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Taste of Kingston | Farm Girl Food


Kingston's gourmet food truck, dubbed Betty Lou by Farm Girl Mobile Food Co. is back into full force starting today in City Park from 11:30-2:30. Tamara and Peter Bolger have had quite the successful year serving up high quality comfort food with a seasonal twist and they are ready for another exciting season. Adopting the farm to table, though in this case farm to truck concept, this passionate duo has been creating innovative dishes prepared with love and local ingredients. Connecting with the Kingston community over social media and multiple media appearances within the early stages of development, the Bolgers created a hype around Farm Girl with a marvellous executed marketing campaign and the response was astounding. Fast forward one year and Farm Girl is known throughout Kingston and beyond.

Tamara offers unique fare and educates Kingstonians on healthy living through her dishes. With each bite, burst of flavours and freshness are experienced. Seasonal cooking and local produce are key to what makes Farm Girl stand out.

If you have not had the wonderful opportunity to sample Farm Girl, what are you waiting for? Meals cost between $12-13. Except big lineups, fast service and friendly staff all around!

Check out the menu for today below!

{Betty Lou}

{Menu items rotating on a daily/weekly basis}

{Panko crusted local bacon BLT with orzo salad}

{Pot roast melt with fresh cut fries}

My all time favourite Farm Girl dish! If you're a mac n cheese lover, this is for YOU!

{Mac n Cheese Fritters}

{Crispy falafel wrap, crunchy vegetables, wild rice salad, fresh herbs}

Have I made you hungry? Well lucky you, here's Farm Girl's menu for today!


Mains 

Comes with your choice of side, Soup, Salad or Fresh Cut Fries
Prices include HST

Hearty Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff over Creamy Mashed Potatoes | $13

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Sweet Peppers with Roasted Red Pepper Aoli, Feta & Basil (V) | $12

Top Sirloin Beef Dip Sandwich with Caramelized Onions, Melted Swiss, Horseradish Aoli, Pan Chancho Fresh Sourdough Bread & Herb Au Jus  | $13

Panko Crusted Mac 'N Cheese Fritters with Farm Girl Spicy Chipotle Ketchup (V) | $12

Falafel Wrap w/Sweet Peppers, Spinach, Cilantro, Raisins, Heirloom Tomatoes & Lemon Herb Lemon Cream Dressing (V)  | $12

Sides & Salads 

Spring Minestrone Soup with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Beans, Potatoes, Fresh Herbs & Seashell Pasta (V, GF, DF) | Small: $5  Large: $8

Spinach Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sweet Peppers, Cranberries, Sesame Seeds, Fresh Herbs, Feta & Fig Balsamic Dressing (V, GF, DF) | $6, with Falafel $8

Red Quinoa & Tomato Salad with Sweet Peppers, Cucumbers, Herbs, Feta & Black Currant Vinaigrette (V, DF, GF) | $6, with Falafel $8

Fresh Cut Fries $4, add Homemade Herb Gravy $5

For more information:

Twitter : @farmgirlfood
Facebook: Farm Girl Food
Website: www.farmgirlfood.com

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New York Times Magazine's 2014 Food Issue



The New York Times Magazine’s Annual Food Issue is here and it's packed with goodies, including an adventure into chefs' refrigerators, an in-depth feature on Californian prodigy chef Flynn McGarry, who, at the age of 15 is already hosting his own supper club and a spectacular profile on Barbara Lynch as she covers her unlikely start in the industry.

A few of my favourites:

The Chef at 15 by Carina Chocano

{Peden & Munk for The New York Times}

 Cocktail Science, Simplified by Rosie Schaap

{Gabriella Mlynarczyk’s Smoky Brown-Butter Old-Fashioned, Jamie Boudreau’s Chocolate Milk and Dave Arnold’s Italiano Stalliano. Credit Sarah Anne Ward for The New York Times. Food stylist: Suzanne Lenzer. Prop stylist: Paola Andrea}

 Can Anyone Save French Food? by Michael Steinberger

{Chef James Henry of Bones. Credit Jonathan De Villiers for The New York Times}


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LG G Flex | Rogers


Exciting news techies! 

The world's first curved flexible smartphone has arrived, the LG G Flex is exclusively offered through Rogers.

"LG G Flex fits the contour of your eyes, the palm of your hand, and the form of your silhouette. LG G Flex is innovation for the next generation, providing not only ergonomic design but also the most immersive viewing experience that is - quite literally - designed around you."


Top features:

6" Curved HD Display
LG G Flex's innovative curved display surrounds the contour of your eyes providing an immersive, panoramic viewing experience at optimal angles.

