My Week In Pictures 18th – 24th January 2016

where to buy cytotec in cdo Weeks, weeks, weeks. They go by so quickly! Just three weeks until Will and I go to Columbia and just over a month until I go home to England for a little visit! This week was pretty enjoyable and involved blue skies, freezing air, tequila courtesy of George Clooney, games, cheese and lots of beer. Excellent

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is it safe to buy cytotec online Feet on the floor, eyes to the sky. Always.

It was COLD COLD COLD this week – to me anyway – but I am learning to live with it.
The really nice thing about winter in Toronto compared to winter back home is that, even though it is cold, the skies are SO BLUE!



source link I took a little walk in my lunch break. I didn’t skate this time but I did enjoy people watching as others had a good time.


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cytotec package insert Apparently Wednesday was National Cheese Lovers Day and as I am just that, I ordered a lobster grilled cheese for lunch as I met up with some long lost North American relatives. IMG_5158

go site Later Will, Ellie, Zack, Harriet and I went to Snakes and Lattes for some games and beer! I also had more cheese (this time on a skewer with tomatoes and balsamic vinegar). Hurrah.

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go to site On Thursday evening I went to a tasting of George Clooney’s new tequila, Casamigos – it was a glory! We also got to do a couple of food pairings with the three different tequilas; Blanco, Anejo and Reposado. My favourite was the Anejo. IMG_5137


buy clomid pct online IMG_5155 I had to work on Saturday so no crazy Friday plans for me. That said, Will and I went out to the suburbs to pick up some skis and boots for our holiday next weekend. A nice guy was giving them away and he even offered us a glass of wine. People in Toronto are SO NICE !



On Saturday evening I went out for a few drinks with Harriet before we went onwards to a club downtown. The place that we had a drink was called Union (on Ossington) and it was so cute. Haz and I sat at the marble bar like queens.

We met up with my friends Courtney, Brit and Jessica and later we played a bit of late night pool (I SUCK AT POOL but it is all in the taking part….I guess!) IMG_5153



A much needed relaxing day at the end of a 6 day working week! I enjoy brunching like a queen with pancakes made by Will.

I hope you all had a good week! Next week we’re off skiing for the weekend in the Blue Mountains. I am really looking forward to seeing a new part of Ontario!

My Week In Pictures 11 – 17th January 2016

Winter has arrived! SNOW! SNOW everywhere! (This is as applicable to Canada as England – I know you guys back home are enjoying some of the white stuff too.)

So, other than cold, this week has been a sensational food and drink fest. Feast yo eyes honey’s!



SO this was the major snow day. Along it came. I battled to work like a white walker and had all the fun… until I had to go inside and be an adult.




On Monday the world found out that David Bowie had died on Sunday, so on Tuesday Will and I went to a tribute gig held by Bowie’s long-time friend, Toni Visconti.


Along with Bowie’s backing musicians, Holy Holy, Visconti led a lovely show. Initially showcasing The Man Who Sold The World album, the show then went on to pay homage to some of his other great hits . It was sad but ultimately it was a celebration of Bowie’s life and legacy. You can read more about the gig here



Unexcitingly, I went to Hudsons Bay after work and got myself winter shoe ready.  I bought some Anne Klein Snow boots, some chocolate brown boots and some Kate Spade for Keds “sneakers” that were on sale for $30.  All of the bargains. I am READY for you winter! Snow all you like!



Degustation delights! My friend Ellie and I went for an EIGHT course (plus wine pairings!)  meal at sustainable Toronto restaurant, Actinolite. It was absolutely delicious – especially this poached pear, caramelized leaf and chocolate ice cream dessert. I was reviewing for the Toronto Guardian  – the review will be up soon.




Foodies REUNITE! My beautiful Australian friend Sam and I are both extreme foodies. As she wasn’t around on my Birthday last week, we decided to go for a luxury dinner on Friday. Sam recommended Lee’s by famous Toronto Chef Sursur Lee – it was AMAZING.


We ordered Susur’s signature singaporean style slaw, which was a GLORIOUS noodle salad. We also ordered the cheeseburger spring rolls (pictured above) and the duck pancakes, all of which were  glory. To end the evening, we had a couple of cheeky caesars which were topped with an oyster! #extravegant.



