Month: June 2015

eat brunch: against the grain

I have been meaning to get to against the grain for months (possibly years) since it has been open in leaside. Last weekend was my birthday but I was also going to a wedding later in the day so I needed a brunch place that wasn’t super crazy and close to home.

They took a reservation for us on a sunday, it wasn’t super busy when we arrived though (I’ve also heard that there’s a blogTO all about places that take reservations for lunch, so I must try to find that). I may have enjoyed a cocktail or two the evening before so I wasn’t really feeling a sweet breakfast, I wanted some bacon – and sausage… hey! it was my birthday!

Even though I kept my breakfast pretty basic, something I could have gotten just about anywhere, I was really excited about the $4 mimosas. I may have had two, because again it was my birthday. They also had a huge make-your-own-caesar bar. I hate caesars (I know, I know) so this didn’t interest me but if you were a caesar fan, this would definitely be worth checking out. I wanted to like caesars just so I could use the bar.

I also got dessert, not something I would normally do for brunch but again it was my birthday (and yes, I used that excuse a lot that day). Besides the cheap mimosas, the dessert was my favourite part. I really only got it because I saw a couple of different people (mostly children) celebrating birthdays and they all kept getting donut holes but I read the description for their bread pudding and knew I had to get it. Plus, it was complimentary for my birthday. It was so delicious, totally worth it even though I was so full.


It felt like a grown up dessert. Their bread pudding is the bread part (is that what it’s called?), with caramel, raspberries and vanilla ice cream.

Have you been to against the grain? What did you think?


monday link love

This week’s monday link love has a bit of theme to it. Vegetables. I very much dislike most vegetables – not all but most and I’m always looking for ways to sneak them into my meals. Here’s a few posts I found this week that help with the cause.

I don’t mind asparagus – mostly because usually I cover it in butter and garlic, but a beautiful mess takes it to the next level with crunchy, cheesy asparagus.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a fan of carbs, so sometimes I try to sneak some veggies in with my carbs – smitten kitchen‘s got a recipe for squash pasta and it looks delicious!

And the girls on bloor have you covered in Toronto with a new food ordering app that allows you to skip the line and pay before you get there. They also have a promo code and a contest running for this new app – and let’s just pretend we’ll eat our veggies!

Have a great week!

thirsty thursday: sleeman lift

Happy Thursday everyone! I can’t believe we’re half way through June, which in my mind, means we’re done June.

This week’s Thirsty Thursday is brought to you by the letter S, for Sleeman Lift. What is Sleeman Lift you ask? Sleeman Lift is the newest beer to the Sleeman family, made with a hint of coconut water.

The beer is designed to be for the “performance focused”, I assume because coconut water contains tons of electrolytes. I wonder if that means this is a hangover-free beer? [I didn’t drink enough to have to worry about that :) ]. The flavour is lighter than a regular beer, and don’t worry (or sadly, depending on your opinion of coconuts), it doesn’t taste like coconut. This beer would be great for days when it’s super hot and you don’t want anything really heavy while you’re out on the patio!

Sleeman Lift is available now at the LCBO and Beer Store – have you tried this new beer? What did you think?

monday link love

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was so crazy, I’m pretty sure I’ll be asleep by 10 tonight. Here’s some stuff I’m loving around the interwebs this week (ok, couple weeks – I’m just catching up now).

‘Tis the season for delicious summery cocktails, The Sweet Escape has 5 cocktails for you to try this summer (or this week, no judgement).

Because cake = delicious and cinnamon bun = delicious, you need to check out smilingrid‘s cinnamon roll cake!

The wonderful ladies over at Schoolhouse Booze took a trip outside of the city and met a bunch of awesome people passionate about booze doing some amazing things with it. Read up on these great places and go out and visit them because local matters!

I hope you all have a fabulous week – what should I be reading around the internet?


thirsty thursday: tea of the people

This week, I’m mixing it for the thirsty thursday. This week is –non-alcoholic–. I know, I can hear your gasps but sometimes you’ve got to mix it up.

This week’s thirsty thursday is tea of the people’s barrel aged rooibos – madagascar cocoa x mint. Rooibos is one of my favourite teas to begin with so I was really excited when I got to try this tea (and their chai).

As the name suggests, the tea has cocoa and mint but also has orange and apple pieces in it. The tea smelled so good, you could clearly see the pieces of fruit in it. The tea tasted great – I didn’t sweeten mine, I figured with all the flavours, it didn’t need any additional sweetness and it was great. I brought this tea with me to the office (because sharing is caring) and one of my co-workers said “you can really tell this is premium tea, not that garbage I drank in university” – I’ll take her word for it :)

Barrel Aged Madagascar Cocoa x Mint Rooibos

Tea of the People develops Canada’s first barrel aged organic tea. The tea along with the flavours (fruits, herbs and spices) are barrel aged in a wine cellar for 3-5 months, which results in a unique oaky flavour. Tea of the People is also passionate about being good for you but also good for society – each month, they donate 5% of their profits to entrepreneurs or non-profits who are working to solve issues around poverty, education, public health and climate change.

Their teas have begun selling in a few Loblaws throughout Southern Ontario. You can also order online, some of their other flavours I have to try are the dragon well green tea pomegranate x yumberry, blueberry x dragon fruit and an acai x goji. As I mentioned (or my co-worker mentioned), this is a premium tea and prices range from $9.99-$11.99 per 50g (definitely on par with bigger tea shops).

Have you tried the Tea of the People? What has been your favourite?

#thirstythursday: sunlight park

Happy Thursday. I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. This week’s Thirsty Thursday comes once again from Left Field Brewery.

This adorably named beer is called Sunlight Park, after Toronto’s first professional baseballpark. This is one of the brewery’s lightest beers and definitely one of my favourites. With an IBU of 22, it’s light, not bitter and great for the summer.


Fun fact – because I love fun facts – they hand-zest 1kg of grapefruit zest for every batch of Sunlight Park. I’d suggest going by Left Field Brewery and picking up a few bottles for your next backyard/patio session!

Have you tried the Sunlight Park? What did you think?

mo’ money, mo’ houses now has a podcast

And you should check it out!

In case you don’t know who or what Mo’ Money, Mo’ Houses is, you’re missing out. This awesome blog is written by Jessica Moorhouse, a Vancouver-native now living in Toronto has been blogging about personal finance for over 3 years now. She has great posts like:

How Much Money I’ve Made After a Decade

5 Ways To Stay Motivated in the New Year

Christmas Movie Money Lessons

After years of being a great blogger – Jessica has decided to start a personal finance podcast!

The Mo’ Money, Mo’ Houses podcast kicked off with three podcasts and a giveaway (because she’s the best). You can find the podcast here on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.

She will have guests on each week talking about their personal finance journey – so far, I’m totally with Cait from episode 3 – I have too many toiletries. I’ve been on a toiletries ban since Christmas, except for things that actually need to be replaced and I’m out of (and need like toothpaste and deodorant, but really that’s for everyone’s benefit!). I just realized I had so many hair sprays and SO MANY LOTIONS, that I had to stop buying just because it was on sale and I will use it *someday*.

I would totally recommend checking out her blog and now her podcast, I love hearing how other people manage their finances – doesn’t mean I’m about to go on a year-long shopping ban but it does help me be more conscious of my decisions.

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