Saturday, 15 October 2016

Toronto ... Casa Loma and Royal Ontario Museum

Hey everyone!!

It's been ages since I wrote a blog post and I have work to blame as it's been crazy recently - we opened a new warehouse so I've been helping with that ... anyway ... I posted about my trip to Canada with Dave and I wrote about day 1 and day 2 ... so here is day 3 ...

On the third day we visited Casa Loma - Toronto's Majestic Castle.

It was very interesting and there was lots to look at. They also had a cafe in the lower floor that you could get food and drinks in. It was very hot that day so it was good to sit down and relax for a bit. 

We then headed down back into Toronto (as the castle was a bit far out of Toronto) and stopped for a Starbucks and then headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a wander round. 


Monday, 12 September 2016

Toronto ... CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium

Hey everyone :)

While in Toronto I did plan to do a blog post here and there about things we were getting up to ... but we walked so much each day and we were so tired when we got back that we were fast asleep before we could think about doing anything else.

So here I am ... it's been nearly a week since we were in Toronto ... we would be on the plane by now. On our second day we ended up going to the CN Tower and Ripley's Aquarium - both were really good.

The CN Tower was amazing and we went up to the observation floor and glass floor. It takes just about a minute to get from the bottom to the top. The CN Tower is 553 metres tall and was the world's tallest building freestanding from 1957 to 2007. It is 553m high.

We also went to the aquarium which was good too ...

They had a range of different types of fish and we got to go through the tunnel and underneath the tanks. It was very interesting and really fun.

Have you ever been to Toronto - where did you go? Let me know in the comments below.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Toronto ... Dundas Square and the Hotel

Hey everyone :)

Apologies for the absence on my blog recently - I think this is the quiet I have ever been since starting it. My excuse ... work is hectic ... and I'm on holiday for a week now. If you haven't already guessed by the title or the first picture ... we're in Toronto (when I saw we ... I mean Dave and myself).

It's our third day so far and I love it ... city life here is hectic, fast-paced and crazy! We've done so much already and there is still lots to do!

Monday was our travel day so we left the UK at around 08:30 (went back in time 8 hours) and arrived in Toronto at 11:10ish. We got a 25 minute taxi ride to the hotel - we are staying in the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The hotel is 5 star and exceeded my expectations! This is the first 5 star hotel I've stayed in (having worked in one for a year - I kinda knew what to expect). We were offered cool lavender towels at the check in desk. I 'think' we were severed by the General Manager and he offered us little tips/hints of things we were thinking of doing (such as getting the water taxi to Toronto Island instead of the ferry, it costs a bit more but faster and less crowded). We checked in and then were escorted upstairs to our room.

We dumped our things, showered and left to go find some food and to have a wander around our new home for the week. We first went to Tim Hortons as Dave wanted a coffee (he apparently got addicted to it while he was here last year). I ended up with a fizzy raspberry lemonade drink, he a coffee and he bought some little mini doughnut balls. We then wandered along the harbour and sat down with a nice view of Tornoto Island.

We then headed to a shopping centre for a wander - I think it's this areas biggest one boasting 250 shops. I found my first Canadian Starbucks :)

After much wandering we headed back to the hotel, grabbed a Subway (I know ... Subway - it was good though) and chilled out for the evening. We were shocked to find though (as I forgot) that the hotel does a 'turn-down' service so our room attendant - Marjorie had been in and tidied up our entire room and left water, little chocolates, the breakfast menu, slippers and other little things. So we felt slightly bad ... but we were tired so after eating our Subway and watching an episode of Friends on Netflix ... we fell asleep and that was our first day gone!


Friday, 12 August 2016

Tanya Bakes

Hey everyone :)

I did a review on Tanya's first book 'Love Tanya' and if you remember I said that my favourite chapter was the baking section. It seems it was also a lot more people's favourite too and Tanya ended up making a whole new book dedicated to recipes she loves, made or found over the years.

I've already made a few from the book and I love it ... I did spill some mixture on one of the pages ... which has annoyed me ... but anyway I digress.

The book is full of simple and easy recipes and some more complicated recipes - so there are recipes of all kinds of bakers!

From what I gathered on Tanya's vlogs while she was making the book - she made every single recipe for the pictures and the team shot them with her. The pictures are amazing and well thought out and a favourite part of the book for me. I find myself always drawn to a recipe with a picture than without.

There are several favourites already for me in the book - one being the flapjack recipe ... Tanya's has smarties on but I didn't have any at the time so I made the recipe without them and it still tasted just as good.

I also loved the Mary Berry's chocolate fork biscuits - so quick and easy to make.

Did you pre-order Tanya's book or did you buy it recently? Have you made anything from it yet? Let me know in the comments below.

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