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Sipps | Mars Bar Chocolate Cheesecake Cake

The title says it all. Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar in Kingston, Ontario is always coming out with 'wow' cakes and they sure have outdone themselves with this decadent Mars Bar Chocolate Cheesecake Cake. It's a mouthful to say but once you've tried it, you'll be wanting more. Sarah Whitehead, Lead Creationist i.e Baker mentions that it doesn't get better than three layers of chocolate cake combined with two layers of Mars Bar cheesecake and homemade butter cream icing topped with caramel drizzle.

This cake is light and rich though not overwhelming in taste, just chocolaty enough. As you glide your fork, you're found with smoothness of the whipped icing combined with cheesecake and chocolate cake. A sip of milk afterwards is a must to prepare for the next bite.

This Mars Bar delicacy is flavourful and ridiculously delicious. It is the perfect treat with a tall glass of milk or to keep the energy up when you're looking to satisfy your sweet craving.

Give this cheesecake cake a go, you won't regret it! Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar is the the perfect spot in downtown Kingston for a date or casual hangout by the waterfront.

By the way, who wishes they could buy buttercream icing in a jar? Not that Betty Crocker stuff! I'm not ashamed to say I do!

Chunks of Mars Bar can be found throughout this cake, so be prepared for caramel gooeyness!

Visit Sipps Coffee & Dessert Bar to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Where: 33 Brock Street Kingston, Ontario | 613-542-8868

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Vicinity Day Comes to Kingston

Saturday, April 19th is Vicinity Day in Kingston, Ontario!

Our city was chosen as the first stop to kick off a new initiative for the loyalty program to promote shopping local across Canada. As a city we are celebrating Kingston, all the wonderful downtown businesses and the sense of community.

{Dianne's Kingston}

So what's the deal?

Since downtown Kingston is home to the biggest concentration of Vicinity merchants in a single town, why not celebrate? When Vicinity members support local merchants and show their card on April 19th, they have the chance to receive a free treat. To top it off, if a qualifying transaction is made, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win gift certificates, bonus points and other prizes.

Kingston is a tight-knit community and home to thousands, so let's applaud how awesome our city is! Come out have lunch on a patio, shop and get errands done! Lastly, for you social media addicts on Twitter, as an added bonus, each time you tweet using hashtag #VicinityDayYGK, you have an extra chance to win other prizes courtesy of Rogers! 

Contest Duration: April 19, 2014 | 9h00am - 11h59pm EST

Prizes include: Apple iPad, a BlackBerry Z10 Mobile smartphone, twenty five $50 gift certificates and more

For more information on rules and regulations, full prize details, visit Vicinity Rewards Blog.

Kingston businesses/restaurants using Vicinity:

Atomica Gourmet Pizza & Wine Bar
Harper's Burger Bar
Le Chien Noir Bistro
Cooke's Fine Foods and Coffee
Diva Salon & Day Spa
The Roundstone
Graham's Pharmacy
Green Door Vitamins
House of Angelis
Market Pharmacy Inc.
Midori Gifts
Minotaur Games and Gifts
Urban Paws - Downtown
Fancy That
The Brass Pub
Franselly Hair Design & Spa
Viola's Spa
F.A.B Hair & Aesthetics
Felicity & Fritz
One Tooth Kingston
Phase 2 Clothing
Wing Central
LA Bob's Southwest Smokehouse
Mio Yogi - Bayridge
Perfetta - Skin Therapy & Medi-Spa

Visit Vicinity Rewards for more information on how to obtain your free Vicinity card and start earning points at your favourite Kingston shops!


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National Eggs Benedict Day

Eggs Benedict Day is an excuse to indulge in on of my favourite brunch meals as it ensures that I don't have to eat again for the rest of the day. It fills me right up, leaving me with a smile and satisfied tummy. Who knew that an English muffin topped with ham or bacon and poached egg and drowning in a creaming hollandaise sauce would be so delightful?

As a university student in Kingston, Tommy's was (still is!) the go-to spot for Sunday brunch to cure a hangover or simply catch up with friends. The atmosphere is fun, inviting and the staff are so friendly. I remember it fondly for the Eggs Benny and playing The Game of Life. Yes this diner has board games! How awesome is that! But now that I have a partner who loves to cook, I let him take care of my eggs benedict.

Enjoy this comforting dish for an early breakfast or late dinner.

{Eggs Benny - Tommy's Kingston}



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Happy Spring Reading

The weather has been a tad indecisive this week with rain, snow and today mother nature has come to her senses bringing us some lovely sunshine with a slight chill in the air. So it would only make sense to start the day with a warm cup of tea paired with a good magazine and book in hand. I have made it my mission to read for thirty minutes a day to clear my head and have 'me' time. 

A good friend of mine, surprised me with a late birthday present this past weekend. It was the book, Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg. Quite different from her first book, it now includes new chapters on finding your first job, negotiating your salary, crafting a resume, handling your first interview and so forth. The subtext though still vividly resonates the thoughts of believing in ourselves as women and reaching for our aspirations by leaning in and actually doing something instead of blaming institutional barriers that exist. In other words, be who YOU want to be, a motto I have lived by since graduating university.

If you are a young grad entering the workforce, this book is for you! 

{Fine Lifestyle Kingston Magazine + Lean In for Graduates} 

What are you reading this spring?


