There’s nothing that I love more than waking up on a Sunday putting the kids in the car and going to brunch. Something about this ritual feels luxurious. Especially as a parent. You don’t have to mess up your house no cracked eggs on my floor or badly measured coffee and it’s a nice way to end off the weekend. One of our favourite places to go is Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville. Despite feeling like you’re in downtown Toronto on Queen Street this place is very kid friendly and we bring them here all the time. I documented our most recent visit with some images I love. I recommend highly the avocado toast with sweet potato and poached egg (with a side of smoked salmon)! My son particularly love what they call the “fluffy” which is a kid sized hot chocolate. The serve it in a ceramic little mug (brave!). I think it makes him feel really grown up like he’s drinking coffee with mom and dad. If you are in Oakville and need a place which serves the highest quality coffee and delicious and well thought out menu items but also has high chairs you won’t be disappointed. Hot Tip: I bring clients to meetings here when I want to impress them! Happy Brunching xo Dana
Our youngest son is now ONE! I can't believe it and as cliche as it sounds I don't know where the time has gone. It's been such a wonderful year with an incredible kid and I can't wait to watch him grow further. He was born with a little mane of hair and so we call him Leo the Lion affectionately at home. This seemed like a great theme for the party. Being a June baby, this was all supposed to be outdoors but of course it rained and we were all packed inside and bouncy castle had to wait until the rain cleared. It was a little squished but we had a great time. I decided to take the pressure off myself this year and just get all of our food from Costco. I was super impressed with their sandwich trays, they were hearty and easy to serve and then I just paired them with a bunch of their cold salads and made a quick vegetable and fruit tray and voila, food done. I realized that in years past I have done too much and this year was so much more relaxed and social, I think Costco is now my go to for party catering. I also was able to relax because I have extremely talented family members, in particular 2 aunts that are unbelievably crafty and creative that made Leo's showstopping Lion Head Cake and Zebra cupcakes and amazing party favors for the kiddies to take home including hand made Lion stuffies with hilarious tails and tiger tail chocolate pretzels and not to forget the mason jars with animal toppers filled with animal cookies. He's a lucky little boy and we are lucky to have him in our lives.
Wanted to share a very yum and fast lunch I whipped up this week. It was sheer luck but it turned out great and I have to share. I did my usual obligatory stare in the fridge for inspiration. I had some baked salmon, whole wheat rotini and some tomatoes. I sliced up the fresh tomatoes, put some olive oil salt and pepper on a frying pan and got those going until they were just softened, threw in the pasta and salmon and tossed and served. It was really delish!