An Evening at Balzac's Powerhouse

I had the opportunity to visit Balzac's newest cafe at Powerhouse for an intimate sit down dinner. First of all, the space is STUNNING. I can only imagine what it's like as a cafe but as an event space--the exposed brick, high ceilings and big windows--it is PERFECT. It would be a dream to host a meet-up there one day! *hint hint*

For that evening, they set up a long table across the room which was styled by Love by Lynzie. It looked like it came out of Pinterest with carefully curated pieces and the most beautiful flowers by The Little Shed Flower. Dinner was a special three-course meal prepared by The Tempered Room that matched the vibe of the evening. 

While the space was the highlight, the people they brought together made the experience. A few friends from Instagram were there (@abhishekdekate, @globalgarcon and @thiswildheart), some industry friends (Kayla Rocca, Kara Lynne Wark), but it seemed that each guest had a unique story/purpose/contribution to the dinner. Each conversation I had was filled with light, openness and genuineness that certainly made the evening even more magical. Balzac's didn't just achieve in showcasing their newest cafe/event space, they showcased the importance of gatherings and community in these spaces. 

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Balzac's Powerhouse
29 Powerhouse Street, Toronto
www.balzacs.com | @balzacscoffee

 

Kelly & Alex Wedding

Would you believe me if I told you that I've never been to a wedding? Well, not one that's actually of my own friends. It's either I was there as someone's date, or more recently, there to shoot the catering (lol). With that being said, Alex & Kelly's wedding was an extra extra special day! I couldn't be anymore happier for my friend Alex. Congrats HYPEKELLY!

Here is #KellyAlex2017 through my lens. I am not a wedding photographer so I do appreciate any feedback. Thank you! 

Alex waiting for his bride!

One beautiful woman, she sure is!

Rey (@eatnmingle) on duty for bubbles.

“I was made and meant to look for you
and wait for you and become yours forever.” 
― Robert Browning

Wedding reception at Casa Victoria

Mandatory shots before a 10-course meal!

 Words of advice from one Alex to another.

Words of advice from one Alex to another.

THIS MOMENT <3

A Weekend with All-Clad (Part I)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending a weekend away with All-Clad. I have never gone "glamping" (I actually had to search that term!) before so when the opportunity presented itself I knew I had to take it. How can you say no to a cooking adventure AND to getting creative with fellow Instagram/foodie friends Abhishek (@abhishekdekate) and Anna (@food.diva)!? Definitely a test of our skills and friendships--from online to offline! 

Rice Lake is an hour and 45 minute drive outside of Toronto. From there, we took a ferry ride to a private 25-acre island called Island Spirits located on Grasshopper Island. The Captain, Trudy who was also the owner of the island, dropped us off right at our eco-cabin with its own private dock. We settled down, freshened up and explored the island before diving into our first food prep. 

There were so many animals and they were so friendly!

Fun signs were posted all over which brought the island alive and kept guests engaged.

Our mission on that island was to get creative by cooking our meals with All-Clad products. First was dinner and Abhishek assumed the role of head chef while Anna became the sous chef. I was there hanging out with my fuzzy friends (inside joke), taking pictures and cleaning up. (Most important role, I'd say! :P) For a detailed description of our feast, checkout Abhishek's blog post.

Abhishek sharing with Anna some knife skills 101.

@abhishekdekate cleaning up the rainbow trout!

All about that mise en place! 

Can't go wrong with sautéed asparagus! Simple but so good!

Our Chef & his Sous Chef :)

Linguini with Razor Clams

Jumbo Prawns with Garlic and Herbs

For our first meal, we really raised the bar! The process might have taken longer than if we prepared everything in the convenience of our homes but as long as you have the right tools and a great team then you can get creative and make it work. Sometimes even better than what you planned for! To me, that's what makes an All-Clad Glamper.

GO #TEAMPLAIDFORALLCLAD! 

Planning to glamp it up this summer? Visit All-Clad's website for a look at their their collection. Let's see how you can get creative and cooking in the wild (As Abhishek would say!). ;)

Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with All-Clad but all thoughts and recommendations are my own and based from my personal experience.