The Canadian cottage reinvented, Drake Devonshire, Prince Edward County, PEC

A staple activity of the Canadian lifestyle, the escape to the cottage sets the weekend entertainment tone of many Toronto families. ‘Modest’ and ‘cozy’ are the typical characteristics associated with the architecture, the interior, and the immediately surrounding landscape. Here family and friends gather to spend quality time together, share meals, stories, and oftentimes, a dip…

Best Cooking setup to siZZle up!

Cooking is a pleasant activity only if you have the right tools and if you can minimize the need to clean after you’re done. Which tools those are, vary with the cook but it is safe to assume that non-stick frying pans are on everyone’s list. Add to that wooden spoons and transparent lids and…

Retrospective 2020: A look the top 12 stories that made my year

📽📌There is no countdown to the new year if you don’t tally up the old year!✓ There is incredible satisfaction in gratitude, especially the kind of gratitude one feels for things well done. It is not a polished gem that sparkles in your face, that you see at every turn or carry proudly in your…

Living through a pandemic and how a laid back attitude can take you through it

As someone living in the first world, I’m not accustomed to having my movements restricted, or my social appearance directed by the use of masks, nor am I accustomed to the sparsity of activities that I so cherished to do around my own city, Toronto. But not being a lingering pessimist, this type of thought does not last long; so I figured that instead, I would get a little perspective and look at where some of this has been imposed in much more nefarious circumstances. That ought to perk me up!

Healthy eating and good cottage appetite

In order to have a healthy appetite and develop proper eating habits, stress is the number one enemy and relaxation is your best friend. And what better way to quickly relax, truly relax, than get yourself out there in the country-side and enjoy country-everything with its greens and soft sounds, the birds, the water and all those basic little pleasures that make for instant nature-therapy. While nature plays its part, architecture and design have an equally big role that is crucial in achieving a relaxing state. A break from the stress, a true break that has positive effects does not need to be long, but it does need to be effective. And that takes just the right design, the right people, or sometimes lack of, the right meal and the right sunset.

Ephemeral spaces of missed spectacle

The streets of Toronto finally, flourish in a delayed bloom of late summer, and the city becomes a festival itself. Terraces, flowers and music are back and scents of culinary delights haggle for your attention everywhere. 

Fifteen minutes of domestic pleasure

This is an ode to the Everyday, the normal day, the one that tends to get ignored, the one that you want past while you reach the special ones faster, that day, that ordinary one that fills most of your life, the one that should get the most attention.

Best city stroll food – pancakes delight

It is almost impossible not to get hungry when walking and it is not because of the exercise. Getting hungry while exploring on foot is a progressive experience that starts with scents of delicious food that make their way out of corner cafes and restaurants.

Beach Christmas morning in Melbourne

If you are part of the Florida-goers North Americans and based on that, you think you know how Christmas is in all hot places you are mistaken. With all the heat and beautiful waters, these trips do not prepare you for what one finds in the land down under.

Al Fresco Modern Table Decor

Aaaa-almost smelling the summer…a day here, a day there, some would say you feel it in your bones, the non-gradual, rather chaotic back and forth seasonal change that is so typical in Ontario: one day sleeveless, one day parka. The teaser of summer days makes you think of .. Funky placemats The round mats from…

Socially established myths related to work and play

that there is work and there is play that there is personal and business that there is the emotional and the rational that there is work life and retirement life All is on a fringe, all is about balancing, common sense and communication. And it’s been like this forever. Instead of segregating what the individual…