Work Lunch Ideas: Quesadillas | Veggie Mushrooms

I used to dread making lunch for school or work simply because of time constraints. It was easier to put some leftovers from the night before into a container and voila. However, I have recently started making a fresh meal in the morning before my class on Thursdays. The class isn’t until 1pm so I have all the time in the morning to experiment with ingredients and Pinterest the recipes. The food tastes fresh and its also a little triumph for the week. Today I’m going to share with you what I made last week and this week which looks like complicated stuff, but it really shouldn’t take more than 20-40min to make.

Stuffed Veggie Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms sounds like a complicated recipe already but I was so happy to learn that it’s basically impossible to mess this one up (which is golden for me). Although I list the ingredients below, you can really customize the recipe to your liking. The mushrooms also shrink when you put them in the oven so its always a safe bet to make more than you think you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Mushrooms of your choice
  • Parsley
  • 1 Pepper
  • 1 Green onion
  • 1/4 cup graded cheddar cheese
  • Meat of your preference: I used steak
  • Olive oil

Step 1:

Finely cut up the pepper, onion, and the meat. Carve out the stem of the mushroom and cut it up as well. Place some butter onto the skillet and let it sit until it begins to lightly sizzle. Place the cut up ingredients onto the skillet and saute.

Step 2:

Peal off the outer layer of the mushrooms and rub olive oil over the outer layer. Place them on parchment paper and the cooking sheet.

Step 3:

Stuff the mushrooms with the ingredients off the skillet and sprinkle the graded cheddar cheese and parsley. Place into the oven at 400C for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Take it out of the oven and let the mushrooms sit for a few minutes before serving.


Pepper Quesadillas 

I really enjoy getting quesadillas whenever the opportunity arises but I’m usually disappointed by the amount of oil that rolls down my hands and the explosion of vegetables that fall out. So instead I decided to make these myself. After a 10pm Shoppers Drug Mart run to get some tortillas, I was ready to try this out myself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tortilla
  • 1 Pepper
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • Meat of your preference: I used kovbasa
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of spinach

Step 1:

I started off by cutting up the pepper into thin strips, the kovbasa and garlic into small cubes, and cutting thin slices of cheddar cheese. Afterwards, I threw the pepper, garlic, and the kovbasa onto the skillet along with the spinach. Saute for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2:

Fill half the tortilla with the sauted ingredients and cover with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and place back on the skillet for 3-5 min on medium heat before flipping it over for another 3 min.

Step3:

Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and while its still relatively warm, cut it into three triangles. I found that while its fresh off the skillet, it is easiest to cut and nothing comes out of the quesadilla itself.


And there you have it! Minimum ingredients and time. Let me know if you will be making these recipes at home. Also, I would love to read about your favourite work/school lunch ideas. Always looking for some inspiration. 

~Kisses, Kvitka~

 

 

 

 

 

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Fika Cafe Review

Rochelle and I have recently visited the Fika cafe in Kensington Market and it has quickly grown to be a favourite. You can call it love at first sight almost. We had amazing company and of course our cafe expert Rachel (you can check out her gorgeous Instagram @cafecatalogue) has recommended this place to us. Aside from getting our photos done, together for the first time, we had a blast catching up with our friends. Here is a quick overview of Fika and maybe you can make time to visit this cozy cafe too.


LT Rating: Food: 8/10 | Atmosphere: 10/10 Decor: 10/10 | Seating wait time: 7.5/10 | Meal wait time: 10/10 | Prices: $$ | Must go, Average, Poor review: Must go  


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Atmosphere- 28 Kensington Ave. 


If you enjoy cute shops to photograph, this is the place for you. Aside from an open concept layout, bright colours, and cozy seating, I cannot begin to describe the wall of books. On the opposite wall, you are free to draw with chalk or sit down in the little nooks to read. There is a comfortable outdoor patio with a hammock and a couch in the front yard. With fresh flowers on every table, this is definitely a very laid back, relaxing atmosphere.

