All posts tagged: coffee

Toronto Cafes you Need to Check Out

There’s nothing like sipping a steamy latte on a lazy Sunday afternoon as you casually people watch or read your favorite book. ¬†This is starting to become a weekend tradition of mine so I’m sharing some of my favorite spots ūüôā Colette A beautiful Parisian inspired cafe right next to the Thompson Hotel on King and Portland. Colette boasts a bakery, bar, and lounge all cleverly divided with different atmospheres and decor. Aside form grabbing a cup of coffee served in a delicate porcelain white cup, you’ll want to try their brunch menu which includes classics like Eggs Benedict on a croissant or their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. NEO Coffee Bar If you enjoy Japanese desserts, you will LOVE this place. NEO makes their desserts and coffees in house. You can watch the pastry chef decorate freshly baked green tea swiss rolls as you sip on your matcha latte. The design of the cafe is also very Japan-esque – clean cut and simple. Field Trip Cafe Just west of Ossington is a a humble little cafe …

Australia – Brunching and exploring Degraves Street!

As expected, our four days in Australia zipped by. ¬†For our last day, we decided to spend it within Melbourne city with our friends. ¬†They took us to a lovely cafe for breakfast which had one of the most interesting interior designs I’ve seen. ¬†Lot’s of character within¬†these walls! ¬†As with most places in Melbourne, the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. ¬†The food and coffee was delicious. ¬†I had a Greek yogurt with granola and fruit on a little puddle of soaked chia seeds. ¬†Very yummy and nutritious start to the day. ¬†K had Walnut banana bread with maple syrup and clotted cream. ¬†A very decadent morning treat. ¬†Miss these guys so much ‚̧ ¬†After breakfast, we headed into the city core to explore the little alleyways that are very unique to Melbourne. ¬†I’ve never seen anything like it. ¬†They have these narrow lanes with both sides lined with cafes and restaurants and seating right in the middle. ¬†The streets were bustling with people chatting over lattes and delicious looking brunch fare. Degraves street is …

Australia – Beach bound on Horseback and Peninsula Hot Springs

Beaches in Australia are nice…but you know what’s even better? Beaches on horseback! ¬†I was so happy I got to tackle one of my bucket list items and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location. ¬†Gunnamatta offers 2-hour horseback riding on the beach and no experience is required. ¬† We were a little bit late when we showed up to place and the moment we got on our horses we started trotting already! ¬†A bit scary at first but after a while you get used to the rhythm. ¬†The movies always make galloping look so easy but it’s actually a lot of work as you need to continuously use your leg muscles to keep yourself steady and to sit up and down while your horse trots. Since we were late, K and I ended up with the naughtiest horses of the bunch – Lily and Rose. ¬†Apparently they were best friends which wasn’t surprising as they were both equally mischievous. ¬†Lily kept cutting in front of everyone and Rose just wanted to go …

Baltimore, MD

Driving along the East Coast, the one food – amongst the many – that was on our to-eat list was really good seafood. ¬†Baltimore offered an abundance of seafood restaurants, all of which came with pretty hefty price tags. ¬†I know seafood in general is pricier, but we must have been pretty deep in touristy/busy district because the prices we saw were pretty inflated. We settled for an Italian family-owned restaurant called Sebastian which was a modest little place tucked into Little Italy. ¬†The service was superb and the food was absolutely delicious. ¬†For our appetizer, we shared a portabello mushroom stuffed with a generous amount of crab meat. For our mains, I got pan fried jumbo shrimp with a side of pasta in marinara sauce. ¬†K got this amazing melt-in-your-mouth Chilean sea bass on penne. ¬†The whole meal was definitely a splurge but I haven’t had such delicious seafood in a while so I think it was worth it. The next day we got up bright and early to check out a breakfast joint …

Navigating the Streets of Barcelona

With a full day of walking ahead of us, there was only one right way to start the morning off; with one big cappuccino. ¬†Spanish coffee is not bad I must say.¬† ¬†Our first stop was an old church that was a recommended stop by our tour guide from yesterday. ¬†It was nice, but having seen a fair share of religious buildings it was nothing spectacular. ¬†It was also quite difficult to find given it was tucked away in a quiet area. ¬† ¬†After that we headed to the shopping area near Las Ramblas and proceeded to shop til we dropped. ¬†There were SO many sales going on and I found the Zaras and H&M’s in Europe had¬†noticeably¬†better merchandise. ¬†Every time I walked into an H&M I would come back out with something… and this almost never happens at home. ¬†Here’s the damage. Settling down for a quick lunch in between shopping. ¬†Sandwiches in Europe are 10x better than ones in Toronto…¬† ¬†Finally, the main architect star in Barcelona is none other than THE Antoni …