| negril, jamaica |

Recently back from our girls trip to Negril, Jamaica with my sister and daughter.  We rented an amazing 2 bedroom condo along Seven Mile Beach at a wonderful little property called Beach House Condos Negril.  Five days of pure relaxation, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, sight-seeing, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, all while enjoying the best company of my sis and daughter.  The hospitable Jamaican people made the trip even more special as everyone we met treated us so kindly. I love Jamaica, mon!  Can’t wait to go back again soon.

img_1234On the way to Negril from Montego Bay airport, Red Stripe and Wata in hand!Our driver stopped off at a roadside restaurant so we could try authentic jerk!First  meal of our trip, a traditional Jamaican breakfast of course!  Included ackee and salt fish, festival, plantains, coconut water…so delish!Some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.A boat day trip to Booby Cay IslandWhere we had the most delicious and fresh lobster lunch.A selfie on one of our condo terraces.Yet another gorgeous sunset.Elli horseback riding with Brown SugarI’ve always wanted to be in the water with a horse.  Such a great way to end our trip.  Until next time!

| frankie’s italian pt II |

I said we’d be back again soon & last night we enjoyed another weeknight dinner at Frankie’s Italian.  This time my dinner date was my mini me, & the hubs joined us mid appetizer.  Another delicious meal of fresh bread, greens & pastas.  I love that they always have three pasta specials that change daily.  Italian food can be so simple, yet satisfying, especially when the star ingredients are fresh and in season.  Mini me loved her personal sized margherita pizza, as well as the “po” which is delectable bread with roasted garlic, butter & pecorino.  Frankie’s Italian – 892 Queen St. East, Leslieville 

Kale & treviso ceasar saladTube pasta with rapini, chick peas & sausageOrrechiette with lamb bolognese, ricotta

| Gare de l’est |

Gare de l’est opened up last year in my lovely neighborhood.  We finally went last week for an impromptu dinner with friends.  As I’ve mentioned before, french food tops the list as my favorite food group (wink) so I was totally excited to try this brasserie which serves up traditional french fare.  All in all, everything was delicious & fresh with perfect portions.  I left feeling extremely satisfied with my meal.  The service was bar none as well.  Definitely be back again soon, next time to try their brunch!  Ps – pics are of what my friends & I ate, I did not order all although I had a bite of everything as I always do!  Gare de l’est – 1190 Dundas East, Leslieville

Cured salmon gravlax, capers, fennel, cucumberBeet salad, watercress, greens, cashewsSalad special of the evening, tomatoes, greens, goat cheeseConfit de canard (duck confit) roasted onion, charred rapini, pomme pureeSpecial of the evening, roasted lamb, cauliflower puree, friseeTarte au citronRemeaux au chocolat