Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Spirited Celebration

 Halloween is coming up this Friday. Have you thought about your Halloween decorations at home and about your costume? Pottery Barn here in Toronto is decorated with A Spirited Celebration showcasing Goblins, skulls, skeletons, scare crow birds, pumpkins, black cats, black spiders and anything else that will celebrate this Halloween. Go Trick or Treating and have fun celebrating on this hollow night. 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn At Whittamore's Farms

 Autumn has finally arrived here in Toronto. At Whittamore's Farm, north east of Toronto is one of those farms here in the City that offers their produce for sale directly here at their shop. Especially during Fall, their pumpkin land is so busy not only with these huge pumpkins but with their customers, both young and old, choosing their perfect pumpkin for the Canadian Thanksgiving and for the upcoming Halloween. Besides, their fresh Berries, there are corn, apples and various vegetables available for sale in the Farm. There are also baked goods and jams which are freshly made right here at their Farm. With their various natural and organic products for sale here, it is fun shopping here at Whittamore's Farm. For the children, there's a huge playground available for them to roam, play around and learn about Farm life. No wonder, this place is so busy during the Weekend. 
 
 Gorgeous Fall colours in the pumpkins and the floral mums. 
 A Fall montage in the Farm Store.
 This floral mum looks so happy!
Gorgeous Fall colours in these floral mums.
 Organic apples grown in the Farm.
 These strawberries look so delicious.
 Ontario grown Peaches.
 Organically grown corn from the Farm. 
 My favourite Pecan pie made with maple syrup baked right at the Farm.
The only place where we can purchase these Farm made Apple Butter and Maple Pumpkin Butter.
 These are so delicious to spread on bread. 

View here my previous post about Shopping Fun At The Farm.

May you all have a gorgeous Fall Weekend!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Essentials To My Daily Productivity

Photo Credit: Vogue.com

As an Editor for my Blog, The Style And Travel Journals, it could be a challenge on a daily basis to achieve our daily goals and to be productive. It takes planning and organising to create a post and to share it to everyone. There are not so rosy days and there are days when we feel to just slow down or not do anything at all.

As we strive to do our best to exceed our goals every day, we normally have to discipline and push ourselves outside our comfort zone to achieve our goals.  

In my life right now, I have developed my 5 Essentials for Productivity which has been part of my daily lifestyle:

Inspiration 

I get my daily inspiration from many sources. They could be from the beauty of nature, people that I admire and work with everyday, from my family and friends, Books, Magazines, different Blogs, Fashion, Art, Music, Movies, and Travel. Inspiration is everywhere as long as we pay attention, appreciate all the beauty and the good that is around us. Inspiration has helped me to stay positive, to create my best work and therefore achieve better productivity. 
Lately, I visited Claude Monet's Les Nymphaes art work displayed at the Musee De L'Orangerie in Paris, France which inspired me to visit Monet's House and Garden in Giverny, France and to read more about his life and art. 

Brainstorming

I write down all of my ideas and inspiration for my Blog as notes on my monthly planner/diary. From the ideas that I write down, I am able to create and produce themes and presentations for my Blog.

Getting Organised

We can achieve brainstorming in many ways. We can be creative as we want to be. As for me, I write down all of my ideas on my daily planner/diary for my Blog. From there, I can create and organise themes and schedule them on my Planner. This way, I am more organised and can clearly see my Blog's direction for that month.

Getting organised can also be done through an Inspiration Board by cutting out photos that inspire us in order to create a common theme of what we plan to achieve. 


Time Management

Planning our time during the day allows us to prioritise the things we wish to achieve for that day. Time Management is key in achieving productivity because it helps us to have a clear head and allows us to work on things in an orderly manner.

Multi-Tasking

Here is a photo of me, multi-tasking in action. Taking a photo and listening to the Audio about the story of this grand and elegant room at the Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, in France. 

Multi-tasking is an acquired talent as it takes skill to do several things at the same time. 

Multi-tasking is really key for us Bloggers to be productive as we use our different skills to create our best post. As a Blogger, we normally take our photos, plan our post, create our post, write our story and then the editing before the final presentation.  It is important to remember to use multi-tasking safely to achieve positive results, create our best work and our best productivity. 

Lastly, the most important of all, is to have fun and to love what we are doing in order to be productive without really working. 


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

An Abundance Feast

Every time we visit Montreal, we can't help but stop over at the Marche Jean Talon to eat, shop and just walk around to see all of these abundance which is a feast in the eyes. Enjoy these celebration of food. 

Where to Eat

Soft taco with pulled pork and red onions.
Got to try these gluten free crepes. 
Apple crepe with chocolate and caramel sauce.
Turkish desserts at Patisseries Orientales.
Portugese Natas.

To learn more about the Marche, view my previous post Say Fromage At Marche Jean Talon.


Bon Weekend!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Food Adventure At Quebec City

 Travelling in Quebec City is truly a gastronomic adventure especially for French food and traditional Quebecois cuisine. I discovered quite ironically that in trying out traditional Quebecois cuisine, which was strongly influenced by French cuisine, that I have finally eaten my truly Canadian meal right here in the heart of Quebec nationalism. Where did I experience this epiphany? Right here at the Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens which prides itself in serving an old fashioned Quebec cuisine since 1966 in this historic Maison Jacquet,  built in 1675-1676. The restaurant was named after a famous novel, Les Anciens Canadiens, written by Philippe Aubert de Gaspe, who lived in this house. The Menu is mostly Quebec cuisine featuring wild meats such as Bison, Caribou, Elk, Beef, Duck, Chicken and Veal. There are seafood and vegetable meals offered in the menu too. Those wild meats including their speciality dessert, maple syrup pie are  traditional Quebec cuisine and also truly delicious Canadian meal.
 For Sunday Lunch, we chose the Special Menu offered here for a very good price of $19.95 Cdn which included a glass of wine, beer or drink of your choice,appetizer, main entree and dessert.
 The interior is typical of ancient french houses in Upper Quebec City. It has low ceilings and mostly made of wood. There are many wood carved Art on the walls from local Quebec artists. 
 For Appetizer, I chose the wild bison and caribou rillettes with toasted bread and apricot jam. To eat it, spread the rillettes on the bread and top it with apricot jam. So yummy!
 My main entree, I tried the Lac St Jean meat pie made with wild meats of Bison, caribou and elk with potato.  I liked it that the table setting was in blue and white and the food were served in their blue and white China.
I cannot leave Quebec City without trying their traditional poutine which is made of french fries with Quebec cheese curd and topped with gravy. This is super delicious.
 Other members of my family ordered the Bison Burger. 
 Bison cooked bourguignon style with creamy blueberry wine sauce. 

For dessert, a traditional Canadian maple syrup pie with unsweetened whipped cream. This is one of my favourite desserts. Here in Toronto, they make this as Butter tarts. One can only try this here in Canada. 
I will be continuing my french adventure this week to Paris, France. I am excited! 


Happy Thanksgiving in Canada!
Bon Weekend!