Week 49 – A little less talking, a little more dancing!

Are you the type of person who dances every chance you get? Or perhaps the person who wants to dance but isn’t ready to share their moves with the world? I know we aren’t all born dancers, maybe you are not really flexible nor great at following the music’s rhythm! Does this mean you shouldn’t dance? No way! To the contrary, you should be working on those movement skills and I have discovered an incredible way to do it!
Week # 49 Challenge: Try a barre fitness class at the iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre!

Full-disclosure: I was granted free access to the class!

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As a child, I danced for 10 years! I was never on the competitive level but I took ballet jazz! I love dance and well.. anything that reminds me of it! That’s why every year I look up dance class options for adults in Ottawa. This trusty google search eventually led me to the iNSiDE Out STUDiO! This studio offers classes that help you sculpt your body through a low impact workout that includes the ballet barre, and don’t let the “low impact” concept fool you, these workouts bring on a fun yet pretty impressive challenge! I thought WOW, I need to try this..

iNSiDE Out Classes

STUDiO barre: Is a classic choice, since it’s a 60 minute class which focuses on sculpting your muscles and burning fat through 4 techniques including: the dance barre, yoga, pilates and strength training.

CORE barre: Is a spin on the STUDio Barre, although the 60 minute workout involves each body part, this class puts an emphasis on developing your core using the barre, mat and other accessories.

EXPRESS barre: Is a slightly higher intensity and shorter version of the classic STUDiO barre class. It may be a 45 minutes condensed class but the benefits are meant to be just as good!

BABY WEARING barre: Is a 60 minute barre classe that is slightly adapted to allow you to carry your little one, using a symmetrical baby carrier. Who says new mothers can’t have a bit of workout fun too?

What To Bring

1- Comfortable attire, nothing too lose!

2- Grip socks, if you don’t have any you can buy STUDiO sticky socks for $11.99 or sparkly Sashi sock for $21.

3- A water bottle

4- Lock to store your things in the lockers

5- Shower gear (towel) – the STUDio provides shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion!

Location

The Inside Out Studio is located in Westboro: 1416 Wellington Street West!

Cost

New to the barre studio? If so, the first class is $15 plus taxes or if you really want to explore the classes, you can purchase a month of unlimited class access for $99 plus taxes.

Following your first visit, drop-in classes are $20 plus taxes. You can also purchase class packages starting at $90!

Two of my friends and I attended the 9:45am class on Sunday and let me tell you I learned a few lessons before the class even begun:

1- Avoid doing an intense weight workout the day before

2- Get a decent amount of sleep

3- Give yourself enough time to commute and find parking, and plan on arriving approximately 15 minutes ahead of the class. I arrived only on the nick of time and everyone was very understanding, but still not one of my proudest moments!

And the class begun with Janine, one of the founders who happened to be our instructor, guiding us with stretches on our mats. As we did, I was thinking:  “Ok, this is nice and easy” but then we gradually got into targeting various body parts, mainly the core, and it got more and more challenging… It also involved a whole lot of squeezing, and she eventually said and I quote:

“If you don’t squeeze it, nobody else will!”…

I thought that was priceless, and quite true! Janine is excellent at what she does, she manages to keep you motivated the entire time, makes suggestions to ensure you benefit as much as possible from each movement and also maintains your interest by switching the movements and accessories frequently!

Working out can be exciting and truly enjoyable when done properly and, based on my experience, I can tell you that this studio clearly knows how to do it right!

I want to take a moment to thank Janine for offering this wonderful experience free of charge and look forward to returning for another class! Perhaps you care to join me?!

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Week 48 – A bit of “organic” royal treatment!

Do you miss the sunshine? The warm weather? The ability to walk out the house with flip flops? Yup, me too!! Winter is great, and has lots of advantages but sometimes you just want a little break and this week’s activity hit the spot! This may not appeal to you boys off the bat but if you are curious keep reading since the services apply to you too!

Week # 48: Get a pedicure at Daya Spa!

My SpaRitual Nail Colour – Cream Symmetry
Why did I bother getting a pedicure in the middle of winter? Well why not?! We can easily neglect our feet, especially during the off season (aka winter months) and so getting a treatment to make them look and feel good is always a great plan!