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Menu- $$


Although the food can get a tinge pricy, borderline, I really enjoyed my breakfast sandwich. You can never go wrong with bacon, eggs, and lots of butter. Some of my friends opted for salad options and avocado toast which was definitely envied. Iced coffee is a must, especially because the cup is not filled with ice half way (you know what I’m talking about). Being a cafe, the pastries and drink menu was plentiful with prices ranging on average at $4-6.

I would like to hear from you:
Have you been to Fika? Will you be paying it a visit?

~Kisses, Kvitka~

Breakfast Must Haves- Healthy & Simple

Starting the morning off with breakfast is an absolute must for me. No matter how late I may be running, there is always time for an on the go breakfast. I also like to keep my breakfast the healthiest meal of the day (not that I indulge in fast food all the other times haha). I hope you feel inspired by these simple breakfast go-to ideas and incorporate these healthy ingredients in your routines.

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To those of you whom don’t like breakfast, here are some benefits that I’m hoping might get you to consider having a light snack in the morning.

  • More energy means more strength to conquer workouts
  • Concentration and creativity levels increase in the morning
  • Improve your cognition in relation to memory with breakfast
  • Lowers the chance for heart decease and diabetes


#1 Yogurt Parfait


Recently, I have noticed that breakfast smoothies with fruit have been the thing. As I detest using my at home blender unless I have committed to making smoothies for the whole family, I prefer yogurt instead. Add a cup of yogourt and mix in dried fruits, cranberries, walnuts etc. It tastes heavenly.

Benefits of yogurt:

  • Yogurt is rich in vitamin D and calcium
  • Use it as a face mask as it contains lactic acid, smoothes skin (wink wink)
  • Perfect snack after a workout

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#2 Waffles and Fruit 


I like to indulge on either home made waffles or store bought and spice them up by adding almond butter on top, with a mixture of fruit. Although waffles may not be the healthiest option in the morning, it is definitely justified in my mind with a load of cut up fruits. My favourite combinations are blue berries, bananas, and mango.

Benefits:

  • Banana benefits: rich in potassium, perfect before workout snack, lowers blood pressure
  • Blue berries: fiber lowers cholesterol, rich in folate, vitamin C
  • Mango: clears skin, lowers cholesterol

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#3 Pancakes   


When I saw this recipe in a video, I knew I had to give it a try. These pancakes turned out to be amazing. To be honest, I actually prefer them over the traditional pancake recipe and I have peace of mind because this is a healthy alternative. You can find the recipe in this video (its the first one). They also are a lot quicker to make.

Something that I really want to try incorporating in my meals are chia and flex seeds. I am looking into purchasing a package of each and adding them on top of whatever I am munching on, especially smoothies and the yogurt parfait.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found the ideas interesting. Let me know what you like to have for breakfast as I am always looking to try something new.

~Kisses, Kvitka~

Best Brownie Recipe (Proven)

It all began with a huge jar of Dutch process cocoa with which I had no idea what to do. This is a very different cocoa that changes recipes by a surprising amount. So one night craving brownies and wanting to use up the three month old jar, I discovered this recipe by Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet and adapted by Smitten Kitchen. I tried it once and immediately raved about it to all my friends. I even participated in a brownie contest at work and won, quite uncontested. 


Right off the bat, this isn’t your regular brownie. It’s gooey, delicious, decadent and bittersweet. The almost impossible rich chocolatey-ness comes from the Dutch Process Cocoa which I’m buying again and again (it takes a long time to use up because you get so much flavor from much less quantity). Read on for the recipe. Word of warning, the quantities specified are for a small batch that may be surprisingly little when you do finish baking. I multiplied the ingredients by three for three batches of the brownies for the contest today and had no problems! So multiply accordingly.

Ingredients:

-3/4 cups plus 2 tbsps Dutch process cocoa (or natural cocoa)

-140 grams of unsalted butter

-1/4 tsp salt

-1 cup and 1/4 cup sugar

Microwave all of these ingredients. 1 min or less will suffice depending on how soft the butter is. Stir until the ingredients are well dissolved. Note: it’ll be a little grainy but that’s perfectly normal!