Self-healing Back Cover
The self-healing coating of LG G Flex's back cover will protect it from scratches that come from daily use, so it maintains a clean, like-new appearance.

Rogers LTE
Rogers LTE means that you can unleash your device to the max for a premium wireless experience.

Intuitive Rear Key
The LG G Flex's rear key is cleverly placed directly under the index finger when held in-handmaking it easy to use with convenient shortcuts and volume control.

Knockon
A simple knocking gesture is all it takes to wake LG G Flex's display without picking it up or pressing the power key. It senses the gesture and turns the display on or off automatically.

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Rogers iOS7 Learning Session Google+ Hangout



It's Tech Week on the blog and yesterday I posted my impressions on the iPhone 5s, so it only made sense to share this Google+ Hangout with Amit and Stephanie of Rogers and the Rogers Social Insider's team as we talked about iOS7 a few months ago.


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Impressions | iPhone 5s



An iPhone is a blogger's best friend, especially the iPhone 5s. It is sleek, light, fits in the palm of our hands and matches any of our outfits. Thanks to the Rogers Social Insider program, I got the chance to test out this nifty phone, which is a considerable upgrade from my current phone, the original iPhone 4 from 2010.


With the amazing amount of technology packed into this smartphone, it is not surprising that its performance is brilliant with an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture. This phone boasts with a faster processor, vastly improved camera, ultrafast LTE and fingerprint identity sensor for security.

The two features that stood out:

The Camera

With more details, greater dynamic range and less overall noise, the iPhone 5s having the same 8 megapixels, is deemed to have a faster aperture and a bigger sensor. The new features include auto image stabilization, slow motion (120 frames per second) and burst mode (10 shots per second). The one item that I truly was thrilled about, was the better low light capabilities and two tone flash that recognizes lighting condition and uses white and amber flashes.

As for the Camera application in iOS 7, it gives you more ways to capture your favourite moments from the above mentioned to square, still, panorama and video shooting formats. Several filters are also available at a swipe of a finger to get that Instagram feel. Leave it up to your imagination!

Touch ID

This smartphone comes with a fancy dandy, you would say Bond like feature to unlock your phone. Apple has made it easier and faster to get into your phone without the hassle of entering a passcode each time with a new fingerprint identity sensor. It is as simple as placing your finger on the Home button and voila, your iPhone unlocks. It's a rather convenient and highly secure way to access you phone as this method can also be used when purchasing items from the iTunes Store or App Store. Better yet, Touch ID allows you to have multiple fingerprints registered.

As a blogger, I enjoyed the time I had with the iPhone 5s and it has made me want to upgrade to it! It only took me three years to do, then again I am the type of person to use something until it is literally broken or non functional. So I'm a happy camper, who knew it would take this techie this long.






All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.

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March Love in a Box Blogger Swap



This month I took part in something new I had never done before and that is a Blogger Swap! The concept is each month bloggers sign up and are paired up with another blogger and swap boxes full of goodies, with a price limit of course.

It is somewhat exciting and meeting new people is always fun in my books. The hardest part though I think is picking out items that the other person would actually enjoy. So I decided to pick out items that I would like and introduce the other blogger to something they would not have bought normally. This March I was paired with Dolce of My Daily Sweet. So let's put this out there, I am not a hug make up gal and I've literally had the same make up and face cleansing routine for five plus years, not lying! So when I received the package from Dolce it was such a delight. Inside my package I found Pandora's Eyes mascara in black, a Proactive Solution Refining Mask - Combination Therapy and a Bath & Body Works Antibacterial Hand Gel in scent Pink Sugarplum.

I can't wait to start using these products!

{Blogger Swap from Dolce of My Daily Sweet}

Visit Dolce's blog to see what I got her and say hi!

Think this sounds like fun? Try it out!

Image was taken with a Nikon D3100.

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Happy Spring



Not only is it the first day of spring but it is also the International Day of Happiness and International Day of macarons! Let's celebrate by visiting our local farmer's market to pick up a fresh bouquet of flowers, a quaint bakery for a yummy treat and lastly compliment someone to make their day! 

"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort" - Franklin D. Roosevelt

{Kingston Farmer's Market}

Image was taken with Nikon D3100.

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Chef Michael Smith Book Signing


Exciting news Kingston foodies! 

Chef Michael Smith, host of the Food Network's the Inn Chef, Chef at Home, Chef Michael's Kitchen and Chef Abroad, will be at the Canadian Grilling Company on Queen's University campus to sign cook books and meet with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Don't miss out on this experience!

