Friday, October 24, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
By Wendy Kam Marcy
As someone who obviously loves to eat... as evident in the many food reviews I've written on this site and the food porn on my Instagram, I'm learning that not everything labelled as "healthy", "natural" or even "vegetarian" is necessarily good for me.
So while I admit it's still a constant struggle to give up bacon, I've committed to Meatless Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays for the last 2 years and have stopped splurging on new shoes so I could buy organic as much as possible.
I'm not about to get all hippy or save-the-animals here but after doing my own research and talking to older generation family members and my friends' parents, who are battling serious chronic health issues, I recognize that diet plays a tremendous role in preventing and treating progressive diseases. I'm in my mid-30's and plan to stay around for a looooong time!!
With that said, I wanted to share this CONTEST for a "trip that will literally change your life"... AND it also happens to be at a beautiful resort in the Dominican Republic!
My husband's ad agency is working with Dr. Shane Williams and the amazing doctors of Forks Over Knives to help promote this inaugural Plant-Based Health Summit. (If you haven't watched FoK, it's voted as one of the most influential documentaries of our time so grab it on Netflix!)
This contest closes on Friday, October 24 at midnight EST.
The winner receives flight, resort accommodations for 10 days, food/drink prepared by top plant-based chefs and admission to the Summit (valued at $3300). Click here for full details.
Good luck, eat well and please help us spread the word!
Want to learn more about the Trip? See here....
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Yee-haw! I am back after an amazing week in Nashville, Tennessee.
If you're looking for a destination where you can eat southern food and sip on microbrews and artisan whiskey until you fall down singing a country song - then Nashville might be the city for you. Air Canada flies direct from Toronto and it's only a two-hour flight to this food-loving city.
I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday than standing around and eating a chocolate all day.
Well your wish - and mine are about to come true! The 4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Show will be taking over the rotunda of Roy Thompson Hall on Sunday November 2nd from 11 AM to 7 PM.
It is the only show of its kind in Canada and you can expect a diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products. Various vendors will be displaying, sampling and selling their fine chocolate products - just in time Christmas.
Highlight features of the show include: The Chocolate Makers Demonstration Stage, Chocolate Marketplace, The FREE Chocolate Making Classes, Chocolate Eating Contests and Games, Free Draws, Sculptures, Wine and Chocolate Pairing, Beer + Chocolate, Chocolate Book Store, Chocolate Casino .... and more!
Tickets are available online for $25.
To learn more visit: www.torontochocolateshow.com
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A short 10 minute taxi ride from the airport that cost $21 USD, Ren Aruba is located right downtown Oranjestad in an entertainment complex that includes a wide variety of restaurants, 2 casinos, a move theatre, a marketplace and a luxury shopping mall. Exploring the island is easy via bus and the terminal is about a 7 minute walk from the hotel.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Halloween is no longer a holiday for the kiddies. Girls can now use it as an excuse to show some extra skin and boys can finally try on their girlfriend's eyeliner!
So what are the top costumes this year? We are hearing everything from flapper-inspired dresses from The Great Gatsby, Khaleesi (Games of Thrones), Anna and Elsa (Frozen), Black Widow (The Avengers), Super Hero characters and of course, zombies from The Walking Dead!
Malabar - is so popular that you'll find yourself in a lineup if you go the week of Halloween. However, it's worth the wait because this is our favourite costume store hands-down in all of Toronto! They have very knowledgeable staff and carry an extensive array of pre-packaged costumes, accessories, rentals, makeup, wigs, hats, masks and everything else your little devil's heart desires.
Creepers - they call themselves Canada's creepiest and sexiest Halloween superstore and rightfully so because they've got everything! The staff even dress up as their favourite characters. Their "Pop Culture" section is pretty cool with costumes from the Green Hornet, The Walking Dead, Transformers, Suckerpunch and popular video game heroes.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
|Hanging in Hawaii|
We all know winter is coming soon.
Which is why I'm already jumping on the winter beach vacation bandwagon! It's never too early to start planning and booking early can save you a bit of cash. Especially if you're booking your flight separately. Dreams of tropical beaches, white sand and rolling blue waves have been entering my head already, so I bring to you my top ten beach getaway ideas:
|At Tabacon Spa in Costa Rica|
2) Key West, Florida - Walking into the waters of Key West is like walking into a warm sunny bath. It's perfect mix of small American beach town, with easygoing nightlife and restaurants. It's also the place to take a break from your car. Park it for the week, rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels. It's a very easy place to navigate and the cars usually stay under a 40 km/h speed limit. Did I mention all the delicious seafood and pink Florida shrimp? Nom! More blog posts on planning a visit to Key West here! Oh PS - don't miss the drag shows :)
Fall is in the air! Which means winter isn't far behind.
One of my new favourite things I learned in the past two years was how-to finally ski! If you're thinking of picking up a winter sport, this is a great activity that burns a TON of calories and let's you enjoy being outside.
Adults (Age 18-64) $18.00
Juniors(Age 11-17) $10.00
Seniors (Age 65+) $10.00
Children (10 and under) Free with an Adult
Visit www.torontosnowshow.com for more info
Monday, October 13, 2014
By Wendy Kam Marcy
A sponsored hip + urban girl post.
My life is one big juggling act to say the least. By day I'm a VP of Marketing for an advertising tech company, at night I blog, and I'm a new mommy 24/7! One thing that hasn't changed in all this organized chaos is that I still make a point to go out at least twice a month -whether it's date night with hubby or catching up with the girls.
I love my Amex Platinum Card because it makes planning the perfect night out that much easier! I just ring up the Concierge (I've got them on speed dial!), tell them where I want to go and they take care of booking it.
The Taste from Platinum dining program allows you to make a reservation through the Concierge at restaurants like Montecito, The Chase, Colette, Patria, Westlodge, George, North 44, Splendido, Café Boulud and many more in Toronto. There are over 1,000 highly-acclaimed restaurants included in this program worldwide.
If I'm ever feeling indecisive, it's also great to have someone that can offer suggestions based on my location, budget and/or food preferences. This especially comes in handy when I'm traveling and not sure where the best places to eat are. Platinum Concierge is like having my own personal assistant anytime anywhere!
For this particular date night, Café Boulud at The Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville was recommended to us. It's a swanky place with great French inspired food that equally impressed my eyes and tastebuds.
It truly is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and intimate dinner conversation, before continuing the night with drinks at the more lively d|bar downstairs.
We started the first course with a warm Artichoke Salad made with crispy sunchokes barigoule and dressed with black truffle vinaigrette.