-1/2 tsp of pure Vanilla Extract

-2 eggs that are cold

Mix all the above into the chocolate mixture. Stir well after each egg!

-1/2 cup flour

Divide into parts and use some elbow grease to stir this into the above mixture. I prefer a wooden spoon over a spatula simply because the metal handle of my spatula is rather painful to hold after a minute or two of folding this mixture. Wooden handles are easier to hold and are sturdier!

* Add two crushed handfuls crushed walnuts or pecans to the batter if you like!

Preheat your oven to a hot 375 degrees (F) and line your pan with parchment paper. I use a small round cake tin but any pan will do. I recommend a medium sized pan!

Bake for 20-25 min. Don’t worry if your toothpick comes out a little wet. Let the brownie cool for 45 min. Wait until fully cooled before cutting into little pieces.

Dust some cocoa powder over the brownies, serve with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of caramel for a decadent dessert or unhealthy Sunday breakfast! It was a huge hit at work and with the family. Plus it’s so easy to whip up!

Try it out and let me know what you think! Personally I doubt I’ll be turning away from this recipe. It’s a new tried and tested favourite!


Until next time,

Rochelle

 

Chocolate Cake Tiramisu with Bailey’s Salted Caramel Irish Cream!

This Easter weekend I decided to experiment for our family dinner dessert. My sister and I are in charge of cooking for all holiday dinners and I wanted to treat my family to something special. I like to think of this recipe as my very own baby because I created it from three other recipes. Read on for a delicious and easy dessert!

  

Ingredients:

-One chocolate cake cut in two horizontally–I used a pre-made Betty Crocker one which saved me time and money!

-Brew a cup of strong coffee (Less than a cup is fine tbh)

-Alcohol–I used 3/4 Bailey’s Salted Caramel Irish Cream and 1/4 Kahlua

-Marscarpone 475g

-Two eggs with yolks and whites separated

-1/3 Sugar

-Cocoa Powder–I used Dutch process cocoa powder and it worked fine

Process = 40 min including cake | Serves 4-6 people

Prep:

Bake your cake and while it’s in the oven, get started on brewing your coffee. Let it cool. You’ll need three bowls. One for the coffee, one for the egg whites and one for the marscarpone. Mix the yolks and sugar together until it’s a pretty yellow and the sugar has dissolved well. Add the marscarpone to the yolks. Whisk the egg yolks until it’s super frothy and it has peaks when you take out your whisk. Add the whites to the marscarpone. Add 1/4 of the Bailey’s to it and your marscarpone is ready.

Now that the coffee has cooled, add the remaining 2/4 Bailey’s and 1/4 Kahlua’s to it. This makes the coffee stronger and adds tons of flavour/kick. You’ll find that there may be excess coffee mix but I highly recommend relaxing and drinking it once the tiramisu is in the fridge! 😘

If your cake’s done, let it cool down and then cut in half. You’ll need a deeper dish for the soaking. Soak the 1st half with some of the coffee mix.You don’t want it soggy but it should get wet and soft. Do NOT soak the next cake layer yet because it needs to be firm enough to be moved later on. Ladle and spread the marscarpone mixture onto the 1st layer.

Place the next cake layer on top and repeat the process. When the second layer of marscarpone is on, use a sifter to dust cocoa powder on the top.

Cover up the dish and leave your tiramisu in the fridge overnight. You can freeze your leftovers for a delish ice cream-like snack later!

Tips: You can make a Nutella chocolate cake instead! Or use lady-finger biscuits (savoiardi biscuits) for a tried and tested tiramisu version. You can use original Bailey’s or any other Irish/French cream but I think Bailey’s Salted Caramel adds a delicious twist. Have fun and be creative with this! 

This recipe was a huge hit with the family and I hope it works for you too! The two recipes I based this one on was Nigella Lawson’s Irish Cream Tiramisu and Metro’s Chocolate Tiramisu. Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!


Until next time,

Rochelle 

Flatulence and Global Warming

Here’s something no one ever talks about: farts. Why talk about it now? Because studies over the past eight years have proved that gas from cattle actually makes a big impact on global warming. Whether you believe in global warming or not, you have to admit that the impact of cattle breeding over the years is extremely significant. Most humans love meat and dairy. The food industry, obviously, reflects those choices. 


