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Cover Me Urban: Food, Fashion, Drink, Music, Fun

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Cover Me Urban: Food, Fashion, Drink, Music, Fun


On Wednesday April 5th, I had the opportunity of attending Cover Me Urban a fundraising event for Youth Without Shelter as a guest of Tangerine Bank.

The event was held to raise money and awareness about Ending homelessness…one youth at a time, one step at a time.

About Youth Without Shelter

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth who are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs for homeless youth ages 16­-24 and provide an independent shelter, committed to diverse client ­focused services, in a safe, non­judgmental supportive environment. Their programs enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society.

Frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students, in 1986 a group of teachers and guidance counsellors created Youth without Shelter. Since that time YWS has helped more than 15,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they are dedicated to providing getting youth off the streets permanently by providing shelter and support programs in a safe environment.

About Cover Me Urban Event

The event was held at the Maison Mercer. It was fun filled night with great food, fashion, drink and conversation – all in support of Youth Without Shelter.

Check out the event pictures and partcipant links below


Aura by Cashew & Clive
Big House Pizza
CHASKA Indian Street Food Obsession 
Coastline Catering

Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Award Winning Culinary Team
Fonda Lola Mexican Bistro
Medium Rare
The Cheese Boutique
Sweet treats from Cocomira and More Than Pies
Thistletown CI Culinary Program with Chef Keith Hoare, 2015 Chopped Canada winner and student competitors 2015 Chopped Canada
Team YWS 
Yorkshire Pudding Inc. 

AROMA Espresso Bar
Mill Street Brewery
Brickworks Ciderhouse
Oyster Bay Wines

Cover Me Urban fashion show, featuring spring urban wear from Saks Fifth Avenue (CF Sherway Gardens).

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Winterlicious is back! #Winterlicious Jan 27 to Feb 9


Winterlicious is back! #Winterlicious Jan 27 to Feb 9

It’s that time of year again! If you live in Toronto then it is time to make reservations at your favourite restaurants, or the ones you really want to try!

About Winterlicious and Summerlicious

The Summerlicious and Winterlicious programs are produced by the City of Toronto. The Licious programs began in 2003 as a way to boost Toronto’s restaurant industry during typically slow periods of business. In the years since the programs’ inception, participating restaurants have served 6.2 million meals during the promotion periods, generating more than $275 million in economic activity for the local restaurant industry. The Licious programs were ranked in the top three all-time favourite festivals, fairs and events in Field Day’s fourth annual Toronto entertainment survey.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Details about Winterlicious are available at



2017 Culinary Event Series

The Winterlicious 2017 exclusive Culinary Event Series features nine one-of-a-kind cooking and dining experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest venues and chefs. Tickets for the nine culinary events, listed here, make exceptional holiday gifts and go on sale today. More information is available at

• Happy 150th! A Decadent Taste of Canada at Palais Royale
Palais Royale – January 27

• Elements of Soul – 150 years of Caribbean Influence
FUSE Restaurant – Jan 27 and 28

• Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Cuisine
Casa Loma – January 28 and 29 and also February 4 and 5

• Martinis, Manhattans & Old Fashioneds: Time-Honoured Classics from the Golden Age of Bartending
Rosewater – February 1

• A Night at the Court
Arcadian Court – February 2

• La Dolce Vita
Fabbrica – February 2

• Murder at Sea! A Canadian Cruise of Titanic Proportions
Mysteriously Yours – February 3 and 4

• Mare a Mare – Fresh Canadian Seafood the Italian Way
Cibo Wine Bar, Yorkville – February 6

• Syria: A Living History
Diwan, Aga Khan Museum – February 9

2017 Prix Fixe Promotion
More than 220 restaurants city-wide are participating in the Winterlicious Prix Fixe Promotion. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $18, $23 and $28, and dinner is priced at $28, $38 and $48. Restaurants start accepting reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion on January 12, 2017.

Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishment. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at

ESKA Natural Spring Water continues as the official water sponsor of the event, featuring both still and sparkling water at select restaurants.

The latest Winterlicious updates are available at or via social media: Twitter (@LiciousTO and #LiciousTO), Instagram ( and Facebook (

Holiday Baking with the Family


Holiday Baking with the Family

The holidays are not the holidays without holiday baking. We get together with my mom and we bake starting around the first week of December. Then we continue on baking right until the end of the month. We bake from scratch. The KitchenAid gets used the most during December.

What do we bake? Maybe I should rephrase with What DON”T we bake!   All recipes are my mother’s recipes. My mother has been baking since she was seven years old. She is amazing. Eveything she bakes is so delicious. She really does enjoy baking as well. Baking and cooking. I am not really a baker but during the holidays I am happy to spend time with my mom and my sisters and we create all these masterpieces.

  • Shortbread cookies
  • snow ball cookies
  • baklava
  • spinch pies
  • cheese pies
  • onion pies

Baking Gifts

After we complete our baking, we then take pretty boxes and bags and wrap them up nicely to get ready to share with our friends, family and the special people in our lives.


Holiday Baking Short Cut


When we want to have some fun, we like to bake with the kids over the holiday season.  We count on Pillsbury to help us out. Baking and cookie decorating is a great way to get the family to turn off of their cell phones and other mobile devices and spend time together. It is fun, and it makes the entire house smell so good!

The first set of Ready to Bake cut-out holiday cookies (sugar cookies) included Christmas Trees and Snow Men. We love the fact they are small so that they the kids don’t over indulge. (And well so that the adults also don’t over indulge)  There are 12 cookies per pack.  These are the cookies we make as a family, in the after school or on the weekends.

You can’t go wrong. You just take them out of the package, put them on a baking sheet and then place them in them in the oven.




We are a family of gingerbread lovers. We used to bake and make gingerbread houses and gingerbread condo’s. Now that everyone has pretty much grown up, we settle for Pillsbury pre-cut cookies instead.





Do you bake with your family during the holidays? If so what do you bake? Do you bake from scratch, or do you get a little help like we did with Pillsbury?