Pumpkin Donut Holes

For Halloween, I knew I wanted to bake something with pumpkin. Since we didn't have any plans to dress up and go out, a celebratory night (or two) of stuffing our faces with sweet delights seemed more than appropriate. I made these pumpkin donut holes or timbits as I like to call them (for all my fellow Canadians) here, and it was blissful. Pillowy little bites of pure pumpkin pie flavour made complete with a light sugary coating -- it was like fall in a morsel. And there's something extremely comforting about the intoxicating aroma wafting from the oven. The recipe uses a mini muffin pan, but since we don’t have one, I rolled them into little balls with my hands and baked them on a baking sheet.

 Happy Halloween!


Inspired by: Mikhael Kale SS 2013

Last week, I attended my very first Fashion Week show in Toronto. Needless to say, I was more than ecstatic (and stressed) about planning everything down to the tee. I saw Toronto designer Mikhael Kale’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation, and was instantly enamored with his stunning designs. I left the show feeling energized and invigorated for the first signs of spring so I decided to create an outfit inspired by Mikhael’s collection, tailored to the current fall season.

For a full review, check out my post on Coco & Cowe here. I am now a guest blogger for the fabulous site so be sure to stop by and see what I’m up to!

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs ID Bow Bracelet 2. Alice + Olivia Bryant Sequin Top 3. Burberry Prorsum Ruffled Crepe Pencil Skirt 4. Jil Sander Metallic Leather Pouch 5. L.K. Bennett Ankle Booties


Mango, Pineapple & Papaya Salsa

One of the many things we constantly miss from Kauai was the abundance of fresh tropical fruits readily available. They are far fresher and more succulent that you will ever find here. Mangoes, pineapples, and papayas are easily three of our favourite fruits and we simply couldn’t devour enough of them in Kauai. If you’ve never had a Hawaiian papaya, I strongly urge you to try it -- it will change your life. I’m not a fan of the Mexican papayas you find here, but the Hawaiian kinds are so different -- they are insanely sweet and flavourful. If you live in Toronto, you can find them at Pusateri’s. They are a bit pricey but worth every juicy bite.

We bought a bunch of tropical fruits over our Kauai weekend, used some to make a smoothie and saved the rest in this fruit salsa. It is super easy to make and was the perfect accompaniment to our Hawaiian dish, which I will be posting the recipe for next week.

Fresh coconut water

We made a smoothie with dragon fruit. Check out this recipe here

Hawaiian papaya

Mango, Pineapple & Papaya Salsa


1/2 pineapple
3 mangoes
1 Hawaiian papaya (or Mexican if you like)
1/2 red onion
1 lime
A good handful of cilantro and mint (you can omit either if you like but the combination of the two makes it extra fresh)
Salt + pepper

1. Chop the pineapple, mangoes, and papaya into small cubes.
2. Dice the red onion finely.
3. Roughly chop the cilantro and mint.
4. Place all ingredients in a bowl, squeeze in a lime, add a pinch of salt and pepper, and mix together.  


Aloha Kauai

My favourite sunset at Tunnels Beach

As some of you may already know, the boyfriend and I took our first trip to the beautiful island of Kauai in Hawaii this time last year. We fell in love with everything the island had to offer and since our return, we have been dreaming of the day we can revisit and relive the most magical experience. To commemorate this anniversary, we decided to bring Kauai to us and have a fun-filled weekend with Hawaiian food and drinks, music, hikes, and watching surfing documentaries and The Descendants (the movie was filmed in Kauai and Oahu but who needs an excuse to watch George Clooney?) Over the next few weeks, I will be dedicating my posts to all things Hawaiian inspired so be sure to check back often. For now, here's a glimpse of what our extraordinary trip consisted of.


Boat Tour to the Na Pali Coast

Taro fields in Hanalei Valley (the quaint town we stayed in)
One of the best dinners we've made: grilled opah with mango/pineapple/papaya salsa
Gorgeous view of Na Pali Coast

A Jurassic Park view on our hike

Poke: A raw fish salad that is a traditional and delicious Hawaiian dish 
The boyfriend and I at Waimea Canyon (The Grand Canyon of the Pacific)

Dining at the Grand Hyatt on our last night

Doors Off Helicopter Tour -- one of the most surreal experiences

Cotton candy clouds