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Farm Girl | Giving Back to Kingston

It's officially spring and best part, Farm Girl is back! I've dedicated another post to Tamara and Peter for truly supporting the city of Kingston, its local products, and of course its foodies. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Tamara and Peter also support several local charities, donating healthy meals as well as organic produce and are proud partners with Martha's Table and Loving Spoonful.

This weekend, this duo is at it again. Farm Girl will be teaming up with Farm Boy tomorrow, Saturday, April 12th, 2014 for Kingston Samplefest. Tamara and her lovely crew will be serving up tasty foods made with Farm Boy fresh products, so be sure to come hungry to taste great local foods and meet the makers! Farm Boy executive chef, Lulu The Cow and kid activities such as face painting will also be present. All donations made will be in support of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. So let's do our part and give back as well, hope to you all there!

Farm Boy | 940 Futures Gates at Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario


Other local vendors
Dharani Teas | Kingston
Herb Haven | Napanee
Seed to Sausage | Tichborne
Henderson Jam | Wolfe Island
Nyman Maple Syrup | Picton
Wilton Cheese | Odessa

Haven't tried Farm Girl Food before? Visit Betty Lou, a love for food that was turned into a business on wheels in City Park during the week.

Here's a sneak peek at what you can enjoy!

{Betty Lou}

{Opening day menu for the start of the season}

{Panko crusted mac n cheese with quinoa salad}

{Top sirloin beef dip sandwich with fresh cut fries}

{Farm Girl caters weddings and private events}

{Find Farm Girl on social media platforms spreading her joy of food and Kingston}

For more information:

Twitter : @farmgirlfood
Facebook: Farm Girl Food
Website: www.farmgirlfood.com

All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.


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Black + Gold Details | SammyDress Review

Timeless and classic pieces are items that will be found in my wardrobe. I am not one to follow trends and surprisingly my closet is filled with more collared shirts than a regular person should own and my accessories consist mainly of statement necklaces. Both of which go hand in hand. I'd describe my style as preppy chic and when Sammydress, a wholesale online fashion retail company with great prices, offered me to pick out some pieces that would suit my style, I was overwhelmed at first with the vast selection and realized that the majority of the clothing was one size fit all and geared for more petite woman. That said, when browsing the jewelry and handbag section, boy was I impressed with the quality and extensive styles. This preppy gal was swooning over the J.Crew and Gap like items (here, here and here).

I picked out three items that could seamlessly be incorporated into my style and be worn everyday. Shipping was quite quick and came from their Europe warehouse. To my surprise, I realized I could style the black watch, colour blocking purse and cloak I choose, all together. With the consistent black and gold detail, they paired perfectly together. Sammydress is certainly an online shop I will be visiting again.

For more information

Twitter: @SammyDress
Facebook: SammyDress
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New to Jack Astor's Menu This Spring

Jack Astor's Bar and Grill has added new items to their menu this spring, from savoury to asian inspired, these 5 great new dishes may just allow me to get out of my comfort zone and stop ordering the Chicken Asiago Sun Dried Tomato Bowtie Pasta topped with parmesan cheese and ground black pepper, doesn't that just sound delicious?! 

With the perfect sunny weather today, head out to your nearest Jack Astor's with the famjam or friends to experience the new dishes. Perhaps dine out on the patio with some lemonade or sangria! Be adventurous this season and spice it up when going out! I certainly am!

Asian Shrimp Pick-Ups
Soy marinated tofu pockets stuffed with jasmine rice, garlic shrimp, spicy ginger mayo, cucumber, red pepper and avocado. Topped with fresh cilantro, sesame seeds and onion chips. 

{Asian Shrimp Pick-Ups}

The Brie Burger
Brie, roasted cremini mushrooms, semi-sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions and smoky mayo. Finished with fresh arugula and a balsamic glaze.

{The Brie Burger}

Roast Chicken Radiatore
Roasted chicken, red onions, red peppers and cremini mushrooms. Served on radiatore pasta in a tomato, garlic and white wine sauce, and topped with buttered crumb and Parmesan and fresh basil. 

{Roast Chicken Radiatore}

Bombay Chicken Curry 
A savoury pub-style curry of seasoned chicken breast, roasted tomatoes and aloo gobi. Served on jasmine rice with naan bread, and topped with creamy lime cucumber and onion chips.

{Bombay Chicken Curry}

Berry Rhubarb Cheesecake Trifle
 Creamy cheesecake pieces nestled between layers of crunchy honey almonds, berry rhubarb compote and made-in-house whipped cream. 

{Berry Rhubarb Cheesecake Trifle}

Oh and guess what, Jack Astor's has brought back their Lobster & Crab Dip! I'm excited to try this cheesy goodness!

{Lobster & Crab Dip}

Images from Jack Astor's.


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Kingston Grand Opening | Urban Barn

The day has finally arrived! Today is the Grand Opening of Urban Barn in Kingston. The store is filled with this spring's hottest colours and trends from turquoise, bright orange to sunshine yellow, you will leave wanting everything and in a happier mood. From 9:30 to 7pm TODAY, Urban Barn welcomes you to explore their arrival!

Here's a sneak peek of what is in store, though you will have to swing by to see the fabulous space and friendly staff!

Make yourself at home at www.urbanbarn.com!

For more information
RioCan Centre
656 Gardiner Road Kingston, Ontario K7M 3X9
(613) 389-2221

Store Hours
Monday-Friday: 9h30am - 9pm
Saturday: 9h30am - 7pm
Sunday: 11am - 6pm

All images were taken with a Nikon D3100.


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