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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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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 ; )

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atlas assortment no.10

It feels like it’s been a while! I am just home from an exciting/exhausting week in Vegas for work, and looking forward to a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon. I was able to spend yesterday getting pedi’s, shopping, and dining @ Grand Electric with my sisters which was such a lovely treat! Gosh, I have also been on a bit of a shopping streak lately so better to just browse and window-shop atlas assortments for me right now ; )

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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

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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.” agenda.tablethotels.com

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cupcakecait

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!

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british pizza at union jacks

“Cuddly Jamie Oliver is knocking out restaurants at the sort of rate a normal chef knocks out omelettes, no sooner had he established his premium-chain of Italian restaurants, than he was collaborating with American BBQ expert Adam Perry Lang on the Tom Dixon designed Barbecoa. Perpetuating the notion that he’s acquiring multi-million pound chains as frequently as he debuts television shows and accompanying cookbooks, his latest enterprise follows his latest theme; good, honest British grub. On pizzas.

Sure, Union Jacks is a potentially divisive concept – Worcestershire sauce braised oxtail pizza (well, he calls them ‘flats’) is enough to give any Italian a heart attack – but the interiors, courtesy of award-winning agency Blacksheep – are where the Brit-theme really takes shape. With unabashed tongue-in-cheek nostalgia, the design concept offers up tea-cosies, vintage tellies and 1950s colour palettes, all centered around the retro cinema-board menu and open kitchen. It’s not big, and it’s not clever – but it’s bloody good fun and, most importantly, it looks a treat…” Weheart.com

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take five, on the cheap

“We can live without the expense account lunches, the trophy wines and the $900 Louboutins”… but don’t ask us to give up our weekend getaways (or the Louboutins)! After saving and spending it all over the last month, here are a few budget friendly trips via Torontolife.com that might float your boat ; )

night night xx

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macaron and the city: moroco

Last Saturday we went to MoRoCo to try the first macarons in the challenge. They all looked so good and with many interesting flavors it was hard to choose just one! We ended up with a box of 6; chocolate, pistachio, raspberry (my fav), salted caramel, pumpkin spice and vanilla. They were very good. Not too chewy or sweet. The filling was a very soft buttercream. They did not last long.

MoRoCo is a cute place too! Opening in September 2008, they tout themselves as a full service lounge with a variety of ‘table service’ options for dinner, desserts and drinks. With a French inspired menu they specialize if afternoon tea, brunch and desserts. They even have a DJ in the evenings from Thursday to Saturday.

The first thing I thought with I walked in was that it would be a great spot for a girls brunch or tea for a celebration like a wedding or baby shower. Very cute place, I’ll definitely be going back.

have a lovely sunny saturday xx

travel insider: plum sykes on the hamptons


Which three words sum up the Hamptons?

Suburban beach heaven.

Best time of day?
The mid-morning stroll along the sand after a breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup from the Princess Diner (32 Montauk Highway, Southampton).

Favourite hangout?
Drinking ice-cold, home-made lemonade at the Clam Shack on the Route 27 Highway is bliss. Or tea with interior designer Daniel Romualdez at his clifftop cottage in Montauk – heaven!

How many times have you been?
More times than I can remember.

Favourite holiday ritual?
Cycling down to the sea, abandoning my flip-flops at the water’s edge and diving straight in for a swim.

Ideal travelling companion?
A nanny for my kids!

What would you bring back?
An assortment of fabulous T-shirts bought at J Crew in East Hampton.

Late nights or early mornings?
Early mornings and early to bed – but only after watching the fireflies glittering on the lawn during dinner.

via Harpers Bazaar

new york new york

new york

Favorite New York Moment: Do I have to name just one?… falling in love with a city for the first time, living on my own (with bff Lauren Scruton) for a summer while attending Parsons, getting engaged and celebrating with my family at Balthazar…

Where to stay: The next hotel that I want to stay at in Manhattan (we generally try to check out something new every second or third visit) is the Crosby Street Hotel. A member of Firmdale Hotels, and their first property outside of London, it is situated on a quiet cobbled street in the heart of New York’s vibrant SoHo neighbourhood between Prince and Spring. It is comprised of 86 bedrooms and suites over 11 floors, each with high ceilings, full length windows and individually designed (no two are alike!)

Where to eat: Well there are plenty of restaurants that I could recommend but my tried, tested and true favorite has to be the Stanton Social. Close runners up include …

Clandestine Mexican: La Esquina
Hotel bar:  The Smyth Hotel – Plein Sud
Busy bistro: Balthazar
Italian in the Meat Packing District: Nero D’Avola
Greenwich Village:  August
Champagne served in the bathroom: Beauty & Essex
Cupcakes: Babycakes
Back alley LES: Freemans
Williamsburg brunch: Egg

What to bring: If you’re heading to the big apple during the cooler season you’ll need a comfortable pair of boots, warm jacket, light vest, mix & match pieces and some party dresses!

sweet dreams xx

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