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Hotel Chocolat


More cocoa, less sugar? 

Yup you've got it - a healthier and more satisfying cocoa hit! This gal is introducing you to Britain’s best-known luxury chocolatier by the name of Hotel Chocolat. They've got everything you need to make it a truly magical Christmas this season and dare I say it, I think even Santa would admire their gift delivery skills. But let's get to the main reason we're all here - from stocking fillers, extra little gifts to stylish additions for your tree and table, you are sure to find a delightful treat for everyone. Because who doesn't love to indulge in a decadent selection of chocolates.

Hotel Chocolat is a brand that has an obsession with cocoa, a flair for creativity and a determination to turn the traditional chocolate industry on its head. Behind every ridiculously thick shells of their chocolates, hides inside an extra layer of sweet excitement.

I had the wonderful opportunity to sample these chocolates and I was over the moon with the Everything Collection. With such bold flavors, you only need one or two chocolates to satisfy your sweet craving. The little cheesecake chocolates in lemon, strawberry and caramel were definitely my favorite.

A few snaps of Hotel Chocolat chocolates:







p.s. all of Hotel Chocolat's gifts can be delivered in a ribbon-tied gift box with a personalized card, straight to friends and family.

Give 'em some love and treat someone special: www.hotelchocolat.com

Thank you Hotel Chocolat for sponsoring this post! 

While I have been compensated with product - this review is all my own honest opinions and experiences. 

xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Ferrero Rocher Moment



Ferrero Rocher

Ferrero Rocher

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Ferrero Rocher

With a splash of gold, a sprinkle of white and a dash of red, the holiday season is officially here! I couldn't be happier and what perfect way to do so with a gracious and decadent treat. I am once again overjoyed to have been able to team up with Ferrero Rocher to bring you this fun holiday post that is sure to add a bit of sparkle and shine to your day. Because let's face it - you certainly will smile when unwrapping the golden foil and taking a bite into a chocolatey delight surrounded by creamy filling, a crunchy wafer and a delicious hazelnut centre. Oh la la!

What's your #FerreroMoment?

Thank you Ferrero Rocher for sponsoring this post! 

While I have been compensated with product - this review is all my own honest opinions and experiences. xoxo
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Gananoque Visit | The Socialist Pig


Brunch is reason enough to get out of bed in the morning. It's the perfect cure for hangovers and weekday blunders, an indulgent wake-up call complete with eggs benny, fluffy pancakes and of course, a generous helping of crispy bacon.

No matter what city you're in, there is always no shortage of amazing spots to choose from. Ask me if I'd like to go to brunch and my immediate answer will most certainly be YES, as it is quite the gratifying ritual that deserves to be celebrated with lots of caffeine. 

This bring me to The Socialist Pig, a quaint coffee shop and restaurant located in Gananoque, part of the 1000 Islands area that truly deserve some jazz hands love (I know I'm cheesy). With a vintage cozy feel, this shop is more than just good coffee, delectable desserts and delicious dining - it has a sense of passion and love for its community that keeps people coming back such as myself.

My go-to at The Pig (other than their mac n cheese) is hands down their brunch menu!

Snaps of my scrumptious meal that included a seasonal beverage of none other than gingerbread latte:


Just a few of the many delectable choices offered for brunch.


The Charleston | Bacon + cheddar Belgian waffles topped with poached eggs and a heavenly hollandaise sauce.


Where: 21 King St E, Gananoque, Ontario

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Ottawa Visit | Suzy Q Doughnuts


Oh hey there my sweet good looking friends! Y'all are gorgeous but doughnuts - boy they sure are on another level of sugary deliciousness and of course who gives a crap about them being calorie packed. I sure don't and that's why I am introducing you to Suzy Q Doughnuts, a magical place of pure indulgence in Ottawa. From sprinkled, sugared, glazed and powdered, they have them all and each bite is a glorious mouthful of pure joy. I'm not kidding seriously. With flavours like Salty Caramel, Maple Bacon, Blue Vanilla Fruit Loop, Raspberry Cassis, Cookies and Cream, London Fog and Sugar Munkki, you know you’re in for a treat.

