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Apple Maple French Toast


Okay so here's the deal - when it comes to brunch, I for the most part always make egg dishes whether that's fried eggs, eggs benny or scrambled eggs. (You'll know if you watch my Instagram stories!) But lately with the fall season and chilly weather, I've been craving that sweet maple taste and what better way to indulge in that than with french toast along with another fall favourite - apples.

If you want a sugar overload, then this my friends, is for you - say hello to Apple Maple French Toast! Dessert or breakfast? It's hard to tell with this rich and indulgent dish. 

Apple Maple French Toast

Serves: 2

INGREDIENTS

APPLE TOPPING

2 medium honey crisp apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup maple sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

FRENCH TOAST

4 thick slices of bread (your choice)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Maple syrup (to top)


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add apple slices, maple sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir until coated and slightly caramelized. Add vanilla and cinnamon then reduce heat to simmer, cook 5-7 minutes longer while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly and thicken while you prepare the French toast.

2. In a medium shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla until smooth. Carefully place slice of bread within mixture until fully coated and then turning until other side is completely absorbed. Lift the bread out of the liquid and allow to drip off excess.

3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and place bread until golden brown on each side, 2-3 minutes. Repeat with remaining bread slices.

4. Place French toast on a plate and generously top with apple-maple mixture. 

Voila and don't forget to drizzle a bit of maple syrup over your creation!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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English Tea at The University Club


It was a quaint fall afternoon when I strolled down to Queen's University campus - a place I called home for four years. This time my adventure led me to the exclusive University Club with a gracious invite to attend English Tea Time.

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

Tucked away on a slight hill between Stuart and King Street overlooking Lake Ontario, I was joined by the lovely Jessica of Explore YGK and her adorable son whom was the sweetest little gentleman and got all the ladies attention! We were directed to the front hall where a gorgeous table awaited us by a big bay window. After a much needed catch up, we were showen with a vast selection of teas and of course our choices were unanimous - a traditional English Breakfast presented to us in a white porcelain teapot that I simply couldn't help admire while our tea steeped.

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

It was great to see such a vibrant and historic space offer this unique experience - you know, pinkies up in the air and little finger sandwiches with ladies who are dressed in pretty dresses.

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

As the chatter continued amongst us, the best part followed - the food and of course as a foodie, I was most excited and didn't know where to start!

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

Plated on a two tiered serving platter, we enjoyed mini sandwiches and dainty sweet treats all prepared by executive chef Keith Lee and his culinary team at the University Club. Sandwiches included egg salad, chicken salad, cucumber alfalfa and adorable smoked salmon pinwheels along with delightful cinnamon raison scones served with strawberry jam (my favourite!) and clotted cream. Quite the mouthful I know - but that wasn't all. Oh the sweets - they were marvellous from wild berry tarts, chocolate brownies and short bread.


English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

 Seriously us two gals managed to satisfy our cravings just perfectly and finished our tea time with a last sip to good times. This was the most ideal way to end an afternoon!

English Tea Time at Queen's University Club

Do I have you hooked? If you're looking to host a similar event, look no further than this wonderful spot with the most gracious ambiance. The University Club at Queen’s is available as an event venue and is the perfect backdrop for small intimate and elegant gatherings such a birthdays or bridal showers - the options are truly endless.

For more information, visit here or contact ucevents@queensu.ca to book your next fabulous event!

-xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Top 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas


Sweaters, pies and all that jazz - fall is finally in full swing which means it’s officially time to bundle up and get in the festive spirit. From leaves changing colours to pumpkin spice everything, there is so much love for autumn and the same thing can be said for the slew of activities that comes with it.

While it's hard to say goodbye to summer, who can resist the quintessential fall activities and spending it with your other half.  From apple picking to corn mazes to hair-raising experiences, I decided to add a bit of sugar and spice to my top 5 fall date ideas:

1. Stroll through a Magical Scene

Impress your date with a one-of-a-kind light show at Pumpkinferno located at Upper Canada Village. It is a wonderful display of over 7000 hand carved pumpkins, scattered in quite the variety of themed scenes under the night sky. This is certainly a road trip worth taking - you'll encounter intricately carved pumpkin sculptures from Elvis himself to famous portraits by some of the greatest painters in history. The best part? Don't forget to stop by Willard's Hotel on site for a scrumptious homemade dinner that will knock the socks off your date in a cozy atmosphere!

Top 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

2. Admire Fall Foliage while Hiking

There's nothing better than sipping on a pumpkin spice latte and taking a leisurely stroll in the woods. With vibrant colours and a chill in the air, it's the perfect time to cozy up with your date and enjoy each others company. From Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area to Lemoine Point or Rock Dunder, there are endless amounts of trails for you to enjoy.

Top 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

3. Get Spooked at a Haunted Attraction

If you're a fan of horror movies, scaring your friends or walking alone in the dark than you're in for a treat because haunted attractions are popping up left right and center. This is your chance to show off your bravery with a date at some of the scariest haunted houses such as Fort Fright but hey if you're aren't up for the challenge, they offer protection amulets that ward off the scary creatures.


4. Get Lost in a Corn Maze

Right or left? Who knows! Test your skills with your date by losing yourselves in a corn maze this fall. With fun themes, puzzles as well scavengers hunts, farmers have been challenging their visitors with new experience each year with fun and innovative mazes. Are you daring enough to enter? Why not head to Wolfe Island's infamous corn maze for a try!


Top 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

5. View From On Top with a Helicopter Ride

What better way to capture the fall season with your date than overlooking your city with a helicopter ride! And guess what? 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours by Kouri's Kopters is right in our own backyards. It's clear why helicopter tours are so popular - they combine adventure and spectacular views. This is the most worth-while experience and don't forget to get your cameras ready.

Top 5 Fun Fall Date Ideas

What are some of your favourite fall date ideas?

-xoxo
Rosalyn Gambhir
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