How to choose a nail treatment location? Ottawa has tons of affordable nail salons but most of these are not exactly the ideal setting. Many nail salons smell of strong chemicals and don’t appear to have the most sanitary environment nor tools. I have tried those express salons in the past with no issue but I can’t help but think I am taking unnecessary risks. This time I wanted to go the more natural route and looked for a Spa that offered organic treatments, which lead me to…

Daya Spa: It’s a wellness centre that offers high quality organic and natural spa services and products. Which includes:

– Skin care (éminence, Elapsa and Juice beauty)

– Hands and Feet (SpaRitual and Allpresan)

– Makeup (Juice Beauty)

I chose the Slow Beauty Pedicure which included a foot soak, a foot grooming with a sugar scrub massage treatment, followed by a leg and foot massage and nail polish application. I chose the SpaRitual polish in the Cream Symmetry colour.

I was excited to get this treatment done and I found it really relaxing. Camille was the esthetician who offered my treatment and she was fantastic! I felt really comfortable with her and we ended up chatting quite a bit!

Cost: The prices are very comparable to any spa but you end up getting much better value due to the organic nature of the services. The Slow Beauty Pedicure was $62.35 (plus taxes and tip), if you wish to have a quicker and slightly less expensive option you can opt for their express pedicure.

Time and Location: the spa is open every day, except Mondays, and is located in the ottawa market: 200 Dalhousie Street! For more details, follow this link.

By visiting the Daya Spa, you can feel good knowing that you are offering yourself the healthiest and best quality service, and that is afterall what you deserve!

Week 47 – A stroll in the snow!

Yay to snow!! It’s so pretty to look at, it’s chilly which makes us want to cuddle, it allows you to make Maple Syrup Snow Taffy and it’s one of the main ingredients necessary to enjoy most winter activities! In Ottawa we are blessed with plenty of snow in the winter and so we might as well enjoy it, right?!

It was a cold Saturday but my friend and I weren’t going to let a little thing like freezing weather stop us… We were going to be our though Canadian selves and head to the Gatineau park to walk along a few trails, but of course it wasn’t your typical type of walking.

Week # 47 Challenge: Go snowshoeing in Gatineau park!

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Do you need your own snowshoes? No not at all! If you own a pair you are set but, if not, you can rent snowshoes at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre for 9$ per hour.

How do I gain park access? In order to snowshoe, whether you have your own pair or are renting a pair, there is a park access fee of 7.50$ for the day! You can also purchase a season pass if you go frequently. Not sure how closely they monitor the park access, I must admit!

What to wear? Hmm.. well I am no expert but I suggest layers, lots and lots of layers. A tank top, with a long sleeve top, with a hoodie and maybe a second hoodie… You get the idea! Of course, you don’t want to overheat either! A warm coat, snow pants (I didn’t wear mine and my legs felt incredibly frozen), hat, mittens, scarf and comfortable walking boots. I know men are equipped “with internal heaters” which is why you may not need quite so much on!

Gatineau park has lots of trails, but since we parked near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre we walked to a nearby bridge and took a path from there. Walking with snowshoes was not difficult but felt different, I was tempted to elevate my legs a bit more than normal with every step. It was beautiful and peaceful and a great way to catch up with a friend!

Post Snowshoeing: After an hour we were both a little cold, well ok I was reallllyyy cold, and we brought back the rental shoes. The best way to end an activity like that is with a warm drink so we headed to the Equator Organic Coffee Shop in Westboro for hot drinks and lunch! It was fairly busy, lots of University students in fact. It’s worth a visit, the best part is that the roastery is based in Almonte. High five to supporting local businesses!

Week 46 – Playing hard to beat!

It’s almost been a full year of blogging and I have important news to share therefore keep reading!

When it comes to life, we all get a bit discouraged sometimes. Even though you may try your best, the result you want or anticipate isn’t always the outcome. In those instances you may start to look at the world in a negative light, almost as though life is working against you! It’s so tempting to fall in this trap of negative thoughts.. but I am here to tell you to pay attention to the positives. I am a pretty upbeat person myself, I try to appreciate the little things! But once in a while I get those days where I feel DOOMED (not dramatic right?!).. heck I think we all do. Well, I am here to remind you to keep your head high and push yourself to focus on what you accomplish/ have rather than what you wish you had! Appreciating the present moment is so important and can actually be hard during certain life phases. But I know you can do this!

Which brings me to the first news: my one year blogging anniversary is coming up and I have made an executive decision! On the one year mark, towards the end of February, I will….

