Saturday, 19 July 2014

Weekend In Niagara On The Lake

 Niagara On The Lake is one of my favourite towns to visit during the Summer Season. The town is located in South Western Ontario near the Niagara River and the famous Niagara Falls. During Spring and Summer, the town just burst with a display of colourful flowers, patios in the restaurants and full of tourists mostly from the United States, Asia and Europe. One of the things I love about the place is that the restaurants in the area offer food from local fresh produce from the Niagara Region including the multi awarded Ontario Wines which are also produced in the area. As we drove on the way to the Town, we passed by many Wineries showcasing rows after rows of their vines plus their variety of fruit farms. Most of the fruits grown here besides the grapes are strawberries, peach, pears and raspberries. Visitors can stop by the Wineries to sample and purchase the wines. There is also Queen Street which is the main street full of restaurants with patios and a variety of shops offering food, fashion and home wares. Before visiting the famous Niagara Falls, stop by Niagara On The Lake to discover so much more. 
 Shaw Cafe is one of the restraurants along Queen Street offering the best food, wine and patio in town. 
 The Prince of Wales Hotel established since 1864 is one of the oldest Hotels in the Niagara On the Lake Region. The hotel is part of the Vintage Hotels Collection in the region. The Hotel offers an elegant Afternoon Tea inside and also a Spa. I will feature another Vintage Hotel in the region in my future post. 
Queen Street is blooming with beds of colourful flowers. 
 Stroll along Queen Street to explore the Shops and restaurants along the way. 
 Window display of some of the shops along Queen Street is this freshly made caramel popcorn. Would you like to try some?
 Above are some freshly baked Canadian Maple Syrup Pecan Butter Tarts and chocolate covered banana on sticks.
 Apple candies covered in chocolate and marshmallows.
 Locals and visitors hanging out in the Restaurant Patios enjoying the local food and wine produced around the Niagara region.
Locals enjoying the Summer sunshine in their convertible Mustangs.

  I am off to a travel adventure this week. Wishing you all a fantastic Weekend! 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Toronto Summerlicious

Chicken Cordon Bleu with french bean salad, sweet onion soubise, mustard caper vinaigrette and smoked bacon jus.

Toronto is buzzing again this past two weeks from July 4th to July 20th with Summerlicious. This is a two weeks food extravaganza with over 100 restaurants around Toronto participating to celebrate our diverse cuisine. The restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at a very affordable price. This is our chance to discover new restaurants and to try high end restaurants at an affordable price. If you are in Toronto, there is still time to try the Summerlicious. Go for it and have fun! 
Ice cream Sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate chip cookie on top, nutella and candied hazelnuts.

For Summerlicious, a group of us visited the classic French Restaurant Auberge Du Pommier to try their three course prix fixe lunch menu. The Auberge Du Pommier is one of the top ten most recommended restaurant for Summerlicious in the Toronto Life  Magazine. For a group of eight, we were impressed by their impeccable service and very knowledgeable staff. Our waitress and staff served us with military precision considering we were quite a large group. As for me, I chose to drink their apricot lavender iced tea, shrimp salad crostini for Appetizer, Chicken Cordon Bleu as main entree and ice cream sandwich for my dessert. Overall, we had fun and enjoyed our food. My friends were happy and impressed with the Restaurant. We will be coming back again to try their Gourmand Menu.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Exotic Shangri-la Boracay Gardens

Last week, we discovered the gardens of the Carmel Mission. Now we travel back here to Boracay, Philippines which I previously featured in my post, Shangri-la Moments in Boracay. The gardens here at the Boracay Shangri-la Resort & Spa are so authentically tropical, exotic and well maintained. The resort employs a fleet of local gardeners who are from the Island of Boracay to take care of these gardens like their own. They know these plants, trees and flowers so intimately. The gardeners maintain them everyday not only for aesthetic purposes but also with preservation of the environment in mind. The gardeners enjoy and takes pride in their work because they are also communing with nature and making an impact in preserving the beauty of their Island of Boracay in the Philippines. 

Everywhere we went, we were surrounded by the Coconut trees and local plants and flowers.
Even the birds likes to hang out around here.

The walkway to the Beach is surrounded by plants and trees.
Shangri-la made sure that their outdoor shower is very chic too. 
I miss relaxing here. 
The sound of the water here is so tranquil.

Stone garden and Banana trees.
A place to relax and socialise is surrounded by water and plants.
I can't resist hanging out here by the Beach.

Have a wonderful and fun Summer Weekend!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rockin Valentino Summer

It's sandals time! Wearing sandals is one of my favourite during the Summer Season. Here is a Valentino sandals that is very pretty either in hot pink or black. It is the rock studs that make it stand out and quite funky. The matching bags below in tan with gold rock studs with the black flat pumps are perfect for Summer too. Make the most of the Summer by wearing sandals with your outfit this Season. 
Valentino Shoes and Bags are available at Holt Renfrew Canada.

Enjoy the Summer! 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Exploring the Carmel Mission

On a visit to California a few years ago, we drove along the Pacific Coast Highway stopping along the major Cities along the Pacific Coast. One of these Cities is Carmel By The Sea where the National Landmark Carmel Mission is located. The Mission is officially known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo which was founded by the Roman Catholic Franciscan Friars, Saint Junipero Serra in 1771 until his death in 1784. These missions were created by the Spanish Roman Catholic Fathers in California as a centre for their Roman Catholic colonization of Western America. To this day, the Carmel Mission is still an active parish and has five Museums. It was worth the visit to see the architecture and the collections which have been preserved since 1771. The gardens were also worth the visit as the flora and fauna planted there were for the California sunny and dry weather. When in Carmel, visit the main street with its luxury shops and also stop by here at the Carmel Mission to sit back for awhile with history and some religious reflection. 
The Bell Tower is original from the 1700s.

 Exotic gardens with some cactus plants around the Mission. 
The garden is surrounded with life size statues of Catholic Saints. 

 The Main Altar and collection of religious items dating from the 1700s.
  Jo Mora Chapel Gallery showcase the Serra Memorial Cenotaph, sculpted in 1924 by Jo Mora made with marble and bronze.
 The huge Munras courtyard surrounded by the Mission Buildings. 
 Mission Buildings were influenced by Mexican and Spanish Architecture.
The Gate and Main Entrance towards the Basilica Church which is a registered National Landmark. 

Happy 4th of July Long Weekend to our American Family and Friends!

Enjoy the Summer Weekend!