something they already have or won’t ever use, so what should you do?

Get them the Christmas blend from North Roast Coffee - a fair trade organic coffee roaster located in the west end of Kingston! While I'm a single cup of coffee in a day type of gal, I appreciate each sip and this blend gives me just the right amount of energy to get me going in the morning with a smooth taste.

Happy Holidays my foodie friends and hope this makes your gift giving a bit easier this year!
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