… Stop blogging on a weekly basis.

Why? As much as I love it, I want to spend more time living, less time documenting. I still plan on trying new activities of course and so I will simply write from time to time. In the meantime, it’s back to business!


Wether you are competitive or not, there is something to be said about trying your best to succeed or to offer a good performance in whatever situation life throws at you! In certain contexts, I like to put on a poker face and pretend I am fully confident in my abilities by challenging someone else! I even find this attitude, even though it’s more playful than anything, can improve your performance! To clarify, I am not encouraging you to go up to someone and say you are better than them but more that it could be fun to tease a little and tell your opponent that they have something to worry about!

Week #46 Challenge: Rekindle with an old sport!

You see, this week I got a few opportunities to show off “my skills”(I can’t think of a way to make this sound less suggestive), one of which took place on a court! This one on one action session was a great reminder of how fun it can be to attempt to beat someone else at something.. anything!

First off, this will be hard to believe but I practised playing basketball! That’s right, this girl played a sport. I hadn’t played since High School but I was really interested in learning again.. and turns out we have a gymnasium at Movati! Who knew?! It was such a blast and even though I did indeed lose, my performance actually wasn’t that bad! Granted I went easy on my opponent 😛

Second news, I am hosting another Giveaway, yay!!! 

Prize: 2 x 1 Day Adult Passes to go tubing at Edelweiss!

I realise snow tubing isn’t a sport but it is one of the most entertaining and laugh enducing winter activities, in my opinion. There is nothing quite like sliding down a snow hill, while you spin on a donut shaped tube and try to hold on to your friends/partners hand! Sigh.. such great memories. I want to offer you and someone else the chance to go tubing at Edelweiss for FREE!! You can create your own memories!

How can I win?  Simply let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on twitter what new activity you want to try this year. Skydiving maybe?!

Draw will be held on February 3rd, 2017 – Good luck!!

Week 45 – I really shouldn’t have but I did!!

When another year ends, you get to reflect back on what the last year has brought you! The great memories and the not so great ones too.. Even though you may not have reached all your goals or aren’t exactly where you hoped you would be by the end of the year, one thing you can control is how to end it!! To ensure my year ends on a good note, I did something I never thought I would do…

Week #45 Challenge: Eat dessert for breakfast, at Cocoa 70!

Tough challenge I know, but someone had to do it and I sacrificed myself for the purpose of this blog! My little cousin, suggested we go together since she said the dark chocolate fondue is really good and a perfect size to share! So I picked her up on the morning of December 31st and we headed to the Byward Market!

Cocoa 70 is not a chocolate shop, it’s more of a chocolate restaurant! Their menu includes chocolate covered crêpes, cheesecake, waffles, sweet pizzas, fondue and basically anything chocolate covered your heart could desire! Good news is these treats are actually really affordable, considering the portions! They offer brunches with more traditional breakfast options too, in case you aren’t ready to tackle on chocolate in the morning!

Location please? in Ottawa we are lucky since we have two locations, the Byward Market and in Landsdowne!

We reached Cocoa 70 shortly after 10am and it was surprisingly quiet! We were expecting a large crowd so we were relieved. Once seated, we ordered the dark chocolate fondue, but I was curious to know what the chocolate percentage was! The waiter, who I suspect was the manager, explained it was 60% but he told us to wait a second since he wanted us to try something! He came back with samples of the darkest chocolate and lightest milk chocolate they sell. This way we could see the contrast… I had never done that before and my cousin and I actually preferred the dark!

Next thing you know our plate arrived.. The chocolate fondue comes with a bowl filled with melted chocolate, 4 assorted fruit bowls (bananas, strawberries, pineapple, etc.), waffle bites (hidden behind the melted chocolate sadly) and brownie bites!

It was so good and actually very filling. We didn’t want to waste a bite so we took our time and managed to eat the entire thing, although we still had chocolate left! Those waffles though.. I could have eaten them all without adding the chocolate even!

I may have ended my year on a sweet note, but there is nothing wrong with you starting off your New Year doing the same! It’s also a perfect date night spot therefor make sure to stop by next time you get a chocolate craving!!

Week 44 – When your heart skips a beat!

