While summer doesn’t officially start until June, for many – the unofficial start is the May 2-4 long weekend.
There are a few ways we celebrate the unofficial launch of summer. Some head to the cottage, some stay in the city; some check out the firework displays, some fire up the BBQ. And if you’re really lucky – you’ll get the chance to do all of the above.
We stayed in the city this weekend and spent time with friends and family…and all weekend we were craving a good old fashioned juicy cheeseburger. By the time Monday evening came around – it was decided, burgers for dinner.
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We haven’t set-up a BBQ at our new place yet, so we opted for the next best thing. Delivery!
Aroma Espresso Bar values nutritional integrity. Every day in each of our locations across Ontario, we chop tomatoes, grill eggplant, mash avocado, cook quinoa, bake bread, and more. Meals are always prepared fresh and made-to-order.
That’s one of the things I love about Aroma Espresso Bar. While yes, the food is quick and convienient – it’s also fresh and nutritious.
This spring, Aroma Espresso Bar is introducing a few new items to their menu…and reinventing a classic staple.
Alright, my love for wine is not news to anyone who reads my posts, and my love for iYellow Wine Club shouldn’t be either.
I’ve been friends with the entire iYellow Wine Club team since I first popped up on the blogging scene…back when I was “AwesomeJennJenn.” Remember those days?
Good times…good times, I tell ya.
Anyways, the team at iYellow Wine Club are awesome because they took my love for wine and nurtured it into an appreciation for good wine. Between classes and tastings and amazing wine tours – the entire team at iYellow Wine Club knows their stuff – but best of all, they have fun with it.
I can honestly say that I have never had a bad time at an iYellow Wine Club event. Ever, I mean – how could you?! There’s wine, there’s food, there’s laughs…it’s just a load of fun!
Like at the beginning of the month, for instance. I brought my sister out for a fun day of tasting delicious California wines with iYellow Wine Club at their #CaliWineJam. We had the chance to try different wines at our leisure, and then even go back for seconds (or thirds – whatever, don’t judge us) of our faves. All while chatting with reps from each brand, who were able to tell us the distinct notes to look for, what to pair each with, and even if they were available in the LCBO.
There is something to be said about the classics. Take a look at La La Land, for example. This movie brought us back to a time in cinema where style and class were keystones to making a good film. The music and dancing generating an infectious joy over the audience. The story telling bringing the audience to a state where they feel as though they are, in fact, part of the story itself. Instant classic.
The same can be said for certain cocktails. Cocktails, such as The Negroni, are classics that never go out of style. The fresh citrus burst from the orange, combined with the distinct Campari taste is a combination like no other. Whether ordering at the bar, or making yourself one at home – you can’t go wrong with the classic, The Negroni.
Fun Fact: The Negroni is one of my all-time fave cocktails, a def go-to when I’m out at the bar in the mood for a sipping cocktail.
Before 2016 came to an end I was running on all cylinders. I triple booking myself at events, putting in extra hours at work, spending a lot of time with friends and family…and then on the off chance that I had a night to myself, I was far too tired (read: lazy) to do any grocery shopping. So naturally, when the lovely people at HelloFresh Canada reached out to see if I would be interested in sampling a couple of their recipe boxes, I jumped at the chance.
Pick a HelloFresh Canada Plan That Fits Your Lifestyle
HelloFresh Canada delivers fresh ingredients, packaged out proportionally for the recipes you select. Seeing as I live alone, I opted for the 1-2 serving sized meals…obvs.
Tis the season for all things festive and delicious, right?
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll remember that a few weeks ago, I had the biggest craving for a rice krispy treat. I hadn’t had one in years (seriously – I can’t remember the last time I had one) and I don’t know where the craving came from…but it was all I could think about. Unfortunately – this craving hit me in the middle of what was the busiest week ever! I had no time to go to the store to grab one. I’m not just saying that, either. I would wake up and have to rush to work where I was super busy all day, even working through lunch. Then after work I would have to rush straight to events every night, and by the time those were done – it was past my bedtime and stores were closed. Finally – I had a few hours to spare one afternoon, and decided that I was just going to make some treats for myself.
I switched things up though, and made a cake batter flavoured batch of treats. You read that right – cake battered flavoured rice krispies treats. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but the batch turned out so great that they were all devoured pretty quickly by myself and a certain cutie.
In fact – they turned out so delicious, that I decided to make another batch over the weekend for my coworkers. This time around though, I made them into little bite-sized balls, and referred to them as “Snowman Poop” because I’m a dork. 🙂
I added a little gift card to each package I put together for my coworkers that read,
You’ve been naughty, so here’s the scoop. All you get this season, is snowman poop!
