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La Petite Mort

I recently was making a little trip to the suburbs of Toronto and had a few minutes to spare before getting on the bus. Since I was at Union Station, I decided to stop at the much talked about Union Market. I’ve often passed it while walking around the area but this is the first time I went through the stalls.

It was a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon in the city so am ice cream stand naturally caught. An ice cold sweet treat was sure to be delightful relief. As I walked up to investigate, I noticed the stand had vegan selections clearly highlighted… I was instantly sold. After discussing options for sizes and flavours, the guy behind the glass had sold me a pint of a flavour I wasn’t even considering.

The name of the stall/company was Death in Venice Gelato. I ended up choosing a sorbet of strawberry, juniper and Thai basil.  I had it with my friends later that day for a post BBQ dessert. It was well received and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We made some lemon coconut cookies, and it was a great compliment to the sorbet.

From the first bite you can tell that it’s 100% real fruit. The berries were as decadent as eating the real fruit. The Thai basil was an interesting twist to add in as well. I think it gave the sorbet that “je ne sais quoi” factor that makes new foods memorable. The basil was a good balance between pungent and polite. You could tell it was in there but didn’t stop the other tastes from coming through.

I will say that this wasn’t the best sorbet I’ve ever tasted. I think mint would have been a better choice than Thai basil. However, I am a lot more interested in the brand and trying their other flavours. 

Bright & Comfy

I haven’t bought new shoes in a very long time… mostly because I’m cheap and picky. HA! But my family and friends will tell you how much I really do love shoes. A nice pair of does a whole lot to complete the look of an outfit.

One of my favourite pairs is a set of Vans Surf SF. It’s a great pair for spring/summer to slip on and go. They are also so unbelievably comfortable too! I ended up buying two pairs in different colours a couple of summers ago.

Now that I’ve been shopping to amp up my wardrobe, I find myself thinking about replacing these Vans. Although I’ve seen the model in stores, I can’t seem to find the right colour. I decided to check out the Vans website to see what’s available and found these gems!

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I am madly in love with the bold and bright colours. I also love the striping and prints. The only issue is that I can’t find them in Canada in my size… *insert crying emoji here*. I even checked the Vans store here in downtown Toronto but they did not have this print in this style. And naturally, the Vans website was sold out when I checked.

Maybe it’s not meant to be but a guy can dream, right?

Drink of Choice

Most of my family and friends know that I’m not a big soda drinker. I prefer drinking tea or water and if I really want something sweet, I’ll drink juice. But there are always exceptions to the rule!

I can’t remember when I came across Blue Sky, but I’ve loved it since I first tried it. I like that it uses cane sugar instead of glucose/fructose/artificial sweeteners. It really impacts the taste. Also, the flavours are pretty awesome. My favourite Cherry Vanilla Creme is a yummy take on creme soda. An honourable mention goes to their Jamaican ginger ale, made with real ginger so it still has some kick to it. If it’s been a long day or I simply want to treat myself, this has been my indulgence of choice lately.

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D’ohnuts!

The more I travel, the more I appreciate the vegan eating options Toronto has. Without a doubt, one of my favourites is the Apiecalypse Pizza and Snack bar. The Mac & Charlie pizza is the stuff dreams are made of and the donuts are some of the best in the city.

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Island Life

One of my favourite parts of Toronto is the Island. In the southern part of downtown Toronto, you can take a short ferry ride out to the Toronto Island and get a different (and amazing) view of my hometown.

As soon as the weather warms up, I like to take my fish-eye camera and some film and just roam around. The beaches, water, flowers and boats give endless inspiration for my inner wannabe photographer. Maybe it’s because I love the sun, but sprawling out on the beach and reading a book is always a great way to recharge.

 

a few of my beach essentials

a few of my beach essentials

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario

Simply Badass

I think James Dean is an iconic and textbook definition badass. Part of his signature look is for sure the leather biker jacket. I’ve found myself wanting a similar jacket over the past few years but being a vegan means I won’t buy a leather one and faux leather biker jackets are not always as nice (to be honest).

Since I’m not quite a rebel without a cause, I thought of ways I could modify the look to suit my personality. I came was browsing Zara’s online store and came across this look I really like.

The shirt, shoes, and jeans are all simple. It’s all about the jacket and its embellishments. The detailing on the neoprene sleeves are a fresh take on an old favourite. I even like the zippers on the jacket and think they’re well placed (I prefer buttons).

Maybe this might be a look in my spring/summer wardrobe? We’ll see…

 

 SKINNY JEANS from Zara

biker look from Zara