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A Berry Valentine

February 14, 2015

A Berry Valentine

I don’t often get the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. P is an avid basketball fan and it just so happens that each year, the NBA All-Stars coincides with Valentine’s Day weekend. In order to ensure that both of us are happy at this time of the year (I’ll admit that I buy into the whole Valentine’s Day festivities), we often celebrate on either the weekend before or after so that P can have the actual weekend to himself to enjoy the All-Stars with his friends.

My recent move to Toronto coupled with LDR has made it a little difficult for either of us to spend much time together. Luckily for me, P visited the weekend right before and we were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little bit earlier.

A Berry Valentine

There’s nothing more that both of us value more than quality time together. And the distance has proven that happiness can’t be bought, so we cherish every minute that we have together in between those gaps of time that we’re apart. Rather than go out to a fancy restaurant or surprising me with big presents, P often chooses to instead cook us a dinner and have us cozy up at home to watch a movie together. A fan favorite of ours is steak and risotto, paired together with a glass of wine, while sitting back to re-watch Love Actually for the umpteenth time. But everyone knows that dinner isn’t complete without dessert.

If you were to look in my fridge, you’d notice that it’s always stocked with a berry of some kind regardless of the time of the year. Although strawberries are an absolute favorite, they’re only best when in season, so I often settle with blackberries as they always taste fantastic the whole year round. Obviously chocolate dipped strawberries are a long time favorite of mine, and as much as I love Godiva, I enjoy my strawberries too much to settle for too few at that price.

A Berry Valentine

I’ve also recently been getting into white wines and roses (cue the wine for dinner). So when I stumbled across Shotberry, I was immediately intrigued by their custom designed chocolate dipped strawberries that are topped with a shot of anything that you like. I didn’t put in any specific request besides no tequila and red wine (nobody wants to wake up hungover after a post Valentine’s Day celebration), and was thoroughly impressed with the outcome. White chocolate and cookies and creme? My day is made. P doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when he saw the size of the strawberries, he was instantly game.

A Berry Valentine

A Berry Valentine

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Valentine’s Day celebrations over, I’m excited to spend time with one of my best friends in Ottawa this weekend while P spends some time with the boys watching the All-Star game.

Top – Zipia | Cardigan – Zipia | Trousers – H&M | Watch – Michael Kors | Earrings – My Femme Crush | Strawberries – Shotberry

Kitchen Play – Pesto Sandwhich

July 28, 2014
Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich

Being a relatively healthy eater, I tend to opt for fresher pastes and pesto sauce definitely hits the spot. It can be thrown into a pasta, used as a spread and even tastes great in a salad. On days when I’m rushing to work in the morning or I’m looking for something quick and easy to make, I almost always reach for my jar of pesto to make my pesto sandwich.

This recipe takes under 5 minutes to make and can easily be customized to suite your taste buds and cravings.

Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich
Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich
Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich
Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich
Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich

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  1. Spread pesto sauce over the bread of your choice. I prefer whole grains because it’s healthier for my body.
  2. Slice up a tomato until you have enough to cover the slice of bread.
  3. Layer the cheese of your choice over another slice of bread. I usually enjoy gently warming up the cheese in a microwave after this so that it’s soft and helps keep the sandwhich together.
  4. Put the two pieces of bread together and enjoy!

I have another sandwhich recipe that involves smoked salmon which is a little heavier. If you guys are interested, let me know in the comments and I’ll definitely add it to my Kitchen Play series!

Kitchen Play - Pesto Sandwhich