CURES STUDIO

Okay, ladies and gentleman… just because sandal season is coming to an end it does not mean you need to neglect your feet. Yes, mitten weather is quickly approaching but your hands still deserve to feel healthy and pretty.

I can admit that growing up, I was never good to my nails and took very poor care of them. I rarely got my nails done because at the jobs I had; they would immediately get ruined. Not to mention… I am a nail biter. I am not proud of this and I am getting a lot better because I don’t want ugly 10-year-old boy fingers for the rest of my life. I want to have natural, long, strong, healthy nails that people assume are fake because they are so beautiful.

I highly recommend checking out CURES STUDIO in Liberty Village, Toronto. I tried them for the first time and what an amazing experience. The studio is stunning and so clean, which is most important to me. The facility is toxic free and they only use high-quality products.. even some local ones too! One of my favorites being the scrub by VO BATH & CO.

Not only is there studio beautiful, they really do an amazing job and the girls take great care of you. This is the perfect place to bring your BFF for her birthday or to make it your regular beauty spot.

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Upper Deck by Fran’s

Upper Deck by Fran’sis a spot I had been wanting to check out for a while now and finally got to see what I was missing. The minute that I walked through the door, it was exactly what I was hoping for. An all-season rooftop restaurant with a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere. The deck was heated and covered by a retractable ceiling but still that rooftop feel. I thought this was such a great idea because even when it is snowing this winter, dining on the roof should not be a problem. I would choose the Upper Deck for a gathering with a large group of friends because it has everything you really need. TV’s surround the bar area, the food is amazing, the service is spectacular, there is a projector screen (perfect for a sports game or award show) and large seating areas (great for big parties).

Another sweet thing about Upper Deck by Frans is that they offer a $5.00 section on the menu. I tried two things on this menu, both which were super tasty.

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Tenderloin Skewers, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Beef tenderloin skewers served with a cheese dipping sauce.
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Fried Green Beans, $5 (from Upper Deck by Fran’s $5 menu) – Green beans, battered and deep-fried.

These are both amazing options from the $5.00 menu, but what really had my heart was the burger that I indulged in (not from the $5 menu).

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Legendary Banquet Burger, $13.99 (also available at all Fran’s locations)
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Fran’s founder Francis “Fran” Deck invented this classic – otherwise known as the Bacon Cheeseburger – in 1940 (it was originally called the “Forest Hill Burger”). They recently updated the classic: a half-pound house-made patty topped with Bourbon Maple Bacon and melted Canadian cheddar. All Upper Deck by Fran’s burger patties are freshly-made, in-house, everyday.

Of course, with every great burger there has to be crispy, golden fries!

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While dining here on the Upper Deck @ Frans, we were treated to some mouthwatering milkshakes.

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Chocolate Milkshake and Strawberry Milkshake, $7 (each) – Milkshakes also available at Fran’s

Last but never forgotten, the greatest sweet treat …

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Pecan Pie

Loaded with pecans, baked in a crisp and buttery pie shell.

I really enjoyed my time on the Upper Deck and cannot wait to go back and try the Famous Red Velvet Cheesecake. 

Thank you Gillian and the Team at Fran’s. This was a great evening, I will deffinately be back soon!

Peace Treats – Ossington, Toronto

This weekend, I went to the cutest treat shop @ The Peace Collective store on Ossington. I had seen Peace Treats on Instagram and was attracted to their colourful and fun feed. They specialize in gourmet milkshakes and every month they will be adding a new treat!

Without a doubt, Peace Treats will become the “I have to go here” spot, especially for an Instagram post of these creative milkshake masterpieces. It was visually and tastefully satisfying, I can’t wait to go back and try the other items on the menu. The prices are reasonable for something so heavenly and delicious. I got the Go Shawty It’s Your Birthday and the D.R.E.A.M shakes.

Check out Peace Treats on 131 Ossington Ave.

