Here we go!

It’s the early morning before the Grand Opening of the first IAC Doll Show in Canada!

After 2 years of planning and preparing with my whole team we have finally arrived at our much anticipated Day 1 of 3 in the world of dolls! So far, we’ve received positive and exciting feedback with the classes and I hope we will be able to add more classes next year!

It’s 4:57pm and I’ll have to be awake and ready to go by 6am to start with vendor setup. I’m pretty much running on fumes.. but it’s oh so much fun!!

More soon…


2017 Heatwave in Ontario

Time to get my summer shoes out!

For the last 2 days it’s been so humid and hot I couldn’t go outside. The dogs didn’t even want to stay outside for very long.  I’m thinking of getting a hose that mists around the deck in the backyard. It’s hard to explain but when I find one I’ll post a picture. 

The air conditioner has been running hard and I’m sure my hydro bill will be a hefty one 🙄 thanks to the Ontario premier. (I don’t like her at all, to put that politely)

I’m still excited about the summer. When the kids are finally done the school year I can sleep in. Lol that’s my goal.

On that note be aware of the heat and stay cool during these unpredictable heat waves. Drink lots of water and relax as much as you can. 

Until next time ✌🏼 


Restaurant Review: Marienbad Restaurant & Chaucer’s Pub

After an extremely busy day, I decided to indulge in one of my city’s most well-known and respected restaurants.  The last time I had been to this restaurant was over 10 years ago, so I think I was more than due.  I arrived just after a little rain drizzle and the outdoor patio tables were so inviting.  There are two entrances to this restaurant; there is the Chaucer’s Pub side (which serves the same menu) and there is the Marienbad Restaurant side both have an old world European ambiance.  The restaurant and pub is located in the heart of downtown and is known to get very busy during the evenings and weekends before and during bar hours.

Marienbad Pub

I chose the Marienbad Restaurant side for some peace and quiet after an extremely busy day.  I was relieved to be welcomed with some 5 star service that is so rare and seems to be fading away these days.  My server was pleasant, helpful and courteous; he didn’t bother me with so many questions throughout my meal, which seems to be the norm with most of the newer restaurants I’ve been to lately.  Clearing plates and bringing drinks on a timely basis… my kind of service!

Marienbad decor


Above is some of the beautiful decor I adore so much…


Doorway to the Attrium


Above is the calm before the dinner rush and shows the doorway to the enclosed atrium dining room.

I started with an Irish coffee which was elegantly served with a raw sugar stick… it was so yum! For appetizers I went with the Calamari and the Antipasto Di Casa…and WOW!  The calamari was crisp and I could taste the quality of its preparation, the antipasto contained fresh fruit, high grade goat cheese, as well as excellent cuts of meat and alfalfa sprouts.

It took me a while to decide on what to order as every plate description made my mouth water.  I decided on the Chicken Paprikash…

Chicken Paprikash


The Chicken Paprikash contained boneless chicken served on top of a portion of haluska or small noodle dumplings and covered with a lovely paprika sauce.  It is nothing I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating and I’m glad I picked this hearty dish.  The chicken melted in my mouth and the dumpling noodles tasted light, yet filling.  I thought it was a perfect summer dish for an early evening dinner.

Now, on to the dessert…

With an order of a steaming hot cappuccino made from their classic looking machine…

Specialty Coffee maker


I decided to try the Strawberry Palatschinka…

Strawberry PalatschinkaYES!  This tasted just as good as it looks!  It contains vanilla ice cream wrapped in a perfectly made crepe with strawberries and whipped cream on the sides.  My tastebuds were definitely jumping with joy for this dessert!  The strawberries had just enough tang to cut through the delicious sweetness.  The presentation alone made me smile from ear to ear.

Now the great thing was, my friend wanted a dessert with mint and they accommodated the request by adding peppermint schnapps and chocolate ice cream.  The server in turn asked me to name the new dessert, so if you ever decide to go, try the “Fresh Mint Creme Palatschinka” 😉

Overall, this is indeed the classic restaurant it always was.  The service superb and the food was breathtaking.

This restaurant also is a hub for many special events as well as Murder Mystery Dinner Theatres.  I hope you all have the pleasure of visiting this treasure of my city.  You won’t be disappointed!

For their various menus and further information visit their website:

Happy 5 star nomming! 🙂



Zavida Coffee Review



What I love about social media is that I find people and companies that are very interesting, but in this instance Zavida found me!

As an avid coffee drinker, I looked through their website and found that their company is located right in my province of Ontario; they’re company story began in 1980.  I looked through all their different coffees on the site and I contacted them to find out if their products were sold in a store nearby.

They responded right away and through email correspondence they directed me to Costco where I found their Hazelnut Vanilla blend as well as their Organic blend.  I chose the Hazelnut Vanilla (my fave flavour)…

whole bean


The beans are very fresh and look beautiful!

Ground Zavida


As my machine brewed the coffee it filled my house with the wonderful Hazelnut Vanilla scent, even my children asked if I was baking! lol

The coffee is even better than I thought!  It held its aroma with the taste to match!

If you are looking for a GREAT coffee, check out their website and don’t be afraid to contact them.  Please also note that they are environmentally friendly and have all the varieties of products from Decaf to MiniSyrups.  Happy sipping everyone! 🙂


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