The Scientific American reports that “according to a 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), our diets and, specifically, the meat in them cause more greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, and the like to spew into the atmosphere than either transportation or industry“. Obviously it isn’t just gas that is the contributing factor to global warming. In fact, the pastures and land the livestock take up has increased over the years in response to an ever increasing population and demand for meat. Reports over the years have discussed the conditions cattle have been raised in and the diets they are fed. Many of these reports have been uncomplimentary.

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However, this isn’t an article to dissuade the eating of dairy products and meat. In fact, farmers and their livelihoods are extremely important. But with the new Paris Climate  Conference’s goal of keeping temperature below 2 degrees (Celsius), preferably at 1.5 degrees, discussing the primary causes of climate change is necessary. If it is indeed us who influence the food industry with our choices, then is it not up to us to influence the food industry in a way that promotes sustainable choices?

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What can you do? 

Option 1. Give up eating meat… (Lol, like that’s going to happen. Mama loves her burgers and wine/cheese nights).

Option 2. Cut down eating meat to a reasonable amount. Personally, I’m all for this plan. The Global Citizen recently published this poll to estimate how many people would be down to pay a tax on meat. A surprising 80% of people would be okay with meat taxation!

Option 3. Make eco-conscious choices. This option can be take with Option 2 because being healthy and intelligent can indeed go hand in hand.

In the end, we’re all striving for a sustainable world where we all get what we want and live happily ever after. I highly recommend making good decisions and understanding the consequences of the choices you make!


Opinions/comments? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Until next time,

Rochelle

Christmas Cookie Recipe for your Holiday Sweet-tooth

I am the first to admit to having an uncontrollable holiday sweet-tooth especially when all the goodies go on sale after the holidays. This is my season to splurge on candy and then work relentlessly at the gym afterwards. However, I found an alternative – homemade cookies where you know the ingredients going in and of course they are a must for any holiday themed party. Here are my tips and tricks.

Preparation: 20min | Bake: 15min | Difficulty level: Medium | Serving: 10

 


Ingredients:

egg | 1/3 cup vegetable oil | apples | 1 teaspoon vanilla extract | 2 cups al purpose flour | 1/2 cup walnuts | 3/4 teaspoon baking soda | 1/2 teaspoon baking powder | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 3/4 cup chocolate chips | 1 teaspoon cinnamon


 


  
♦ Beat: egg, oil, and sugar until smooth. Cut the apples into small cubes and add them into the mixture with the vanilla extract until well blended.

♦ Dry ingredients: in a different bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, chocolate chips and the walnuts.

♦ Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until well blended.

♦ Using two spoons, create small circles on the baking sheet. Make sure they are well spaced out. Bake at 350C for 20 min or until golden brown.

Voila, your holiday themed cookies are ready for the party!

What is your holiday go to recipe?


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-Kisses, Kvitka-

Happy Holidays  

 

Chocolate Pretzels for the win

Best present for any occasion? That would be chocolate pretzels! Super easy to make, delicious and makes for excellent stocking stuffers or small gifts.

Buy chocolate chips and throw a couple handfuls in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for max 50 secs, stirring halfway through. Mix the chips throughly until all the chips are melted.

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You can use either pretzel sticks, which I prefer, or regular pretzels. Place a sheet of wax paper upon a wooden board. Twirl your pretzel in the chocolate bowl, swirling the excess chocolate on the edge of the bowl. Carefully lay the stick on the wax paper. Repeat the steps until you have enough pretzels!

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See? Easy enough and you can do it while binge watching Downton Abbey, Parks and Rec or OUAT!

G’luck with your Christmas gifting! Any other easy gift ideas? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


Merry Christmas,

Rochelle

 

Breakfast Envy: Guilty Pleasure Frittata

My guilty pleasure are scrambled eggs for breakfast. However, this meal can get boring after the second week which is why I have been on a search for some new and refreshing ideas to reinvent the classic scrambled eggs recipe. Here is my take on a frittata which was inspired by the post on Cupcakes and Cashmere. Get your aprons ready and lets begin.  

