We all know that brunch can be an exhausting endeavour but sometimes you just don’t want to make breakfast and McDonald’s again would just mean things have gotten out of hand.
So we were happy when we found a place called Aviv, just steps from Dupont station that accepted open table reservations. I already liked this place, it means I wouldn’t have to stand in some ridiculous line for eggs.
The menu is a middle eastern style but still with classics like bacon and eggs and pancakes. The place wasn’t very busy when we got there at 10:45am so if reservations aren’t your style, you likely won’t have to wait too long for a table anyways.
While we waited for friends, we started with dessert, which seems to be our thing these days.
It was banana bread pudding with Nutella so it was of course delicious, you can’t go wrong.
For my main, I had the beef brisket hash and it was also very good.
Cheese, meat, potatoes – how can you go wrong?
The service was great and it was reasonably priced. They have a small patio for those so inclined. I’d recommend aviv if you’re looking for a casual and easy brunch on the subway!
It’s prom season. It’s something that doesn’t really dawn on me now that I’m many years out of high school…
But I was pretty prom obsessed. I was the treasurer on my prom committee so basically the nerd of the prom committee but it basically launched my career. And I often forget how stressful it was, the hair, the make up, the shoes, the dress and all the other little details.
So I was excited to hear about The Corsage Project, a charity that helps girls from underserved parts of the city have one less stress in high school, how they’ll be able to afford their prom outfit. I went to see the selection process today and it was truly exciting. This year, 250 deserving girls had the opportunity to select a brand new prom dress as well as jewelery, shoes, and accessories.
This morning at the TRL, the Bluma Appel Salon was turned into a prom paradise. Rows and rows of dresses and shoes perfectly organized, by size and colour. Each girl got matched with a “fairy godmother” that helps her find everything she needs.
It was awesome to see all the girls trying on their dresses, taking piles of them to try on and then matching them to everything else.
It’s a fun project that is always looking for support, either by monetary donation or items such as new formal wear, accessories, new make up or services such as hair, make up and nail services.
Looking for a photographer can be a daunting task. I’m constantly seeing people looking for recommendations on my Facebook for photographers for weddings, newborn photos and headshots and a new app is looking to make that search easier.
Galaxy Photoz is a platform where you can find professional photographers for future events or for last minute shoots. You choose where, when, and how much you want to pay and then let the app work for you, this means no searching for locations or calling around for prices.
It will also allow photographers the opportunity to manage their capacity. With requests coming in on-demand, photographers can fill gaps in their schedule with last-minute requests.
Galaxy Photoz has launched a campaign on Indiegogo here. There’s lots of great products that you can buy to support them coming to market. Choose from, perks including drones, selfie sticks, photo shoots starting at $100 and more (if you’ve ever hired a photographer, you know that’s a great price). The app will be launching in June 2017 in Toronto with plans to expand worldwide!
Now, as someone who has been in marketing a few years, I don’t know that I’d name a make up product chubby but clinique is sticking with it. For Christmas, I got a gift set that I think contains every chubby stick ever made, and while I haven’t tried all of the colours, I am powering through them.
If you haven’t seen them before, they look like a giant chubby crayon (hence the name) and come in a variety of colours. I find that they are not consistently pigmented, so some are bolder than others but for the most part I’ve been happy with the coverage. Now, they don’t stay on as well as a stain of course but they feel a lot nicer on the lips than a stain. They are moisturizing and the colour wears pretty well, not great if you’re eating and drinking but stays on better than some other glosses I’ve had in the past.
The one thing I absolutely hate about the chubby sticks are the lids. I don’t know if it’s because I have the smaller size, but the lid does not stay on, so I’ve had quite a bit of my stuff covered in lipstick. I now keep it in it’s own little bag, which is really a lot of effort for a lipstick but I do like the colour and variety (since I have about 25 of them), I just wish the lids would stay on.
I would recommend the chubby sticks if you’re looking for a moisturizing colour and I’d recommend colour testing in store just to make sure you get the coverage you’re looking for.
Have you tried the chubby sticks? What did you think?
I had heard so much about Emma’s Country Kitchen but never made it out there because I don’t usually have the patience for brunch, too many lines, and people with nowhere to stand but a couple of weeks ago we were up early on a rainy Saturday so I thought we’d try our luck. The wait was about 40 minutes, so we went and grabbed a coffee across the street, stopped in at the butcher and they called us in about the time they have estimated.
The first thing I noticed was the donuts, they have about 4 different flavours to choose from and our hostess told us that they sell out, they make them fresh everyday and when they’re gone, they’re gone. So, of course we had to start with a donut appetizer.
We got the one with toffee on top, I love sponge candy and this donut was so good. We shared one but I could have very easily just had multiple donuts for breakfast, it was so good.
For our main, we had just the classic breakfast. It was tasty but similar to what you’d have at any brunch place. I did see a lot of people getting their pancakes, they looked good but not what I was looking for.
I don’t know that I would wait in line for breakfast again but I would definitely pop in to grab donuts, it looked like you could pick them up at the counter. They were definitely worth it, particularly as the weather gets nicer and I spend more time walking in that neighbourhood.
Have you been to Emma’s Country Kitchen? What did you think?
So, I finished Jackdaws by Ken Follett a couple of weeks ago, but since I read it for a book club, I held off the post until after I had met with them.
Jackdaws is a story from two points of view, set during the war we have the point of view of Flick, a British woman working with the French Resistance and a German solider living in occupied France. It was a book I borrowed from the library, which only gave me three weeks to read it, and I didn’t start reading it until a week after I borrowed it so I was afraid I was not going to finish it but it was so captivating, I couldn’t put it down. The story takes place in the week up to D-Day in occupied France as Flick and her team of women work to undermine the German forces in France. There were a number of points in the book however that I found too graphic and I had to skip over but the story was so important it was worth reading. I wasn’t sure after the first couple of chapters that I was going to be able to get through it but I’m so glad I did.
The book is incredible, if you’re a fan of historic fiction, I would definitely recommend it. Although, I would like to read something a little lighter next time so I’m taking suggestions!