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Le Gourmand Cafe
Toronto, ON

Why yes, I do like pretty places with pastries and a good cup of caramel hot chocolate. :)

Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, ON

Photoset from yesterday’s 7 km run. Whether its around the hills of Calgary or within the streets of downtown Toronto, running never fails me. It cleared my mind for a good hour. I also saw this small crew gathered on the dock that reminded me of how working on a cruise ship was one of my dreams a few years ago. My mom wasn’t into the idea because I’d probably be away for months but I seriously didn’t mind. I wanted to be away. Life on land is too complicated and consuming. It’s a race, and there are too many responsibilities. I prefer being out in the water. You are simply there, in the middle of something endless and unchangeable. It doesn’t judge, expect nor impose anything; you are who you’re supposed to be.

Sliced Gourmet
Toronto, ON

School Bakery and Café
Toronto, ON

Via Cibo
Calgary, AB

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cloud9 Specialty Bakery

Cocoa-Vanilla Buttercream Frosting adapted from Add A Pinch’s Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • salt

In a bowl or a stand mixer, beat sugar and softened butter until it turns pale and into a cream-like texture (about 3 minutes). Add in milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Keep mixing until you get a frosting consistency. It should be smooth but if you were stubborn like me and didn’t sift the powders, then you will get a lumpier frosting. :P

It’s all about that crisp. 

Everyday details. 

Herbert Lake
Jasper, Alberta, Canada

The quote “It’s about the the journey, not the destination.” has never been more true. We only stumbled upon this beauty in Jasper, passing by the right place at the right time, but it was the highlight of our trip.

Glacier Skywalk
Jasper, Alberta, Canada