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Giveaway {Twelve Days of Christmas Dishcrawl Kingston}

With the holiday season rolling around, I thought it would be perfect to do a foodie giveaway. The theme to the next dishcrawl is all about The Twelve Days of Christmas. So if you are looking to find the perfect foodie gift for that special someone, be sure to enter to win a 2 for 1 ticket to the event on December 11th!

This could be YOU, enjoying scrumptious meals made especially for YOU by local Kingston chefs.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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The winner will be contacted via email once giveaway has expired.

Also, in the spirit of giving, 12 lucky Dishcrawlers will each WIN a gift at the Twelves days of Christmas Dishcrawl!


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Taste of Kingston | Gluten-Free Dishcrawl

With a mix of older people and a few young ones in their twenties, the Gluten-Free Dishcrawl Kingston was once again a success on November 19th.

But you may ask, what is gluten-free? In lamest terms, being a Celiac means an individual cannot consume the substance of gluten found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye as it will damage their small intestine.

Now days, the food industry has come a long way since we were younger and most mainstream grocery stores have a line of gluten-free products in their health food section but sometimes it's nice to dine out and not worry about picking a restaurant based on your restrictions. Well that is not the case in Downtown Kingston!

The guessing game of Dishcrawl Kingston and a slight chill in the air, the Grizzly Grill was the first location of the evening. Guests gathered at the back of the restaurant in a cozy type living room atmosphere. With a warm fire to sit around and a bar steps away, this was a good chance to mingle before our meal as Chef Ryan Pitt prepped them. With hunger setting in, patience exited the room (for me at least, as a slight hunger headache settled in) and we were directed to our table at the front of the restaurant where our platters swiftly came out of the kitchen. The food was delightful and presentation was well executed in terms of keeping it simple but highlighting each portion served. The maple pepper bacon was most definitely my favourite!

Once done, we bundled up and made our way to The Works Gourmet Burgers just down the street. General Manager Evan Cheetham dubbed "Easy Cheesy Cheetham" was full of life as he greeted the group as we took our seats. He introduced The Works new menu which featured some fabulous new items and classic ones too. The look of the menu was spectacular with keeping with the brand of the franchise. We were treated to two assortments of burgers with gluten-free buns where one of which had avocado. Ah hello it was amazing! A gluten-free Magnum's cider was graciously paired with the meal as well. Talk about Manager with the most, get it? Host with the most!. Ha! I crack myself up sometimes.

With satisfied tummies and freebie shake for our next visit (mmm strawberry), a brisk ten minute walk brought us to Frankie Pestos on Ontario St. An Italian eatery, this was my first visit to the restaurant and it was very welcoming but Italian and gluten-free? Yes, it is possible! Frankie Pestos did a great job at incorporating traditional dishes such as pasta and serving it gluten-free. As a Celiac, an individual should be treated like every other client and not stand as an advocate. Asking for food without gluten should be effortless and restaurants in Downtown Kingston are very accommodating to medical conditions and allergies. 

Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar was the perfect place to end the evening. The group was spoiled with a marvellous looking flourless turtle cheesecake. Silence took over the room as everyone indulged in their first few bites and sipped on warm bevies. This place is must for a first date, study spot or emerging yourself in cheesecake heaven.

Despite the cold walks from each restaurant, learning about gluten-free foods was an eye opener and a treat.

Come experience your own culinary adventure!

Scrumptious details of the dishes from our gluten-free crawl:

The  Grizzly Grill | 395 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad 
Sliced beets, pecan crusted goat cheese, maple pepper bacon, arugula and persevered red onions dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.

Grilled Lamb Chop
Mixed greens with a citrus vinaigrette, honey Dijon mustard sauce, simple grilled lamb chop.

Yellow Fin Tuna
Grilled yellow tuna served on a delicious tomato arugula quinoa.

{The Grizzly Grill}

The Works Gourmet Burgers Kingston | 289 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario

Waldork Salad
Leafy spring mix, red onions, chopped beets, ripe avocado, walnuts, grilled pear, crumbly blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette.

