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Brunch Affair | French Toast


A true staple on brunch menus, French toast appeals to those with a sweet tooth looking to satisfy morning cravings with thick slabs of bread soaked in crème anglaise, browned golden in butter and then dressed in a sweet finish of Canada's most prized and essential local commodity, maple syrup. Sounds decadent right? This is a brunch dish so classic, it's no wonder that kitchens like to get creative with combinations with berry coulis, apple butter and dollops of goodness and - the options are endless.


INGREDIENTS

Serves 4.

1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6-8 slices of bread, cut thickly

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Soak bread slices in egg mixture. Do not soak more bread than you have griddle space for at one time. Flip to make sure both sides of bread are well-coated.

Lightly butter and heat a large griddle or skillet on medium-high. Place the soaked bread slices on heated surface and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until French toast is a light golden brown.

Serve hot with maple syrup, butter, or a dollop of your liking (or all three!) with a side of fresh fruit.

Enjoy!

-xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Indulge in your Guilty Pleasures with Loving Spoonful


On the evening of February 1st, the culinary community of Kingston came together for the fourth annual Guilty Pleasures event at Olivea Restaurant for an evening of fabulous food, fun and fundraising in support of Loving Spoonful. With a seven-course tasting menu inspired by the culinary teaching and creations of Julia Child, this years line up of chefs included: Stev George of Olivea, Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir Bistro, Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy, Paul Muller of Bella Bistro, Andrew Smythe of Tango Nuevo and Marty Huxtable of Dianne’s.


Better with Butter was the nights theme and boy, was it executed marvelously. Each chef worked seamlessly alongside bringing together creations of pure wonder all in the name of a worthy cause. It was quite a sight to see local chefs, businesses and members of the community join forces for the sole purpose of enhancing healthy food access, skills and engagement for individuals and families in the area.

But seriously the night couldn't have been any better. My foodie partner-in-crime and I were seated with a group of like-minded folks whom we chatted with all night long over local events, favourite restaurants and the list goes on. This a must event to attend!

From the mind of Stev George of Olivea:
Egg and Caviar Toast.
Paired with NV Prosecco, Italy.

{Stev George of Olivea}

From the mind of Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy:
Quadra Island Scallop with pickled vegetable salad.
Paired with 2014 Chinon Rose, France.

{Ian Arthur of Chez Piggy}

From the mind of Marty Huxtable of Dianne's:
Trout Amandine with cauliflower puree.
Paired with 2014 Frascati, Italy.

{Marty Huxtable of Dianne's}

From the mind of Paul Muller of Bella Bistro:
Rabbit ragu with dupuy lentils and buttered kolhrabi puree.
Paired with 2011 Chianti Rufina, Italy.

{Paul Muller of Bella Bistro}

From the mind of Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir:
Duck Cassoulet.
Paired with 2012 Syrah Grenache Carignan, France.

{Derek MacGregor of Le Chien Noir}

From the mind of Andrew Smythe of Tango Neuvo:
Braised Short Rib with bordelaise sauce, pomme paillasson, celeriac puree and pickled mushroom.
Paired with 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California.

{Andrew Smythe of Tango Neuvo}

From the mind of Stev George of Olivea:
Tarte Tatin with calvados whipped cream.
Paired with Ice Cider, Quebec.

{Stev George of Olivea}

Together we can make a difference.

See you at next year's Loving Spoonful event!

For more information, visit www.lovingspoonful.org!

- xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Feb Fest: A Toast to Tapas 2016


It may not be a winter wonderland in downtown Kingston but we sure are ready for the annual Feb Fest adventures! From the Carr-Harris Cup, Imagination on Ice with Nam Nguyen, meet and greet with Ron Ellis to public skating, there's no better excuse than to join in on the fun with friends and family.


What am I most excited for? Toast to Tapas of course!

You have the opportunity to spice up your Feb Fest experience by indulging in local food pairings at some of downtown Kingston's best restaurants (featured below) with a glass of local wine or beer all weekend long. This fabulous feature is brought to you by Downtown Kingston and runs daily from 3-6pm Feb 4-7. 

Bonus it's only $9.95!

