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Kelly's Bake Shoppe Comes to Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe Comes to Prince Edward County


Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

I'm not sure where to start this blog but it definitely wasn't all sugar, spice and everything nice just a few months ago. I say this lightly as I was experiencing eczema and well I didn't know it at the time. I was feeling super low, wore scarves, long pants and shirts just to hide my skin and my neck, thankfully it was winter so no one ever noticed. I honestly didn't know that a) the weather was a huge part of it b) stress c) but also that the food I was eating was hurting my body. Fast forward to spring, I realized I had food sensitives to gluten, eggs, dairy along with a few other items. Thankfully I was/am able to still consume meat, veggies and fruit as I get my gut health in check. As a foodie, this wasn't a shock so to speak as I knew I could I find alternatives because what else was there to do. Though let's just say that I had cravings for something sweet. 
But long story short...

After scrolling through Instagram one evening, I stumbled upon a neat post. It mentioned that Kelly's Bake Shoppe, a popular bakery in downtown Burlington was coming to Prince Edward County for a pop-up event! The best part of it all was that they offered gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, peanut-free and vegan products. Ding ding ding! I was over the moon as I was able to finally indulge once again. If you know me, I have a major sweet tooth and well, Kelly’s Bake Shoppe to the rescue. As soon as bae and I got home from our adventures in the County, I took a fork and sampled each cupcake. Oh, goodness was I in heaven and in a bit of a sugar coma. These cupcakes were filled with so much flavour and topped with all the icing! My favourite cupcake was the strawberry shortcake vanilla that was filled with strawberry jam and topped with strawberry buttercream. Drool!

I had my fair share of other desserts with alternative ingredients that were just okay, so it's safe to say that I have since become obsessed with Kelly's Bake Shoppe that was created by the fabulous mother and daughter team and the dynamic duo of Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie.

"Kelly and Erinn are sharing their love of food with the world, one delicious bite at a time."

From cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muffins to ice cream, to know that their treats were made with the healthiest ingredients and leaving out processed junk, just made my day. Along with the sweet and delicious cupcakes that we scooped up from the pop-up event, bae and I also bought their cookbook, Made With Love and the sweet duo were so gracious to sign it. The coolest part to hear was that as they had sold out on Saturday, they got their products flown in for Sunday!

I look forward to their official opening in the County!

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

BIRTHDAY CAKE CUPCAKE

Vanilla cake with plant-based multicoloured sprinkles mixed throughout, topped with chocolate buttercream and more sprinkles.

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

MILE HIGH BROWNIE

Topped with chocolate buttercream, vanilla buttercream, a mini brownie, chocolate ganache and organic caramel.

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Kelly's Bake Shoppe in Prince Edward County

Find this eatery on Instagram: @kellysinthecounty

Where: 13633 Loyalist Parkway, Prince Edward County, Ontario
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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The Marans Dinebar in the County

The Marans Dinebar in the County


The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

It's been a good few weeks or so since my last blog post and I'm not sorry but that's because I actually took some time off for a slight digital detox from both my day job and blogging. But I will say that it's no surprise that during this time that my foodie partner-in-crime and I ventured to Prince Edward County (once again of course) for a day trip for lunch to visit Picton's newest dining experience - The Marans Dinebar.

Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Chef Guerin Sykes previously helped revamp the kitchens at Waupoos Winery before taking the leap and opening up his own venture. Featuring Middle Eastern with Asian inspired cuisine, this new spot by Chef Guerin and his wife Jessica puts the emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and all things County including their drink menu. Located right between the Regent Theatre and Picton Library on Main Street in Picton, you wouldn't believe it, but it doesn't have a full commercial kitchen! With only a few induction burners and other equipment, Chef Guerin creates flavourful dishes with such freshness and efficiency, might I add. As comes with small spaces, also comes creative thinking, being wise in how you cook and operate, which means the menu rotates and keeps you guessing every few months.

Scroll down to have a peek at some of the dishes we enjoyed:

DEVILED EGGS

Vibrant, savoury pickled eggs, whipped filling with salted caviar. 

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

MUSHROOM GNOCCHI

Puffy gnocchi in a savoury, creamy sauce with mushrooms and caramelized onions.

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

LEMON CURD CRÈME BRULÉE

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton


The decor was right up my alley of farmhouse chic with cute accents all around.

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

Chef Guerin and his wife Jessica!

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton

The Marans Dinebar in Prince Edward County - Picton


Find this eatery on Instagram: @themaransdinebar

Where: 222 Picton Main, St Picton, Ontario
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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Cirque du Soleil Comes To Kingston With a Brand New Ice Experience

Cirque du Soleil Comes To Kingston With a Brand New Ice Experience


When I was younger, I remember being glued to the television screen watching Canadian figure skaters from Jamie Salé and David Pelletier to Joannie Rochette and Elvis Stojko twirling around and seamlessly gliding across the rink. So when Cirque du Soleil announced its first-ever experience on ice, I was over the moon and the little girl inside me was beyond thrilled. CRYSTAL blends circus arts into unchartered territory - the world of ice skating, taking audiences on a unique journey to a frozen playground where the lead character Crystal dives into her own imagination and curiosity as she discovers she isn't like everyone else and out of sync with herself.

