Month: March 2013

Chef Gordon Oliver: What Not to Eat

My boyfriend and his best friend have this totally disgusting habit. They like to mix all the ketchup packets, seasonings, left over ice cream, anything, really….all together. Just to gross me out. Surprisingly, they are not 6 year old boys.

Neither is this new “chef” that’s popped up. Chef Gordon Oliver likes to mix completely improbable foods together- and seems to have reached some sort of semblance of fame. He’s actually going to be appearing on Mar 14 on “Eat Talk” on CTV, 7:27pm.

I’m sure by now you are wondering, How bad can this be?

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It’s bad. Those are Buffalo Wings Milkshake. Above it? Sausage Stew. Ugh, ugh. ugh.

I actually think that he could have a strong career in convincing people not to eat. He could have a great future in dieting. The anti-cookbook, if you will. Maybe that’s the direction he’s heading in with his new book called “Cats in Pots.” A joke…right?

Gordon Oliver bills himself as a “Gourmet Canadian Chef with a knack for creating ridiculously delicious food”. This remains to be seen, and I for one am not convinced.

His first prime time cooking session will be on “Eat Talk” (on after ETalk on tomorrow at 7:27 pm)  where he will be recreating his <s>gross</s> unique recipes and promoting  his new cookbook .  Will you watch?

Volum’Express Rocket Mascara

 

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I gave the Rocket Volum’Express mascara to my sister, the Mascara Queen. (seriously.) She liked it!

Maybellinee’s newest  formula is a thin buildable volume mascara so that you can layer up according to your preferences. The wand had small bristles so it avoided clumping.  It lasts all day and was hard to smudge (for those of you that rub your eyes). It is a true black and it’s in stores now!

 

 

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Michelle gives this 4 wands out of 5.

Sorel Tofino Boot Review

 

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My Sorel boots have got me doing something that I didn’t really think I’d ever do. I wake up in the morning anticipating snow. Because if it snows, I get to wear my awesome Tofino Twill Sorel boots. I have never owned a comfier or warmer pair of boots.

I decided to test out these boots for my Quebec trip that I took in February. They stood up to the test time and time again. -25 weather, snowstorms, rain….my feet were never cold. My socks did not get wet. When I returned to Toronto, we had some awful days with slush and freezing rain. I slipped on my Sorel boots and sploshed confidently (and stylishly) through the snow.

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The boots are lighter than I expected and are made out of leather and waxed canvas uppers, making the boots waterproof and breathable.  On the cuff they are lined with faux fur trim. The fur actually helps to keep the snow from going into your boots when laced up tightly. The laces are stretchy and easy to adjust.  The tops of the boots have handy leather tabs to help you pull them on.

The moulded rubber duck boot keeps my feet dry and slushing confidently through the snow. Inside, the boots are lined with a combination of Thinsulate®  insulation and Sherpa Pile polyester fleece to keep you warm.

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Can you rock these with a cute skirt? Leggings? Skinny jeans? Yes, yes and yes. The Tofino boots are glam enough to shop and brunch around Toronto in, but also rugged enough to brave the elements with. These boots have become my go to boots for the season! They are also on sale…go check them out!

Hôtel de Glace in Quebec City

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If you are looking for a totally unique accommodation experience while in Quebec, look no further. The Hôtel de Glace (Just outside of Quebec City)  is made completely out of snow and ice. It takes 500 tons of ice to create the walls, sculptures and furniture. Everything is carved using chainsaws, and is finished off with a torch. To make surfaces completely smooth, they use an iron.

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Basic room starting at $199 per person
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Deluxe room with custom furniture and carvings.

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Each room has a mattress on a block of ice and it has been specially made to withstand cold and won’t freeze. Before sleeping at the hotel you have to attend a mandatory briefing. You are only allowed to have one person per sleeping bag. The sleeping bag zips up to your neck and creates a cocoon of warmth.

