I’m back from a very productive week in Toronto. Although I was there for work (I will get to that), I did reserve some time to enjoy the city (read: eat, eat and eat some more). Thank you so much for your restaurant recommendations btw!
The work portion of this trip took up most of my days and that was fine by me as I was so excited about this partnership. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught glimpses of what I was up to. I can’t reveal too much but I can share that I was working with the lovely folks from House & Home Magazine on an upcoming Home Sense campaign #whatsyourstyle/#quelestvotrestyle. More specifically, I was asked to design two different vignettes using only Home Sense products. Each vignette would have to highlight a “hero item”. In my case, it was copper pots, pans and other accessories. Luckily, I am crazy over copper so I was totally up for the challenge. And what a challenge it was! Two days to design, assemble, style and shoot two set-ups.
I pushed myself to design something more traditional and I am just thrilled with the final result. The vignettes are so different from one another but I think they capture my style quite well. I was amazed by the array of products that Home Sense carries and I totally called shotgun on half of the accessories we used. Although I can’t share the final shots with you, I wanted to give you a glimpse of what these shoots typically look like behind-the-scenes…
The final shots will appear in the October issue of House & Home, as well as in other publications and on the campaign microsite set to go live in early September. We also filmed some fun FR/ENG videos with great tips and tricks and they too will appear on the microsite and on House & Home’s website. I will be sure to keep you guys posted!
And now for the food.
And some very grainy and blurry pics. What can I say, I get the shakes when hungry.
In the last few years, T.O.’s food scene has transformed into something really special. I was in Toronto for three nights and I ate some seriously good food for all three of those nights. After a long first day of work, I arranged to meet up with an old friend at Marben, the most well-reviewed restaurant that I could find within walking distance of my hotel. I had never heard of this place but the online chatter was positive so I booked a last minute table. Beautiful patio, gorgeous interior and delicious food. The beautifully balanced charcuterie platter was the highlight for me – I may or may not have eaten the liver mousse with my fork…
The following night, my friend Sara took care of the reservations. She knew that I wanted something casual and interesting so she booked a table at Barrio Coreano, a Mexican/Korean taco place in Koreatown (what will those hispters think of next). Apparently this is the newest venture from the folks who opened the much loved Cantina and Playa Cabana. You do not go to Barrio Coreano if you want a light bite to eat. Unless you’re able to only order one taco, in which case I applaud your restraint. The food was heavy but finger licking good. We each ate three tacos and I could barely walk out of the place unassisted. The fried cheese taco is nothing short of magical and worth the visit alone.
On my last night, my childhood friend Ben and I arranged to meet at Bar Isabel, where he works. Getting a table there is no easy feat and I was so grateful to Ben for getting us in on such short notice. Since arriving in Toronto, two people had told me about the octopus at Bar Isabel and I was dying to see what all the fuss was about. I let Ben order everything and he knocked it out of the park. Honestly one of the most memorable meals I’ve had on this side of the ocean. Every bite of food was spectacular. And that octopus, well, you have to eat it to believe it.