To escape her reality, she ventures out on a frozen pond and falls through the ice into an upside world. In this underwater world of her imagination, she sees a reflection of herself. Her reflection guides her through this new world and wakes her up to her own creativity.

Cirque's CRYSTAL Show - Kingston, Ontario
Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL artists perform by Kingston Trolley as they toured around town.
Throughout the show, both gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, combining multiple disciplines together. Synchronized skating, freestyle figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps, and hand to hand. Figure skaters learned how to be pushers on Chinese poles, while circus artists learned how to skate, and extreme skaters learned figure skating moves. Just spectacular!

AND! Did you know the cast of this show represents eleven different nationalities?! All from the figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, acrobats, musicians and comic character.

Photo by Matt Beard.
After being wowed by the show on its first-night performance, I was thoroughly impressed by the music, the artistry, the acrobatics, the visual projections and most importantly the show's theme.

"The show CRYSTAL is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice."

When it came to the music, it was lively, intense and intriguing. It was neat to see that CRYSTAL had popular cover versions of well-known pop songs - a first for a Cirque du Soleil show, that included Sia and Beyoncé, specifically recorded for the show that definitely got the crowd going. Cirque also paid homage to the music of Canada's Maritime provinces while preserving the signature sound of Cirque. This was combined with showcasing Canadian pride through a hockey act where extreme skaters performed crazy flips, twists and jumps at full speed, turning the ice into a giant pinball machine. I'm sure kids in the audience were mesmerized and what better way to keep the celebrating going as Canada Day long weekend was just here. As performers zipped by, the best part, was lead character Crystal jumping out sporting a Kingston Frontenac jersey. Well props to whoever was responsible for that neat marketing plug! 

Here's a sneak peek of the act and set design:

Photo by Matt Beard.
Overall this performance is definitely worth a watch and treating yourself! As Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd creation and the company’s first ice experience, you'll be amazed at the level of artistry and beautiful blend between skating and acrobatics. Playing double duty of figure skating while performing stunts such as aerial trapeze, balance poses and straps or playing an instrument, well I was left speechless with all these showstopping moments.

Cirque's CRYSTAL Show - Kingston, Ontario

CRYSTAL is being presented at the Kingston’s Leon’s Centre for a limited run of performances from July 3-7, 2019.

Tickets available here.

Cirque's CRYSTAL Show - Kingston, Ontario
Cirque du Soleil artists showing an acrobatic act in front of Fort Henry.
Enjoy the show!
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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BeaverTails is Now Open in Kingston

BeaverTails is Now Open in Kingston


The anticipation is finally over folks! The iconic indulgence of Canada aka BeaverTails set up shop in downtown Kingston with lots of excitement from locals just a few weeks ago and drum roll please.... is now OPEN to the public right next door to Market Square.

But what are BeaverTails you might be asking?

In short, they are a hand-stretched fried-dough pastry made with whole wheat flour to resemble the long, flat tail of a beaver. From there, it's topped with a variety of sweet garnishes - anything from a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar to chocolate hazelnut spread and banana slices, as seen below! Drooling yet?

It's hard to believe but I had my first BeaverTails here in Kingston in my first year of university. As I'm originally from the province of Quebec, I knew them as Queue de Castor so when a mobile vendor was on campus and my floormates bugged me to join them - well the answer was heck yes and it's been a joyous time every time I indulge in one!

BeaverTails Kingston

"BeaverTails is truly one of a kind. Irresistibly delicious, artisanal Canadian pastry, always there to share special moments that make lifelong memories."

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

BeaverTails Kingston

What BeaverTails pastry will you pick?

Visit online to look at all your choices: www.beavertails.com

Where: 20 Market Street, Kingston, Ontario
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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New Kid on the Block: Fractal Workspace

New Kid on the Block: Fractal Workspace


Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

There's a new kid on the block and their name is Fractal Workspace. If you can imagine a cool, hip but modern space, this is it. Creators David Robinson and his wife Laura Simpson were the masterminds behind this new co-working space in the west end of Kingston, Ontario.

THE SPACE

Inspired by boutique hotels and embracing the shift in how we use technology, the co-working space complements today's mobile, creative and entrepreneurial workforce. As David states, "It's not the office of the past - this space is unique, dynamic and flexible."

In a world where social media and selfies rule, what really caught my eye was that it was an Instagram worthy space - cliché to say I know. But from the moment you walk in, you are greeted with a breathtaking flower wall (you'll just have to go into see it!) and as you walk around from one room to the next, you notice that the interior design is carefully curated to make the experience like no other that inspires creativity and innovation. All of which is thanks to Laura Simpson and her love for interior design.

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

There's even a studio dedicated to creating podcasts.

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

So if you're a digital nomad looking for a cool new home, look no further than Fractal Workspace. From amenities such as meeting rooms, work lounge, privacy pods, the ability to leverage on partners, reception and concierge service, nearby foodie spots and my favourite FREE parking - you're one step closer to finding your ideal space.

Don't forget to have a peek at their other great amenities!

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

How neat are these private pods called SnapCabs?

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

I'm all about postive quotes and greenery to get my work mojo going!

Fractal Workspace Kingston Ontario

For more info, visit www.fractalworkspace.ca

Where: 623 Fortune Crescent Suite 100 Kingston, ON
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Rosalyn Gambhir
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