Props to Sue Hamer's genius mind for bringing to fruition a location where folks can daydream into a sweet paradise.

Snaps of my visit to Suzy Q Doughnuts:




Say hello to finger licking goodness:


Currently Located: 991 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON

Moving to: 969 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON

Give 'em some love: www.suzyq.ca
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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System


The holiday season is officially upon us and as a foodie,  I relish in the fact that holiday parties are here. That means it's time to cook up a storm in the kitchen and get the prep work started. My little secret this year has been quite the nifty little thing - it's compact, fits nicely on my kitchen countertop and boy does it sure have a sleek design.

What am I talking about? Well let me tell you!

Say hello to the FoodSaver 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System!



Slightly confused? This innovative solution is a fully automated sealing system that creates perfectly air-tight bags, containers and marinates food in minutes for long term and short term food storage. It's a one step process and quite the user friendly tool. From meats, fruits to mason jars, the FoodSaver is hands down your lifesaver this season and worth every penny. Imagine keeping your food fresh for up to five times longer than normal.

Thanks to its better sealing power (I'm not kidding!) and fully automatic option, the FoodSaver is fast and efficient. The 2-in-1 sealing feature helps to perform lots of multiple tasks in a breeze.

This vacuum sealer will a quite the handy dandy appliance with the holidays right around the corner. Have you ever sealed a full chicken, an entire casserole or fresh strawberries? The FoodSaver will be your new best friend especially with its accessories, creating a perfect air-tight conditions in all situations as you are not limited to just using bags. The options are endless from refrigerated foods, pantry items to buying in bulk and saving money in the long run.

If you're a avid fisherman, hunter, gardener or simply a mom, you'll be quite the happy camper.

As they say, air is the enemy of freshness causing freezer burns and leaving food with no taste. So if you're still picking out gifts, keep this one in mind!


With a press of a button, you're ready to seal away!



Do you buy meat in bulk or a hunter? Well you're in luck as you may just have to ask Santa for a Food Saver. You best be nice!


Do you see any air bubbles? I sure don't and that means no more freezer burns and spoilage!


For more information, visit www.foodsaver.ca

While I have been compensated with product - this review is all my own honest opinions and experiences. 

xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Bobbie Sue's Mac n Cheese


This mac n cheese lover may have just found her true love - say hello to Bobbie Sue's Mac n Cheese! Praise hallelujah the cheese heavens have blessed us with a glorious gift this season and it comes in true cheeselicious form. Their menu is small yet simple focusing on one dish that makes perfect sense - macaroni and cheese!

This new addition to the Toronto area is sure to be a hot spot with locals and foodies. Co-owners Nicholas and Frederic Laliberté sure knew how win the hearts of many with this new restaurant under their belt.

I'll certainly be trying the  Carbonara Mac (pancetta + grana padano + egg yolk) and good old Classic Mac (five-cheese blend)! See you soon Bobbie Sue's!





Photos by Jesse Milns

Let's give Bobbie Sue's some cheesy love: www.bobbiesues.com

Where: 162 Ossington #3, entrance on Foxley, Toronto, ON
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Photo Diary | Drake Devonshire Inn


Eat, drink and be merry at the Drake Devonshire Inn - Toronto's countryside retreat located in Wellington, within the charming Prince Edward County and borders the picturesque Lake Ontario. It is here that you will find Chef Matt DeMille and his classic creations using homegrown ingredients with a flavourful rustic twist. While the food speaks for itself, the Drake is like a candy shop waiting for you to discover what's around every corner. Filled with artistic vibrance, this boutique style hotel draws inspiration from the local community though staying true to its contemporary counterpart in Toronto. It is a journey well worthwhile full of magical memories to be had!

A few snapshots of the Drake Devonshire:
















Join the fun at Drake: www.drakedevonshire.ca

Where: 24 Wharf St, Wellington, ON
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Food Truck Flavors Worth The Chase


Food trucks are nothing new to the foodie scene but specialty trucks have popped up with much anticipation over the years. Folks have responded with open hands as this cultural phenomena has evolved from your good old-fashioned french fries to a whole new food culture landscape.