Here's a complete list of menus of participating restaurants:

Amadeus
Wallace Beef goulash soup and Lyon Farms chicken paprikash.
Paired with Sandbanks Baco Noir.

Aqua Terra
Braised water buffalo ravioli with a Patchwork Gardens celery root puree, natural jus, pickled purple dragon carrots and mustard greens.
Paired with 12 oz local draft beer or 4 oz glass of house wine.

The Grizzly Grill
Butternut squash soup with Seed to Sausage chorizo crisp, roasted Patchwork Gardens beet salad with Northern Italian salami, pea shoots and creamy garlic dressing, and Enright Cattle Co. cheeseburger slider with Wilton old cheddar and chipotle ketchup.
Paired with Mackinnon Brothers Crosscut Ale.

{Image from The Grizzly Grill}

Atomica
Tibbon’s Farm pork tenderloin porchetta, arugula pesto, warm Patchwork Gardens beet salad
Paired with Rosehall Run Riesling.

{Image from Atomica}

Chez Piggy
Patchwork Gardens patatas bravas with Chez Piggy chorizo.
 Paired with MacKinnon Brothers 8 Man EPA.

Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse
Smoked lamb tostada, crispy Patchwork Gardens celery root, roasted SunTech cherry tomatoes, Canreg Station Farm pecorino.
Paired with Stone City Ales Ships in the Night oatmeal stout.

Harper’s Burger Bar
Black River cheddar mac ‘n cheese bites.
Paired  with MacKinnon Brothers 8 Man EPA.

{Image from Harper’s Burger Bar}

Iron Duke
Baby BLT – Seed to Sausage strip bacon, vine tomato jam, roasted garlic aioli and greens on a pretzel slider bun.
 Paired with Amsterdam All Natural Blond Lager.

Kingston Brewing Company
House-made feta dip served with local veggies.
Paired with Brew Pub Merlot or Chardonnay.

Le Chien Noir Bistro
Braised and roasted house made Ravensfield Farm bacon, Patchwork Gardens & Seed to Sausage chorizo potato salad, sundried tomato aioli.
Paired with Stone City Ales 12 Star Session Ale.

Olivea
Grilled house made pork sausage with fried polenta and caramelized onions.
Paired with MacKinnon Brothers 8 Man EPA.

Gnocchi with Beef Cheek Ragu.
Paired with Casa Dea Cabernet Franc.

Marinated Patchwork Gardens beets, Verlinden red endive and C’est Bon goat cheese.
Paired with Redstone Riesling.

Sir John’s Public House
Venison chili garnished with homemade tortilla chips.
 Paired with Red Leaf Lager, Great Lakes Brewery.

Tango Nuevo
Croquetas de Pollo with Lyon’s Farm chicken and spicy mustard.
Paired with MacKinnon Brothers 8 Man EPA.

Windmills Casual Fine Dining
Enright Cattle Co.  braised chuck and polenta.
Paired with MacKinnon Brothers 8 Man EPA.

All tapas/pairings are served daily from 3pm-6pm from Feb 4-7, 2016. Only $9.95!

For more information and list of Feb Fest events visit, www.downtownkingston.ca
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Be a #GIRLBOSS


Be humble. Be grateful. Be passionate. Be you.

As young professionals, don't be afraid to push the boundaries. Be a leader, an entrepreneur and always question the unknown. Be adventurous and let your mind wander. Be you. That's more valuable to any brand or company than conformity ever can be! Oh yeah, and DO WHAT YOU LIKE! If you don't like it, don't do it for one more second.

Girlboss


Don't let your job, blog or friends define who you are. You define you - so remind yourself who you are. It’s easy to get caught up in what others say that we begin to see ourselves in that light. Don’t lose sight of who you truly are and the unique qualities you’ve built within yourself. You have the strength to push through new challenges, encounter obstacles, and celebrate accomplishments. So live life and do what you love and if it's not perfect, don't freak out. 

You are the sole decision maker of your life. So live, wander and experience your surroundings with open eyes. Trust me, don't let folks hinder the person you could become. We all start somewhere and eventually you will grow stronger and into a person that is not scared to take life head on - from interviews, career choices to relationships.

So to be the best #GIRLBOSS you can be - learn to ask if you want something, help out where you can, dress well and be the best person you can be!

- xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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