~ May 2015 Archives ~

Links for the weekend! / May 29, 2015

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Here are some delicious/fascinating/fun things I’ve come across this week — Happy Friday & Happy Reading!!

This recipe was recently brought to my attention & sounds like just the ticket for an easy weekend treat. I’ve tried making banana ice cream in a Vitamix before and it was a so easy and so good. This pina colada version sounds even better! (Truth be told, a few friends and I once spent an entire Friday night making smoothies and banana ice cream and watching Vitamix how-to videos and it was pretty much one of my favourite nights ever. Nerd alert? You betcha.)

Sign me up for one of these smoothie bowls!

These rhubarb and almond hand pies are such a lovely and elegant dessert idea — from the always inspiring Donna Hay!

I’ve been on a beet kick lately (those are words I never thought I’d say!) and this drink from Drizzle & Dip looks so refreshing!

This week I came across an interesting & somewhat surprising article on the best foods for you. Dear Watercress, I’ve always passed by you in the grocery store, but seems like you’re worth another look! Dear Raspberries, you may not have made the cut, but you’re still my very favourite.

And lastly, just for fun — Jellyfish Lake — a place to go snorkeling amongst a sea of completely harmless jellyfish — so fascinating!

Have a great weekend :)

NYC Weekend & Food Photography Workshop! / May 15, 2015

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I recently returned from a long weekend in New York, where I went to attend a food photography workshop at Sunday Suppers led by Aran Goyoaga. I have wanted to attend a workshop with Aran for quite some time but apparently many others share that same wish and they sell out quite quickly! Luckily, I nabbed one of the spots and I am so glad I was able to. I couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful kitchen pictured above at Sunday Suppers — everything they prepared was delicious and the space, with its beautiful light and lofty ceilings, was so wonderfully suited for a photography workshop. I thought I would share some pictures of the weekend, if you’d like to see! Pictured below: the prop table of my dreams; Aran at work styling heirloom carrots, which I couldn’t help but snap a photo of; lastly, my styling of tiny purple artichokes, after which we all had a chance to get some much welcomed feedback from Aran on our photos & styling. All in all a wonderful workshop, I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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After the two-day workshop I was able to sneak in some time to visit a few things on my list in NYC — once I signed up for the workshop, my mom and I decided to make a long weekend girls trip out of it, and I was a lucky lady to spend a few days in the city with her. We saw magnolias in Central Park; a stop at the MOMA and it’s beautiful courtyard (this Picasso statue of a goat had me singing High On A Hill Was A Lonely Goatherd for days and days). We also stopped into the Todd English Food Hall where I discovered that Shirley Temple soda exists (!!!!); we popped into a few tiny shops like Le Labo for perfume and Fishs Eddy for dishware; a stop by another favourite — the Flatiron Building, which we stopped to see after dinner at Eataly. (There are no words to adequately describe the wonder that is Eataly, so I won’t even try — so so good.)

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Thank you New York, you were so lovely!

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