Wise Wednesday


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ain't that right! meditating more on being the flower this week.

The Pantry Fine Cheese


Located on the at the intersection of Gerrard and Coxwell in Toronto, you will find a new little shop that just opened it’s doors called THE PANTRY.

While this boutique store may appear tiny in size, we all know that good things come in small packages, and in terms of some of great Canadian artisan cheeses, this statement could not be more true in the case of this shop. Owner and operator Jeremy Lago is a Sommelier, now turned Fromager who has hit the nail on the head when it comes to filling Toronto’s needs for all things cheesy goodness.

Focused on solid relationships with local farmers, Jeremy has brought to Toronto a celebration of some of the best assortments of Ontario artisan cheeses that we should all feel extremely proud of. From the creamy Crossroads Sheep Gouda, to the handcrafted Five Brother’s cheese with traits of Gouda and Swiss; or an aged variation of an Oxford harvest cheese called Tipsy that has soaked for 6 days in a Merlot Cabernet. Last but not least, my personal favourite, The Aged Five Brothers, with its the creamy, mouthwatering, nutty and caramel like flavouring. Walking into the shop, there is no way your taste buds can even accurately anticipated what you will experience.

In fact, anything you find at The Pantry is nothing short of spectacular. The shop also specializes in offering locally sourced accompaniments (for exceptional pairings), and an olive and pate bar to help you put together a perfect afternoon or evening plate to enjoy alone or along with friends and family. Being a Sommelier too, it goes without saying that Jeremy is the best at making exceptional recommendations for wine and cheese unions.

It should also be mentioned that he even does cheese wheel wedding cakes. Yes, you read that correctly.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Pantry’s first wine and cheese pairing party hosted at The Lazy Daisy’s CafĂ©. Organized along with the fine folks from Fielding Estate Winery, a large group of us sat down to a well-informed lesson on the art of the paired tasting. Leading with explanations on textures, colours and tastings notes the group of us were in inseparable cheesy heaven.

I cannot say enough about not only buying local goods, but also the benefits on shopping from local small businesses – which The Pantry is quickly topping that list. There is not a chance you will leave this shop feeling unsatisfied. It is quickly becoming one of the hot new shops in the east end of town. 

Thank you Jeremy for celebrating some Canadian food talents and for teaching us the pleasure of fine food feasting. www.thepantryfinecheese.com 

Living Room Spaces


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right now our main living space is still somewhat of a slow work in progress. the room is freshly painted a nice light grey and we were fortunate enough that the previous owners created some beautiful custom built in cabinets. after living in this space for a while, we finally feel ready to stock the nooks and crannies with some decor. whenever you move in with someone it takes a bit of time to figure out what your combo style is, and i think we've finally got a handle on that! we've also decided that it's high time to "retire" some of our old dorm room furniture that has been harbouring in this space and make room for more "mature" choices! 

here is our room style board and where we finally hope to end up! #beforeandafterstocome

The Penny Paper Company - Don't Grow Up // The Bay - Stainless Cocktail Set // Polyvore - Black & Brass Bowl // Ikea - Stockholm White Lamp // Restoration Hardware - Vise Bookends // Persian Rugs Canada - Vintage Persian Rug // Pfeifer Studio - Leather Fringe Pillow //  West Elm - Linen Sofa  // Amazon - Rattan Basket Set // Urban Barn - Betina Grey Throw Blanket //  Vintage Trunk - Thrift Store Find // Priced Right Fine Art -  Blue Print

What's currently on my coffee table.


my living room coffee table has always been the landing spot for all my current favourite inspiring reads.here are some of the ones i can't get enough of lately.
Anthology - a fantastic and upbeat feeling mag covering all things trendy as they relate to decor, travel, design and entertaining 

Kinfolk folk living and entertaining at its best is what this is.  this thick and ad-free magazine is filled to the brim with unreal rich landscape and food photography with a focus on poetic story telling and inclusive stories from around the globe.

Cook's - a cooking magazine for everyone. cook's highlights classic recipes and clever cooking tricks for every reader with illustrated examples that you'll want to cut them out and frame the pages.

National Geographic - the all time classic read always filled with some of the best most educational stories around and detailed photography. a good read for upping the brain game.

Cereal - a stop-you-in-your tracks modern magazine focused on lifestyle trends and global travel. one quick read and you'll want to pack your bags for an adventure.

Wise Wednesday


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i may not be the best at everything, but that won't stop me from trying to be. 

The Cord Taco


the first two images from the wonderful folks at This Is Ground and
the last image is by the talented lady at Coco and Mingo.

would you like a little salsa and margarita with this? I do! one of my biggest pet peeves in life is messy cords. bain of my existence. between the iPad, phone and laptop, i'm a messy tangled lot of cords by the end of each day. then i heard about The Cord Taco by the amazing folks at This Is Ground! – a beautiful shop of handmade leather goods. i'm hooked. i'm totally stuck on the adorable name and tiny taco shape of these cord organizers. it's a simplistic and totally brilliant idea to help keep your bag and let's be honest, our lives a little more in line. Their craftsmanship is unreal so you will be hard pressed not to find some great gifting ideas from this shop! in fact, when you start to drool over their products, i double dare you not to buy something for yourself.

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