Reconnecting with nature thanks to the Mazda CX-50 Minute Challenge

What happens when we spend time in nature a few times a week? It helps reduce stress, lowers our resting heart rate, helps improve our sleep and in general, makes us feel better and more balanced. Recently, Mazda Canada invited me on a relaxing outdoor adventure to help me reconnect with nature with the hope ...

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Make Mine a Grey Goose Summer

This week, Grey Goose treated me and some friends to an amazing afternoon on a boat with a mixologist on board. During our Grey Goose Le Voyage outing, we had the pleasure of trying four cocktails that are perfect for beating the summer heat or simply for sipping to your favourite summer beats. They even hired ...

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Take a gourmet trip to Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Who doesn’t love Italian food? If you’re interested in trying authentic ingredients from Emilia-Romagna, the home of Prosciutto di Parma DOP, Mortadella Bologna IGP, Modena balsamic vinegar IGP and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, then you should try one (or all!) of these three gourmet meal boxes that were created to help bring the region and its ...

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Travel to Paris without leaving home

Photo from my last visit to Saint-Germain-des-Prés in 2017 I've visited Paris five times in the past, but about a week ago, I took a private guided tour of St-Germain-des-Prés without even leaving my bed! How was this possible? Well, Travel Me Paris offers tailor-made tours of Paris with professional Personal Travellers (official, certified tour guides) who livestream the ...

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Celebrate love at Montreal’s Sofitel this Valentine’s Day

Montreal's Sofitel is celebrating this Valentine's Day with a special menu for two either in their dining room at the Restaurant Renoir or as part of a romantic staycation package at the hotel. I had the pleasure of receiving the menu at home this weekend to be able to share it with you. Conceived by ...

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Chez Lévêque, Chez Vous

Last weekend, Brasserie Chez Lévêque sent me a wide assortment of dishes from their current takeout menu as well as a few of their signature sous-vide dishes to have on hand for later. This classic French eatery and I have something quite significant in common, we are both celebrating 50 years this year. Established in 1972, ...

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How to Bake Swiss Spitzbuben Cookies

I learned how to make these jam-filled sugar cookies while I was an Au Pair in Switzerland. The Swiss call them Spitzbuben, loosely translated as "Naughty Little Boys," because they were originally made with comical faces in them. Nowadays, the Swiss cut more aesthetic shapes such as hearts and stars, but you can also just ...

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Decorating With Estate Sale And Marketplace Finds

I recently gave our living room a Hollywood Regency makeover using almost only estate sale and marketplace finds. It’s a thrifted, tufted, tasseled, fringed, velvety, chintzy, brassy and dramatic upgrade...on a budget. It's also a lot more my style than the very sparse and drab grey decor that we had before. The trick to decorating ...

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A Fall Table Setting With Items From Mezari Atelier

It's Thanksgiving weekend and I sit at my kitchen table writing this after devouring a piece of apple pie I made last night to take to my friend's home for our traditional "chosen family" Thanksgiving dinner. (Sorry friends, I couldn't resist!) Thanksgiving and fall florals are the inspiration for this layered table decor. The last table ...

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