Preparation time: 20 min | Difficulty level: Low to Medium | Serving: 4

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 Ingredients: 

6 eggs | 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes | 1/3 green onion | 1/2 cup cucumber | 1/4 cup cheese


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Cut up the tomatoes, cucumber, and green onion. On a baking sheet, drizzle some olive oil and place the veggies into the oven for 20 min at a temperature of 300C.

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In the meantime, crack the eggs and whisk the eggs in circular motions.

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After taking out the veggies, place them on a buttered pan and begin stirring. Add the egg mixture.

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Place the pan into the oven for 20 min at a temperature of 300C.

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After you have taken the pan out of the oven, while the frittata is still hot, drizzle some cheese on top.

Voila, your frittata is ready! Its a perfect breakfast food that you will devour instantly.

What do you like to add to your frittata’s? 


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~Kisses, Kvitka~

Dinner in the Dark

This weekend, Kvitka and I (along with a six of our friends) decided to try out O’Noir for her birthday dinner. The restaurant boasts a setting that allows diners a look into the world of the visually impaired. Essentially diners eat in the dark and by dark, I mean as dark as the inside of a closet on a dark night. Creepy but accurate IMHO. 


Right from the start, let me just say that I loved the experience. As a claustrophobic person it took a great deal to get adjusted to total and utter darkness but once I heard other tables across the room, I realized that this was the same as any other dining room (except for the no lights thing). The procedure was to order ahead of time in a dimly lit sitting room that was decorated in a very gothic or darker style. Whatever it was, the decor worked really well for the restaurant.

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Our blind server, Dave, then led us into the dining area and assured us there were no steps or cell phones allowed. He was very nice and comforting especially because the darkness was such a shock to us all. After being seated he brought us our water and a bread. We proceeded to wait for half an hour before those who ordered appetizers received them. Only three out of the 8 of us ordered starters.

Then the wait continued until the drinks arrived and then, after an hour and a forty five minutes we finally had our mains delivered. Warning: I was really very hungry and so were the others which is a factor that might have clouded our judgement of the food. I have a sneaking suspicion that the food was quite mediocre but I just devoured it. I ordered the surprise main but it turns out that the surprise main is just another main from the menu that they select for you.

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Knives and forks have no real place in O’Noir. The rule is, what you can’t stab with your fork, grab with your fingers. This means we were eating with our hands at a fancy restaurant, something we all found amusing and very fun. The desserts arrived quite quickly after and I have to say, my chocolate mousse was delicious. During the wait time the whole room joined us in singing Happy Birthday to Kvitka and the later, to another person at another table. Dave then joined us during dessert to lead us in singing to the two birthday girls again which means by the end of the night, we had sung the birthday song three times to the same two people. By the time we left, it was about ten in the night. This isn’t too bad until you remember that we made reservations for 6:45 in the evening.

Overall it was a really amazing experience but not one I think I’ll repeat again. For what it’s worth, I thought Dave was an excellent server and a really nice person. I also empathize a lot more with the visually impaired. But the wait times are a real killer and I honestly would prefer to pay the same prices elsewhere and get my food a little faster.


Have you ever been to O’Noir or tried anything like it? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Rochelle

How to have a five star dining experience?

Recently I traveled to Washington DC and it was quite an eye opening experience. Fine, foreign cuisine is perhaps one of the highlights of any vacation and the  temptation to scavenge the hot spots in your destination is tempting. On the other hand, the pleasure of traveling can be cut short when you fall victim to an upset stomach. Over the years, I have gathered some tips and tricks for having the most fulfilling cuisine experience while traveling, here we go. 

  

Adjusting Period 


Slow down – when visiting a foreign country, I give myself time to adjust to the country’s native cuisine. While I enjoy embracing tradition, your body needs to adjust to the added spices, new ingredients, or flavors.

