November 2012 archive

Beautiful, Mysterious Prague


Prague is gorgeous! Everywhere you turn, there is something new and fantastic (like a castle! No biggie.). It’s beautiful! More on this later. But for now, here are some photos!

Berlin Bound!


Hi everyone!

I’m off to Berlin to visit a friend!! It’s very last minute and I’m very excited. Especially for the famous Christmas Markets!
I’m even stopping in Prague for a day to see my ultimate favourite- Alphonse Mucha’s museum.
I can’t wait!! If you have any tips about Germany please share them with me.
See you in December! Follow along on my Instagram, @notyourstar

Win Tickets to the One of a Kind Show

The One of a Kind Show is almost here! This show is a great destination for holiday shopping. Filled to the brim with handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing and delicious foodie gifts, you are bound to find something for everyone. I love visiting to taste Coach House Shortbread and to take part in their awesome workshops.

The One of a Kind Show and I are giving you a chance to win 8 pairs of tickets to the holiday show! 2 pairs will be given away exclusively on Twitter, and the other 6 pairs will be given away by entering below. Good luck!

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New Stores at Yorkdale Mall

Okay, it’s official. Yorkdale Mall is now my favourite place to shop. Ever.

Today I stopped by to check out Kate Spade I mean…all of the new stores. And I was blown away by brands I didn’t expect to love! Before we get to that, I stopped by Kate Spade first. Awesome store, such bright colours!


I fell in love with Ted Baker London. Everything is whimsical and covered with bows…just the way I like it.

LOFT had awesome sweaters in that shade of oxblood that I’ve been looking for! Everything was really cute.

Ta-Ze had tasty olive oil for sampling.

The Papyrus store is a special Cherry Blossom store, one of only 8 in North America. The signature look is the handcrafted chandeliers and wooden floors.

Last but not least, an old love….Anthroplogie!

Take a look at some more photos and get ready to shop!’

Yorkdale’s new stores open Nov.16th

I am so very excited for the new stores at Yorkdale that are opening this Friday November 16th at 8:00am! I’m most excited for Kate Spade, but that isn’t the only notable store set to open this week! Also joining the ranks will be:

I can’t wait! Anthropologie, Ted Baker London, Papyrus and David’s Tea? It’s like Christmas!

If you are an early bird, join Breakfast Television for a live broadcast of the grand opening starting at 6:00 a.m. The first 100 visitors will receive a $50 Yorkdale Gift Card, plus prizes from participating retailers. The official grand opening takes place before 8:00 a.m.

 

What’s on the Table 2012

The Stop’s annual event, What’s on the Table, brings food lovers, innovative chefs and philanthropists together for one delicious evening. Some of my favourite tastes of the evening were:

Monforte Dairy’s Piacere (rosemary, juniper and chilies) Sheep Milk Cheese

La Carnita’s Cochinita Pibil (slow roasted pork) Godita sandwiched between a mini corn cake was a spicy burst of flavour.

The event was a success, and they raised $270,000 for The Stop’s work to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality.

If you missed this awesome event, you can still support The Stop  through their Gifts That Matter campaign. Contribute $25 to The Stop on behalf of a friend, and you’ll be purchasing a 3 days’ worth of food for a family of four. We’ll also send a lovely holiday card to your giftee to let them know you’ve done so. Click here to purchase.

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Royal York

Going for tea is one of my favourite pastimes. I wish I could do it more. I was really pleased to be able to visit the Fairmont Royal York (check out my brunch review too!)  this weekend to partake in their Afternoon Tea service.

Tea is served in the stylish Library bar. The wing backed chairs, dark bookcases and heavy drapes will make you feel very elegant. We had the Traditional Afternoon Tea for $35.

For my tea I had the Montebello Apple Spice, a herbal tea with a fresh apple flavour and a warm spice. My friend had the Kyoto Cherry Rose which she really enjoyed.

First up was a crumpet drizzled in honey and served with seasonal berries. This was delicious! I haven’t had a crumpet in forever.  It was soft and sweet. The fruit was nicely sweetened with the honey (that came from their own bees on the rooftop of the Royal York!).

Next were the savory sandwiches.

PEI Lobster and Mango Salad with tomato carpaccio, celery cress, saffron brandy aioli

Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon red onion, arugula cress, dill caper creme fraiche

Smoked Turkey Breast white cheddar, sliced cucumber, bing cherry, niagara ice wine preserve

Champagne Goat Cheese baby watercress, strawberries

The PEI Lobster and Mango Salad was surprisingly my favourite. It was really refreshing and had tender morsels of lobster. I didn’t like the Champagne Goat Cheese sandwich, I found it tasteless. Not enough cheese! The other two sandwiches were okay!

Finally it was time for dessert! The cranberry scones were warm and light, served with cream from Harmony Dairies (just outside of Toronto). It was excellent.

The scones are kept warm and fresh inside of the “turtle”, an antique serving dish.

The honey madelines were dipped in dark chocolate. The Lemon Financiers were a big hit with my friend and I. The lemon curd was tangy and had a nice sweetness to it. Sometimes I can find the curd too sour, but not in this case! Mmm.

We were essentially stuffed, but managed to finish the top tier (berry clafouti tarts & pastry swans filled with cream.) Going for tea is super fun and relaxing. Do it! Don’t forget to book in advance. I once made the mistake of calling the day before and they told me that they had been booked for weeks!

Tea is served on Saturday & Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West  Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

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