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Thursday Night Eats at Cardinale

 

Last night’s Instastory adventures featured Liya and I at the media dinner for the new Italian joint Cardinale. With open minds and an empty stomach, we made our way to the Dafoe Building in Victoria Park not knowing what to expect. I always get a little nervous trying new restaurants because I’ve been told (once or twice) that I’m a picky eater. But all my worries disappeared as soon as I opened the door. I felt like I just walked into one of my family gatherings. The atmosphere was lively, Prosecco was flowing, and rich aromas wafted through the air. I felt right at home.

Here’s what we ate.

PANZANELLA   -   pagnotta toast, heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, capers, olives, cucumber

PANZANELLA - pagnotta toast, heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, capers, olives, cucumber

MANDRAROSSA NERO D'AVOLA  (exclusive to Cardinale)   -   hints of damson plum, black cherry, and licorice

MANDRAROSSA NERO D'AVOLA (exclusive to Cardinale)  - hints of damson plum, black cherry, and licorice

                                  VITELLO   -   veal   ribeye  , Italian bbq sauce, grilled lemons

                                  VITELLO - veal ribeye, Italian bbq sauce, grilled lemons

                 PAPPARDELLE   -   12 hour   veal shin ragu, burnt chicken liver,   piave     vecchio

                 PAPPARDELLE - 12 hour veal shin ragu, burnt chicken liver, piave vecchio

                   Villa Barbi Rosso  - blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot

                   Villa Barbi Rosso - blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot

                               TORTA  -  lemon breakfast cake, mascarpone, olive oil    RICOTTA AL CAFFE   (right) - espresso, sweet ricotta,   amaretti   cookies,   lucano     caffe  , whipped cream

                               TORTA - lemon breakfast cake, mascarpone, olive oil

RICOTTA AL CAFFE (right) - espresso, sweet ricotta, amaretti cookies, lucano caffe, whipped cream

Not pictured is the delicious PANE (poppyseed and honey foccacia, single origin olive oil, rosemary butter) that looked too good to wait and take a picture of. Sorry guys! But I promise you that you will fall in love with it.   

What a great evening of reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you, Jared Kichula, for opening your doors to host us. This is definitely a must dine restaurant just in time for the Fall/Winter season. The contemporary Italian cuisine is delicious, the Italien wine selection is impressive and the staff is very knowledgeable about the menu. 

In honor of Cardinale's opening, they are hosting an in-restaurant contest for a chance to win a TRIP to Italy for two now through January 17, 2018, with purchase. If any of you guys win, just know I will be more than happy to be your +1. 

Love you leave you 🍒

Getting ready for PARKSHOW at Zara ...

If you’re last minute like me then you don’t have a clue what you’re wearing to PARKshow this weekend.  I know I know I should be on top of this. But I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. I almost never plan my outfits ahead. The odd times I do, I end up changing my mind last minute.

PARKshow has helped us narrow down our choices by giving us a theme color. YELLOW, just in time for Summer. The color yellow represents joy, freshness, and positivity. Which are all characteristic that the PARKshow fashion event embodies. 

Zara Bell Sleeve Jacket| Zara Trousers | Forever 21 Bralette Body Chain | Express Sunglasses

Zara Bell Sleeve Jacket| Zara Trousers | Forever 21 Bralette Body Chain | Express Sunglasses

It just so happens that my favorite store ZARA has an abundance of yellow items in their Spring/Summer’17 collection to suit everyone’s fashion needs. Whether you’re going full throttle yellow head to toe or a more subtle with a pair of earrings, Zara has it all. Don't overthink your outfit, have fun and play around with different patterns and fabrics. And if you still get stuck, ask yourself what would Rihanna wear?

 

Here are a few of my favorite Zara picks that will have you PARKshow ready:

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Haven’t bought your tickets yet? What are you waiting for the 1st show is tomorrow. For my fellow procrastinators use my exclusive promo code “CHERRY10” to get $$ off your tickets here. Bring a friend and tell some friends because you don't want to miss out on this experience.

 

As Heidi Klum says "Meet you on the runway" 🍒

Sometimes I Let Made Foods Do The Hard Part

Sometimes I Let Made Foods Do The Hard Part

What did you eat today? While you think about that I'll go ahead first. For breakfast, I had a nice bowl of large oats mixed with steel cut oats, toasted farro, hemp hearts, chia seeds, maple, pecan, cranberries, chocolate, and coconut milk. I just finished eating a kale chicken caesar wrap for my lunch. Later on, when I get home I'll unwind with my shows and a hot bowl of Turkey Chili.