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Té – Toronto

This Monday, I ate at Té; a tapas style restaurant. Té demonstrates its Asian and American influences, when it comes to the food and drinks.  I tried a number of things on the menu, which were all amazing and super fresh. The owners of the restaurant, Grace and Tina were both very nice and helpful when it came to choosing the most popular dishes. Té has only been open for a few months and are off to a great start.They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late nights and have a wide variety of menu options.


I absolutely loved the style and white layout that the restaurant had, the look of the marble table makes everything look so clean. Our beautiful table was located at the front and was big enough for about six people. There is also an outdoor area out back and more tables at the end of the restaurant.

 

We tried a few of the cocktails, which were all so unique and delicious. My favorite was the Green Té Mojito, I thought it was so refreshing and just the perfect summer drink. The Chai Milk Té was amazing too, but I feel would go better with desert. We also tried The Spicy Chai, which I loved because anything with ginger is awesome! The drinks are priced fairly, around $10 a cocktail. I would for sure go back just for the drinks alone.

I fell involve with Kimchi Ravioli! I have never heard of Kimchi Ravioli in my life, it was so perfectly done… I was very impressed. Just the right about of crispness on the outside, spice from the kimchi and creaminess from the ricotta. I could have eaten the entire plate of these, one of my top menu picks @ Té. Also, tried the Braised Pork Crostini which was really flavourful and filling.

 


These were both really good, The Braised Beef Poutine was another favorite of mine that evening. This is a must have and great to share with others, as it is pretty heavy. The gravy on it has a flavour that I can’t quite put my finger on, but leaves you wanting more.


This was another one of my faves, everything about it was so good! The dough balls are made out of asian steamed rice, which I haven’t seen done before. This had a spicy tomato sauce with mozzarella cheese. This reminded me of Gnocchi pasta, with an asian twist to it. I loved this dish and next time I go back, this will be the first thing I re-order.

 

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Bulgogi Sliders

The Bulgogi sliders were the perfect combination of Asian and American inspired ingredients. The meat on the slider was juicy and seasoned just right! This was topped with a quail egg and a savory wasabi mayo.
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Overall, Té is an awesome choice for a night out with friends and family. They have such a creative menu and have not seen anything like it before. I would highly recommend ordering the “pizza” that they make, it was one of a kind. I can’t wait to go back with a group of friends for brunch , would love to try The Huevos Mash-up ( SOUNDS SO GOOD).

Thank you Grace and Tina for an amazing evening Té Toronto. Keep up the excellent work!

Basil Box – Toronto

This past Monday, I visited Basil Box @ Ryerson University . I had been eyeing this place for a while now and everything looked so yummy on their Instagram account. Going out for Asian inspired dishes is my favourite. The style of the restaurant is build your own meal style, which I love! Customizing my options is great because sometimes I can get a little picky sometimes. You begin with a base for your bowl. The options are noodles, rice or greens. Next you add in your veggie options, proteins and last sauces and toppings.

What I really love most about Basil Box, is that there options for any type of diet. Every option on the menu is Gluten Free (Sauces and all). I love this because most places only have one or two options for those who are Gluten free. There are also options for those dairy free or vegan as well.

All the employees are super friendly and helpful. One worker, Phoebe was assisting us was awesome and very polite! Everything is super clean and organized at the Basil Box and is a pretty big space. You can get your food to go if you are in a hurry or are pressed for time. This is a great place to grab lunch quick while at school and honestly have enough to eat later on in the day also.  The bowls are filling and  affordable. If I went to Ryerson, I would probably be here everyday.

I have honestly found my new obsession, I am so glad that I tried Basil Box and wish I had tried it sooner.

Thank you BASIL BOX for the delicious food!
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Impact Kitchen – Toronto

This is a place I had been meaning to go to for a while now and was really excited about taking my Gluten Free boyfriend here. This is because their entire menu is Gluten Free friendly and there is so much to choose from. I was introduced to Impact Kitchen through Instagram and thought this would be a good place to try out with someone that has a Gluten Free diet and see how they like it too.

