Saturday, July 6, 2024

OOP Cafe

My friend recently went to Brazil and brought me back some amazing coffee from OOP Cafe - I am obsessed! OOP is a group of companies in the specialty coffee sector that works with the entire coffee production chain: from curating producers and their beans, to selecting the best coffees, and roasting and distributing for both retail and wholesale in physical stores and online. 

The AAA blend is absolutely delicious and tastes like a perfect balance between sweet honey and more complex warm spices. It's super smooth and perfectly rich with a splash of cream! 

In Afrikaans, Oop means open, and their mission is to be an "open house" where everyone is welcome to share the coffee experience. This hit me extra hard because this friend who brought back this coffee for me is truly the most open, welcoming and kind human being. This coffee will always be extra special to me because of both the meaning of oop and our friendship! 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Glamnetic Nails

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

I am obsessed with this Moroccan Chicken recipe by Erren's Kitchen. I added a table spoon of Harissa paste (from Trader Joe's) and also some cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Cannot wait to make this again! 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Ground Central

I've passed by a few different Ground Central locations around midtown and finally had a chance to try the coffee here! I loved the cozy vibes with the large couch and large wooden table allowing plenty of space to work if needed. There is also plenty of high top seating at the Grand Central location. Each of their 10 locations has NYC themed decor and wall art along with plenty of books, making it feel like you're sitting in someone's home office or living room! Highly recommend this spot for a coffee and pastry!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Perfect Red

 I think I finally found my favourite red nail polish - Forever Yummy by Essie! 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

New York Botanical Gardens: 2024 Orchid Show

I often like to play tourist in my own city, and the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens was on my bucket list this spring! This year's theme was Florals in Fashion and showcased gorgeous floral designs dreamed up by designers. Sharing some of my favourite photos here! 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Dreamers Coffee House

I found another cozy cafe in Chinatown called Dreamers. This a beautiful little spot is nestled on Henry Street and just a few steps away from my favourite dumpling spot - Jin Mei. I was craving an Americano with a bit of soy milk and it hit the spot on this cloudy spring day. I was pleasantly surprised to see how busy it was, and luckily wasn't in too much of a hurry! Definitely plan to come back here again when I'm in Chinatown! 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Jewel Tones with Gold Accent Sticker

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Artbean Coffee

Artbean Coffee in Chinatown was a recent recommendation by a friend and I am officially obsessed!  Located on the colourful Doyer Street, this coffee shop serves delicious Asian inspired flavoured coffee drinks and also collaborates with artists to showcase their work in their cafe! I love that the founders support different artists through the rotating exhibit and their seasonal coffees are just on point! I couldn't resist the pandan latte made with pandan, coconut cream, oat milk and espresso. The featured artist during my visit was Gian Galang and I loved the "Chinatown Warriors" Exhibition. 

Monday, March 18, 2024

Dashing Diva Accent - Crystal Clear V2

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Intelligentsia in Chicago

I was in Chicago again for a quick work trip and had a chance to pop into Intelligentsia one morning before taking a stroll through Millennium Park! Unfortunately the famous Bean was under construction, but I still enjoyed soaking up the sun while sipping on my Avena Latte. This was one of Intelligentsia's specialty Black Cat lattes with oat milk, spiced orange peel, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon and topped with a touch of cayenne! Good way to wake up and get the day started! 

Intelligentsia is a Chicago based cafe and roaster with a number of locations in a five different cities as well as one spot in Korea (and growing!). Not only do they sell delicious coffee, but they also have training labs and coffee bars all over. You can find their coffee at many restaurants and hotels or you can subscribe so you never run out at home! 

Monday, March 4, 2024

Dashing Diva Accent - Crystal Clear V1

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Orange Cardamom Cookies

I've been obsessed with cardamom lately and these orange cardamom cookies were a hit when I made them! Check out the recipe that I followed here

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Abracadabra Coffee

We spent the February long weekend skiing at Okemo in Vermont! We rented the cutest tiny home in a town called Chester and loved exploring the surrounding towns! Our favourite was Woodstock, where we enjoyed delicious coffee from Abracadabra

The coffee shop was spacious inside and I loved the heated patio outside too with fire pits! There was a supercool caravan inside where they served coffee and I was able to peak inside the roastery too in the back of their space! Of course I had to try their maple latte, and it did not disappoint!