Bloating – when I’m feeling like an inflated balloon, a small bowl of soup and easily digestible foods like fruits and veggies are my go to remedies. Also, if your immune system is down, using easily digestible and familiar foods is a great way to regain energy strength.

     

Fine Cuisine 


Countryside – one of the rewarding parts about traveling is the cultural exposure. The best way to familiarize yourself with foreign cuisine is to travel outside of the bounds of major tourist hot spots. The countryside maintains traditions tightly and chances are that your meals will be crafted by old, authentic recipes.

Worthy mention  after my transition period, I feel confident choosing a traditional meal, usually where the ingredients are not familiar to me. This sounds like a formula for disaster; however, this technique encourages me to branch out and try foods which are not easily back at home.

Strangers – local citizens are your keys to having the perfect dining experience. Try making time for small talk with local citizens in between your tours and museum visits. While travel guidebooks are an option, you are missing out on great conversation and tips. 

Where have you traveled recently?  


I hope you enjoyed this post and will find your travel transition period much easier and enjoyable. To stay in touch with recent posts and join the community, subscribe to our mailing list. 

    ~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

A $4.95 meal never tasted better

We have yet another review coming your way, this time around, its a student social hot spot. If you are a student, you know a thing or two about budgeting, saving, and smart shopping. When the wallet constraints tighten; looking for coupons and markdowns make you feel like you are partaking in an episode of “Survival”, student edition. This time around, we decided to give El Furniture Warehouse where every meal is $4.95 a try. It was quite a roller coaster. 


LT Rating: Food: 8/10 | Presentation: 8/10 | Decor: 10/10 | Seating wait time: 9/10 | Meal wait time: 6/10 | Prices: $$ | Must go, Average, Poor review: Must go


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Atmosphere: 


Just like the roller coaster, there is a gradual climb to the top which translates into the long line up and anticipation of getting seated. Although the line was lengthy (who doesn’t like a meal for $4.95), it moves fairly quickly with average waiting time being 10-15min depending on the time of day you arrive. Keep in mind, after 7pm, one of the guests must be of legal drinking age.

Inside, the setting is very laid back with comfortable seats, rustic details, and dim lighting, resembling a wooden cabin. Music always makes the atmosphere livelier and fills in the silence to any conversation; however, I found myself shouting during a conversation instead. Although you get accustomed to the loudness, a sore throat or a tear to your personal space bubble may be a consequence.

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Food:


Quickly glancing over the menu, the options are boundless with anything from tacos, to salads, wraps, and burgers. On a full stomach, I ordered a Quinoa and Green Apple Salad and I must admit that I have never had so much quinoa to devour in my life. Being envious of my friend’s meal which was an absolutely delightful wrap, my pick of the night could not match despite it’s aesthetics factor. The portions are medium to large and quite filling although the price of drinks (if you are of legal drinking age) will definitely surpass the pricing bracket.

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Helpful Tips:


  • The music is loud, sneak a seat in the outside patio
  • Don’t order the Quinoa and Green Apple Salad unless you are a devout quinoa lover
  • After 7pm, at least one member of your party must be of legal drinking age
  • Be prepared to wait in a line up
  • All meals are $4.95

If you want to pay El Furniture Warehouse a visit, here is a link: http://warehousewhis.ca/#!


What restaurants have you visited recently? Leave your suggestions in the comments and we might just try them out for out next blog meeting. In the mean time, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for more on our (mis)adventures and interests.

~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

Smoothies Reinvented

Picture8 Picture9Picture10Picture11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the past two months I have been on a smoothie kick, using organic fruits and vegetables to juice up some healthy treats before getting cozy with a book. My daily intake includes a multitude of fruits and veggies rather than just a single apple or a handful of grapes during the day. This 8 minute routine will come in really handy for on the go mornings and of course make your sweet tooth crave organic food. 

Preparation time: 3 min | Blending time: 5 min | Difficulty level: Low | Serving: 4

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Ingredients: 

1 cup kale | 1 avocado | 1 banana | 1/2 cup raspberries and blackberries | peach | 1 green apple | 2.5 cups carrot juice | Blender


Enjoying a healthy meal or a snack is problematic when the world of processed foods is so much more quick, accessible, and inexpensive. This recipe however, will prove that making your healthy drink does not need to feel like a chore. Enjoy drinking your delicious smoothie on the go or at home while yielding a combination of health benefits from the ingredients you’ve selected.