This is much more than your typical street food.

As the world of food has become increasingly entwined with the world of technology, social media marketing has enabled food trucks to interact directly with their customers to foster a sense of community and to create brand loyalty.

But the most important question is, what are they serving?

As people engage in the thrill of the chase as they track the location of their favorite food trucks, I bring you my top food truck flavors: 

1. Mexican

Food Truck Flavors
{Mission St North - Kingston, Ontario}

Did someone say fish tacos? Get in line for fresh soft-shelled tacos, spicy corn on the cob, and other Mexican-inspired dishes as they’re muy caliente. California is considered the land of fish tacos, but coastal areas in Mexico feast on seafood. Combine the two and that’s where food trucks blend the fresh flavors together and forge delectable dishes. But let’s not forget about those burritos filled with rice, black beans, pico de gallo, shredded cheese and a choice of meat – pork carnitas anyone?

2. East Coast

Food Truck Flavors
{Rock Lobster - Toronto, Ontario}

All things seafood? Count me in! This food truck flavor will surely cure your craving for the coast with an all-seafood menu. From fresh lobster rolls with hints of mayo and celery salt on a toasted New England hot dog bun, to creamy chowder with potatoes, bacon, and chunks of fresh lobster, to lobster grilled cheeses – you’ll surely be asking for more!

3. Comfort Food

Food Truck Flavors

Classic comfort food with a gourmet twist and seasonal flair is all the rage in the food truck biz. Get ready for some finger lickin’ goodness because to be honest, there is no bad comfort food. If it gives you comfort, it’s good. Imagine grilled cheese with smoked mac n cheese, a Southern fried chicken sandwich, a little new Orleans’ action with its famous shrimp po’ boy, delicious sloppy joes oozing out of a soft bun or creamy smoked bacon deviled eggs sprinkled with smoked paprika.

4. Asian Fusion

Food Truck Flavors
{Meryanda Food Truck - Ottawa, Ontario}

When the East meets West with a myriad of flavors and mobile gourmet dining experiences comes into play – you get dishes such as kimchi pulled pork poutine, fried rice balls packed with pan-Asian flavors and roti canai tacos topped with pulled brisket or, even better, peking duck. Expect to experience the true flavors of Asia with spoonfuls of sweet and spicy street eats.

5. Classics

Food Truck Flavors
{Fordino's Pizza - Kingston, Ontario}

Hot dogs, cheeseburgers or a good ol’ poutine – as much as we can’t get enough of the classics, many food trucks have taken the traditional usual chip truck flavors to new heights. Poutine goes beyond fries, curds and gravy – how about shredded beef brisket, cheese curds, brisket infused gravy, and barbecue sauce? Hot dogs or perhaps seasoned sausages layered with bacon, jack cheese, smoked onions and beef chili. Burgers topped with elk meat, cream cheese, caramelized onions, gouda and bacon. Are you drooling? Because I sure am!

This blog was originally posted on Gusto TV.
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Happy Thanksgiving


Fall is synonymous with cozy sweaters, football, pumpkin spice, changing leaf colours and everything in between - and that's how I like it, fall is definitely my favourite season. 

Though let's not forget all that delicious food - I'm talking about Thanksgiving silly. This holiday is more than just having turkey - well okay I'm all about that stuffing, but it is truly about being around those you love and cherish, keeping traditions alive, being grateful for all you have and making new memories.

As per tradition, my parents and I headed to our cottage just a kilometres away from Mont Tremblant for a weekend getaway of relaxation and unplugging (literally no cell reception or wifi!). It was very much needed and so glad I took the weekend off for myself and spend quality time with loved ones. 

Snapshots of my Thanksgiving weekend at my parents cottage:

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Thanksgiving

How gorgeous is the fall foliage? 

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A blanket of marvelous beauty!

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Oh hey it's me!

Thanksgiving

What did you do this Thanksgiving weekend? Leave a comment!
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