To be totally honest, I left the basement for about 20 minutes to buy a sandwich for lunch. That said, it was a luxury grilled cheese with a tasty side salad from this here establishment. Some days you need a rest. This day was Saturday for me.



The past few Sunday’s I have indulged in some Sunday beers. I quite like this tradition. Today we went to the Bellwoods Brewery and soaked up their fabulous brewskis.


Sunday beers for thaaaa WIN!

So anyway, that was this week. It is -8 outside right now, which isn’t wildly cold for Ontario for this time of year but is certainly cold enough for me!
Stay warm, stay glorious xx

My Week In Pictures 3rd – 10th January 2016

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring ” – David Bowie 1947 – 2016. 

2016 is in full swing! It has been a corker of an opening week as a friend came to visit and it was my birthday, meaning that I got to hang out with lots of awesome people who helped me celebrate 🙂



Michaela arrived in Toronto and we obviously brunched like queens.

Later we went to Amsterdam Brewery with Harriet, Ellie and Zack and revelled in the Canadian beer of dreams.



Snakes and Lattes! You may know that I love a good board game and therefore love Toronto adventure bar, Snakes and Lattes. We took Michaela there on Monday and played Lift It and some strange game involving murder and inheritance. Boom.



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GUYS THIS DIP CHANGES EVERYTHING. Above is a black bean and cheese dip from Downtown Toronto bar, Duke Refreshers. On Mon-Thurs they have happy hour from 5-7pm in which they do this (massive) dip for $5 as well as selected beers for $5. SO much winning.


We then went to go and see Cinderella at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, which was fun.



On Wednesday Michaela and I went for a ponder around the city, which involved an incredible ice cream from Sweet Jesus!



Happy Birthday to me! My first Canadian Birthday!


It was actually a really nice day – it wasn’t too cold and the sun was out.


Sun’s out huns out – we went skating at the Harbour Front Centre and then went up the CN tower for bubbles and banter.



That evening I went for a birthday curry with Will, Ellie, Harriet and Michaela.  It was delicious.



After enjoying a cheeky Sneaky Dees lunch, we prepped for a party at ours.


All of the fun, all of the glowsticks. Will got a bit too excited about showing people our safe, which I have banned him from in future!



Ouch. I had to take Michaela to the Airport, but first we enjoyed a final brunch at the Lakeview



I had a lovely afternoon beer sesh with Sam, Ellie and Harriet , during which I ordered this babe of a flatbread from Fynn’s of Temple Bar. Yum.

THANKS to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and SUPER thanks to everyone around who helped me celebrate! I REALLY appreciate the love and am happy to have made so many new friends here.

Love to all ! xx

Update : On Sunday night, David Bowie sadly passed away.  Rest in peace Starman in the sky.  You are an inspiration to live a life less ordinary. 


My YEAR In Pictures

So I have just emerged in 2016. YAS I know it’s the 3rd of January but I needed some recovery!  Usually on a Sunday I hit you with my week in pictures but today I thought I’d reflect on my year. It’s been one blaaaaady great journey (co-voyaged in parts by some equally great huns and bros.) SO ….here is my YEAR in pictures. FEAST YOUR EYES!


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It is my birthday in January. Always has been, always will be. The annual tradition is to get passsshed with whichever huns I can assemble. In 2015 those huns were premium.

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My beautiful sister had a pretty big bun in her oven in January and we threw her a baby shower. It was lovely and look how fabulous she is.


In January I celebrated three years of knowing this chap (the one with the scarf, not the alpaca…although I WISH I’d known him for three years too!) To mark the occasion, we went on an alpaca trek near Folkstone, UK.


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We cocktail in skyscrapers like city wankers. That was a huge theme of the London part of 2015. The picture above shows me and my bff Snozzle Wozzle, aka Ruth Norris, in a glass lift on the 42nd floor of the Heron Tower about to buy a wildly over-priced but wildly delicious cocktail. Cheers, life!

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Koelle alaaf! Back once again for the renegade carnival-goer! I returned to Cologne to party with my favourite Germans and adopted German.  This is ALWAYS fun and I am sad I won’t be there this year :'(!
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Happy Birthday Emma Minihan! The glory that is my friend Emma turned 25, so we dressed up like adventure time characters and had a ball.


My niece - a baby!

One of the more important things to have happened this year was that this little lady came into the world. My first ever niece – Miss Isobel Jane Barker <3

Gins in tins!

