Month: December 2012

Top 12 of 2012

Top 12 Accomplishments
Getting my G2
Getting accepted to Nuit Blanche

Actually completing Fortune-ate
Finally getting to Paris!!

Teaching book binding & paper making to kids
Teaching book binding during culture days
Growing this blog

Growing stuff in my shared work garden

Top 12 Places

1. Florence, Italy
2. Venice, Italy
3. Paris, France
4. Bon Echo, Ontario

5. Prague, Czech Republic
6. Berlin, Germany
7. New York, New York

8. Tobermory, Ontario
9. Georigan Bay, Ontario
10. Toronto, Ontario
11. Yorkdale Mall, Toronto
12. Leslieville, Toronto

Top 12 Books

Born Weird, Andrew Kaufman
Unspoken Sarah Rees Brennan
The Kitchen Daughter, Jael McHenry
The Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen
Throne of Glass, Sarah Maas
Cinder, Marissa Meyer
13, Kelley Armstrong
I’ve Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella
Scent of Magic, Maria Snyder
Why We Broke Up, David Handler
Unsticky, Sarah Manning
The Fault in Our Stars- John Green

Top 12 Movies & TV Shows
The Secret Garden (K Drama)
Picture Day
Adventure Time
Gossip Girl
The Hobbit
The Dark Night Rises
The Amazing Spiderman
Hunger Games
English Vinglish
Much Ado About Nothing

Top 12 Obsessions
Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
Going out for brunch
Vivienne Westwood
Adventure Time
Kate Spade
ballet flats

Top 12 Purchases
Steve Madden boots
Canon s100 camera
iPad 2
Kate Spade purse
Tokidoki Suitcase
Heys Polka Dot Suitcase
Wolford Tights
(yay I can’t think of any other expensive buys)


Top 12 Websites
Cup of Jo
Toronto Life
For Lack of a Better Comic
Smart Canucks
Mobile Syrup
Hip Urban Girl
Miss Moss
Swiss Miss
Travel Zoo

Christmas Cheer Giveaway #5

Thanks for entering and reading my blog! This is the final giveaway of the year.
A brand new outpost of Joey’s Restaurant opened at Yorkdale Mall last month! This is the third Toronto location of this ultra hip chain.

Along with the usual Joey favourites (pasta, fish tacos, burgers) this swanky new location has a focus on sushi. Try the Charred Albacore Tuna, which is an Osaka style pressed sushi made with tobiko, green onion, ginger and togarashi aioli. Take a look at the menu! I haven’t been to the new location yet, but I’m going to be reviewing it in the new year!

Want a chance to enjoy a meal? You can win a $50 gift card to Joey’s! Enter below.

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Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman

I’ve been excitedly awaiting Andrew Kaufman’s next book since forever. Andrew Kaufman is a fabulous writer and he seems to be pretty nice to boot. His most popular book is, All my Friends are Superheroes, and if you haven’t read it you really should. I suppose Andrew’s books could be defined as magical realism. They are always original, unexpected and set in Canada (I love that.)

Annie Weird was born with an unusually large heart. As each of her grandchildren came into the world, she unintentionally gave them each a gift. Richard is always safe, Angie instantly forgives, Abba always has hope, Lucy never gets lost and Kent is always a little bit stronger than his opponents. These gifts turn out to be more curse than blessing. Can you fall in love while keeping safe? How can you find yourself when you always know where you are?

Angie is summoned by her grandmother Annie. Annie informs Angie that she and her siblings have all been “blessed” and that in order to remove the blessings, she needs to gather all of her brothers and sisters so that the curse can be removed at the moment of her death (yeah, she knows that date. Down to the minute.)

Angie is sent scrambling to gather her siblings. Her hunt will take her to Toronto, Vancouver and even to a remote island. Her siblings are busy having sex in forbidden places, trying to figure out marriage and possibly even being Queen. And Kent? Well, everyone is a little scared of Kent. (He actually turned out to be my favourite.) This journey will change them forever, but will it be for better or for worse?

Born Weird is out on December 26th. Pick it up! You won’t regret it.

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin

The Lucia Christmas Market is in an old brewery in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin. It felt just like the Distillery District, so I felt like I was home (for a little.)! This market is more cozy than the Alexanderplatz or the It’s been called the most romantic market, and it’s based off of traditional Scandinavian markets.

One booth had an interesting “warming section” where they had furnaces and big (really big) fur coats set up for you to snuggle inside and get warm! It was really funny…and great to warm up in.

At this market I enjoyed mulled apple cider, these super delicious dough balls and freshly baked bread. I also bought wooden shapes soaked in essential oils (I’m using them to make my clothes smell nice in my drawers) and some traditional handmade Scandinavian ornaments.

My friend told me that this market has a Christkind that walks around in a pair of angel wings looking inquisitively about. Sadly, he wasn’t there when I visited. Check out some photos!

5 Days of Christmas Cheer Day 4

Shortbread is my favourite kind of cookie. Period.
Christmas is when shortbread gets to shine! You can find shortbread in pretty much every food store in the city.

Toronto has a couple of shops dedicated to shortbread. One of my favourite shops is Mary MacLeod Shortbread.
Mary MacLeod Shortbread is located on 639 Queen Street East.

The first time I visited this shop, I was taking the streetcar, and it was getting pretty late into the day. I called them to find out what time they were closing, and although they were closing within 5 minutes, they waited for me! As if that didn’t make my day already, when I stepped in they offered me my choice of shortbread! That might have been the moment I fell in love with this store.

Mary’s has been around since 1981, and the shortbread is handmade in small batches. When I walk into the shop this time, I am offered a cookie (yay!) and select a Cranberry Almond shortbread cookie. It’s good, studded with almonds and cranberry, but not my favourite. My favourite is the plain shortbread, and the chocolate crunch. Mmmm. I love these cookies, because they are heavy and taste like real butter. Shortbread is not meant to be light! Another favourite of mine are the butterscotch fingers. These moist cookies offer the same rich shortbread taste, but with a chewy twist of butterscotch!

Mary’s also sells shortbread in many different forms. You can buy a single shortbread cookie from the glass display case, or pick up some of the prepackaged sets. The packaged sets feature festive shapes, and my favourite were the snowmen shaped shortbread. Mary’s is open daily. Stop by to pick up a last minute gift!

Today I’m giving you the chance to win Mary’s 12 pack of Shortbread Dutch Pecan squares. Yum! You must be able to pick up your prize in person.

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Day 2 of Christmas Cheer Giveaways!

One of the best things about the holidays is that you get to spend time with family and friends! The downside of that is that it can be stressful trying to figure out what to give as a hostess gift! Don’t worry- Shoppers Drug Mart has you covered! And best thing is that they are everywhere.

Their house brand, Life Brand has tons of delicious gift sets and treats that you can bet will be well received.

Today, I’m giving one lucky winner a gift basket filled with sweets from Life Brand. This basket includes Life Brand mini chocolate Santa, milk chocolate almond cranberry gift tin, dark chocolate sea salt caramel and more!

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