Hello Lovelies! It’s Throwback Thursday on the blog today! On our travels to South Africa earlier this year, the first place we stopped in with the family was Old Town Italy in Pretoria. Ah, we had such a great time!! The whole vibe of the place is amazing, with a bit of a market feel to one side, the restaurant on the other, and just such a simple, slow-paced way of life. They definitely portray a time when everything ran by a much more romantic set of values.. a time when a visit to your local grocery store was more of a social event than a chore, where the butcher knew your preferences, and the baker greeted you by name. Love it!
Since there is usually a wait, we started out at their wrap-around bar, trying drinks by recommendation – amazing! It wasn’t long before we got to sit at our table, in a big bay window, enjoying the classic old-town feel. We had everything from a warm quinoa salad, to calamari, to steak, pasta, and my favorite, the fresh beet summer salad! Of course, we started it all off with a fresh bread basket, with olive oil and balsamic to dip. Such an incredible day, and I love being able to look back at these precious memories together with family! <3
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Old Town Italy Market | H&M Basic Top (Similar) | Distressed Jeans | Grey Bomber Jacket (Similar)
Hello Lovelies! Hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday :) Today on the blog I am sharing all about one of my favorite lunch spots right here in our beautiful city of Calgary. We love trying new places and whenever we find a good one I absolutely have to share it with you all! This particular place is called River Café Restaurant, and it is actually located in Prince’s Island Park. Um.. beautiful location alert!! We always stop over in Eau Claire Village and take a nice walk down to the park before popping in for a lunch.
This time we went with the whole fam, and even though it was super chilly out the sun shining in through the big glass windows kept it nice and cozy inside. Their menu is always centered around Seasonal Canadian Cuisine, with a focus on honoring simple, quality ingredients. They are a locally sourced restaurant, with all their breads and desserts made in-house, daily. Their Highwood Crossing Rye Sourdough bread is absolutely amazing!
Around our table we enjoyed the Dry Aged Duck, the TK Ranch grass-fed beef burger, and a deliciously warm pot pie. More than that, we just had a fabulous time talking about our plans for travel, the new season, and just enjoying the sunshine while it’s out! Great food and great people.. what else could a girl want? :) What are some of your favorite spots to visit in Calgary? <3
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River Café Restaurant | Ralph Lauren Coat
Hello Lovelies! Can’t believe it’s already Friday, and what a better time for a delicious waffle cone full of creamy ice-cream! During the Fringe Festival in Saskatoon this summer, we had such a fun time perusing through all the food trucks, enjoying drinks and eats on the rooftop patio, and getting our fill of ice-cream to end off the night!
Before our stroll home, we stopped at the Mean Green Ice Cream Machine. Of course, I went for the maple walnut flavor while Linda had the cookies & cream – both so good! As the evening air cooled off, it was nothing but warm sweaters and coffee before bed. The perfect sweater weather to end off the perfect day! What are some of your favorite adventures this summer? <3
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Black Halogen Sweater | Grey Fine-Knit Sweater | Mean Green Ice Cream Machine
Hello lovelies! Today on the blog is a little #ThrowbackThursday to the amazing Dîner en Blanc event in Calgary. Dîner en Blanc is a world-wide event where guests show up all dressed in white, set up their picnic tables, and proceed to have a feast! The location for the event is revealed last minute, and this year in Calgary it took place at the Shaw Millenium Park. It was absolutely stunning with all the white tables on the big open park, with a fun atmosphere of music, eating, and even some dancing :)
Each year thousands of guests continue to gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends at the heart of one of our city’s most beautiful locations. This year I had the privilege to attend with several other blogger gals and guys, with a special tasting of the featured wines of the evening as well as some yummy eats prepared by Chef Andrew Gass. We had tons of fun and definitely enjoyed our beautiful city coming together to celebrate! Will you be attending the next Dîner en Blanc Calgary? <3
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Dîner en Blanc Calgary | White Heel Sandal | White Guess Wallet | White Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Hello babes! Happy Wednesday to you all :) Today on the blog is officially Wine-Wednesday! Recently we had the chance to try some amazing French wines especially sourced by Flying Wines right here in Calgary. Born and raised in the South of France, educated with the love of their country, Flying Wines wants to share their roots with all of us. They are passionate about their winemaker’s work and excited to introduce a little taste of France to Calgary.
Absolutely love being able to branch out and try new wines, and my new favorite is this Mâcon-Chaintré Chardonnay, which we got to try paired with a lemon poppy seed macaron. Just divine, and perfectly fresh for a fall afternoon! We took it along for a backyard birthday party, so I thought I’d share this fun, casual yet dressy look with you all on the blog today. Definitely crushing on this sea-green silk tank from H&M, paired with my favorite white jeans and my leather cross-body bag from Fossil. Check out all the links below to shop the look, and let me know in the comments some of your favorite new things to try in the city? <3
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Flying Wines Calgary | H&M Green Tank (similar) | H&M Silk Tank (similar) | Pendant Necklace | Leather Fossil Bag | Distressed White jeans