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Before going to bed, you are encouraged to take a dip in the hot tub featured on site. The sleeping bag will maintain whatever body temperature you go into it with. It’s important to wear what you normally wear to bed. If you layer up, you can sweat and become uncomfortable. The average temperature in the hotel is -3C to -5C , no matter how cold it gets outside.

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Not ready for bed? Hang out in the bar and drink delicious cocktails out of a carved ice glass.

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The hotel is famous for weddings. Above is a picture of the wedding chapel. Can you imagine getting married there? Gorgeous!

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Slide down the ice slide.

The hotel is in business for 3 months, from January to the end of March. When it’s time to take down the hotel,  they don’t just abandon it and let it melt. The hotel is taken apart piece by piece.  If you want to stay here, be sure to book early. The average rate of occupancy is 90%. The day I visited, they were fully booked for the next two nights.

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Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family adventure, the Ice Hotel is a perfect winter getaway. Just want to visit? Daily tours are offered for $17.50 a person.

Hôtel de Glace Québec-Canada
9530, rue de la Faune

Pig Out BBQ in Pickering


I’m not going to lie. As I’m writing this right now and uploading these pictures, I’m starving.
If I had one wish now, I’d probably use it all up on a visit to this yummy BBQ join in Pickering.

I always love it when different types of restaurants open up in the east end. Downtown is spoiled with new restaurant openings weekly, but it doesn’t really happen much up here. So when I finally found a chance go to Pig Out BBQ, (my Dad’s birthday) I jumped on it.

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The decor is pretty casual. Seat yourself, and your meal is brought to your table. The menu is pretty typical for a BBQ joint. Pulled pork, smoked brisket, ribs and pulled chicken are all on order here. They also have some unusual items, like handmade burgers, smoked sausage and BBQ tacos.

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I had the Pulled Pork platter. You can choose to have it with spicy or sweet sauce. I chose a mix of the two, and wow, was it spicy. Since I’ve gone back, I just stick with sweet. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised when I bit into my sandwich.

The pork was tender and full of flavour, with a spicy bite thanks to my sauce choice. The bun was bakery fresh and quickly became soggy from the saucy pork. This didn’t bother me because I love fresh bread. All dinner platters come with 1 side, coleslaw, pickles & dipping sauce. The sides include mac n cheese, french fries, baked beans, cornbread, coleslaw and more. I stuck with the french fries, and they weren’t that good. (McCain fries). I’d skip the fries. Leaves more room for meat!

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Pictured above is the half chicken ($13.95) and brisket sandwich. ($10.95) My mom was impressed with her brisket but wished her bun was toasted. I stole a bit of the half chicken and it was amazing with a deep smoky BBQ flavour.

If you are looking for a good place to get BBQ the next time you venture out of Toronto, check this place out. The friendly service, fresh food and tasty sauces makes this place a winner.

Pig Out BBQ at 780 Kingston Road, Unit #6, Pickering, ON

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Essie Sleek Sticks

I have never gotten as many compliments on my nails as I did the day that I rocked the “oh my gold” sleek sticks. Essie’s new nail stickers are available in an array of fun patterns. I generally suck at putting nail stickers on my nails, but these make it worth the fight. They aren’t hard to put on at all, and some are translucent. If you have wide nail beds, you can cut up the extra stickers to fill in the gaps.

 

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I wore the above nail stickers and it was like magic. On my infamously silent commute, a lady asked me how I did that to my nails. She loved them and couldn’t stop staring. Friends would stop mid speech upon noticing my nails and enthusiastically asked me how I did them. Many didn’t believe it was a sticker. This too could happen to you with the awesome Sleek Sticks by Essie! Check out the styles below. I’m giving away sneek-e and croc n’chic.  Enter to win below!

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Zara launches online shopping in Canada

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Zara is officially ready for our Canadian dollars. The online store has launched, offering free shipping when you spend $50+. You can return items within a month and do returns at local stores. Most interestingly, you can also schedule Canada Post to pick up your items to be returned. Neat! Will you be shopping online?

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