This delicious treat is so ridiculously easy to make, even a non-baker like myself can make them in no time!
Let me paint a picture for you. The sky is still dark and you’re curled up in bed. You’re all comfy and cozy in your blanket burrito – dreaming about pizza or that cute boy, or whatever you fancy…and then *bam* your alarm goes off.
*beep* *beep* *beep*
Grudgingly – you roll over and hit snooze, hoping for another few minutes of la la land bliss. By the time you finally get out of bed (perhaps after hitting snooze another once or twice, #guilty) you’re then in a rush to get ready and get your day started.
This was literally my every morning over the past few weeks. Especially after celebrating my birthday monthweek…I was finding it even more so difficult to get out of bed. On top of that – I was skipping out on breakfast. #oops
Not eating breakfast is one of my worst habits. I’m a HUGE fan of weekend brunch, which if you’ve been following me for a little while you would already know. But that’s different. That’s later in the day and there is almost always adult beverages involved. But apparently having a drink with your breakfast during the week before heading into the office is frowned upon. LOL
I have to be honest with you guys. I have never really been a fan of Halloween. I mean, sure – as a kid I loved getting dressed up and going trick or treating. I mean, it’s the one time a year that it’s ok to take candy from a stranger – what kid wouldn’t love that?! But as an adult – Halloween and I have never really jived.
In my 20s I was bartending and doing bottle service in nightclubs and the Halloween parties were always the worst. It’d be SO busy and people would drink WAY too much…and then throw in the fact that everyone was in costume? That’s all just a recipe for a messy night.
Now that I’m older, and I’d like to believe at least a wee bit wiser, my ideal way to celebrate Halloween is to put on a scary movie and curl up with a cutie. I mean – I’m not about to watch them on my own! C’mon! I’m way too much of a scaredy-cat. LOL
If you’re like me and planning on staying in and binge watching horror movies, here are some of my suggestions:
Have you ever had one of those meals that was just so amazing that you couldn’t stop thinking about it, even weeks later? Like – you would find yourself day dreaming about that delish plate of pasta you devoured…or that succulent steak that was cooked so perfectly that it just melted in your mouth?
I have, and recently, might I add. A couple of weeks ago I was invited out to The Citizen for a hosted dinner. I was able to briefly stop by the media launch of the new menu for The Citizen a month or two ago, but I didn’t get a chance to try any of the food. (I triple booked myself on events that night and by the time I got there…it was too late. #FailJJ) I did chat with other bloggers who had a chance to try the dishes – and everyone was raving about every.single.thing. So when the team invited me out for dinner, needless to say – I was more than happy to go out!
Back in my hayday I would be out at the clubs on the regular. I mean, like – I would work at them five nights a week and party at them the other two. Our little crew of industry peeps would have our own booth where we would order up bottles on a Tuesday night…just because. Or, as you can see below – if it was my birthday and I clearly got a little too knife-happy. LOL
In fact – some of my best memories from my twenties revolve around the nightlife industry. I’ve made some great friends there…and my longest relationship started in a club. …that’s a whole ‘nother post, on a whole ‘nother subject matter though…stay tuned for that one…and get your popcorn ready because it’s a dousey.
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Anyways, I’m getting off topic here. What was I talking about again? Oh yeah – that club life. When I was working, whether I was bartending or doing bottle service – the most popular drink of choice was always vodka. Always.
“Hey, sexy – can I get a vodka soda?” *rolls eyes*
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It makes sense though. Let’s be honest, vodka is freaking delicious. You can mix it with juice; you can mix it with soda. You can have it on the rocks; you can have it as a shot. That actually sounds like an alcoholic version of a Dr. Seuss book. LOL
Either way you slice your limes – vodka is a pretty universally liked drink.
Actually, vodka makes up 20-25% of spirits sold in North America today…so, the stats are there…it’s one of the most popular spirits.
While the more popular name brand that describes a certain colour of a certain animal is pretty good – there are other options out there, guys. Broaden your horizons once in awhile. Try something new. Just saying.
My friends at Wybo recently sent me a bottle to try out and that I did. Obvs. In fact, I tried this Polish vodka with a Polish person. And – on top of that, he who shall not be named actually said he preferred Wybo to some of the other more popular vodka brands, and he wasn’t just saying that because he’s polish and rooting for his home brand.
Pro Tip: Keep your vodka in the freezer. It won’t freeze, and is best served ice cold, baby.
After some poking around on the Wybo website, I noticed they have a few different cocktail recipe suggestions. Colour me intrigued!