Do you ever wake up and reality hits you, instantly? It’s as though a part of your life is missing and you aren’t exactly sure how to cope! Typically, this feeling is brought on by the loss of someone who had an impact on you, and now you need to fill that void, alone! Accepting the loss is important but to keep your sanity, a good idea is to take the time to do something that can improve your mood! Maybe it’s spending time with your friends or singing in the shower or maybe even playing with your Xbox for hours! Once you identify those “happiness triggers” make sure to resort to them when you need them!

On Christmas Day, I really needed a fix to keep my spirits up and so I decided I would do something that would clear my mind and help me feel good, which meant: a new cardio routine! You may be thinking, “Seriously? You get joy from that?!” Umm.. well yes absolutely, because exercise is great to keep your heart pumping, keeps you energized and can motivate you to get out of bed!

Week #44 Challenge: Follow a HIIT Cardio video at home!

One thing I love about working out at home is the fact that you can follow videos! P90X and Insanity were my favourite for years! They are pretty intense but they yield great results! Since I wanted to try something new, I opted for a YouTube HIIT video! You just play the video and start mimicking the trainer!

Here is the YouTube Video I followed:

How to make your workout fun? Well now that you picked your video (videos if you are following shorter segments), here are a few things that can enhance it:

1) Create an amazing song playlist: you only have to watch the workout video to replicate the movements, therefore that leaves you with the possibility of muting the workout video to play your own tunes! These are music tracks that are sure to get you “in the zone”:

Warm-up and/or Cool-down beats:

2) Spruce up your hydration: water is so important while working out! Grab your favourite bottle and throw in a few fruit pieces to liven it up: lemon, frozen berries, melons and kiwi are great additions. Frozen grapes make awesome ice cubes!!

3) Bring sexy back: I am serious! I feel most motivated and inclined to workout hard when I put a little effort in my workout look! This will vary based on what you feel looks good on you! So girls: pin your hair up, slip on your favourite workout outfit and pull out your hottest moves! As for you guys, maybe your favourite jogging pants and a ball cap will do the trick, Channing Tatum style you know 😉

Most importantly have fun guys! This is time and effort you are putting into your body and mind and that is a wonderful thing to do!

Week 43 – A shortcut to being healthier, want to try it?

One of the best things about the holidays are the treats! Who doesn’t enjoy turkey, potatoes, wine, sugar cookies or mint chocolate ice cream?! But too much of a good thing, is just that: too much!! Don’t worry, the holidays are meant to be freeing that way and it doesn’t mean that you can’t go from holiday eating to a balanced and nutritious menu! I am really excited to share with you an incredible tool called: Meal Garden (aka) your new best friend!
Full-disclosure: I was granted access to try Meal Garden at no cost, and should you select my affiliate link to purchase a Meal Garden plan, a percent of the the proceed supports my blog budget!

Week #43 Challenge: Get my eating schedule on track with Meal Garden!

What is Meal Garden? is a website which assists you, and whoever you cook for, with following a healthy eating schedule! You get access to hundreds of delicious and easy to make recipes, pre-designed meal plans by nutrition experts, a customizable food schedule and access to all the necessary nutritional data you could possibly need! The recipes are sooo… good!


Meal Garden Recipes: you can search the recipe inventory easily by key words, ingredients or preparation time.

  • Recipe Ratings: Each recipe is rated by a 5 leaf rating system! 1 leaf is not so healthy, 5 leaves is very healthy! It’s totally reasonable to incorporate less healthy recipes in your plan, it’s a question of moderation!

Meal Garden Meal Plans: you can create your own meal plan by searching and adding any breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes to your schedule! If you want more support, you can access pre-designed meal plans (established by the website nutrition experts) in the Healthy Eating Bundle section and choose which one fits your goals!

  • Recipe Bundles: Are pre-designed meal plan categories which include: No Added Sugar, Kid-Friendly, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Weight Loss and more!

MealGarden Customization: Meal Garden is tailored to you! By navigating to the My Profile Section and selecting Diet and My family! You can enter a bit of information which will ensure Meal Garden recipes and meal plans are meeting your nutritional goals and needs! You can enter your dietary restrictions (if any, such a dairy-free, vegetarien, gluten free, etc), your preferred meal and snack frequency as well as you and your family members personal data! This information will change the Meal Garden dietary targets and recipe portions to fit what you entered!

Meal Garden Subscription: To start using Meal Garden it’s very easy! Simply subscribe by selecting HERE!

For 19.95$ you get access and use all of Meal Garden’s tools for an entire year! The best part is that you are not alone when using Meal Garden, you can connect to any Meal Expert should you require further support or have health related questions!