Tony Nirvana
Fresh avocado, beachhouse sauce, sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese on all beef patty with a gluten free bun.

Growler Five-0
A chicken burger with field mushrooms, smokey BBQ, cheddar and double smoked bacon on a gluten free bun.

{The Works}

{The Works}

Frankie Pestos Italian Eatery | 167 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario

Caesar Salad
Housemade dressing with romaine lettuce and fresh parmesan shavings.

Penne Pasta
Gluten free penne tossed in a house tomato sauce, white wine, garlic, chopped basil, mussels.

Gluten free pizza dough with basil pesto, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, balsamic onions, goat cheese.

{Frankie Pestos Italian Eatery}

Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar | 33 Brock St, Kingston, Ontario

Flourless turtle cheesecake with a walnut base, gluten free snicker doodle cookie baked with coconut flour.

{Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar}

To accommodate my tree nut allergy, I was given the best tasting lemon tart I've ever had thus far. 

{Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar}

Oh and wait!

There is a 2 for 1 ticket giveaway on FRIDAY for the Twelve Days of Christmas Kingston Dishcrawl!


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Miss I Don't Get Sick

If you've ever been sick, you know it's not fun and overworking doesn't help either. This past week, well you may have figured it out but yes, miss oh I never get sick, I don't need vitamin pills, got sick. I realized that I had to rest and simply take a day off. I worked from home which is very uncommon but made it work while lounging on the couch in a pillow fortress and obviously wrapped in a fleece blanket. It doesn't get cozier than that. 

With rest and keeping hydrated with orange juice (vitamin c in key!), tea (with cinnamon and honey of course) and water, my body was able to recuperate until the weekend. I learnt that if you take good care of yourself and boost your immune system you normally should be able to to get over your cold early. So if you do feel signs of a cold coming on, take a few days off, you won't be doing yourself or anyone else a favour by forcing yourself to work through a cold. Your body needs rest in order to heal faster, so go ahead and call in sick. Get comfortable in bed or on the couch like myself and don't push yourself too much. This is a hard realization to come to but it's for your own good.

My favourite snack when sick is an english muffin with a cinnamon spread. At the first sign of a cold, using honey and cinnamon are quite effective to end it quickly.

What are your tips and tricks for treating a cold or flu?


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Giveaway {Rogers Moto X}

Hello my lovelies and Android lovers!

To kick off the holiday season, a giveaway to win a Moto X is happening right now and I am rather excited! As a Rogers Social Insider, I had the wonderful opportunity to play around with this phone and all I can say is that; it's sleek, light weight and very intuitive. Perhaps Androids may outweigh iPhones at the moment.

Simply follow the steps in the widget below and I'll draw the lucky winner on November 28th!

Good luck!

 Ready. Set. Go!

Thank you to Rogers Communications for making this possible!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Soia & Kyo Trunk Show

Blueprint Clothing invites you to their exclusive one day Trunk Show event featuring Soia & Kyo. Racks of their entire autumn/winter coat collection will be at the store for you to try and order!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | 3pm-8pm

Order your custom coat and receive $35 off your entire purchase!

A Montreal based brand, Soia & Kyo stands for simple and refined design with effortless style and quality of product. Fashion and comfort are key ingredients to jackets that are designed in the collection along with sophisticated looks. A must have as well as wish list item that I've been eyeing for some time now is the classic camel wool coat. It's absolutely fabulous!

What's your favourite Soia & Kyo coat?

Be sure to stop by Blueprint at 246 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario.


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Agent 99 Holiday Trunk Show

Calling all you stylish and fashionable girls out there! 

There's an event happening in Downtown Kingston and you don't want to miss it. Agent 99 is having their annual Holiday Trunk Show, where hundreds of dresses are being brought in from their designers: TFNC, French Connection, Mink Pink and lots more.

November 15, 2013 at 10am - November 17, 2013 ending at 5pm

244 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

But the best part...

