mini eggs & chocolate bunnies



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by your side

And we’re into the new week already. Sheesh, things have been very busy lately. I feel like I have so many ideas for things I want to write, post, create… I just wish there were more hours in the day!

The November issue of Lonny mag is out, eep!

How to make a simple whiskey sour

Bloggers dish on holiday decorating

A flick about art, music, and culture – Hencho en Mexico

The ideal bookshelf for the home chef

Stitch the Stars; a cute calendar gift

A simple rustic workspace

Why not keep your ice in a vintage bucket?

A new name to know – LAVEER

Tuesday Tune


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inspired by: katie quinn davies

Katie Quinn Davies – of What Katie Ate – totally gets food and food styling. When you take a look at her photos and recipes you can imagine fantastic dinner parties with friends, romantic meals, delightful breakfasts in bed and so much more. The way she captures the vibe, well it’s just delicious! Here are some more images to drool over. And pick up her gorgeous new cook book too while your at it!

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tunes & lasagna

With family in town for my long weekend { why not take Monday off?? } we were busy and had a lot of fun! The boys ran the Scotia Bank 1/2 marathon, we ate good food, relaxed, and went for lots of long walks…  Today was for groceries { we’ve started actually making lists and planning meals for the week – unreal } and then I got to making my famous roasted veggie meat lasagna. Delish! A glass of red wine, Saint-Germain des-Pres Cafe Vol. 7 in the air, and cooking in a cozy kitchen. Not a bad way to spend a windy Monday afternoon.


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italian get-a-way

I’m home!! What a wonderful vacation. My hubby and I cycled { and wined & dined } our way through the beautiful region of Tuscany … a few images above to capture the week…

ciao ; )


sweater weather

OK, well, not quite yet. But, it is already September and I can’t believe how quickly this summer flew by. With the last long weekend of l’été behind us (did y’all have a good one?) we can start to look forward to a beautiful autumn!


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the dish ran away with the spoon

How cuuuttte are these dipped wooden utensils by Erin Souder of House of Earnest. Part of her Have & Make series, Erin takes ordinary objects that you might have lying around the house and spices them up. Definitely a project that I’d like to try! For more details click here ; )


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bunner’s bakery

Previously, when I had a craving for yummy gluten free cupcakes, it required a trip to my favorite Vegan GF bakery in New York City – Babycakes NYC. Thankfully, a new discovery today in Toronto’s own Junction proves a great substitute that doesn’t require a flight!

Bunner’s has a similar vibe to Babycakes. Well, minus a bit of kitsch and plus more clean lines, but overall, I have a very familiar feeling when I enter the small shoppe. The chocolate-chocolate cupcake and the french toast versions get a seal of approval! The icing was the best part, and that’s saying a lot coming from the butter-cream icing queen ;)

We purchased a loaf of three-seed bread too, which I’ll be using this week for sandwiches. I already sneaked a little bite and it tastes just like regular bread and it’s not heavy like a brick, as some can be.

I am delighted with this new discovery, yet still, happy that it’s not right around the corner. A trip to NYC was one thing, but if it was too close, I might be eating cupcakes everyday!!


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links are back

The Hamptons Guide from Goop
Where to find book reviews – idreambooks
Hilarity from the Man Repeller when she interviews herself…
Just a little tune; The Head & The Heart – Rivers & Roads
A downtown gem for lunch – Rodney’s by Bay
Great WordPress resources & plugins from August Empress
Smitten Kitchen makes bacon & eggs look delish in a leek risotto
ShopBops current Hit List

tgif xx

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fifth of may

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the Kentucky Derby… top yourself off with hat and toast the fortuitous alignment with barkeep Andres Santillana’s { of The Darby } tropical Hibiscus Paloma. Here’s the recipe via Daily Candy.

The Darby’s Hibiscus Paloma
Serves one

¾ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. Aperol
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1½ oz. hibiscus-infused tequila
Grapefruit wedge

1. In a shaker with ice, mix everything except the champagne and grapefruit.
2. Shake (shake, shake).
3. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.
4. Top with champagne.
5. Garnish with grapefruit.

Olé & Enjoy ; )


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eats & treats

for Wednesday night oysters & prosecco
Friday night = Champagne + Chantecler
Macroon madness at Nadège
Must try Mexican at Playa Cabana (tested & true)
Must try it Mexican at Grand Electric (next on my ‘to try’ list)
The best grilled cheese you have ever had, courtesy of Cheesewerks
Get your croissants at Clafouti
My go to bistro
And, it’s always my choice for pizza

Bon Appétit!


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haven’s kitchen new york

“Everybody seems to be picking up a wooden spoon these days, and this is probably music to the ears of Alison Schneider, the proprietor of Haven’s Kitchen, a new café, shop, cooking school and event space in a converted carriage house on West 17th Street in New York.

Schneider’s goal in creating Haven’s Kitchen was to spark interest in more and better home cooking. Barely a month after opening the front door, she appears to be well on her way. For starters, the space alone inspires: multi-storied and light-filled, it’s the kind of architectural fantasy that would be created were Soho House and Dean & Deluca to have a Chelsea love child. Half of the ground floor is occupied by a tightly curated shop featuring sustainable provisions (Mast Brothers chocolate, La Boîte à Epice spices, Bellocq tea) and chic, unfussy tableware — as well as a café serving a custom blend of La Colombe coffee and pastries. In the back is an instructional kitchen for recreational cooking classes taught by Haven’s in-house chef and Blue Hill alum, Julia Sullivan, in addition to a rotating roster of guest chefs. March’s offerings include “Brunch for a Crowd” and “The Perfect Picnic” and workshops typically last less than four hours.

Upstairs, a homey salon and dining room are reserved for private events and Haven’s supper and brunch clubs, ticketed meals in which big-name chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune cook for no more than 40 guests, and everyone in the group is invited to help in the meal’s preparation.

Considering that all this goes on under one roof, Haven’s Kitchen is, perhaps surprisingly, just as its name promises: blissfully tranquil. A quality that any visitor to New York, budding chef or otherwise, will no doubt appreciate.”


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I know that it’s been a while since I have posted, but I have been working on my second blog! It’s been a slow process, and still very much a work in progress, but I wanted to share a little bit about it as it starts to take shape.

While I have fallen in and out of my relationship with baking over the years, one thing has always remained the same… the CUPCAKE! The business ideas, and names, and logos may have changed over and over again, but it was always about baking yummy bite-sized cakes.

I have decided to get back into it and I thought that setting up a blog where I could put info on ordering (sorry just in Toronto!) and post interesting items on cupcakes would be a fun idea.

So that’s it in a nutshell, cupcakecait. I’ll be working on it for the next little while, so be patient. But also feel free to check it out as it evolves ;)

nightnight and sweet cupcake dreams!


a sunday well-spent brings a week of content

The weekend is wrapping up. There was some Champagne drinking, however, no dancing on tables. Der and I spent some time getting crafty. Which, in turn, has lead to ideas about setting up shop on Etsy (stay tuned!!). I am obsessed with Tumblr…

night night xx

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