With the New Year upon us, this is it! I am getting a sense that 2017 will be bringing you and your family lots of wonderful new adventures and it’s time to improve our lives!! You can set various resolutions, but one of the most important is your health! This is where Meal Garden comes in, it’s an affordable gift worth offering yourself, your partner and your family!

Week 42 – Last minute gift inspirations in Ottawa!

That moment when you realize that someone’s birthday or the holidays are right around the corner and you have NO CLUE what gift(s) to get! Finding the perfect present can be a really tricky task. Here are the steps I typically follow and find useful:

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a gift idea summary 😉

1- Pay attention: This is my favourite approach since it’s meaningful! Listen attentively to your loved ones all year round, without even realizing it they constantly give you gift ideas! By talking about activities, hobbies or little things they want or enjoy and making note of it, you gradually create a mental checklist of things to get them!

2Go with a staple: If you don’t know the person well or if you want to play it safe just go with something standard. For instance, gift cards for the movie theatre, coffee shop or restaurants are always appreciated of course! In terms of smaller gifts: chocolates, Holiday scratch tickets, books and alcohol (a nice wine bottle or get a small bottle of Fireball woohoo!).

3- Ask them: you can do so directly or indirectly! With my family it’s simple, I ask them exactly what they want! This way you are sure to get at least one thing they will love. If they have no suggestions, you have your work cut out for you but it’s not an impossible task! A more indirect approach is to casually gather information during a day to day conversation! If the person you are buying for mentioned they love skiing, ask them where they typically go “umm…since you are considering going this winter“! Truth be told, you are asking to know where to buy them a day pass!

If you are still stuck, use Google my friend. You can find all types of gift ideas and you are bound to find a perfect option if you plan ahead. Or another idea, if you are patient just go browsing in stores since you can find gifts that way too!



Week #42 Challenge: Visit the Tanger Outlets in Kanata!

Taking the time to do new activities when you have tons of errands is tricky, so I decided to be efficient and integrated my challenge into my schedule. I wanted to get started on Christmas shopping and heard that the Ottawa Tanger Outlets are a nice place to shop!

Tanger Outlets is a North American chain of outlets stores. The Ottawa location has over 75 stores, including a few restaurants to choose from.

Important note: This isn’t a mall, you walk outside to get from one store to another so make sure to dress based on the weather.

I am very glad I went shopping with a very patient man because I couldn’t make up my mind on anything! The worst part is that I didn’t end up finding a whole lot either but I did pick-up a onesie for myself, this has to be the best invention on earth! Yes I realise that I didn’t fully grasp this whole buy gifts for others! I did buy plenty of Lindt Chocolates for my chocolate-loving colleagues and family members though!

Last Minute Gift Idea List:

1- MealGarden Subscription: My top choice as this is a perfect gift for anyone. By paying only $19.95, you offer a year subscription to MealGarden a site with hundreds of quality recipes, meal plans, how to guides and grocery lists developed by nutrition experts. Click here to subscribe.

2- Quality chocolate: Purdys Chocolatier; Lindt Chocolate, Chocolats Favoris, etc.

3-Scratch Tickets: crosswords and bingo are fun options!

4- Books: Buy one of the year’s most popular books.

5- Alcohol: One affordable top wine choice would be Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz, only $14.95!

6- Gifts cards: for the movie theatre, gas station, Bridgehead Coffee Shop, etc.

7- Donations: you can get a great gift and support an amazing cause at the same time! The Breast Cancer Foundation sells incredible calendars for which the recipient could win a prize everyday of the calendar year, the best part being that 75% of the net proceeds go towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

If you have any last minute gift ideas that aren’t listed above, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

Happy Shopping!!

Isabelle xo

Week 41 – Mix and match singles!

“Ok ok, keep an open-mind” I told myself! When you have tried online dating, blind dates and speed dating, what other options do you have? You can leave it up to faith by hoping you will meet someone when you least expect it but if you want to take a more proactive approach, I think at this point you are basically left with two options:

  1. Join a singles cruise; or,
  2. Participate in a local Singles Event.

A friend of mine mentioned she was attending a Singles Mixer and so that encouraged me to tag along with her.. You never know where you can meet someone special after all!

Week #41 Challenge: Attend the Early Christmas Singles Party!