On the SAME evening that Isobel came into the world, I was filming a hard hitting documentary about various gin flavours with my glorious friend, Katie Brennan. You can watch the results here.


March will forever be the month I ate this seafood feast of dreams #takemeback.


Enjoying a sunny Sunday!

To Amsterdam! Will and I met up with our German contingent in Amsterdam and it was DAMn fun. We camped and drank gin. What more do you need?

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Will and I spent a weekend with his family at a cottage in Norfolk. There was a SEAL BEACH. I repeat, SEAL BEACH. I managed to get close to one.

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This picture may not look like much, but I am about to have THE BEST evening watching Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre in London. I saw around 100 shows last year, but Gypsy was THE BEST.


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One of the best weekends of the year was spent at the Gower in Wales with Will and our friends Jonny and Candice. We camped by the sea, we drank, ate, swam, walked. Perfecto.

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I was invited to be a paid speaker at the Southbank Centre’s Web We Want festival.  I was discussing professional blogging and this picture is of me about to go on stage 🙂

May 2015

My lovely friend Amelia and I RINSED the pop up Campari bar in Shoreditch in May! It opened right next to our office and was giving out unlimited free cocktails……….so…yeah.



The Emerald Isles! Will and I used up our holiday at work to take a little trip to Ireland. This is Carrantohill in Killarney, the highest mountain in the country and we CLIMBED that honey on a REALLY hot day.

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June is Kate Martin’s Birthday. A day spent with Kate Martin is a fantastic day indeed!


June was rounded off by fun in the sun with my best friends watching Taylor Swift in Hyde Park.



July was mostly spent trying to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with the above beauties….but like a good old English  summer, it was rained off a LOT. I did finally watch in the end though and it was worth the wait.

By July Will and  I knew we were leaving to move to Canada. Positive as it was, leaving my home of 8 years (London town) was sad so while I was still living there I enjoyed it to the MAXIMUM. The above champagne was one of many with my friend Sammi.

So long and thanks for all the fish. Off I went. Leaving my job of three and a half  years was a mixed bag of fabulous and sad. In a blaze of exit glory, this picture was taken. Ciao for now!



Will and I took the WHOLE month of August off to spend time with our families and friends. This picture was taken near Scafell Pike on a camping trip with Will’s parents.


One of the glorious things about 2015 was that my friend Clarkie got married. She is the first of my friends to have taken a husband and we had a blast at her hen do (pics NSFW!) and wedding. This was also the last time I saw all of my school friends in a group before I left for Canada.

This was the last day I spent with my friend Kate. WHAT A DAY we had. Tears were shed  the next day because saying goodbye to your best friends SUCKS.


So does saying goodbye to your family. This is mum and Isobel at  a party my mum was throwing for Will and I.


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The first chapter of the rest of our lives – this is mine and Will’s first day in Toronto :)!


Hi Niagara Falls!


Do you want to party with this guy? Here he is at a beach party in Montreal!

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Our first Baseball game! This is Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees.



I popped over to New York for a week to hang out with Michaela and drink some coffee. It was glorious.


Will and I explored more of Toronto. I took this picture of the city skyline on a boat ride to the islands.


Our first Canadian Thanksgiving was a fantastic one hosted by our friend Harriet’s mum.


YES! One of the major events this year was getting a job as a presenter. I did a radio show in London but being an on camera host has been a dream. I LOVE working for Inform Overload and Most Amazing Top Ten.


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Will and I moved into our new apartment. Here it is in its basic and semi-furnished state. It has blossomed into a home since!


Drinking and having fun with these two in November was, and still is, a glory. These beauties have made settling into life in Canada much better.

I did a lot of food reviewing in November for the Toronto Guardian and it was GREAT. This is from an incredible Icelandic feast I had which you can read about here.



Will, Sam, Harriet and I went to see the ice hockey. Watching our first game from the front row was incredible!


December is when this beauty was born. We enjoyed his birthday to the max which included finding this record player on Free Cycle and buying this beaut of a marble table.

Our first Canadian Christmas! We had Sam over for the day and over the festive period a few more friends dropped by. Yeah, it was weird without family but we had a lovely time!


This was me today….so the first picture of a whole new year! Happy new year to all and all those involved in making my year the hoot and howl in really was. Let us do it all over to a brand new tune. xxx