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Coffee of the Day

Feel like shaking things up from your usual drip coffee/latte routine? Try a cortado!

It’s somewhere between a bold espresso macchiato and a smooth, foamy cappuccino. Reminds me of the cafe con leche I used to drink every morning when I lived in Spain. Delish!
Cortado made with Soy @ Lit Cafe on College St…with a side of The Onion ūüėČ Perfect way to start the day.

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Tim Hortons of the Day

Hope you folks liked the last guest post as much as I did cause you’re about to see a whole lot more of Northern Ontario in the days to come.

Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice tea, enjoyed on the road along the Trans Canada Highway, en route to visit my fam in the teeny town of Lively, Ontario.

I’ve already seen fall colours, made some peculiar friends on the greyhound bus and caught my first glimpse of a canoe (if you look closely you can see it behind my timmys cup).

Bring on the canadiana…

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Easy Transitions: Summer >> Fall

I once had a therapist tell me I have “trouble with transitions.”

My first reaction to this professional insight was to feel terribly offended. I mean I revel in change and I hate for my life to feel dreary and predictable. But as I thought about it further, I realized that while I appreciate change I despise the process of getting there.

I just want things to be different, already.

This weekend Toronto experienced near perfect weather and the whole city seemed to respond with the same combination of excitement and discomfort. Excitement because sunshine = lazy saturday afternoons in the park. Discomfort because our autumn jackets and sweaters (while terribly fashionable) were also boiling us alive under the unseasonably hot sun. Not quite summer, not quite fall weather apparently makes for a city of sweaty grumps.

Nevertheless, I’m on a mission to appreciate transitional periods for exactly what they are. Awkward and elusive, but also¬†exuberant¬†and unexpected.

I snapped a shot of this building as I wandering somewhere along Dundonald near Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighborhood. The perfect blend of neon green ivy, early autumn leaves and bright end-of-summer blooms.¬†

Summer >> Fall

First cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. A strong Americano at Ideal Coffee on Ossington.

 Sleep >> Wake.

And of course…a Summer >> Fall Recipe! This snack mix combines fresh shelled edamame with a comforting autumn staple – toasted pumpkin seeds. The result is a high protein, satisfying snack that is as unexpected as this unseasonably warm September afternoon. Enjoy!

Roasted Edamame & Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (thawed but not boiled)
  • 1 cup raw, unshelled pumpkin or squash seeds (I used the seeds of a buttercup squash)
  • 2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • around 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger**
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
**I always store my ginger in the freezer and use it as needed. Not only does this extend the shelf life of your ginger, but it makes grating far easier. 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine tamari and oil in the bottom of a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add in soybeans and pumpkin seeds and toss to combine.
  4. Grate in ginger and add a sprinkle of garlic powder, toss once more.
  5. Spread out soynuts and seeds on a piece of parchment paper and roast at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes or until they are fragrant and crispy. (The edamame will not become as crunchy the seeds but they should dry out significantly)
Try not to eat them all straight off the pan. 
coffee, travel

Coffee of the…too darn early

Okay I may have stretched the truth just a wee bit the other day when I said I was done all my summer traveling. In fact I have one last mini trip to go…

Halifax again! This time for the wedding of one of my favorite ladies in the whole wide world. Oh and did I mention the theme of the wedding is CRYPTOZOOLOGY!? (think bigfoot and unicorns) My friends are the best/nerdiest. More on that later…

In the meantime im just hanging out at Pearson airport, trying to scope out celebrities flying into town for the Toronto international film festival. So far only Cousin It of Adams Family fame has made an appearance.

Ahem…or perhaps that was just me sucking back a triple shot americano from the ‘bucks in a vain attempt to make 5am feel more like 7am.

Can’t wait to post pics from my very mini return to the coast! And you know you can’t wait to see a real live hipster wedding… ūüėČ

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Local Coffee of the Day

On the road again? You bet I am. This time making my way through Northern Ontario cottage country. First stop: Miss Nellie’s cafe and art gallery in the quaint little town of Baysville.


Old timey cuteness.


Standard Americano with soy, made with with local muskoka roastery coffee. Simple but swoonworthy indeed.


Coffee of the Day

I admit it. I have a weakness for fast food coffee.

This was at one point an Americano on ice with just a touch of soymilk. But I’m pretty sure it apparated (harry potter stylez) directly to my belly…

Do you ever cave in to the temptation of big ‘bucks coffee?