A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    Centro- a Mid-Town Toronto Gem

    Filed under :Centro, Jason Carter, Toronto
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    Famous for impeccable service, loyal clientele and a thoughtful, substantive wine list, Centro has emerged as a culinary stronghold since Chef Jason Carter took the helm a couple of years ago.  He certainly has the skills- Carter worked at North 44° prior to a decade-long stint as Susur Lee’s right-hand man.

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    Delicious Originals by Lynne

    Filed under :cake, cupcakes, Desserts, Originals by Lynne, Toronto
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    Where does the time go?  I looked up today and realized we’re half way through the summer.  I’ve been crazy busy with work, travel, chef school, throwing dinner parties, and mostly, training in muay thai at TKMT!  I’ve been getting up in the mornings before 6am to go to the regular gym or for a run, then work all day, then straight to the muay thai gym to train all evening.  It’s not unusual to be there for four hours.  It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far and I’m loving every minute.

    Of all the places to find foodies, a muay thai gym is not the first location that pops to mind.  Yet, it’s a mecca of people who love to eat!  One of the instructors there, Lynne, not only is a terrific cook, but an exceptional baker who runs her own dessert business making cupcakes, cakes, gift baskets, diaper cakes, and more.  She recently decorated a cake that was so stunning it should be featured on the cover of baking magazines.

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    Lai Toh Heen

    Filed under :Chinese Food, Lai Toh Heen, Restaurant, Toronto
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    I’d been hearing about Lai Toh Heen since moving to Toronto four years ago, and shame on me for not trying it earlier given that I live close by.  That being said, when my friend Jill came to town, I knew it was the perfect opportunity.  She and I are super compatible eaters- we both love delicious food and trying new things, and we appreciate the taste, presentation, ambiance- the whole  experience.  We once almost burst into spontaneous applause when our meals arrived because the presentation was so well done.  We don’t see each other all that often since she doesn’t live in Toronto, so when we do get together we make a point of hitting the must-do restaurants.

    And Lai Toh Heen is a definite must-do, let me tell you.

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