36 Hours in Victoria, British Columbia

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6 0

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Happy August, my friends! Wow, this year is flying by! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia for a photoshoot with a brand that I’ve partnered with to be their newest Ambassador (but I’ll share more fun details about that in the upcoming weeks!). Justin tagged along, and we decided to spend 36 hours in the picturesque town of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island, 3 hours from downtown Vancouver.

 

When we were doing our hotel research, we came across stunning photos of the Fairmont Empress hotel located on the gorgeous inner harbour of Victoria, and immediately knew that was where we had to stay. With its turn of the century architecture and majestic beauty, we couldn’t help but feel like royalty while staying at this beautiful resort. In addition to the architecture and view, the hotel grounds were beautifully landscaped, with breathtaking florals around every corner (stay tuned for more pics in an outfit post this week!).

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

The interior of the hotel is absolutely beautiful, and has this girly floral carpet running throughout the entire space and long hallways.

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Definitely one of our highlights of not only this vacation, but our entire year, was partaking in Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress. Everyone we talked to before we left for the trip said we just had to go for Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont! So, of course, we did!

 

A time honoured tradition in their world renowned tea lobby, the Fairmont Empress serves hand-made signature Empress scones, delectable pastries and tea sweets. Our waiter taught us that in England, the traditional way to enjoy tea service is to actually start with the sweets, then move on to the scones, and lastly enjoy the tea sandwiches; the reverse of what North American’s are accustomed to. The experience was so wonderful, relaxing and delicious! I highly recommend enjoying their Afternoon Tea if you have the pleasure of visiting Victoria.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress

 

After our Afternoon Tea, Justin and I walked around the Victoria downtown and inner harbour, stopping for fresh lemonade to cool us down on the most gorgeous warm Summer day.

 

Lemonade in Victoria British Columbia

 

As the sun began to set, we were both mesmerized by the awe-inspiring pink and purple sky. It felt almost too beautiful to be real.

 

Victoria British Columbia Sunset

 

We took in the breathtaking sunset from our dinner table located at The Veranda restaurant at the Fairmont Empress. The Veranda serves a farm-to-table menu, featuring the most deliciously fresh seafood. We indulged on a seafood platter, full of the freshest crab legs, oysters, tuna, salmon and shrimp….so yummy!

 

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

The lights and views of the harbour are just as stunning after the sun sets. Below is the illuminated British Columbia Legislature Building, and the stunning Fairmont Empress after dark.

British Columbia Legislature Building

The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

 

Even though our trip to Victoria was brief, we left more relaxed than we’ve been in a really long time. I wasn’t able to take photos, but Justin and I also spent an hour at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. Justin opted for a relaxing massage, and I indulged in a luxurious facial. The experience was so amazing, and my skin was thanking me for days. 😉

 

I hope you enjoyed this little travel diary. Some of you may have seen on Instagram that Justin and I are getting married this weekend. We’ll be heading to Washington, DC for a little mini-moon getaway, and I’ll definitely be sharing some pics from that trip too. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

 

LoveJenny1

 

 

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A Little Vacay

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12 0

Old Navy Boyfriend Shorts, Old Navy Beach Bag

Old Navy Straw Beach Bag, Old Navy Denim Boyfriend Shorts

 

As you’re reading this, I’m probably in the Caribbean Sea,  snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins, or relaxing in my donut floatie.  We’re on a family vacay in Roatan, Honduras for the week, soaking up the sun, and having some fun family time.  I’ll be taking a little break from the blog until I return next Monday, but I’ll definitely be posting some of our beach photos on Instagram if you are interested in following along.

 

Here are some of the things I packed for our trip.  I think this might be the first vacation ever that I didn’t pack heels.  My suitcase is full of comfy flats (loving the Gap’s sandal collection this Summer), lightweight tanks, pretty bikinis and denim shorts, pretty much all I need for a week in the tropics.  I hope you all have a lovely week . . . I know I will!

 

Gap Striped Tank Tops

Gap Striped Tanks, J.Crew Tanks, Jacob Racerback Tanks

 

Gap Sandals

Gap Espadrilles (similar from J.Crew), Gap Sandals, Gap Flip Flops

 

Gap Beach Bag, Asos distressed denim mini, j.crew panama hat

J.Crew Panama Hat, Gap Straw Tote (with matching clutch), Jacob Tank, ASOS Ripped Denim Mini Skirt

 

Trina Turk Swimsuits

Trina Turk Printed Bikinis, Ralph Lauren Ruffled Blue Bikini

 

 

 

Farmers’ Market Cooking Class at Le Dolci

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8 0

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I love food.  I love how it tastes, I love how it smells, I love how it makes me feel.  I love thinking about food, I love planning our next meal, I love trying new foods and I love finding delicious new restaurants.  Being around food, learning about it, touching it, eating it . . . it all puts me in my happy place.  So when I had the chance to attend a Farmers’ Market Cooking Class at Le Dolci (the fabulous bakery and foodie studio where I learned to make French Macarons a few weeks ago), I could barely contain my excitement.

 

Le Dolci offers a fun selection of cooking and baking workshops.  Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of participating in the Trinity Bellwoods Market Class with (the very charming and very French) Chef Christophe Measson, a Pastry and Baking Professor at George Brown College.  The class began with a field trip across the street to the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, where under the guidance of my new favourite Chef, we learned about and selected local, fresh ingredients.  We then headed back to Le Dolci’s culinary classroom, where we all participated in preparing (and eating) a delicious 3 course meal.  The evening was full of fantastic food, delicious wine, new friends and amazing company.

 

Lisa Sanguedolce, the owner of Le Dolci, (whom I’ve now met twice and absolutely adore), recently started a new travel company, Foodie-Trips.com.  Foodie Trips aims to educate, amaze and entertain those looking to broaden their gastronomic knowledge by offering unique culinary adventures around the globe.  Exciting adventures planned for the upcoming year include foraging mushrooms in the Italian Dolomite Mountains with a Michelin starred chef, learning to make croissants in Paris from classically-trained French chefs, and a food styling course on a beach in PEI.  All of these experiences sound right up my alley.  Future destinations for Foodie Trips will include New York, Singapore, England and Ontario.

 

Here are a few photos from the Trinity Bellwoods Market Class.  If you are in the Toronto area, I highly recommend this class (or any of the workshops) from Le Dolci.  The team at Le Dolci is just fabulous, super organized, and has a real passion for food.  I hope to one day soon join them on one of their amazing Foodie Trips as well.  It definitely won’t be hard convincing Justin to join me.  I hope you enjoy these photos!

 

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The menu for the night included:

–  Organic Bread paired with two Sheep Cheeses

–  Blinis topped with Smoked Trout, Sheep Cheese, Mushrooms and Chives

–  Arugula and Baby Kale Salad, with fresh Radishes and a home-made Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

–  Breaded Organic Pork Chops, marinated with Honey, Olive Oil, Sage, Garlic, Seasoning and Lemon Zest, served with a gorgeous Green Goddess Sauce, Fiddleheads with Sauteed Rapini and fresh Ontario Asparagus

–  Almond Streusel with Poached Rhubarb, Rosewater and Italian Meringue

 

Yum, yum, and yum!