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Graffiti Central

Between Bathurst and Spadina, South of Queen Street is graffiti central. Living and growing up downtown has given me appreciation for the hustle and bustle of the fashion district. Lunch period during middle school days were spent getting lunch and window shopping. Getting groceries from chinatown was a regular day routine and then Sanderson library. So many memories. The fashion district name derives from this area of downtown Toronto being home to clothing manufacturer businesses back in the day. Just take a look up when you’re shopping in this area and notice the old victorian like roofs on top of most of these stores. Especially standing at the corner of Queen and Spadina. Other then wholesale, limited edition, vintage and designer shops along this south side stretch of Spadina Ave, you can also take a walk down graffiti central where you’ll see work by Deadboy, Poser, Spud, Fdoe, THINGS and…

Social Media Etiquette

Do you have good Social Media Etiquette? Social Media has a global reach and trust me when I write this, but there is no room for poor etiquette. Unless you would like to purposely rub your social media image in the dirt.  Creating accounts for every popular social media application or website and leaving your accounts dormant, why? Many people do this. They think they need to be on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and make their accounts, only to never open them again. If that sounds like you, both do your research and learn about each one and their benefits for you personally or your business so you can start using the application to your advantage, or simply just delete the account that you never use. Some people fail to realize that having a social media account that hasn’t been watered and nurtured into an increasing amount of followers…

Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon isn’t only made up of water and sugar. It also provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. What better way to say farewell to the summer weather in Toronto then with a smoothie like this. What a short lived season we had, but that’s not new for us Torontonians. One evening I had a really bad headache and truth be told, I don’t like taking any kind of medication for it. Instead I did some research on possible causes and solutions. BINGO! Dehydration is a major cause of headaches and this fruit is a great solution since it’s 91% water. Ingredients 1 1/2 cup of watermelon 1 frozen banana 1 peeled green apple Purée watermelon in blender. You can strain the slush or leave it as is. Add the watermelon back into the blender with the banana and apple. Blend. …

Caramelized Apple French Toast

It’s been a great weekend with wonderful summer weather, but before this weekend I bet you couldn’t help but notice the leaves falling off trees. Fall is coming close and the summer season is ending in Toronto. This is the perfect fall inspired recipe for french toast. I think of Fall with the mention of apple pie, apples dipped in caramel, baked apples..YUM! Did you know French toast was not invented in France. French toast was around before France even existed. The exact origin of French toast is actually unknown. What you’ll need: Ingredients: 2 gala apples, peeled and sliced 3 eggs 4 tablespoons brown sugar, divided use 1 cup of cream cheese 2 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar; extra for sprinkling over top 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla emulsion (or extract) 2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for frying pan a pinch ground cinnamon ½ cup whipped cream Maple-Syrup 4 slices of…