Blog’s 3rd Birthday!

Turns out, today is my blog’s third birthday! I wish I’d remembered earlier, so I would have done something to celebrate (i.e. make a mug cake?). Regardless, I’m glad to have been blogging here for three years. I can’t believe what started as a simple oatmeal photo gallery has blossomed to become a place where I document everything from favourite recipes to my progress in aerial silks/hoop, acrobatics, and yoga. Along the way, I’ve also garnered a better understanding of who I am, what I stand for, and why I do what I love.

Grateful for all of the fabulous foodie blog friendsย who inspire me every day. Grateful for all of the lovely souls who comment to share positivity, encouragement, tips, and jokes. You guys always make me smile idiotically while looking at my screen. ๐Ÿ™‚

School took me from home in BC to Waterloo, then to Toronto. Summer adventures brought me to St-Eustache, Quebec (2014) to Paris, France (2015) to Kathmandu, Nepal (2016). Everything has been such an adventure, and I’m thrilled to keep updating the blog with my explorations.


Alright! On a completely different note, I’ve been looking to get a membership for either the yoga studio, the local dance school, or both! Any thoughts?

I’ve been documenting all the restaurants I’ve been to, and the ethnic cuisine that they serve. Here are the ones I’ve hit in the 3 months of living in Toronto.

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The newest addition to this list was Karelia Kitchen, a Nordic smokehouse in Roncesvalles. They serve Scandinavian brunch, specializing in Finnish food. I started with the Nordic Fog, a unique twist on the London Fog (an Earl Grey tea latte). This was made with Swedish tea, wildflower honey, and steamed milk.

Potato Pancake
hot smoked trout, beet andย horseradish cured
gravlax, poached duckย egg.

YUM! My entree was incredibly flavourful, with a variety of tastes, textures, and temperatures. Plus, runny egg was involved. My favourite bites were the beet and horseradish cured gravlax. Sweet, pungent, salty, and perfectly smoky – I’d come back to buy some gravlax for myself!

Dessert was this entire slice of heirloom carrot cake, which was perfectly soft, melt-in-your mouth, and tangy from the cream cheese icing (not too sweet). I could eat this for days.

Dinner that day was simple – toast with avocado and a runny egg cooked inside a pepper and topped with a new Irish cheese that I found at the grocery store. Lighter dinner because of an unpictured delicious dessert that involved granola, muffin, nut butter, and yogurt. The best!

I am in desperate need for new shoes. These blue guys were a hand-me-down from my little sister (I know) and have been around the world and back. I wear them when I go out casually, even if there’s no running/cycling involved. Comfort comes first, right?

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I’ve been loving eggs so much recently, and I have to give credit to buttered toast and that amazing Irish cheese. I feel like I can never have enough buttered toast.

The view from my house at night! I wish you could all see it live, because I’m not sure if photos do it justice.

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That’s it for today, friends!

40 thoughts on “Blog’s 3rd Birthday!

  1. So sorry this is late, but I wish a wonderful happy third birthday to your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ I unfortunately have to wait until August to celebrate my blog’s third birthday! Must plan on celebration trips… ;D
    Anyhow, a membership at the yoga studio and dance school both sound like so much fun! I bet you’ll have such an amazing experience with the two! Also, your brunch looks absolutely epic! I mean, that slice of chocolatey goodness…just look at that! <3<3 And I can't get enough of whole grain toast in general, especially if there's sun butter and jam involved!!

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  2. Thank you for stopping by The Photo Junkie, because it brought me here. Wow, what an interesting 3rd Birthday post. Congratulations. I especially appreciate the bit about Karelia Kitchen, which is now on my go-to list!

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  3. Happy blogiversary! Thanks for sharing your stories over the last three years! It’s also nice to look back and see what you have accomplished. My cousin lives in Toronto. I visited her a couple of years ago. Toronto is a great city and I hope to visit again soon.

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    1. Yes! I 100% agree. Blogging is like keeping a virtual journal-scrapbook with lots of photos, links, and bits and pieces of inspiration. It’s so much fun to look back and see how much your “voice” and style have changed.

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  4. Happy third birthday!! Thank you so much for the awesome shoutout!! It was a huge surprise to see this morning ^^ I was not expecting it! I’m happy to have stumbled upon your awesome blog, so thank YOU for being here ^^! (That cake is making me so hungry though oh gosh!!)

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  5. Happy 3rd Blog Birthday! Thank you for inspiring us with the post you share. Yoga is great but so is dancing…can you do both? Maybe sign up for the class you feel least experienced in…just a thought. Enjoy which ever you choose ๐Ÿ™‚

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