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Foodie Swellness: Grey Goose Marché

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Um, can someone explain to me how it’s almost August? Geez. This summer’s flying by, which is giving me all the more reason to enjoy the rest of the season to its fullest, including some amazing cocktails like the Le Grand Fizz (recipe below!).

With my friend Amanda Phuong

With my friend Amanda Phuong

Not that I’ve wasted the first half of summer. For one, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Grey Goose event in Toronto twice: first to an exclusive lunch with Michelin-starred chef Christophe Dufau, and then the next day for cocktails.

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While last year’s theme was a sunset soiree picnic, this year’s theme was Grey Goose Marché  held on the grounds at Campbell House and they had some of Toronto’s food purveyors (such as Fifth Town Artisan Cheese (which I’ve visited in Prince Edward County), Nadege Patisserie and Thobors Boulangerie, to name a few) at the charming market set-up. It made me ache to be back in the south of France…

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Chef Christophe Dufau was very stylish and charming and his food was dreamy. My favourite course was probably the Provence-style smoked fresh cheese. My only regret was not being able to eat enough of it…I wasn’t familiar with Chef Dufau or his restaurant Les Bacchanales but now if I ever find myself in Vence I’ll have to go.

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When I returned the next day for cocktails, I took this as my opportunity to shop the market, and picked up some Truffalino cheese, a baguette and some of the best strawberries I’ve had in ages.

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Shopping done, I said bonjour to a few cocktails. I love the Le Grand Fizz and now that I’m stocked with a limited-edition bottle of Grey Goose, I’m all set to enjoy these through the rest of this summer.

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Thank you Grey Goose Canada for yet another memorable meal. It’s truly one of my favourite events of the summer (and in the fall, the Grey Goose events for TIFF aren’t too shabby either!)

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Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz

1 1/2 parts Grey Goose vodka

1 part St-Germain elderflower liqueur

2 parts chilled soda water

1/2 part freshly squeezed lime

Method

Build ice into an oversize cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Grey Goose vodka, then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with St-Germain and chilled soda water. Garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Cheers!

Photos (with Amanda, flowers, table setting): Ryan Emberley

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Leave a Comment July 28, 2018

Fitness Swellness: It’s Bike Month in Toronto!

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I’m always for making your commute into a way to keep active whenever possible. So I was super into helping to launch Bike Month with Bike to Work Day last Monday in partnership with CLIF Bar.

Bike Month, if you’re not familiar with it, is an annual event to promote cycling in Toronto and Hamilton running from May 28th until June 30th. It’s the 29th anniversary of this event, which brings together cyclists at events, races, tours and more through the month of June. In fact, have you heard that every Wednesday during the month of June Bike Share in Toronto is free!

I rode Bike Share for the first time this Monday for the launch event during which we rode from Yonge and Charles down to City Hall with Mayor John Tory. The police shut down traffic so we could do the ride there and it was a fun leisurely ride that, hello, ended with a CLIF-powered pancake breakfast, some speakers and photo opps (check out the cute CLIF Bar bike below, couldn’t resist getting a fun shot with Hawley Dunbar of Sidewalk Hustle and Gracie Carroll of Edit Seven).

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I don’t ride my bike to commute that often but I’ve been slowly trying to do more. Last summer, I rode my bike to a few dance classes and to get to an event or two (and then got a flat but I just got my tired fixed so I’m back on the road!). I will admit that I am a little afraid of riding my bike on the busy city streets but with careful planning using the Toronto cycling map, I can usually find a route with a bike lane or a quieter street i can take where I can confidently ride to get where I need to.

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As for CLIF Bar, did you know the company was born on a bike? Founder Gary Erickson was exhausted and craving a good tasting and nutritious energy bar dying a 175-mile bike ride in 1990. Talk about the perfect match, Bike Month and CLIF Bar. Their bars are what I pack in my bag when going on a hike or for a bike ride (or eat before I head out for one) so I can be sure I’ve got the energy I need for my adventures of the day. And whether you bike as a means to commute to work or just a fun ride on the trails or in the Leslie Spit (where I’ve ridden to view some epic sunsets) there’s a CLIF Bar variety that’ll tempt your palate. And by the way, if you need something new to tempt your tastebuds, just launched in Canada are two new CLIF Nut-Butter Filled energy bar varieties: Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter and Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter. My fave of the two is the sweet and savoury Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Plus, a little hat tip to Canada: those oats in the Nut-Butter Filled energy bars? None other than organic Canadian oats and the Nut-Butter Filled Bars are made in Canada!

With a both a Bike Share membership and my bike, and a new helmet, I’m excited to bike more often during Bike Month and beyond! I’d love to see where your bike takes you, be sure to share with the hashtag #feedyouradventure and #bikemonthTO!

If you’d like to learn about more Bike Month events, be sure to check out the site!

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Leave a Comment June 4, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Cooking for Chinese New Year

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Did you know that February 16th is Chinese New Year and it’s the Year of the Dog? While I haven’t celebrated in any formal way since I was a little kid, I will always use any excuse to cook and eat something delicious, and much of the new year revolves around food so I think it’s time to fire up the stove!

I find myself often craving Chinese dishes I grew up with, but I can never make them as well as my mom does. And while she has shown me how to make a few things, it’s hard to learn because it’s always, “add a little of this, a little bit of sugar, and that’s it!” I need precise measurements, Mom! In any case, I have been attempting to make more dishes I grew up with as I don’t get to eat my mom’s cooking often since she lives in another city. I now make congee and fried rice occasionally, my sister just recently taught me how to make wontons and I also made hot and sour soup for the very first time using a recipe I found online.

For Chinese New Year, I think I’ll make this recipe for Braised Chinese Mushrooms and Sesame Bok Choy (I made it recently to test it out first before making it for friends). It was surprisingly easy to make and the best part is that I didn’t have to make a trip into Chinatown for the ingredients because Real Canadian Superstore carries all of the ingredients at great value. And I know they’re authentic brands because I recognize them (brands such as T&T and Rooster) from my mom’s kitchen.

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So creating a dish for Chinese New Year, or just when I’m craving Chinese food with the best (aka mom-approved) authentic ingredients, is easy because I can just pick them up during my regular weekly grocery trip. I know my mom is very particular about the ingredients she uses, and I love that I can get everything she would use at an easy-on-the-budget cost at Real Canadian Superstore (because let’s face it: I’m way more likely to cook these dishes I love from my childhood if I can get the ingredients easily). Now, I’ll just have to hound my mother for more precise recipe instructions so that the dishes taste just right!

Oh, and here’s the recipe for the Braised Chinese Mushrooms and Sesame Bok Choy. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand except for the mushrooms and bok choy, so this dish cost me next to nothing to make.

Happy New Year, and happy eating!

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