You can meet him at either Ban Righ Dining Hall from 11h30am-1h30pm as he serves and selects the winners of the Taste of Home contest or at the below location/time! 

When
Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Time
1h30pm - 3h00pm

Location
Canadian Grilling Company
Mackintosh Corry Hall
68 University Avenue,
Kingston, Ontario


Snapshots from last year's 1st anniversary of the Canadian Grilling Company:






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Maple in the County



The month of March is synonymous to the sweet and smokey flavours of maple syrup. In the Prince Edward County, it signifies the celebration of the first harvest and the arrival of spring. Maple in the County taking place March 21-23, 2014 is the time for you to take in the culinary creations and offerings of such a Maple Syrup Festival.

 Enjoy a dose of syrup at breakfast before heading to one of the 10 sugar bushes for sugar shack demonstrations, sugar bush tours, or maple taffy. With lots of activities for the whole family such as petting zoos and live music, don't forget to stop by one of the many wineries as well.

Last year was my first experience of Maple in the County and I will certainly be visiting again this year. The day started bright and early as I drove from Kingston. The first stop was Waupoos Estate Winery where I learnt about their process of tapping maple syrup, saw some oh so cute farm animals and had a scrumptious breakfast. The next stop took us up the road at County Cider Company for tastings of maple infused crepes and cider overlooking the region. Filled bellies and bags of maple syrup, iced wine and cider in hand, the day ended at Black River Cheese browsing the shop and indulging in maple cheddar cheese and maple ice cream!

We shall see where I will end up this year. Perhaps Three Dog Winery, Rosehall Run Vineyards and Fifty Town Artisan Cheese Company? Who knows! If you have suggestions, please do let me know!

Snapshots of last year's adventure:

{Waupoos Winery}

{Waupoos Winery Breakfast}

{Waupoos Winery}

{County Cider Company}

{County Cider Company}

{County Cider Company}

 {Black River Cheese}

{Black River Cheese} 

{Map for 2014}

For more information, visit www.mapleinthecounty.ca

Maple in the County itineraries can be found here:

March 22 itinerary

March 23 itinerary

Don't forget to print these itineraries and map above to have handy on your sweet adventure around the county!
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Project Red Charity Fashion Show 2014



This past weekend, student-run organization Project Red at my alma mater hosted their annual Charity Fashion Show as a way to promote healthy living while raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. I had the chance to attend on behalf of one of the sponsors and was quite delighted with the production. This year's theme was Verve - emphasizing the enthusiasm and spirit in artwork. The fashion show displayed the individually and creativity of Queen's students who were ultimately devoted to a common goal. Models strutted their stuff and talented dancers performed all for a good cause raising $15,500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

A few snaps of the show:

{Agent 99 Kingston}

{Value Village}

{Student Designer Josh Mejia}

{Student Designer Josh Mejia}

{Agent 99 Kingston}

{Agent 99 Kingston}

{Blueprint Clothing Kingston}

{Student Designer Julia Miskey}

{American Apparel}

{Student Designer Josh Mejia}

{Student Designer Josh Mejia}

Decked out in Vero Moda, I might have an obsession! 

{Project Red 2014}

Flashback to when I attended last year!

{Project Red 2013}

Visit Project Red's site: www.queensprojectred.com

All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.

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25th Birthday Recap



This past Friday I celebrated my twenty fifth birthday and as usual, it was a low key affair. I honestly could have had afternoon tea with a few friends and be quite content. Call me an old gal, but my wishlist in the future consists of owning an antique tea set. That said, I am not the type of person to have the spotlight put on me on special occasions, so an evening dinner with good friends and good company is my cup of tea!

A few snapshots of the day and of course it would be filled with delicious food as well as cravings that had to me met:


{Macaron Birthday Card}

{Edible Arrangements}

Basically the only dish I will order at Jack Astor's, it simply is just too great!

{Jack Astor's Chicken Bowtie Pasta Lunch}

{The Keg Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon Dinner}

{Thimble Cakes Cupcakes}

{Thimble Cakes Cupcakes}

Can't just have one cupcake for dessert!

{Thimble Cakes Cupcakes From Friends}

{Lovely Flowers}

{Birthday Present Outfit To Myself - Vero Moda Everything Minus Loafers}

{Birthday Present Necklace To Myself}

{Birthday Tea and Breakfast}

Don't forget to enter the 'Sweet Treat' giveaway I'm hosting for my birthday to thank the city of Kingston for allowing me to become the person I am today! Enter here.

All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.

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