Cibo Wine Bar & OpenTable Toronto (collaboration)

This past Sunday I was delighted with food and drink at one of Toronto's most delicious restaurants. Cibo Wine Bar is located in downtown Toronto at King Street and Brant Street, and it offers authentic and positively delicious Italian food. On Sundays they have a buffet brunch for $35 and this includes pasta, pizza, salad, seafood, sandwiches, bread, cheese, cold cuts, desserts, and a glass of champagne or a mimosa! I can't even utter how amazing the food was or what a great deal it was for the $35 price tag. 

I made the reservation through OpenTable Toronto, and I have to say it couldn't have been easier. OpenTable is great for finding restaurants of any cuisine, location, and price tag and for sealing the deal with reservations. You can be reassured that your reservation is set and your table will be prepared for you. You can use either their website or app to make the reservation. I will definitely be using OpenTable for all my future reservations. 

For lunch at Cibo, my boyfriend and I many great dishes. I enjoyed many vegetarian options which included sandwiches, figs, cheese, bread, and polenta fries. We both shared orrecchiette in a rose sauce (this was to die for!), and casarecce primavera. You were able to make your own pizza, which we obviously did, and we enjoyed the wood oven pizza so much. On our pizza there was grilled zucchini & peppers, red onions, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and prosciutto on half of it for my manly man. For dessert there were a dozen cakes to try and many pastries and lots of fruit. I tried the brownie cheesecake and I was again, not disappointed. 

If you live in Toronto or are planning on a visit, please go to Cibo Wine Bar for it's amazing food, great service, and very pretty atmosphere. I had a wonderful Sunday because of my brunch experience. You won't be disappointed any day of the week at Cibo, and I can guarantee you will be happy all day. 

Ps. There will be a post up next Wednesday at the same time on my outfit and makeup look!

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Weekend Baking: Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar

Good morning everyone! Today's recipe is once again from Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon cookbook. As you may already know, I am completely obsessed with this book; it has such beautiful photos and great recipes. Izy's Cornbread with Cinnamon-Sugar is so simple, but still delightful. It's a very different cornbread than I'm used to as it's very light and almost cake-like. 

For the cornbread, you will need: 

2 tbsp salted butter 

3 tbsp sugar

1 egg

1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of cornmeal 

1 cup, minus 1 tbsp of flour

1 tbsp, plus 2 tsp baking powder

For the cinnamon-sugar, you will need: 

2 tbsp of sugar

2 tsp of cinnamon

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8 inch pie dish.

Melt the butter, and add in the sugar, egg, milk, and cornmeal. 

Next you'll add in the flour and baking powder and combine. 

Pour the mixture in the prepared pie dish, and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes, and once cooked through, serve with butter and jam! 

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This cornbread couldn't be easier, and it's surprisingly delicious with the cinnamon-sugar on top. If you make this for your family and friends, they will definitely enjoy it! 

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Weekend Baking: Orange Scones

Good morning! Today I bring you my orange scones. This recipe is super easy and it makes the most delicious scones. You'll want to make them all the time after trying them once (trust me, I went through a scone phase). 

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For this recipe, you will need: 

2 cups of flour

1/3 cup of sugar (plus 2 tbsp for sprinkling)

1.5 tsp of baking powder

A pinch of salt

8 tbsp of butter

Zest and juice of one orange

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix together your milk and egg thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Grate the butter into the dry ingredients, and combine until it becomes like sand.

Add the zest and juice of one orange, and mix well. 

Stir in the milk mixture, and combine until a dough is formed.

On a floured surface, form the dough into one flat circle round, or two depending on the size of scone you prefer. I like a medium size which means I can get 16 scones out of two rounds. Cut into triangles, sprinkle a little sugar on the top, and pop in the oven for 15 minutes. The scones will be perfectly golden brown.

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These scones are rather easy to make, and turn out just so delicious. Make a double batch because they'll go fast! 

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Weekend Baking: Easy Apple Pie

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Good morning everyone and Happy Easter! For me, today will be a day full of yummy food. I hope yours is full of yumminess too! For this weekend's baking post, we have the easiest apple pie! This will impress your friends and family for sure, and they will have no idea how easy it is to make! For the crust, you will need:

2 cups of flour

2 tsps of salt

1 cup of butter

1 cup of water

*And a food processor

For the filling, you will need:

6-8 apples, cored and sliced (I used a mixture of gala, macintosh, pink lady, granny smith, and cortland)

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 tsps of cinnamon

1 tsp of ginger

1/5 cup of flour

To start, place all of the crust's ingredients into a food processor and mix until it becomes a ball of dough. Knead it a couple of times then wrap in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes. (You can make this dough up to 2 days in advance)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. For the apple filling, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Leave the apple mixture for at least 10 minutes so the juice can be absorbed (this is key to the cooked gooey filling you'll want).

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Divide your dough into two pieces and roll each out to about a 1/4 inch thickness. Grease and line your pie pan with the crust, and add the apple filling. Add a couple pieces of butter on top of the filling for added yumminess.

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For the top piece of dough, you have a couple options. You can leave it as is and crimp the crust and cut a slit in the centre. You can make a lattice top. Or you can do what I did and make little apples. I bought little pastry cutters that imprint a shape, and I went to town with the apple cutter for this pie. I layered the top of the pie with several little apples, covered it with a light egg wash, and popped it in the oven.

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I first baked the pie for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and let it bake for another 30-40 minutes. You want the inside to be more on the dry side and the top to be golden. applepie7applepie8apple pie

Enjoy the pie with family and friends and serve with either whip cream or ice cream! This will become a go-to for you, and then you can experiment with different fillings. Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments!

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