June 2015 archive

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave


I love when books are unexpectedly amazing, and then you get to fall in love with a brand new author! Laura Dave has written a book that’s perfect for summer. It has food, love, heartbreak and wine. And of course, humour. What more could you want?

Eight Hundred Grapes captivated me. I devoured it and couldn’t put it down. Dave has a beautiful, descriptive writing style that really makes the main character, Georgia, come to life in many unexpected twists and turns. I found something endearing about each character, from her brothers right down to the new lawyer in town. Eight Hundred Grapes is laugh out loud funny in some parts and heartbreaking in others. It has a really satisfying ending that makes me want to read more of her books! You need to read it and I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do.

Growing up on her family’s Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother’s lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands.

But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fiancé has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.

Georgia does what she’s always done: she returns to the family vineyard, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, and her brothers, and everything familiar. But it turns out her fiancé is not the only one who’s been keeping secrets…

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 2015

Summer Skin with Jergens

For the last month or so, I’ve been trying something new! Jergens has released a new line of lotions that you put on while your skin is wet. Yep, this lotion is specially developed for use on just showered skin!

If you’re like me, and always get ready in a rush, this lotion is perfect because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t need to be rinsed off.

Jergens® Moisturizer for Wet Skin is coming out this July.
This new moisturizer is oil-infused and locks in hydration when skin is most
receptive for 2x more luminous skin. (more…)

Top 10 Summer Festivals in Toronto

I just love summer in Toronto. It seems like every weekend there’s a new festival or event going on. Here are the festivals that I go to every summer, and never miss.

Luminato: June 19th to June 28th

10 days jam packed with art, music, food and dance. Luminato brings together interactive performances, visual displays, literary talks and more each year. Tons of fun.

Summerlicious: July 3rd to July 26th

This year, Summerlicious is bigger than ever! Featuring 210 restaurants, enjoy prixe fixe menus at different restaurants all over the city, starting at $18 for a 3 course lunch.

Beaches Jazz Festival: July 10th to July 26th

This festival includes a street festival, farmers market and a Taste of Jazz food truck event! Of course, all the while you’ll be listening to live jazz from players from around the world.

Night It Up!: July 24th to July 26th

This night market gives you a taste of a traditional night market in Asia. There will be over 120 food and merchandise vendors selling street food and more! Are you brave enough to try the deep-fried stinky tofu?

Caribana: July 30th to August 2nd

Toronto’s vibrant Island community comes to life during this fun summer festival featuring dance, music and good eats. It all comes to a head for the massive parade on August 1st, complete with costumes, colourful floats and live music.

Scarborough Rib Festival: July 31st to August 3rd

If you are a BBQ lover, then you’re in luck! Vendors pack Thompson Park, selling ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, brisket, corn bread and more. This year the festival is celebrating 14 years!

Taste of the Danforth: August 7th to August 9th

Prepare to be stuffed at this annual Greek festival! Booths line the streets of Danforth Ave filled with gyros, roast quail, skewers of meat, loukoumades and so much more.

Waterfront Night Market: August 14th to August 16th

This night market is downtown, and is hosted by T&T. Enjoy Asian street food eats, just like a traditional night market with live music.

Canadian National Exhibition: August 21st to September 7th

The CNE needs no introduction. This massive carnival includes a midway filled with rides and games, musical performances and my favourite- the Food building.

Toronto International Film Festival: September 10th to September

This marks the end of the summer for me. This is your best chance to spot a celebrity in the city, and to see little known films and blockbusters alike. Be sure to get your tickets early!

Are there any festivals that you love that I missed?

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