Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Love how food evokes so many memories from growing up. Sweet and sour spare ribs were one of my childhood favourites. There never seemed to be enough sauce to put over rice so definitely need to increase the ingredients. Thankful to find the cookbook that contained the recipe and the page reflects how often we made this. Definitely a family fave for mine.

Exercising Baby

One should surround themselves with things that are either beautiful or practical or both.

On my first visit to ZimSculpt, I fell in love with a beautiful sculpture called “Exercising Baby” I found in their Marketplace. Sadly the piece was not in my budget but I took a photograph to remember it. Apparently I really loved the piece as in reviewing my photographs I found a smaller version of the sculpture I loved. Lucky to find it on my second visit to the exhibit. Exercising Baby by Richard Kambazuma now has a new home with me.

To find your own beautiful piece of Zimbabwe Stone Sculpture and support generations of Zimbabwe Sculptors, visit ZimSculpt at the Toronto Botanical Garden between now until Sunday September 30th.

Acqua di Gioia

“A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique.” – Giorgio Armani

I love perfume. Many scents I love are too heavy for summer as well as the office. I was gifted Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia a few years back and it quickly became a favourite. It has a lovely light scent that isn’t too floral and is perfect to wear to work everyday regardless of season. Please be mindful as many individuals have scent allergies and sensitivities. Definitely something to keep in mind if wish to wear perfume to work or a job interview.

Plane Spotting at YYZ

When I was little, my dad would take my brother and I to Toronto Pearson to watch planes land. The excitement of the plane coming towards you is a rush that never gets old. It is something I still absolutely love today.

One of my favourite spots to catch jets landing is the parking lot behind the Petro Canada Gas Station on Airport Road. It is the perfect spot when this runway is in use. Download a flight tracking app to your mobile to determine where planes are landing. Trust me when you arrive, you will find many other fellow plane nerds trying to capture the perfect shot.

Today I met a family who brought their four year old son for the first time and the smile on his face said it all. If you are looking for a fun family activity, I highly recommend a wee bit of plane spotting. A great way to create a lifetime love of flight.

Kitchen Essentials: A Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife

For anyone who cooks at home, a Chef’s Knife and Paring Knife are kitchen essentials and absolutely worth the investment. My knives of choice are the Wüsthof ® Classic 6″ Chef’s Knife and Wüsthof ® Gourmet 3″ Paring Knife that I have had since 2010 and still love today. Despite cooking since childhood, I signed up for a knife skills cooking class at the LCBO in Toronto. In one evening class, my friends and I were lucky enough to learn beginner knife skills, enjoy the fruits of the our labour and were gifted with a few Wüsthof ® knives to take home. The LCBO still runs these classes at the Summerhill Toronto LCBO Stores and other locations throughout Ontario. If this is something you are interested in, sign up for their LCBO Taste and Experiences Guide to learn about future classes. The LCBO also has a number of great cooking classes with wine paring too. I highly recommend taking one if you are looking to expand your own culinary skills. It is a lovely way to spend an evening.

If you are already a knife pro and looking for an upgrade, definitely check out the Wüsthof ® knives which are sold in Toronto at Crate and Barrel Yorkdale Shopping Centre, via their website and at Russell Hendrix Foodservice Equipment. I love mine.

Happy chopping!