20% off every dress in store when you bring in a non perishable food item for the Partners in Mission Food Bank. This holiday season, give to a charitable cause and get a discount on some fabulous dresses at Agent 99's Holiday Trunk Show this Friday-Sunday!

You don't want to miss this and other surprise treats in store!

Hint: This evening, FAB hair will be at the store do some hairstyling for FREE!

Be sure to follow the event on Instagram and Twitter

#agent99kingston #agent99trunkshow

Oh and various heels marked down to 39.99! How fabulous is that?!


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Favourite Statement Necklace {Dot Bloom}

The Dot Bloom necklace by Stella & Dot is by far my favourite. It is so beautiful and makes quite a statement. With the holiday season right around the corner, what better time than now to give this pretty necklace as a gift to someone special.

It is perfect for this time of year especially with a little black dress or let it pop over a bright top or why not simply layer over other neutrals for the ultimate chic look. No matter what your attire, it glams you right up!

My Stella & Dot picks for the holiday season:

Madison Tech Bag
Palladian Necklace
Mae Necklace
Jolie Necklace

Better yet, host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show as a fun way to get together with friends. Basically it's like a pop-up shop in your living room with a great Stylist.

You won't regret it!


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Rogers Moto X Google+ Hangout

Come join the Rogers Social Insider's team and myself in a Google+ Hangout!

We will be talking about the Moto X!

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It's Cold Outside: Moto X

Thanks to the Moto X and being a Rogers Social Insider, I have been able to snap pictures in an instant with a flick of my wrist. This quick capture is quite the interesting feature. To launch the camera application, it's as simple as holding your phone and rotating your wrist twice as if you were turning a doorknob. Then touch anywhere on the screen to snap. BAM! It's that easy!

Never miss a moment again!

Options are easily accessible with sliding left and includes flash, HDR, touch to focus, slow motion, geo tagging and panorama. Pictures are quickly viewable by sliding right and filters can be applied as well. With 10 megapixels, the camera surpasses my iPhone 4's capabilities by a long run but compared to the iPhone 5 and other Androids, it has some catching up to do in terms of low lighting shots and quality. Though it is the most fun to have and definitely a conversation starter!

With this said, I am still in love with the Moto X as I've been using it non stop for personal and work related items. Who knew a bigger screen could be live changing and time saving!

Check out these images I captured of my favourite things that make feel warm and cozy as it has been freezing outside:

{Pumpkin Spice Latte}

{Macaroni & Cheese}

{Cozy Wear}

Join Rogers Communications and the Rogers Social Insider's team in a Moto X Google+ Hangout on November 12th from 3-4pm! 


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QueensU Science Formal

This past weekend on November 2nd, 2013, the 111th Queen's University Science Formal took place at Grant Hall with this year's theme being Alice in Wonderland. With a rough budget of $80,000 and one year to plan, Science Formal is a highly anticipated event for most Engineering students. For some this event brings friendships closer, heightens their undergraduate experience or simply marks the ending of four great years.

Sounds fine and dandy but there's a catch to attend Science Formal, each individual of the graduating year which tallies to over 600 students must complete 40 hours of work for the event along with a hefty price tag, oh and let's not mention school work!

Let's break it down if you were a girl:

Dress = $200-300
Hair/Makeup  = $100
Accessories = $100
Dinner = $50
Ticket = $120
Guest Ticket = $140

I am Sci'12 but chose not to attend my Science Formal and do not regret it one bit. With a major wake up call summer before fourth year, going to a dance was not at the top of my priority list. Some of my friends whom I thought I was close to grew distant. So I buried myself in school work, created an actual support system for myself and began blogging, which obviously could not have counted for reduction of work time for Science Formal as it is decided on case by case basis and most generally given to students in need. I wasn't going to bother with this or pay for $10 for every hour not completed.

