#yegfoodfriday : café bicyclette

Looking for any excuse to take a break from studying for my finals so I thought I’d make a post about the yegfoodfriday adventure I went on with my friend last Friday. A couple of my friends and I have been doing this #yegfoodfriday for a while where, like the name says, we get together on a Friday and go on yeg food adventures!

For this trip, we went to Cafe Bicyclette in the French Quarters.

A little funny story here. I was asking some other friends if they have been to this cafe, and no one seemed to know or heard of it. Turns out, I’ve been pronouncing the name wrong! What an embarrassment… In my defense, I never took French in my life and ergo do not know how to pronounce things in French. Wow, that was a lame excuse…

That story, aside, this place was really cute, nestled within Edmonton’s French Quarter in the corner of La Cité Francophone. First thing that I noticed was that everything was in French. Duh! Had some trouble trying to decipher what was written on their menu board, so I had to result to asking the servers for some translation. Eventually, I went for their cream of mushroom soup and a mont blanc. The soup was rich and flavorful, melting my cold body from the chilly winter breeze. As for the mont blanc, no other words can describe it. I was in bliss. I can’t remember the last time I had a mont blanc this great that I decided I had to get another one to share it with my family. The sweet chestnut goodness literally sent me to cloud 9.

Even though the trip was a bit out of the way for a me as a southsider, I wouldn’t think twice about checking out Cafe Bicyclette again.

yegpeople launch party

Unexpected surprises – pleasant ones at least – are the best.

I got the unexpected pleasure of attending the YEGPeople Launch Event at City Centre on November 13th which celebrated the launch of the YEGPeople website.

My friend invited me to come to the party with the VIP tickets she had gotten. So thanks to her, I had a night out in the parkade of a shopping mall after hours!

Delicious foods were catered by Century Hospitality Group and Jacek Chocolate Couture. I managed to stuff a few cookies and chocolates that were being served, which were to no surprise, decadent and delicious as one can always expect them to be.

The dance performance by NXG Dance Company left me awe-struck. These four ladies that put on the performance were F.I.E.R.C.E.

Unfortunately I missed the live music by Izzy and Erin because I had to step out of the venue for a brief moment. No doubt that they would’ve have been an act to see.

Music by two time Redbull 3Style YEG Champ, DJ Echo and Urban DNA – holding up to his title, the music all throughout the night was on point! It was fun to watch few confident people doing their thing on the dance floor.

Good thing that I made a B line to the pop-up nail bar as soon as I got to the parkade. Soon enough, there was a line of other ladies wanting their nails looking on fleek. Despite the long lines, and the pressure the nail artists were under, they did an amazing job on my shellac nail.

As a VIP ticket holder, it came with its perks 😉 All VIP guests went home with a bag full of goodies from Sante, David’s Tea, The Nailkeeper, Imagine 3D Workshop, Tuttifrutti, DNKY, gravitypope.

Another plus from that evening was when I got to meet Vickie from Adventures in Fashion! Vickie is one of the sweetest and kindest person I have ever met. She kindly took the time to chat with me, have me on her snapchat story, and take a picture with me. Definitely a highlight of the night.

benefair launch party + pop-up store

A dear friend of mine recently opened up a new business called Benefair.

The brand is an online retailer with “carefully curated collections that inspire & connect socially conscious communities, companies, and causes”.

The brand event took place at a very modern and snug location – the Project Loft in Beatty Lofts in downtown Edmonton – which made the whole event very intimate.

A pop-up store was set up on one side of the room hosting several of the brands that they carry on their website. All the brands on Benefair are socially conscious brands with each a special cause behind them. So in support of the cause (and of cute styles) my friends and I decided to purchase these bracelets from Wakami and Half United.

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(from top left, clockwise) [wakami] fall set bracelet in gray, [half united] the honey bee in black, [wakami] stars in gray/silver, [half united] the honey bee in natural, [wakami] ps-kiss in beige
Besides the pop-up store, they offered light snacks & refreshments, a wishing tree – where the guests could write a change that they would like to see in the world, a sign-in card in the shape of their logo with the guests’ fingerprints stamped and signed on it, and a polaroid frame to pose it!
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Congratulations to the entire Benefair team and make sure to check out their website!

new beginning

Writing has never been a strong suit of mine.

I don’t think it ever has been and I don’t think it ever will.

But I am determined to change that.

By starting up a blog and writing what ever  I feel inspired to do so will hopefully open a new horizon in my limited scope of inability to write.

So… here’s to new challenges.

Keep posted 😉