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What’s a Singles mixer? Well it’s essentially a gathering of singles from across the city in one specific location, in this case at Hooleys on Elgin! That’s about the extent of what I knew and figured it could be worth attending! I was under the impression that the event had a cost but it turns out it was free for the ladies.

The evening unraveled in an interesting way! I started seeing someone a week prior to the event which obviously made things a bit awkward but I had made plans with my friend and I was going to follow through! Here are things you should keep in mind about mixers:

1) Art of conversation: this event encourages you to interact with as many guests as you can! If you enjoy meeting new people this is a great option since you can easily start a conversation with anyone! As you arrived, you were handed game sheets that were helpful with breaking the ice and had a great list of topics! I was impressed to see how well these games worked. By playing you also increased your chances of winning prizes at the end! I sneaked out of the event before the prizes were drawn but my friend actually won the grand prize, two tickets to the Sens Game!!

2) Attendees: A group of around 100 people showed up I believe. This event was not targeted to any specific age group. There were adults of all ages from 20s up to 50s! I was a bit surprised by this and felt slightly uneasy as I was afraid I may be sending the wrong message! Maybe I was overanalyzing?!

3) Think Outside The Box: Don’t limit yourself! I spent a lot of time talking with the mixer participants but eventually I made my way to a separate location in the building. There I met really fun people who worked at the pub and even just guests sitting at the bar! I found those talks refreshing since they were playful rather than in-depth like the ones in the mixer! I suggest you explore your surroundings as you never know where you may meet a match!

Would I recommend this event? Yes and no! If you enjoy being social, this is a great way to meet new people! The reason I wouldn’t do this again is because I found it rather draining really! Even though I wasn’t there to look, I eventually lost the ability to focus during conversations and just felt like I would rather be doing something, anything else! You can’t predict who will attend the event but I feel that your odds are actually better online where you can narrow down your love interests based on certain criterias!

Visit the Meetup website for upcoming singles events!

All in all, if you are in the mood to socialize this is a great activity but if not I would stick to going out for coffee with a friend or… just staying at home to watch Christmas movies by the fireplace while you munch on a piece, OK FINE piecesss, of your newly built Gingerbread House!

Talk to you guys soon xo

Week 40 – The story of how my crush developed..

The holidays are coming which means it’s time for another giveaway. But I am getting ahead of myself. This week I toyed with the idea of returning to the online dating world and after quickly browsing through the sites, umm yeah..I postponed it! Instead I did something that I really love and it ends with a happy ending! Ha ha don’t worry it’s totally PG 😉

Week #40 Challenge: Attend a Purdys Chocolate Bark-Making Class!

Have you heard of or tried Purdys Chocolatier?  It’s a Canadian compagnie that specializes in making quality chocolate since 1907. The chocolates are prepared using Canadian milk, cream and sugar and are made fresh with no preservatives. 

Where are Purdys Chocolatier classes held? The classes take place across Ottawa and it just so happens that they had the Bark-Making Class at Place d’Orleans! They also offer Truffle Making classes!

How is chocolate made? Well that’s what we learned during the first part of the class! We explored the entire process from the cocoa pod cultivation, the roasting, the cracking to the conching. If you ever wondered:

  1. What colour are cocoa pods when ripe?
  2. How long are cocoa beans roasted?
  3. What is the difference between cocoa butter and cocoa mass?

Purdys chocolatier classes will answer all these questions and more!

You also get to sample chocolate! I tried the Peruvian chocolate (which has a subtle cherry hint and bitter taste) followed by an Ecuadorian chocolate (smoother and richer flavour)! It was like wine tasting but improved!

Bark-Making time! Instructions were given and we had the flexibility to customize the bark to our liking! I kept mine simple and healthier by using almonds and dried cranberries as my filling. They had a good assortment of nuts, candies and spices even!

I left with a pretty large quantity of bark and before going to my sister’s house for a night of bark snacking, I stopped by the Purdys shop to pick-up a little something to give away as a thank you for all the support I have been given this year! This is where I met my crush: Philbert. He is a hedgehog and he happens to be the Purdys mascot! The word “Filbert” happens to be a synonym of hazelnut hence why he was named this way and hedgehogs are in fact a sign of good luck!

The prize includes:

    How can I win this prize? It’s simple just let me know who you would share the chocolate treats with in the comment section on my blog, on Facebook or on twitter!

    I will draw the winner on Sunday December 4th, 2016!

    Isabelle xox