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Simply add all your ingredients and blend away. You will know to stop blending when there are no solid chunks of fruits and veggies in your smoothie. The thickness can be regulated with the amount of juice you add to your serving. Do you have smootie recipes we can try out?

What’s in your Mouth?


  • Kale— one of the most nutrient rich veggies, high source of vitamin C and K
  • Avocado– source of fiber needed for metabolic health, lowers cholesterol
  • Banana– rich source of potassium needed for heart health
  • Peach– contents of vitamin A and C which are essential for healthy skin
  • Apple– reduces cholesterol, high contents of vitamin C and fiber

What essential ingredients do you add to your smoothies?


I really hope you enjoyed this post and will be trying out this recipe next time you’re craving fruits. Subscribe to our mailing list to stay in touch with future posts.

~ Kisses, Kvitka ~

Game Night Reinvented

I envision a table with five different types of forks and knives, dim lights, overpriced wine, and awkward silence while everyone is munching on their food. Although this scenario can receive a nomination for “Most Boring Plot Line Ever,” your dinner party, staff social, or date night doesn’t have to be. We introduce you to a game board cafe– Snakes and Lattes. Recently, I visited Snakes and Lattes and I cannot wait to go again!


LT Rating: Food: 8/10 | Decor: 6/10 | Board game selection: 10/10 | Seating wait time: 4/10 | Meal wait time: 10/10 | Prices: $$ | Must go, Average, Poor review: Must go | Fun? Absolutely 


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One thing I like more than movie night is game night. Although with a limited collection of Monopoly, Bingo, Checkers, and Battleship, I prefer the experts at Snakes and Lattes to endorse me in the world of board games. With a small $5 entrance fee, you are welcome to choose any board games of your choice for endless hours of fun.

Board Games:


The staff at Snakes and Lattes are board game experts it feels with a collection of board games from A – Z. You name it and they have it, anything from Balderdash to Cranium Party to even Exploding Kittens. The games are based on categories which are suitable for all age groups and include categories such as strategy, trivia, children, party etc. If you are unsure of what to choose, like myself, just ask for a recommendation, you won’t be disappointed.

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Food:


Being a proud foodie, I was satisfied to learn that Snakes and Lattes also provides a menu which includes desserts like waffles and brownies, lattes, sandwiches, and salads. You will find that you need to refuel frequently during intense gaming. Upon ordering, the meal was ready in no time, the portions were medium to large, and the food itself– fresh and delicious. The pricing for food corresponded to portions, for lattes ranging from $3- $5 and for sandwiches $8- $12.

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Atmosphere:


The atmosphere at Snakes and Lattes really depends on you and your company, choose wisely. It is a very hip location and although the decor is very simple, you can find a lot of wall art which really spices up the space and gives it a cozier feel. The cafe stays open very late and the only downside are really long wait times. On numerous occasions, we had to go for a walk around the neighborhood before we could finally be seated. However, once you’re in, it is endless fun with no time constraints.

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Here is a link for more information: Snakes and Lattes Game Board Cafe


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Kisses,

~ Kvitka ~

Healthy Lunches Rethought

Mornings are made for those energetic, on the go people but for those of you who, like me, aren’t always on the ball and often w ake up late, smoothies are a life saver. Below you’ll find my healthy daily smoothie recipe that is energising and filling for those late morning snacks, breakfasts or brunches. Have I mentioned it’s healthy?


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Ingredients:

1 or 2 Kiwis

6 or 8 strawberries

2 tbsp Greek Yoghurt

1/2 cup almond milk

1/4 cup bran flakes

A sprinkling of raisins

*Bananas are optional!

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Just throw these into a mixer and pulse about four times. I like to add a little lemon to my smoothies! Just pour the resulting pink smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy!


Until next time,

Rochelle