Italians sure know how to do frozen desserts

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you may know that I have written on chocolate (Belgian, Valentine’s Day) and confections, and mentioned sweet things because I do in fact have multiple sweet teeth. I admit it. My hips don’t lie. While dreaming that spring will finally come to Edmonton and seeing photos of my friend’s travels in Europe, I have been thinking about ways to find a…

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Dauphine Bakery and Bistro – Edmonton, Alberta

Dauphine in French means the female heir to the throne and this bakery/bistro is fit for royalty. The location is on one of the nicest, if not the nicest street in downtown Edmonton, 104 and Dauphine is located in the basement so it feels like you’re walking down into a secret kitchen. The tables are white and grey swirled marble and the yellow glow makes the bistro comforting even though…

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Martisor – March 1st a Romanian celebration

March 1st is a Romanian holiday that is referred to as Mărțișor (pronounced kind of like “mart-see-shore”). From what I’ve seen through celebrating with Romanians, Mărțișor marks the beginning of spring and is also associated with women and fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is also seen in Moldova and variations of Mărțișor exist in other countries. Women usually get one or more Mărțișor. I’ve seen women recieve one…

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Beauty of a Woman – Body Culture

Today’s post is more controversial than anything I have written on this blog before. It is part of August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. I was shocked when watching a movie with a mixed group of men and women when I heard one of the guys say, “yeah I you don’t see a hot model with a muffin top very often.” To give you a visual idea of what…

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Make it chocolate covered for Valentine’s Day

Since I won’t be in Belgium this Valentine’s Day, and I won’t be able to get the usual Cote D’Or or Neuhaus I so enjoy, I started thinking about the chocolate options in Alberta, Canada. (Read more about my take on Belgian chocolate here). Cadbury and Ritter Sport rank rather high on my chocolate scale in terms of taste, but in Canada, its more about chocolate bar brands such as…

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