But enough about me, the same day as Science Formal, there was an open house for the public where by entry was by donation to the United Way. My going was for the love of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

Here are some pictures I snapped during my walk through:


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Hello My Lovelies

I hate starting things off on a bad note but it's November, day lights savings just passed and the cold weather is now officially among us. There's one thing though that bugs me the most at the moment and it's the time change. It gets SO dark so early in the day. I come home and by the time I make dinner, BAM! It's dark! It makes me want to snuggle into my cozy wear and wrap myself in a fleece blanket sipping tea.

But as with everything, we must embrace the cold and the dreaded time change. On the bright side, tartan is more popular than ever and I've been loving my blazer which has been hanging at the back of my closet for a year now ever since I purchased it from Bungalow, a vintage shop. Now that I have rediscovered it due to my love of Southern Proper's Tartan Frat Hat which are all sold out (sniff sniff), it's become my new bff against the cold along with my knit scarves and pashminas! 

Oh and say hello to my lovely new camera! So exited to be using it!

What do you like about November?


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Why Hello Again Motorola: Rogers Moto X

I will admit that I am a techie but when it comes to change with either my laptop or cellular device, it's hard. I will only purchase a new item if the other is non functioning or literally broken. My concept with everything, technology included is needs before wants. I'd consider a cell phone somewhat of a want as it is not a necessity of life. But let's be honest, everyone has a hard time unplugging. Admit it, you're all attached to your iPhones, Blackberrys or Androids. But.. there is an advantage to that, being a Rogers Social Insider! Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to join this team which will allow me to see some of the newest Rogers products, try out new devices that are currently and soon to be available in the market. How exciting!

It's kind of funny because I am rekindling a long lost friendship with Motorola, as the first cell phone I picked up and played with resembled the Motorola FlipPhone 2 that my mother was currently using. If you saw it now, you'd think it belonged in an episode of Save by the Bell. However, my very first cell phone I actually owned was the Motorola C333 in 2002 in my second year of high school followed by the Motorola V360 which I used till around 2008.

Now fast forward ten years and I own an iPhone as I gave into the trend and desperately needed a new phone which I have now possessed for a good few years! So the Rogers Social Insider opportunity came at the perfect time. Why? While I may know more about how the inner workings of a phone than the average person, the human interaction is a different story completely as each person has different needs and wants with their phone.

My first mission: Moto X

Imagine a phone where you have the ability to view your updates at a glance, snap pictures with a flick of a wrist and responds to your voice with no touch necessary. Well my lovelies, let me introduce to you the Moto X. All about simplicity, its sleek design fits perfectly in the palm of your hand and the focus is more so on the interaction (but not the touching kind!).

The four top features of the Moto X that I have played around with:

Active Notification

How neat is it that instead of draining your battery power, only a few pixels light up on the screen discreetly to convey information. With small symbols popping up on the screen, a simple touch and hold briefly gives a peek of the notification but then locks on its own as well. Mind blowing right!

Quick Capture

Twist your wrist twice and voila, your camera is on! Don't miss that special moment anymore! While I was in awe at first about the camera quality, I quickly realized that the iPhone captures bright colours more vividly and the Moto X gets much better low light shots, which I gathered at Dishcrawl Kingston snapping pictures of my dishes.

Motorola Assist

Imagine driving and and having your phone speak your text messages or silence itself because it knows you're sleeping. This has proved to be very convenient the past week.

Touchless Controls

The Moto X is 'ready when you are'. The simple voice command of "Okay Google Now" and the recognition of your voice,  the mobile device answers your needs without the touch of buttons or screen. Those few extra seconds are important for someone who is running late in the morning and needs to set reminders or a busy bee who needs to know when her next meeting is. This simple time saver has proved to be a good addition to the Moto X.

As I play more with the Moto X, updates take place automatically in the background while I slowly uncover new features. This 60 day challenge has proven to be quite the fun one as the Moto X has now become my daily go to phone for work, social media marketing, events, you name it! The comfortable design fits my lifestyle and the white casing just adds a special touch as well. I don't want to say it but I may be joining the Android side, sorry iPhone! My want may turn into a need, whoopsies...

Check back soon for more Moto X updates and my experience with being a Rogers Social Insider.



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