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Our New Montréal City Guide is Live!

6/30/2015

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Montreal is a city that holds a special place in our hearts here at Coco & Cowe.  Over the years, we’ve all visited this amazing city on multiple occasions whether it is for work or play and we’ve had the opportunity to discover an array of amazing restaurants, cafes, hotels, stores and more.

 

Montreal is one of those cities that’s close enough for a weekend getaway and far enough that you can totally spend a week there discovering, eating and having a good old time.

 

Hope you love our new Montreal guide and if you have any cool spots we’ve missed, let us know in a comment and we’ll be sure to check it out the next time we are in La belle province!

 

Bisous,

Winy

 

A Pineapple Peach Pear Sangria with Grey Goose La Poire – Perfect for the Holiday!

6/29/2015

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Although the summer thus far has been questionable, there’s no amount of rain that should deny a summer cocktail (or ten).  Yes, yes, I love pineapples – clearly.  BUT don’t tire of me and my obsessions just yet.  This tasty summer fruit not only tastes delicious in this traditional cocktail remix, but it can also double as a decoration.  That’s right, just chop off the top of a pineapple, core it and pop in some fresh flowers, BAM!  An arrangement right after Martha’s heart.

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There’s no denying the deliciousness of sangria but to me, arguably the best part is playing with a recipe and making it different every time.  This one is extra special because it uses not only yummy pineapple and peach flavours but also this time I decided to sweeten things up, not with sugar, but with a flavoured vodka.

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Grey Goose La Poire, though not actually sweetened, gives the sangria a nice fruity vibe without it being sickly sweet.  More of an essence.  I also added some mint to freshen it up and kept the peach slices bigger for show because they’re so pretty! The peach and pineapple puree I made was basically achieved by blitzing up about a handful of pineapple and peach in my Vitamix.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe.  But as I said before, adjust to your tastes.  If you like it sweeter, try adding a sweet wine like a Riesling and/or some simple syrup.

Pineapple Peach Grey Goose La Poire Sangria

Ingredients

– 1-2 cups of pineapple & peach puree

– 3/4 cup of Grey Goose La Poire

– 2 cups of gingerale

– 1 cup of club soda

– 1 bottle of wine

– a handful of mint

– a cup of chopped pineapple

– 1-2 peaches cut into slices

 

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Have A Lovely Weekend!

6/26/2015

Thursday Thought: and now Self Love….

6/25/2015

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While speaking at our weekly meeting about topics of interest Winy posed the question: “Ok, I get ‘Self Care‘, but what about Self Love?”

She went further to explain that as if the pressure to be beautiful and thin and smart and successful weren’t enough, the age of Instagram has added yet another layer to the beauty myth.  With filters, and thinning apps on top the real life surgically altered displays of so called ‘perfect beauty’ the weight to be in love with how you look can be incredibly daunting.

And don’t even get me started on body shaming…..

With all of this noise swirling around us how do we continue to fall in love with ourselves despite our stereotypical flaws?

I, unfortunately don’t have the answers.  I feel the pressure and squirm constantly at reflections of myself.  But on doing some chatting and some minor interweb research I’ve discovered a few things that just might help me and any of you feeling the same way.

1. Self acceptance:  Reminding yourself that regardless of the outward package, the pimple, the back fat, you are still you.  Whether in transition or not, you are still the same person that your friends want to hang around and that your family or puppy or kitty cat love unconditionally.

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Travel Tuesdays: Top 20 Things to do With Your Girlfriends

6/23/2015

I walked out of my house Saturday morning to the most perfect summer like weather- not a cloud in the sky. I lathered on my sunscreen and headed to Queen Street. This past weekend everyone was out, especially at Trinity Bellwood’s park; this park is one of Toronto’s gems. The park is the perfect place to hang out with friends- toss around a Frisbee, play a game of soccer or just hang out and have a picnic. I mean this is what summer’s all about right? Getting out and enjoying the weather, and taking in every bit of sunshine and warmth. I don’t know about you but I feel like it’s been winter for 7 years and I am so excited for warmer days. With summer officially here I have a “bucket list” for things I want to do. After talking to the ladies at Coco & Cowe about the things we are most excited for, we’ve put together an incredible list of 20 things to do with your girlfriends this summer.

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  1. Le Dolci Foodie Studio
    (Rated #1 out of 13 workshop classes in Toronto) Learn to make macaroons, decorate cupcakes or even learn to make croissant and Danish’s with a few friends. Everything about this is sweet!
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