De la Terre Bakery.

So yummy…













The Diner House 29.



The Diner House 29 is way more than a diner. Waaaaay more. It’s an experience. The retro decor is so cool. The collection of Pyrex dishware is priceless. And the food is outstanding. The place was packed mid morning and it’s only Tuesday! Because I’m doing things I never do lately, I didn’t order my usual. I opted for the Iron Rice Bowl. It did not disappoint, folks. I cannot wait to go back…

Freshii Fridays.



For the past couple of months, I’ve been going to Freshii¬†every Friday night. It’s my way of unwinding at the end of the week and I really love this ritual I’ve created for myself. Freshii is a huge chain that started in Toronto and now has over 300 restaurants across 85+ cities in 20 countries and we finally got one in downtown St. Catharines! I couldn’t be more thrilled. They make healthy and affordable vegetarian and eco-friendly foods that you can take on the go.

Wanna know their mantra?

Let’s eat without regret.
Let’s love kale.
Let’s embrace quinoa.
Let’s try new things.
Let’s try unlikely combos.
Let’s eat things that are good.
Let’s eat things that make us feel good.
Let’s eat and sit.
Let’s be good to the Earth.
Let’s let the Earth be good to us.
Let’s Eat. Energize.

Everything about it makes me happy.

Ma Cuisine.



Ma Cuisine is by far the BEST restaurant I’ve been to in a long time.
Authentic Dim Sum in the heart of St. Catharines.
I’ve already been twice and I can’t get enough.
Those little bunnies were filled with warm custard…


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I do love a holiday cookie. It’s “Christmas in November” at the hotel this weekend. All looks merry, bright and delicious.

I Won!

starbucks-cupYou know when stores have a bowl on their counter tops and invite you to enter your business card to win a prize? I did just that the other day at our local Starbucks in NOTL. You know what? They called me! I won! And I was the first name they pulled. I can pop in anytime for my complimentary pastry and hot beverage. Best part of my day.

And how much are we loving the red cups this season? All designed by customers from around the world. The one on the left was created by someone in Markham, Ontario. Wha???


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