We went this Saturday around 1:30 for a late lunch and ordered a few things. We each ordered a “Power Bowl” and shared a salad. Surprisingly there was a lot of food, usually I find that healthy food restaurants still leave me hungry. I was honestly full until dinner that evening and felt amazing throughout the day. We ordered two different bowls the Asian Rainbow Slaw and the Zesty Mexican. They were both amazing, although I liked the Slaw better.. Just felt like it was more my kind of meal. The salad we chose was the Beet Citrus Salad, which was so refreshing on such a hot day. I loved the salad and would honestly eat one everyday if Impact was closer to my house. Everything we got was very good and I highly recommend ordering them when you check them out.

I loved the atmosphere of Impact Kitchen, just made me feel really healthy and fresh. Its super clean in there and the servers really make you feel at home. This is a place that a lot of athletes come to eat because the menu is so pure and healthy. They use local farmers for the menus ingredients and don’t use processed foods, which is great!
I can’t wait to go back to impact Kitchen and try out some new things. I really did love it here and is a great place for anyone who is Gluten Free or just wanting something healthy and fresh to eat.

Check out Impact Kitchen

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Coffee Bar
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Salad, Slaw, Mexican
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Asian Rainbow Slaw
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Zesty Mexican
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Beet Salad

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Local Leaside

This evening my friend and I went to LOCAL for a bite to eat. I had never been here before and the atmosphere was very cool. It was a pretty big building, cool decor and awesome rooftop patio type thing. 

We decided to sit on the patio because it was nice outside and it’s summer, so why not?  We ordered the fried calamari to share and it was pretty good, a little to battery for me but overall good. This came with a dip and was under ten dollars which is great! All the items on the menu are affordable and reasonable. I got the ahi tuna sandwich, which tasted really good but was kinda a weird color TBH.  Usually when I get ahi tuna.. It’s not grey.. Usually it’s more pinkish. Hopefully I don’t get sick.
But anyways it was good.This had fresh avocado, lettuce, pickled onion and some other fresh toppings. It was pretty large, I could have shared this, brought the other half home.
This is probably a more lively and hot spot for a Friday or Saturday night, but was still a lot of fun for a Tuesday. It doesn’t matter what day of the week you go out if you are with good company. Love when my friends bring me to places I have never been before! I really enjoyed myself and Local in Leaside, is a great place to go this summer.  

    
 

Lunch @ Green Eggplant on Queen.

The Green Eggplant used to be my favourite restaurant before they moved their location. I would regularly visit the restaurants former location , with my friends and family. The service was always great and I really loved the atmosphere before. Unfortunately this time around I did not enjoy my time here. The service was mediocre and our server was kinda rude to be honest. I still did enjoy my meal, although everything was very different from before. My sandwich was super fresh and delicious, but it was not the same… I don’t know if I will be returning back to The Green Eggplant anytime soon, as it did nothing for me. I remember my dining experience being so much better and more enjoyable before there move and renovation. At least I had a great friend with me which made everything fun!

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AVOCADO CHICKEN CLUB ON MULTI GRAIN

Old School

Old School Diner is a fun, retro and very American spot located @ 800 Dundas St., Toronto. This is a great place to go if you feel like eating unhealthy, delicious breakfast food. It was very difficult to order here because everything sounded so amazing. We then decided to ask the waitress which was the most popular menu items, and decided from there. My date and myself had decided on two different choices that we were both so happy with!

 

BLUEBERRY HILL

HOTCAKE GRIDDLE THRILLS WITH MASSIVE BLUEBERRIES & BUTCHER’S CRACK, WHIPPED BROWN SUGAR BUTTER 13

The portions were so big we could have shared and the pancakes were cooked to perfection. The sugar smoked bacon was defiantly worth adding to my meal because it was to.die.for! Prices are pretty reasonable, Old School Diner is defiantly worth a try. Apparently Saturday mornings are not super busy, there were tons of tables available. We had a great server who was very helpful and efficient.

All of the food is super yummy, but crazy unhealthy….Starting a diet so probably won’t head back here until I feel like being fat again.