The best gifts are the products we love, but wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves. These reading socks from Chapters are the perfect example! My mom would never spend $35 on socks, but would she love to receive them as a gift? You bet! Who wouldn’t want luxurious socks to lounge around in, while flipping through the latest Nora Roberts novel?
Many of my Toronto Series posts will feature food and cool places to eat. I can’t help it! Toronto has such an abundance of delicious restaurants, and we are known for our multicultural landscape. On any given day you could eat a French cassoulet, then chow down on a spicy roti, cross the street and get poutine, and then wash it all down with bubble tea. I don’t recommend trying it all at once. But it makes me very happy to know that it’s an option
Today, I’m featuring Italian cuisine. One of my favourite Italian spots in Toronto – Via Cibo! This restaurant serves Italian “street food”, in a fast and fresh set up. When you enter the restaurant, you place your order right away at the counter instead of being seated first. The kitchen is open, and you can watch as the chefs expertly roll out your pizza or cook your pasta. You pay right away, and then take a number to your seat and wait for your meal to be brought to you. I like it! It’s a casual dining experience with high quality food.
One thing I truly appreciate about Via Cibo is that it’s reliably good. Azim and I actually go once or twice a month, and our favourite dishes include their pesto linguine, the ossobuco poutine (HEAVEN),and the pollo balsamico piadina. They also always have seasonal menu items, which you would be remiss if you didn’t try. Last winter they had a white pizza with butternut squash, which I think I went back for three times. I should petition that they bring it back!
I wore this outfit last weekend when it was 15 degrees. Yes, you read that correctly. It was 15 degrees in the middle of November! It’s been an unseasonably warm autumn everywhere it seems – my lovely friend in Stockholm sent me a snapchat this weekend informing me that it was the first day there below zero! Almost unheard of for this time of year, but we’re not complaining are we Linda ?
I was happy to wear a light blouse with just a vest layered on top, and of course lots of bright colours! I think the hot pink silk and blue tweed go very well against the backdrop of fallen leaves.
I think the warmest days are now behind us. This weekend I had to break out the parka, and I think I even saw some snow… I’m ok with it now, with Christmas around the corner – but come January I will not be so pleasant!
Have a great week ahead!
Shirt – Joe Fresh / Vest – 525 America / Skirt – J.Crew Factory / Necklace – J.Crew / Shoes – Stella McCartney / Bag – Alexander Wang
As fun as making wish lists and shopping can be, I always try to find ways to give back or pay it forward during the holidays. Isn’t that what the spirit of the season is all about ?
Today I’ve rounded up 5 of my favourite ways to give back – some are as easy as the click of a button, but all are guaranteed to give you that mushy-do-gooder feeling inside, and more importantly, they will make someone else’s day too.
Wow, I think this is my first recipe post on Jocelyn Caithness!
My love of baking is surpassed only by my love of eating carbohydrates, which means that baking is a fairly satisfying hobby. I’ll try to share some more recipes, especially as the holiday season approaches.
For now, I’ll share my Nutella Banana Bread recipe. I took a standard banana bread recipe, swapped out a few ingredients, and subbed in Nutella. I’ve written down “1/3 cup” for the Nutella measurement, but if you’re a little generous with the scooping I won’t tell anyone!
This loaf turned out to be deliciously dense, moist (sorry for everyone who hates that word!), and chocolatey. If you prefer your banana bread to be banana-y, this probably isn’t for you. But if you like eating dessert for breakfast, then go forth with this recipe, and I salute you!
Let me know if you have any baking requests in the comments below xox